|Sunday Evening Reviews
Sunday, 27-December-2020 20:00:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Nanoxia Deep Silence 8 Pro case on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Masterbox NR200 on FunkyKit.
Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock on TechPowerUp.
Yottamaster TB2-T3 Thunderbolt 3 NVME External SSD Enclosure on NikKTech.
Patriot Memory Viper VPN100 PCIe 2TB M.2 SSD on MadShrimps.
ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X on TechPowerUp.
Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3070 Ultra W OC-V on NeoSeeker.
AORUS RTX 3080 Master on Vortez.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop PC on TechSpot.
Cyberpower PC Ultra 7 RTX Elite gaming PC on Vortez.
Lenovo Yoga 7i Review: Premium Intel Evo Laptop On A Budget on HotHardware.
Realme 7 5G Review: A Great 5G Phone That’s Also Affordable on HotHardware.
FSP Hydro PTM Pro 1200W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
Steinel CAM Light Review and Installation Guide on FunkyHome.
Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.
|Boxing Day Afternoon
Saturday, 26-December-2020 15:29:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I've reached the "food coma" stage of the Xmas break so here's some news catchup. Firstly I don't generally link Build Guides as they tend to just be piles of affiliate links, but anyway it can be useful to see what bits people are recommending. So here's a Gaming System guide from NeoSeeker and a DIY System Guide from HotHardware.
Cyberpunk 2077 continues to dominate the headlines, and HotHardware checked out performance with the v1.05 patch. Tweaktown meanwhile benchmarked it at 8K. Cyberpunk 2077 is here if you can believe it, and it is by far one of the best-looking games ever made -- and the best-looking game of 2020. You have to have the right hardware, and the beefiest, most bad ass PC hardware you can buy -- but oh boy, is it worth it.
TechSpot took a look at DirectX 12. DirectX has been with us for 25 years, providing developers with the tools to make incredible games. The latest version, DX12 was released in 2015 but in the past couple of years, Microsoft have been expanding the software library to cover ray tracing and machine learning, and eventually, data management. Big next-gen titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry 6 and Watch Dogs: Legion are using some of these DirectX 12 extras. So what exactly are they? What can these enhancements do and how will they make games better for us all?
ArsTechnica have an interesting article about some real-life Wargames that nearly triggered WWIII back in the 80's. Thirty-two years ago, just months after the release of the movie WarGames, the world came the closest it ever has to nuclear Armageddon. In the movie version of a global near-death experience, a teenage hacker messing around with an artificial intelligence program that just happened to control the American nuclear missile force unleashes chaos. In reality, a very different computer program run by the Soviets fed growing paranoia about the intentions of the United States, very nearly triggering a nuclear war.
Also on the retro side of things, here's a flashback to what made the Amiga great. To most people, the Amiga is probably synonymous with the Amiga 500 and that machine was, above all, a video game: something into which you plonked 3.5" floppy disks that transported you to strange, wonderful worlds and hours of fun. To this group, the gamers, the operating system wasn't important. They probably booted Workbench 1.3 only once, took a good look at the garish blue and orange interface, and decided that enough was enough, before going back to blasting enemies in Silkworm.
|Saturday Afternoon Reviews
Saturday, 26-December-2020 14:33:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X570 TAICHI – RAZER EDITION on FunkyKit.
ASRock W480 Creator Motherboard on OCInside.
MSI MEG X570 Unify on Guru3D.
NZXT N7 Z490 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock X570 PG Velocita Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Processor on ThinkComputers.
1STPLAYER LANG MK8 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Redragon M913 Impact Elite mouse on TechPowerUp.
OCC Reviews the GSkill KM360 Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard and Keycaps on OCClub.
Mushkin Redline Black 32GB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper Steel RGB Series DDR4-3600 32GB (2 x 16GB) Memory on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper 4 Blackout DDR4 4000 16GB Kit on OCClub.
Mushkin Redline FrostByte Black DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 4000MHz on FunkyKit.
Creative SXFI AIR (w/ Super X-Fi Gen 2) headphones on TechPowerUp.
