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September 2018
Retro Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-September-2018  14:44:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm very pleased to announce that I will be representing NSW at the Inline Hockey National Championships this week - but the bad news is, I'm spending all yesterday and today driving to the rink in South Australia! With all the preparing I ran out of time for Misc Pics this week, so here's a flashback to the early days of Misc Pics, 10 years ago:

26 September 2008:

and 3rd October 2008:

Have a great long weekend!

Thursday Night (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-September-2018  21:47:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

An original working Apple-1 computer has sold at auction for $375k. The auction took place in Boston, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. The buyer was an "anonymous businessman" who placed his bid online. It is estimated that Mr Wozniak and Mr Jobs sold around 200 Apple-I computers in just under a year, thanks to a deal with a local computing store in Palo Alto, California. According to an online registry - not affiliated with Apple - there are just 79 of the computers still around.

NBN have doubled the bandwidth of a Sydney backbone. Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) company has announced doubling the capacity on its fibre-optic transit network to 19.2Tbps per fibre link in response to increasing traffic and demand.

The Government are still determined to pass the encryption bill as soon as possible. The government late last week introduced the bill into the House of Representatives, just 10 days after closing a public consultation on an exposure draft of the proposed legislation. A number of measures in the bill will increase police access to data on electronic devices and services — including expanding the system of covert computer access warrants, which are currently available only to ASIO.

OCInside have a big CPU cooler comparison. After the big CPU cooler comparison 2018, where we tested numerous coolers on an AMD AM4 system, we would like to present another cooler test overview on OCinside.de today. In the second part of the cooler chart there is now an overview with selected CPU coolers from Antec, Arctic, Cooler Master, Cryorig, Enermax, Intel and LEPA that have been tested on an Intel Core i5 PC system. So you can easily find the right air cooler or AIO water cooler for the Intel PC or AMD PC and get a quick comparison of the cooler test results.

TechSPot meanwhile list their Best Mice of 2018. Anyone spending hours on their computer every day will tell you that having the right tools at hand is serious business. Deciding on the best mouse is a subjective process where several things come into play: intended use, feel, feature set, grip style and price. Here are our top picks.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-September-2018  21:12:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B450 Fatal1ty Gaming-ITX/ac on Vortez.
Gigabyte's X299 Designare EX motherboard on TechReport.

Cooler Master Masterliquid ML240R RGB all-in-one cooler on Guru3D.
Raijintek Iris 12 RGB Fans on ThinkComputers.

Crucial BX500 480 GB on TechPowerUp.
MyDigitalSSD M2X Portable SSD M.2 USB 3.1 External Enclosure on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Patriot 256 EP Micro SDX Card on Modders-Inc.
Silicon Motion SM2262EN Preview: Micron 96-Layer TLC on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA SLI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 with NVLink on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080/RTX 2080 Ti: Ethereum Mining Results on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gamerock Premium 8G on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Origin EVO15-S Review: Thin, Powerful NVIDIA Max-Q Gaming On The Go on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review - Quietly Revolutionary on TechARP.

Audio Visual:
Tribit X-Boom Bluetooth Speaker on FunkyKit.
ThunderX3 AH7 HEX Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Cougar PURI TKL Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-September-2018  16:59:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
E-Lektron EL225-UHF Mobile Sound System on NikKTech.
DLink HD Wi-Fi Camera 8300LH on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti PCI-Express Scaling on TechPowerUp.
Overclocking Showdown – the RTX 2080 vs. the GTX 1080 Ti on BabelTechReviews.
Weighing the trade-offs of Nvidia DLSS for image quality and performance on TechReport.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Overclocking Guide on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Shows Very Strong Compute Performance Potential on Phoronix.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 To RTX 2080 Ti Graphics/Compute Performance on Phoronix.
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 Mega Benchmark on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 1440p Preview on HardOCP.
GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition Overclocking Final on HardOCP.

Kingston HyperX Fury RGB SSD on BenchmarkReviews.
HyperX Fury RGB SSD 480GB on LegitReviews.

noblechairs Footrest on Vortez.
Holy Stone F181 Explorer Drone on ModSynergy.
Star Control: Origins on OCClub.
Noctua Chromax Accessories for customising coolers on NikKTech.
Patriot Memory Viper RGB Series DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200MHz Kit on MadShrimps.
Motorola Moto Z3 Review: Proven Hardware Chasing A 5G Future on HotHardware.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-September-2018  23:51:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Ethereum Crypto Mining Performance Benchmarks On The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti on Phoronix.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Jetstream 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 on NeoSeeker.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti DUKE on Guru3D.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card reviewed on TechReport.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ECS LIVA Z2 Mini PC on Modders-Inc.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 (SM-T835) Tablet Preview on TechARP.

