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November 2020
Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-November-2020  00:27:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Deepcool AS500 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO 2 CPU cooler on Modders-Inc.
CORSAIR iCUE H115i ELITE CAPELLIX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Storage:
WD_Black AN1500 1TB nVME RAID add-in card on LanOC.
Teamgroup MP33 PRO NVMe M2 SSD on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
Corsair iCUE NEXUS Companion Touch Screen on Tweaktown.
Corsair HS70 Bluetooth Headset on NeoSeeker.
EasySMX V07W 2.4G Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Quick Look: Zhiyun Crane 2S Gimbal on TechPowerUp.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.

Memory:
G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 64GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power 32GB DDR4-3200 SODIMM Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Misc:
Cougar Argo Ergonomic Gaming Chair on NeoSeeker.
TP-Link Archer AX6000 Wireless Router on APHNetworks.
ROCCAT Burst Pro mouse on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Z11 mini ITX chassis on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR Racing B550GTQ motherboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master V750 Gold-V2 White Edition PSU on FunkyKit.
Xbox Series X Review: Microsoft’s Hybrid Console HTPC Rocks on HotHardware.



Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-November-2020  12:59:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again - thanks to mpot and Simon this week!









Friday Lunchtime Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-November-2020  12:59:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 6800 XT STRIX OC Liquid Cooled on Guru3D.
SUS Radeon RX 6800 XT STRIX OC Liquid Cooled on TechPowerUp.
XFX MERC 319 RX 6800 XT on TechPowerUp.
XFX RX 6800 XT MERC 319 on OCClub.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT NITRO+ on Guru3D.
XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Speedster MERC 319 on Guru3D.
PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT Nitro+ on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X on Modders-Inc.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (Founders Edition) on ThinkComputers.

Cases:
Cougar DarkBlader X5 RGB Mid-Tower on FunkyKit.
Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable on NikKTech.

Storage:
XPG SPECTRIX S40G RGB 1TB NVMe SSD on NeoSeeker.
QNAP QGD-1602P 2-Bay NAS and POE Switch on TechPowerUp.
Corsair MP400 4TB (QLC) NVMe M2 SSD on Guru3D.
Team Group Vulcan G 1 TB SSD on TechPowerUp.
WD Black SN850 2TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 870 QVO Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.



Monday Morning (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-November-2020  00:17:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Courtesy of the TLDR newsletter I found this article about Forums in the age of Facebook, which was an interesting read. I can say that, for whatever reason, the OCAU Forums have been busier this year than they have been for a while - possibly due to COVID restrictions, I guess. In any case, my brain jives best with the order and structure of well-moderated message boards. They'll still be around for a long time to some degree, because many folks like me still prefer them to social platforms. They're simply the best spaces for niche discussion groups that blossom into fully-formed communities.

Another newsletter I enjoy (with an Australian bent) is TheSizzle - on that one I heard about the Aricebo telescope being dismantled due to damage making it at risk of collapse. The Arecibo telescope has been widely used by astrophysicists as well as atmospheric and planetary scientists since the early 1960s. For many years it was the main instrument involved in listening for messages from extraterrestrial civilizations, and its striking looks won it a supporting role in feature films. Discussion here.

There's a slightly mind-bending giant chip from Cerebras. Cerebras Systems and the federal Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory today announced that the company’s CS-1 system is more than 10,000 times faster than a graphics processing unit (GPU). On a practical level, this means AI neural networks that previously took months to train can now train in minutes on the Cerebras system.

Apple have reached a settlement in the USA over the issue of iPhone throttling. Once Apple was caught red-handed, it apologized, issued the iOS 10.2.1 update with Battery Health functionality, and started offering battery replacements on its iPhones for a low $29. Unfortunately for Apple, that wasn't the end of the matter. Over the summer a number of states -- spearheaded by Arizona -- decided to action against Apple for anti-consumer practices related to slowing down iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and iPhone SE devices. Rather than go forward with litigation, all parties -- which had grown to include a total of 33 states -- has come to an agreement. In total, Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to settle its beef with the U.S. states. $113M sounds like a lot, but if my maths is correct that's less than the profit they made each day of the last quarter.

