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May 2020
Misc Pics (41 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-May-2020  18:39:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Whoops, a combination of technical and human errors delayed Misc Pics today. Anyway, thanks to metamorphosis, jpw007 and Tim this week - don't forget there's new OCAU Merch available now!

Wednesday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-May-2020  00:02:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some news catchup..

Linus Torvalds has apparently made the switch to AMD for his desktop PC. In fact, the biggest excitement this week for me was just that I upgraded my main machine, and for the first time in about 15 years, my desktop isn't Intel-based. No, I didn't switch to ARM yet, but I'm now rocking an AMD Threadripper 3970x. My 'allmodconfig' test builds are now three times faster than they used to be, which doesn't matter so much right now during the calming down period, but I will most definitely notice the upgrade during the next merge window.

Speaking of which, AMD have allayed some concerns about the longevity of AM4 motherboards, by confirming Zen 3 will work, on some of them. "AMD officially plans to support next-gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors, with the 'Zen 3' architecture, on AMD X570 and B550 motherboards. This will require a BIOS update. Specific details about this update will come at a later time, but we’re committed to keeping you up-to-date," AMD stated in a blog post. More on TomsHardware.

MicroProse, who apparently haven't released a game since 2002, have emerged from the undergrowth to re-master some classic games. MicroProse first got its start nearly four decades ago (1982 to be exact), and published many popular games over the years including the XCOM and Civilization franchises. One of my personal favorites, being a big aviation buff and an unabashed fan of the General Dynamics/Lockheed-Martin F-16, was Falcon 4.0.

In a strange COVID-influenced product launch, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang has brought a GPU architecture out of the oven. In a humorous video posted to NVIDIA’s official YouTube video, Jensen is just chilling in his kitchen – sans his iconic leather jacket – waiting for a delicious entrée to come out of the oven. But rather than a succulent turkey or a homemade lasagna, Jensen pulls out what looks to be a DGX A100, which “has been cooking for a while”. More about the platform here and here.

The controversial sale of the .org TLD may be blocked by a regulator. The announcement created a swift and powerful backlash. In its resolution formally rejecting the transaction, ICANN says it received its first letter opposing the deal just two days after it was announced. The group would eventually receive letters from at least 30 groups opposing the deal, as well as numerous negative comments during public hearings. Meanwhile, ICANN says, the deal has received "virtually no counterbalancing support except from the parties involved in the transaction and their advisors."

Here's an interesting timewaster, the Open Infrastructure Map showing all kinds of power lines and so on criss-crossing the world.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-May-2020  22:52:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z490 PG Velocita Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Intel Core i9-10900K Review - World's Fastest Gaming Processor on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i5-10600K vs. AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 7 3700X on TechSpot.
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Intel Core i7-10700K on TweakPC.
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Formula on Vortez.
Intel Core i7-10700K vs. Ryzen 7 3700X vs. Ryzen 9 3900X on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero on Guru3D.
MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY on Vortez.
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Review: Fastest Entry-Level Laptop CPU Ever on TechSpot.

Fractal Design Define 7 Dark Tempered Glass Case on APHNetworks.
Montech Fighter 400 on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
DURGOD Taurus K310 Nebula RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Mistel MD770 Barocco RGB Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Lexar SL100 Pro Portable SSD 500 GB on Guru3D.
Toshiba X300 8TB Desktop PC Hard Drive on MadShrimps.

Power Supply:
Chieftronic PowerPlay 1050 W on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone PP07E Power Supply Extension Cables on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell G5 15 SE: Testing AMD Radeon Vega 7 Integrated Graphics on HotHardware.
Dell G5 15 SE Laptop Review: All-AMD Gaming With SmartShift on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Philips PH805 Bluetooth Headset on Modders-Inc.
Aukey Eclipse Bluetooth speaker on OCInside.
1MORE Dual Driver ANC Pro Wireless Headphones on NikKTech.

