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December 2015
Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-December-2015  23:32:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z170N-WIFI (Intel Z170) Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Extreme on OCClub.

Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS Unit on OCClub.
OWC Envoy Pro mini 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Icy Dock MB971SP-B DuoSwap Reader on OCInside.
Toshiba 16GB TransMemory U201 Mini USB 2.0 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
Western Digital Red Pro WD6001FFWX 6TB Hard Drive on APHNetworks.

EKWB EK-XLC Predator 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.
Cryorig C7 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper V560 Gaming Laser Mouse & V760 Gaming Keyboard on TechnologyX.
Rantopad MXX Gaming Mechanical Keyboard on MadShrimps.
XTracGear Carbonic XL Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO X Ultimate Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
EPICGEAR ZORA IR LED Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Corsair Scimitar RGB Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 on ThinkComputers.
IN WIN 909 Full-Tower on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
Scosche BoomBOTTLE+ Bluetooth speaker on TechnologyX.
Chord Mojo : Studio Quality Audio For Smartphones on TechARP.

Misc Pics (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-December-2015  13:21:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks for being part of OCAU for another year - next year we turn 17! Crazy. Anyway, I hope you and your family are happy and healthy, and have a safe and relaxing Christmas and New Year!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-December-2015  14:04:37 (GMT +10) - by booj

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac on TweakTown.
MSI Z170A SLI Plus on ThinkComputers.

G.SKILL Trident Z 4000MHz DDR4 Memory Kit on Legit Reviews.
GeIL Dragon RAM DDR4-3600 8GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.
G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz DDR4 16GB (2x8GB) Dual Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB DDR4 4x 8GB DDR4-2666 on OCInside.

Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate 600x 64GB Memory Card on eTeknix.
ASUSTOR AS1002T 2-Bay Entry-Level NAS on eTeknix.
Kingston SSDnow V300 240GB SSD on NikKTech.

SilverStone Raven X RVX01 on Vortez.
Fractal Design Core 500 on Techpowerup.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Monitor on TweakTown.
Best Monitors of 2015; Enthusiast, gaming, affordable 4K, and value picks on Techspot.

Dell XPS 15 on Techspot.
Amazon 7-inch Fire Tablet on HotHardware.

Wavemaster CUBE mini sound system on Guru3D.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Gaming Peripherals on Neoseeker.
NZXT HUE+ Advanced PC Illumination Kit on eTeknix.
SilverStone TD03 Slim AIO Liquid Cooler on Benchmark Reviews.

Holiday Contest from Micron! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-December-2015  10:48:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The awesome people at Micron sent over a big box of goodies to give away! There's 16GB DDR4 kits, 240GB SSDs and a pile of t-shirts and USB lights/fans.

click for the competition thread!

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-December-2015  18:34:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from the forums:

alexciobanu has a very tidy
IN WIN G1 watercooled PC

Zenator is building an
amazing POWER CELL system

Imfaceroll has a custom
MSI FIRE PIT machine

mnpctech have a guide to
removing and painting trim

paulbaird87 built a water
cooled open air PC

Modafroman reviewed the
Fractal Designs Define R5

Tuesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-December-2015  16:24:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SpaceX have successfully launched a payload into orbit and then had the sub-orbital rocket component successfully land, for the first time ever. Right now, all rockets that travel into orbit are either destroyed or lost after taking off. It's something that drives up the cost of spaceflight; an entirely new rocket must be built for each launch. But if SpaceX can routinely reuse its rockets, the company saves the cost of manufacturing new vehicles for follow-up missions. That could make spaceflight a lot more affordable. The obvious comparison to make is to Jeff Bezos' earlier mission, which he was quick to point out.

Also good news for space geeks is NASA's increased budget for next year. NASA’s latest budget has just been put forward by Congress – and they have allocated the agency $750 million more than they requested. This means the agency’s full budget for 2016 is $19.3 billion, which incredibly – in an age of cutting costs – is almost $1.3 billion more than last year.

Outlook users should beware nasty emails, although it was patched on December 8th, thanks mpot. When a user opens an Outlook email or previews the email in one of the Outlook panels, the OLE mechanism will automatically read the embedded Flash object and try to execute it, to provide a preview. Since most Flash exploits only need to be executed to work, and because there's a flaw in the Outlook security sandboxing system, an attacker can easily embed malicious Flash objects inside emails and have other malicious code executed via older (Flash) vulnerabilities.

