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January 2019
Photography Gallery (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-January-2019  16:14:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-January-2019  12:41:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is the last day to opt out of My Health Record. If you're not sure if you want to opt out or not, there's an article here on ABC with some background. Privacy experts are concerned about the system's security, yet health experts are urging Australians to join, saying a connected data system will save lives and reduce medical errors. After January 31, if you haven't chosen to opt out, a My Health Record will automatically be created for you. There's a big discussion thread here in the forums.

Intel have a new 28-core, unlocked Xeon processor. With the most cores and threads, CPU PCIe lanes, and memory capacity of any Intel desktop processor, the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor has the features that matter for massive mega-tasking projects such as film editing and 3D rendering.

TechSpot meanwhile caution people that mobile GeForce RTX GPUs may not be what you expect. Nvidia in revealing specifications for its laptop-bound RTX GPUs shared that base clock speeds for its RTX 2080 cards can vary from 735 MHz (on the Max-Q variant) to 1,380 MHz (for the standard RTX 2080 configuration). By comparison, the desktop RTX 2080 features a base clock of 1,515 MHz. Doing some quick math, that’s a more than 50 percent reduction in clock speed. Presumably, this will have a significant impact on gaming performance.

Thursday Midday Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-January-2019  11:47:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital Black SN750 on Vortez.
Western Digital Black SN750 SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK530 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master MK730 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master SK630 Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on HWAsylum.
Patriot Viper V765 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
ASUS TUF Gaming K5 keyboard on Vortez.
Cooler Master SK630 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master SK630 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO on OCInside.
Thermaltake Riing Trio 12 RGB Radiator Fan TT Premium Edition Triple Pack on Vortez.
EKWB-Supremacy Classic RGB – Nickel + Plexi Waterblock on Modders-Inc.

Fractal Design Meshify S2 – Meshify Gets a Define S2 Mash-Up on Bjorn3D.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 Black Tempered Glass Edition on Modders-Inc.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Xeon W-3175X Review: Supercharged 28-Core Skylake-SP on HotHardware.
Intel Unlocked Xeon W-3175X (System) on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX & 2920X Workstation Performance on TechGage.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Resident Evil 2 Benchmarked: Graphics Performance Tested on TechSpot.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2060 STRIX OC video card on Guru3D.

MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8SF (with GeForce RTX 2070) Gaming Laptop on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper Steel 4000 MHz DDR4 memory on Guru3D.
NZXT E Series 650 W PSU on TechPowerUp.

Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-January-2019  15:35:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an article on MichaelWest.com about the history and failure of the NBN. The roll-out of the NBN has been lambasted as a national tragedy. Lee Ridge looks at the players and the process behind the foundering broadband project and argues politics and ideology have set Australia back years.

TPG are apparently not rolling out a mobile network anymore, due to the Government's ban on Huawei equipment. "It is extremely disappointing that the clear strategy the company had to become a mobile network operator at the forefront of 5G has been undone by factors outside of TPG's control," the company's chairman David Teoh said. Huawei Australia also expressed disappointment at the decision. "As predicted, the Australian's Government's 5G ban on Huawei will lead to reduced competition and higher prices for Australia consumers and businesses," it said in a statement.

Meanwhile the US Dept of Justice have officially indicted Huawei for theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. The indictment, returned by a grand jury on January 16, details Huawei’s efforts to steal trade secrets from Bellevue, Washington based T-Mobile USA and then obstruct justice when T-Mobile threatened to sue Huawei in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The alleged conduct described in the indictment occurred from 2012 to 2014, and includes an internal Huawei announcement that the company was offering bonuses to employees who succeeded in stealing confidential information from other companies.

Anandtech checked out some double-height DDR4 from G.Skill and ZADAK. Two memory module companies, G.Skill and ZADAK, have developed a new memory format with double capacity DDR4 memory. These new modules put the equivalent of two standard modules onto one PCB, making one memory module act like two. Both companies have introduced 2x32 GB kits. As a result, these memory modules are double the capacity over regular DDR4 memory, with the downside that they are also double the height.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-January-2019  16:13:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD on Tweaktown.
StarTech Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
TT Premium X1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum TKL Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Input Club Kira Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM830 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC on HotHardware.
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan on ThinkComputers.
Asus ROG Strix Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 DUAL OC 8G on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Razer Blade Stealth (2019) laptop on TechSpot.
Testing Intel Whiskey Lake CPUs: Core i7-8565U for laptops on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
Philips 272P7VPTKEB 4K UHD Monitor on OCInside.
Cooler Master MH751 Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
Creative Outlier ONE Plus In-ear Headphones with Built-in MP3 Player on MadShrimps.
Logitech G Pro Headset Review – Built for Pro Gamers on BabelTechReviews.

