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July 2011
Sunday Night Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-July-2011  22:53:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Zalman Trimon ZM-M240W 3D Monitor on XbitLabs.
iiyama ProLite E2473HD monitor on OC3D.
Thermaltake Shock One Headset on Bjorn3D.
Grace Digital GDI-IRMS300 Internet Micro Hi-Fi Stereo System on MissingRemote.
TTesports Shock Spin Headphones on RBMods.
Asus O!Play HD2 Media Player on Tweaknews.
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD Mini 2 Media Player on Tweaktown.
CM Storm Sirius gaming headset on OC3D.
CM Storm Sirius gaming headset on HWSecrets.

Patriot Wildfire 240GB SSD on LegionHW.
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD on Guru3D.
Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB Wireless Flash Storage on BigBruin.
Archgon MH-2612 Mobile Hard Drive Enclosure on Pro-Clockers.
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 SATA 3Gb/s 500-GB Hard Drive ST9500420AS on ReviewTheTech.
A Terabyte For Notebooks: WD's Scorpio Blue 1TB Drive on HotHardware.
Seagate Momentus 750GB Notebook Hard Drive ST9750420AS on ReviewTheTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G notebook on TechReviewSource.
Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini on HotHardware.
ASRock Core HT on PureOC.
ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC on OCClub.
ASUS G74 gaming laptop on PCPerspective.

Power Supply:
Antec High Current Pro 850W on XSReviews.
ADATA HM Series 650W on TechPowerUp.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-July-2011  22:27:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS M5A97 EVO and M5A99X EVO on PureOC.
MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) on TBreak.
Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Motherboard on HWSecrets.
Gigabyte X58A-OC Overclocking Motherboard on NinjaLane.
ECS A75F-A (AMD A75) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Gen3 on HWHeaven.

Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler on Futurelooks.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM Heatsink on Futurelooks.
Swiftech H2O-X20 Edge Liquid Cooling System on XbitLabs.
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller on APHNetworks.
Thermalright T-RAD² VGA Cooler on eTeknix.
Arctic Freezer 13 Limited Edition CPU cooler on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Ozone Radon 5K gaming mouse on OCClub.
Tt eSports Dasher Gaming Mouse Pad on eTeknix.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on RWLabs.

Video Cards:
PowerColor Radeon HD 6870x2 2GB Overclocked on Tweaktown.
GeForce GTX 560 from EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI on XbitLabs.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC Super Overclock 1536MB on eTeknix.

Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-July-2011  14:49:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I assume you're all being showered with gifts and affection today, it being SysAdmin Day, after all. :)

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Sponsor Specials (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-July-2011  13:56:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials forum if you're shopping around. In there our various sponsors have threads with deals on ADSL routers, headphones, fitness supplements, powerboards, home automation, microservers, plasma TVs, memory, SSDs, home casino parties, furniture, CPUs and a lot more. Check it out!

DIY HTPC Remote Control (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-July-2011  02:21:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sabretooth has sent in a detailed article showing how to build and configure an infra-red remote control receiver for your HTPC. If you'd rather DIY than buy something off the shelf, read on:

click for the article!

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-July-2011  21:36:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google Street View is now high resolution in Australia. Today we're excited to announce that updated Street View imagery of Australian towns and cities is live in Google Maps. Places around Australia are now available in higher quality to help you plan your visits and show off your favourite places to friends. We plan to recommence our driving operations in Australia later this year, collecting new imagery from across Australia. Discussion here.

An alleged Australian hacker has been charged with attacking Australian businesses. David Cecil, an unemployed truck driver, who allegedly gave himself the online nickname Evil, has been charged with the nation's biggest hacking attack, police say. In Orange Local Court on Wednesday, it was alleged the 25-year-old Cowra man had control of Platform Networks' entire system for six weeks. More info here and discussion here.

Meanwhile Scotland Yard believe they have nabbed Topiary, the LulzSec spokesman. The police news release doesn’t name the suspect. The bust is the second high-profile arrest of an alleged member of the six-man hacking gang. British police last week arrested a 16-year-old they say is “T-Flow” — another prominent member. In June they arrested 19-year-old Ryan Cleary of Wickford, Essex, who allegedly ran an IRC channel used by the group. More here.

Microsoft have released a Camera Codec Pack which lets you natively view more camera files in Windows, including RAW images. # The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC). # Installing this package will allow supported RAW camera files to be viewable in Windows Explorer. # This package is available in both the x86 and x64 versions. Discussion here.

Google+ keeps itself in the headlines, with Google apparently trying to smooth ruffled feathers after a recent spate of account suspensions. Google has heard the public outcry about its name restrictions and the way it killed off many Google+ user accounts, and it's working fast to fix the problem. Many Google+ users have been up in arms over the past few days, since the new social networking site cranked up its efforts to delete the accounts of people who weren't using their real names.

Chinese physicists have proven time travel impossible, thanks Shooter. I think at one point we proved you'd die if you went faster than the speed of sound, too. In a published study, Shengwang Du and his team of physicists at the Hong Kong University of Technology and Science stated that single photons can't travel faster than the speed of light. By result, the possibilities of time traveling have been debunked in one fell swoop because it was previously believed that if a single photon could travel faster than the speed of light, it could "teleport" information to another time.

Also on the science front, AB sent word of an asteroid sharing our orbit. Astronomers have discovered the first Trojan asteroid sharing Earth's orbit around the Sun. Trojans are asteroids locked in stable orbits by a gravitational balancing act between a planet and the Sun.

PC Perspective checked out the steady video technology in AMD's new APUs. Steady Video, as we described it in our initial AMD Llano A8-3850 review is: Using a heterogeneous computing model AMD's driver will have the ability to stabilize "bouncy" video that is usually associated with consumer cameras and unsteady hands.

A few people sent word of another Humble Indie Bundle, where you get a handful of games and you decide how much to pay for it, and how much of your payment goes to charity. All games in the Humble Indie Bundle work natively on Linux Mac OS X, and Windows.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-July-2011  11:22:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Toshiba Satellite L755-S5271 laptop on TechReviewSource.
Swiss Army Knife Tablet: Toshiba's Thrive Reviewed on HotHardware.
Gammatech Durabook U12C-WZ-TP Laptop on Motherboards.org.

Audio Visual:
Energysistem DVB-T T1250HDTV USB Tuner on XSReviews.
Arctic Sound P531 USB Headset on Vortez.
Scythe Kama Bay AMP 2000 Rev. B Amplifier on MadShrimps.
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 network media player on Vortez.
Roccat KULO 7.1 USB Virtual Surround Headset on RWLabs.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT on NinjaLane.
In Win BUC on TechPowerUp.
Silverstone CW02 HTPC chassis on TechReaction.
SilverStone Temjin TJ11 (SST-TJ11B-W) Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Silverstone Fortress Series FT03 on Motherboards.org.

Zalman CNPS7X LED CPU Cooler on Techgage.
Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Spire Slimod 282 VGA Cooler on FunkyKit.
Xigmatek Dark Knight CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard on HWSecrets.
MSI A75MA-G55 (A75) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI A75MA-G55 AMD Socket FM1 Motherboard on LegitReviews.
AMD A8-3850 With Radeon HD 6550D Running On Linux on Phoronix.
ASRock X58 Extreme 3 Motherboard on Motherboards.org.

Input Etc:
Razer Mamba 2012 wireless gaming mouse on VR-Zone.
Zowie Mico RTS Mouse on XSReviews.

Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD on VR-Zone.
Drobo B800i SAN iSCSI on Motherboards.org.

Power Supply:
FSP AURUM CM Gold 650W on APHNetworks.
Corsair HX1050 Professional Series on HWHeaven.
Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520 520W on TechPowerUp.

Soundscience Halo Bias Lighting on OCClub.
HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB video card on PureOC.

Wednesday Morning (19 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-July-2011  01:40:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Not long until SysAdmin Day! Friday, July 29, 2011, is the 12th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication. Feel free to print that out and leave it as a hint near the coffee machine.

Brisbane PC shop Umart were robbed at gunpoint recently. Acting Inspector David Danslow said the man is believed to have entered the store on Douglas St, about 6.48pm to pick up a purchase he made online. He is then said to have discussed the purchase with staff before drawing the handgun, pointing it at a staff member and at the customers in store. There's CCTV video (not showing the actual crime/gun) here and discussion here.

The ABS has warned ISPs to expect internet congestion at census time. The head of the population census program Paul Lowe said the ABS expected "at least 30 percent" of Australians to submit their census surveys online. "About 50 percent of these, or 1.5 million households, will be completing their online Census form between 6pm and 10pm on 9th August 2011," Lowe said.

Meanwhile if you're wondering what the census data tells about Australia, Sciby found this ABS Spotlight site. Shine some light, and see what kind of a story Census data can tell you about you.