Audeze Penrose Wireless Gaming Headset on NeoSeeker.
AOC PD27 GAMING MONITOR on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MH Series (MH630, MH650, MH670) Gaming Headsets on ThinkComputers.
Merry Christmas! Thanks to Axe, Dan and Armunn this week. I hope you're enjoying a safe and relaxing holiday, as much as can be expected at the moment. It's certainly been an interesting year, from a personal perspective, as well as on OCAU and worldwide. In 2021 it'll be 20 years since we moved onto vBulletin, setting up the database we still use now under XenForo. So a handful of users will see their accounts turn 20 years old. OCAU has actually seen a bit of a resurgence this year in terms of traffic, no doubt due to COVID-related issues. Anyway, I'm certainly still enjoying being part of this community and I hope you are too. Hopefully things return to normality around the world as soon as possible, and here's to many more years of OCAU!
|Retro Let's Play December 2020 - Shinobi
Thursday, 24-December-2020 11:54:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
This month's Retro Let's Play is Shinobi from Sega in 1987 - originally an arcade game. History wise the word Shinobi basically means Ninja; A ninja or shinobi was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan.
click for the thread!
|Monday Night Reviews
Monday, 21-December-2020 22:43:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Cooler Master V650 SFX Gold PSU on FunkyKit.
Corsair CX750F RGB 750W on APHNetworks.
Corsair CX750F RGB on LanOC.
Samsung Odyssey G9 Review: Super-Ultrawide monitor on TechSpot.
Gravastar Venus Wireless Speaker on NikKTech.
Gigabyte M27F Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
AOC U32U1 Porsche Design Monitor on OCInside.
Cougar Immersa Pro Prix Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Corsair HS75 XB Wireless headset on TechPowerUp.
Schiit Hel Gaming DAC/Amp on Tweaktown.
Corsair iCUE Nexus mini status screen on ThinkComputers.
Cougar Phontum Pro Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 PCIe Sound Card on NikKTech.
Thermaltake ToughFan 12 on OCInside.
Scythe Ninja 5 air cooler on Guru3D.
Gazzew Boba U4 Silent Tactile Switch for keyboards on OCClub.
SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Ultra Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Xtrfy M42 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM720 Mouse on Modders-Inc.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Performance Preview on HotHardware.
Gigabyte AORUS 15G XB (Intel 10875H + RTX 2070 Super Max-Q) laptop on TechPowerUp.
PlayStation 5 Review: The golden era of console gaming on Tweaktown.
HyperX Fury RGB 64GB DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Immortals Fenyx Rising game on OCClub.
SilverStone Grandia GD09-C case on APHNetworks.
XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Speedster Merc 319 Black video card on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 1TB M.2 NVME SSD on Tweaktown.
Thanks to Armunn and Kenny this week! I know there's a few too many Cyberpunk ones but they had me chuckling. Next week it's Christmas!
|Thursday Night Reviews
Thursday, 17-December-2020 23:39:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-1185G7 vs Core i7-1165G7 on TechSpot.
Gigabyte B550M AORUS Pro on TechPowerUp.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Dynabook Portégé X30W-J 2-in-1 laptop on Bit.
Dell XPS 13" 9310 (Intel Tiger Lake) Laptop on Tweaktown.
Galaxy S20 FE 5G Review: Samsung Brings Big Android Value on HotHardware.
Cougar DarkBlader X7 mid-tower (video review) by OCClub.
Enermax MarbleShell MS30 on TechPowerUp.
NETGEAR GS305EP Managed PoE Network Switch video review by OCClub.
EnGenius ECW230 Access Point on Modders-Inc.
EnGenius ESR580 Mesh Wireless Router on APHNetworks.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 XTREME (Gigabyte) on Guru3D.
MSI MEG Z490 Unify + Core i9-10900K: RTX 3080/3090 SUPRIM X on Tweaktown.
KFA2 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti EX on Guru3D.
Silicon Power Stream S06 & S07 6TB 3.5" External Hard Drives on NikKTech.
Kingston KC2500 M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Silicon Power US70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 1TB SSD on MadShrimps.