Antec High Current Gamer Extreme 1000W PSU on NikKTech.
TeamGroup T-Force XCalibur RGB DDR4-4000 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2019  14:35:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Mace and Simon this week - have a great long weekend!

Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-January-2019  13:20:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congratulations to Australia's Toby Price, for winning his second Dakar Rally recently. Price came into the race under a significant injury cloud, having broken the scaphoid bone in his right wrist just weeks prior to the flag going down in Peru. The Australian thought he would endure two stages then pull out, but support and luck kept him going, with the 2016 champion going for broke on Tuesday's eighth stage to take the overall lead.

ITMunch have an article about Elon Musk's Neuralink, one of his less-known companies. Elon Musk’s main goal, he explains, is to wire a chip into your skull. This chip would give you the digital intelligence needed to progress beyond the limits of our biological intelligence. This would mean a full incorporation of artificial intelligence into our bodies and minds. He argues that without taking this drastic measure, humanity is doomed. There are a lot of ethical questions raised on the topic of what humanity according to Elon Musk exactly is, but he seems undeterred.

Tech Report have a System Guide for January 2019. This is where the TR staff picks out the créme de la créme of hardware components fit for the most price-effective builds around. We've tried to create builds across a wide range of price points with parts that provide the best performance possible for the money. However, we don't just ferret out the cheapest components possible or compromise configurations to hit arbitrary price points. Indeed, these are the systems we'd build for ourselves, given the money.

ThinkComputers have a gallery of Case Mods from CES 2019. Each year at CES companies are showing off their hardware and what better way to showcase this hardware than inside of a case mod! This year we saw quite a lot of different mods from some of the biggest names in the modding community.

Intel released their quarterly results, which were weaker than expected. Shares of Intel stock fell as much as 8 percent on Thursday after the company reported lower-than-expected revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter and light guidance.

The ACCC are urging NBN customers to claim a refund if they are eligible, with more info here. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging NBN customers to check whether or not they are entitled to a refund for having a slow connection. Customers, the ACCC said, may be eligible for a refund following negotiations between the watchdog and retail service providers over the past 15 months.

Thursday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-January-2019  20:21:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apacer AS2280 P2 SSD 480 GB on TechPowerUp.
Patriot EP A1 128GB & 256GB MicroSDXC Cards on NikKTech.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD on Vortez.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung's 970 EVO Plus 500-GB SSD on TechReport.
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus SSD on HotHardware.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 13 (9380) 2019 laptop on HotHardware.
OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone on TechARP.

Fractal Design Meshify S2 on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 Black Dark TG Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 on OCClub.

Unruly Heroes game on TechPowerUp.
Pikuniku game on OCClub.

Cooler Master MasterAir MA620P CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Das Keyboard 4Q on TechSpot.
GIGABYTE Z390 Designare motherboard on Vortez.
Creative SXFI Amp on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG THOR 1200W Power Supply on HardOCP.

Yoodaa's 4G Worklog (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-January-2019  15:53:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yoodaa has an impressive worklog in the forums, of his project to ditch the NBN and connect his house to a 4G tower nearby:

click for the worklog!

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-January-2019  11:52:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Logitech G533 Wireless 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset on OCClub.
AKG M220 RED Pro Headphones on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR HARPOON RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
1STPLAYER Bullet Hunter MK6 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 1080p & 1440p Gaming Performance on Techgage.
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 GameRock Premium 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z on Guru3D.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Review & Mega Benchmark on TechSpot.
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 AMP (6GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit.
GeForce 417.71 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Radeon RX 570 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs. GTX 1060 6GB on TechSpot.

iStorage diskAshur2 External Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 Review – 4X Camera, 4X Fun? on TechARP.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-January-2019  11:08:13 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Zotac RTX 2070 Mini on Bjorn3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition on Bjorn3d.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra on Hexus.

