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March 2015
Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 31-March-2015  16:14:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Supermicro C7X99-OCE (Intel X99) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Core i7-5960X vs i7-4960X Gaming-Performance - FullHD, 1440p, UHD on OCAholic.

In Win 703 on TechPowerUp.
Raven RV01 Chassis (SST-RV01B-W), Elegance updated on Bjorn3D.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv on BenchmarkReviews.

Input Etc:
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Tt eSPORTS Black V2 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Intel Server R2208WT2YS System on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte P37X Laptop on HWHeaven.
Intel NUC Kit NUC5i3RYK on Vortez.
ECS LIVA X Mini PC on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Samsung SE790C - 34" Curved 21:9 monitor on OCAholic.
Jenkins J10 Black Earphones on Tweaktown.
LUXA2 Lavi D Bluetooth Headphones on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming on PureOC.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X SLI in 4K Surround, or 6480x3840 on Tweaktown.

480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD on Bjorn3D.
Cooler Master Hyper D92 CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.

Tuesday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 31-March-2015  13:15:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A Melbourne man has been surprised by a $191,000 phone bill. Usually when we hear about this kind of thing the telco waives it, but in this case they're taking him to court. But as Mr Beveridge later found out, a monstrous bill had already been accumulated within those 20 hours. He claims there were a total of 4484 calls made with an average duration of 10 minutes within the 20 hour period before the account was disabled.

A few people pointed out the more positive news that various Telstra mobile plans are going to get increased data allowances. Looks like Telstra is gearing up for the mobile streaming revolution! The telco might not be unmetering Netflix on mobile, but it is throwing in loads of bonus data and Presto subscriptions for customers on all sorts of plans.

As we settle into our new world of data retention, it's worrying to be told that the Australian immigration department accidentally leaked details of world leaders at the G20 summit. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, were among those who attended the Brisbane summit in November and whose details were exposed.

Techgage have a recap of the 2015 GTC. The 2015 GPU Technology Conference proved to be an exciting event with a number of big announcements and a slew of other cool bits of information. In this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the biggest announcements made at the show, as well as some of the lesser talked-about items that are still worth highlighting.

PCPerspective looked at early DX12 performance. ate last week, Microsoft approached me to see if I would be interested in working with them and with Futuremark on the release of the new 3DMark API Overhead Feature Test. Of course I jumped at the chance, with DirectX 12 being one of the hottest discussion topics among gamers, PC enthusiasts and developers in recent history. Microsoft set us up with the latest iteration of 3DMark and the latest DX12-ready drivers from AMD, NVIDIA and Intel. From there, off we went. LegionHW shared their experience also.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-March-2015  01:54:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kingston SDXC UHS-1 Memory Card (256GB) on TheSSDReview.
Silicon Power Stream S06 4TB USB 3.0 HDD on MadShrimps.
Patriot Blaze 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Enermax 2.5 and 3.5-Inch Mobile Drive Rack Roundup on eTeknix.

Noctua NH-L9x65 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
CRYORIG H5 Universal CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Corsair H100i GTX Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB in SLI on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA's $1000+ GeForce GTX TITAN X Delivers Maximum Linux Performance on Phoronix.

Ozone Neon Gaming Mouse and Lepton Mouse Pad on TechnologyX.
KLevv Urbane 2800MHz DDR3 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Samsung Galaxy S6 on MegaTechNews.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-March-2015  14:38:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and leftarc this week!

Data Retention Laws Passed (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-March-2015  14:19:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The data retention laws have been passed by Parliament. The laws will force telecommunications providers to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies to access the records. Companies already retain the data but for varying durations and in an unregulated environment. The Coalition and Labor have argued the laws were necessary to help authorities in counter-terrorism and serious crime investigations.

The official media release from the Attorney-General is here. By passing this Bill, the Parliament has ensured that our security and law enforcement agencies will continue to have access to the information they need to do their jobs. No responsible government can sit by while those who protect us lose access to vital information, particularly in the current high threat environment. At the same time, the Bill contains safeguards to protect our cherished rights and liberties, including through the establishment of additional oversight mechanisms covering the security and law enforcement agencies. Metadata is the basic building block in nearly every counter-terrorism, counter-espionage and organised crime investigation. It is also essential for child abuse and child pornography offences that are frequently carried out online.

Bizarrely, Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications, is openly telling people how to get around it. If you have a device, you know, a phone or a smartphone, and if I call you through the mobile phone network there will be a record. Say my phone’s with Telstra, there’ll be a record with Telstra that I’ve called your number. If on the other hand I communicate with you via Skype for a voice call or Viber, send you a message on WhatsApp or Wickr or Threema or Signal or Telegrammer — there’s a gazillion of them — or indeed if you make a FaceTime call, then all that the telco can see is that my device has had a connection with the Skype server or the WhatsApp server…but it doesn’t see anything happening with you.

Crikey have a guide summing up the issue. Crikey has been covering data retention for several years, and we’ve written tens of thousands of words in that time explaining what it is, why it’s important and the threat it poses to Australians. We know that a lot of people, especially in the media, have only started to focus on the issue in recent days, so we’ve further expanded this Q&A we prepared last year to take into account recent developments and give you a one-stop document for what will be Australia’s biggest ever mass surveillance regime.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-March-2015  14:03:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CRYORIG H5 Universal on TechPowerUp.
Bitspower THOR EIX99 Full Cover Water Block for EVGA X99 Classified/FTW on Modders-Inc.
CRYORIG R1 Universal CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA 550GS and 650GS Gold PSU on PCPerspective.
SilverStone Strider Gold 1500W on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Hands-On With Lenovo's 2015 ThinkPad X1 Carbon on HotHardware.
Gigabyte Brix S BXi7H-5500 Broadwell Mini PC on HotHardware.
The Dell XPS 13 Notebook Review - Broadwell and Battery Life on PCPerspective.

