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December 2019
Retro Let's Play: Xenon 2 Megablast (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-December-2019  22:16:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Forums member Grant has posted a "Let's Play" guide for the game Xenon 2: Megablast, which is an absolute classic I remember from back in the Amiga days, with amazing graphics and music for the era. I didn't realise it also came out on other platforms. Anyway, the thread is quite a read:


click for the thread!



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-December-2019  22:00:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Athlon 3000G Linux Performance Benchmarks - The New $50 Processor on Phoronix.
ASRock TRX40 Creator Threadripper 3000 motherboard on Guru3D.

Storage:
LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 External Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Addlink S70 SSD Review: Speedy, Affordable NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
WD Red 14TB NAS Hard Drive on Tweaktown.
Icy Dock MB601VK-B and MB705M2P-B and ASRock U.2 enclosures on OCInside.
Silicon Power Bolt B75 Pro Portable SSD on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Black Shark 2 PRO phone on TechARP.
Dell XPS 13 (2019) Review: A Refined 6-Core Ultrabook on HotHardware.
Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DS10U3 on MadShrimps.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975) on TechARP.

Audio Visual:
Optoma GT1080HDR Short Throw Gaming Projector on Tweaktown.
Sennheiser GSP 670 headset on GamingNexus.
AIAIAI TMA-2 HD Modular Headphone on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
HyperX Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Hexgears Impulse Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM711 mouse on TechPowerUp.



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-December-2019  14:34:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, Axe and MadEngineer this week. Last one of the decade!









Wednesday Night (17 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-December-2019  21:29:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Two computing pioneers passed away recently. The first was Tony Brooker, who is credited with creating the first practical high-level computer programming language. Developing so many compilers would have overwhelmed the programming resources available, so Brooker, together with a colleague, Derrick Morris, invented the “compiler-compiler”. In this system the grammatical rules defining a programming language were used to automate the production of a compiler. The compiler-compiler was a milestone in the development of programming in the 1960s.

Next was Chuck Peddle, a pioneer of CPU design. He's best known as the lead designer for MOS Technology's 6502, a low-cost processor (just $25 in 1975) that found its way into first-wave home computers like the Apple II and Commodore PET. Variants of that core design found their way into influential consoles like the Atari 2600 and NES. If you have nostalgia for the days when 8-bit computers were cutting edge, you likely owe a debt of gratitude to Peddle.

An Australian overclocker has set a new world record. A liquid nitrogen-cooled AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor has just set a new overclocking world record in the wPrime benchmark, beating the previous title holder, the Intel Core i9-7920X. The feat was performed by Australian overclocker jordan.hyde99, who got the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X to reach speeds of 5,625 MHz to complete the tests in just 35 seconds and 517 milliseconds.

A new Citrix vulnerability will apparently particularly impact Australia. Australia is in the top five countries by number of companies that are potentially vulnerable to an attack, Positive Technologies said. The vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2019-19781 and “affects all supported versions of the product, and all supported platforms, including Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway 13.0, Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway 12.1, Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway 12.0, Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway 11.1, and also Citrix NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway 10.5.” “If that vulnerability is exploited, attackers obtain direct access to the company's local network from the internet,” Positive Technologies said in a statement. Merry Christmas, admins. :/

I thought I'd posted this earlier, but apparently not. Anyway, one Queenslander has been identified as the NBN's biggest downloader, snarfing down 26.8TB in one month. That's a whole lotta linux ISOs. The average Aussie is usually downloading around 258GB every month - which sounds pretty high, but when you add in all the streaming and gaming that one might do on top of using the internet for a computer, it's easy to see how quickly all that data adds up. But it seems like this Queenslander was just doing what Queenslanders do best. The Sunshine State has been recorded as having the biggest downloaders, with the average Queenslander racking up 274GB of data every month.

Meanwhile the PM has announced a crackdown on Facbook and Google in Australia. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has announced a crackdown on Google and Facebook, agreeing to new powers and funding for the consumer watchdog to monitor the digital giants. Responding to the the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s 18-month inquiry into the impact of Google, Facebook and other digital platforms on Australia’s media landscape, Morrison said the changes would “modernise” the regulations that apply online.