If you're going to buy lots of explosives, you probably shouldn't do it on eBay, thanks Rezin. A CASTLEMAINE man who was allegedly tracked by ASIO importing bomb-making equipment bought on eBay said last night that he wanted the explosives to ''make firecrackers''. An out-of-sessions hearing in Castlemaine heard that Phillip John Marsh, 35, had been under surveillance after making the purchases, which included anti-personnel mines.

Mpot sent in more info on the fake Chinese Apple store, including the fact that even the customers are angry now. "When I heard the news I rushed here immediately to get the receipt, I am so upset," a customer surnamed Wang told Reuters, near tears. "With a store this big, it looks so believable who would have thought it was fake?"

TKD pointed out that AMD have some strange ads on YouTube. There's some kind of indecipherable trailer and a very odd one about the benefits of GDDR5, which apparently include dental hygiene and guitar chops. I'm afraid to look at the rest of the videos..

Ashley sent in this story and Flash animation giving an update on the R18+ situation. Games containing extreme violence will continue to be refused classification and banned from sale altogether. Hrm.

An Australian company is aiming to build a honkin' big solar tower in Arizona. The mammoth 800-plus meter (2625 ft) tall tower will instantly become one of the world's tallest buildings. Its 200-megawatt power generation capacity will reliably feed the grid with enough power for 150,000 US homes, and once it's built, it can be expected to more or less sit there producing clean, renewable power with virtually no maintenance until it's more than 80 years old.

CERT Australia have released a report on Australia's involvement in Cyber Storm III. CERT Australia coordinated Australia’s involvement in Cyber Storm III - a major international cyber security exercise that simulated cyber attacks targeting critical infrastructure and other nationally important systems and services. Cyber Storm III was conducted in conjunction with the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. It involved over 50 Australian organisations, including the communications, food, finance, transport, utilities and government sectors.

Today's timewaster is Little Master Cricket. Might want to turn your speakers down if you're at work.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-July-2011  01:03:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler on BenchmarkReviews.
Gelid Tranquillo Rev.2 Quiet CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
ThermalTake Frio OCK CPU Cooler on TechWareLabs.

Audio Visual:
Sony Alpha NEX-C3 digicam on TechReviewSource.
LG Cinema 3D TV 42LW5700 on TBreak.
Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-300 Headphones on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset on XSReviews.

Hornettek Defender 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure on DragonSteelMods.
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD on PureOC.
Thecus N2200XXX NAS on OCOnline.

Input Etc:
Impressions from a few months with the iPad 2 on TechReport.
Gigabyte GM-M6900 Gaming Mouse on TechWareLabs.
Razer BlackWidow and BlackWidow Ultimate keyboards on TechReport.
Genius LuxeMate T810 Media Center Wireless Keyboard on MissingRemote.
HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse on TechSpot.
NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Mid 2011 Tablet Round-up on TBreak.
Motorola Droid 3 smartphone on TechSpot.
Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB Video Review on LegitReviews.
HTC EVO 3D Smartphone on HotHardware.
MSI FX620DX laptop on TechReviewSource.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply on Bjorn3D.
Club 3D CSP-S600 600W PSU on VR-Zone.
Topower 1000W Gold Power Supply on OCClub.

Video Cards:
Diamond Radeon HD 6770 XOC 1GB on Tweaktown.
Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Multiview on HWSecrets.

TP-LINK TL-WN821NC 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter on MadShrimps.
Patriot Gamer 2 Series DDR3-1600 8GB kit on FunkyKit.
Dungeon Siege III PC game on TechGage.
AMD Llano A6-3650 APU and Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard on HWHeaven.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-July-2011  03:12:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Akasa Baymaster S USB 3.0 Card & Drive Reader on eTeknix.
Renice X3 120GB 50mm mSATA 3Gbps 120GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
OCZ Agility 3 120GB Solid State Drive on Pro-Clockers.

Bitfenix Shinobi Case Window Edition on RBMods, our non-window review here.
NZXT Source on OCClub.
Silverstone Raven RV03 on OC3D.

Video Cards:
AMD Six Screen Eyefinity on eTeknix.
ASUS Radeon HD 6970 DirectCU II on Tweaktown.
HIS Radeon 6970 ICEQ MIX on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake TR2 800W PSU on VR-Zone.
Cooler Master GX 450W on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Tt eSPORTS MEKA Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Enermax Aurora Lite keyboard on TechReaction.
SteelSeries 7G Pro Gaming Keyboard on RWLabs.
NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse on Vortez.

MSI RC Chopper Contest (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-July-2011  15:22:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Contest time! MSI currently have a promotion where they are giving a free RC helicopter with each purchase of various MSI products. However they've set aside 5 helicopters for OCAU members in our latest contest.

Basically, we want to see some MSI products amusingly or cleverly inserted into iconic or famous pictures, or famous places, historic moments, scenes from movies, etc. So, bust out the photoshop (or use Pixlr online for free) and the following high-res pictures:

580 Lightning
6970 Lightning
Big Bang Marshal

This isn't a contest of photoshop skill, so feel free to have a go even if you know your edges and blending and all that stuff won't be perfect. It's about clever ideas and having a laugh. Note: offensive or disturbing images will be removed.

Post your entries in this thread. If you need image hosting, use OCAU Pix. The contest will run for 2 weeks, ending at 11:59pm on the 8th of August, and then we'll have a vote to choose the winner from my favourites.

So, get to da photochoppah!

Bitfenix Shinobi Case (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-July-2011  02:48:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby's taken a quick look at the Bitfenix Shinobi case. It's all black and named after some famous assassins, but it won't ninja your wallet..

Click for the review!

Sunday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-July-2011  14:47:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The big news of the weekend is that the state governments have agreed on an R18+ games rating for Australia, and it may happen by early next year. All states and the Commonwealth have agreed in principle to the move although NSW abstained from endorsing the proposal at a meeting in Adelaide today. Attorneys-General agreed to support a Commonwealth proposal to introduce an R18+ classification for computer games a move which has been under consideration for more than a decade. More here and discussion here.

Registrations for the ASX sharemarket game are closing soon. ASX Sharemarket Games are a hands-on, interactive and fun experience. They are an ideal way to learn about the world of share investing. With a hypothetical $50,000 to invest, you have the opportunity to create your own share portfolio. Experience what it is like to invest in the sharemarket without spending a cent of your own money. Discussion here.

Linux 3.0 is officially out now. As already mentioned several times, there are no special landmark features or incompatibilities related to the version number change, it's simply a way to drop an inconvenient numbering system in honor of twenty years of Linux. In fact, the 3.0 merge window was calmer than most, and apart from some excitement from RCU I'd have called it really smooth. Which is not to say that there may not be bugs, but if anything, there are hopefully fewer than usual, rather than the normal ".0" problems.

The ACCC are looking into NBN pricing. THE competition watchdog is to launch a public inquiry into how NBN Co charges internet providers for access to the government's $36 billion National Broadband Network, following industry fears that smaller providers will have to pass on extra costs to consumers.

Here's some interesting motherboard city artwork, and RA sent in these space invader wallpapers.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-July-2011  14:18:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
TYAN S5510GM3NR Server Motherboard on TechWareLabs.
ASRock A75 Extreme6 (AMD A75) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P on OC3D.
AMD Llano A8-3850 on TBreak.

Thermaltake Level 10 GT on PureOC.
Thermaltake Level 10/GT PC Case Comparison on RWLabs.

Audio Visual:
HornetTek Fantasy Media Player on PureOC.
Cooler Master Storm Sirius Headset on APHNetworks.
CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Stereo Headset on Pro-Clockers.
Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on OCIA.
Hercules DJ Control MP3 e2 on DragonSteelMods.

Input Etc:
ZOWIE EC1 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Mionix NAOS 5000 Gaming Mouse & Propus 380 Mouse Mat on Tweaktown.

Areca ARC-4036 6Gb/s SAS/SATA JBOD Enclosure on TheSSDReview.
240 GB SATA-600 Solid State Drive Round-Up on HWSecrets.
Apacer Share Steno AC430 USB 3.0 500GB HDD on RWLabs.
WD Scorpio Black 750GB Notebook Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD on Vortez.
Patriot Torqx2 128GB SSD on Bjorn3D.
Corsair Force GT 120GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
Corsair Force GT 128GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
ADATA S511 120 GB on TechPowerUp.
OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Video Cards:
KFA2 GT 520 Passive 1GB on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB on MadShrimps.
MSI R6950 Twin Frozer III Power Edition on OCClub.
ZOTAC GTX560 1GB AMP! Edition SLI on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Pavilion dv6-6170us notebook on TechReviewSource.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M Review featuring Alienware M17x R3 Laptop on HWHeaven.
Le Pan TC970 9.7-inch Android Tablet on ThinkComputers.
A month with Asus' Eee Pad Transformer on TechReport.
iBUYPOWER BTS11 Budget Gaming Rig on TechWarelabs.
Lenovo Essential G570 notebook on TechReviewSource.

Thermal Grease (TIM) Roundup on XSReviews.
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller on HWSecrets.
Thermalright True Spirit CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.

Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues DLC PC on HWHeaven.