ASIO have warned that social media can be used by foreign spies trying to steal our personal data. “If a stranger reaches out online, ask yourself if you really know who you are talking to,” Burgess said. “The friendly, generous young person claiming to be a global head-hunter or thinktank researcher might actually be a foreign spy trying to win your trust and steal your secrets.”

The Pope apparently asked Catholics to pray that AI and robots will be nice to humans in the future. The prayer intention is the latest expression of concern about the direction of cutting-edge technology to emerge from the Vatican. In February, the Pontifical Academy for Life signed an appeal for the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science devoted to building machines which can perform tasks that ordinarily require human intelligence.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 22-November-2020  23:35:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
EPOS Sennheiser ADAPT 660 BT ANC Headset on NikKTech.
iiyama G-Master GB3461WQSU Monitor on OCInside.
1MORE True Wireless ANC Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Corsair HS75 XB Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
CORSAIR iCUE H115i Elite CAPELLIX AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master ControlPad on OCClub.
SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
MSI RTX 3080 SUPRIM X on LanOC.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X on TechPowerUp.

Cases:
Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini on TechPowerUp.
Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini on Guru3D.
darkFlash DLX21 Mesh Mid Tower on Modders-Inc.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Latitude 7210 2-in-1 Business Detachable Laptop on FunkyKit.
Dell XPS 13 2-In-1 Review: A Stylish Tiger Lake Convertible on HotHardware.

Storage:
Silicon Power Armor A85 Waterproof and Shockproof 5TB Portable HDD on MadShrimps.



Retro Gaming (5 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-November-2020  20:09:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The "Retro Racing" game for November 2020 is Micro Machines 2, from 1994. I definitely remember playing this one (or the original?) at LAN parties back in the day. Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament is the second game in the Micro Machines series. Like its predecessor, it puts the player behind the steering wheel of the tiny toy cars. The top down races take place in locations such as kitchen, garden, workbench, bathroom and many more. There are various obstacles to avoid which will knock you off the table or into the water and slow you down.


click for the thread!


Or if that's not your style, maybe you'd prefer this month's "Retro Let's Play", which is Fantasy Zone from 1986. The game is a shooter on horizontal free-scrolling looping levels (Defender was an inspiration), and it was ported to a few systems (SMS, 2 NES ports, TG16, MSX, MZ-700), and the arcade version has been improved and rereleased under the Sega AGES label on modern systems starting with the Saturn/PS2/Wii.


click for the thread!



Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-November-2020  14:17:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-November-2020  00:18:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their long-anticipated "Big Navi" video cards, in the form of the Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT and 6900 XT. To quote HotHardware's review: The performance numbers AMD showed at its event certainly painted an interesting picture. AMD claimed the Radeon RX 6800 would beat the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (and by extension the GeForce RTX 3070). The Radeon RX 6800 XT would do battle with the GeForce RTX 3080. And the mighty Radeon RX 6900 XT would go head to head with the powerful GeForce RTX 3090. Considering how dominant the GeForce RTX 30 series cards were when they hit the scene, AMD’s claims were intriguing to say the least.

Here's a few more reviews from the news box:

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT on Guru3D.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 on Guru3D.
Radeon RX 6800 & RX 6800 XT Review: AMD’s Back With Big Navi on HotHardware.
Big Navi, Big Performance: AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 Gaming Review on TechGage.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 on Vortez.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review: RDNA 2 Totally Makes AMD Great Again on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon Smart Access Memory Review - 22 Games Tested on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - NVIDIA is in Trouble on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - NVIDIA is in Trouble on TechPowerUp.

Discussion in this thread.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-November-2020  23:55:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (Zen 3) CPU on Tweaktown.
EVGA Z490 Dark Motherboard on HWAsylum.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Zen 3) CPU on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 5000 IPC Performance Tested: Everything at 4GHz on TechSpot.