AMD recently released a major update to their Adrenalin graphics drivers, with coverage on TechPowerUp, BabelTechReviews, Guru3D, HotHardware and TechARP.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 22-December-2019  16:06:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
AZIO Retro Compact Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Dream Machines DM5 Blink Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Glorious Model O- mouse on TechPowerUp.
Glorious PC Gaming Race Model O Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Glorious Model O gaming mouse on Guru3D.
Logitech G PRO X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Memory:
G.SKILL TridentZ NEO DDR4-3600 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 32GB 3000MHZ CL15 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Cases:
XPG Invader on TechPowerUp.
Antec P120 Crystal on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
WD Red SA500 2TB NAS SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup Cardea Zero Z440 PCIe 4.0 NVMe on Guru3D.
WD SN550 Blue 1TB NVMe SSD on LanOC.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan 500 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Next-Gen Android Phone Benchmark Preview on HotHardware.
Arozzi Vernazza Soft Fabric Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries game on BabelTechReviews.
ASUS THOR 850W Platinum PSU on Tweaktown.



Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-December-2019  17:32:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock TRX40 Creator Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Athlon 3000G on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
Reolink E1 Pro WiFi Camera video review by OCClub.
Cougar Attila Gaming Earbud Headset on NeoSeeker.
CORSAIR HS60 Pro Stereo Gaming Headset With 7.1 Surround Sound on NikKTech.
Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
ANNKE 8-Channel 1TB DVR System video review by OCClub.
Sennheiser GSP 600 headset on GamingNexus.
Yeskamo Indoor 3MP PTZ WiFi Camera video review by OCClub.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT 8GB on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
GALAX GeForce RTX 2070 Super HOF 10th Anniversary Edition on Guru3D.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB vs. 8GB on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon RX 480 vs. RX 5500 XT Benchmarked on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Sharkhan APEX4 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Corsair H100i Pro All-In-One CPU Cooler video review by OCClub.
Sharkhan APEX 240 AIO AIO CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Silverstone PF360-ARGB AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
SilverStone PF360 ARGB AIO Watercooler on HWAsylum.
Reeven Justice II RC-1207 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.



Retro Misc Pics & Merry Christmas (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-December-2019  13:47:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm still resting and recovering from my mishap earlier this week, having had surgery on my finger yesterday, so it'll have to be Retro Misc Pics today. I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas as well. Hopefully we'll see some respite from the fires that have impacted so many of us over the last few weeks, and I wish you a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends.

So, here's some Retro Misc Pics from December 2009:

11th Dec 2009:





18th Dec 2009 (last one possibly NSFW):





29th Dec 2009:






Wednesday Afternoon (21 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-December-2019  16:01:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I managed to pretty much take the end off a finger at work yesterday - industrial fans are no joke, kids. So expect some one-handed, killing time in hospital waiting room news posts for the rest of the week. And probably a lot of typos..

Apple's new Mac Pro Tower is available, with the usual eye-watering price-tag. The new Mac Pro brings Apple back to the forefront of expensive, high-performance workstations for the first time in years. The company also began sales of its new Pro Display XDR, the company’s first high-end monitor in a long time. The Apple Mac Pro workstation are powered by Intel’s Xeon W processors, with options ranging from eight to 28 cores. Memory options similarly span a wide range, all the way from 32 GB to 1.5 TB of DDR4-2933 memory. Meanwhile the machine's storage, which all solid-state and backed by Apple's T2 controller, is available today from 256 GB to 4 TB, and Apple has already announced that an 8TB option is coming soon.

However there's good news on the repairability front from iFixit: We love that a good portion of the modules can be swapped without tools; we love the use of (mostly) standard screws and connectors; we love the step numbers and diagrams for certain repairs right on the device; and most of all, we love the free public repair manuals and videos.

Meanwhile AnandTech report on Intel's manufacturing roadmap for the next 10 years. One of the interesting disclosures here at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has been around new and upcoming process node technologies. Almost every session so far this week has covered 7nm, 5nm, and 3nm processes (as the industry calls them). What we didn’t expect to see disclosed was an extended roadmap of Intel’s upcoming manufacturing processes.

