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January 2020
Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-January-2020  14:14:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-January-2020  19:52:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS RX 5600 XT EVO OC New vBIOS Updated Results with 50 games on BabelTechReviews.
SAPPHIRE Radeon PULSE RX 5600 XT on TechARP.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 'Review': The Most Troubled Launch Ever? on Tweaktown.
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro Boost on Modders-Inc.
MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X & Gaming Z on TechPowerUp.
PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT Red Dragon on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 Super on Modders-Inc.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super WindForce OC on TechPowerUp.

Plextor M9P Plus 512GB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba Performance X300 14TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4TB PCIe Gen3.0 x4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
The Watercooled 512GB CARDEA Liquid M.2 PCIe SSD on BabelTechReviews.
GALAX HOF Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 on Guru3D.
Western Digital Blue SN550 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3.0x 4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power P34A60 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKtech.

Bitspower CPU Block Summit M with OLED on TechPowerUp.
NZXT Kraken X53 240mm Liquid Cooler with RGB CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cougar Gaming Aqua 280 and Helor 360 All-In-One CPU Coolers video review by OCClub.

Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 25-January-2020  22:37:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

QNAP TBS-453DX-8G M.2 SSD NASbook on NikKTech.
Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe SSD 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
TerraMaster F5-422 Five-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Scythe Kaze Flex 120 RGB PWM Fan on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
HiFiMAN ANANDA-BT headphones on TechPowerUp.
Razer Ripsaw HD Review: Streaming and Gameplay Capture Made Easy on Tweaktown.
Tronsmart Spunky Beat True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds on FunkyKit.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER AMP on video card FunkyKit.
HP Omen 17 Laptop on HotHardware.
Be Quiet! Pure Base 500 Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
EVGA Z10 RGB Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-January-2020  12:50:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Happy Birthday to meeeee.. and thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Just a small batch this week, but here's a flash timewaster to make up for it: the ScoMo Simulator.

Wednesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-January-2020  23:55:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Reeven Justice II CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Bitspower Premium Summit M CPU Block on TechPowerUp.
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 liquid cooler on Guru3D.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT on Video Cards.
Radeon RX 5600 XT, Featuring the XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro on Bjorn3D.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 Super OC on NikKTech.
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT OC on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC on Guru3D.
ASUS STRIX Radeon RX 5600 XT TOP on Guru3D.
ASRock RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming OC on LanOC.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Review: A Top Notch 1080p Gaming GPU on HotHardware.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Linux Gaming Performance on Phoronix.
ASUS RX 5600 XT EVO OC versus the GTX 1660 Ti Benchmarked with 50 games on BabelTechReviews.
ASUS Radeon RX 5600 XT STRIX OC on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse on TechPowerUp.
MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X on ThinkComputers.
MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming Z on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
AORUS CV27Q 165Hz Gaming Monitor on ThinkComputers.
Sennheiser GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
SimCam AI Home WiFi Camera video review by OCClub.
XPG Precog Gaming Headset on Modders-Inc.
Razer Kraken Ultimate Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Sennheiser GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset on Vortez.

Input Etc:
1STPLAYER Fire Dancing K8 Keyboard/Mouse Set on APHNetworks.
Dream Machines DM4 EVO Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Glorious Model D keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
PassMark Inline PSU Tester on TechPowerUp.
Zendure SuperTank 27.000mAh External Battery on NikKTech.

SAMSUNG T7 Touch external SSD on Vortez.
SanDisk iXpand flash drive on Vortez.

Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Ryzen 9 3950X vs. Core i9 9900KS In Nearly 150 Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) on Bjorn3D.
TEAM T-Force DARK Z Alpha DDR4-4000 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Montech Air 900 ARGB case on TechPowerUp.
Microsoft Surface Pro X And Pro 7 tablets on HotHardware.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-January-2020  00:08:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 Challenger D 8G OC on OCInside.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO on TechPowerUp.
RTX 2060 versus the RX Vega 56 – revisited after 1 year with 60+ games on BabelTechReviews.
MSI RX 5500 XT Gaming X 8GB on LanOC.