DOOM Eternal Performance Analysis on OCClub.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Performance Analysis on OCClub.
Adobe Premiere Pro May 2020 AMD vs. NVIDIA GPU Encoding Performance on TechGage.

HTV9 live docking with ISS (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-May-2020  21:11:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MonoJoker pointed out that there's a live video of the HTV9 cargo ship docking with the International Space Station. It's happening right now, so check it out here on YouTube.

Outboard Watercooling by juzz86 (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-May-2020  21:24:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I mentioned this a few months ago but juzz86 has now completed his project to build a small PC with outboard watercooling. Pipes lead from the back of the unit to a large radiator hidden under the desk. It turned out really well:

Click for the worklog!

Misc Pics (60 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-May-2020  13:19:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again - thanks to mpot and Simon this week!

OCAU 20th Anniversary Mugs! (79 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-May-2020  00:32:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been quite a few years since we've had any OCAU merchandise, and people often ask about mugs in particular. I've been trying to get ones made up the same as before, but logistical hassles have always thwarted me. Sensing my frustration, Mrs Agg spent some time on RedBubble recently and came up with quite a few new OCAU merchandise ideas. Some people have quietly ordered some and they arrived quickly and seem to be good quality.

So, it's different to the earlier ones, but it's available right now - I present our official 20th Anniversary OCAU Mug:

Click for the product page!

If that doesn't grab your fancy, feel free to take a look at some other options (like this classic logo mug) on the official OCAU Merchandise page on RedBubble. If you spot any other RedBubble products you'd like to see an OCAU logo on, let me know!

UPDATE: Apparently if you use this link you get a $15 voucher for stickers and so do I, dunno why they didn't give me that link in the first place, but anyhoo..

Intel Core i9-10900K, i7-10700K, i5-10600K (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-May-2020  23:51:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have unveiled three new 10th Generation Core CPUs. These are, again, an iterative update of the 14nm Skylake process which debuted way back in 2015. There's more cores, higher speeds and a few extra features, but will all that win back market share from AMD? Here's a pile of reviews to find out:

Intel Core i9-10900K Review: Can It Beat Ryzen 9? on TechSpot.
Intel Core i9-10900K and i5-10600K on LanOC.
Intel Core i5-10600K CPU on Modders-Inc.
Core i5 10600K on Guru3D.
Core i9 10900K on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9-10900K & i5-10600K Review: More Cores, Higher Clocks on HotHardware.
10th Gen: Intel Core i9 10900K & Core i5 10600K CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i5 10600K + Core i9 10900K Linux Performance Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Intel Core i9-10900K CPU on Modders-Inc.
Intel Comet Lake Core i9-10900K, i7-10700K, i5-10600K on AnandTech.
Intel Core i9-10900K and Core i5-10600K on Vortez.
Intel Core i9-10900K Processor on ThinkComputers.

And here's some Z490-chipset motherboard reviews to go along with the new CPUs:

ASRock Z490 Taichi on Guru3D.
ASUS Maximus XII Hero WiFi Motherboard on HWAsylum.
MSI MEG Z490 ACE on Guru3D.
Z490 Aorus Master on Guru3D.
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi on LanOC.
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme (Z490) on Guru3D.
MSI MEG Z490I Unify on TechPowerUp.
MSI MEG Z490 Unify on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z490 Taichi on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z490 PG Velocita on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming on TechPowerUp.
SUPERO Pro Gaming C9Z490-PGW on FunkyKit.

Discussion continues in this thread in our Intel Hardware forum.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-May-2020  23:32:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon Pro W5500 Workstation Graphics Card on TechGage.
Red Dragon RX 5600 XT takes on the RTX 2060 FE on BabelTechReviews.

PNY Pro Elite 500GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power P34A80 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Synology DS220j 2-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Sharkoon Light² 200 mouse on TechPowerUp.
1STPLAYER DK 5.0 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro S3 Optical Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Alphacool Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPX on OCInside.
Cooler Master Sickleflow 120 Fan Review Round Up on FunkyKit.
SilverStone Air Penetrator AP120i PRO Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.