InWin Gaming Black 707 Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX on OCAholic.
SilverStone Precision Series PS11 on ThinkComputers.
SilverStone Kublai KL05B on BenchmarkReviews.
Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Microlab T2 Bluetooth Headset on Vortez.
Ozone Blast Ocelote World 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Tesoro Kuven Devil 7.1 Virtual Gaming Headset on TechnologyX.
Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Bluetooth Speaker on APHNetworks.
Soniq Rock 7 Bluetooth Outdoor Portable Speaker on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NeoSeeker.
Sentey Lumenata Pro Gamer Series Mouse on Tweaktown.
Steelseries Kinzu V3 on OCAholic.
CM Storm Octane Mouse & Keyboard Combo on eTeknix.
Cougar 200K Scissor Gaming Keyboard on PureOC.

Video Cards:
PowerColor R9 285 2GB Turbo Duo on Modders-Inc.
XFX Double Dissipation R9 290 (4GB) on TechnologyX.
Zotac GeForce GTX980 AMP Omega Edition on Bjorn3D.

Synology DS1815+ on TechPowerUp.
ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A Card on LegitReviews.
OCZ Vector 180 SATA SSD Full Capacity Roundup - Barefoot 3 M00 with PFM Plus on PCPerspective.
Mushkin Chronos 480GB on LanOC.
Crucial BX100 1TB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Kingston Technologies Data Traveler microDuo 3 on Bjorn3D.
Patriot Ignite 480GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Crucial MX200 250GB SSD on NikKTech.
Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD (480GB) on TheSSDReview.

KLevv Genuine 2666MHz DDR3 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
KLevv Neo 2400MHz DDR3 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Review - Making Light, Personal on Tweaktown.
Battlefield Hardline Benchmarked on TechSpot.
Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion Overclocking Motherboard on HWAsylum.

Thursday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-March-2015  13:54:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The internet is abuzz with news that the BBC have dropped Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear, after investigating an "unprovoked physical and verbal attack" on a BBC producer. Responding to the news, Prime Minister David Cameron said he believed that "if you do something wrong at work there can be consequences" and that "aggressive and abusive behaviour is not acceptable in the workplace". Discussion of Top Gear UK continues in this thread.

Internode co-founder and now NBN Co board member Simon Hackett has indicated FTTP is still his preference over FTTN. "Ideally, the NBN would have been built with 100 percent fibre," said Hackett at the Communications Alliance's Fast Forward/Rewind event in Sydney on Wednesday. "[But] it's not my money."

SMH have a guide to the new video services recently released in Australia. Netflix, Quickflix, Presto and Stan are all fighting for your attention, but how easy are they to use and how hard will they hammer your internet connection?

Meanwhile the website blocking legislation has been introduced to Parliament today. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today introduced proposed laws to allow content owners to apply for websites faciliating online piracy to be blocked, taking over responsibility for the bill from Attorney-General George Brandis.

Wired report on an interesting upcoming NASA mission, which is a test run for a Mars mission. Except it’s not a movie: That’s the real-life idea for the Asteroid Redirect Mission, which NASA announced today. Other than simply being an awesome space version of the claw arcade game (you know you really wanted that stuffed Pikachu), the mission will let NASA test technology and practice techniques needed for going to Mars.

I don't normally link Kickstarter stuff, but there's a drive to get a new Descent: Underground game up and running. Descent was, from memory, the first proper game I ever played all the way through on the PC. I used to have Descent dreams.. Descent is back! Pilot your ship & battle foes through twisting, turning tunnels with unrestricted 3D movement & FPS action in Zero-G!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-March-2015  01:27:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS X99-A on ThinkComputers.
A10-6800K vs. Core i3-4150 CPU on HWSecrets.
Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion, Budget Overclocker on Bjorn3D.
AMD A8-7650k Kaveri APU on eTeknix.
ASRock X99 WS-E Motherboard on TheSSDReview.

OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Enermax EMK3203 3.5? Mobile RAID Rack with 2x 2.5? Drive Bays on eTeknix.
Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB HDD on TechnologyX.
OCZ Vector 180 SSD on TheSSDReview.
OCZ Vector 180 960GB SSD on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vector 180 Series SSD on Guru3D.
480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD on LegitReviews.
OCZ Vector 180 SSD on HWHeaven.
OCZ Vector 180 Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
OCZ's Vector 180 solid-state drive on TechReport.
OCZ Vector 180 480 Gigabyte on OCAholic.
Western Digital RED 6TB 3.5? NAS HDD Four Disk RAID on eTeknix.
Plextor M6e Black Edition PCI Express SSD on TechnologyX.
Synology DiskStation DS3615xs on LegionHW.
Stockplop Pure Plop Superspeed USB 3.0 SSD Enclosure on TheSSDReview.
Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB SSD on TheSSDReview.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Reveals The Transformer Book Chi & ZenBook UX305 on TechARP.
Posh Mobile Titan HD E500 Octa-Core 1.4GHz Smartphone on ModSynergy.
HTC One M9 on TechSpot.

Video Cards:
Battlefield Hardline VGA graphics performance on Guru3D.
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X on LegionHW.

Wednesday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-March-2015  09:58:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Scott Ludlam still seems to be the primary voice of opposition to the data retention scheme in Parliament. Ludlam began by expressing his frustrations with the blanket-nature in which the bills are going to pass, and the lack of broad democratic process that's been involved in the bill's debate. But far from simply targeting the Government about the legislation, Ludlam sharpest barbs were saved for the Labor party and their perceived cave-in and lack of opposition in debating and challenging the bill on some of its finer points.

