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June 2013
Misc Pics (30 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-June-2013  14:41:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Davo1111 and mpot this week!

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

Sponsor Specials (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-June-2013  13:50:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials forum. In there our various sponsors have info and deals on keyboards and mice, australian cloud storage, office chairs, video cards, fitness supplements, hard drives, CPUs and motherboards, electronic gadgets, headphones, laptop bags, VOIP and more. Check 'em out!

Friday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-June-2013  13:40:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have added 3D printing support to Windows 8.1. Today, Microsoft announced a crucial step to empower the next wave of 3-D printer adoption. Windows 8.1 will be the first OS to support 3-D printing natively on desktops and tablets. “Our thinking was, let’s make this as easy as writing and printing a Word document,” says Shanen Boettcher, general manager at Microsoft’s Startup Business Group.

ArsTechnica meanwhile explain why basic 3D printers are crazy cheap now. “I think it's a combination of cheaper hardware, economies of scale, and figuring out where to cut corners on low-end printers,” Mark Frauenfelder, editor of MAKE magazine, told Ars, pointing out that some of the low-end printers are using higher-quality ABS plastic (think LEGOs). If 3D printing is your thing, check out our Hobby Engineering Forum.

PetaPixel have an interesting article about preventing gear theft. It's aimed at photographers but could cover geeky gadgets as well. For example, if you buy an expensive guitar or even surfboard, there’s a good chance it has an implanted security RFID chip (they simply drill a small hole, put the chip in, and glue the hole shut before they paint and finish the item). These are truly tiny devices and much less likely to be found by a thief than a barcode.

The surviving members of Pink Floyd have accused Pandora of trying to rip off artists. The members of Pink Floyd closed their piece by saying there is room for compromise and that they hoped Pandora and artists could work together to find common ground on the royalty issue (including finding an end to AM/FM radio's exemption for such fees). "But," they conclude, "tricking artists into signing a confusing petition without explaining what they are really being asked to support only poisons the well."

The new Andoid games-on-tv mini-console OUYA has started shipping, with an early video review out now. More info in this thread.

A Kiwi ISP is offering access to overseas services as a product, thanks rush. New Zealand ISP Slingshot is letting customers hide their location so they can access overseas online services that would normally be restricted to specific markets. Slingshot markets the “Global Mode” service as one that allows visitors to New Zealand to access the same online services that they would at home. But there’s nothing to prevent local Kiwi customers using the service to bypass so called “geo-coding” that is used to prevent customers in certain countries having access to services based on their IP address.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-June-2013  07:27:46 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
MSI MPOWER MAX (Intel Z87) on TweakTown.
MSI Z87 MPOWER (Z87) on eTeknix.

Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3 16GB 1866MHz Kit on Pro-Clockers.

Graphics Cards:
KFA2 GeForce GTX 760 EX OC on Guru3D.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 iChill on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming on Guru3D.
Zotac GeForce GTX760 AMP! Edition on Bjorn3D.
Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2 GB on techPowerUp.

Corsair Neutron GTX 19nm 2013 Edition SSD (120GB, 240GB and 480GB) on TweakTown.
Patriot Memory Tab 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review (240GB) on The SSD Review.

Cooler Master Seidon 240M CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Gelid Slim Silence A-Plus Low Profile (1U Server) CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
DeepCool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler on Tekinferno.

Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube Case on Pro-Clockers.
Silverstone Raven RV01 on eTeknix.
Corsair Air 540 on Vortez.

Input etc:
MadCatz R.A.T.M (Mobile) Bluetooth Mouse on eTeknix.
Roccat ISKU FX Illuminated Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Vengeance K70 on Vortez.

Thursday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-June-2013  20:12:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

One of the OCAU-relevant aspects of the political upheaval last night is that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has resigned. Stephen Conroy, Greg Combet, Craig Emerson and Peter Garrett have resigned from their positions within the Labor ministry following a leadership spill which returned Kevin Rudd as the party's leader. Mr Conroy was minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy and also Labor leader in the Senate. Unlike colleagues who announced their resignation by email, Senator Conroy's office sent a tweet. Discussion here.

He's not alone - Mark Webber is leaving Formula One at the end of this year. The Australian Formula 1 pilot Mark Webber has signed a contract with Porsche that extends over several years. From the 2014 season he will compete in Porsche’s new LMP1 sports prototype at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC. More info here, discussion here. Actually I noticed just the other day he has an officiall screensaver linked on his site.

The CSIRO have announced a DVD capacity breakthrough, thanks ikonz0r. In Nature Communications today, we, along with Richard Evans from CSIRO, show how we developed a new technique to enable the data capacity of a single DVD to increase from 4.7 gigabytes up to one petabyte (1,000 terabytes). This is equivalent of 10.6 years of compressed high-definition video or 50,000 full high-definition movies. No idea when it will turn up in the real world, though. Discussion here.

Richard Dawkins has made a fairly bizarre speech/presentation recently. It's about genes, memes and the internet, and goes a bit strange at the end, no doubt in order to spread around the internet itself, on blogs and.. websites like OCAU. Curse you Richard, you've outwitted me again!

Wednesday Evening (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-June-2013  19:35:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots of political excitement going on out there - keep up to date with our Politics & Policies forum!

Some overclocking shenanigans occurred on the weekend in Far North Queensland, with an OCAU Hwbot meet which may or may not still be underway.. there's a report here on overclocking-tv. We are still at the OCAU annual meet in Cairns and things are getting on pretty good over here. As said earlier on our previous post, Gigabyte which is the main sponsor for this event (proving the holly ln2 spirit and so forth) ran on the second day (Sunday) an OC workshop as well as a quick competition.