WD My Passport Wireless SSD on Hot Hardware.
WD Black SN750 1TB on LanOC Reviews.
Western Digital Black SN750 SSD on TweakTown.
Western Digital WD Black SN750 on Anandtech.

EKWB Classic RGB Lineup on LanOC Reviews.
Asus ROG Ryuo 240 AIO with OLED Display on OC Inside.
be quiet! Dark Rock PRO TR4 on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
Corsair M65 RGB Elite Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
A4Tech KBS-29 Left Handed Natural Keyboard on OCC.

DUNU Falcon-C Hi-Res Earphones on NikKTech.
Asus STRIX Fusion 700 Wireless Headset on Guru3D.

Aorus AD27QD Monitor on Hexus.
Fractal Design Define S2 Computer Case on APH Networks.
Apexdesk Elite ZT Series Electric Standing Desk & Anti-Fatigue Mat on TechPowerUp.
Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 16GB Memory Kit on TweakTown.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-January-2019  13:44:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, I played hockey again last night and my wrist seems to have survived fine, so that's good news. Anyway, thanks to mpot and Axe this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-January-2019  16:09:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
EVGA NU Audio Review: Crisp, Clear, Sound For PC Enthusiasts on HotHardware.
EVGA NU Audio Sound Card Unboxing & Preview on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760/960/1060 / RTX 2060 Linux Gaming & Compute Performance on Phoronix.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (6G) on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Pro OC 6 GB on TechPowerUp.

Alphacool Eisbaer 420 CPU Liquid Cooler on NiKKTech.
Cooler Master MASTERAIR G100M CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MM830 mouse on LanOC.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

HP EX950 SSD Review - When you want the fastest on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-January-2019  18:35:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel are still without a CEO, more than 6 months after Brian Krzanich resigned. Chairman Andy Bryant told some employees recently that the chipmaker may go with a "non-traditional" candidate, suggesting a CEO from outside the company is a possibility. Whoever is chosen will take the reins at a company that’s churning out record results, but is facing rising competition. The new CEO will have to convince investors that Intel’s loss of manufacturing leadership -- a cornerstone of its dominance -- won’t cost it market share in the lucrative semiconductor market.

HardOCP meanwhile have an interview with AMD about their new Radeon VII GPU. Scott Herkelman is Vice President and General Manager of the Radeon Gaming Business Unit at AMD. Scott goes way back in the GPU industry and has worked for VisionTek, BFG Tech, and NVIDIA over the last 18 years. He is also an actual gamer, as I can recall playing Quake deathmatch with him at a few LAN parties. He is now one of the people that is spearheading Radeon products and we had a few questions for him at CES 2019.

BabelTechReviews have an overclocking showdown between the RTX 2060, the Red Devil RX Vega 56 & the GTX 1070 Ti. At stock, the RTX 2060 FE won the majority of the 39 games we tested over the Red Devil RX Vega 56, and it also beat the GTX 1070 Ti. This time, we will overclock all three cards manually each as far as they will go to see where they stand in relation to each other when fully overclocked.

The NSW state government has decreed that all local council meetings must be webcast. The great webcasting decree comes by way of a Model Code of Meeting Practice now being developed by the state to make council proceedings in the 128 local government areas more uniform and open to members of the public - without the public having to rock up at chambers. The big bet is that Town Hall TV will prove such a reality genre hit with the community that people will tune in by the thousand and collectively shame councillors into good behaviour. At least that's the theory.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-January-2019  14:24:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming on LanOC.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
Palit GeForce RTX 2060 GamingPro OC on Guru3D.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G OC on FunkyKit.
Radeon RX 570 vs. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
Edifier AirPulse A300 Premium Speakers on TechSpot.
Creative Stage Air Compact under-monitor Soundbar on MadShrimps.

Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP750-L Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
ADATA SX8200 Pro 256GB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP QSW-804-4C 10G Ethernet Switch on NikKTech.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-January-2019  10:31:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some threads that have caught my eye in the forums. You can keep on top of things via the recent activity feed or the new posts page. To see activity in threads you subscribe to, check out your latest alerts. Also, the alert system is a little different in our new xenForo platform than earlier on vBulletin. So, it's worth checking your watched threads list from time to time in case you missed an alert.