If you're also opposed to the data retention scheme, you can protest by going dark today. This scheme is rushed, costly, ineffective, and against the public interest. Also, absurdly, the flawed legislation leaves open numerous loopholes, which can be used to evade the scheme. This means the data retention dragnet will capture the data of innocent Australians and cost millions of dollars, while allowing those who don't want to be caught to remain hidden.

Live video streaming service Twitch is the latest to report report a security issue and requires users to change their passwords. "For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube," reads the statement. "As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account. We also recommend that you change your password at any website where you use the same or a similar password."

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-March-2015  18:29:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

samus checked out the
Dell Venue Pro 11 7000

mrfocal is making an
Iron Man themed PC

Free bee is re-inventing
the Super Lanboy

Mrfocal also has an
impressive Stacker Mark-S

Ausbullant has a system with
a free-standing radiator

gazza30 reviewed the
DeepCool Captain 360

Monday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-March-2015  23:36:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra have apparently run out of IPv4 addresses - which some people believe will affect data retention, thanks Tony and mpot. During a panel session at Cisco Live last week, Burgess said Telstra's use of CGNAT would make no difference to its ability to adhere to the requirements of the Government's proposed data retention scheme. The scheme requires telcos and internet service providers to retain the so-called metadata of their customers for two years to assist law enforcement.

NASA & Planetary Resources have released a new app which will let the public hunt for dangerous asteroids. Protecting the Earth from the threat of asteroid impacts means first knowing where they are. NASA & Planetary Resources are harnessing the incredible potential of innovators, makers and citizen scientists by opening up the search. In an increasingly connected world, NASA recognizes the value of the public as a partner in addressing some of the country’s most pressing challenges. We need your help in identifying asteroids – and to help further this effort, we’ve built an application that enables everyone, everywhere, to help solve this global challenge.

NVIDIA's CEO and Elon Musk gave a joint keynote at GTC 2015, covering Titan X, deep learning and autonomous cars. One of the highlights of today’s opening keynote at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose (GTC) was NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang’s invited special guest, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk and the “fireside chat” the two were scheduled to hold. Frankly, it was a bit shorter than expected, but when two visionaries take the stage, time does tend to fly, figuratively and literally. There’s no question, Jen-Hsun Huang is a visionary when it comes to visual computing, but Musk, Musk thinks way outside the box on a lot of things – from Electric Vehicles, to Hyperloop supersonic transport, to autonomous cars that are so reliable, they're safer on the road than humans.

A few people pointed out this flaw in the NSW iVote system. Since we’ve both done extensive research on the design and analysis of Internet voting systems, we decided to perform an independent security review of iVote. We’ll prepare a more extensive technical report after the election, but we’re writing today to share news about critical vulnerabilities we found that have put tens of thousands of votes at risk. We discovered a major security hole allowing a man-in-the middle attacker to read and manipulate votes. We also believe there are ways to circumvent the verification mechanism.

Also, it seems that your BIOS might be at risk. The attack could be used to render a computer unusable, but it could also be used to steal passwords and intercept encrypted data. The problem affects motherboards from companies including Gigabyte, Acer, MSI, HP and Asus. It is exacerbated by manufactures reusing codes across multiple UEFI BIOSes and places home users, businesses and governments at risk.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-March-2015  00:50:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Big Graphics Card Comparison Of Metro Redux Games On Linux on Phoronix.
SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X 8GB Tri-X on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI 970 GAMING Motherboard on Modders-Inc.

Toshiba MG04ACA400A 4TB Enterprise HDD on MadShrimps.
Mushkin Striker 480GB on LanOC.
Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage 500GB Portable Hard Drive on LegitReviews.

SilverStone Fortress FT05 Enclosure on PCPerspective.
In Win 707 Full-Tower on eTeknix.
Xigmatek Aquila Windowed Caseking King Mod on OCAholic.

Noctua NH-U9S CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker on APHNetworks.
CM Storm Alcor Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-March-2015  14:16:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

After 10 years in business and 7 years sponsoring OCAU, MojoDirect are shutting down. It's a shame, but in the meantime, you can grab some bargains from their closing down sale thread. All the best, guys!

Thanks to mpot and MCFLY5 this week!

FreeSync (Adaptive Refresh Rates) (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-March-2015  14:09:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have revealed their FreeSync technology. HotHardware sum it up well: Soon after NVIDIA unveiled its G-SYNC technology, AMD announced that it would pursue an open standard, dubbed FreeSync, leveraging technologies already available in the DisplayPort specification to offer adaptive refresh rates to users of some discrete Radeon GPUs and AMD APUs. AMD’s goal with FreeSync was to introduce a technology that offered similar end-user benefits to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC, that didn’t require monitor manufacturers to employ any proprietary add-ons (like NVIDIA’s G-Sync module), and that could be adopted by any GPU maker.

Coverage on HotHardware, HWHeaven, TechSpot, Tweaktown, Guru3D, Vortez and PC Perspective.

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-March-2015  13:58:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-5820K vs 5930K vs 5960X Gaming-Performance on OCAholic.
EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard w/ Kingston Hyper-X Fury DDR4 2400MHz on Modders-Inc.

Audio Visual:
LUXA2 Groovy Duo Live Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker on Tweaktown.
TDK WR780 Smartphone Wireless Headphones on NikKTech.
SpotCam HD Wi-Fi Video Monitoring IP Camera on MegaTechNews.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX: Watercooling Edition on ThinkComputers.
SilverStone PS11B-Q Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
BitFenix Prodigy M on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone SG13 SFF on HWHeaven.