Meanwhile users of Juniper firewalls need to update also, thanks AirQ. Juniper, a major manufacturer of networking equipment, said on Thursday it found spying code planted in certain models of its firewalls, an alarming discovery that echoes of state-sponsored tampering.

Tweaktown have a Skylake overclocking guide. We're happy to present you with TweakTown's ultimate Intel Skylake overclocking guide which not only covers the CPU, but also motherboards, RAM, and more.

ThinkComputers have a watercooling 101 guide. Well we’ve designed our loop, spent hours searching the web comparing parts and twiddling our thumbs nervously before clicking the submit order button. And why shouldn’t you be nervous? You just added enough gear to your cart to buy a crappy car!

A new web error code has been proposed, to indicate when censorship has occurred. Tim Bray, a co-author of the XML specification, wants web developers to adopt error code 451 (a nod to Fahrenheit 451) to let websites warn you that you can't access a site or a piece of content for legal reasons. The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) has approved the initial suggestion, allowing developers to start implementing it ahead of "a few more process bits," according to Mark Nottingham, chairman of the IETF HTTP Working Group.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-December-2015  14:47:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Sound Blaster Roar 2 portable Bluetooth speaker on LanOC.
Patriot Viper V360 Gaming Headset on TechnologyX.
ASUS STRIX 2.0 headset on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
GIGABYTE P34W v5 notebook on Vortez.
The Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 on PCPerspective.
Microsoft Surface Book on TechSpot.

Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router on HotHardware.
TRENDnet TEW-824DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router on NikKTech.

FSP Hydro G Series 750 W on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake BigTyp Revo CPU Cooler on OCInside.

HyperX Predator PCIe M.2 SSD Bootable RAID 0 Performance on LegitReviews.
Intel SSD 750 400GB PCIe on OCAholic.

Corsair Katar Optical Gaming Mouse on OCClub.
NZXT HUE+ Case Lighting System on APHNetworks.
Football Manager 2016 PC game on Tweaktown.

Lexar Jumpdrive M20c (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-December-2015  11:58:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've taken a look at a handy little USB drive from Lexar. Turns out it's the fastest drive I've tested, even without being able to use the new USB Type-C connector it has on one end:

click for the review!

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-December-2015  17:15:17 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASUS X99-E WS/USB 3.1 on PC Perspective.
Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI on APH Networks.
Intel Xeon E3 1245 v5 Linux Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Core i7-5960X vs. Core i7-5930K - Content Creation performance analysis on ocaholic.

MyDigitalSSD BP5e Slim 7 Series SSD (960GB) on The SSD Review.
OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD on Madshrimps.
Toshiba Canvio Alu 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Samsung Pro 950 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD on Hardware Asylum.
Thecus N5810 5-bay NAS on Guru3D.
Synology DiskStation DS716+ on Legion Hardware.

Corsair Carbide Clear 600C on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair Carbide Quiet 600Q on eTeknix.
Corsair Carbide Clear 600C on TweakTown.
Akasa Max S Passive Cooled Max S NUC Chassis on eTeknix.
AZZA Zen 8100 on OCC.

Input etc:
Razer Mamba 16,000 DPI Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Roccat Kiro Modular Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Razer Mamba (2015) on LanOC Reviews.
Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Google Nexus 6P on Techspot.
Apple iPhone 6S Review - iPhone 6S Versus iPhone 5 on Legit Reviews.
Google Nexus 5X on HotHardware.

ASUS Strix 2.0 Multi-Platform Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Creative Sound BlasterX Pro Gaming H5 Headset on TweakTown.
Thinksound rain2 High Definition In-Ear Headphones on NikKTech.

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler on TechnologyX.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Xtreme Gaming 4GB on ocaholic.
PNY AnarchyX 2800MHz DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) Quad Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-December-2015  14:34:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, Nerb, Russell and Chris this week!

Synology DS715 2-Bay NAS (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-December-2015  16:59:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby's taken a look at Synology's DS715 NAS. It's only got two drive bays, but does it make up for that in performance and features?

click for the review!

Thursday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-December-2015  15:22:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's something cool about seeing a movie in which, every time a new character appears, the whole cinema cheers. :)

On a related note, the Dallas Buyers Club case against iiNet and alleged downloaders has taken a beating in the courts. The Federal Court today threw out an attempt by the makers of Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club to not only seek the private details of almost 5000 Aussies it believes illegally shared copies of the film online, but to slap them with extra fines. It appears that Dallas Buyers Club had overreached with their claims in court, with the Justice Nye Perram calling its contentions “wholly unrealistic”.