Software:
DiRT 5 game on OCClub.
GeForce 457.30 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.

Audio Visual:
Creative SXFI Gamer Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Zidoo Z9X 4K Media Player on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
NovelKeys Cream Switch on OCClub.
Corsair Katar Pro Wireless Mouse on OCClub.
ASUS ROG Wireless Chakram & Core Mouse on BabelTechReviews.
HyperX x Ducky One 2 Mini Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Cases:
Cougar MX410 Mesh-G RGB Chassis on FunkyKit.
be quiet! Silent Base 802 Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Be Quiet! Silent Base 802 chassis on Guru3D.
be quiet! Silent Base 802 Review - An Evolution Of The 801 on TechPowerUp.

Memory:
Patriot Viper Blackout 16GB and 32GB DDR4-4400 Memory Kits on FunkyKit.
TeamGroup Vulcan Z 16GB DDR4-3600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Storage:
Icy Dock MB840M2P-B ToughArmor on OCInside.
Phison E18 2TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power UD70 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.
Lexar NM700 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Cougar MARS 120 Gaming Desk on NeoSeeker.
TRENDnet TUC-ET5G USB-C to 5Gbe Ethernet Adapter on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master V850 SFX Gold PSU on LanOC.
EK AIO Elite 360 D-RGB (LCS) CPU cooler on Guru3D.



Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-November-2020  01:11:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Matt sent in this interesting article about Intel and disruption. He might not have realized it at the time, but when Grove was reading Christensen’s work, he wasn’t just reading about how Intel would go on to conquer the personal computer market. He was also reading about what would eventually befall the company he co-founded, 25 years before it happened.

Also making the news recently was a phone-home concern in MacOS. It turns out that in the current version of the macOS, the OS sends to Apple a hash (unique identifier) of each and every program you run, when you run it. Lots of people didn’t realize this, because it’s silent and invisible and it fails instantly and gracefully when you’re offline, but today the server got really slow and it didn’t hit the fail-fast code path, and everyone’s apps failed to open if they were connected to the internet. However, here's a rebuttal and explanation of what OCSP is and does.

On a similar note, Google are accused of chewing up data allowances on Android devices, by reporting home excessively. Users cannot turn off Android surveillance, which uses “valuable cellular data users have purchased.” Moreover, Taylor claims, “Google does this, in large measure, for its own financial benefit, and without informing users or seeking their consent.”

PayPal have enabled cryptocurrencies for US-based customers, with the rest of the world presumably to follow. In October, PayPal had first announced its plans to enter the cryptocurrency market by way of a partnership with cryptocurrency company Paxos. This partner helps to power the new service for PayPal, enabling its customers to buy, sell and hold a range of cryptocurrencies — initially including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin.

Highpoint have updated their NVMe RAID cards for PCIe 4.0 and up to 8x M.2 SSDs. Even though these cards are the best way to get lots of M.2 PCIe SSDs connected to mainstream consumer platforms that don't support the PCIe port bifurcation required by passive quad M.2 riser boards, the pricing makes it very unlikely that they'll ever see much use in systems less high-end than a Threadripper or Xeon workstation. However, Highpoint has actually tested on the AMD X570 platform and achieved 20GB/s throughput using Phison E16 SSDs, and almost 28GB/s on an AMD EPYC platform (out of a theoretical limit of 31.5 GB/s). These numbers should improve a bit as faster, lower-latency PCIe 4.0 SSDs become available.

TechSpot have a Ryzen 5000 Memory Performance guide. Earlier this year we compared Intel's Core i9-9900K and Ryzen 9 3900X using two 8GB modules versus four 4GB modules using the exact same memory timings. We found that when using rather slow DDR4-3000 CL16 memory, we were looking at a 3-5% performance uplift for the average frame rate at 1080p using an RTX 2080 Ti, but also gains as high as 10% when looking at the 1% low results.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-November-2020  22:32:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Xeon W-1290 CPU on OCInside.
ASUS ROG Strix B550i Gaming Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Razer BlackShark V2 + USB Sound Card on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ: Perfect For The GeForce RTX 3080 on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE M27F GAMING MONITOR on Modders-Inc.