Input Etc:
EVGA's Torq X5 and X10 mice on TechReport.
Grifiti Fat Wrist Pads on LanOC.
Cougar 600K Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Apacer Thunderbird PT910 256GB PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Corsair Neutron XT 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Cryorig C1 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Lenovo ThinkStation P900 Workstation on Tweaktown.
FSP Aurum Pro 1200W PSU on NikKTech.
MSI GTX 980 Gaming - Watercooling EK-FC980 GTX TF5 vs. Aircooling on OCAholic.

Thursday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-March-2015  16:07:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Torrent sites are the target of new legislation to be submitted next week. The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill is a part of the government’s ongoing crackdown on copyright breaches in Australia and comes in the wake of a proposed three strikes scheme that could see illegal downloaders face harsh financial penalties. The bill will force ISPs to block overseas sites that allow people to share copyrighted material, at the request of a judge.

There's also continuing concerns about what the metadata scheme will mean for journalists. The MEAA argues the legislation, which mandates a two-year retention period for phone and internet records, is an attack on press freedom. "None of the amendments being proposed to the legislation recognise or protect the vital role of journalists and whistleblowers in a healthy democracy," Mr Murphy said.

Meanwhile the Victorian Government is set to sell thousands of seized bitcoins. The Victorian government will sell millions of dollars worth of bitcoins on the open market in coming months after taking possession of assets confiscated from a Warrandyte drug dealer. The bitcoins were seized in late 2013, but the state's Asset Confiscation Operations (ACO) had to wait until the man's case had been heard in the court system. A spokesman confirmed it has recently taken possession of 24,500 coins and would try to make the most of it.

Windows 10 will be free for everyone - even pirates, thanks mpot. Speaking to Reuters from the WinHEC conference in China, Microsoft's operating system chief Terry Myerson said, "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10." This means that everyone running Windows 7 or 8.1, irrespective of whether you pirated the operating system or not, will be allowed to upgrade to a legitimate version of Windows 10.

But Windows 10 won't have Internet Explorer, as Microsoft are going to Project Spartan (hopefully with a more catchy name soon) instead, thanks Matt. "We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," the company's marketing chief Chris Capossela told a conference.

Google have opened a Google Shop in London. The store, to be called The Google shop, will sell the company’s range of Android phones and tablets, Chromebook laptops, and Chromecast TV services. The shop will hold tutorials showing consumers how to use the devices and hold demonstrations showing off key Google apps. It is the first time that Google has opened a shop under its own name and highlights how online companies are increasingly exploring ways to open physical stores. Amazon is thought to be considering opening a shop in a standalone location in New York.

A few people let me know there's a new flying car set to go on sale in a couple of years. Ever wanted to buy a flying car? You only have a couple more years to wait, says a company that has built prototypes that can both drive and fly. The flying roadster, a sporty two seater that transforms into a light sports aircraft, aims to go on sale in just two years from Slovakia-based Aeromobil.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-March-2015  01:51:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have unveiled their GeForce TITAN X, a 12GB, 3072-core, 1075MHz monster of a card. It pretty much blows everything else out of the water, but for more details, here's some reviews:

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Review on OCClub.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Video Card Review on LegitReviews.
The New Single GPU King Of The Hill: A Look At NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX TITAN X on Techgage.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB GM200 Review on PC Perspective.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X on NeoSeeker.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Video Card Review on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X in 4K Surround, or 6480x3840 on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Review: Efficient, Powerful on HotHardware.
Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card reviewed on Tech Report.
NVIDIA GeForce Titan X 12 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Review: Bloody fast, surprisingly efficient on TechSpot.

Discussion towards the end of the NVIDIA GeForce 900-Series (Maxwell) thread.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-March-2015  23:30:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Z97-K on OCAholic.
Intel Core i7-5960X vs i7-5930K vs i7-5820K on TechPowerUp.
ASUS X99 WS/IPMI on OCAholic.

Lian Li PC-Q33 Mini ITX on PCPerspective.
SilverStone Kublai Series KL05 on ThinkComputers.
Fractal Design Define R5 on Techgage.

Power Supply:
VisionTek 800W 80 Plus Bronze Modular on Bjorn3D.
SilverStone Silver Strider 750 Watt PSU on Bjorn3D.

ASUSTOR AS5104T 4-bay NAS on MadShrimps.
Crucial MX200 500GB 2-Drive SSD RAID on Tweaktown.
Kingston SM2280S3 120GB M.2 SATA SSD on Bjorn3D.
Kingston Technologies Mobile Lite G4 Media Reader on Bjorn3D.

Audio Visual:
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset on TechARP.
SpotCam HD Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera on BigBruin.

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Raijintek Triton AIO CPU watercooler on Modders-Inc.
EVGA GTX 960 SuperSC video card on Bjorn3D.
Ozone Neon Laser Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-March-2015  23:25:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-March-2015  14:53:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A court in The Netherlands has struck down their data retention law. The District court of The Hague said the law, which requires telecom providers to collect and store data for as long as 12 months, violates citizens’ right to privacy and the right to protection of personal data. “The judge finds that this violation is not limited to what is strictly necessary,” it said.

Hitachi have a 10TB HDD on the way, but it's not for everyone - yet. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies—aka HGST, aka a subsidiary of Western Digital—was recently showing off its gigantic new 10TB hard drive at the Linux Foundation Vault tradeshow in Boston. But unfortunately you won't be packing 10,000 gigabytes into your laptop anytime soon because the drive is designed for use in servers, and mostly because it requires special software to work.

BlueRaven spotted some internet nostalgia on Gizmodo. Six animated gifs courtesy of The Open University (and the Wayback Machine) show the HP, Apple, Boeing, Intel, Xerox and Open University websites as rendered by Netscape in 1996-1997, along with some interesting facts about the state of the net in those years.