Samsung have responded to their good results in Tech Report's SSD Endurance Test, by creating some cheesy videos crowing their triumph. We weren't seeking to crown a winner as part of our experiment, but Samsung's 840 Pro 256GB drive was the one that took us all the way to that 2.4PB-written milestone. Samsung just so happens to be one of the largest makers of SSDs around, and the company got in touch with us recently to tell us they were just as amused by our riff on I Will Survive as (we hope) many other readers were.

Some Silicon Valley investors have joined together to create an artificial intelligence research centre. Its long-range goal will be to create an “artificial general intelligence,” a machine capable of performing any intellectual task that a human being can, according to Mr. Musk. He also stressed that the focus was on building technologies that augment rather than replace humans. What could possibly go wrong?

LinusTechTips have a guide to making a cheap powerful PC from old server bits. However, building with old server components isn’t a cakewalk. Finding compatible parts is a bit of a hassle, and you may have to do a bit of DIY modding to make everything work together properly. Linus, for example, had to saw off a piece of his graphics card to make it fit, and use a piece of wood as a CPU cooler backplate. Still, the final product is impressive for the price.

If you find GPS coordinates too hard to memorise, Owen pointed out this what3words method for communicating location. The world is poorly addressed. This is frustrating and costly in developed nations; and in developing nations this is life-threatening and growth limiting. what3words is a unique combination of just 3 words that identifies a 3mx3m square, anywhere on the planet. It’s far more accurate than a postal address and it’s much easier to remember, use and share than a set of coordinates.

AMD have a new open-source gaming initiative. As part of the AMD’s recent RTG (Radeon Technologies Group) Summit in Sonoma, the company released information about a new initiative to help drive development and evolution in the world of gaming called GPUOpen. As the name implies, the idea is to use an open source mentality to drivers, libraries, SDKs and more to improve the relationship between AMD’s hardware and the gaming development ecosystem. More coverage on TechARP and HotHardware.

Cadal sent some good news for OneDrive users: For users of Microsoft's Onedrive it is opt in to keep your free storage after January 2016! Click below and your account will not be affected when the amount of free storage changes from 15 GB to 5 GB and the +15 GB camera roll bonus is discontinued.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-December-2015  11:20:28 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Performance Preview on PC Perspective.
ASUS X99 Sabertooth on ocaholic.

ASUS Radeon R9 390 STRIX Gaming 8GB on ocaholic.
Acer Predator X34 Curved G-SYNC Monitor on HotHardware.
G.SKILL Ripjaws SV710 Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset on TweakTown.

Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive on ThinkComputers.
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD on Techspot.
QNAP TS-251+ NAS on Modders-Inc.

Reeven Ouranos CPU Cooler on techPowerUp.
be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Compact CPU Cooler on TweakTown.

Input etc:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 RGB Laser Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Keyboard on OCC.
Patriot Viper V360 headset and V560 gaming mouse on Techgage.
Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.

D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router on NikKTech.
Diamond Multimedia STREAM2TV WPCTV3000 Miracast, iPlay, & DLNA Endpoint on Missing Remote.
TRENDnet TEW-824DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router on Madshrimps.

Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch on Hot Hardware.
Lumia 950 & 950 XL preview on Techarp.

be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W Power Supply on TechnologyX.
Shuttle XPC NC01U Nano on Guru3D.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-December-2015  09:13:09 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
XFX R9 380X DD XXX OC on Overclockers Club.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs. AMD Radeon R9 390 CF on ocaholic.

Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4-3000 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.
Mushkin Redline Ridgeback DDR4-2666 16GB Dual-Channel Memory on TweakTown.

Asustor AS3102T 2-bay NAS on techpowerup.
Inateck FE2008X USB Type C 5Gbps Storage Enclosure on Tweaktown.

Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 on Hardware Asylum.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Case on ThinkComputers.

Be Quiet! Shadow Rock LP CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
ID-Cooling Frostflow 240L AIO Water Cooler on eTeknix.
Scythe Ninja 4 CPU Cooler on APH Networks.
Scythe Ninja 4 CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews.

OZONE Blast Ocelote World 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Headset on NikKTech.
Creative Sound BlasterX H5 on Vortez.
V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Bluetooth Headset on APH Networks.