Misc Pics (44 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-July-2011  12:38:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Kanzar and TJK this week!

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Friday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-July-2011  02:27:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out this updated Backblaze Pod article. To maintain profitability, we continue to avoid overpriced commercial solutions, and we now build the Backblaze Storage Pod 2.0: a 135-terabyte, 4U server for $7,384. It’s double the storage and twice the performance - at lower cost than the original. In this post, we’ll share how to make a 2.0 storage pod, and you’re welcome to use the design. We’ll also share some of our secrets from the last three years of deploying more than 16 petabytes worth of Backblaze storage pods. Discussion here.

It seems more than 10% of the world is still using IE6, with a whopping 33% of users in China still on it. This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.

One of Reddit's founders has been arrested for data theft. A respected Harvard researcher who also is an Internet folk hero has been arrested in Boston on charges related to computer hacking, which are based on allegations that he downloaded articles that he was entitled to get free.

Philip and looktall spotted this fake Apple store in China. They looked like Apple products. It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks.

Matt noticed that Thunderbird 5 was released recently, and if you're thinking "Gosh, I don't even remember Thunderbird 4", it's because there wasn't one. The latest version of Thunderbird includes more than 390 improvements and performance enhancements that make Thunderbird more responsive, faster to start up and easier to use. Thunderbird delivers several improvements to some favorite features such as RSS feeds, Attachment management, and Tabs which can now be reordered and dragged into a new window.

Tech Report have an article about the science of fanboyism. As it turns out, evidence suggests that fanboys aren't just raving fools. I'm not talking about anecdotal evidence, either. Various scientific studies have pointed to the existence of a basal process that, when one chooses between two roughly equally desirable items, causes the brain's perception of the two items to change significantly. The rejected item appears less desirable than it did before, while the chosen item is suddenly viewed as more desirable.

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-July-2011  20:34:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard on eTeknix.
MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 Motherboard on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
Hauppauge Colossus HD Capture Card on MissingRemote.
Warpia StreamHD SWP120A Wireless HDMI on MissingRemote.
Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Speaker System on RWLabs.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon 6770 ICEQX Turbo Crossfire on Guru3D.
HIS Radeon HD 6770 IceQ X Turbo 1GB on Tweaktown.
HIS Radeon 6770 IceQ X Turbo on PureOC.
PowerColor Radeon 6870 X2 on PureOC.

SilverStone DC01 Mini Network Storage Device on HWHeaven.
Corsair Force GT SATA 6Gb/s 120GB on OCClub.
OWC Mercury Electra 6G 240GB SATA 3 SSD on TheSSDReview.

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced on Pro-Clockers.
Moneual Sonamu G100 ECO-Friendly Micro ATX on Tweaktown.

Frostbite vs Ceramique for sub-zero cooling on TechReaction.
Corsair Hydro H80 CPU cooler on NeoSeeker.
Corsair AirFlow Pro Display and AirFlow 2 Fan on LegitReviews.
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Qualcomm Vellamo Browser Benchmark and Results - Android Web Performance on PC Perspective.
Apple OS X Lion on TechReviewSource.

Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W on TechPowerUp.
HP Pavilion Elite h8-1010 desktop PC on TechReviewSource.
TTesports Dasher Gaming Mousepad on RBMods.

Final Shuttle Landing (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-July-2011  19:24:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Space Shuttle Atlantis will land in about half an hour, marking the final end of the Space Shuttle program. Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off July 8 on the final flight of the shuttle program, STS-135, a 13-day mission to the International Space Station.

You can watch the landing on NASA TV, and discuss it here.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-July-2011  21:27:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting things from people in the forums:

windwithme has an OC guide for
i7-2600K & GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7

Sin0822 also has a
Z68X-UD7 Performance Review

Barnzz compared X58 and P67
in gaming benchmarks

archibaw made a
cool headphone stand

while Fewsion
blinged a fan

and Seany Orrsum modded
an Xbox360 controller

primesuspect teased us
with something strange

while gruntLOL has a
nicely etched and lit PC

SYF_Karma added stacks of rads
to a Tt Level 10 GT

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-July-2011  21:06:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset on BigBruin.
Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset on LegitReviews.
Panasonic Lumix GH2 digicam on TBreak.
Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset on NinjaLane.

Power Supply:
Seasonic X-Series 660W Modular on Bjorn3D.
Corsair HX1050 1050W on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Laptop on TBreak.
HP TouchPad Review: webOS on the Tablet on TechSpot.
Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC on HWHeaven.
VidaBox iPad Wall Mount on MadShrimps.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420s Laptop on HotHardware.
Acer Aspire One 722 notebook on TechReviewSource.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD A6-3650 APU processor on Guru3D.
Jetway H109-Z (Intel Z68) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock H61iCafe motherboard on PureOC.
Biostar 1155 TZ68A+ on OC3D.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 Motherboard on HWSecrets.
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard Review: 20GB SSD On-Board on TechSpot.
MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard on Guru3D.

Video Cards:
Visiontek Radeon 6950 2GB on PureOC.
ASUS 6870 DirectCU on TechReaction.
HIS HD 6570 Silence on OCCafe.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G mouse on OC3D.
Speedlink Snappy Wireless Mouse on XSReviews.

Silicon Power Stream S10 750GB on LegionHW.
Apacer AC430 USB 3.0 External HDD on MadShrimps.
Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD on HWHeaven.

Bitfenix Shinobi on OCClub.
Bitfenix Shinobi Window on XtremeComputing.

NZXT FX Enthusiast 140mm & 120mm Fans on OCModShop.
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller on eTeknix.
Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Wednesday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-July-2011  02:22:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The whole News Corp / Murdoch thing is top story everywhere at the moment, but one geeky aspect is that it seems to have brought Lulzsec out of retirement, attacking News International websites, including The Sun. There's an amusingly clueless video from Sky News, and meanwhile the FBI are raiding suspected Anonymous members in New York.

Corsair are recalling their Force 3 120GB SSDs. This is our fault, our production tests didn’t catch the issue before the drives were shipped to the consumer and we take full responsibility for our products, which is why we’re asking for them to be returned and will be picking up return shipping. More info here, discussion here.

Confusion reigns in the R18+ games rating battle, with South Australia scrapping MA15+ and NSW not voting in an upcoming meeting. According to recent studies, two-thirds of the Australian states and territories are publicly in favour of the R18+ introduction (including the controversial South Australian vote) - while the remaining three (NSW, Victoria and Western Australia) announced they would hold off on making a decision until some time closer to the meeting. Now, it seems that time has come, and while the Victorian and Western Australian ministers are keeping quiet, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith has announced that he will not vote.

The SBS website was compromised with malware earlier this week. SBS is warning readers of its news website to run a virus scan on their computer following a "hacking attack".

Here's a cool Lego Grid Computing Farm. Like Tribbles, Legos seem to have an uncanny ability for multiplying in my house at an almost exponential rate. First, you build models, then it’s Star Wars, then it’s your phone, your jewelry. Before things are said and done you’ve got nooks, bins and chests full of them. I’ve been addicted to Legos for longer than I can remember, so when the opportunity comes up to work on a new project of some sort the question that invariably arises is, "Can I use Legos?"

Tweaktown have been playing with Llano memory, while Tech Report tried some 1866MHz memory with theirs. TechPowerUp meanwhile have a GPU performance analysis of the platform. AMD's new A-Series processors promise high performance integrated graphics that works well for productivity and gaming. In our article we take a closer look at 3D performance of the A8-3850 processor, test it in Dual Graphics mode and investigate the effect of memory clock, memory timings, UMA memory size and overclocking.

Russia has launched a new space telescope. The instrument, dubbed the "Russian Hubble" after the iconic US space telescope but many thousands of times more powerful, will give astronomers new opportunities for looking billions of light years back in time to the young universe and unlocking the mysteries of black holes.

JohnC and TonyR both sent in this quite amazing 3D printer video. 3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies.

Ze sent word that a stormtrooper is walking across Australia to raise money for the Starlight Foundation. Starting in July 2011 I aim to walk from Perth (Western Australia) to Sydney (New South Wales). Over the course of the trek I will cross 4 states and cover approximately 5000km’s in modified stormtrooper armour. More info including donation details here, with official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-July-2011  16:30:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop on HWHeaven.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G Tablet on TBreak.
Samsung RF711 Notebook on PureOC.

G.SKILL RipjawsX F3-14900CL9Q-8GBXL Kit on TheSSDReview.
Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz 8GB Memory Kit on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset on BenchmarkReviews.
Cooler Master CM Storm Sirius 5.1 Gaming Headset on Tweaknews.
Cooler Master Storm Sirus headset on PureOC.
Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset on Modders-Inc.
Vivitek H5080 projector on GamingNexus.
Samsung SH100 digicam on TechReviewSource.
ASUS Xonar DG Sound Card on ThinkComputers.
CM Storm Sirius headset on NeoSeeker.
Benq BL2400 24" Monitor on TBreak.