Crucial BX500 480 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Crucial BX500 SSD Review - Fewer Components, Lower Prices on Tweaktown.
ASUSTOR AS4002T Network Attached Storage on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Thermaltake X1 RGB Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM531 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
FNATIC Flick2 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G513 Review - GX Blue Switch keyboard on Vortez.
Logitech G305 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Fnatic Asphalt & Focus 2 Mouse Mat on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-September-2018  14:53:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The current "Retro Let's Play" is Cave Story from 2004. The game itself sees the main character Quote awaken on a strange island, filled with caves, and you begin exploring. Equipped with a basic blaster, you must explore the island and discover all of its secrets. Gameplay is classic, fast-paced side-scrolling platform, shooting and exploration, with plenty of back tracking and secrets to discover, including multiple characters and endings. The game would initially be released for free on Windows, and the original version would get free ports to Mac, Amiga, Linux, Sega Megadrive/Genesis and even the TI Graphing Calculator! It's a freeware game, so there's Windows (and many other) downloads linked in the thread. Thanks elvis!

Meanwhile, thanks to Mitty, g@z and HyRax1 for Misc Pics this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-September-2018  15:22:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
NVIDIA 2080 Ti Linux benchmarks on Phoronix.
Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti RoG Strix on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Benchmark Review on LegitReviews.
Introducing the GeForce RTX 2080 & RTX 2080 Ti on Bjorn3D.
Turing RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Benchmarked with 36 Games on BabeltechReviews.

Input etc:
Fnatic STREAK Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Logitech G305 wireless mouse on Vortez.
Cooler Master's MasterMouse MM531 on TechReport.
AMD Athlon 200GE Review: $55 Zen CPU on TechSpot.

HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 32GB 2933 MHz on Guru3D.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan Gaming SODIMM 4x 8 GB DDR4-2666 on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Viper RGB 16GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
EasySMX Cool 2000 Headset on OCInside.
Sennheiser HD 660 S headphones on TechPowerUp.

iStorage datAshur PRO 64GB Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Qsan XN3002T Two-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
Toshiba OCZ RC100 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Sunmae Gaming Chair on ThinkComputers.
noblechairs HERO on Vortez.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Preview + Tech Briefing on TechARP.
Deepcool Baronkase Liquid Cooling Case on NikKTech.

NVIDIA RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-September-2018  23:47:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

After months of teasing, we finally have some actual reviews of NVIDIA's RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti video cards. There's not much more to be said at this stage, so here they are:

GeForce RTX 2080 Founders edition on Guru3D.
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders edition on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti on PCPerspective.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080TI Founders Edition & RTX 2080 Founders Edition GPU on Modders-Inc.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti And RTX 2080 Benchmarks: Turing Is A Beast on HotHardware.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card on TechReport.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti on TechSpot.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Review: No Seriously, Just Buy It on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Founders Edition on OCClub.
ZOTAC GAMING RTX 2080 Ti AMP on Vortez.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11 GB on TechPowerUp.

Discussion is continuing in this thread in our Video Cards forum.

Tuesday Evening (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-September-2018  18:03:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have unveiled the details of their Turing architecture, with coverage on Techgage, Guru3D, PC Perspective, Tweaktown, TechPowerUp, HotHardware. Many other deeper technical details regarding the Turing GPU microarchitecture were kept closer to the vest and revealed only to smaller group of attendees at the event. However, today we’re now able to disclose some of those technical details, new features and capabilities.

Meanwhile TechARP have info on the new AMD Athlon PRO CPUs. AMD just announced the Athlon PRO family of processors, together with the consumer-grade “regular” AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics. This new processor is basically the AMD Athlon APU with enterprise-grade security and reliability features. In this article, we will share with you the official AMD tech briefing on the AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics APUs, including the official slides, and other details.

The EU have approved a controversial copyright directive, thanks Adam. At the heart of the Directive on Copyright are two divisive articles – Article 11 and Article 13 – that have been dubbed the “link tax” and “meme ban” articles respectively. Critics of the Directive on Copyright argue that these articles mean that platforms will have to pay a fee to share a link to a news article and have to start filtering and removing memes. Discussion in this thread.

