Wednesday, 27-January-2021 23:28:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg
It seems bizarre to think that the trusty old pen and paper notebook is the record-keeping tool of choice for Police, but apparently in Western Australia they are only now looking at replacing them. Following the success of initial applications, WA Police has now issued an expression of interest for an electronic notebook application and associated secure data storage to “digitally enhance record keeping”. The application – which will ideally be delivered as a managed service – is expected be compatible with both iOS and Android devices, with officers able to capture audio, video or written notes.
Intel quietly launched their discrete graphics cards recently. With very little fanfare, Intel revealed that the first desktop graphics cards will be targeted at the consumer market in addition to small- and medium-size businesses. It doesn't appear that the graphics cards will be available in the retail channel, as Intel specifically states that they will be "sold to system integrators who will offer Iris Xe discrete graphics as part of pre-built systems." With that being said, Intel points out that these new discrete Iris Xe-based graphics cards will support three display outputs, Adaptive Sync, and DP4a deep-learning acceleration.
Gabe Newell of Valve fame has been waxing lyrical about cyber implants. "Our ability to create experiences through peoples' brains that are not mediated through their meat peripherals will actually be better than what is possible [now]. You're used to experiencing the world through eyes, but eyes were created by this low-cost bidder who didn't care about failure rates and RMAs, and if it got broken there was no way to repair anything effectively," Newell says. I mean, it seems inevitable that we will be augmented by computer bits in the not-too-distant future.
However if you are already augmented by a pacemaker or similar, you should avoid the iPhone 12 range, thanks IntelInside. Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.
Google's balloon-based internet idea, Loon, has come to an end. Sadly, despite the team’s groundbreaking technical achievements over the last 9 years — doing many things previously thought impossible, like precisely navigating balloons in the stratosphere, creating a mesh network in the sky, or developing balloons that can withstand the harsh conditions of the stratosphere for more than a year — the road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped. So we’ve made the difficult decision to close down Loon. Presumably up-coming satellite services like StarLink featured heavily in that decision.
I hope you're enjoying the public holiday today. I realise there is some debate at the moment as to the appropriatness of celebrating the arrival of the First Fleet to Australia. Also I'm aware that it's almost a national sport to criticise our leaders and the Government. However, as I pause to reflect on the year since the previous Australia Day, and the insanity that has unravelled around the world in the meantime, I do feel very lucky to be in Australia, and very thankful for the circuitous route that led me to be living here and raising my family here. The last year has certainly given me some perspective. So that's all I wanted to say. Enjoy the rest of the day!
|Tuesday Midday Reviews
Tuesday, 26-January-2021 12:02:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X570 Taichi Razer Edition AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Pro (WiFi) on TechPowerUp.
ASRock X570 PG Velocita Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Taichi Razer Edition Mainboard Razer Synapse 3 Video on OCInside.
Is Zen 3 Worth It for Gaming? Ryzen 5600X vs. 3600 vs. Core i5-10400F on TechSpot.
Sabrent Rocket Q4 2TB with Heatsink on LanOC.
Patriot High Endurance 128GB microSDXC Card on FunkyKit.
QSAN XCubeNXT XN8016D 16-Bay 3U on Tweaktown.
Toshiba Canvio Flex 1TB Portable HDD on MadShrimps.
Crucial P2 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Synology DS1621xs+ SMB NAS on Tweaktown.
Samsung SSD 870 EVO Review: The Fastest SATA SSDs Yet on HotHardware.
Samsung 870 EVO 4TB SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup CX2 1TB SATA3 SSD on Guru3D.
Patriot PXD 1TB Portable USB 3.2 External SSD on MadShrimps.
SilentiumPC Armis AR7X EVO TG ARGB Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Corsair 5000D Airflow on NeoSeeker.
Thermaltake The Tower 100 on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Fara R1 on ThinkComputers.
Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini on OCInside.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
EK Water Blocks EK AIO 360 D-RGB AIO Liquid Cooling System on NikKTech.
ARCTIC Freezer 50 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 SubZero on HWAsylum.
Cougar Aqua ARGB 240 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
be quiet! Pure Loop 360 CPU cooler (video review) by OCClub.
Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
LTC MoshPit WHM-01 mouse on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Burst Pro Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
i-Rocks K71M RGB Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste mouse on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Sense AIMO XXL Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR Katar Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
GeIL Orion AMD Edition DDR4-3200 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Patriot Viper RGB 32GB DDR4-3600 MHz Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 MHz CL17 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Ballistix MAX RGB DDR4-4000 32GB memory kit on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT OC on Vortez.
MSI Radeon RX 6800 XT GAMING X TRIO on Tweaktown.
NETGEAR Orbi LBR20 4G LTE WiFi Router on TechPowerUp.