Two games have been refused classification in Australia, namely State of Decay and Saints Row IV. “Today, State of Decay was given a Refused Classification (RC) rating by the Australian Classification Board,” said Microsoft, in a statement sent to Kotaku, “meaning that the game cannot be made available to Australian customers at this time. Microsoft is currently evaluating the options with regards to the title’s classification.

Meanwhile the data retention scheme has been shelved. A controversial "data retention" scheme that would have required Australians' internet and telephone activities to be stored for up to two years for law enforcement purposes has been shelved by the federal government. The shelving came after an inquiry failed to recommend whether the scheme should go ahead.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-June-2013  14:20:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Buffalo DriveStation DDR 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB on PureOC.
SanDisk Extreme II SSD on HWHeaven.
Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 1TB External SSD on TheSSDReview.
iStarUSA BPN-DE230SS-SILVER hotswap bay on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
Samsung HW-550 Bluetooth SoundBar Speaker System on TechnologyX.
Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven Tournament Grade Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 Surround headset on RBMods.

Input Etc:
Corsair Vengeance K95 Fully Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Pro-Clockers.
Corsair Vengeance K70 and K95 Gaming Keyboards Video Review on HWHeaven.
Cooler Master Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse on TechnologyX.
Stinky Gaming Footboard Foot Controller on Tweaktown.
Zowie FK mouse on Vortez.
Mad Catz M.O.U.S.9 Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.

Noctua 120mm and 140mm Cooling Fan Roundup on BigBruin.
Arctic Accelero Hybrid 7970 VGA Cooler on eTeknix.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Noctua NH-U14S 140mm U-Type Tower Heatsink on NinjaLane.
Prolimatech MK-26 Multi-VGA Cooler on eTeknix.

Power Supply:
Enermax Platimax 1350-Watt 80 PLUS on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Newton R3 800-Watt 80 PLUS Platinum on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon HD 7790 Turbo 1GB on eTeknix.
Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB "Golden Sample" on MadShrimps.

Funky Kit Review: Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-2400 C11 16GB Kit on FunkyKit.
Kingston HyperX Beast 2133 64GB on Bjorn3D.

Corsair 350D case on OCClub.
Walkera QR Ladybird V2 RTF Micro Quadcopter on Metku.
ASUS Maximus VI Hero Z87 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
GRID 2 PC game on Techgage.
Acer Aspire R7-571-6858 notebook on TechReviewSource.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-June-2013  13:03:23 (GMT +10) - by booj

The GeForce GTX 760 launched today, and there are plenty of reviews from all the major sites.

Anandtech (Reference)
Benchmark Reviews (MSI)
Bjorn3D (Reference)
eTeknix (KFA2)
Guru3D (Reference), Gigabyte, Palit & EVGA
[H]ardOCP (MSI)
Hardware Heaven (Gainward, Palit and Zotac)
LAN OC (Reference)
Legion Hardware (Gainward)
Legit Reviews (Reference)
Neoseeker (Reference)
Ninjalane (Gigabyte)
Overclockers Club (Reference)
Pure Overclock (Reference) & Gigabyte
The Tech Report (Reference)
TweakTown (Reference)

SLI Reviews:
Legit Reviews (MSI)
Vortez (Reference) & Zotac

Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-June-2013  15:50:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Orange Syrup Cake

Cedar Planked BBQ Salmon
by sgtraven

Ultimate Hainanese Chicken Rice
by Amfibius

Gnocchi with Chicken, Bacon etc
by 303-Acid

Pork & Beef on the Spit
by Dexamenus

Creamy Potato Bake

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-June-2013  23:07:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft are giving away a pile of free ebooks, thanks mpot. As with the past collections, these eBooks are completely FREE, they are not time-bombed, there is no catch, and yes, please let your friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else that you think would benefit from these know that they are available here and to come download the ones they are interested in. I’d love to give away another 1,000,000 free eBooks again this round, so spread the word and please enjoy these resources from Microsoft to you.

TheReg have an Australian section now and they're drumming up support for a clarification of some NBN details. Australia will spend at least $29bn on its National Broadband Network. But do you - or anyone - know if we're building it right? I generally stay away from political things, but the NBN is a big deal for Australian geeks, so I thought I'd pass that along.

While I'm unsuccessfully avoiding politics, here's an interesting article from Michael, about the current state of silicon valley, and its increasing involvement in politics. There are fifty or so billionaires and tens of thousands of millionaires in Silicon Valley; last year’s Facebook public stock offering alone created half a dozen more of the former and more than a thousand of the latter. There are also record numbers of poor people, and the past two years have seen a twenty-per-cent rise in homelessness, largely because of the soaring cost of housing. After decades in which the country has become less and less equal, Silicon Valley is one of the most unequal places in America.

A recent Facebook bug exposed details of 6M users. The glitch itself is a bit difficult to explain, but essentially if you chose to download a copy of your data, your Facebook archive may have included the phone number or e-mail address of a person who you are connected to but did not have those particular contact details for. The extra information was provided because of a hiccup during the friend recommendation process.

The first electronically-stored computer program ran 65 years ago, as of a few days ago. First ever practical implementation of the stored program concept took place exactly before 65 years today as the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine aka ‘Baby’ became the world’s first computer to run an electronically stored program on June 21, 1948.

Today's timewaster is Bounzy 2, a zombie puzzle shooter from biatch.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-June-2013  23:25:24 (GMT +10) - by booj

AMD's A10-6800K and A10-6700 'Richland' APUs on Tech Report.
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor on ThinkComputers.