NASA have a very pointy aircraft to test low-impact supersonic transport. The X-59 is shaped to reduce the loudness of a sonic boom reaching the ground to that of a gentle thump, if it is heard at all. It will be flown above select U.S. communities to generate data from sensors and people on the ground in order to gauge public perception. That data will help regulators establish new rules to enable commercial supersonic air travel over land.

The Government is going to spend $9M to tell people that 5G is safe. The move, announced on Monday, comes amid broader government and industry concern that US-style conspiracy theories – which cover topics ranging from public health immunisation, water fluoridation and the electromagnetic radiation – are quickly taking root in some communities. The proliferation of community based opposition to the rollout of 5G, which is just starting to occur across Australia, is potentially a major headache for the government and telecommunications industry because of its potential disrupt infrastructure renewal and substantially increase costs.

For some Christmas-themed retro fun, try Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza, thanks Brains. From the very moment your bare feet scrunch the plush carpet in the restroom of your estranged wife's office, the game works hard to retell the story in-game as much as possible. This is both the game's greatest achievement and its biggest flaw. For those who've seen the film, it's a joy to participate in amped up versions of various scenes, complete with added enemies to bump up the FPS action quota. On the other hand, it limits the game's variety quite a bit. Most of the game takes place in grey corridors, often recognisable from the film, but boringly grey none-the-less.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-December-2019  14:31:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT on TechARP.
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT PULSE OC on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT on Vortez.
PowerColor RX 5500 XT Red Dragon 8G on LanOC.
PowerColor Red Dragon RX 5500 XT 8GB vs. Sapphire RX 5500 XT 4GB Pulse on BabelTechReviews.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Linux Performance on Phoronix.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT on HotHardware.
MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT GamingX 8GB on Guru3D.
ASUS Dual Radeon RX 5500 XT EVO 8GB on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Radeon 5500 XT Gaming 8GB on Guru3D.
PowerColor Radeon 5500 XT Red Dragon 8GB on Guru3D.
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB on Guru3D.
Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT 4GB Benchmarked with 46 games on BabelTechReviews.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT on Modders-Inc.
MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse 4 GB on TechPowerUp.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock TRX40 Taichi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR RACING X570GTA AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Dream Machines DM5 Blink on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Silicon Power P34A60 512GB NVMe m.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
iStorage datAshur PRO2 on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Hifiman Ananda-BT headphones on GamingNexus.
MSI Immerse GH30 headset on Vortez.
ABKONCORE B1000R Real 5.2 Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Furniture:
König & Meyer 26782 Screen/Monitor Stand on NikKTech.
Cougar Mars Gaming Desk on Funkykit.
Cougar Armor Pro Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries game on OCClub.
Fitbit Versa 2 Smart Fitness Watch on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG Spectrix D60G DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Silverstone Precision PS16 microATX case on OCInside.
Pichau Gaming Nidus 500 W Power Supply on TechPowerUp.



Go Outside, Look Up (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 14-December-2019  22:55:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently there's quite the meteor shower happening this weekend. Experts say the shower should be visible both early Saturday and Sunday mornings. Watchers should look to the northeast, and hope no cloud obscures their view.

Discussion in this thread.



Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-December-2019  12:16:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A mate asked me what I was getting up to next year, I said "I don't know, I don't have 2020 vision".. ahem. Friday again!









Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-December-2019  00:53:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Corsair iCUE QL120 RGB Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620M CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Input Etc:
Ultimate Hacking Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse on OCClub.
ROCCAT Kone Pure Ultra mouse on TechPowerUp.
Elgato Stream Deck on LanOC.
Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition Linear Optical Switch Keyboard on MadShrimps.
ADATA XPG Summoner Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston High Endurance 128GB Micro SDXC Card on NikKTech.
RAVPower Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
LaCie Rugged BOSS SSD 1TB on Tweaktown.
iStorage DatAshur PRO2 on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce GTX 1650 Super STRIX OC on TechPowerUp.
Zotac Gaming GTX 1650 Super on Guru3D.
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi X 8G OC+ on OCInside.