Cyberpunk 2077 Review: Gameplay, Performance And Optimization on HotHardware.
Cyberpunk 2077 Game Review, IQ, Performance, and a PC Key giveaway on BabelTechReviews.
Sunday, 13-December-2020 23:35:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg
If you've been playing Cyberpunk 2077 this weekend, jump into this thread and let us know how you're getting along. I'm having a lot of fun, even on my lowly GTX1060 6GB!
Or you could just play it for real with your AR-enabled contact lenses. Mojo Vision is currently developing the world’s first augmented reality (AR) smart contact lens, called Mojo Lens, backed by years of scientific research and numerous patents on the technology. Mojo Lens overlays images, symbols and text on users’ natural field of vision without obstructing their view, restricting mobility or hindering social interactions.
There's some bad blood going NVIDIA's way at the moment, after they told Hardware Unboxed and TechSpot that they would not be getting review units. The stated reason? Spending too little time focusing on RTX ray tracing, as opposed to raster performance. Hardware Unboxed, apparently, did "not see things the same way that we (Nvidia), gamers, and the rest of the industry do." NVIDIA have apparently retracted their comments and revised their position, but it's an interesting read nontheless.
iFixit have posted a PlayStation 5 Teardown. We finally put down our PS5 long enough for a proper teardown. You know we always stand ready to complain on your behalf when devices are tough to repair—and boy oh boy, do we mean it this time. We’d really like this thing to work again when we’re done. We’re not going to hold back, though—let’s take this thing down to the studs. Here we go.
Hyundai have bought Boston Dynamics. Hey, remember those deeply unsettling robot dogs that have been creeping out the internet for years and recently went into production? The company that makes them is called Boston Dynamics, and Hyundai just bought an 80% controlling stake in it, Hyundai confirmed on Friday. It's not the robot dogs that impress and scare me, it's these guys.
Tweaktown have coupled two Radeon RX 688 XTs in mGPU mode and benchmarked the results. Yes, the new Ryzen 9 5900X processor is powering these multi-GPU tests with Big Navi and the two Radeon RX 6800 XT cards in mGPU mode. AMD sent over their new Ryzen 9 5900X for these very types of articles, where you can see the GPUs totally unleashed -- we have a brand new kick ass Zen 3-powered processor, and 2 x Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards. This is about as Team Red as it gets.
Bendigo are showing that regional internet doesn't have to be slow, with a 100Gb network coming online. The City of Bendigo is seeking to lure film post-production and high-tech companies from major cities with the promise of internet speeds hundreds of times faster than standard options available to Australian households. The network's backers say it will deliver some of the quickest internet in Australia, allowing speeds of 100 gigabits per second, as Bendigo seeks to overcome the digital disadvantage that plagues many regional areas.
If you've been thinking 2020 is a dumpster fire, figuratively, you can now email your feelings about it to a literal dumpster fire and watch them burn.
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 13-December-2020 22:44:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg
CPU & Motherboard:
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X on LanOC.
ASRock B550 Steel Legend Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero on Tweaktown.
BIOSTAR RACING B550GTA AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
ASRock X570 PG Velocita Motherboard on AMD3D.
XPG Gammix s50 Lite 1TB NVMe SSD on NeoSeeker.
Lexar 1066x microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I Card on FunkyKit.
TerraMaster TD2 Thunderbolt 3 Plus RAID DAS on NikKTech.
Crucial P5 1TB NVMe SSD on NeoSeeker.
Terra Master TD2 Thunderbolt3 Plus enclosure on LanOC.
Crucial P5 500GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Cyberpunk 2077 Benchmark Test & Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
Cyberpunk 2077 Benchmarked on TechSpot.
Cyberpunk 2077: PC graphics benchmark analysis review on Guru3D.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla on OCClub.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Mac mini 2020 Review: Apple M1 Silicon Performance Deep Dive on HotHardware.
Sabrent DS-WSPD USB-C Dual 4K Docking Station on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7-1165G7 Review: Tiger Lake Inside laptop on TechSpot.
XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Speedster MERC 319 on Tweaktown.
XFX MERC 319 RX 6800 XT on Vortez.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 XC3 Black on Modders-Inc.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE on OCClub.
Palit GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream OC on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming At 1080p and 1440p, DXR On and Off on TechGage.
Cooler Master ControlPad Mechanical Gaming Keypad on APHNetworks.
HK Gaming Naos-M mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master ControlPad on Modders-Inc.
Corsair Katar Pro? Wireless mouse (and MM300 Pro pad) on Guru3D.
Creative Pebble V3 2.0 USB-C Speakers with Bluetooth 5.0 on MadShrimps.
Viotek GNV34DBE 34" Curved 144Hz Gaming Monitor video review by OCClub.
Cooler Master 850w SFX PSU on Modders-Inc.
FSP Hydro PTM Pro 1200 W on TechPowerUp.
Ballistix MAX 32GB DDR4-4400 CL19 Gaming Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
XPG SPECTRIX D50 DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Homematic Wireless Door/Window Sensor on FunkyHome.
Proscenic P11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.
Arctic Freezer 34 eSports CPU cooler on OCInside.
Friday again - thanks to mpot and Axe this week!
|Radeon RX 6900 XT Reviews
Friday, 11-December-2020 08:50:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Next up from AMD is their Radeon RX 6900 XT, the top of the new Big Navi range. To quote TechSpot's review: The RX 6900 XT is AMD's most expensive Radeon product ever to feature a single GPU at (USD) $1,000. We had seen extravagant Radeon GPUs that broke that thousand dollar barrier in previous generations, but those always carried dual GPUs such as the $1,000 Radeon HD 7990 or the insane $1,500 Radeon R9 295X2, though neither of those were great as they relied heavily on Crossfire driver and game support.
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT on Guru3D.
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT on TechSpot.
Radeon RX 6900 XT Review: AMD's Most Powerful GPU Ever on HotHardware.
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review: Big Navi Battles RTX 3090 For $500 Less on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT on TechPowerUp.
Discussion continues in this thread.
Monday, 7-December-2020 00:22:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg
BabelTechReviews have a VR shootout between RX 6800 XT and RTX 3080. We currently benchmark fifteen VR games using the Vive Pro. BTR’s testing platform is an overclocked Intel Core i9-10900K, an EVGA Z490 FTW motherboard, and 32 GB of Vulcan Dark Z DDR4 at 3600MHz on a clean install of Windows 10 64-bit Pro Edition using NVIDIA’s latest GeForce Game Ready Driver, 457.30, and AMD’s Adrenalin Software 20.11.2 public launch drivers for the RX 6800 XT.
Here's an interesting press-release from GIGABYTE, of a watercooled external GPU. AORUS RTX 3090/3080 GAMING BOX is the world's 1st external graphics box with a built-in all-in-one water cooling system. In order to enjoy the best GeForce RTX™ 3090/3080 computing performance and comfortable environment at the same time, AORUS WATERFORCE is the only solution that can satisfy both demands in a compact size. AORUS provides an all-around cooling solution for all key components of the graphics card. We take care of not only the GPU but also the VRAM and MOSFET to ensure a stable operation and longer life.
Tweaktown have been overclocking the 6800 and 6800 XT. AMD has a decent amount of OC headroom in both its Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 reference graphics cards, so I'm actually excited to see what AIB board partners can do with improved cooling solutions -- and maybe some more OC headroom on top. For the purposes of this article, I'm doing a few things here: I'm running the Radeon RX 6800 XT like normal, then I've enabled RAGE mode (one-click overclocking) and then I've got a manual OC on the card that pushes it has hard as it could go (to within 10MHz or so).
China have claimed Quantum Supremacy with a new supercomputer. A system called Jiuzhang produced results in minutes calculated to take more than 2 billion years of effort by the world’s third-most-powerful supercomputer. he two systems work differently. Google builds quantum circuits using supercold, superconducting metal, while the team at University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, recorded its result by manipulating photons, particles of light.