Linus Torvalds has responded to feedback about his his role and attitude as Linux kernel maintainer. The above is basically a long-winded way to get to the somewhat painful personal admission that hey, I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely. I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private moon tourist in history. SpaceX announced in February 2017 that two passengers would be flying around the moon in the company's Crew Dragon capsule, launched by its Falcon Heavy rocket. But earlier this year, Musk said SpaceX was considering using BFR instead and on Monday confirmed that Maezawa is "the same person" who was announced before, just with a larger group now onboard.

Australian research has shown that loot boxes in games are essentially gambling. This follows news that gambling regulators around the world are formally expressing concerns about loot boxes. Considering the survey findings, it was recommended that games containing loot boxes carry parental advisories and a description that clearly state the presence of "in-game gambling content". Additionally, restricting the sale of games that contain loot boxes to players of the legal gambling age should be given "serious consideration".

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-September-2018  12:49:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CalDigit T4 RAID Thunderbolt 3 enclosure on Tweaktown.
Intel 660p NVMe M.2 SSD on Modders-Inc.
HighPoint SSD6540 Kit Review - Full Speed External 4x NVMe on Modders-Inc.

Audio Visual:
Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 HD Gaming DAC and External USB Sound Card on MadShrimps.
Aiwa EXOS-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Cherry MX Board 5.0 keyboard on LanOC.
HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master CK552 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator X27 Review: 4K 144Hz gaming monitor on TechSpot.
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF laptop on Vortez.
2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 + Flip 15 Hands-On Previews on TechARP.
HUAWEI P20 Pro Pearl White Edition Hands-On Preview on TechARP.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider game on OCClub.
ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance motherboard on TechPowerUp.
Antec HCG 850W Gold PSU on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterCase H500 case on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-September-2018  15:23:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-September-2018  15:07:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a leak on the International Space Station, and the rumour-mill is foaming about it being sabotage, but it's probably nothing quite so sinister. In fact, the rumors have gotten so bad that ISS commander Drew Feustel actually had to flat-out deny that anyone on board the station was involved in some way. “I can unequivocally say that the crew had nothing to do with this on orbit, without a doubt, and I think it’s actually a shame and somewhat embarrassing that anybody is wasting any time talking about something that the crew was involved in,” Feustel said in an interview from space with ABC News, as reported by CBS.

LegitReviews talked to Lisa Pearce from Intel about their graphics future. Legit Reviews was recently able to get a Lisa Pearce, Intel Vice President, Platform Engineering Group Director, Visual and Parallel Computing Group Software Engineering, to sit down and talk about iGPU and dGPU graphics drivers. Intel recently announced that they will be bringing a discrete graphics card solution to market in 2020. This is the first Intel graphics interview by anyone since they announced that they were entering the dGPU market.

In a move that seems destined to attract yet another anti-competitive investigation, Windows 10 now warns you against installing Chrome or Firefox, thanks FOTW. Microsoft is testing a warning for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser. “You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10” says a prompt that appears when you run the Chrome or Firefox installers on the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Telstra are concerned about the range of 5G when applied to Australian-sized distances. While 5G offers faster download speeds by using higher frequencies, the trade-off is signals can't reach as far. Previous mobile standards were designed for more densely populated regions like Europe and the US, but when applied to Australia they can mean sparse coverage for our far-flung population.

Meanwhile, UNSW researchers say that FTTP would have been better after all. Well, yes. However, this is a purely economic measure; the UNSW researchers argue there is a social multiplier effect to the investment that is much harder to calculate, but that should be pursued to show the real value that government investments can have. In the case of the NBN, the researchers found that a majority fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network would achieve a “social IRR” of 15.2 percent, whereas a majority FTTP network would bring a social IRR of 21.1 percent on the government’s investment.

NSW driver's licenses are jumping on the blockchain bandwagon, in a way I don't quite understand. Secure Logic CEO Santosh Devaraj said that the use of a blockchain-based platform for digital licences “will help put a stop to sophisticated fraudsters who can conjure up fake identities with relative ease”. “Too often licence details are only checked superficially and this can now be replaced with cryptographic mechanisms,” the CEO said.

Today's timewaster is the simple platform game Shirtless Bear-Fighter, based on the hilarious comic of the same name (a real printed comic, not online) I stumbled across recently.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-September-2018  23:42:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's X399 Aorus Xtreme motherboard on TechReport.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor on ThinkComputers.

