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Thursday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-February-2019  13:01:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time for some news catchup. Firstly, I was saddened to hear that the Opportunity Rover has died, or at least, stopped responding, on Mars. Designed to last just 90 Martian days and travel 1,100 yards (1,000 meters), Opportunity vastly surpassed all expectations in its endurance, scientific value and longevity. In addition to exceeding its life expectancy by 60 times, the rover traveled more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) by the time it reached its most appropriate final resting spot on Mars — Perseverance Valley. A bit more info here and discussion in this thread.

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and NASA have found a heap of new high-quality footage from the Apollo program. It was like a family discovering a forgotten shoebox full of old Super 8 movies of major life events and departed friends—only the family was America, the movies were of theater quality, the event was one of the most important accomplishments in human history, and the departed friend was Neil Armstrong.

Apparently Australian political IT systems have been compromised by a "state-based actor". Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said the activity was uncovered during the investigation into the security breach that forced parliamentarians and their staff to reset their passwords. “During the course of this work, we also became aware that the networks of some political parties – Liberal, Labor and Nationals – have also been affected,” he said. “Our security agencies have detected this activity and acted decisively to confront it. They are securing these systems and protecting users.”

Samsung have unveiled their Galaxy S10 range, with hands-on reviews on news.com.au and CNBC. However, it may be overshadowed by their other new product, the Galaxy Fold, a phone which opens out to reveal a double-width touchscreen. Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it’s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speed, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM.

Fake news may be about to become even faker, with an AI text generator called GPT2. Feed it the first few paragraphs of a Guardian story about Brexit, and its output is plausible newspaper prose, replete with “quotes” from Jeremy Corbyn, mentions of the Irish border, and answers from the prime minister’s spokesman.

For a real retro fix, you can play with the world's first web browser. OCAU doesn't look that great through it. :) In February 2019, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the development of WorldWideWeb, a group of developers and designers convened at CERN to rebuild the original browser within a contemporary browser, allowing users around the world to experience the rather humble origins of this transformative technology.



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-February-2019  11:32:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still no internet in the AggCave..

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG X299 Creation motherboard on Guru3D.
MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR B450GT3 (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
EVGA Z390 Dark Motherboard on HWAsylum.
Supermicro C9Z390-CG-IW (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG X299 CREATION on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Pre-built:
Corsair ONE i160 Compact Gaming PC on TechPowerUp.
Huawei MateBook 13 Review: A High Performance Ultrabook With Caveats on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G on LanOC.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G on ThinkComputers.
GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme (11GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q mobile GPU on TechSpot.

Software:
Far Cry New Dawn Benchmarked: 1080p, 1440p, 4K All Tested on Tweaktown.
Metro Exodus PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Battlefield V DLSS Tested: Overpromised, Underdelivered on TechSpot.
GeForce 418.91 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Benchmarked on TechSpot.

Input etc:
Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Flare Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Drevo Durendal Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Premium Level 20 RGB Cherry MX Speed Silver Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master CM310 and MP750 mouse and pad on OCInside.

Cooling:
Deepcool Gammaxxx L240 AIO on Guru3D.
SilentiumPC Spartan 3 Pro RGB CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Gamer Storm Captain 240 Pro CPU cooler on Vortez.
Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 CPU Watercooler on FrostyTech.
Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM Fan on TechPowerUp.

Cases:
Thermaltake View 71 TG RGB Full Tower on NikKtech.
DimasTech Easy V3.0 Testbench on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
ROCCAT Renga Boost Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
EasySMX COOL 2000 Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Misc:
ASRock Multi-Gigabit Performance: 10GbE/5GbE/2.5G Networking on Tweaktown.
Kensington LD5400T Thunderbolt 3 Dock on Tweaktown.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-February-2019  11:46:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Switching to NBN has gone as smoothly as expected.. Telstra reckon we'll have internet back on again in 3 days. So, have some reviews from the cafe I'll be camped out at for the next 3 days.