Storage:
Crucial X6 2TB Portable SSD on MadShrimps.
Crucial P2 500GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Kingston DataTraveler 2000 128GB Encrypted USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech.

Power Supply:
Seasonic SYNCRO Q704 + Connect Chassis 750W on TechPowerUp.
Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 650 W on TechPowerUp.

Software:
Godfall Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis PC game on TechPowerUp.
Assassins Creed: Valhalla graphics performance benchmarks and analysis on Guru3D.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
ID-Cooling IS-60 EVO ARGB on TechPowerUp.
Liquid Cooling with a TechN waterblock on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Masterliquid ML360 Mirror AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Cases:
Fractal Design Vector RS Blackout Light TG Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Cougar Conquer 2 Full Tower Chassis on FunkyKit.
Fractal Design Meshify 2 on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Meshify 2 on ThinkComputers.
Montech Sky One ARGB on TechPowerUp.

Memory:
GeIL Orion AMD Edition Memory Kit on Modders-Inc.
PNY XLR8 EPIC-X RGB DDR4-3200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
G.Skill TridentZ Royal DDR4 4000 MHz CL17 (4x 8GB) on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware Aurora R11 Review: Savage RTX 3090 Infused Lifeform on HotHardware.
ASRock 4X4 BOX-4800U Barebones Mini PC (Ryzen 4800U + RX Vega 8 IGP) on TechPowerUp.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ Review: Dex Empowers Productivity on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master ControlPad on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MM720 mouse on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
DJI Mini 2 Review: 4K Drone Excellence For Beginners on HotHardware.



Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-November-2020  13:13:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

How's your Friday the 13th going? :) Thanks to Axe and Simon this week! The first one might be NSFW..









Friday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-November-2020  00:45:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple have unveiled their first laptops powered by their in-house M1 ARM processor. Without independent reviews we only have their word on how it performs, but their word is that it performs very well, and is also very power efficient. Coverage on TGheVerge and Anandtech, and a video by Marques Brownlee. Apple says the new processor will focus on combining power efficiency with performance. It has an eight-core CPU, which Apple says offers the world’s best performance per watt of a CPU. Apple says it delivers the same peak performance as a typical laptop CPU at a quarter of the power draw. It says this has four fast CPU cores, paired with four high-efficiency cores which by themselves offer comparable performance to an existing dual-core MacBook Air. Discussion in this thread.

Intel creep ever closer to a proper discrete GPU, with a laptop release and also a datacentre-specific offering. As far as we’re aware, Intel’s timeline for Xe-HP is to enable general availability sometime in 2021. The early silicon built on Intel’s 10nm Enhanced SuperFin process is in-house, working, and has been demonstrated to the press in a first-party video transcode benchmark. The top offering is a quad-tile solution, with a reported peak performance somewhere in the 42+ TFLOP (FP32) range in NEO/OpenCL-based video transcode. This would be more than twice as much as NVIDIA’s Ampere A100.

The Federal Government is looking into right to repair legislation for Australia. The right to repair electronic devices without fear of forfeiting the manufacturer warranties is another step closer, with the federal government this week announcing an inquiry into the issue. A Productivity Commission inquiry will focus on consumers' ability to repair good(s) and access repair services at competitive prices.

The Attorney-Genereal's office meanwhile is conducting a review of the Privacy Act which is currently dated from 1988 and presumably needs updating in this world of social media etc. The review was announced as part of the government's response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Digital Platforms Inquiry. We will draw on a range of sources for the review and invite submissions on matters for consideration. We will also meet with stakeholders on specific issues and consider research and reports on privacy issues.

TechSpot aim to tell you everything you need to know about small form-factor PCs. Small form factor (SFF) PCs are a niche corner of the PC market that’s becoming more accessible than ever before. It’s pretty appealing as many SFF PCs are similar in size to the latest gaming consoles, but of course, there’s more to do than just game on a PC. If space has ever been a concern, or if you’d like to fit a PC somewhere close to a TV for a full-fledged entertainment system, then you’ve probably considered a small form factor build.