Asus Maximus VI Extreme on Guru3D.
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming on Tech Report.
ASRock Z87E-ITX (Intel Z87) Mini-ITX on TweakTown.
MSI Z87 MPower on Pureoverclock.
Asus ROG Maximus VI Hero on OCC.
MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING on Benchmark Reviews.

Thermaltake Urban S21 Elegant Mid Tower on Pro-Clockers.
Cougar Spike Micro ATX Case on LanOC.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 on Pro-Clockers.
NZXT H630 Silent Ultra Tower on TweakTown.

Angelbird SSD2Go 240GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD Drive on TweakTown.
Thecus N5550 NAS on HardwareHeaven.
OCZ Vertex 450 SSD on Tech Report.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Card Reader on Bigbruin.

Portable & Prebuilt:
BlackBerry Q10 on TechReviewSource.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon on TechReviewSource.
2013 MacBook Air Ultrabook on TechnologyX.

Tt eSPORTS Shock Headset on HardwareHeaven.
Cooler Master Seidon 240M CPU Cooler on PureOverclock.

Misc Pics (89 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2013  12:59:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

My daughter turns 5 today! Far out, do I feel old.

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

Friday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2013  12:57:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have backpedalled on some of the Xbox One DRM features following a backlash from the community. Why the reversal? Um, if you paid attention to E3 last week, you observed one of the greatest pummelings in industry history. Sony's PlayStation 4 presented itself as the other side of the coin to Microsoft's restrictions and stole the show.

Here's another new battery breakthrough, this time employing 3D printing. To make the microbatteries, a team based at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign printed precisely interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, each less than the width of a human hair.

A co-founder of The Pirate Bay has been sent to prison for two years, not for copyright issues, but for hacking. "The hacking has been very extensive and technically advanced," the Nacka district court said in a statement. "The attacker has affected very sensitive systems." He had denied the charges. Prosecution documents say Warg, a 28-year-old Swede, managed to transfer 24,200 Danish crowns ($4,300) online, but also attempted, in several different transactions, to transfer a total of around 683,000 euros ($915,500).

This is very, very Not Safe For Work, but it's also bizarre and hilarious. John McAfee has made a video showing how to uninstall McAfee software, parodying the various stories and shenanigans surrounding him from the last few months. Veerryy strong language and very NSFW. But aren't bored millionaires fun? :)

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2013  11:15:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
PowerColor TurboDuo HD7790 on NeoSeeker.
EVGA GTX 770 Super Clocked w/ ACX on NinjaLane.
MSI GeForce GTX 770 Gaming edition Graphics card on Guru3D.
MSI GTX 770 Gaming on Bjorn3D.
Diamond Radeon HD 7790 on PureOC.
Gigabyte Radeon HD7790 (2GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit.
XFX Radeon HD R7790 on BenchmarkReviews.

Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3-2400 C11 8GB (4GB x2) on FunkyKit.
G.Skill TridentX PC3-23400 8GB Dual Channel on Tweaktown.
Corsair Vengeance Pro PC3-19200 16GB Dual Channel on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Power-RX Gaming Mousepad on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G400s Gaming Mouse Video Review on HWHeaven.
Attitude One Saiga Gaming Mousepad on RBMods.

Monster Digital OverDrive 3.0 512GB External SSD on TechnologyX.
SanDisk Extreme II 240 GB SSD on OCClub.
TCS BGADrive SSD Review (64GB) on TheSSDReview.
Seagate Desktop HDD .15 (ST4000DM000) 4000GB HDD on Tweaktown.
Patriot Aero 1TB Wireless Mobile Drive on LegionHW.
Seagate NAS HDD (ST4000VN000) 4000GB HDD on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
HGST SSD800MM SAS 12Gbps SSD and LSI SAS 9300-8e HBA on TheSSDReview.

Cooler Master i700 700-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze on Tweaktown.
Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset on BenchmarkReviews.

Haswell Overclocking Guide (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-June-2013  20:13:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sin0822 has put together a huge Haswell overclocking guide for us:

Click for the guide!

Wednesday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-June-2013  19:59:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If a PS3 firmware update in the last day or so bricked your PS3, you're not alone. Hi guys, we're aware of reports that the recent PS3 update (4.45) has caused. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating.

Australia has a new fastest supercomputer. Raijin is a high-performance cluster with 57,472 cores (Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge 2.6 GHz), Mellanox FDR interconnect, 160 Tbytes of main memory, 10 Pbytes of useable fast filesystem, running the OneSIS cluster manager, and the PBS Pro workflow manager. Named after the Japanese God of Thunder, Raijin has debuted at number one in Australia, and number 24 in the world on the TOP500 list of best supercomputers.

Who has the number one worldwide, then? Currently, it seems China does. It’s called Tianhe-2, and with more than 3 million processor cores, it’s the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It can perform more than 30 quadrillion calculations per second, easily dwarfing the runner-up, an Oak Ridge National Laboratories machine known as Titan. The Oak Ridge system can do 17.59 quadrillion calculations per second, according to its most recent published benchmarks.

The University of Wollongong has made a lithium-ion battery breakthrough. Team leader Professor Zaiping Guo from the university’s Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials told her audience at UoW’s recent Big Ideas Festival that cells using nanostructured Germanium (Ge)-based anode material improve energy density by up to five times, sufficient to at least double the range of the batteries used in today’s EVs.

Meanwhile over New Zealand, Google are testing balloon internet. Google is piloting a mesh network of high-altitude balloons in the skies above New Zealand that it hopes will eventually carry reliable internet services to all corners of the globe. The web giant unveiled Project Loon on Saturday, having launched 30 balloons into the skies above the Canterbury region in New Zealand this week.