Memory:
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine DDR4 Gaming Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 4000MHz 32GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
DREVO Tyrfing V2 RGB Backlit Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Tesoro Gram MX ONE Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme on TechARP.
Intel Bean Canyon NUC Review: 8th Gen CPU With Iris Plus Graphics on HotHardware.

Software:
Resident Evil 2 Remake Review: Fright Night on Tweaktown.
Far Cry New Dawn PC graphics benchmark analysis on Guru3D.
Metro Exodus Benchmark Performance, RTX & DLSS on TechPowerUp.
Metro Exodus Benchmarked: The New 'Can It Run Crysis' on Tweaktown.
Metro Exodus PC Game & Performance Review on BabelTechReviews.
Metro Exodus: PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
NVIDIA DLSS Test in Battlefield V on TechPowerUp.
Battlefield V - DLSS PC performance update on Guru3D.

Storage:
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Samsung Pro Endurance 128GB microSD on Tweaktown.
iStorage Disk Ashur Pro2 on Vortez.
Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo on ThinkComputers.
WD Black SN750 NVME SSD (1TB) on Guru3D.



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-February-2019  14:50:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and timb0t this week! For something different, here's info about an urban legend arcade game I hadn't heard of until today. The original game allegedly was part of a government-run psychology experiment based in Portland, Oregon. Gameplay supposedly produced intense psychoactive and addictive effects in the player. These few publicly staged arcade machines were said to have been visited periodically by men in black for the purpose of data-mining the machines and analyzing these effects. Eventually, all of these Polybius arcade machines allegedly disappeared from the arcade market.

Bumper crop of Misc Pics this week - the second-last one might be (but isn't) NSFW. Enjoy!










Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-February-2019  13:16:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS PRIME X299 DELUXE II on HardOCP.
ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate (Intel Z390) on Tweaktown.
SuperMicro C9Z390-PGW Z390 LGA1151 on MadShrimps.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X CPUs on Anandtech.

Video Cards:
Revisiting the AMD Radeon VII at 1440p on TechReport.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 590 8G OC on OCInside.
AMD Radeon VII Mega Benchmark on TechSpot.

Storage:
iStorage diskAshur PRO2 5TB USB 3.1 PIN Authenticated Portable HDD on NikKTech.
WD Black NVMe SSD (2018) 500 GB on TechPowerUp.
OWC Drive Dock USB-C on Tweaktown.
Team Group Delta S TUF RGB SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate Barracuda Pro vs WD Black HDD performance review on BenchSpotter.
Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD on StorageReview.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Huawei Mate 20 Review: Camera Chops And Great Battery Life smartphone on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 13 9380 + Intel Core i7 8565U Ubuntu Linux Performance on Phoronix.
The Corsair One i140 is a nearly perfect SFF PC, but that price on TechReport.
PC Specialist Magma RTX Gaming PC on HWHeaven.

Misc:
FSP CMT340 case on ThinkComputers.
Mellanox ConnectX-5 VPI 100GbE and EDR InfiniBand network cards on ServeTheHome.
Tt eSPORTS Talon Elite Gaming Gear Combo mouse and mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 650W SFX-L PSU on HardOCP.



Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-February-2019  11:13:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ExtremeTech are of the opinion that the recent AMD and NVIDIA product launches are the least-appealing GPU upgrades in history. It’s not surprising that GPU generations last longer now, given the complexity of modern GPUs. What is surprising is that both companies have comparatively so little to show for their respective efforts. Nvidia had more than two years between Pascal and Turing, while AMD took its second shot at Vega on 7nm at TSMC.

Backblaze have published their hard drive stats for 2018. As of December 31, 2018, we had 106,919 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,965 boot drives and 104,954 data drives. This review looks at the hard drive failure rates for the data drive models in operation in our data centers. In addition, we’ll take a look at the new hard drive models we’ve added in 2018 including our 12 TB HGST and 14 TB Toshiba drives.

Anandtech have an interesting article comparing two 1TB NVME SSDs that use the same controller and VRAM. Last year we reviewed an engineering sample of the SM2262EN platform with an early firmware version. Today we're looking at two final retail products based on the same controller. The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro and HP EX950 are direct replacements for two of the most successful NVMe SSDs from last year (the SX8200 and EX920, which used the older SM2262 controller). Together, those two drives have dominated the consumer NVMe market for almost a year with the best combination of high performance and reasonable prices.