Cases:
Antec Performance Series P120 Crystal Mid-Tower on Modders-Inc.
Corsair Carbide 275R Tempered Glass Case on Modders-Inc.



Tuesday Evening (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-December-2019  18:58:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fast Company have an article about Intel's transformation in the age of AI. Moore’s Law also implied a promise that Intel would continue figuring out, year after year, how to deliver the expected gain in computing power in its chips. For most of its history, Intel fulfilled that promise by finding ways to wedge more transistors onto pieces of silicon, but it’s gotten harder. “We’re running out of gas in the chip factories,” says Moor Insights & Strategy principal analyst Patrick Moorhead. “It’s getting harder and harder to make these massive chips, and make them economically.”

However, Intel say that Moore's Law is still holding true. Since 1965, this technological growth estimate has brought us from large computing mainframes to sophisticated smartphones. Thus, the “death” of Moore’s Law has the potential to lead to the stagnation of technology itself, but Keller suggests that this perspective fails to acknowledge much of the complexity of Moore’s Law.

There's talk of a broadband tax in Australia, essentially punishing people for not moving from terrible old ADSL to terrible new NBN. Brilliant. I say this as someone who only moved over within the last year or so, had a 19-day outage because of the move and who sees barely any difference in experience now I'm on the NBN.

In fact, Australia continues to serve as an example of what not to do with broadband policy. Critics in the UK immediately referred to the NBN disaster in Australia and ridiculed the plan. However, the plan in the UK is rather different.

Meanwhile, the Government is looking into social media and its influence on Australian politics. A probe into the rampant spread of "fake news" fuelled by foreign actors on social media has been established after federal Labor won the support of the Morrison government on Thursday to set up an inquiry. The new Senate select committee will inquire into and report on the risk posed to Australia's democracy by foreign interference through sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WeChat.

Wired have an interesting article about PlayStation-based supercomputers. Dozens of PlayStation 3s sit in a refrigerated shipping container on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s campus, sucking up energy and investigating astrophysics. It’s a popular stop for tours trying to sell the school to prospective first-year students and their parents, and it’s one of the few living legacies of a weird science chapter in PlayStation’s history.

Back to Intel again, and their recent focus on Quantum Computing. Chipmaker Intel has announced a new chip codenamed “Horse Ridge", which is meant to make quantum computing commercially viable. The company claims the chip will allow companies to control multiple qubits and “set a clear path toward scaling future systems to larger qubit counts".



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-December-2019  23:41:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
300+ Benchmarks With AMD Threadripper 3960X vs. Intel Core i9 10980XE on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X Performance Analysis on TRX40 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR Racing X570GTA Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Athlon 3000G - that 49 USD processor with Vega3 GPU on Guru3D.
ASRock TRX40 Creator on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Black Shark 2 PRO smartphone on TechARP.
Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Whiskey Lake) Laptop on Tweaktown.

Memory:
HyperX Fury RGB DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Team Group T-Force Dark Z DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 2x8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Networking:
Arris SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi System on Tweaktown.
ASUS AX58BT Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 Dual Band PCIe Adapter on Tweaktown.

Software:
The Outer Worlds Review: Out of this World on Tweaktown.
Ski Jumping Pro VR Review on BabelTechReviews.
Offworld Trading Company on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless headset on TechPowerUp.
Logitech C922 Pro Stream HD Webcam on Tweaktown.
Creative Outlier Air Wireless Sweatproof In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.
Sennheiser GSP 300 headset on GamingNexus.
MSI Immerse GH30 Gaming Headset on OCClub.

Video Cards:
Zotac GTX 1650 SUPER Twin Fan on LanOC.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX 1660 SUPER Gaming OC 6G on LanOC.
Blender 2.81 Benchmarks On 19 NVIDIA Graphics Cards on Phoronix.

Cooling:
Corsair QL120 and QL140 RGB fans on Guru3D.
SilverStone Permafrost PF240-ARGB Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.
Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU Cooler video review by OCClub.
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 AIO cooler on Vortez.
ThermalTake Water 3.0 240 ARGB All In One CPU Cooling Solution on Modders-Inc.
CyberPowerPC Hydro-X Ultra on Vortez.