Closer to home, there's a new secret communications facility being built in Canberra, say ITWire. The Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) will be one of the main tenants in a new data centre being built at HMAS Harman. A number of contracts have been signed, including $11 million with John Holland for the building construction, which still stands empty. The government said in its initial tender documents that the works would be completed by March 2013, and that the total cost of the project would be ‘in the order of’ $135 million’.

Armidale boasts the fastest wireless NBN in the country. Fusion Broadband has bonded four wireless NBN connections from two different service providers for Armidale-based Uniplan Group, a company that designs and constructs transportable buildings for holiday parks in A/NZ. Fusion Broadband managing director, Jason Maude, said that following tests over the past few weeks, the Fusion Broadband service at Uniplan is receiving 40 Mbps for downloads and 3.75 Mbps for uploads.

Today's timewaster is Cube Slam from Tony_L. It's a 3D pong clone with bears.

Intel Haswell on MSI Z87 MPOWER (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-June-2013  18:49:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Haswell is here, and dirtyd has taken a look at the i5 4670K CPU on MSI's Z87 MPOWER motherboard. There's some overclocking and gaming benchmarks as well as general info to get you up to speed on the new platform:

Click for the article!

Monday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-June-2013  01:00:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

An overclocker from HK has reached over 7GHz with a Haswell CPU. The database CPU-Z Validator contains at least three entries of the transition Mad222 7-gigahertz processor abroad with Core i7-4770K. The maximum 7092.68 MHz (69x 102,79 MHz) with two active cores and a voltage of 2.45 V, according to the utility CPU-Z.

VR-Zone have some preview info on future Haswell versions with 8 cores. With Intel’s Ivy Bridge-E platform (scheduled for 2H 2013) to be a bummer considering the minor minor specifications and performance bump over the 2012 Sandy Bridge-E platform, all eyes turn to the 2014 Haswell-E enthusiast grade platform. And we may just have some good news that gets your excitement engines started.

Still on Haswell, Tech Report are concerned about the multiplier allowance. With Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, standard Core i5 and i7 processors offer enough multiplier headroom for 400MHz overclocks. K-series chips are only required to push higher. Things are different for Haswell, which removes the multiplier allowance for standard CPUs, making multiplier-based overclocking exclusive to K-series processors.

Tech Report also have info from AMD. On Tuesday, AMD introduced its new FX-9000-series processors. The company quoted their peak Turbo speeds (5GHz for the FX-9590, 4.7GHz for the FX-9370) and a rough time frame for availability ("this summer"), but it revealed little else. We were left wondering about base clocks, power envelopes, and potential retail availability. Well, today, AMD has finally answered our questions.

Noctua are working on active noise cancelling for an upcoming CPU cooler. Specialist cooling company Noctua has teamed up with RotoSub to come up with a low noise solution that allows you to stick with air cooling, but removes the noise. They’ve done this by adding active noise cancellation to one of their CPU coolers for the very first time. A project that’s been ongoing for over a year.

Wired report on life with Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet. To truly test the capabilities of Microsoft’s newest tablet, the Surface Pro, I decided to embark on a little experiment. For one week, I used nothing but my 128 GB Surface Pro with Type Cover to accomplish all of my work. How well did it manage at the hands of a “power user?” I’ll tell you.

They also have an article on the enhanced visual abilities of gamers. Hardcore gamers "see the world differently", says the author of a study that suggests gamers who play action games have better visual skills than non-gamers. "They need less [visual] information to arrive at a probabilistic conclusion, and they do it faster," said Greg Applebaum, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Duke School of Medicine in North Carolina.

Kim Dotcom has posted a video of the raid on his NZ mansion. Helicopters, Assault Rifles, Anti-Terrorism units, Attack Dogs & 72 cops terrorizing a zero-threat family.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-June-2013  00:18:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Adin S7BT Vibration Bluetooth Speaker on HWHeaven.
alienvibes EP02 Elite HD Noise Cancelling Headphones on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Cooler Master Notepal Ergostand II on LanOC.
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid-2013) on TechReviewSource.
Chillblast Fusion Tiger Shark Core i5-4670K Overclocked System video review on HWHeaven.
HP Slate 7 on TechReviewSource.
Ironside Cyclone Desktop Gaming PC (with custom TweakTown airbrushing) on Tweaktown.
Viako NANO LETTER NL-HM76T i5 Mini-PC on MadShrimps.

Lian Li PC-Q27 Black Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
Eagletech Neptor Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard on LanOC.
CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Corsair Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard on Guru3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z87 OC FORMULA (Intel Z87) on Tweaktown.
ASUS Maximus VI Hero on Vortez.
AMD A10-6700 CPU & MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 Motherboard on PureOC.
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor on SilentPCReview.
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 on Vortez.
Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H on TechReport.

Video Cards:
Zotac GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition 6 GB and TITAN in 2-Way SLI on XbitLabs.
Asus ROG MATRIX 7970 3 GB on XbitLabs.
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card Overclocked on Tweaktown.

Samsung 840 Pro and Samsung 840 Solid State Drives on XbitLabs.
Intel DC S3500 480GB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Intel DC S3500 Data Center SSD Review (480GB x 4) on TheSSDReview.
Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 32GB on PureOC.

Remember Me PC on Tweaktown.
PCMark 8 on OCClub.

NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller and NZXT Grid Fan Hub on PureOC.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Single Tower CPU Coolers on Pro-Clockers.

Misc Pics (42 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-June-2013  12:47:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Davo1111 and JK this week!