Input etc:
The Best Computer Mice on Techspot.
CM Storm Xornet II RGB Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

MSI Gaming 27 6QE AiO PC on Vortez.
Cooler Master V Series 550 W PSU on Techpowerup.
Gigabyte H170-HD3 (LGA 1151) Motherboard on eTeknix.
inStream SeptimusB 7 Port Fast USB Charger on ThinkComputers.

Monday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-December-2015  09:15:28 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboard manufacturers have begun releasing BIOS' that enables base clock overclocking on locked Intel processors. That's right! If you have a locked i3 for example, you will now be able to push it to 4.Ghz, 4.5 Ghz and beyond.

The controversial Trans Pacific Partnership brings with it many clauses that affect your digital rights. Get informed. By excluding a large sector of communities—like security researchers, artists, libraries, and user rights groups—trade negotiators skewed the priorities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) towards major tech companies and copyright industries that have a strong interest in maintaining and expanding their monopolies of digital services and content.

Great news from Paris, with a binding, globally accepted plan to deal with climate change being announced. The global climate change conference in Paris has adopted an international accord aimed at transforming the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and slowing the pace of global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

German scientists have successfully demonstrated a new type of Nuclear Fusion reactor. The holy grail of clean energy. After spending a billion euros ($A1.5 billion) and nine years on construction work, physicists working on a German project called the “stellarator” said on Thursday that they had briefly generated a super-heated helium plasma inside a vessel — a key point in the experimental process.

High end 2016 GPU's are expected to feature HBM memory, as was first seen on the AMD Fury line of cards. GDDRx isn't done yet though with Micron announcing 10-14Gb/s memory. Good news for the mid range cards that make up the bulk of the GPU marketplace.

Western Digital have begun shipping a whopping a 10Tb Hard Drive.

Eric sent in his latest Windows 10 tweaking guide. Essential reading for those frustrated by Windows 10 'quirks'.

Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-December-2015  14:30:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Two weeks to Xmas! Thanks to mpot, Axe and Mark this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-December-2015  07:18:56 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
ASUS Radeon R9 390X STRIX Gaming 8GB on ocaholic.
PowerColor PCS Radeon R9 380X MYST on Guru3D.
AMD R9 380X 4GB Graphics Card CrossFire on eTeknix.
Powercolor Radeon R9 380X ‘Myst Edition' on Kitguru.
MSI GTX 980 Ti SEA HAWK on Hard OCP.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Galaxy Silver on Benchmark Reviews.
BitFenix Nova Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
be quiet! Silent Base 600 on ThinkComputers.
Streacom F12C ATX HTPC Chassis on TweakTown.
Streacom F12C All-Aluminum Multimedia Chassis on Silent PC Review.

Power Supplies:
EVGA GQ 650W on JonnyGuru.
Cooler Master V750 PSU on Toms Hardware.

Input etc:
CM Storm QuickFire XTi Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
IOGear Chimera M2 - Wired/Wireless Dual Mode Mouse on OCC.
Razer DeathStalker Chroma Gaming Keyboard on Anandtech.

ASUS Z170 Deluxe Motherboard on Hardware Canucks.
AKG K182 Studio Headphones on Hardware Canucks.
LEPA EXllusion 240 All-in-One Refillable CPU Cooler on Hard OCP.
Microsoft Lumia 950 Smartphone on Hot Hardware.
Seagate 6TB Enterprise NAS HDD on eTeknix.

Thursday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-December-2015  12:58:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The PM has called for an ideas boom, pitching Australia as a startup and innovation hub. Mr Turnbull said the changes would help Australia transition away from the mining boom. "What is going to drive Australian prosperity in the years ahead? How does our economy transition?" Mr Turnbull said at the launch of the plan inside the CSIRO in Canberra. "Our innovation agenda is going to help create the modern, dynamic 21st century economy Australia needs." That would have been easier if the NBN hadn't been hamstrung and largely derailed by politics, surely.

Meanwhile WIRED have claimed that bitcoin's mysterious founder may be this Australian guy, who in an apparently unrelated incident was immediately raided by the Police. Curiously, a statement from the Australian federal police said that the raids were not related to the recent Bitcoin revelation. "The AFP can confirm it has conducted search warrants to assist the Australian Taxation Office at a residence in Gordon and a business premises in Ryde, Sydney. This matter is unrelated to recent media reporting regarding the digital currency bitcoin."