Quick Look: GateKeeper Halberd Wireless PC Security/Login Key on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Caliber X1 Gaming Chair on FunkyKit.
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX ARGB Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-May-2020  23:06:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I was saddened to learn that Atomic is going to go away next month, apparently for good. This wonderful place that has been so incredible for almost 20 years is soon to be making a final exit from the internet. June the 11th will be our last day together, here. That’s enough time to regroup in another place, if you want to do that. The closure is happening for several reasons, and I don’t think any will be a huge surprise to you all. As a brand, Atomic the magazine ceased publishing many years ago, and we stopped trying to make this a home-page-driven content site a long time before that after a few stop-start efforts that never took hold. I never sopent much time over there, but it's a shame to see any community lose its focus. All I can say is any Atomic refugees are more than welcome to come hang out on OCAU.

I can't remember where I found this, but it's a rackmount server made of Lego. Back in 2017 Silicon Mechanics reached out to me about creating a full size 2U rack server for them to display in their booth at the 2017 SC show (SuperComputing Conference). After some back and forth discussion we settled in on one of their 2U models based around a dual processor, 12 bay, Supermicro chassis. The goal was to build the entire chassis out of Lego, while having all the appropriate mounts for the hardware so that if desired the system could be powered up.

Boeing Australia has unveiled a military drone with AI. The drones will be able to engage in electronic warfare as well as intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions and swap quickly between those roles, according to Boeing. The aircraft delivered in Sydney on Tuesday is the first of three prototypes Boeing is producing. It's also the first aircraft "to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years," Boeing said in a statement.

Also in Australian tech news, there was a quantum breakthrough in Sydney last month. Most quantum computers being developed around the world will only work at fractions of a degree above absolute zero. That requires multi-million-dollar refrigeration and as soon as you plug them into conventional electronic circuits they’ll instantly overheat. But now researchers led by Professor Andrew Dzurak at UNSW Sydney have addressed this problem. “Our new results open a path from experimental devices to affordable quantum computers for real world business and government applications,” says Professor Dzurak.

Today's timewaster is the SpaceX ISS Simulator, thanks Teddybear. This simulator will familiarize you with the controls of the actual interface used by NASA Astronauts to manually pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the International Space Station.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 17-May-2020  23:45:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 4K HDR 240Hz PCIe Capture Card on Tweaktown.
Trendnet 2-Port 4K HDMI KVM TK-216i Switch on FunkyKit.
Google Pixel Buds 2 Review: A Triumphant Second Coming on HotHardware.

Kingston KC2500 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Hawk Security S-Drive video review by OCClub.
iStorage diskAshur PRO2 4TB USB 3.1 PIN Authenticated Portable SSD on NikKTech.
OWC Express 4M2 NVMe Thunderbolt 3 on Tweaktown.
HP P700 Portable SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Lexar NM610 M.2 NVME 500GB on LanOC.
Lexar NM610 500GB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.

be quiet! PURE ROCK 2 CPU cooler on Vortez.
NZXT Kraken Z73 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
EK-AIO 240 D-RGB All-in-One Watercooler on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ 8GB on NikKTech.
ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming D 8G OC on OCInside.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Advanced OC-V on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Dream Machines DM1 S2 Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
ROCCAT Kain 200 AIMO mouse on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Scope TKL Deluxe keyboard on Vortez.

Power Supply:
XPG Core Reactor 750W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
Chieftec Polaris Series 750 W on TechPowerUp.

HP V6 DDR4-3200 MHz CL16 2x8 GB on TechPowerUp.
G.Skill TridentZ NEO DDR4 3600 MHz 64GB (Ryzen Kit) on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
TCL 10 Pro And 10L Review: Sleek, Budget-Friendly Androids on HotHardware.
Cyberpower PC Infinity X66 GTX Super on Vortez.

Warzone is the biggest thing Activision has ever done on Tweaktown.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint game on OCClub.