Motherboard & CPU:
Zotac's Z68ITX Mini-ITX motherboard on TechReport.
AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Llano APU on LegitReviews.
ASUS P67 Sabertooth on Bjorn3D.
Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 (AMD A75) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ECS HDC-I HTPC mobo on OCClub.
MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) LGA1155 Mainboard on XbitLabs.

Input Etc:
IOGEAR GKM581R Wireless HTPC Keyboard on MissingRemote.
SteelSeries WoW: Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Dirt 3 Edition 2GB on ThinkComputers.
Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 Xtreme 1GB on eTeknix.
Contemporary Graphics Accelerators in F.E.A.R. 3 on XbitLabs.

Sandberg Hard Disk Cloner on RWLabs.
QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS on ComputingOnDemand.
Patriot Wildfire SF-2281 Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.

CM Storm Enforcer on TechPowerUp.
Bitfenix Shinobi Mid-Tower on Tweaknews.
Rosewill Blackhawk Mid-Tower on Techgage.
Sentey GS-6500B Burton Full Tower on BigBruin.
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced on OC3D.
Sentey Optimus Mid-Tower on OCModShop.

Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Silverstone AP121-USB Desktop Fan on XSReviews.
NZXT Mesh Fan Controller on OCModShop.
Swiftech Polaris 120 and EVGA Superclock CPU Coolers on XbitLabs.

Duke Nukem Forever - 3D and Gameplay PC Review on eTeknix.
Crysis 2 - DX9 vs DX11 - 6990 vs GTX590 on OC3D.

Enermax MAXREVO 1350W Power Supply on RWLabs.
Voipex ViBE on BusinessComputingWorld.

MSI MOA 2011 APAC Final Post-Event Report (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-July-2011  20:19:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dirtyd has provided his wrap-up of the recent MSI Master Overclocking Arena event in Jakarta. Read on for how it all went down when the LN2 was flowing:

Click for the article!

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-July-2011  19:31:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

OCAU Mechanical Keyboard Thread in Overclocking & Hardware.
Canon Printer - Ridiculous Wastage! in Overclocking & Hardware.
Fanless spinning heatsink, whatcha think? in Overclocking & Hardware.
GIGABYTE 6min survey about decision making based on X58/P67 in Intel Hardware.
GIGABYTE X58A-OC Mobo takes X58 Bclk World Record @ 276.42 in Intel Hardware.
Enterprise alternatives to an FTP server in Business & Enterprise.
Facebook Data Centre in Business & Enterprise.
Marketing your IT Business in Business & Enterprise.
Games as storytelling in PC Games.
Hard Reset - New PC Exclusive FPS in PC Games.
Epic retro wedding cake in Retro & Arcade.
WARNING - Do Not Click This Link - Or you will have no money in Storage & Backup.
XPfree windows optimisation guide gets a makeover (now for Vista and Win7 as well) in Windows OS.
What's the point? (stolen images rant) in Photography & Video.
Some awesome astro-photography in Photography & Video.
Sharpening disaster in Geek Food.
Castles worth visiting in Lifestyle.
An Epic Trip Around the World in Lifestyle.
Quitting the internet? in Lifestyle.
5000km Interval Service - Turbo Vehicles in Motoring: Technical.
If you could go back and change something in your life, what would it be? in The Pub.

Monday Morning (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-July-2011  03:20:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yesterday was OCAU's 12th birthday. So I guess it'll be getting all pimply and its voice will be breaking soon. :)

New Zealand ISPs have won the right to charge $25 for a copyright infringement notice sent to their customers. Note that the charge is against the claiming rights holder, to discourage sending thousands of claims at a time. Minister of Commerce Simon Power said the fee was a cost-effective option available to rights holders, compared to enforcing copyright through the courts. He also said the fee was at a level that prevented rights holders from inundating ISPs with alleged copyright infringement notices, as has taken place in countries that have introduced similar regimes.

LegitReviews checked out different memory speeds on Llano. When we did our launch article on the A8-3850 we ran 1866Mhz memory, but since this platform is very budget friendly we know our readers also want to see performance numbers at 1333MHz and 1600MHz. Read on to see how 'Llano' performs at three different memory clock speeds and also with 16GB of memory in a 4x4GB configuration!

Apple have dropped their Australian app pricing, reflecting the strong dollar. Apple users shopping on Australia's iPhone and iPad App Stores are set to feel the benefits of a better exchange rate against the greenback as Apple revises almost all of its local app prices down. Discussion here.

Meanwhile the rumour mill is pondering an Australian arm of Amazon, or maybe they just want to host our businesses. Amazon never made it to Australia in its earlier international expansion phase, and with Australia being a strong western economy, it would seem to make sense for the company to bring its brand of online retail and services to Australia in a directly local fashion, including a local Australian data centre.

PC Perspective have an idiot's guide to EyeFinity. While Eyefinity is certainly not perfect, and we have yet to see wide support for the technology, it is improving month by month. Not every game will take advantage of the technology, and certainly in the case of PANTONE, they have not provided updates to address the limitations of their product in Eyefinity.

Wired report on a cool Minority Report-like interface for a space game, using multiple giant touchscreens. Because of the screen’s sheer size, any number of players can jump in and start moving ships around, Nishimoto said, limited only by how many people can cram themselves around the 20-foot-wide display.

XbitLabs checked out some SATA-600 SSDs. This year we welcomed the next generation of solid state drives, which major distinguishing feature was SATA 6 Gbps interface support. No wonder, since the old 3 Gbps interface limited the potential of the new SSDs. But which SSD to choose? To answer this question we gathered together and tested popular SSDs with SATA 6 Gbps support from Crucial, Intel and OCZ Technology.

Today's timewaster is LabScape, from TonyL.

Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 16-July-2011  21:56:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair H80 vs Antec Kuhler H2O 920 CPU Coolers on HWHeaven.
Corsair H60 Self-Contained Liquid CPU Cooler on Techgage.
NZXT Havik 140 CPU cooler on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Samsung BD-D5700 Blu-Ray Player on TechReviewSource.
Arctic Sound P281 DJ Headphones on ViperLair.
Steelseries 7H Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD 990FX Review: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX vs ECS A990FXM-A on TBreak.
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard on Guru3D.
Asus Rampage III Black Edition on LegionHW.
MSI A75MA-G55 Motherboard on HWSecrets.
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z (Intel Z68) mATX Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock H61M/U3S3 on Phoronix.
ECS A75F-A Motherboard on HWSecrets.
Gigabyte G1.Assassin X58 Motherboard on HotHardware.

Patriot Torqx 2 128 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage on LegitReviews.
RaidSonic Icy Box IB-4320STu3 USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure on RWLabs.
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD on VR-Zone.

Sentey Optimus Mid-Tower on Bjorn3D.
NZXT Source 210 Elite Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
LEPAtek LP 301 budget case on XSReviews.

Video Cards:
HIS HD6970 2GB IceQ MIX (Lucid) on Vortez.
Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Series 9 900X3A-A02CA Slim Notebook on Futurelooks.
Asrock CoreHT 252B HTPC on TechSpot.
Sapphire Edge-HD2 Mini PC on PureOC.

Mushkin Ridgeback Redline Enhanced DDR3 on BenchmarkReviews.
Corsair Vengeance 12GB 2000MHz on TechReaction.
G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBSQ 2x4GB DDR3 Laptop RAM on APHNetworks.
Kingston HyperX Dual Channel 2133Mhz CL9 on NinjaLane.
Patriot Gamer 2 AMD Edition PC3-12800 8GB Kit on Tweaktown.
Kingston HyperX X2 Grey Series 4GB 1600MHz Memory Kit on eTeknix.

Alice: Madness Returns on Bjorn3D.
eTask-it project management on BusinessComputing.
Dirt 3 PC game on eTeknix.
F.E.A.R. 3 on OCModShop.
F.E.A.R. 3 (PC) on HWHeaven.

Input Etc:
ZOWIE G-TF Competitive Gaming Mousepad (Speed Version) on eTeknix.
Roccat Kulo – Virtual 7.1 USB Gaming Headset on RBMods.

Sitecom Wireless Gigabit Router 300N X4 (WLR-4000) on MadShrimps.
Cyborg Gaming Lights (amBX) on HWHeaven.
Enermax MaxRevo EMR1350EWT 1350W PSU on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-July-2011  13:41:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to AK, Simon and Timbot this week!

Here's a couple of bonus ones which the image script doesn't like for some reason:


And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-July-2011  13:10:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Diamond VStream wireless HDMI adapter on TechReport.
Tri-Specs Zeiss Lens Bluetooth Sunglasses w/Built-in MP3 on BigBruin.
Western Digital TV Live Hub on ThinkComputers.
ASUS Xonar U3 USB audio device on TechReport.

Portable, Mini & Prebuilt:
Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC on Pro-Clockers.
ASRock CoreHT 252B Sandy Bridge HTPC on Tweaktown.
Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop on HotHardware.