Tweaktown have compared a few video cards in 4K surround. Let's clarify that: 6480x3840. This means we're rendering 1,492,992,000 pixels per second. 1.4 billion pixels, every second. Compare this to 1920x1080 (Full HD, or 1080p) which is rendering 124,416,000, or 124 million pixels per second - the 4K Surround system is rendering over 10x that of the 1080p resolution.

I've linked a couple of these cockpit panoramas before, but this one is particularly noteworthy because (a) it's a Supermarine Spitfire and (b) all the dials and knobs and things are labelled and explained by the viewer. Move the mouse corsor over an instrument or siwtch for information, use mouse or cursor keys for navigation.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-March-2015  10:55:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac on ComputingOnDemand.
AMD A8-7650K on Vortez.

Asustor AS7004T NAS on TechPowerUp.
VisionTek Wallet Drive USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Mushkin ECO2 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate on OCClub.
Noctua NH-U9S 92mm U-Type Heatsink on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M AIO CPU watercooler on Modders-Inc.

Audio Visual:
Braven Mira Water Resistant Bluetooth Portable Speaker on Tweaktown.
Kingston Cloud II Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Diamond USB 3.0 to 4K DisplayPort Video Adapter on LegitReviews.
Braven BRV-X Outdoor Water Resistant Bluetooth Portable Speaker on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
SilverStone SST-ST75F-GS 750W 80 PLUS Gold on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 on OCAholic.

Raijintek Aeneas Micro-ATX Cube-Style Chassis on eTeknix.
In Win 904 Plus on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GE62 2QD Apache (GeForce GTX 960M) gaming laptop on HWHeaven.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015) laptop on HotHardware.
MSI GE72 2QD Apache on Vortez.

StarTech.com 42U Low-Cost Server Rack Cabinet on Phoronix.
SteelSeries Apex M800 keyboard on LanOC.

Misc Pics (33 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-March-2015  14:20:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Ben, Maddie, Nick and Matt this week!

2015 Melbourne F1 (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-March-2015  12:58:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The 2015 Formula One season kicks off this weekend in Melbourne, and Free Practice 1 is underway at the moment. You can watch it right now on ONE HD or equivalent in your area (or here on the net. thanks MUTMAN). Should be an interesting season - keep on top of things in our Motorsport Forum.

Friday Midday (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-March-2015  12:17:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sir Terry Pratchett has died, aged 66. I don't know too many geeks of my age (or most ages) who haven't enjoyed at least one of his many novels. The author died at home, surrounded by his family, "with his cat sleeping on his bed", he added. Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books during his career and completed his final book last summer. He "enriched the planet like few before him" and through Discworld satirised the world "with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention," said Mr Finlay. Discussion here.

TPG is buying iiNet for $1.4B. The deal would make the pair one of the largest combined ISPs in the country, with TPG CEO David Teoh saying this morning that the total customer base would be around 1.7 million subscribers. “The combined businesses will provide broadband services to over 1.7 million subscribers and will be well positioned to deliver scale benefits in an NBN environment,” he added in a statement to the ASX. Discussion here.

Google have a new Chromebook. Of course, the Pixel is also great on the inside. It’s got a powerful Intel® Core™ i5 with 8GB RAM and a 32GB SSD. If that’s not enough for you, we’re making an LS (yup, that stands for "Ludicrous Speed") version that's even faster. And even with the new charger, you probably won’t be carrying it around much, since the new Pixel has 12 hours of battery life.* When you do need to top up, it’s fast—you’ll get up to two hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging.*

Tech Report have reached the end of their long-running SSD Endurance experiment, with all drives having failed now. The first lesson came quickly. All of the drives surpassed their official endurance specifications by writing hundreds of terabytes without issue. Delivering on the manufacturer-guaranteed write tolerance wouldn't normally be cause for celebration, but the scale makes this achievement important. Most PC users, myself included, write no more than a few terabytes per year. Even 100TB is far more endurance than the typical consumer needs.

As if cryptolocker wasn't enough reason to avoid unknown USB drives, there's also a Killer USB concept, thanks mpot. The basic idea of the USB drive is quite simple. When we connect it up to the USB port, an inverting DC/DC converter runs and charges capacitors to -110V. When the voltage is reached, the DC/DC is switched off. At the same time, the filed transistor opens. It is used to apply the -110V to signal lines of the USB interface. When the voltage on capacitors increases to -7V, the transistor closes and the DC/DC starts. The loop runs till everything possible is broken down.

We may have seen this before, but here's a nostalgic video from 2013 about old computers. The computer industry has changed drastically over the last 3 decades, but there are some things we've lost along the way.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-March-2015  23:43:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Raidmax Atomic ITX-107WB on BenchmarkReviews.
BitFenix Aegis Core MicroATX on TechSpot.
NZXT Source 340 on TechPowerUp.

Corsair H80i GT Liquid Cooler on Guru3D.
DeepCool Captain 120 AIO Liquid Cooler on LegitReviews.
Noctua NH-D9L 92mm D-Type Heatsink on HWAsylum.
Noctua NF-A4, NF-A8, NF-A9 Fans on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
Roccat RYOS TKL Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.

Transcend StoreJet 100 2TB USB 3.0 External HDD for Mac on Tweaktown.
Synology Diskstation DS415+ 4-Bay NAS Server on BigBruin.
VisionTek DriveXpander Hot-Swappable 2.5" Expansion Adapter on Tweaktown.
Buffalo TeraStation 5400 WSS on ComputingOnDemand.
Mushkin ECO2 240GB 7mm SSD on TechWareLabs.