Tokyo will be making the Olympic medals out of recycled gadgets. That figure includes more than five million disused phones that were handed in at NTT Docomo stores. Collection stations were also placed in post offices and other public buildings. The committee’s target of 2,700kg of bronze was met last June, while 93.7 percent of the 30.3kg gold target and 85.4 percent of the 4,100kg silver target had been extracted by October.

John Haynes passed away recently. That name might not be familiar to you, but if you've ever owned a Haynes manual for a car or similar, you have John Haynes to thank for it. So it's not exactly OCAU-related, but I think he very probably shared our enthusiast hacker mentality. John Haynes, the entrepreneur and creator of the Haynes Manual, founder of the Haynes Publishing Group PLC and the Haynes International Motor Museum passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on the evening of Friday February 8, aged 80, after a short illness. John was a kind, generous, loving and devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather, who will be missed enormously.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 11-February-2019  13:33:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Testing AMD Radeon VII Double-Precision Scientific And Financial Performance on TechGage.
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G on OCClub.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE RTX 2070 GAMING OC on Vortez.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition on Vortez.
AMD Radeon VII Review: Rushed to Launch on GamersNexus.
AMD Radeon VII Anti-Aliasing & 5K, 8K Benchmarks vs. RTX 2080 on GamersNexus.
AMD Radeon VII on Anandtech.
AMD Radeon VII 16GB on TomsHardware.
AMD Radeon VII on PCPerspective.
AMD Radeon VII 16GB on KitGuru.
AMD Radeon VII on OC3D.
Radeon VII on PCWorld.
AMD Radeon VII on Hexus.

Storage:
Patriot Scorch 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
HP EX950 2TB SSD nVME drive on Tweaktown.
Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD on Modders-Inc.
Drobo 8D Thunderbolt 3 Storage on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD on StorageReview.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 SE Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MK850 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Rival 650 mouse on TechPowerUp.

Networking:
10Gtek X550-T1 10G Ethernet Converged Network Adapter on NikKTech.
IOGEAR 4K Ultra Long-Range Wireless Extender on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop on TechARP.
Corsair One i160 Gaming PC on TheVerge.
Apple iPhone XR smartphone on Anandtech.

Memory:
T-Force Delta TUF Gaming RGB DDR4 3200 MHz Memory on Guru3D.
Team Group T-Force Delta TUF Gaming RGB 3200 MHz on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 Fully Modular PSU on OCClub.
be quiet! Pure Power 11 700W L11-CM-700W PSU on NiKTech.

Misc:
GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Reeven Justice RC-1204 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.



Misc Pics (41 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-February-2019  14:32:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and t1mbot this week!








Radeon VII Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-February-2019  14:26:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Performance results from AMD's Radeon VII video card have hit the web, after much teasing of this new flagship since CES. This is the world's first 7nm-process card and boasts 16GB of VRAM. How will it fare against NVIDIA's RTX offerings? Here's some reviews:

AMD Radeon VII 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon VII 1440p, 4K & Ultrawide Gaming Performance on Techgage.
AMD Radeon VII Review: 7nm Vega With 16GB HBM2 Benchmarked on HotHardware.
AMD Radeon VII Review: RTX Killer or Flop? on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon VII Review: Team Red Is Back To Enthusiast GPUs on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon VII Linux Benchmarks - Powerful Open-Source Graphics For Compute & Gaming on Phoronix.
AMD Radeon VII graphics card review: Can it topple RTX? on TechReport.
Review: AMD Radeon VII (16GB) on Guru3D.

Discussion in this thread in our Video Cards & Monitors forum.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-February-2019  16:36:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on in there is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!