Motherboard & CPU:
ECS HDC-I E350 on PureOC.
AMD E3850 + GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Motherboard on Vortez.
ZOTAC Z68-ITX WiFi on TechPowerUp.

Thecus N5200XXX 5-Bay NAS Server on Tweaktown.
Seagate Barracuda LP 5900RPM Green SATA 3Gb/s 1TB Hard Drive ST31000520AS on ReviewTheTech.
Patriot WildFire 120GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
Mushkin 32GB SDHC on OCClub.
Crucial m4 256GB on PureOC.

Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Laptop Cooler on APHNetworks.
EVGA Superclock CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Heatsink on FunkyKit.
Thermalright Macho HR-02 CPU Cooler on RWLabs.
Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro C1 CPU cooler on VR-Zone.
Coolink SWiF2 Fan Series on eTeknix.
Noctua NH-C14 & NH-D14 CPU Air Coolers on Metku.
Acoustifan 120mm Dustproof Fan on OCModShop.

Video Cards:
PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 PCS+ Vortex 2 on HWHeaven.
HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Mix on HWHeaven.
HIS Radeon HD 6970 MIX 2GB on eTeknix.

Enermax Hoplite Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Corsair Obsidian series 650D mid-tower on TechReaction.

Belkin N750 DB Wireless N+ Router on TechReviewSource.
SWAP Rebel Smart Watch on XSReviews.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-July-2011  21:26:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Thursday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-July-2011  01:20:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Our appeal for OCAU member silverbullet, his daughter Charli and family has raised over $18,500 so far, which is just amazing!

Microsoft have promised that if your PC can run Windows 7, it will be able to run Windows 8, thanks Sniper. "In both of our Windows 8 previews, we talked about continuing on with the important trend that we started with Windows 7, keeping system requirements either flat or reducing them over time," said Tami Reller, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows division, speaking at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference.

HotHardware compared SATA III SSDs. With all of the new products to hit the SSD market recently, we thought it was a good time to pull together a varied sampling of cutting edge SATA III solid state drives to see how they stack up. We’ve got six drives on tap for this piece, two apiece from OCZ and Corsair, one from Patriot and another from Crucial. On tap are the Corsair Force GT, Corsair Force 3 Series, OCZ Agility 3, Patriot Wildfire, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, and the Crucial M4.

Meanwhile HWSecrets continue their thermal paste roundup. We added five new thermal compounds to our previous roundup, for a total of 30 different thermal compounds from major brands. We also tried another "alternative" compound: toothpaste.

Phoronix look at Sandy Bridge graphics performance in Windows and Linux. The new benchmarks going out today on Phoronix are looking at the performance of Intel's Sandy Bridge graphics with the latest Microsoft Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux drivers. Not only are we using the very latest drivers, but there is also a separate Linux test run with SNA, the "Sandy Bridge New Acceleration" architecture enabled.

HardOCP report on PSU labelling, including an explanatory video by Cooler Master that seems to have now been yoinked. To obtain safety certificates, the specification table and associate rating numbers on the power supply label must be accurate. The manufacturers are free to name the power supply any way they like however, so in this case, Cooler Master placed "500" next to the model name to suggest it as a 500W PSU (and sold as a 500W) as opposed to it being a 450W.

VMware have changed their licensing structure, and people aren't happy. The vendor said the new licensing arrangement would offer simplicity, remove constraints and indicated it was a move to a cloud-like on-demand style of charging. However, customers were quick to criticise the arrangement as boosting requirements for additional and potentially more costly licenses to cover existing environments upgraded to vSphere 5.0.

Overclockers.com look at Llano overclocking. Previously we ran the full review of AMD’s Lynx desktop chip, the A8-3850, which is their Llano architecture for desktops. In that review, regrettably, I was not able to explore overclocking this platform. Thankfully, after a bit more time, that has been remedied."

Australia has a newish Criminal Intelligence Fusion Centre which is crunching the numbers on criminals. The Fusion Centre has brought together ACC officers and specialists from a number of government agencies and empowered them with advanced computer technology to examine possible patterns of crime and money flows. Together, they collect, distribute and analyse data from various public and private sources, red-flagging any anomalies for further investigation and compiling an integrated national criminal intelligence picture for traditional law enforcement agencies.

PC Perspective look at bitcoin mining performance. If you want to learn what a Bitcoin is, how the process of this new currency works and even what GPUs perform the best and most efficiently for this mining process, check out our article!

EA have bought PopCap games for a hefty fee. As we initially reported a few weeks ago, EA has acquired PopCap Games. The acquisition price is $650 million plus $100 million stock and a multi-year earn-out. The total acquisition price is as much as $1.3 billion. PopCap Games is the company behind such hits as Plants vs Zombies, Zuma and Bejeweled. PopCap games have been installed 150 million times worldwide. Last year, approximately 80% of PopCap’s revenue was on digital platforms.

Tarrith reminds us that tomorrow is the last day for making submissions to the classification scheme review. The Issues Paper has been published since May 20 and as yet only 80 public submissions have been made - 80 per cent of them from people who believe in government intervention for the sake of child protection.

Epi spotted this space program game which isn't a web flash thing (it's a Windows download thing) but looks quite fun.

Cable Sleeving Guide (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-July-2011  20:37:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cable sleeving is very popular in the case modding community at the moment. Aphasia has put together a quite comprehensive list of guides, videos and other info, to get your cabling looking its best:

Click for the guide!

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-July-2011  14:53:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting things from people in the forums:

Silverstone FT03 review
by orby

Foxconn Rattler P67
review by windwithme

Lenovo X220 first impressions
video by SuperRoach

HD6970 Xfire in Lian-Li V354
mini-PC by Tartarus

a G5 casemod
by t3h

Mesa Boogie Roadster 2x12
review by jmannik

HTC Sensation video review
by EpicPcCases

ASIGN_Baz is building
a new observatory

vortex shows us his
new house cabling

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-July-2011  14:08:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Asus GTX580 DirectCu II on Overclockers.com.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 on Phoronix.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE A75-UD4H (AMD A75) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper Motherboard on APHNetworks.
GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard on LegitReviews.
ASUS Sabertooth P67 (B3 Revision) LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard on FutureLooks.
ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Motherboard on TheSSDReview.
Intel DH61AG Media Series Mini-ITX Motherboard and Core i5-2390T on MissingRemote.

Input Etc:
ZOWIE MiCO Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
CM Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
XFX Warpad Gaming Mousepad on Tweaknews.
Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Spawn Mouse on Bjorn3D.
Steelseries 6G V2 Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.

NZXT H2 Classic Series Silent Midtower on BigBruin.
NZXT H2 Silent on NinjaLane.
Cougar Evolution on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Level 10 GT on Vortez.
CM Storm Enforcer on RBMods.
Rasurbo Xange Gaming Case on FunkyKit.
Zalman Z9 Plus Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.
Lian Li PC-P80N Full Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Obsidian 650D on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card on OCClub.
AKG Q460 Quincy Jones Signature Headphones on TBreak.
SteelSeries 5H v2 Limited Edition (Medal Of Honor) Headset on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Nokia E6 Smartphone on TBreak.
Dell Vostro 3350 notebook on TechReviewSource.
Qualcomm Snapdragon MDP MSM8660 smartphone on Phoronix.
Sony VAIO S Series VPC-SA21GX/BI laptop on TechReviewSource.
GIGABYTE P2532 15.6-inch Multimedia Notebook on Tweaktown.

OCZ Vertex 3 SSD on Bjorn3D.
Patriot Supersonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive on Tweaktown.
Hornettek Slipper U3 Hard Drive Docking Station on DragonSteelMods.
Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD on OCClub.
Synology USB Station 2 on eTeknix.
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SATA 6Gbit/s SSD on Techgage.

NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller on Pro-Clockers.
Antec Kühler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Notepal X-SLIM notebook cooler on PureOC.
Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Laptop Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Thermalright Macho HR-02 CPU Cooler on BenchmarkReviews.
Thermaltake FrioOCK Heatsink on NinjaLane.
ARCTIC Breeze Pro USB Fan Review for PCs and Laptop Users on MadShrimps.
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake Frio OCK Overclocking Cooler on Tweaknews.

Crucial Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 CL10 12GB Kit on RWLabs.
Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3-1600 BL2KIT51264BA160A on OCOnline.

TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N Gigabit Router on MadShrimps.
Seventeam ST-550PWL PSU on XSReviews.

Geek Food (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 12-July-2011  12:16:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:

Kangaroo San Choy Bow
by Deftone2k

Szechuan Beans and Pork
by Deftone2k

Tuna and Pesto Pasta Bake
by bevros

Striped trumpeter on spinach
& wasabi mash by sgtraven

Louisiana Dirty Rice & Pulled Pork
by amsm

Weber BBQ Ribs
by Gunna

STEAK! It's what's for dinner
by twinhardballers

Steak Sauce Chicken
by 4wardtristan

Vegemite/Ham & Cheese Scrolls
by 4wardtristan

Tuesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 12-July-2011  01:40:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia has until September to finalise its bid for the Square Kilometre Array radiotelescope to be built here. At the international SKA Forum in Banff, Canada this week, project coordinators unveilled their process for deciding between the two short-listed sites, Australia and South Africa. The project involves 20 nations, each pledged to contribute to the 1.5 billion euro ($2 billion) cost of building the 3,000-dish array by 2024.