AKRACING AK-6011 Gaming Chair on NeoSeeker.
Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4-2400 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Efergy Ego Wi-Fi Smart Plug on Tweaktown.
Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Omega video card on LanOC.
Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 10-inch on HotHardware.
ASUS X99-A Motherboard on PCPerspective.
TRENDnet TV-IP310PI Outdoor 3 MP PoE Day/Night Network Camera on NikKTech.

Wednesday Night (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-March-2015  21:03:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch yesterday. Many of the Apple Watch’s particulars were already known, but here, for the first time, is a comprehensive look at what will no doubt become the world’s most popular smartwatch. Well, there are certainly other options, and discussion continues in this thread.

Microsoft have a cool new folding keyboard, thanks mpot. The Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard (yes, that’s the full name) is similar to the original, with Bluetooth connectivity to work across multiple devices, and a lack of a dedicated Windows key. It reminds me of something we've seen before.

Lateline have a story on big data. Some time in the past decade, what it means to be a "private citizen" changed. Tonight, we're going to examine the concept of privacy. What does it mean any more? And what's the Government doing snooping around our metadata? They also interviewed Bruce Schneier on the issue of data retention.

Intel have a new Xeon D, with details on Tech Report and HotHardware. Intel announced the Xeon D System On A Chip (SoC) architecture today and really, it's kind of a big deal. This marks the first effort by Intel to integrate the Broadwell architecture into a fully integrated SoC design, complete with all IO including 10Gb Ethernet, all in a single chip 45 watt TDP.

The Minister for Justice has announced the trial of a new classification tool for mobile and online games. Australia has joined the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a partnership of government and industry content classification authorities from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe and Brazil. As part of this partnership, Australia is preparing to trial the use of IARC’s new tool for classifying mobile and online games. Participating online storefronts that use the IARC tool require game developers to obtain certification by completing a questionnaire about the content of their games. The IARC tool then assigns games with local classifications for each member country or region based on standards set by the relevant authorities.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-March-2015  13:10:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Zeblaze ishot1 Waterproof WiFi HD Action Camera on ModSynergy.
Turtle Beach Stealth 500X Xbox One Headset on eTeknix.

Power Supply:
Seasonic Snow Silent Series 1050W on TechPowerUp.
FSP Twinkle 65 on OCAholic.

Raidmax Hyperion on OCAholic.
Antec P380 Full-Tower on eTeknix.
SilverStone PS11B-W ATX on BenchmarkReviews.

Seagate Seven 7mm 500GB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive on Tweaktown.
SanDisk UltraFit USB 3.0 FlashDrive (16GB) on Bjorn3D.
Crucial MX200 500GB & 1TB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Plextor M6e Black Edition PCIe SSD on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
Kingston HyperX Fury Pro 360x300mm mousepad on Bjorn3D.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma keyboard on Bjorn3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review (N910C) - Exynos and S Pens on PCPerspective.
ZOTAC ZBOX EN760 Plus mini-PC on Vortez.
KingSing T8 Smartphone on MadShrimps.

Geek Food (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-March-2015  16:58:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Pork Hocks with Beer & Pear
by hsvguy

Several Japanese Recipes
by darksilencer

Baked Chicken with Greek Yoghurt
by EvilGenius

One sauce, 9 recipe ideas

Corned Beef in Dry Ginger Ale
by hsvguy

Lentil Curry Dahl Dogs
by Huggy Bear64

BBQ Pork Ribs NRL GF
by MB403

Duck Prosciutto
by kerr34

Uuni 2 Pizza Oven
by ilsan

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-March-2015  15:52:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Addonics Sapphire Blu-ray + eSATA + USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Crucial BX100 250GB SSD on NikKTech.
Crucial BX100 250 GB on TechPowerUp.
Western Digital Green (WD60EZRX) 6 TB Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
Crucial BX100 SSD on Vortez.

Noctua NH-U9S CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.
Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Mobile Workstation on PCPerspective.
Raspberry Pi 2 - Then and Now, a Comparison on PCReview.
Alienware 15 gaming laptop on TechSpot.

Input Etc:
Cougar 600K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on HotHardware.
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.
CHERRY DW 3000 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse on Techgage.

A6-6400K vs. Pentium G3220 CPU on HWSecrets.
D-Link Small Office Security System with DNR-202L on TechWareLabs.
Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX case on ThinkComputers.

Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-March-2015  01:47:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a tip: if Flash and Youtube are an unreliable combination on your PC (as they certainly are in Firefox on mine), go to the Youtube HTML5 page and request the HTML5 player. This might be old news to many but it's not turned on by default, and enabling it has fixed up the endless browser stalls for me..

Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame has slammed the data retention plan. I normally steer clear of politics, but The Greens have a video expressing their concerns about data retention which is worth watching. The ALP is on the brink of supporting Tony Abbott’s regime of mandatory data retention. They can't. Here's why. The data retention debate continues in this thread.

NASA are running a Space Apps Challenge around the world next month, with Australian camps in Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra. The International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges.

SilentPCReview have a Quiet SLI Gaming PC Build Guide. This article, the 8th in our Quiet Gaming PC Build Guide series, details the component selection, assembly and fine tuning process of creating a very quiet gaming system based around two GTX 970 graphics cards.

Google+ is splitting off Photos. Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams, in a post on Google+ today. Horowitz steps into the role vacated by David Besbris, who took over the top job at Google+ less than a year ago.

Gizmodo have an article detailing the mechanics behind the Netflix Australia rollout. How did the boffins at Los Gatos — where Netflix is based — turn on the Australian region? It’s more than just the flick of a switch, so to find out exactly what’s involved, we went to the heart of Silicon Valley in California to discover how Netflix Australia was built.

Tech Report are the latest to play around with USB 3.1. Today, we're going to take our very first look at some USB 3.1 gear. Asus has supplied us with a drive enclosure and a matching motherboard, which will help us gauge the kinds of performance gains users can expect.