Deep Cool MACUBE 310P on TechPowerUp.
Cougar DarkBlader-S RGB Full Tower on FunkyKit.
XPG Invader Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Zalman Z7 Neo mid-tower on OCInside.
SilverStone FARA B1 on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master MasterCase H100 Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.

ADATA XPG GAMMIX S50 1TB PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 SSD on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper VPR100 1TB SSD on LanOC.
Team Group Delta Max RGB SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Buffalo TeraStation 6400 Four-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
Team Group MP33 NVMe 512 GB SSD on Guru3D.

Misc Pics (32 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-January-2020  14:28:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Zee for a few this week!

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-January-2020  00:10:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on in there is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

DSTM (Dougie) has a slick
2-in-1 watercooled PC setup

Duality92 has a bling Aorus
Threadripper build

windwithme reviewed the
Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED

juzz86 meanwhile built an
external radiator system

WuZMoT has a Virtua Cop
Clone Arcade Cabinet

and mAJORD put together a
Slot A Athlon retro PC

Thursday Morning (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-January-2020  00:04:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I haven't posted much news from CES because there didn't really seem to be anything amazing to report on. There's a few roundup articles, including HotHardware's 12 Best of CES, Tweaktown's Best of CES Awards and The Verge's 8 Big Takeaways from CES.

PCGamer reckon the SSD was the best thing to happen to PCs in the last decade, and it's hard to disagree. SSDs have gotten faster and better, but their changing price is ultimately what made them one of the biggest developments of the decade. An SSD drastically improves every aspect of computing. Boot times, system responsiveness, file transfers, and game loads are all much better with an SSD compared to a hard drive, and they're now the default. Even the next-gen consoles are going to launch with SSDs.

The EU is working towards a legal requirement of a common charger for all mobile phones, thanmks Dion. I have to say, being able to charge my Thinkpad from any manner of USB-C PD charger, including a little one in my car, is very cool. The Commission's approach of “encouraging” industry to develop common chargers fell short of the co-legislators’ objectives. The voluntary agreements between different industry players have not yielded the desired results. A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist.

Australia is pirating media less, apparently. Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, welcomed the significant decrease in the consumption of pirated content and said it was in part due to the rising popularity of subscription entertainment services – such as Netflix, Spotify, Stan and Disney+ – and the rollout of ubiquitous high-speed broadband via the National Broadband Network.

Thanks to The Sizzle, here's a guide to making your own air quality monitor with a Raspberry Pi. We picked the SDS011 sensor for our project (see ‘Picking a sensor’ below for details on why). This sends output via a binary data format on a serial port. You can read this serial connection directly if you’re using a controller with a UART, but the sensors also usually come with a USB-to-serial connector, allowing you to plug it into any modern computer and read the data.

Microsoft Edge will turn into a Chrome-powered version soon.. does anyone use Edge? A few people have recommended Vivaldi as a good alternate browser. Also, this reminds me that my Windows 7 Pro PC displayed a big message about being EOL now. I really must try the W10 upgrade again sometime..

Music from metamorphosis (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-January-2020  23:37:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Matt, a long-standing member of the forums under the handle "metamorphosis", is organising some bushfire assistance in an interesting way:

I'm putting all album sales in January toward the preservation and restoration of wildlife in Aus following and during the fires this summer.

Specifically I'm sending money to these two charities - the first supplies food and medical support to injured animals who've survived the fires, and the second is intended to restore habitat once the fires stop:

Also I'm going to be matching all albums sales with my own donations, dollar-for-dollar with a max of $200. over 500 million animals have died in the fires this year, mostly native species.

Here's the albums:
xolve.bandcamp.com (game soundtracks and electronica)
onefatalpunch.bandcamp.com/album/songs-to-go-to-sleep-to (progressive industrial metal)
thelorax.bandcamp.com (progressive acoustic)

If you could feature it on the news, help get the word out, that'd be great.
At the end of the month, a screenshot of the donated money will be posted on the forums.