ISP NetBay is planning free metropolitan WiFi in Australian cities, supported by advertising. It adds: "Netbay's free WiFi service is expected to be rolled out in the December quarter of this year to a number of high traffic locations in Melbourne estimated initially to have about 500,000 users per day. The addition of Netbay's WiFi service user traffic is expected to expand GoConnect's aggregate online network audience reach towards the target of one million users before year-end 2011."

HWHeaven have a Z68 DDR3 memory roundup. Today we are going to look at Intel's mainstream chipset and put 5 different memory kits through their paces in a selection of real world and synthetic tests on Z68.

Here's a very cool 360 degree panorama of a Space Shuttle flight deck. So many buttons..

Speaking of buttons, Sniper spotted a new Microsoft mouse. The device comes with the company's proprietary BlueTrack Technology, allowing it to read and track its positioning on pretty much any surface - including the leg of a pair of jeans (as we discovered). It has five customisable buttons, which can be configured for right or left-hand use, and borrows the same kind of haptic touch scroll pad as the Arc Touch, which lightly vibrates in use so that you can feel what you're doing (you can also turn the feedback function off, if it freaks you out).

It's pretty quiet out there, so here's some reviews:

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 FleX Edition on Techgage.
PowerColor Radeon AX6850 SCS3 on BenchmarkReviews.
Sapphire Radeon 6670 Ultimate on PureOC.
PowerColor HD6990 LCS on OC3D.

Siig SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to SATA 3Gb/s HD Docking with Fan on ReviewTheTech.
Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I Camera Card on RamblingThoughts.
Mushkin Class10 SDHC Card on NeoSeeker.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 (G2) – 32 GB on ReviewTheTech.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 11-July-2011  02:33:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS F1A75-V Pro (AMD A75) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi on OC3D.
GIGABYTE A75-UD4H: CrossFire for Llano on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte A75M-UD2H FM1 Llano Motherboard on eTeknix.

Video Cards:
PNY Verto GeForce GT 520 on PureOC.
Club3D Radeon HD 6870 X2 (dual-GPU) video card on Guru3D.
HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB on RWLabs.
PowerColor HD 6870 X2 2 GB on TechPowerUp.

Cooler Master NotePal Infinite EVO Laptop Cooler on APHNetworks.
Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler on Vortez.
Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro VGA Cooler Crossfire on eTeknix.

QNAP TS-219P+ NAS Network Server on BenchmarkReviews.
Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB Mobile Wireless Storage on BigBruin.
Intel 320 Series 160GB SSD on TechReaction.
ineo Protection Box - I-NC05 for HDDs on ComputingOnDemand.
Synology USB Station 2 on XSReviews.
Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed 2.5” SATA to USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure on ReviewTheTech.
Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Apacer TurboII AS602 120GB SSD on RWLabs.
Quick Look: G-Drive Slim 500GB on TBreak.

Lian Li PC-Z60 Aluminium Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
SilverStone Raven RV03 on Phoronix.
Bit Fenix Windowed Mid-Tower on PureOC.

Power Supply:
Corsair CX430V2 430W on Tweaktown.
Cougar A-Series 560W on HWSecrets.

Dungeon Siege 3 (PC) game on HWHeaven.
Acer Aspire 5742Z Laptop on HWSecrets.
Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929 3D HDTV on TechReviewSource.

Final Shuttle Launch (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 9-July-2011  00:48:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In under half an hour now, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will perform the last ever Shuttle launch. Weather is currently "go" and the outlook is cautious optimism for the launch to go ahead. You can watch the launch in HD here on NASA TV.

People are talking about the launch in this thread.

Misc Pics (38 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-July-2011  14:47:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Nick and James this week!

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Friday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-July-2011  14:26:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

RatcHeT-x went to a recent Sony demonstration and wrote up a report for us including some photos, and more info on the external-GPU laptop we mentioned earlier.

Tim, shredR and Fudz sent word of a lacklustre response to online submissions about Australia's Classification System. It seems that few people have bothered to respond. The Issues Paper has been published since May 20 and as yet only 80 public submissions have been made - 80 per cent of them from people who believe in government intervention for the sake of child protection. Considering, the furious debates within Australia's technology communities, does this reflect the national balance?

The last ever Space Shuttle launch is scheduled for tonight our time, but the weather is looking a bit dodgy so it might be delayed. As engineers prepared to move the Rotating Service Structure away from Atlantis, a severe thunderstorm passed overhead, delivering rain and lightning that produced two strikes near the launch pad.

Australian retailer Kogan is taking the HDMI cable war to the UK. Kogan is offering TV buyers a free HDMI cable with proof of TV purchase from one of its competitors, to prove that its £4 cable is as good as the £20, £50 and £100 alternatives on sale at rival stores. It may even extend the offer to PC buyers.

With the phone-hacking scandal in full swing, News Corp are shutting down their tabloid News of the World. Phone hacking involves calling a phone from two other phones at the same time, sending one caller to voice mail. That caller then enters the code number to retrieve voice mail remotely. Hackers depend on the fact that many people never change the default PIN for voice mail retrieval.

TechReport have a blog post about moving to Ubuntu. Well, it finally happened. Windows XP is no longer the primary OS on any of my day-to-day machines. The last holdout was my laptop, a gray-haired but solid HP nc8230 rocking a single-core 1.86GHz Pentium M, 2GB of RAM, and a Mobility Radeon X600 graphics chip. The low-brow specs ruled out my modern OS of choice, Windows 7 Professional.

LegionHW have a DDR3 shootout. Today we are checking out three dual-channel memory kits, each offering an 8GB capacity with a 1600MHz operating frequency. These kits come from the likes of Crucial, G.Skill and Kingston, and all cost under $100, making them very affordable.

Sniper spotted the new Porsche 911 which looks lovely as always but not very OCAU-related, until I read this bit: The Porsche ACC InnoDrive system will take full control of throttle inputs and "learn" the routes that the driver regularly travels. Only the steering will be left for the driver to control when the system is enabled. Wait, what?

Friday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-July-2011  14:00:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge Processor on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Motherboard on HWSecrets.
AMD A8-3850 Llano on LostCircuits.
AMD A-series APU Overclocking and Gaming Performance video on PCPerspective.
Asus P8P67 Deluxe LGA1155 Mainboard on XbitLabs.
From UD3P to UD7: Four Gigabyte Mainboards for LGA1155 on Intel Z68 Express Chipset on XbitLabs.

Audio Visuals:
AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 on TechPowerUp.
Elgato HDHomeRun HDHR3 Dual Tuner on MissingRemote.
Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Arctic NC Notebook Cooler on MegaTech.

Cooler Master Infinite Evo Notebook Cooler on eTeknix.
Xigmatek GAIA HSF on TechReaction.
Lamptron Fan Controller Touch on TechPowerUp.

Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid-Tower on TechSpot.
NZXT H2 Classic on RBMods.
Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower on Tweaktown.
Xion Predator AXP 970 on OCModShop.
Silverstone Raven RV03 on TechReport.
HEC Blitz on HWSecrets.

Input Etc:
Griffin Technology Stylus for Capacitive Touchscreens on Virtual-Hideout.
XFX WarPad on OCClub.

Video Cards:
ASUS GTX560 TI DirectCU II on NeoSeeker.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB OC on APHNetworks.
PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 SCS 3 on NeoSeeker.
AMD Radeon 6570 512MB on eTeknix.

Scan 2-Port HPU-300 NC SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express Card on eTeknix.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on RWLabs.
Western Digital AV-GP (WD30EURS) 3 TB Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD on HWHeaven.

ASUS USB-N13 802.11n Network Adapter on ThinkComputers.
Sitecom 300N X4 WLR-4000 Wireless router on Guru3D.

FSP Aurum Gold CM 750W PSU on RWLabs.
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet on HotHardware.

Interesting Forum Threads (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-July-2011  21:14:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

Algae in loop - pics in Extreme Cooling.
[VIDEO] Making of aquagrafx GTX 480 in Extreme Cooling.
Would this drainage method be effective? in Extreme Cooling.
Bitcoin mining with a 5970 - Work in progress in Overclocking & Hardware.
First move against Usenet? in Networking.
When the NBN arrives at your door in Networking.
My little racing game for iOS - MiniMoto in Apple iOS.
Apple Thunderbolt Cable & Promise Pegasus RAID in Storage & Backup.
When your SAS controller isn't fast enough in Storage & Backup.
Flain's Journey to 10GBit infiniband on the cheap in Storage & Backup.
So I wrote a program that does histogram equalisation on bmp files in Programming.
HP EX490 MediaSmart Server in Portable & SFF.
Piezoelectric dancefloor in Electronics.
Welders for noobs in Electronics.
New Eizo Monitor $36,000 in Video Cards & Monitors.
FreeDOS 1.1 Test released in Retro & Arcade.
New Creative sound chip: Creative Core3D in PC Audio.
F'ing spiderweb inside my 550D pentaprism in Photography & Video.
Life without the Dark Ages in Science.
Why does the solar system spin? in Science.
RenaultSport Megane breaks the FWD Ring record again in Motoring.
Update on the $50 OCAU pathfinder in Motoring.