OCClub meanwhile have a guide to overclocking the GeForce RTX 3080 which you haven't been able to buy yet. :) While I used the RTX 380 Founders Edition in writing this guide, any variation or model also can be used because they are all RTX 3080 (GA102) Ampere GPUs. Some of this does apply to other Ampere GPUs; 3090 (GA102) and 3070 (GA104). While each card will have different overall core offsets and temperatures, the principles of overclocking an NVIDIA RTX 3080 covered here in this guide are similar to all Ampere GPUs.

Here's a cheesy 80's video about an Australian submarine cable, partly to highlight a project to digitise many such old video tapes. In 2020, a new project called Future Proof signals our continuing efforts to save the nation’s significant audiovisual heritage so future generations can see and hear our history. We will be spending $3 million dollars to ensure that another 30,000 of our most critical recordings can be digitised.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-November-2020  00:26:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Processor on AMD3D.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Review: 6-Core Gaming Beast on TechSpot.

Storage:
Team Group EX2 Elite Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 500GB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
WD Black SN850 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power A62 2TB USB 3.2 Gaming HDD on FunkyKit.
Silicon Power UD70 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.

Audio Visual:
TRENDnet TV-IP1318PI In/Out 8MP 4K H.265 WDR PoE IR Bullet Network Camera on NikKTech.
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 2 headset on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
ARCTIC Freezer A13 X CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.

Video Cards:
Palit GeForce RTX 3070 Jetstream OC on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GameRock OC 10G on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Patriot Memory Viper Steel Series DDR4 32GB 3200MHz Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G Review: A Solid Phone If You'll Settle on HotHardware.



AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-November-2020  23:24:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Reviews of AMD's Zen 3 CPUs hit the net late last week. As expected the results are impressive, but as with other recent product launches the actual products seem to be pretty thin on the ground. Anyway, here's some reviews:

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core processor on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Review: i9-10900K Versus on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X & Ryzen 7 5800X on Vortez.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X processors on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X And 5900X CPU Review: Zen 3 Dominates on HotHardware.
AMD’s Ryzen 9 5950X 1080p & 4K Gaming Performance on Techgage.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X + Ryzen 9 5950X On Linux on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (Zen 3) CPU on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X (Zen 3) CPU on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Review: Total Domination on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Processor on ThinkComputers.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Processor on ThinkComputers.

Discussion in this thread.



Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 7-November-2020  23:19:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Biostar Racing B550 GTQ on Guru3D.
Colorful CVN B550M Gaming Frozen V14 on FunkyKit.
Supermicro C9Z490-PGW Build Guide on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Philips SHP9600 Headphones on APHNetworks.
Viotek SUW49DA 49 Inch 32:9 Super Ultrawide Curved Monitor on NikKTech.
Lepow 15.6" Z1-Gamut Portable Monitor on ThinkComputers.
FiiO FH3 Hi-Res Triple Driver In Ear Monitors on NikKTech.

Storage:
Team T-Force Vulcan G 1TB SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
Terra Master TD2 Thunderbolt 3 Plus DAS on TechPowerUp.
Seagate IronWolf Pro 125 960GB SATA NAS SSD on Tweaktown.
TEAMGROUP VULCAN G 512GB 2.5" SSD on MadShrimps.
Silicon Power P34A80 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
SECUREDATA SECUREUSB BT 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Sabrent Rocket Q4 NVMe 4TB SSD on Tweaktown.
ORICO Storage Backuper on FunkyKit.

Cases:
Thermaltake AH T200 Review - A Smaller Attack Helicopter on TechPowerUp.
InWin 925 Full Tower on ThinkComputers.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
SilverStone SUGO 14 SFF cube on TechPowerUp.
Exploring AI With NVIDIA’s $59 Jetson Nano 2GB Dev Kit on HotHardware.