Phoronix compare the new Raspberry Pi to old NetBurst CPUs, on a performance per watt basis. After starting to run some Raspberry Pi Zero benchmarks this weekend, I'm back today with more benchmarks. In this article is also an interesting comparison showing the performance of the Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi 2 against old "Northwood" Pentium 4 and Celeron processors from the Socket 478 NetBurst days. The many results in this article also include power consumption and performance-per-Watt metrics for this $5 ARM single board computer.

AMD recently held a tech summit, revealing future support for HDR, UHD and FreeSync over HDMI. Coverage on Tech Report, HotHardware, PCPerspective, LegitReviews and Tweaktown. In 2016, AMD wants to make FreeSync better and more broadly available. First, it's bringing FreeSync to HDMI ports on compatible laptops and desktops. Second, it's building support for DisplayPort 1.3 (with the High Bit Rate 3 link option) into its next-generation graphics processors. DP 1.3 with HBR3 offers a major increase in potential bandwidth, and AMD will put that extra throughput to use in some exciting ways. Third, FreeSync is coming to gaming notebooks.

Google say their quantum computer is 100 million times faster than a conventional supercomputer. For very specific things. The company has presented findings conclusively demonstrating the D-Wave does perform quantum annealing, and is capable of solving certain types of problems up to 100 million times faster than conventional systems. Over the past two years, D-Wave and Google have worked together to test the types of solutions that the quantum computer could create and measure its performance against traditional CPU and GPU compute clusters.

Here's an interview with Australia's only professional Lego builder. Ryan McNaught is showcasing the biggest exhibition of his internationally awarded Lego models in Brisbane, following sell-out tours in Melbourne and Sydney. In an exhibit of over 60 models made up of more than 5 million Lego bricks, his works include the world's largest Lego flower, a Qantas A380, a Star Wars X-Wing fighter and a quarter-scale 1961 Ferrari 250 GT.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-December-2015  12:39:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Hands-On Video Preview With Acer Predator X34 Curved G-SYNC Monitor on HotHardware.
Acer Predator X34 34' Curved UltraWide NVIDIA G-Sync Monitor on Tweaktown.
Tt eSPORTS Cronos AD Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Headset: 3D Printed Personalization on TechGage.

Power Supply:
Xtorm AL420 Waterproof Power Bank Xtreme 9000mAh on NikKTech.
Zalman ZM500-GVM modular PSU on HWInsights.

Antec Performance Series P380 Full-Tower on PCPerspective.
Bitfenix Nova Mid-Tower on LegitReviews.

Cooltek Skall CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Enermax ETS-T40Fit CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.

OCZ's Trion 100 and Crucial's BX200 SSDs reviewed on TechReport.
ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB491SKL and MB492SKL Drive Cages on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator G6-710 prebuilt system on OCAholic.
ASUS ROG G752VT Gaming Laptop on HotHardware.

HIS R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB on MadShrimps.
Corsair Scimitar RGB Optical MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on OCClub.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-December-2015  07:24:18 (GMT +10) - by booj

ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme on ocaholic.
EVGA Z170 FTW on Bjorn3d.
MSI Z170A GAMING M7 on Benchmark Reviews.
ASRock Z170 OC Formula on OCinside.

Corsair Carbide 600C on ocaholic.
Corsair Carbide 600C on Guru3D.
Corsair Carbide 600C on Techspot.
Corsair Carbide 600Q on Vortez.
Corsair Carbide 600C on OCC.
Corsair Carbide 600C on Legit Reviews.
Corsair Carbide 600Q on Think Computers.
be quiet! Silent Base Orange 600 on TechnologyX.

Input etc:
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.

Shuttle SH170R6 XPC Cube Barebone on Madshrimps.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Speaker on Techpowerup.
NETGEAR Nighthawk EX7000 AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender on TweakTown.
NZXT Kraken X61 280mm All-in-One Liquid Cooling on Bjorn3D.
XFX R9 Fury Pro Triple Dissipation on Bjorn3D.
ASUS ROG G752VT Gaming Laptop on Hot Hardware.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-December-2015  22:37:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from the forums:

headin2001 reviewed the
Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero

null_object built a cheap
DIY dual monitor stand

mnpctech shows how to take
apart a fan for painting

alexciobanu built a custom PC

jji7skyline has a
PowerHack G5 build

ItsDanK checked out a
cycling power meter

Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-December-2015  15:05:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PC Authority have an article about the sorry state of the NBN. It’s amazing how a once-in-a-generation plan to revolutionise Australia’s communications system by pulling out centuries old copper assets and replacing them with a long term fibre solution has been destroyed by petty ideologies and biased reviews.