Defyant shows how to make
a DIY vertical GPU mount

aXLe built a Hypercube
Evolution 3D Printer

Azrael is working on a fun
NA MX5 club reg track car

matz restored a
Commodore Colt

while Flamin_Joe is restoring
an IBM 5170 AT from 1984

and badmofo is building
a Pentium Overdrive 486

ASIGN_Baz has turned his hand
to making custom knives

while Eclipsor made some
Kairos custom speakers

and samus reviewed the
2018 Mazda 3 Astina Hatch



Thursday Midday (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-February-2019  12:28:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Everyone seems to be talking about Apex Legends, a new free-to-play Battle Royale type game. They broke one million players in under 8 hours from launch. There's more info in this article on Eurogamer. As Respawn is eager to reiterate, this is a battle royale set within the Titanfall universe rather than a Titanfall 2 sequel. It takes place about 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2, in an area called the Outlands, featuring an eclectic bunch of characters who are all competing in "the Titanfall equivalent of a blood sport". Hunger Games, but more sci-fi. Discussion in this thread in our PC Games forum.

ArsTechnica report on the rise of liquid cooling in datacentres. It's also got more general info about the history of liquid cooling. So how has liquid cooling gone from esoteric science on the fringe of computing to near-mainstream in modern data centers? Like all technologies, it was partially the result of evolution involving trial and error and a lot of engineering. But specifically for liquid cooling, today’s massive data center operators should perhaps thank the early overclockers, who may really be the unsung heroes of liquid cooling.

PCWorld have a video interview with Scott Herkelman of AMD. Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we are joined by Scott Herkelman, VP & GM of Radeon Gaming at AMD. He's here to talk about Radeon VII, how FreeSync vs Gsync is like VHS vs Betamax, and tell us about his try at pro gaming!

TechSpot explain display technologies. By far the most common types of display panels used on PC monitors are TN, IPS and VA. We’re sure you’ve heard these terms before if you've researched monitors to purchase, and to be clear, the type of panel is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform. A brief overview is in order, before we focus on the individual characteristics of each technology and how they perform.

Tweaktown have re-visited NVIDIA DLSS benchmarking with 3DMark Port Royal. What we have here today is a run through of all of NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX series cards including the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, RTX 2070, and RTX 2060 graphics cards. I've used our newer Intel Core i9-9900K test rig that is powered by a Z390 AORUS PRO motherboard, 32GB of Hyper-X RGB memory, and Toshiba OCZ R100 M.2 SSDs.

A Canadian crypto exchange is in trouble after the founder died with nobody else knowing the password. Robertson also said that Cotten held “sole responsibility for handling the funds and coins” and no other members of the team could access the stored funds. QuadrigaCX announced Cotten’s death in mid-January, saying he had died “due to complications with Crohn’s disease on December 9, 2018 while travelling in India, where he was opening an orphanage to provide a home and safe refuge for children in need.” While Robertson has Cotten’s laptop in her possession, CoinDesk wrote, she says she does not know the password, and a technical expert recruited by the firm has been unable to bypass its encryption. She also says Cotten left behind no business records.

Optus has been fined $10M by the ACCC over third-party billing services. The Federal Court has ordered Optus pay a $10 million penalty for its treatment of customers who unknowingly purchased games, ringtones and other digital content through its third-party billing service, following action by the ACCC. Optus admitted that the company misled consumers and breached the ASIC Act when it billed customers for third party-produced content which they mistakenly bought or subscribed to through its “direct carrier billing” (DCB) service.

Google have released a new Chrome extension to check if your passwords have been found in a data breach. The Chrome browser extension, called Password Checkup, is available today. It securely checks credentials used to log in to websites—whether they're manually entered or stored in Chrome's password manager—against hashed credentials stored in an encrypted database of billions of compromised accounts maintained by Google.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-February-2019  11:43:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Logitech G935 gaming headset on TechReport.
Best Value FreeSync Monitors for GeForce Owners on TechSpot.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2060 Gaming on Vortez.
EVGA Z390 DARK motherboard video review by Luumi on YouTube.