Amazon eero Pro 6 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Platform on Tweaktown.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Moto One 5G Ace Review: Solid 5G Phone, Battery Life Champ on HotHardware.
ASRock NUC BOX-1165G7 Barebones Mini PC (Intel Tiger Lake + Iris Xe Graphics) on TechPowerUp.
MSI Prestige 14 EVO Review: Great Performance And Value on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 Review: Rugged, Feature-Rich And Compact on HotHardware.
Hitman III: PC graphics performance benchmark analysis on Guru3D.
A Look At Radeon ProRender 2.0 GPU Rendering Performance on TechGage.
Friday again! Enjoy your not-quite-a-long-weekend-but-kinda.
Wikipedia recently turned 20. Wait a second, that means it's younger than OCAU! The project started with the English-language Wikipedia on January 15, 2001. On March 16, 2001 it was joined by a German Wikipedia, and shortly afterwards by many other languages. Large efforts are underway to highlight the international nature of the project. On 20 September 2004 Wikipedia reached a total of 1,000,000 articles in over 100 languages. On 1 March 2006, the English Wikipedia hit 1,000,000 articles. On 9 September 2007, the English Wikipedia hit 2,000,000 articles. On 17 August 2009, the English Wikipedia hit 3,000,000 articles. On 13 July 2012, the English Wikipedia hit 4,000,000 articles. On 1 November 2015, the English Wikipedia hit 5,000,000 articles. On 23 January 2020, the English Wikipedia hit 6,000,000 articles. We've got 13.7M posts.. so we'll call it a draw. More info here.
The IEEE Medal of Honour for 2021 goes to Jacob Ziv for his work on compression. Ziv and Abraham Lempel developed two lossless data compression algorithms: Lempel-Ziv 77 in 1977 and LZ78 the following year. The two procedures enable perfect data reconstruction from compressed data and are more efficient than previous algorithms. They allowed for the development of GIFs, PNG, and ZIP files.
CES 2021 was also on recently, virtually this time because of COVID-19, and HotHardware posted their best picks. This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was a different sort of animal than all previous ones, as the Coronavirus pandemic took away the feasibility of big crowds congregating in Las Vegas. In light of the situation, CES went completely virtual this year. What did not change, however, was the excitement and barrage of product releases and announcements that have become a staple of the annual tech event. This year did not disappoint in that regard. And as in previous years, there were some standouts among the bunch.
A slightly confusing recent announcement is the RTX 3060 (non-Ti) from NVIDIA. Lower performance than 3060 Ti, with a lower price tag, but more memory. Odd. Once it’s launched next month, the GeForce RTX 3060 will mark the next step in the progression of NVIDIA’s Ampere-based desktop cards. Though the company already launched the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti last month – using a cut-down GA104 GPU – the RTX 3060 is the real McCoy in terms of being a 60-tier card. It’ll be the cheapest that NVIDIA has ever launched an RTX series card, and it will be the card that they hope will entice owners of GTX 1060 series cards, one of NVIDIA’s most successful card series of all times, to finally upgrade to an RTX card. Makes sense I guess, keep the price low, but include new RTX features, and the extra RAM is the icing on the cake to tempt 1060 6GB owners over. DIscussion continues in this thread.
If (like me) you've already made the jump to a 3060Ti, this overclocking guide from OCClub may be of interest. In this guide, I will be covering NVIDIA Boost technology, overclocking the RTX 3060 Ti in a manual configuration, and using the NVIDIA Auto OC Scanner for a hands-off approach.
Tweakhound meanwhile have a Windows 10 Tweaking guide. Updated as of Windows 10 20H2. Lasted edited as of 30 December, 2020
With all the Bitcoin hype lately, spare a thought for all those forward-thinking nerds who got in early, and then forgot how to unlock their fortunes. The password will let him unlock a small hard drive, known as an IronKey, which contains the private keys to a digital wallet that holds 7,002 Bitcoin. While the price of Bitcoin dropped sharply on Monday, it is still up more than 50 percent from just a month ago, when it passed its previous all-time high of around $20,000. The problem is that Mr. Thomas years ago lost the paper where he wrote down the password for his IronKey, which gives users 10 guesses before it seizes up and encrypts its contents forever. He has since tried eight of his most commonly used password formulations — to no avail.
On a more positive note, here's a pretty cool video about an invisible PC. It's time to watercool my invisible PC!
|Sunday Evening Reviews
Sunday, 17-January-2021 20:10:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Team Group T-Create Classic 10L DDR4-3200 MHz CL22 2x32 GB on TechPowerUP.
Crucial Ballistix 2x16GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM 1.2V Kit on MadShrimps.
Creative SXFI Gamer headset on TechPowerUp.