Meanwhile, our bushfire discussion thread continues here.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-January-2020  23:25:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
QPAD QH-92 Pro Gaming Premium Headset on Vortez.
Antlion Audio Mod Mic USB on LanOC.

Deepcool Castle 240EX AIO cooler on OCInside.
CORSAIR iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT AIO cooler on Vortez.
EK-Momentum MSI Z390 MEG Ace Monoblock on TechPowerUp.

Kingston KC600 1TB SATAIII SSD Upgrade Kit on FunkyKit.
Crucial X8 1TB USB 3.2 External SSD on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR M700 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
T-FORCE DELTA MAX Review – a completely RGB maxed-out SSD on BabelTechReviews.
ASUSTOR Lockerstor 8 Eight-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Mobile C10 Type C USB 3.1 Gen1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
ADATA SE800 1TB Portable SSD on Guru3D.
Plextor M9P+ 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 HHHL AIC RGB SSD on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
HyperX PulseFire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Glorious PC Gaming Race Model O Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Endgame Gear XM1 White mouse on TechPowerUp.
Real Leather Mousepad Comparison on NikKTech.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT mechanical keyboard on LanOC.

Homematic Shutter Actuator on FunkyHome.
SANSI 70W LED Grow Light Video Review on APHNetworks.
OnePlus 7t smartphone on LanOC.
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super JetStream video card on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-January-2020  13:30:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Simon this week!

Thursday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-January-2020  00:35:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a lot of info flying around about the bushfires - BuzzFeed tried to clear up what's true and what isn't. Many Australians are finding out information about the bushfires through social media networks, but some accounts are spreading information that is false, misleading or unverified. Our big bushfire thread is here, btw.

One thing I found very useful when things were getting a bit hairy on the weekend was Scanner Radio (for Android, but there's an Apple one here). That let me listen in on the local fire teams for a really up-to-date picture of where the fires were and what was going on.

Vice have an in-depth article looking back at the 2010s as the decade we learned there's no privacy online. The last decade has seen no limit of scandals highlighting how personal privacy in the internet era doesn’t actually exist. Whether we’re talking about wireless carriers selling your daily location data to any nitwit with a nickel, or incompetent executives leaving consumer data openly exposed on the Amazon cloud, calling the last decade ugly would be an understatement.

AMD recently broke its all-time stock price record. AMD has hovered around its previous peak for several days, but a re-iteration of a buy rating from Nomura today, citing "gains from new products and increased ASPs, revenue growth, and operating leverage," helped push AMD over the top.

Intel meanwhile have published a patent for multi-chip super-dies. As dies get smaller, and more efficient, the interconnects that run between them must improve dramatically, too. Intel posits that fabricating such interconnects with organic substrate material is inherently fraught with danger, hence why alternatives such as silicon interposers and silicon bridges have been proposed.

NSW and VIC just jumped 1.8M NE. On January 1, the Victorian and NSW governments updated the coordinates of every road, property and geographical feature in their states, essentially moving the south-eastern seaboard 1.8 metres north-east overnight. Official government road maps and property boundaries will now line up perfectly with GPS location data. More interesting is why: The coordinate shift is part of a wider project: super-accurate GPS. The federal government has invested $225 million to upgrade Australia's GPS accuracy to a resolution of just 10 centimetres.

There's quite a nice retro video here from Marques Brownlee about the Sega Genesis, but also covering the history (and philosphy?) of the various consoles of the era. In 1988, Sega took Nintendo by storm and released the Sega Genesis. The conflict between the two companies created a video game console war for the ages. I learn about the cultural impact the Genesis had from comedian Hannibal Burress and play Mortal Combat for the first time against Mari Takahashi from Smosh Games.