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

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-June-2013  13:29:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

windwithme checked out
the sights at Computex

aXLe is restoring
a BBC Micro model B

Sin0822 reviewed the
GIGABYTE Z87X-OC with 4770K

Speedster20 is building
an ITX NAS machine

windwithme reviewed
Corsair's DDR3 2800C11 RAM

Samuka reviewed the
Synology DS1813+ NAS

windwithme tested the
Corsair Neutron GTX SSDs

Pwnography6 played with a
Reeven Extreme Cooling Cup

while Ratzz built a
PC into a breadbox!

Thursday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-June-2013  12:53:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The US surveillance story has definitely made it to Australian shores, with a surprising number of similar requests here. Federal police are obtaining Australians' phone and internet records without warrants nearly 1000 times a week, it has emerged as controversy rages over a vast US surveillance program. Our Attorney General has ordered an enquiry into protection of digital privacy. The whistleblower has spoken to reporters in Hong Kong.

PCPro report on concerns about lack of overclocking headroom on Haswell. I think that's normal for a new architecture, and we'll see how it expands in the future. Meanwhile TechARP spoke to the men behind Haswell. Team ARP was invited to meet the Malaysian men behind the newly launched 4th Generation Intel Core "Haswell" processors. A high-powered team from Intel Penang dropped by to meet the Malaysian press.

Owen spotted this Wired article about a secret cyber-army in the USA. A four-star Army general, his authority extends across three domains: He is director of the world’s largest intelligence service, the National Security Agency; chief of the Central Security Service; and commander of the US Cyber Command. As such, he has his own secret military, presiding over the Navy’s 10th Fleet, the 24th Air Force, and the Second Army.

SilentPCReview have two 140mm fan roundups, with part 1 here and part 2 here. Last week we tested a half dozen 140 mm fans, with models from Phanteks and Noctuas floating to top and offerings from Xigmatek sinking to the bottom. This time we have five contenders from Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, and Scythe slugging it out.

Disney's ESPN are closing their 3D channel due to lack of demand. ESPN launched the 3D cable channel in 2010 and will close the channel by the end of the year, said ESPN spokeswoman Katina Arnold. It presented 3D broadcasts of college football games and the Masters golf tournament, among other offerings. Despite declining costs for 3D televisions and widespread use of 3D in movies, consumers have not rushed to bring the technology into their homes.

There's plans underway to build an even bigger particle accelerator. A five-volume report containing the blueprint for this futuristic particle physics project was published today by an international group of scientists. The designers say it will "compliment and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN." The latest specs represent the "latest, most technologically advanced and most thoroughly scrutinised design for the ILC." The new collider will be 4 kilometers longer than Hadron, and will consist of two linear accelerators that will face each other.

Now we've even got to watch out for our printers spying on us, say the EFF. n a purported effort to identify counterfeiters the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information. That means that without your knowledge or consent an act you assume is private could become public. A communication tool you're using in everyday life could become a tool for government surveillance. And what's worse there are no laws to prevent abuse.

I missed this when it first came out, but if you like those Heath Robinson / Rube Goldberg contraptions, here's one using Red Bull athletes.

Thursday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-June-2013  12:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
AVerMedia Live Gamer HD Capture Card Video Review on HWHeaven.
Panasonic TC-L55DT60 TV on TechReviewSource.
Astro A50 Wireless Headset on HWHeaven.

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD V.6 (Savvio 10K.6) SAS Enterprise HDD on Tweaktown.
Kingston DT HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on FunkyKit.
Synology DiskStation DS1513+ on LegionHW.
Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus Series 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
ASUSTOR AS-604T NAS Network Storage Server on BenchmarkReviews.

Noctua NF-S12A Series Fans on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone AR02 on PureOC.

Power Supply:
Enermax Triathlor FC 550W on ThinkComputers.
Antec HCG-750M 750W on NikKTech.

Tuesday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-June-2013  18:45:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple has previewed a new Mac Pro. Today at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple teased a brand new design for its Mac Pro computers. The new machine is radically different in design, packing a bunch of internal power but a large amount of expansion via 6 Thunderbolt ports. The new Mac Pro will look a lot like a cylinder, and it houses a triangular shaped inner chassis. On two sides those triangles are packed with chips and fans, and the other has RAM and then ports on the back. Discussion from WWDC in the Apple Desktop and Apple iOS forums.

Also revealed officially today is Sony's PS4. Videos and things here. At first glance it seems the Sony fanboys have scored this round over the Xbox ones, with a lower price and less restrictions on secondhand games. The Japanese firm announced at the E3 trade show that its machine would be sold for £349 in the UK, $399 in the US and 399 euros across Europe. It added that it would not impose restrictions on second-hand games. Discussion in the Sony Consoles forum.

The PRISM thing keeps on rolling, with a whistleblower named Edward Snowden coming forward as the source of the leaked info. "I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under." But some say the story is wildly inaccurate.

Some storage stuff from Computex: LSI's Syncro, LSI Sandforce codename Griffin SSD, some game changing products all on SSDReview, and ADATA M.2 SSDs and NGFF on Tweaktown.

Here's a cool Photoshop prank in Stockholm, thanks mpot.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-June-2013  11:06:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you had a great long weekend! Time for some news catchup.. first, some reviews.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Z87-Expert (Intel Z87) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD “Richland” A-Series A10-6800K on PureOC.
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard on OCClub.
Asus Z87 Gryphon and Armor Kit on LanOC.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning on Guru3D.
Club 3D HD7970 royalAce on Vortez.
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SuperClocked on Guru3D.

Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on OCClub.
Quirky Converge Universal USB Dock on TechReviewSource.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Card Reader on BigBruin.
Drop Dropbox with QNAP on ComputingOnDemand.
ASUSTOR AS-602T Network Attached Storage System on APHNetworks.
Infortrend EonNAS Pro 510 on TechWareLabs.
Seagate 600 240GB SATA III 6Gbps SSD on LegitReviews.
Plextor M5M 256GB mSATA SSD on Guru3D.
KingSpec Challenger E3000 120GB SSD on PureOC.
Western Digital My Passport Edge for Mac 500GB External HDD on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
XMG P703 Pro Gaming Notebook Video Review on HWHeaven.
BlackBerry Z10 smartphone on LanOC.
Dell XPS 18 Portable All-In-One Desktop on HotHardware.
Dell Inspiron 15z (I15z-4801SLV) on TechReviewSource.
Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD GPS on TechReviewSource.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Blue Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Logitech T650 Wireless Touchpad on BenchmarkReviews.
Genius X-G510 Gaming Mouse on NeoSeeker.
Logitech G500s Gaming Mouse on HWHeaven.
Genius X-G510 Optical Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
CM Storm Quick Fire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.
ROCCAT Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
SilverStone ARM22SC ARM Two Dual LCD Monitor Mount on ThinkComputers.
Logitech UE BOOM Portable Speaker on Techgage.
Tt eSPORTS SHOCK Dynamite Orange Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones With Mic Fools Gold Edition on NikKTech.
QPAD QH-90 Headset on XSReviews.
Canon PowerShot Elph 130 IS on TechReviewSource.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler on RBMods.
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus laptop cooler on LanOC.

Cooler Master N200 Chassis on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master N200 on OCClub.
Cougar Spike Mini Gaming Tower on BigBruin.
Lian Li PC-Q12 mini-ITX on Techgage.

Metro: Last Light on Techgage.
Metro: Last Light on OCClub.
Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery Software on FunkyKit.

NSA Internet Data Mining (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-June-2013  18:03:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The story of the weekend is the uncovering of a massive internet monitoring program, seemingly a partnership between various internet giants and the NSA and FBI. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” The Atlantic report on what we know including mobile phone intercepts, and the EFF have assembled a timeline to help explain what has leaked. Anonymous have leaked some NSA documents, and Washington Post explain some which cover PRISM in some detail. This slide shows when each company joined the program, with Microsoft being the first, on Sept. 11, 2007, and Apple the most recent, in October 2012. Facebook say they didn't know about the program. European authorities have reacted angrily to the revelations.

Update: There are broad denials from many companies named. Discussion in this thread.

Misc Pics (32 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-June-2013  13:39:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Hasse and outy this week. Have a good long weekend!

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

Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-June-2013  13:33:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Over at Computex, ASRock are showing off a motherboard with 22 SATA ports, AMD are embracing Android and Chrome and NinjaLane checked out Roccat, Corsair and EVGA.

I'm pretty sure this is a parody, the Burger King hands-free feed-bag. Pretty sure. At least 60% sure. Altho if I had one, I could nom while newsing.. hrrrm.

iXBT have published their latest i3DSpeed guide. The i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. This time we added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/780.

Tech-Report have a Haswell PSU compatibility list. For a few weeks now, we've known that Intel's Haswell processors feature a new sleep state that isn't compatible with all power supplies. PSU vendors have been posting compatibility lists left and right. We've attempted to compile them all in a single article.

It's been a while since we've seen one of these, but ArsTechnica report on mineral-oil cooling by some GPU-based password crackers. Submerging the cards in mineral oil is "quote unquote green," Redman told Ars. "Because I don't have to worry about air flow, I can compact them together and make them so much tighter, so I can save space and use less energy and pay less money. It's cheaper and it's better and it's safer for my computer. It's illogical for me not to do it."

Bringing up something else which has been quiet for a while, Apple has apparently violated a Samsung patent. But the ban is unlikely to have an immediate impact on sales of those devices in the United States. The United States International Trade Commission said on Tuesday that it was issuing a ban for a handful of devices that work on AT&T’s network, including the third- and fourth-generation iPhone, and the first-, second- and third-generation iPads that have a cellular connection.

Meanwhile a podcasting patent has appeared, with lawsuits swiftly following. Personal Audio has so far been successful, winning $8 million from Apple last year for breaching its patent on playlists for personal media players. It also has licensing agreements with massive companies like Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG, which arose when Personal Audio sued them for breaching its patent.

Richard spotted this digital productivity conference in Brisbane next week. The conference, exhibition and demonstrations feature cutting edge technologies being trialled across Australia via the National Broadband Network. Take part in a virtual tour of the National Museum of Australia via a robot guide, discover how organisations are making telework a productivity booster, and see how innovative telehealth services are helping older Australians stay in their homes longer. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the benefits of high-speed broadband for business and households – including the release of some new research. It's free to attend but will also be webcast.

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-June-2013  13:08:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Cooler Master Sonuz Headset on Modders-Inc.
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR on Vortez.
Jabra SPEAK 510 Bluetooth And USB Speakerphone on NikKTech.
Gigabyte Fly Headset on APHNetworks.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z87-D3HP on Vortez.
Intel's Haswell: Optimized For Mobility on HotHardware.
Intel Core i7-4770K (Haswell) on LegionHW.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review. Intel Haswell for Desktops on XbitLabs.
MSI Z87 MPower on LanOC.
Asus' Z87-PRO motherboard on TechReport.
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming on Vortez.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte HD 7790 2GB on Bjorn3D.
Gainward GTX 770 Phantom on Vortez.