MSI MOA 2011 APAC Final Preview (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-July-2011  02:52:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2011 APAC Final is happening a little later today in Jakarta, Indonesia. OCAU's dirtyd is on the ground there and will be reporting live from the event in our forums. In the meantime, here's some preview info and an interview, to whet your appetite:

Click for the article!

The live coverage thread is here, so stay tuned for updates!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-July-2011  01:19:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD vs ASUS P8Z68-V Pro on TBreak.
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX on PureOC.

Audio Visual:
Bose IE2 In-Ear Headphones on Tech-Reviews.
Tritton PC 150 HDA Gaming Headset with 5.1 3D Sound on Metku.

Sentey GS-6000 Optimus Mid Tower on LegitReviews.
CM Silencio 550 quiet gaming case on TechReaction.
Cubitek Tattoo Pro on TechWareLabs.
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer gaming case on MadShrimps.
Thermaltake Chaser Gaming Case on XtremeComputing.
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master Elite 310 on OCModShop.
NZXT H2 Classic Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Cubitek Tattoo Pro on OCIA.
Cubitek XL Tank on APHNetworks.
Coolermaster Silencio 550 on XSReviews.
Fractal Designs Define R3 on MissingRemote.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Le Pan Mode de Vie TC970 9.7" Android Tablet on ReviewTheTech.
Dell Inspiron i14RN4110-7616DBK on TechReviewSource.
Dell XPS 15z Laptop on HWHeaven.
Samsung Droid Charge smartphone on PCPerspective.
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Soyntec Inpput R490 gamer mouse on XSReviews.
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 on Vortez.
NZXT Avatar S Mouse on HWSecrets.

Swiftech H20-220 Edge Watercooling Kit on Bjorn3D.
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.

Video Cards:
Sapphire HD6950 2GB DiRT3 Edition on OCClub.
PowerColor HD6870X2 on OC3D.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 OC Edition on LegitReviews.

Alice: Madness Returns PC game on Techgage.
Corsair Force 3 120GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-July-2011  12:27:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Wednesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-July-2011  02:01:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an Adelaide OCAU meet coming up later this month. Sat 30th July, Middayish, Grumpy's Brewhaus, Hahndorf.

Looktall pointed out this article that looks inside a Thunderbolt cable. Once the casing was gone, we had to perform a significant amount of desoldering and cutting in order remove the metal surrounding the connector. Peeling back the metal (which appears to be plated brass) revealed the hardware underneath.

HardCoreWare wonder if it's worth putting an SSD into your PS3. We've seen people toy around with expensive SSDs in the Playstation 3 before. But until now, it has only really been for experimental purposes. Now I'm not saying that everyone should go out and buy drive which would nearly double the price of the PS3. But if you spend a lot of time gaming, and want to make it a far more enjoyable experience, why not pick up a mainstream SSD for $100-200 and pop it in?

Quan-Time noticed some flying car news. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted Terrafugia’s petition for temporary exemption from four federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) requirements for the company’s Transition roadable aircraft or “flying car.” More info here.

Age of Conan has followed World of Warcraft's lead and has a free-to-play model now. Age of Conan: Unchained now offers a "hybrid" business model: players can roam Conan's backyard for free, or go old-school and cough up a monthly subscription fee. As seen with other free-to-play models, an in-game store will be inserted into the realm so that players can purchase exclusive content such as weaponry and mounts. But naturally there will be limitations placed on free accounts so that players get hooked to the point of going full-blown premium.

The Interpol filter now supported by Optus and Telstra is trivially easy to bypass. I guess it's good in that it blocks people who WANT to be blocked, but people who don't want to be blocked can just change their DNS settings. However, in a brief statement this morning, Optus confirmed industry speculation that its filter could be defeated through a minor setting change on Internet users’ PCs. “That’s correct,” a spokesperson said, when asked if users could circumvent Optus’ filter by setting their PC to use a different DNS server than the default. “It’s a feature of the Interpol list.”

Not happy with just sponsoring the quest to go into space, the X Prize Foundation now want a tricorder to take there. $10 million in prize money will be offered in the "Tricorder X PRIZE" competition, which will be launched sometime early next year (2012). The idea is to take advantage of the increasing power of mobile devices to make health care more accessible and easier to understand. With the equivalent of a board of physicians in your pocket, wireless sensors and imaging, you will be able to assess health and determine health care needs with a device in the palm of your hand.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-July-2011  01:17:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NZXT Source 210 Elite on PureOC.
NZXT Source 210 Elite on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Dell ST2220T 21.5" Touch Screen Monitor on TheSSDReview.
Compro IP540 Infrared IP Camera with Seedonk Technology on Futurelooks.

Coolink Corator DS CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Evercool Transformer 3 CPU cooler on Techreaction.
Antec Kühler H2O 920 CPU Cooler on MadShrimps.
Thermolab Trinity Heatsink on Frostytech.

Synology DS411+ II NAS on TechWareLabs.
OCZ Agility 3 240 GB on TechPowerUp.
ADATA S511 Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.

Power Supply:
Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550W on ThinkComputers.
Coolermaster GX450 vs Nexus Value 430, low-end PSUs battle on MadShrimps.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK on Guru3D.
MSI N560GTX TI Twin Frozr on XSReviews.

Imation Link Wireless Extender on TBreak.
HP ProBook 5330m laptop on TechReviewSource.

Computer Alliance - Major Sponsors for TEN YEARS! (27 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-July-2011  01:29:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick shout-out to our friends at Computer Alliance. This month marks a pretty special anniversary - they have been Major Sponsors of OCAU continuously for 10 years! There's always been nothing but praise for them from the community during that time, so definitely keep them in mind next time you're looking to buy something.

Big thanks to Jason, Adam, Ken and the rest of the gang!

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-July-2011  01:01:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 Motherboard on Pro-Clockers.
ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard on HWHeaven.
AMD A8-3850 (Llano) APU Video Performance on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma headset on Vortez.
ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card on FutureLooks.
Streacom HDMI Audio Mix Cable on eTeknix.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W on APHNetworks.
OCZ ZX 850W 80PLUS Gold on PureOC.
OCZ ZX Series 850w, 1000w and 1250w on LegionHW.

3R System L-900 V.REX F8 on RWLabs.
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Full-Tower on Techgage.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Sony VAIO VPC-EH14FM/B on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Series 9 (900X3A) Notebook on TBreak.

Input Etc:
Tt eSPORTS Azurues Mini Gaming Mouse on TechWareLabs.
NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse on RBMods.
NZXT Avatar S Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Steelseries 6Gv2 Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.

Video Cards:
Sapphire HD 6770 FleX Edition on OCClub.
ASUS RoG Matrix GTX 580 on HWHeaven.
MSI GTX580 3GB Lightning 'Xtreme Edition' on Vortez.
Sapphire HD 6950 DiRT 3 Edition on NeoSeeker.

Alpenföhn Matterhorn CPU Cooler on Vortez.
Portal 2 PC game on eTeknix.
Kingston HyperX H2O 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 CL9 Memory Kit on LegitReviews.
Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SATA 3 SSD on TheSSDReview.
Arctic Breeze USB 2.0 Hub and Fan on Viperlair.

AMD Llano (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-July-2011  12:17:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD recently unveiled their A-series APU, codenamed Llano. This is an all-in-one chip with the northbridge, quad-core CPU and DX11 GPU onboard, expected to bring relatively high performance to portable and small form-factor machines.

Sino0822 was kind enough to provide a detailed review of Gigabyte's A75-UD4H motherboard and AMD's A3850 APU:

Click for the review!

More coverage on BenchmarkReviews, LegitReviews (and here), HWSecrets, TechWareLabs, Bjorn3D (and here), Guru3D, eTeknix, PureOC, Tech Report (and here), OCClub, NeoSeeker, HotHardware, Tweaktown, InsideHW, PC Perspective, Overclockers.com, HWHeaven, XbitLabs, TechSpot and Anandtech.

Monday Morning (10 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-July-2011  02:29:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I have to say, the response to our call for donations to silverbullet has been really amazing. So far over $4000 has been raised. You've done yourselves proud, OCAU!

OCZ have a new PCI Express SSD, the RevoDrive 3 X2. This is the third version of this product and looks pretty wicked on paper. There's coverage on HotHardware, LegitReviews, PC Perspective, TheSSDReview and Guru3D.