Whiplash back to the future, with news that a CGI pop star will play at Coachella. Since then, Hatsune Miku has become an international sensation: there’s merch, there’s a plethora of songs and there are international concerts. A video game, 2009's Project Diva, also helped push her onto the international stage. Miku not only tours the world, but she’s also collaborated with Pharrell, Lady Gaga and appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman.

If your new years resolution was to learn some new tech skills, here's a bunch of free courses online. I’ve compiled this list of 620+ such free online courses that you can start this month. For this, I leveraged Class Central’s database of over 15,000 online courses. I’ve also included each course’s average rating.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-January-2020  23:35:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Ryzen 5 3600 vs. R5 2600: GPU Scaling Benchmark Test on TechSpot.
ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII HERO Wi-Fi on OCClub.

Enermax LIQMAX III ARGB 360 AIO on TechPowerUp.
Corsair H100i RGB Pro XT on Guru3D, thanks Dion.
Enermax Liqmax III 240 RGB on OCInside.
Corsair H100i RGB Pro XT liquid cooler on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR K95 RGB Platinum XT on Vortez.
Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT keyboard on Guru3D.
CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
CORSAIR K95 RGB Platinum XT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 Super video card on NikKTech.
G.SKILL Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 MHz CL16 2x8 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR T3 RUSH Gaming Chair on Vortez.
SilverStone Lucid LD01 Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.

Monday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-January-2020  23:43:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Fnatic Gear miniSTREAK Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM711 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Apex 7 & Apex Pro keyboards on Vortez.
Cougar Surpassion RX Wireless Optical Mouse on NeoSeeker.

NZXT H510i Phantom Gaming on OCInside.
MAINGEAR Vybe Mid-Tower Chassis with APEX ICS on Tweaktown.

Corsair T3 Rush Gaming Chair on GamingNexus.
Secretlab TITAN XL 2020: The Business Class Gaming Chair on Tweaktown.

FSP FlexGURU 300W Flex ATX Power Supply on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X on Vortez.
EVGA NU Audio Pro 7.1 Premium Sound Card on NikKTech.
Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 5700 XT 8G on Guru3D.

Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-January-2020  14:14:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sounds like it's going to be another tough weekend with the fires. Stay safe everyone!

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-January-2020  21:47:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cougar Aqua 240 AIO CPU Cooler on Cougar Aqua 240 AIO CPU Cooler.
Elgato Stream Deck Review: Make Your Desk Both Smart and Sleek on Tweaktown.
SilverStone PF240-ARGB Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
CORSAIR Hydro X Series XR5 360 Radiator on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR Hydro X Series XR7 360 Radiator on TechPowerUp.

Montech Air 900 Mesh on TechPowerUp.
Cougar DarkBlader-G Case video review on OCClub.
Corsair Obsidian Series 500D on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master Silencio S400 uATX Chassis on OCInside.
SilentiumPC Signum SG1X TG RGB on OCInside.
FSP CMT350 Computer Case on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Endgame MX1 gaming mouse on Guru3D.
HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud Alpha S headset on TechPowerUp.
paplio Dash Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless Sweatproof Super X-Fi In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.
Periodic Audio C (Carbon) In Ear Monitors on NikKTech.
Elgato Stream Deck Mini Review: The Pocket-Sized Stream Companion on Tweaktown.
Sound Blaster X3 External USB DAC on HWAsylum.
TRENDnet TV-IP328PI Indoor/Outdoor 4MP H.265 PoE IR Bullet Network Camera on NikKTech.

Blender And V-Ray CPU Rendering: Linux vs. Windows on TechGage.
Exploring GPU Photogrammetry Performance With RealityCapture on TechGage.
Iron Man Dance Hero Review : Cute + Loud! toy on TechARP.
Winter Fury: The Longest Road VR Tank Game wave shooter on BabelTechReviews.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING OC 6G Video Card on FunkyKit.

Jurassic World Themed PC (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-January-2020  13:56:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's an amazing build log and finished project from Zenator - a PC built around the theme of Jurassic World:

click for the worklog thread!


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