Cases:
Cougar Panzer G on TechPowerUp.
MetallicGear Neo on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo Yoga C630 Review: Big Battery Life, Always Connected on HotHardware.
DOOGEE Y7 Plus Smartphone on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
TECWARE Phantom 104 RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MM830 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Networking:
Razer Sila Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router on Tweaktown

Misc:
GeForce 418.81 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
DeepCool Captain 240 PRO all-in-one CPU cooler on Guru3D.
Crucial BX500 480GB SATA SSD on Modders-Inc.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming video card on OCClub.



Synology DS1618+ NAS (12 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-February-2019  15:24:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby has taken a quick look at the Synology DS1618+ NAS, which boasts six drive bays, up to 32GB of RAM and an upgraded CPU over previous models:


click for the review!



Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-February-2019  14:23:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Techgage look into Threadripper 2990WX performance issues in Windows. Performance regression issues in Windows on AMD’s top-end Ryzen Threadripper CPUs haven’t gone unnoticed by those who own them, and six months after launch, the issues remain. Fortunately, there’s a new tool making the rounds that can help smooth out those regressions. We’re taking an initial look.

Babeltech have an overclocking showdown between the RX Vega 64 and RTX 2070 video cards. We have optimized and maxed-out our RTX 2070 FE and RX Vega 64 overclocks with all performance options set to their highest limits to get the maximum performance from each card.

TechSpot wonder if 6GB VRAM is enough for 1440p gaming. Today we're investigating claims that the new GeForce RTX 2060 is not a good buy because it only features 6GB VRAM capacity. The RTX 2060 offers performance similar to the GTX 1070 Ti, but that card packs an 8GB memory buffer, as did its non-Ti counterpart. In other words, the RTX 2060 is the fastest graphics card to ever to come with a 6GB memory buffer.

Musicians and fans of oldschool digital music might be interested to hear there's a new MIDI standard on the way. Despite being virtually unchanged since its release in 1983, MIDI remains by far the most popular digital interface for musicians. At the 2019 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)show, the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) just announced that it is in the preliminary prototyping phase of drafting the MIDI 2.0 standard.

Wired report on a new record for the world's fastest supercomputer. Summit, which occupies an area equivalent to two tennis courts, used more than 27,000 powerful graphics processors in the project. It tapped their power to train deep-learning algorithms, the technology driving AI’s frontier, chewing through the exercise at a rate of a billion billion operations per second, a pace known in supercomputing circles as an exaflop.

Intel are going to retire Itanium soon. Under their product discontinuance plan, Intel will cease shipments of Itanium CPUs in mid-2021, or a bit over two years from now. The impact to hardware vendors should be minimal – at this point HP Enterprise is the only company still buying the chips – but it nonetheless marks the end of an era for Intel and their interesting experiment into a non-x86 VLIW-style architecture.

Optus are lining up a 5G service to challenge the NBN. The service will cost $70 a month and include unlimited downloads and a ‘satisfaction guarantee’ that will allow customers to cancel their contract without any fees if they get download speeds below 50 megabits per second (Mbps). That price point compares favourably with Optus' NBN products: For $70 a month the telco offers an NBN service with unlimited downloads and typical evening speeds of 40Mbps.



Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-February-2019  12:06:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Supermicro C9Z390-PGW Motherboard on Anandtech.
Gigabyte MZ01-CE0 workstation/server motherboard on ServeTheHome.
Intel Xeon W-3175X 28-Core CPU on GamersNexus.
Intel Xeon W-3175X CPU on TomsHardware.

Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition CPU cooler on Vortez.
Swiftech H240 X3 AIO CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
CRYORIG C7 Cu CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
XPG INFAREX M20 mouse on Vortez.
CHERRY MW8 Advanced Wireless Mouse on MadShrimps.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z video card on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z on HardOCP.
MSI RTX 2080Ti Lightning on OC3D.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 & RTX 2080 Laptop GPUs on NoteBookCheck.

Power Supply:
Sandberg Outdoor Solar Powerbank 24000 on NikKTech.
Corsair SF450 (2018) 450W SFX on HardOCP.

Audio Visual:
Cooler Master MH751 Gaming Headset on OCInside.
Dell S2719DGF Monitor on RTINGS.