GELID The Black Edition CPU Cooler Review: Man in Black on XbitLabs.
AeroCool Touch-2100 Fan Controller on MadShrimps.
NZXT Grid 10 Port Fan Hub on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Laptop Cooling Pad on Pro-Clockers.
Scythe Mugen 4 Tower CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
DEEPCOOL GAMMAX S40 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

AMD Richland APUs (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-June-2013  12:48:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their "Richland" APUs. As reported on TechSpot: Little over 6 months since launching Trinity on the desktop, AMD is updating their product lineup with a minor refresh. Codenamed Richland, these new APUs offer no substantial changes to either the CPU or GPU. Other than some clock speed improvements and better power management, everything is mostly the same. There's some additional software to make use of the APUs also.

More coverage on: HWHeaven, Overclockers.com, BenchmarkReviews, Guru3D, HotHardware, OCClub, XbitLabs, LegitReviews, NeoSeeker and TechWareLabs.

Discussion continues in this big thread.

Interesting Forum Threads (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-June-2013  19:47:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few interesting threads from the forums. Remember, OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages. If you can add us via the various services it's much appreciated and helps us get the word out, and keep you up to date. :)

Computex 2013 in Overclocking & Hardware.
Your GPU History (PICTORIAL EDITION!) in Overclocking & Hardware.
Intel Haswell CPU Overclocking Results and Discussion in Intel Hardware.
Can consoles save AMD? in AMD x86 CPUs & Chipsets.
Fast hard drives: where are they? Have we hit a speed barrier? in Storage & Backup.
The EA grave yard grows larger, Plants Vs. Zombies 2 Free to play IOS only in PC Games.
Virtualising Everything in a Data Centre in Business & Enterprise Computing.
What will be next in monitors? in Video Cards & Monitors.
4k UHD monitor Discussion Thread in Video Cards & Monitors.
GT6 - Official OCAU Hype Thread in Sony Consoles.
Black Magic Cinema Camera in Photography & Video.
New Yorkers unnerved by voyeuristic photos... what do you think? in Photography & Video.
The 'Glassy and Glowy Clock' thread in Electronics & Electrics.
New flicker-free flouros in Electronics & Electrics.
Motor direction change using Pushbutton in Electronics & Electrics.
Cold Fusion reactor independently verified in Science.
Condiment laws in your house? in Geek Food.
Fuel economy and driving range, post yours in Motoring.
Arrested Development - New Season in Entertainment.
Shocking Sharehouses: tell us your horror stories! in The Pub.
Does Facebook affect your friendships? in The Pub.

Fake External Battery (22 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-June-2013  13:40:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We've seen fake USB sticks, fake memory cards, and not one but two fake external drives - and now Timbot has sent in what appears to be a fake external battery? I assume the metal cylinder houses a simple AA or similar, and the bags are coarse sand:

Wednesday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-June-2013  13:04:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's growing concern over asbestos in telecomms pits being accessed by NBN Co, thanks catalyst. The presence of asbestos in the infrastructure is causing concerns in communities and among contractors working on the $37.4 billion NBN project overseen by the government-owned builder NBN Co. NBN Co is accessing the pits and ducts to roll out the fibre optic cable to support the network, after Telstra was contracted to remediate asbestos issues.

Tech Report have been overclocking Haswell. After studying Haswell's architecture and taking the chip through our benchmark suite, we gave overclocking a shot. Our findings suggest that Haswell requires beefier cooling to overclock than the previous generation, and it may have less clock headroom, as well. Fairly standard for a new architecture at launch - generally more headroom appears as the production matures.

Plans are underway in Europe to legalise net neutrality, stopping site blocking and online throttling. Speaking in Brussels today, she added: "Equally, it's clear to me that many Europeans expect protection against such commercial tactics. And that is exactly the EU safeguard we will be providing. A safeguard for every European, on every device, on every network: a guarantee of access to the full and open internet, without any blocking or throttling of competing services."

If you're tired of your office chair, try this scorpion-inspired computer workstation. The Emperor 200 is finished with a glossy auto paint. It has a heated and cooled power-adjustable seat with an adjustable leg-rest and reclines up to 30 degrees. It pumps the workspace atmosphere through a HEPA air purifier, and is equipped with built-in audio and lighting—all controlled from an embedded Windows system via a 10-inch touch screen. And a cupholder.

Researchers claim to have made a modified charger which can hack any iOS device within one minute, thanks mpot. The charger itself is fairly large — it's based on the BeagleBone, a tiny Linux PC the size of a credit card — so it's unlikely to be able to be scaled down to fit in a regular iPhone or iPad charger casing anytime soon.

Telstra have been working out how to find things that interfere with the mobile network, including a rogue beer fridge. The Herald Sun reported late Sunday night that the "rogue beer fridge" had been traced to a Wangaratta man's garage after an investigation by Telstra's operations personnel. The fridge is believed to have been interrupting mobile signals in "several neighbourhoods" of the town of 17,000, which lies about 230km from Melbourne.

Ben noticed Roomba-based robots being used to monitor datacentres. IBM has built a bunch of robots using iRobot Create, a customisable version of iRobot’s Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which can move autonomously round data centres, plotting the temperature and humidity. The resulting maps can spot areas where cold air is being wasted, or hot spots are developing, so energy can be saved. A strikingly similar project is underway at EMC in India.

TheSSDReview report from Computex on a new PCIe SSD from ADATA and LSI's new SandForce controller. Where other websites were noticing the incredible 1.6TB capacity of this SSD, The SSD Review observed that it is a single chip design, LSI SandForce driven, and capable of speeds of 1800MB/s read and write with 200,000 IOPS, all in a typical notebook 2.5”design!