However, rural users will be able to enjoy faster fixed wireless. NBN Co’s fixed wireless system uses radio signals from NBN’s ground stations, delivering ‘fast broadband by transmitting data to equipment inside and outside the home.’ Designed ‘to provide access to wholesale speeds of up to 50mbps download and 20mbps upload,’ NBN Co says this new network isn’t like a traditional mobile wireless service ‘where speeds can be affected by the number of people moving into an area.’

Meanwhile a new Cyber Security Operations centre for the NBN is being set up in Melbourne. "In coming years, millions of Australians will be reliant on the NBN so it is vital that this important infrastructure is protected at all times," Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said. "Highly skilled technical specialists will be employed at the new 24-hour facility and additional roles will be created in specialised ICT and engineering as well as technical support and administration."

Samsung and Apple have reached a settlement, but I doubt even after five years that we've heard the end of their patent dispute. The South Korean electronics maker has agreed to pay Cupertino $548 million -- or a little over half the original $1 billion amount the court wanted it to pay -- as soon as December 14th to settle an almost five-year-old case. According to Foss Patents, the rivals have filed a joint case management statement shortly after the Court of Appeals denied Samsung's request for a hearing on whether Apple can ask payment for invalid patents.

Hoff spotted this article about the true cost of destroying the Death Star. In this case study we found that the Rebel Alliance would need to prepare a bailout of at least 15%, and likely at least 20%, of GGP in order to mitigate the systemic risks and the sudden and catastrophic economic collapse. Without such funds at the ready, it likely the Galactic economy would enter an economic depression of astronomical proportions.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-December-2015  14:23:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Benchmarks Of The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero on Phoronix.
ASUS Zen AiO Pro Z240IC Review: 4K All-In-One With Guts And Glitz on HotHardware.

Power Supply:
Cheero Power Plus 3 13400mAh Portable Charger on ThinkComputers.
New prototype of S12G 550 W on HWInsights.

Acer Predator X34 Monitor Review: G-Sync Meets Ultrawide on TechSpot.
PowerColor PCS+ R9 380X Myst Edition video card on OCClub.
ECS Z170-CLAYMORE (Intel LGA-1151) motherboard on TechPowerUp.
G.SKILL RIPJAWS MX780 Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
NZXT Grid+ V2 fan controller on OCaholic.
IN WIN 805 Midi Tower Chassis on NikKTech.
Stanley FatMax LEDLISL 10W LED Flashlight on ModSynergy.

Misc Pics (37 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-December-2015  14:15:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe, mpot and scarletxfi this week!

Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-December-2015  13:51:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government is inviting public comment on draft legislation related to data breaches in Australia. The Bill would require Government agencies and businesses subject to the Privacy Act 1988 to notify the national privacy regulator and affected individuals following a serious data breach. The Bill is intended to improve the privacy of Australians without placing an unreasonable regulatory burden on business.

The ACCC meanwhile is concerned about intellectual property provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In a submission (PDF) to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements, the competition watchdog said it was concerned that the agreement “appears to impose IP restrictions beyond existing international treaties, and this may tilt the balance in favour of IP rights holders to the detriment of competition and consumers”.

Microsoft seem to be embracing the Christmas spirit, reaching out to make peace with Apple. It's a holiday ad published Tuesday in which representatives of the Redmond, Washington, tech giant sing about peace and goodwill. They even appear to mean it. To prove just how much they mean it, they're singing outside Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York.

Formula E are looking to run driverless car races, thanks mpot. It was only a few years ago that driverless cars seemed beyond the realms of possibility and now it’s likely that people will be able to watch them race, with Formula E planning to have them compete at up to 186mph. The all-electric racing series is working with investment firm Kinetik to create the world’s first driverless car racing series. Dubbed Roborace, the races will run ahead of each scheduled Formula E event from next season.

The copper-based NBN seems to be getting more and more expensive. The national broadband network builder is expecting to be hit with a massive bill of $641 million to repair sections of the copper network it bought from Telstra, leaked documents show. The figure is as much as ten times what the NBN had expected repairing the copper network - which it acquired from Telstra for $11.2 billion - to cost.

Amazon have another video of their delivery drone concept, this time with their new star, Jeremy Clarkson. Not that I'm a skeptic, but these promo videos do seem to be being released, with associated media buzz, just in time for the Xmas shopping season..