Misc:
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 (SM-A920) phone on TechARP.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal 4000 MHz CL17 memory on TechPowerUp.
Anthem: The end game PC game on GamingNexus.
Synology DS 1819+ NAS on Modders-Inc.
Dell EMC PowerEdge T140 tower server on ServeTheHome.



Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-February-2019  14:30:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to GillR and Axe this week!








Photography Gallery (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-January-2019  16:14:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.






















Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-January-2019  12:41:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is the last day to opt out of My Health Record. If you're not sure if you want to opt out or not, there's an article here on ABC with some background. Privacy experts are concerned about the system's security, yet health experts are urging Australians to join, saying a connected data system will save lives and reduce medical errors. After January 31, if you haven't chosen to opt out, a My Health Record will automatically be created for you. There's a big discussion thread here in the forums.

Intel have a new 28-core, unlocked Xeon processor. With the most cores and threads, CPU PCIe lanes, and memory capacity of any Intel desktop processor, the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor has the features that matter for massive mega-tasking projects such as film editing and 3D rendering.

TechSpot meanwhile caution people that mobile GeForce RTX GPUs may not be what you expect. Nvidia in revealing specifications for its laptop-bound RTX GPUs shared that base clock speeds for its RTX 2080 cards can vary from 735 MHz (on the Max-Q variant) to 1,380 MHz (for the standard RTX 2080 configuration). By comparison, the desktop RTX 2080 features a base clock of 1,515 MHz. Doing some quick math, that’s a more than 50 percent reduction in clock speed. Presumably, this will have a significant impact on gaming performance.



Thursday Midday Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-January-2019  11:47:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Western Digital Black SN750 on Vortez.
Western Digital Black SN750 SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK530 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master MK730 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master SK630 Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on HWAsylum.
Patriot Viper V765 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
ASUS TUF Gaming K5 keyboard on Vortez.
Cooler Master SK630 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master SK630 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO on OCInside.
Thermaltake Riing Trio 12 RGB Radiator Fan TT Premium Edition Triple Pack on Vortez.
EKWB-Supremacy Classic RGB – Nickel + Plexi Waterblock on Modders-Inc.

Cases:
Fractal Design Meshify S2 – Meshify Gets a Define S2 Mash-Up on Bjorn3D.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 Black Tempered Glass Edition on Modders-Inc.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Xeon W-3175X Review: Supercharged 28-Core Skylake-SP on HotHardware.
Intel Unlocked Xeon W-3175X (System) on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX & 2920X Workstation Performance on TechGage.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Resident Evil 2 Benchmarked: Graphics Performance Tested on TechSpot.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2060 STRIX OC video card on Guru3D.

Misc:
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8SF (with GeForce RTX 2070) Gaming Laptop on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper Steel 4000 MHz DDR4 memory on Guru3D.
NZXT E Series 650 W PSU on TechPowerUp.



Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-January-2019  15:35:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an article on MichaelWest.com about the history and failure of the NBN. The roll-out of the NBN has been lambasted as a national tragedy. Lee Ridge looks at the players and the process behind the foundering broadband project and argues politics and ideology have set Australia back years.

TPG are apparently not rolling out a mobile network anymore, due to the Government's ban on Huawei equipment. "It is extremely disappointing that the clear strategy the company had to become a mobile network operator at the forefront of 5G has been undone by factors outside of TPG's control," the company's chairman David Teoh said. Huawei Australia also expressed disappointment at the decision. "As predicted, the Australian's Government's 5G ban on Huawei will lead to reduced competition and higher prices for Australia consumers and businesses," it said in a statement.

Meanwhile the US Dept of Justice have officially indicted Huawei for theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. The indictment, returned by a grand jury on January 16, details Huawei’s efforts to steal trade secrets from Bellevue, Washington based T-Mobile USA and then obstruct justice when T-Mobile threatened to sue Huawei in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The alleged conduct described in the indictment occurred from 2012 to 2014, and includes an internal Huawei announcement that the company was offering bonuses to employees who succeeded in stealing confidential information from other companies.