CPU Cooler Roundup 2018 on OCInside.
Thermaltake Riing Trio 12 RGB Fans on FunkyKit.
XSPC TX360 Ultrathin Radiator on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Noctua NF-P12 Redux, NF-A12x25 Fans and Accessories on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master's CK552 mechanical gaming keyboard on TechReport.
Das Keyboard X50Q RGB Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Gaming Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Tech Briefing + Hands-On Previews on TechARP.
Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review - Quietly Revolutionary on TechARP.

Intel SSD 760p 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus on Tweaktown.
Seagate Barracuda Pro 14TB HDD on Guru3D.
ASUSTOR AS1002T v2 NAS: Redefining Home Storage on Modders-Inc.

Patriot Viper RGB DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Ballistix Sport AT Gaming DDR4 RGB 32GB 3000 MHz on Guru3D.
Team Group T-Force XCALIBUR RGB DDR4-3600 on TechPowerUp.

Reeven Twila RGB LED Strips on ThinkComputers.
Strange Brigade (PC) game on GamingNexus.
Rivet Networks Killer 1550 Wireless NIC on Tweaktown.
Wyze Cam Pan: Is this $30 security camera worth a buy? on TechSpot.
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev.2 case on BenchmarkReviews.

Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-September-2018  15:15:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

IEEE have released info on WPA3, the new WiFi security standard. The biggest Wi-Fi security update in 14 years was recently unveiled by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) security certificate protocol provides some much-needed updates to the WPA2 protocol introduced in 2004. Rather than a wholesale reworking of Wi-Fi security, WPA3 is focused on bringing new techniques to bear against the cracks that have begun to show in WPA2.

AMD have announced four new Ryzen CPUs. AMD has announced four new 2000-series processors based on Zen+ which fills out its launch of parts: two X-series processors at 65W focused on overclocking with Precision Boost overdrive, and two E series parts at 45W.

Here's a strange one: some TVs that were apparently used for unauthorised data collection will now ask you to sue their manufacturers, onscreen. The Parties are developing a class notice program with direct notification to the class through VIZIO Smart TV displays, which requires testing to make sure any TV notice can be properly displayed and functions as intended. The additional time requested will allow the parties to confirm that the notice program proposed in the motion for preliminary approval is workable and satisfies applicable legal standards.

TechSpot have a guide to setting up a Windows 10 virtual machine. For instance, you could have a fully working copy of Linux while being logged into Windows, or an installation of Windows XP inside Windows 10, etc. Running an OS within an OS is surprisingly easy to do courtesy of free software from VMware and VirtualBox, both of which we'll show you how to install and configure, albeit with more of an emphasis on VMware Player.

They also report from IFA 2018 Berlin, a major consumer electronics show. Once again, the tech industry descended on Berlin with an overwhelming number of gadgets. As hundreds of exhibitors were spread across thousands of square feet of space, finding the show’s highlight products wasn’t easy. But we spent days trawling through IFA to discover the best it had to offer.

Meanwhile OCC visited PAX West 2018, which has more of a gaming focus. The Seattle Convention Center was packed with hundreds of booths ranging from Contra-style indie shooters to build-your-own world and shared user-created content type games. Of course, PAX wouldn't have been complete without the big studios and the dozens of panels talking about your favorite subjects.

Speaking of games, I was sad to discover that this one isn't real. A NEW VR game gives players a simulated experience of being in a nice pub alone, enjoying a pint and not being bothered by anyone. Lone Daytime Drinker gives users the choice of 18 pubs around the UK, a full range of drinks, some battered Lee Child books and more than 450 individually-rendered NPCs who will leave you blissfully alone.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-September-2018  16:19:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac (B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG X399 Creation Threadripper motherboard on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR B360GT5S Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming on Vortez.

Cryorig C7 Cu CPU cooler on LanOC.
Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo III GPU Cooler on OCInside.
Antec Mercury 240 RGB CPU cooler on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
1MORE Spearhead VRX Gaming Headphones on NikKTech.
ELEPAWL EP6 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphone on LegitReviews.
Sennheiser CX Sport Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Creative Sound BlasterX G6 USB gaming DAC on Vortez.