Port Royal ray tracing scores in Audio Visual.
The perfect monitor - finally! LG 38GL950G in Video Cards & Monitors.
Short music film I generated in C++ in Graphic Design & Digital Art.
Backup Software (rant) in General Software.
Gone back to WIN 7 in Windows Operating Systems.
Epic Games Vs Steam - A Battle Worth Watching in PC Games.
post your twitch profiles so i can/we can watch in PC Games.
Fallout 76, new Bethesda CCC title with AAA monetization in PC Games.
Linux for an Apple Refugee in 2018? in Other Operating Systems.
Some current game prices in Game Consoles.
2018 in Gaming in Game Consoles.
Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee in Nintendo Consoles.
Yet Another Home Network Setup Request
MiSTer FPGA (computer/console/arcade hardware simulation) in Retro & Arcade.
Retro Let's Play: "OutRun" (1986-2019) in Retro & Arcade.
OCAU top retro games of all time: 2018 edition - voting thread in Retro & Arcade.
Locks, and How to Open Them : OCAU's Locksport Thread in Other Toys/Hobbies.
Slow TV in Entertainment.
EGR (Exhaust Gas recirculation) Who else hates them? in Motoring.
What's your dream 80s car that you'd happily run as a daily driver today? in Motoring.
National Facial Recognition Database to go online in Current Events.
Life a tiny bit better in Lifestyle.
Lets talk about The Verge PC build in The Pub.

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-January-2019  23:19:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

China successfully landed Chang'e 4 on the far side of the moon, the first successful soft landing there. Information cannot be sent directly from the lunar far side to Earth — the moon's bulk gets in the way. Instead, signals are sent from the lunar surface up to a relay satellite called Queqiao, which launched in May 2018 and is hovering in an orbital "parking spot" from which it can communicate with Earth. There's a big panoramic photo here and you can watch a video from the lander, as it landed, here. Discussion in this thread.

ASUS unveiled a self-enclosed watercooled video card at CES 2019, the ROG Matrix RTX 2080 Ti. Infinity Loop integrates a closed loop cooling system within the cooling shroud housing a pump, radiator and tubing within a triple fan designed cooler. Due to constraints that are associated with cramming numerous components underneath what looks like a seemingly regular GPU cooler, the ROG Matrix RTX 2080 Ti takes up a total of three PCIe slots. ASUS claims the Infinity Loop cooling solution beats rival vendors with 120mm hybrid cooling designs and even competes with models that feature 240mm radiators.

Boneburner pointed out this news that Windows 10 will reserve 7GB of space for Windows Updates in future. While this may seem like Microsoft taking over a machine’s precious storage space, the company said the system is being designed in a way that makes sure that unneeded temporary files are removed automatically to give space to Windows updates and apps. This system would also help reduce the chances of a Windows update affecting user data, as was experienced with the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. More info here.

Another interesting thing from CES is this weather report system from IBM. A weather forecasting system that can provide hourly updates for any location on the planet has been announced by technology giant IBM. Currently in many African, Asian and South American countries, weather reports may be available only every six to 12 hours and only for broad patches of land up to 15km (9.3 miles) wide. But IBM's new tool provides reports down to more specific, 3km-wide areas.

3DMark have a new "Port Royal" benchmark, designed to measure the impact of RTX or real-time ray-tracing technologies. Bjorn3D have a roundup of current GPUs, as do Tweaktown. So, you want to see what your new RTX or ray tracing capable can do? Don’t have the time or skill to plot a run on the only real ray tracing title (Battlefield V) available as of now? 3DMark is finally updated with its newest benchmark designed specifically to test real time ray tracing performance. Your can post or compare your own scores in this thread.

A few people sent word that the game What Remains of Edith Finch is free on the Epic Games store for the next week or so. What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-January-2019  22:49:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z390 Designare (Intel Z390) Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X & 2970WX on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone In-Depth Review on TechARP.
Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano barebones Mini-PC on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Lioncast LK300 RGB Pro keyboard on OCInside.
Corsair IronClaw RGB mouse on Guru3D.