Anandtech checked out some double-height DDR4 from G.Skill and ZADAK. Two memory module companies, G.Skill and ZADAK, have developed a new memory format with double capacity DDR4 memory. These new modules put the equivalent of two standard modules onto one PCB, making one memory module act like two. Both companies have introduced 2x32 GB kits. As a result, these memory modules are double the capacity over regular DDR4 memory, with the downside that they are also double the height.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-January-2019  16:13:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD on Tweaktown.
StarTech Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
TT Premium X1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum TKL Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Input Club Kira Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM830 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC on HotHardware.
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan on ThinkComputers.
Asus ROG Strix Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 DUAL OC 8G on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Razer Blade Stealth (2019) laptop on TechSpot.
Testing Intel Whiskey Lake CPUs: Core i7-8565U for laptops on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
Philips 272P7VPTKEB 4K UHD Monitor on OCInside.
Cooler Master MH751 Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
Creative Outlier ONE Plus In-ear Headphones with Built-in MP3 Player on MadShrimps.
Logitech G Pro Headset Review – Built for Pro Gamers on BabelTechReviews.

Misc:
Antec High Current Gamer Extreme 1000W PSU on NikKTech.
TeamGroup T-Force XCalibur RGB DDR4-4000 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.



Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2019  14:35:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Mace and Simon this week - have a great long weekend!








Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2019  13:20:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congratulations to Australia's Toby Price, for winning his second Dakar Rally recently. Price came into the race under a significant injury cloud, having broken the scaphoid bone in his right wrist just weeks prior to the flag going down in Peru. The Australian thought he would endure two stages then pull out, but support and luck kept him going, with the 2016 champion going for broke on Tuesday's eighth stage to take the overall lead.

ITMunch have an article about Elon Musk's Neuralink, one of his less-known companies. Elon Musk’s main goal, he explains, is to wire a chip into your skull. This chip would give you the digital intelligence needed to progress beyond the limits of our biological intelligence. This would mean a full incorporation of artificial intelligence into our bodies and minds. He argues that without taking this drastic measure, humanity is doomed. There are a lot of ethical questions raised on the topic of what humanity according to Elon Musk exactly is, but he seems undeterred.

Tech Report have a System Guide for January 2019. This is where the TR staff picks out the créme de la créme of hardware components fit for the most price-effective builds around. We've tried to create builds across a wide range of price points with parts that provide the best performance possible for the money. However, we don't just ferret out the cheapest components possible or compromise configurations to hit arbitrary price points. Indeed, these are the systems we'd build for ourselves, given the money.

ThinkComputers have a gallery of Case Mods from CES 2019. Each year at CES companies are showing off their hardware and what better way to showcase this hardware than inside of a case mod! This year we saw quite a lot of different mods from some of the biggest names in the modding community.

Intel released their quarterly results, which were weaker than expected. Shares of Intel stock fell as much as 8 percent on Thursday after the company reported lower-than-expected revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter and light guidance.

The ACCC are urging NBN customers to claim a refund if they are eligible, with more info here. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging NBN customers to check whether or not they are entitled to a refund for having a slow connection. Customers, the ACCC said, may be eligible for a refund following negotiations between the watchdog and retail service providers over the past 15 months.



Thursday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-January-2019  20:21:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Apacer AS2280 P2 SSD 480 GB on TechPowerUp.
Patriot EP A1 128GB & 256GB MicroSDXC Cards on NikKTech.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD on Vortez.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung's 970 EVO Plus 500-GB SSD on TechReport.
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus SSD on HotHardware.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 13 (9380) 2019 laptop on HotHardware.
OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone on TechARP.

Cases:
Fractal Design Meshify S2 on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 Black Dark TG Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 on OCClub.

Software:
Unruly Heroes game on TechPowerUp.
Pikuniku game on OCClub.

Misc:
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Das Keyboard 4Q on TechSpot.
GIGABYTE Z390 Designare motherboard on Vortez.
Creative SXFI Amp on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG THOR 1200W Power Supply on HardOCP.



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