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
Thursday, 17-January-2019 16:09:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
EVGA NU Audio Review: Crisp, Clear, Sound For PC Enthusiasts on HotHardware.
EVGA NU Audio Sound Card Unboxing & Preview on TechPowerUp.
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.
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, 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
Tuesday, 15-January-2019 14:24:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
|CES 2019 Headlines
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
Thursday, 10-January-2019 15:29:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg
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 IRONCLAW RGB FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Corsair MM350 Gaming Mouse Pad Extended XL Edition on FunkyKit.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless Mouse on FunkyKit.
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.
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
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
Tuesday, 8-January-2019 11:55:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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