Battlefield V Open Beta Benchmarked on TechSpot.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - From the Ashes game on GamingNexus.
Benchmark analysis: Battlefield V Open Beta: PC on Guru3D.
Dragon Quest XI Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
F1 2018 Benchmarked: TITAN Xp in SLI pushes 8K at 60FPS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries QcK Limited mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Roccat Vulcan 120 AIMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Das Keyboard 5Q and X50Q on TechSpot.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) Gaming Laptop Preview on TechARP.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Gaming Laptop on TechARP.
Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK on Vortez.
OnePlus 6 Review: Premium High Performance Android For Less on HotHardware.
ECS LIVA Q2 Pocket PC on MadShrimps.

Synology DS1618+ NAS on PCPerspective.
Phison PS5012-E12 Preview with FW 11.0 SSD controller on Tweaktown.
Crucial MX500 500GB (M.2) Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Corsair Crystal 280X RGB case on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide SPEC-Omega Mid-Tower Gaming Case on HardOCP.

Tt eSPORTS X COMFORT AIR Gaming Chair on NikKTech.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A on TechARP.
ASUS Lyra Trio Mesh Wi-Fi on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-September-2018  12:21:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Very busy offline day today so I have to post them early - thanks to mpot and JC this week!

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-September-2018  13:14:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Micronics Master M400 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Silent Base 601 on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
Mionix Wei Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Cooler Master CK552 Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Corsair K70 RGB MK2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Cherry MX Red on FunkyKit.

Patriot EVLVR Thunderbolt 3 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte UD PRO 512GB Solid State Drive on Modders-Inc.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 15 (9570) Review: Same Beauty, Even More Beast on HotHardware.
The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 + Flip 15 Hands-On Previews on TechARP.
The 2018 ASUS ZenBook Tech Briefing + Hands-On Previews on TechARP.

Battlefield V Open Beta: Everything You Need To Know on Tweaktown.
F1 2018 on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
1MORE Spearhead VRX headset on Vortez.
1MORE Spearhead VRX Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
Introducing the Vive Pro vs. the Oculus Rift on BabelTechReviews.

Rachio Generation 2 Smart Sprinkler Controller on MissingRemote.
Ballistix Sport AT Gaming DDR4-3000 (TUF Edition) memory on TechPowerUp.
Deepcool Gamerstorm Castle 240 RGB AIO cooler on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE AORUS B450 I PRO WIFI motherboard on Vortez.
Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Platinum 650W PSU on HardOCP.

Monday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-September-2018  20:53:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The current "Retro Let's Play" is Silent Hill 2 from 2001. The atmosphere is set early, with a rolling fog covering the town, greatly limiting your view, and giving a foreboding sense of claustrophobic dread. As James enters local buildings, the claustrophobia gets worse, with narrow hallways and poor lighting adding to the fear. Your health in the game is indicated no only by a physical icon in your menu, but also a pulse that you can feel through your controller (as such, playing with a rumble-capable controller is highly recommended). In typical survival horror style, your character is quite weak, and despite the availability of some weapons, ammunition is sparse, and movement is slow and cumbersome, almost like a bad dream. There's a PC download link in the thread.

Also on the retro side of things, Axe spotted a new Doom II secret hidden for 24 years. The news comes way of series co-creator John Romero, who tweeted out on Friday that a YouTuber by the name of Zero Master had unearthed a secret that had been hiding for almost a quarter of a century.

HardOCP have looked into Threadripper 2950X Overclocking. We have spent a lot of time understanding the new Threadripper 2950X and how it overclocks. We have put it through the paces using a chiller system, water cooling, and air cooling. We show you what Precision Boost Overdrive and what Precision Boost 2 can push the processor to in terms of stable performance as well as manual overclocking.

The NBN is becoming more expensive. New NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue has lifted the expected cost of the network rollout to $51 billion, with the infrastructure giant planning to raise an extra $2 billion from private sources around 2020. The really sad thing is that it's now available in my area and I haven't been bothered to switch over to it yet. Urgh.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-September-2018  12:18:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Acer OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality Headset Preview on TechARP.
Beyerdynamic FOX Professional Microphone on HWAsylum.

FSP CMT520 on APHNetworks.
NZXT H200i mITX on APHNetworks.
Antec Dark Fleet DF500 RGB Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD 1TB on LanOC.
SMI SM2262EN High-Performance SSD Controller on LegitReviews.

Input Etc:
Cougar Revenger S mouse on TechPowerUp.
A Cheap Wireless Mouse That Doesn’t Suck: Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED on TechGage.

Strange Brigade: PC graphics card benchmark analysis on Guru3D.
ASRock B450M Pro4 Motherboard with AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X on OCInside.
Be quiet! Straight Power 11 1000W PSU on NikKTech.


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