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-June-2013  23:37:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

XSPC AX240 Dual Fan Radiator on ThinkComputers.
Silverstone Argon AR03 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

PQI Air Card 4GB Wi-Fi SDHC on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme II Series 120GB, 240GB and 480GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Sandisk Extreme II 120 - 240 and 480 GB SSD on Guru3D.
SanDisk Extreme II 480GB SSD on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme II 120GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Adaptec (by PMC) ASR-72405 RAID Controller (X2) on TheSSDReview.
Seagate's 600 SSD solid-state drive on TechReport.
QNAP TurboNAS TS-221 NAS Server on NikKTech.
Synology DS713+ NAS on TechWareLabs.
MyDigitalSSD BP4 240GB mSATA on Tweaktown.
Toshiba PX02SM Series 12Gb/s Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Zalman U3M32 32GB SLC USB 3.0 Flash Drive on FunkyKit.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Crosshair V Formula Z Motherboard on OCClub.
ASUS Sabertooth Z87 motherboard on Guru3D.
Intel Haswell 4th Generation CPU: i5-4670K and i7-4770K on MadShrimps.
Intel's Core i7-4770K and 4950HQ 'Haswell' processors on TechReport.
MSI Z87 MPower MAX Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming vs. Gigabyte Z87-D3HP on HWHeaven.
GIGABYTE Z87X-OC on Vortez.
Asus Z87 Pro and Asus Z87 Plus on LanOC.
ASUS Republic Of Gamers Maximus VI Hero Intel Z87 Motherboard on LegitReviews.
ASRock Z77E-ITX Motherboard on MadShrimps.
Intel Core i7-4770K & i5-4670K on Anandtech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung NP540U3C-A01 notebook on PCStats.
Gigabyte U2442F Ultrabook on XSReviews.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 on ThinkComputers.
Acer C7 Chromebook (C710-2055) on TechReviewSource.
Cooler Master NotePal ErgoStand II on Pro-Clockers.

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX Cooling Video Card on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC 3GB on MadShrimps.
MSI GTX 650Ti BOOST OC on Vortez.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC WindForce 3x 2GB on eTeknix.
NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB on eTeknix.
NVidia GTX 770 on NinjaLane.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 on Techgage.

Audio Visual:
Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on Techgage.
HP Envy 27 monitor on TechReviewSource.
Yantouch Black Diamond 3 Wireless 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker System on TechnologyX.
Cooler Master Sonuz Headset on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries WOW Wireless MMO mouse on NikKTech.
Attitude One Kamaz Wrist Rest on RBMods.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-June-2013  21:43:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

jhonnypolak built a
high-powered mini-PC build

stevodude built a
DIY Boombox

Rainey is working on
a model railway layout

r3s built a
personal access gate

and did some work
on his pool area

CREDO built a
MAME arcade machine

bioxeed reviewed the
Dell XPS 13

steamboatbob is making
a case from jarrah and sheoak

Catweazle is building
a retro gaming PC

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-June-2013  20:49:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Computex is underway, with the OC Main Event tomorrow. More info here and discussion here. Corsair and Intel have teamed up to created the Computex OC Main Event which will have the largest overclocking cash prize ever! The event takes place on June 3rd from 1pm to 6pm at the Marquee Restaurant and Lounge in Taipei. Ten teams of the world’s best Overclockers will compete for $20,000 in cash prizes using the upcoming Intel® 4th Generation Core™ CPUs as well as soon to be announced Corsair Memory.

The Oculus Rift is a fascinating new VR headset but in a bizarre tragedy one of the co-founders has become an accidental victim of a police chase. Reisse, a Santa Ana resident, was walking in a crosswalk when he was struck and killed at the end of a police chase Thursday. Discussion of the Oculus Rift here.

One potential spanner in the works of a Mars mission has been confirmed by the Curiousity Rover: the radiation. They say engineers will have to give careful consideration to the type of shielding that is built into a Mars-bound crew ship. However, they concede that for some of the most damaging radiation particles, there may be little that can be done to shelter the crew other than to get them to Mars and the partial protection of its thin atmosphere and rocky mass as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile NASA are exploring 3D printing in space. "As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we'll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during a recent tour of the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. "In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space."

A NZ judge has ordered the FBI to return material to Kim Dotcom. "The warrants could not authorise the permanent seizure of hard drives and digital materials against the possibility that they might contain relevant material, with no obligation to check them for relevance," Winkelmann wrote. "They could not authorise the shipping offshore of those hard drives with no check to see if they contained relevant material. Nor could they authorise keeping the plaintiffs out of their own information, including information irrelevant to the offences."

Haswell Launch (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-June-2013  14:50:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have officially revealed their 4th-generation Core Processor architecture, code-named "Haswell". Coverage below:

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz Quad-Core CPU on LegitReviews.
Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed on HotHardware.
GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H Intel Z87 'Haswell' Motherboard on LegitReviews.
Digital Storm ODE Haswell-powered Desktop Gaming PC on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7 4770K on OCClub.
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming on LanOC.
Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell Processor on BenchmarkReviews.
GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H Intel Z87 'Haswell' Motherboard on LegitReviews.
Intel i7-4770 Haswell on LanOC.
Intel i7 4770K – Haswell – CPU Review on Overclockers.com.
3 Step Guide to Overclock Your i7 / i5 Haswell Platform on Overclockers.com.
Intel Core i7-4770K and GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 Motherboard on HardwareHeaven.
Intel Core i7 4770K and Z87 chipset on Guru3D.
MSI Z87 MPower MAX motherboard on Guru3D.
Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 motherboard on Guru3D.
Intel Haswell Core i5-4670K & Core i7-4770K on Vortez.
Intel Core i7 4770K (Haswell 4th Gen) CPU and Z87 Express Chipset on Tweaktown.

Discussion in this thread.


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