HyperX FURY RGB 480GB SSD on NikKTech.
Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 650W PSU on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-January-2019  14:23:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CES 2019 Headlines (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-January-2019  15:54:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway in Las Vegas at the moment - here's a few headlines and articles from around the web:

Watch AMD's Keynote video.
AMD announced the Radeon VII GPU.
NVIDIA's CEO disses the Radeon VII.
Corsair have tiny bling LEDs on their DRAM.
AMD also have Zen 2 Ryzen and Epyc CPUs coming soon.
Toshiba has tiny fast SSDs.
Intel have new Optane H10 hybrid SSDs.
Toshiba have the world's first 16TB HDD.
ASRock have the world's smallest AM4 motherboard.
HP have a new high-end M.2 NVMe SSD.
LG has some very wide monitors for gaming.
DigitalTrends report on the coolest gaming tech from CES 2019.
Bring your retro music fix into the future with a Bluetooth Turntable.
Thermaltake have watercooled DDR4 memory.
FSP have watercooled PSUs.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-January-2019  15:29:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Corsair M65 RGB Elite mouse on Vortez.
Corsair Ironclaw RGB Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Corsair M65 RGB Elite Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair M65 RGB Elite Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Corsair Ironclaw RGB mouse on Vortez.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless mouse on Vortez.
Corsair MM350 Gaming Mouse Pad Extended XL Edition on FunkyKit.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless Mouse on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
RTX 2060 Linux Performance, Gaming To TensorFlow & Compute on Phoronix.
The HD 7970 vs. the GTX 680 – revisited after 7 years on BabelTechReviews.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Benchmarks - Incredible Performance On The Edge on Phoronix.

Audio Visual:
Teufel CAGE 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Elgato Cam Link 4K USB Capture Device on FunkyKit.

ADATA SX8200 Pro 512GB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
HONOR 10 Lite Smartphone on TechARP.
Lynktec Bolt Smart Car Mount and Qi Wireless Charger on BigBruin.
Windows Server 2019 Performance Benchmarked Against Linux On An Intel Xeon Server on Phoronix.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-January-2019  13:53:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have released the GeForce RTX 2060. If it's anything like the GTX 1060 it replaces, it'll be a pretty handy mid-range card without the eye-watering pricetag of its beefier siblings. Here's some reviews from around the web:

GeForce RTX 2060 Founders edition on Guru3D.
The RTX 2060 Review with 39 games on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Review: Nearly As Fast As GTX 1080 on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 Founders Edition on OCClub.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Review: Reasonably Priced Ray Tracing on HotHardware.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Tuesday Midday Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-January-2019  11:55:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless mouse on Guru3D.
Corsair M65 RGB Elite mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair MM350 Mouse Pad on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Ironclaw RGB mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair's Ironclaw RGB gaming mouse on TechReport.
Corsair M65 RGB ELITE game mouse on Guru3D.
CORSAIR M65 RGB Elite Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
CORSAIR HARPOON RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Corsair Ironclaw RGB FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ROCCAT Renga Boost headphones on Vortez.
MSI Immerse GH70 Gaming Headset reader review on OCInside.

CRYORIG R1 Ultimate Cooler for CPUs on FunkyKit.
SilentiumPC Fera 3 RGB CPU cooler on OCInside.

Power Supply:
Seasonic Focus SGX-650 PSU on Guru3D.
Seasonic FOCUS SGX-450 450W SFX-L on HardOCP.

ThunderX3 UC5 HEX RGB Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero Z390 Motherboard on HardOCP.
NZXT H500 Computer Case on APHNetworks.

Tuesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-January-2019  00:45:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's some new drone laws coming to Australia in mid 2019. Some of the existing rules for recreational drone users include not flying higher than 120 metres above the ground and keeping drones at least 5.5kms away from controlled aerodromes. However, from mid-2019 the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will introduce a national registration scheme for all recreational drones. “All new and existing drones need to be registered using an online process,” a CASA spokesman said. Discussion in this thread.