Software:
3DMark DirectX Raytracing Feature Test Benchmarks on Guru3D.
3DMark DirectX Raytracing Feature Test Benchmarked on Tweaktown.
Watch Dogs Legion Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Crysis Remastered Performance Analysis on OCClub.

Cooling:
Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.
SilentiumPC Navis EVO ARGB 360 V2 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 3080 Vulcan OC 10G-V on Tweaktown.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge on FunkyKit.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra Review - The Quietest RTX 3090 on TechPowerUp.
VR Wars: the RTX 3070 vs. the RTX 2080 Ti – FCAT-VR Performance on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming At 4K, Ultrawide & With RTX On on TechGage.

Misc:
NETGEAR GS716T-200NASv2 Managed Switch (video review) by OCClub.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W PSU on NikKTech.



Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-November-2020  15:31:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! BTW I said recently I wouldn't upgrade my PC until I could get a lot more cores - well, I've pretty much finished gathering bits to build a 3900X frankenbox, so that should make for a fun weekend..








Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-November-2020  00:48:54 (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!



Pierre32 built an
oldschool 386 system

which inspired adz
to build one also!

Defyant meanwhile made
a custom acrylic case

Revenger has a worklog
for the Ender 3 3D printer

Turbine has a tiny
slimline gaming PC

Revenger also went for
a slimline tiny PC

terrabyte has a tidy
custom watercooling loop

windwithme reviewed the
GIGABYTE AORUS 15G

and also the AORUS 5
Gaming Laptop



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-November-2020  00:30:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
ASUS ROG RYUO RGB 120 RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
ASUS TUF LC240 RGB LCS on Guru3D.
Thermalright Macho Rev. C CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Patriot P300 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Armor A62 IPX4 Waterproof and Shockproof 4TB Portable HDD on MadShrimps.
Crucial X6 2TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 External Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
WD My Passport SSD 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 on Tweaktown.
SK hynix Gold P31 M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Samsung T7 Portable SSD Review: Blazing Fast, Portable Storage on HotHardware.
Team T-Force Delta RGB 1TB SATA SSD on Tweaktown.

Cases:
DAN A4-SFX Review - Ultra Compact and Ready for Big GPUs on TechPowerUp.
Cougar Conquer 2 full tower on NeoSeeker.

Input Etc:
ASUS ROG Chakram Core mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM720 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MM720 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix MAX RGB 2x8GB DDR4-4000 on NeoSeeker.
GeIL ORION DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
HyperX Impact 32GB DDR4-3200 SODIMM Laptop Memory on FunkyKit.
128GB (4x32GB) vs. 64GB (2x32GB) DDR4 RAM on AMD Ryzen Performance Benchmarks on APHNetworks.

Software:
Watch Dogs: Legion: PC graphics performance benchmark analysis on Guru3D.
Watch Dogs: Legion Performance At 1080p, 1440p, 4K & Ultrawide on TechGage.
Watch Dogs: Legion Graphics, Game Play & Performance Explored on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
Sapphire GearBox eGPU adapter on OCInside.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 GAMING X TRIO on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3090 OC on Vortez.
EVGA RTX 3070 XC3 Black on LanOC.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 TUF Gaming on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio on NeoSeeker.
GeForce RTX 3070 Founder edition on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE RTX 3070 GAMING OC on Vortez.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming OC on TechPowerUp.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 TUF Gaming OC on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Acer Predator CG7 Gaming Monitor Review: 43-inch 4K 144Hz Gaming TV on Tweaktown.
Viper Gaming V380 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound RGB Headset on NikKTech.
Wide Angle and Macro Photo Lens for Mobile and Tablet on FunkyKit.
Dune HD Pro 4K II Network 4K HDR+ Media Player on NikKTech.
Corsair HS60 HAPTIC gaming headset on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Nitro Concepts X1000 Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte P550B 550W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
NexusLink WB-1750-KIT Wireless Gaming Bridge on HWAsylum.
GIGABYTE AORUS Z490I Ultra Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5: A 14-Inch 4K Convertible on HotHardware.




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