Meanwhile, from the department of bored geeks..

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-March-2015  08:39:34 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Griffin iTrip Aux & iTrip Bluetooth on ThinkComputers.org
Noontec Zoro II HD Foldable Headphones on TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Headset on OCC
Mionix Nash 20 Headset on Ocaholic
HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Headphones on techPowerUp
Astro A40 + Mixamp M80 Xbox One Headset on eTeknix
Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset on TweakTown
BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportbuds on NikKTech

Cougar 600K Gaming Keyboard on Modders Inc
nKeyboard Mechanic LED mech KeyBoard on Mikes Gear
Sentey Revolution Pro SP on Bjorn3D
EVGA Torq X5 Gaming Mouse on Techgage

MyDigitalSSD OTG mSSD 512GB USB 3.0 on eTeknix
VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 120GB on Bjorn3D
Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Inateck FE2006 2.5" USB 3.0 Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
EDGE Boost Pro Micro SSD Review (1TB) on The SSD Review
Crucial MX200 SSD on Hardware Heaven
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB Solid State Drive on APH Networks
Thecus N4310 Soho/Home Linux NAS Server on Madshrimps

Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Phanteks PH-TC12LS CPU Cooler on Technology X

Sentey Eagle Plus on Bjorn3D
be quiet! Silent Base 800 Mid Tower Case on Neoseeker
3-Way Budget Mid-Tower Shootout on Techspot
Corsair Carbide 100R Silent on Guru3D
Silverstone Sugo SG13Q on ocaholic
NZXT S340 Mid Tower PC Case on Legit Reviews
Fractal Design R5 Mid-Tower Chassis on Technology X

Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition on Technology X
MSI X99S-MPower (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown

Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 Quad-Channel Memory on Techware Labs
Kingston HyperX Savage (16GB) on Bjorn3D
Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 16GB 2800MHz on Bjorn3D
Patriot Viper 4 16GB PC4-24000 Memory on OCC

Lenovo ThinkServer TD350 Tower Server on TweakTown
FSP PB Runner 10400mAh Power Bank on NikKTech
Remington iCoffee Opus Single Serve Coffee Maker on BigBruin
Polaroid CUBE HD Action Camera on ModSynergy
Fitbit Charge HR Fitness Wireless Activity Wristband on TweakTown
SilverStone Strider Gold S Series 750W Power Supply on PC Perspective

Misc Pics (60 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-March-2015  14:22:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, J_B and Scott this week! Remember tonight you can see the ISS flyover above Sydney and probably elsewhere in Oz too.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-March-2015  16:55:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

d33g33 is making a
1:1 scale arcade R2D2

Tomma Liu has a PC
inspired by Bugatti

windwithme reviewed
MSI's GT72 Dominator Pro

Defyant made some
cool headphone/amp stands

EssentialDesign has a
Clear Ivory Stacker Mod

and Renza compared
some cheap SSDs

Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-March-2015  14:31:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

John Selby has written an article summarising the metadata debate and exploring some related issues with white-collar crime. The call for communications service providers to retain two years of their customers’ metadata is simply the latest round in this debate. While much of the current discussion has centred on consumer data and policing agencies, the proposal also covers the communications of businesses, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is one of the agencies seeking access.

Intel has unveiled new Atom x3, X5 and X7 mobile processors. These chips combine x86 Intel cores with integrated baseband modems and, oddly enough, graphics based on ARM's Mali IP. More info on the x5 and x7 variants here, and Tweaktown have a preview as well.

SimCity fans will be sad to hear that EA have shut down Maxis. EA has shut down Maxis Emeryville, the main Maxis studio and longrunning developer behind SimCity and Spore, among other games. Though the Maxis brand will carry on, the studio that most people knew as "Maxis" is no more. Discussion here.

Google have an online Cultural Institute featuring some high-profile Australian exhibits, including the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Museum. Google Cultural Institute was launched in 2011 and today partners with more than 600 organisations in more than 60 countries. Through this project more than 60,000 of the world’s most important and compelling artworks have been made accessible in high resolution online. Australia boasts internationally acclaimed artists, art companies and cultural institutions. Over the past 12 months Google has worked closely with our cultural institutions to bring some of our finest cultural and artistic treasures to the world.

NVIDIA have a few new goodies, including a 12GB GPU and SHIELD console (more here and here). NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang just got done speaking at the Made To Game event tonight in San Francisco and he had some major announcements that will change gaming forever. It is clear that gaming has gone to the living room. The first big announcement tonight is the NVIDIA SHIELD set top gaming box that that is the world’s first Android TV console designed for use in the living room.

Optus have unveiled a smartwatch for payments. OPTUS will introduce payments by smartwatch by year’s end and has flagged the possibility of supplying customers with other wearables such as intelligent watch straps for contactless payments. Optus’s move, announced in Barcelona today at Mobile World Congress, comes just days before Apple reveals more details of its upcoming smartwatch and its own Apple Pay payments system.

Netflix will start streaming to Australia on March 24th. Netflix has named the day on which its Australian (and New Zealand) service will commence: March 24th, 2015. Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense, plus Fetch TV’s second-generation set-top box, will all be able to access the service. Netflix's home-brand shows will be offered locally, along with content from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Many ISPs have announced that the service will be quota-free, including Optus, iiNet and Internode. More info here.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-March-2015  23:48:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital 3.5? Red 6TB NAS HDD on eTeknix.
VisionTek DataVault 3S Interlocking Stackable Storage Case on Tweaktown.
WD My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS on LegitReviews.
Western Digital My Cloud DL4100 SMB NAS on Tweaktown.