AMD launched some new mobile CPUs at CES. This year at CES, we have a series of announcements from AMD before the company's keynote presentation. Addressing the company's mobile offerings, AMD is launching the first parts of the Ryzen 3000-series of processors, focused around the Ryzen Mobile 2nd Gen family for both the general 15W market as well as the high-performance 35W market. On top of this, AMD is also making an announcement regarding how it will address graphics drivers for these platforms, and then some icing on the cake comes from AMD's venture into Chromebooks.

HardOCP have a video detailing their MSI X399 Creation Threadripper Build from start to finish. Building a new computer for yourself is always fun. We had the chance to do it ourselves recently, and we decided to document the entire process on video. We use the MSI MEG X399 Creation motherboard and the MSI RTX 2080 Sea Hawk as the backbone of our system along with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.

Tweaktown consider the best SSDs for Notebooks, with a focus on battery life. It's time to retire the Ideapad Y700 and MobileMark 2014 v. 1.5. That doesn't mean the Notebook Battery Life storage test will drop off the list in storage reviews. We're working with Lenovo to find a modern platform with a more efficient 8th Generation Core processor and dual 2.5" and M.2 capabilities. BAPCo also just announced the new MobileMark 2018 with updated applications to pair with our new hardware. Before we move to the new platform and test, we will look back at two years of data and show what the best SSD is for notebook battery life.

Slightly off-topic, but interesting, is news that JAX Tyres will offer free charging of electric vehicles Australia-wide soon. The public JAX Charging network will be made up of a combination of Charge-Amps AURA Dual Port AC 22KW EVSEs and Tritium DC Fast Chargers. The latter of which will be very useful for EV road trippers! To top it all off, charging will be “forever free”.

GamingNexus look back at 2018, with the most surprising games, games they kept playing and their favourite gaming memories of the year. My 2018 gaming consisted pretty much entirely of PUBG Mobile and Cookie Clicker. :)

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-January-2019  11:16:51 (GMT +10) - by booj

ADATA SX8200 Pro NVMe SSD on TweakTown.
Securedata Securedrive BT 2TB USB 3.0 Bluetooth Authenticated Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Team Group Delta S TUF Gaming RGB SSD on Vortez.
WD Black NVME SSD (1TB) on Guru3D.
Team Group MP32 PCIe SSD 512 GB on TechPowerUp.

SilentiumPC Fera 3 RGB on TechPowerUp.
Corsair H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
SilentiumPC Fera 3 RGB on OCInside.

Edifier W860NB Active Noise Cancelling Headphones on TechARP.
Thermaltake Shock Pro 7.1 RGB Gaming Headset on Funky Kit.

Alienware m15 Gaming Laptop on Hot Hardware.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 on Hot Hardware.

Input etc:
Patriot Viper V765 Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
Wooting One Analog Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard + Doubleshot PBT Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
Mad Catz R.A.T. 6+ Optical Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.

OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone on TechARP.
AK Racing Core Series LX chair on Vortez.
Patriot Viper RGB DDR4 3200 MHz Memory on Modders-inc.
NZXT H500i Case on ThinkComputers.

Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-January-2019  14:14:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope 2019 is treating you well so far. In exciting news, my sprained wrist has been upgraded to a fractured radius, so I'm off to get a cast put on it. Hooray! Thanks to mpot and Axe this week. :)

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-January-2019  10:48:35 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 motherboard on OCinside.
Intel Core i5-9600K on TechPowerUp.
MSI A320M Pro-VH Plus and AMD Athlon 200GE on OCinside.

Synology DS119j Single-Bay NAS on TweakTown.
OWC Thunderbay 6 RAID Enclosure on TweakTown.
Adata XPG SX8200 240GB M.2 SSD on Funky Kit.
iStorage diskAshur PRO2 512GB USB 3.1 PIN Authenticated Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Crucial P1 500GB M.2 Type 2280 SSD on Madshrimps.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 (w/SSD Upgrade) on TechPowerUp.
Dell G7 15 (7588) Gaming Laptop on TechARP.

Input etc:
Fnatic Gear Clutch 2 on TechPowerUp.
Gamdias Hermes M3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
Das Keyboard 5Q Cloud Connected RGB Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Neptune Elite RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.
ADATA XPG INFAREX K20 Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Corsair H115i RGB Platinum Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone on Hot Hardware.
AK Racing Masters Series Max chair on Vortez.
Linksys Velop AC4800 Mesh Router on TweakTown.


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