The 2020 Autonomous L-Shaped Standing SmartDesk on BabelTechReviews.
Elgato Key Light Air desk light on Guru3D.
Computer Upgrade King Stratos Mini ITX case with PSU and cooler on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Folding@Home with OCAU against COVID-19 (5 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 16-May-2020  14:38:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have an idle GPU, you could help out with COVID-19 research by joining Folding@Home. I have started again after probably a decade off and boy do the GPUs help rack up the points now!

If you're keen, consider joining up under Team 24 for OCAU. You can get started by downloading the client, and there's a discussion thread here if you have any questions.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-May-2020  12:41:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A bit early this week - thanks to mpot and Axe!

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100 (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-May-2020  00:11:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD recently unveiled their Ryzen 3 3300X and 3100 CPUs. These are at the budget end of the market but they don't seem to exactly be skimping on performance. Here's some coverage from around the net:

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 Review on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X on LanOC.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU on Modders-Inc.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X And 3100 Review: Serious Quad-Core Value on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X processors - Quad Core Galore on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 + Ryzen 3 3300X Offering Great Budget Linux CPU Performance on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 & 3300X CPU on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 Review - Disrupting Price/Performance on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X Review - The Magic of One CCX on TechPowerUp.

Discussion continues in this thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

Tuesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 12-May-2020  23:54:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z490 Unify Preview on TechPowerUp.
MSI MEG Z490I Unify Preview on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z490 Taichi Preview on TechPowerUp.

iStorage cloudAshur Cloud Encryption Module on ThinkComputers.
Kingston Canvas Go! Plus 128GB & Canvas React Plus 128GB MicroSDXC memory cards on NiKKTech.
Lexar NM610 NVMe M.2. SSD on Guru3D.

Thermaltake S300 TG Snow Edition on OCInside.
SilverStone FARA R1 on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE Wireless Gaming Mouse FunkyKit.
Dream Machines DM4 Evo RGB Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro (14Gbps) on OCClub.
ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 6G OC on ThinkComputers.

DataLocker Sentry K300 8GB Encrypted Thumb Drive on Tweaktown.
Antec Signature 1000W Platinum Power Supply on FunkyKit.
Oculus Quest – VR done right on Bjorn3D.

Retro Extreme! (39 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 9-May-2020  20:51:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Is it possible to be retro and extreme at the same time? I think so, but first, I have something of a confession to make:

click for the article!

Saturday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 9-May-2020  20:42:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EK-AIO 360 D-RGB All-in-One Watercooler on TechPowerUp.
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 Rev. 2 on OCInside.

Colorful CN600 512GB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Patriot P300 512GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
TerraMaster D2/TD2 Thunderbolt 3 RAID DAS on NikKTech.
CalDigit AV Pro 2 (2TB SSD) Expandable Pro Storage on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup PD1000 Portable SSD on Guru3D.

NZXT H1 ITX case with cooler on TechPowerUp.
InWin 309 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Oppo Find X2 Pro Review: Powerful, Super-Premium, Pricey on HotHardware.
Intel NUC 9 Pro Quartz Canyon Workstation on TechGage.
iPhone SE 2020 Review: Apple's Latest Value Play Impresses on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT (GDDR6 14Gbps) THICC II Pro on Guru3D.
PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5600XT on MadShrimps.
ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT STRIX 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NeoSeeker.
HyperX and Ducky One2 Mini RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
XPG Precog headset on TechPowerUp.
Fnatic REACT Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
LG 27GN750 Review: 240Hz Refresh, "1ms" IPS monitor on TechSpot.
Philips TAST702BK ActionFit Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds on FunkyKit.

SilverStone PP07E Braided Extension Cables on HWAsylum.
Aerocool DUKE AeroSuede Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
Crucial Ballistix Gaming Memory DDR4-3200 MHz CL16 4x16 GB on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-May-2020  13:50:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Don't forget your Mum on Sunday!