Enermax iVektor Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Antec Nineteen Hundred on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Raven RV05 on PCPerspective.
Corsair Carbide Series 100R on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Tri-x Radeon R9 290x 8GB on eTeknix.
Gigabyte WaterForce 3 Way SLI on Modders-Inc.

Motherboard & CPU:
Core i7-5960X vs i7-5930K Gaming-Performance - FullHD, 1440p, UHD on OCAholic.
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC on OCAholic.
GIGABYTE X99-UD4 (Intel X99) on Tweaktown.
ECS Z97I-Drone on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
ASUS Strix Tactic Pro Gaming Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
ROCCAT Tyon – All Action Multi-Button Gaming Mouse on HWAsylum.
CM Storm NovaTouch TKL Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Homeworld Remastered Collection Benchmarked on TechSpot.
Netgear D6300 AC1600 Dual Band Gigabit Modem Router on NikKTech.
Creative Sound Blaster ROAR on Vortez.
Noctua NH-U9S Compact Lower Noise Heatsink on Frostytech.
ECS Liva SOC Mini-PC System on eTeknix.
ScaleUp 3,000mAh Portable Battery with LCD on Tweaktown.

ISS Spotting (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-March-2015  20:17:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's short notice, but in a few minutes the International Space Station will be visible above Sydney for six minutes. Go outside and look up!

Update: That was cool - but if you missed it, check that link above, it's happening again for the next few nights.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-March-2015  00:40:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CRYORIG H5 Universal CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M All-in-One Liquid Cooler on PCPerspective.

Plextor M6e PCI Express SSD on Vortez.
HIS Multi-View x2 HDOCK1 USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station on Tweaktown.
SilverStone TS431S 4-Bay miniSAS DAS Storage Tower on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Spectre X360 Ultrabook Review: Sleek, Sexy, Convertible on HotHardware.
HP Omen 15 Gaming Notebook Review, A Little Bit Of Mojo and Voodoo on HotHardware.
Intel NUC5i5RYK Broadwell-U Mini-PC on HotHardware.
Dell Venue 8 7000 on TechSpot.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE X99-Gaming 5 (Intel X99) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
X99 Charts: 11 Boards - ASUS X99-WS/IPMI on OCAholic.
ASRock X99 WS-E/10G (Intel X99) on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H Black Edition on OCAholic.
Supermicro C7Z97-OCE (Intel Z97) on Tweaktown.
MSI Z97 MPower AC on OCAholic.
Core i7-5960X CPU on HWSecrets.

Power Supply:
Corsair HX1000i 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum on Tweaktown.
Enermax DigiFanless 550W on OCaholic.
Portable Smartphone Battery Pack Roundup on eTeknix.

Evolve Review: The Evolved Strike Back PC gamee on Techgage.
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Overview on ComputingOnDemand.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Novatouch TKL Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
GAMDIAS HADES (GMS7011) Laser Gaming Mouse on TechARP.

Xigmatek Mach Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Crucial CT4G4DFS8213 DDR4-2133 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Monday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-March-2015  18:25:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Leonard Nimoy passed away, age 83 on the weekend, to the dismay of Trekkies everywhere. It's a sentiment that Nimoy himself reflected upon on Twitter this past Sunday, in his very last post. "A life is like a garden," he wrote. "Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory." That's what we'll have to do, then.

On the topic of final frontiers, the world's largest aircraft is being built, for space-launch duties. Built for Stratolaunch by Scaled Composites, the Roc will be the largest aircraft ever made with a wingspan of 385 ft. This compares to 320 ft for the Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose), 290 ft for the six-engined Antonov An-225, 262 ft. for the Airbus A380, and 225 ft. for the Boeing 747-8. Powered by six reconditioned Pratt & Whitney PW4056 engines salvaged along with other parts from two ex-United Airlines Boeing 747-400s, the twin-fuselage carrier aircraft resembles a vastly enlarged version of the Scaled-built WhiteKnightTwo developed for Virgin Galactic.

Google are proclaiming that Android is ready for work, thanks mpot. For many, these phones have become essential tools to help us complete important work tasks like checking email, editing documents, reviewing sales pipelines and approving deals. But for the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace. Their business and innovation potential remain largely untapped. Today we're announcing the Android for Work program to tap into that potential. With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform. More info here.

Samsung meanwhile have announced the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge. At the high end, many criticisms have been leveled at the industrial and material design of Galaxy S and Note devices, and outside of the hardware itself, TouchWiz has received a great deal of criticism for performance issues and poor design. This brings us to the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 edge, which represents a fundamental shift in the way Samsung approaches the way their phones are made and designed. While we’ve seen these changes in the form of the Galaxy A line and the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy S6 represents the first phone that has been made from the ground up with a focus on industrial and material design.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-March-2015  01:28:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In Win 703 on LegionHW.
Fractal Design Core 2300 on TechPowerUp.
Raijintek Metis Classic on BenchmarkReviews.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Rev B. on OCAholic.
Corsair Carbide 100R Silent on Vortez.
Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Mid-Tower on eTeknix.

Phanteks PH-TC12LS CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Corsair H80i GT watercooler on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Divoom Voombox Outdoor Rugged Bluetooth Speaker on ThinkComputers.

Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller with Samsung TLC NAND on TheSSDReview.
Crucial's BX100 and MX200 solid-state drives on TechReport.
WD My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS on Techgage.
OCZ ARC 100 480GB SSD on NikKTech.
HIS Multi-View HDOCKP USB 3.0 Portable Docking Station on Tweaktown.
Seagate Seven External USB 3.0 Drive on LegitReviews.

Video Cards:
Asus STRIX GTX 750 Ti on PCPerspective.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte GTX 960 on LanOC.
GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon R9 290X - Should I upgrade? on OCAholic.
GALAX GeForce GTX 960 EXOC on Tweaktown.


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