Meanwhile Stephen spotted this article saying that protein folding has been solved, thanks to AI. Or at least, that's what I think it says. :) When DeepMind started a decade ago, we hoped that one day AI breakthroughs would help serve as a platform to advance our understanding of fundamental scientific problems. Now, after 4 years of effort building AlphaFold, we’re starting to see that vision realised, with implications for areas like drug design and environmental sustainability.
This gave me a serious retro flashback, DooM running on a Nintendo Game and Watch. Well that did not take long. Nintendo's reborn Game And Watch handheld console has been on the market for all of two seconds (technically, about a week and a half, but you get the point—it's brand spanking new) and already it has been hacked to run Doom. Because, you know, that is like a right of passage for electronics. When I was a kid I had the original two-screen orange Donkey Kong, but it was confiscated by a teacher at school and when I got it back, one of the screens was broken. But you know, it's been like 35 years so it's good I'm not still bitter about that.
|Retro Racing December 2020 - Beetle Adventure Racing
Sunday, 6-December-2020 13:22:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The Retro Racing game for December 2020 is Beetle Adventure Racing from 1999. It's the same age as OCAU! If you read the reviews, or the back of the box, or watched the starting intro, you already know what you’re in for. Because the track you’re racing on isn’t all you get. There are shortcuts, and longcuts, and alternative routes.
Click for the thread!
|Sunday Morning Reviews
Sunday, 6-December-2020 11:10:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Ballistix RGB 128GB DDR4-3600 CL16 Gaming Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Team Group ZEUS DDR4 16GB 3200MHZ CL20 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Qnap TS-453DU rackmount NAS on LanOC.
WD Black AN1500 2TB AIC PCIe NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
DataLocker DL3 FE 512GB Encrypted Portable USB 3.2 Gen 1 SSD on NikKTech.
Thermaltake S100 TG on TechPowerUp.
Corsair 4000D on APHNetworks.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC on Guru3D.
ZOTAC RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC on Vortez.
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X TRIO on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti DUAL OC on Guru3D.
AOC AGON PD27 Porsche Design Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
ACER Nitro 32" Curved Gaming Monitor (video review) by OCClub.
Mountain Makalu 67 mouse (black and white) on Guru3D.
Mountain Makalu 67 White Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Corsair Katar Pro Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GP-P750GM 750 W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.
LG Wing Review: A Solid 5G Phone With A Wild Twist on HotHardware.
Thanks to Dan and Matt this week!
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Reviews
Wednesday, 2-December-2020 22:15:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
NVIDIA have unveiled their RTX 3060 Ti, filling in the more value-oriented end of the 3000 series range. It's designed to replace the RTX 2060 Super, with 8GB of GDDR6 and only 17% fewer cores than the 3070. When they will hit the shelves is anyone's guess, but in the meantime, here's some reviews:
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti on TechSpot.
MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X TRIO on OCClub.
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founder edition on Guru3D.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TRIO X on Guru3D.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC PRO on Guru3D.
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition on LanOC.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti on HotHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Linux Review on Phoronix.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FE on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founder's Edition on NeoSeeker.
Palit GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GamingPro OC on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti STRIX OC on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.
Discussion continues in this thread.
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 2-December-2020 21:33:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Processor on ThinkComputers.
ASRock X570 Taichi Razer Edition Motherboard on Tweaktown.
G.Skill TridentZ Royal DDR4 3600 CL14 32GB on OCClub.
Antec Katana 7-Series DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
ADATA Swordfish & Falcon M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives on ThinkComputers.
Crucial X8 2TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 External Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Antec Neptune 240 All-in-One ARGB Liquid CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
EK-AIO Elite 360 D-RGB AIO cooler on TechPowerUp.
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 420 Rev. 3 CPU cooler on OCInside.
Inno3D GeForce RTX 3070 iCHILL X3 on Tweaktown.
Red Devil RX 6800 XT takes on the Reference RX 6800 XT & the RTX 3080 on BabelTechReviews.
Cougar Mars 120 Gaming Desk on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master TD500 Mesh case on HWAsylum.
Sena 5S Dual Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System on NikKTech.
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