Computer Alliance Celebrates 20 Years! (23 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-May-2020  22:34:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month, Computer Alliance are celebrating their 20th Anniversary! Computer Alliance were OCAU's first Major Sponsor, way back in July 2001. They have stuck with us ever since, as both organisations have grown and weathered various storms as the years have gone by. We truly owe them a great debt of gratitude for their support of OCAU and the community over the years. Congratulations on your anniversary, and here's to many more!

Wednesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-May-2020  00:13:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

IntelInside spotted that Telstra just quietly rolled out SMS over WiFi. Over the past week we have been hearing about issues that some rural Australians are having installing the COVIDSafe app. This is because Telstra, unlike Vodafone and Optus, didn't have SMS over Wifi, which prevented 2FA texts from being received by people who don't have mobile phone reception. I had no idea this was even a thing. Currently to get a text I have to walk around my front garden holding my phone over my head like an idiot.

Intel recently announced some 10th Gen Core CPUs and Z490 motherboards. Intel is officially taking the wraps off of its 10th Generation Core S-Series processors, spearheaded by the new flagship 10-core / 20-thread Core i9-10900K. Although this new line-up continues to leverage Intel’s 14nm process node – the 10th Generation Core S-Series processors are not next-generation, 10nm parts based on a new microarchitecture – Intel has tweaked, tuned, and modified quite a number of things to produce an extensive family of processors that target a wide array of price points and use cases.

There's more preview info around, with a Biostar Z490GTA Racing motherboard unboxing on FunkyKit, an ASRock Z490 PG Velocita preview on TechPowerUp and the ASUS Z490 Comet Lake LGA1200 Motherboard Launch on HWAsylum. With every new processor release there is often a need to tweak the subsystem to get the most from it and with CPUs that often translates into increased pin counts, enhanced memory support and motherboard refinements. On May 27th Intel will be launching the new LGA 1200 Comet Lake processors and Z490 chipset and with it comes a new set of ASUS motherboards.

Meanwhile AMD are kicking goals in the budget mobile arena. The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U arrives at a key moment for laptop CPUs. After AMD launched its 7nm Ryzen 4000 CPU family at CES and dealt a first, crushing blow with the Ryzen 9 4900HS chip in high-end notebook PCs, the company has its eyes on the real prize: U-class laptops. Yes, those sub-three-pound slivers (known in a past life as Ultrabooks) everyone casually carries into meetings or lays on the table in a cafe. The vast majority of laptops today fit into this category.

OCClub listed their Top 5 PC Cases for 2020. Topping the list is the Conquer 2 from Cougar Gaming. This is certainly a case design that makes you wonder what you are looking at. While its weird angles and over-the-top stage presence may not be for everyone, the Conquer 2 shakes things up a bit and appeals to those who want a departure from the ho-hum of rectangular computer cases. TechSpot had the same idea and listed their best cases as well.

USB4 is looking like the king of all ports. As you might already know, USB4 continues the use of the USB Type-C connector that we've already grown accustomed to with current Thunderbolt 3 accessories and is featured on the bottom of nearly every new Android smartphone that has been announced over the past few years. Alt Mode 2.0 allows the USB-C connector to shuttle DisplayPort video data -- along 4 lanes -- at 80Gbps downstream. Previously, USB4 data speeds were capped at 40Gbps for upstream/downstream, but Alt Mode 2.0 combines them into a single, supercharged unidirectional connection.

Voltcave have a pretty neat interactive PC building guide, which seems to be quite well put together. The guide is designed to make it as painless as possible for anyone to build a PC from scratch, or to help anyone upgrade individual components. It features an interactive image showing the inside of a desktop computer. You can hover and click on each of the parts to open an overlay that contains a short video showing how to install the item along with rapid-fire bullet points on what to keep in mind throughout the process.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-May-2020  23:52:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS STRIX GTX 1650 Super on Guru3D.
ASUS STRIX RTX 2080 Ti White Edition on Bjorn3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-10750H vs i7-9750H on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E Gaming Preview on TechPowerUp.