I'm not entirely sure how this'll work, but there's a competition to overclock hard drives, with $10k cash as the prize. So, what we want to know is, can you modify a traditional mechanical hard drive so that we can pull data off it more quickly than those conservative hard drive manufacturers want us to. So, for example, if it currently takes 2 hours to read an entire 500GB hard drive, we want to be able to do it in 1 hour. Your job is to come up with a method which allows us to read data as fast as possible, which can be reversed afterwards.

ArsTechnica report on expensive Thunderbolt cables. Promise's RAIDs do not come supplied with a Thunderbolt cable. Instead, users are directed to buy a Thunderbolt cable directly from Apple, which costs $49 for two-meter length. We contacted Promise to find out why a Mini DisplayPort cable could not be used in its stead, since the Thunderbolt port is based on Mini DisplayPort. A support technician told Ars that Apple's cable is a "smart" cable that "has firmware in it."

Ricoh has bought Pentax, in a move sure to strike fear into the hearts of die-hard Pentax fans. The Pentax Imaging Systems Division will be spun-out as a new company and its shares transfered to Ricoh on October 1st. The deal will also include the Pentax camera manufacturing subsidiary in Vietnam. Discussion here.

A chess computer team have been caught using performance-enhancing injections.. of code. An organization known as the International Computer Games Association (ICGA), which pits computers against each other in tournaments of Chess, Go, and other games, has found [press release] by a 5-0 vote that one of its grand champions was a cheater. The vote follows a lengthy investigation that included reverse-engineering of source code, to prove the digital "doping".

BitTorrent is 10 years old. “My new app, BitTorrent, is now in working order, check it out here,” Bram Cohen wrote on a Yahoo! message board on July 2, 2001. It was the first time a working copy of the BitTorrent code had been made available to the public, but the initial response wasn’t exactly overwhelming. “What’s BitTorrent, Bram?” was the one reply he received on the board.

HWHeaven have an article about building a stylish Z68 ITX system. Therefore today we are going to look at building a compact, stylish system based on Intel's Z68 chipset in ITX form (The Zotac Z68-ITX) and the Core i3-2100.

Matt sends word that Telstra have begun filtering with Interpol's list. The Interpol list is believed to have been in use for a number of years, with telcos such as BT, O2 and Virgin having blocked addresses on it from reaching customers for some time. For a site to get onto the list, law enforcement agencies in at least two separate jurisdictions have to validate the entry as being illegal and not just potentially offensive.

Australia's Attorney-General's Department has some information on protecting your identity. Identity security is central to Australia’s national security, law enforcement and economic interests. It is vital in protecting Australian citizens from the theft or misuse of their identities.

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 3-July-2011  18:34:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II Edition on OCClub.
HIS Radeon 6970 IceQ Turbo on PureOC.

Video Perspective: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T on PC Perspective.
Sentey Arvina Full-Tower Chassis on Techgage.
SilverStone Precision PS06 (SST-PS06B-W) Mid Tower on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
A.C.Ryan PlayON!HD 2 FullHD Network Media Player on RWLabs.
Samsung SyncMaster SA950 Monitor: 3D Beauty on XbitLabs.
Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speakers on PureOC.
SteelSeries 7H Gaming Headset on TechReaction.
Tritton PC510 HDa Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Motherboard & CPU:
Foxconn H67A-S Motherboard on eTeknix.
ASUS P8Q67-M DO/CSM Motherboard on HWSecrets.
Gigabyte 990FXA UD5 Motherboard on NinjaLane.
MSI Big Bang Marshal (Intel P67 Express) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Patriot Wildfire 120GB SATA 3 SSD on TheSSDReview.
Lexar Professional Dual-Slot USB 3.0 Card Reader on EverythingUSB.

Power Supply:
Scythe Chouriki 2 Plug-In 850W on TechPowerUp.
Antec High Current Pro 1200W on RWLabs.

Gelid Icy Vision Graphics Card Cooler on XbitLabs.
NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler on Vortez.
Koolance CPU-370 Water Block on Bjorn3D.

Silverbullet Donations (8 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 2-July-2011  13:53:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ma Baker sent word of one of our members who is having a tough time of it at the moment and could use the community's help. Silverbullet has an extremely sick little girl and has had to put work on hold to spend as much time with her as possible. Charli has been diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor, and her mum and dad have been told that her cancer is untreatable. Within two weeks of the operation the cancer had grown to the size it was before the operation. They don't know if it will be days or weeks but she will be kept comfortable with treatment.

There's not much that can be done, but if we can help them not have to worry about bills during this time, that's something. The NAB Coolum are holding a sausage sizzle on the 7th of July between 11am and 2pm, but if you'd like to help out more directly you can find more details in this thread or paypal donations to agg@overclockers.com.au and I'll transfer them over at the end of the week.

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-July-2011  14:23:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Nearly defeated my man flu - thanks to VooDoo and Timbot this week!

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-July-2011  13:49:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo will start his first F1 race next weekend at Silverstone. The move is part of collaboration deal signed on Thursday whereby HRT will support Red Bull Racing in Ricciardo’s “formation and development,” ahead of a potential race drive for the 21 year-old with one of Red Bull’s own teams next season. With Mark Webber now a podium regular, bonus points to anyone who can tell us the last time two Australians raced in F1 together?

NBN Co have kicked off the first satellite services. People living in select rural and remote areas can check if they are eligible for the satellite service through www.nbnco.com.au/satellite. Eligible customers can then take up a service from a participating ISP with no standard installation costs.

Robert Morris, one of the grandfathers of Unix, has passed away. Beginning in 1970, he worked with the Unix research group at Bell Laboratories, where he was a major contributor in both the numerical functions of the operating system and its security capabilities, including the password system and encryption functions.

ABC's The Drum have an article which attempts to clarify Australia's classification riddle. As it turns out, much adult content (one of the most popular subjects on the internet) is banned or bannable. There seems a real gap between what is notionally prohibited and what Australians regularly consume.

RamblingThoughts ponder augmented humanity. Such Bluetooth phone headsets, or the proud Australian invention of the Cochlear ear implant are early examples of technology augmenting and enhancing human abilities. So are we on the road to becoming cyborgs? And how many parts do you have to replace in a person for them to remain human? What if the original organic brain was all that remained, inside an artificial body?

Bjorn3D toured ZOTAC's factory in China, while NinjaLane visited Sapphire's office in Taiwan.

Cam notes that World of Warcraft is now mostly free to play. Previously, newcomers could play the game for a limited amount of time before they either had to start paying or get out. But now, anyone can jump in and play any number of characters for as long as they want for free; the catch is that you're capped at level 20.

Brisbane's Mana Bar will have a Melbourne equivalent soon. Mana Bar creator Guy 'Yug' Blomberg told PC World Australia that he was keen to expand the business, with Sydney possibly next on the agenda: “Believe me, I want to head to Sydney. Right now though, the focus is on opening Melbourne — one city at a time.”

The Tour de France is this weekend, and SBS have a Fantasy Cycling Game where you can win a trip to France. Players will score points based on each of the 20 stages of the 2011 Tour de France cycling race, starting from Saturday 2 July 2011 through Monday 25th July 2011 AEST.

Iron Photographer voting for June is now open. The official theme for the month was Free Study and this month's poll will close at 10:00PM on Sunday 31st July 2011.

Friday Morning Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-July-2011  02:00:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard on OC3D.
Biostar TZ68A+ LGA1155 motherboard on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
XTracPads Ripper XXL (2011) Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
XFX WarPAD Gaming Surface on Bjorn3D.
Roccat KONE[+] Max Customization Gaming Mouse on RWLabs.
Tt eSports Challenger Ultimate Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.

NZXT Sentry Mesh on PureOC.
NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Antec KUHLER H2O 920 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
k|ngp|n's LN2 Extreme Cooling Lineup on TechReaction.
Zalman CNPS7X LED CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Noctua Ultra Silent 140mm NF-P14 FLX Fan on ReviewStash.
Larkooler KU3-241 WaterCooling Kit on XtremeComputing.

Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 INEO I-NA309D Pro on TechWareLabs.
Intel series 510 120GB & 250GB SSD on TBreak.
Patriot Gauntlet USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure on ReviewTheTech.
Liteon iHES212 12x Internal Blu Ray on XSReviews.
TEAM Group TR1151 USB 3.0 42-in-1 USB 3.0 Card Reader on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G2 USB 3.0 32GB on PureOC.
OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Kingston 32GB microSDHC Mobility Kit on OCClub.
Intel SSD 510 Series 250 GB on TechPowerUp.
Hornettek Shark 2.5" SATA to USB3.0 External Enclosure on ReviewTheTech.
Icy Dock MB982SPR-2S enclosure on Vortez.
Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive RAID Report on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Maingear Titan 17 Notebook on TechSpot.
Cooler Master NotePal Infinite EVO Notebook Cooler on Tweaktown.
Asus K53SV-A1 laptop on TechReviewSource.

Hearts Of Iron III PC game on eTeknix.
Veebeam HD Wireless Streamer on RWLabs.
Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced case on XSReviews.


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