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 Friday, 4-December-2015  05:18:00 (GMT +10) - by booj

Officials believe the Chinese government is responsible for a recent attack on the computers at the Bureau of Meteorology, which has compromised sensitive systems across the Federal Government. But the ABC has been told this is a "massive" breach and one official said there was little doubt where it came from. "It's China," he said. But, China has denied any involvement in the attack.

A Harvard boffin thinks he can reverse aging. Church thinks that one of the ailments he can cure is aging. When I met him early this year, in his laboratory at Harvard Medical School, where he is professor of genetics, he expressed confidence that in just five or six years he will be able to reverse the aging process in human beings.

Airbus have patented a design for a modular cabin aircraft Airbus is exploring the potential of creating a new breed of versatile, modular aircraft that would see detachable passenger cabins slot into a hole in an aeroplane's fuselage. The concept has the potential to revolutionize air travel, while providing significant savings for airlines by reducing the time that planes spend idle on the ground.

As of Sunday, the US National Security Agency ceased its mass phone record surveillance program; The program was exposed by Edward Snowden. Under the Freedom Act, the NSA and law enforcement agencies can no longer collect telephone calling records in bulk in an effort to sniff out suspicious activity. Such records, known as "metadata," reveal which numbers Americans are calling and what time they place those calls, but not the content of the conversations.

It appears as though million of modems around the world have vulnerabilities that could turn them into a massive botnet. If an attacker is motivated enough, they could easily use only the vulnerabilities of these devices and create a world-spanning botnet capable of launching powerful DDoS attacks, or just push various types of malware to all of the modem's end users.

Techspot have an article on what they think are the best storage devices available. We’ve gone through dozens of expert reviews, performed our own tests, and gathered long-term user opinions to bring you the best storage devices available right now divided into six categories: Best performance SSD, best budget SSD, best hard drive, best external hard drive, best home/SMB NAS, and a selection of the best thumb drive storage alternatives.

Here's a lovely pic of the Earth and Moon recently taken by the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft.

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 Friday, 4-December-2015  04:20:39 (GMT +10) - by booj

MSI B150M Mortar on OCC.
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 TH on eTeknix.
ASUS Maximus VIII Gene on PC Perspective.
MSI Z170A SLI PLUS on Guru3D.

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 on Missing Remote.
Patriot Memory Stellar 64GB USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive on TweakTown.
Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB on ocaholic.
Transcend SSD370S 512GB SATA III SSD on TweakTown.
Asustor AS3104T NAS on Legion Hardware.

Input etc:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Keyboard on Legit Reviews.
Zalman ZM-K700M Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
SteelSeries Apex M800 Gaming Mechanical Keyboard on Madshrimps.
Accessory Power Enhance GX-K3 Keyboard on TechnologyX.
Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Logitech Atlas Spectrum G410 TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.

Sandberg Bluetooth Stereo Headset Pro on NikKTech.
Audiofly AF45 In-Ear Headphones ThinkComputers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on LanOC Reviews.
LG V10 on Hot Hardware.

SilverStone RAVEN RVZ02 Mini-ITX Case on Benchmark Reviews.
Arris Surfboard SBR-AC1750 Wireless Router on TweakTown.

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 Wednesday, 2-December-2015  06:26:34 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte GA-H110M on Phoronix.
ASUS Maximus VIII Impact on ocaholic.
ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Motherboard on Legit Reviews.

Input etc:
Cooler Master Storm NovaTouch TKL (Barebones) Keyboard on APH Networks.
i-rocks M20E Illuminated Gaming Laser Mouse on Technology X.
CM Storm Sentinel III Ergonomic RGB Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF Top Flow CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Scythe Ninja 4 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
CRYORIG M9i on techPowerUp.
Scythe Fuma CPU Cooler on OCinside.

D-Link DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera on ThinkComputers.
D-Link DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera on BigBruin.
Foscam FI9821P 720p HD Wireless IP Camera on TweakTown.

Sennheiser GAME ZERO on Vortez.
SilverStone Hi-Fi Audio Headphone Stand on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair VOID Stereo Headset on ocaholic.

Google Nexus 5X on Techspot.
Google Nexus 6P on Hot Hardware.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Case on Neoseeker.
Tenda AC15 AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless Router on TweakTown.
Coolermaster MasterGel Maker Nano TIM. on eTeknix.


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