Lexar NM610 M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Silicon Power P34A60 PCIe 3x4 M.2 2280 1TB SSD on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Moto Edge+ Review: Gorgeous But Living On The Edge (Of 5G) on HotHardware.
OnePlus 8 Pro And OnePlus 8 Review: Disruptive 5G Flagships on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Tronsmart Onyx Ace True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on FunkyKit.
HyperX Cloud Flight S Wireless Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ Curved Gaming Monitor on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MH630 gaming headset on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG STRIX GO 2.4 Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ: 4K 144Hz DSC Gaming Monitor on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC headset on Tweaktown.
HyperX Cloud Flight S Wireless Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.

Patriot Viper VPR100 RGB 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Sabrent Rocket NVMe 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Lexar NM610 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
WD Red SA500 M.2 1TB NAS SSD on Guru3D.
TeamGroup T-Force Cardea Liquid 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.

Zalman CNPS20X Review - The Noctua Killer? CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
XPG Levante 240 Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.
Bitspower Njord Dual Fin dRGB Fan on TechPowerUp.

COUGAR MARS Gaming Desk on NeoSeeker.
E-WIN 2.0 Edition RGB Gaming Desk video review by OCClub.

NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Case on ThinkComputers.
NZXT H710i on APHNetworks.
Aerocool Aero One Eclipse Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Streacom DA2 Review - What a Beautiful SFF Case on TechPowerUp.

ASUS RT-AX89X AX6000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.
Corsair MM500 3XL mouse pad on Guru3D.

Monday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-May-2020  00:54:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

May the Fourth be with you!

I hope the COVID dramas aren't affecting you too badly. Long-standing friend of OCAU John Selby has been interviewed regarding the COVIDSafe app, from about 1:19 in this video. Discussion of the app continues in this thread, and general COVID discussion is here.

Victorian Police have charged five men with offences related to esports match-fixing. Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson told 7.30 last September police believed as much as $30,000 had been won betting on the fixed matches. Esports is considered the fastest growing sport in the world, and the Australian investigation sent reverberations throughout the industry, despite it allegedly involving little-known teams and players. The investigation started in March last year. It centred on a team playing hugely popular first-person shooter game Counter Strike: Global Offensive in the ESEA-Mountain Dew League.

Microsoft have announced the recommended specs for Flight Simulator 2020, and they're pretty beefy if you want the full experience. For those that want the best possible experience in Fight Simulator 2020, you'll need at least a Ryzen 7 2700X (Core i7-9800X) hooked up with a Radeon VII (GeForce RTX 2080). That spec also calls for a hefty 32GB of system memory, and a 150GB SSD.

Get your retro fix from this Vice article about a computer shop abandoned since the 2000s. They had names like PC STORE, Computer King, and Computer Factory Outlet. The last is the name of an abandoned store rotting away in a lonely strip mall in Norman, Oklahoma. Closed for a decade, Computer Factory Outlet is locked tight and somehow still full of merchandise. It's like a time capsule of the early 2000s personal computer industry. Dell and Gateway boxes press against the glass, turning yellow in the sun. Beige PC towers loom in ramshackle piles. PC copies of the Tiger Woods 99 video game gather dust on the shelves. It looks disturbingly like the AggCave.

I'm a bit late reporting this, but Henry sent this in: Not sure if you already know about it, but DreamLab is an app for phones that basically does a similar thing as folding@home, normally focused on cancer research. We released a Covid19 project this afternoon in partnership with Imperial College London. Not as fun as folding/BOINC since we don’t have leaderboards or teams, but hopefully soon! Press release here.

OCAU Retro Racing May 2020 - V8 Challenge (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 3-May-2020  01:20:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's OCAU Retro Racing game is "V8 Challenge", released in 2002 for Windows. Join the OCAU Retro Driving Club in a different retro driving game each month and see who can lay down the fastest lap!

Click for the thread!

Misc Pics (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-May-2020  13:42:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!


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