Storage:
Crucial X8 Portable NVMe SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Asustor Nimbustor 4 (AS5304T) 4-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Icy Dock MB830SP-B and MB882SP-1S-3B HDD converters on OCInside.
Sabrent Rocket 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Galax HOF Pro 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG Spectrix S40G RGB M.2 PCI-E Gen3x4 512GB SSD on FunkyKit.

Cases:
Corsair Crystal 680X Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Antec DA601 Dark Avenger on Modders-Inc.
Antec P120 Crystal Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Furniture:
Anda Seat E Series Gaming Chair video review by OCClub.
Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk on NikKTech.

Misc:
Solarity Technology ArrRGB DAC RGB Expander on TechPowerUp.
Razer Viper Ultimate mouse on TechPowerUp.
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 phone gimbal on HotHardware.



Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-December-2019  14:09:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dave and wifey this week!









Projects from ASIGN_Baz (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-December-2019  00:48:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a couple of cool projects from ASIGN_Baz. Firstly, a 3-foot replica of the Colonial Viper MkII from Battlestar Galactica:


click for the worklog!


Work continues on the full-scale model, but in the meantime his next project is building a Mech - from workshop scraps..


click for the worklog!

Great stuff!



Team Group Contest - Last Day! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-December-2019  00:46:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today's your last day to win an SSD or some RAM from TeamGroup and OCAU:


click for the thread!



Tuesday Evening (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-December-2019  18:12:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I always like to highlight unsung heroes of computing when I can - and here's a story about some Australian women who were pioneers in more than one way. In 1907 Prudence Valentine Williams became one of 72 Australian women tasked with cataloguing all of the stars in roughly one fifth of the night sky. Williams was just 15 years old when she was recruited to work at the Perth Observatory as a "star measurer" on an ambitious international project called the Astrographic Catalogue. The 72 women who worked on the catalogue in Australia were also among the very first women in the country to work in computing.

On the flip side, Telstra are so frustrated about 5G misinformation they have asked the Government to help. The parliamentary inquiry itself has been flooded with submissions calling for the government to step in ban the use of 5G over health and environmental concerns, with claims that the technology can cause everything from cancer to obesity. Although Australia has seen some small protests by anti-5G campaigners, local regulators including the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) have found no evidence of detrimental health impacts from 5G. Yeah, well, they WOULD say that, wouldn't they?! Wake up, sheeple!!11 Only kidding. Listen to actual scientists about this kind of stuff, not social media PhDs.

Meanwhile, in Russia, cows are chilling out in VR worlds. Russian cows have been given virtual reality headsets in a bid to boost milk yields by making the animals think they live in a permanently sunny pasture. The Moscow agriculture ministry, which announced the pilot project at a large dairy farm outside the capital, cited research that happy cows produce more milk, saying “the quantity, and sometimes the quality of milk increases markedly in a calm atmosphere.” Wow. No one can be told what The Milktrix is, you have to moo it for yourself.

Continuing the slightly downbeat tone of this news post, here's a bizarrely-formatted index of articles on the New York Times about The Internet not living up to its promise. Yes, your browser is meant to be doing that. I think.

TechSpot look back to see how far mid-range GPUs have come in only 3 years. Something we've been hearing a lot this year is that there's a lack of development and progress on the PC gaming/hardware front. In an effort to determine if that's true, we'll test 2016's prime $400 GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 against 2019's $400 GPU players, the RTX 2060 Super and RX 5700 XT and compare them in 37 games at 1080p and 1440p.

TechARP have some now-outdated Threadripper 3 preview info, but they open it with some interesting videos about those CPUs being used to make Terminator: Dark Fate. Believe it or not – the incredible VFX scenes in Terminator Dark Fate were rendered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors! Blur Studio just released two videos and details of how they leveraged the new Threadripper processors to deliver those visual effects! Is that the sixth Terminator movie? I don't think I've even seen the previous one yet. T1 and T2 are among my favourites though, and I'll even grudgingly allow T3.

As if we needed any more proof that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, the Apostrophe Protection Society have given up. We, and our many supporters worldwide, have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won! Thats a shame, they seem like a nice bunch of guy's.

Finally, this from metamorphosis: Arcane Dimensions is a massive (9hr) map pack for quake 1, and my build of it is an HD version including the ~3hr soundtrack I've been working on for a few years. It's available here now and the trailer's here. There's about 22 levels, each is its own 'dimension' with individual feels. New monsters, new weapons, new gameplay, etc. Free to download of course, though you'll need the full version of quake's .pak files from the id1 folder. Enjoy!



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-December-2019  23:00:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Windows 10 vs. Linux Performance On The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X on Phoronix.
Intel Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition on Vortez.
Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme -Threadripper 3000 motherboard on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X & 3970X Workstation Performance on TechGage.

Audio Visual:
Cougar Attila Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q monitor on Tweaktown.
Edifier W828NB ANC Bluetooth Headphones on TechARP.
Silicon Power Blast Plug BP81 TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
SHIELD TV – the Best Android TV Streamer for Gamers on BabelTechReviews.

Cases:
Lian Li Lancool II on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide 678C Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
NZXT H210i mITX on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Level 20 HT Snow on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P Black Edition on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Mechanical Keyboards MK Night Typist Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Endgame Gear XM1 gaming mouse on TechSpot.
Cooler Master MM711 RGB Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9i Chromax.black CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
SilverStone Permafrost PF240-ARGB AIO CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Furniture:
Autonomous Kinn Chair on ThinkComputers.
Cougar Armor Pro Gaming Chair on NeoSeeker.
Autonomous ErgoChair 2 Black Edition on Modders-Inc.

Storage:
Toshiba RC500 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD on Guru3D.
ADATA SE800 Ultra Fast USB 3.2 Gen2 USB-C Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA SC680 External SSD 480GB on FunkyKit.
Team Group T-Force Delta Max 1 TB SSD on Guru3D.

Misc:
Corsair iCUE LS100 Monitor Back Lighting Kit on Guru3D.
Corsair iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Kit on ThinkComputers.
D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor on BigBruin.
Piper Computer Kit STEM Learning Toy on BigBruin.
KeySmart Pro Smart Key Organizer With Location Tracking on BigBruin.
D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet on BigBruin.
FSP Dagger Pro 650W Gold SFX PSU on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER video card on TechGage.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-December-2019  23:51:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-10980XE Review: 18-Core Cascade Lake-X Battles AMD on HotHardware, OCAU review here.
Cascade Lake Effect: A Performance Look At Intel’s Core i9-10980XE on Techgage.
Core i9 10980XE processor (Intel 18-core galore) on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9 10980XE Linux Performance Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Intel Core i9 10980XE (Cascade Lake-X) Processor on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X on Vortez, OCAU review here.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X on Guru3D.
Third-Gen Threadripper Lands: AMD Threadripper 3970X & 3960X on TechSpot.
AMD Threadripper 3970X And 3960X Review: Multi-Threaded Domination on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X / 3960X Linux Benchmarks on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X (Zen 2) Processor on Tweaktown.
MSI Creator TRX40 motherboard on Guru3D.
Ryzen 9 3950X on Good and Bad B450 Motherboards on TechSpot.
AMD Athlon 3000G with Vega 3 Graphics on TechPowerUp.
ASRock X299 Taichi CLX on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X & Intel Core i9-10980XE Linux Performance on Techgage.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Phone II Review: A Mobile Gaming And Battery Life Beast on HotHardware.
Mobvoi TicWatch C2 Test and TicWatch E2 on OCInside.
Google Pixelbook Go Review: A Premium Chromebook Experience on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Cougar Havoc BT Wireless In-Ear Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Puro Sound Labs Pure Gamer Volume Limiting Headset on BigBruin.

Cases:
Thermaltake View 71 on Modders-Inc.
Corsair 275R Airflow video review by OCClub.

Video Cards:
Entry Level VR Wars: the RX 590 vs. the GTX 1660 Super & Ti with Vive Pro on BabelTechReviews.
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Review: Affordable Navi For Workstations on HotHardware.
Navi For Workstation: A Performance Review Of AMD’s Radeon Pro W5700 on TechGage.
RTX On Modern Warfare on LanOC.




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