Creative Stage V2 2.1 Soundbar on NikKTech.
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA SE800 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 ARGB 3IN1 Cooling Fans on APHNetworks.
Noctua NH-U9S chromax.black CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Corsair 5000D AIRFLOW Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Cougar MX660 Iron RGB Mid-Tower Chassis on FunkyKit.
Corsair 5000D Airflow full-tower on TechPowerUp.
Corsair 5000D on Guru3D.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra video card on Guru3D.
ASUS ProArt Z490-CREATOR 10G Motherboard on Tweaktown.
HP Envy x360 Review: Ryzen powered 2-in-1 laptop on TechSpot.
Linksys Velop AX4200 Wi-Fi 6 Whole Home Mesh System on Tweaktown.
Glorious Model O Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Help me OCAU, I am addicted to Factorio.. seriously, that game is like crack. Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 13-January-2021 23:40:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Gigabyte Aorus Raid 2TB SSD on FunkyKit.
Corsair MP400 1TB on LanOC.
Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
NZXT Kraken X63 RGB LCS CPU cooler on Guru3D.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 Sub-Zero AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Deepcool Castle 240R AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
EPOS Sennheiser GSX 300 Gaming Series External USB Sound Card on NikKTech.
HiFiMAN HE400i 2020 Edition headset on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Divider 300 TG ARGB on TechPowerUp.
Cougar MX660 Mesh RGB Gaming Case (video review) by OCClub.
Epomaker GK96LS Keyboard Review - Left-Handed Numpad! on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Prime Z490-A Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Monday, 11-January-2021 00:40:59 (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!
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 10-January-2021 23:53:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z490I AORUS Ultra on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 + Radeon RX 6800: Tested at 1080p, 1440p and 4K on TechSpot.
FiiO BTA30 HiFi Bluetooth Audio Receiver & Transmitter on NikKTech.
Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27 monitor on LanOC.
ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
HyperX QuadCast S Gaming Microphone on ThinkComputers.
Creative SXFI GAMER USB-C Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Tribit QuietPlus 50 Bluetooth Headphone on FunkyKit.
Vortex 10 Keyboard Review - A 10th Anniversary Poker Celebration on TechPowerUp.
Dream Machines DM6 Holey S on TechPowerUp.
Cougar BXM850 and GEX850 Power Supplies (video review) by OCClub.
Chieftronic PowerUp 850 W on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 6900 XT STRIX OC LC on Guru3D.
VR Wars: The Red Devil RTX 6900 XT versus the RTX 3090 Founders Edition on BabelTechReviews.
Colorful iGame RTX 3070 Advanced OC-V on Vortez.
Red Devil RX 6900 XT 50-game Review vs. the RTX 3090 FE on BabelTechReviews.
Noctua NH-U9S chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Phanteks First AIO Cooling Solution Glacier One 240 MP on Modders-Inc.
AeroCool Mirage 5 CPU ARGB CPU Air Cooler on NikKTech.
Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Lexar Professional 1066x microSDXC SILVER Series Card on HWAsylum.
TerraMaster F5-221 NAS on Guru3D.
Samsung SSD 980 Pro vs. Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus on TechSpot.
Genesis Irid 353 ARGB Review - Compact with a Glass Front case on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB White DDR4-3200 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Aruba InstantOn Networking Platform on Tweaktown.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G US-Edition: Solid Value, With Limitations phone on HotHardware.
Thanks to Dan, Axe, mpot and Andrew this week!
|Retro Gaming January 2021
Friday, 8-January-2021 00:37:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg
This month's "Retro Let's Play" is Warhammer: Dark Omen from 1998. Warhammer Dark Omen, released for both Windows 9x platform and PSX, The gameplay is unit-oriented battlefield tactics with infantry, cavalry, and archer squads and artillery pieces as well as supporting hero and wizard units. The game freely mixes in 3D/pixel based landscapes, cannons, flintlock pistols and steam-powered tanks with bows, cavalry and magic using the Warhammer fantasy rule-set set.
click for the thread!
While we're here, the Retro Racing game for January is Car & Driver from 1992. I don’t know how I stumbled on to this game, but I remember playing it quite often on my dads PC. I guess my brother probably bought it. I found the way they used the keyboard interesting. Rather than the usual holding down the key and the steering gradually getting tighter they used the whole numpad. 7 and 9 were light turns, 4 and 6 were medium and 1 and 3 were tight. It was a different method of “simulating analogue” compared to most others.
click for the thread!
|Tuesday Night Reviews
Tuesday, 5-January-2021 23:21:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 32GB DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB (White) DDR-3200 MHz CL16 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Mushkin Redline DDR4-4000 CL18 2x8GB on NeoSeeker.
TerraMaster 4GB RAM NAS Upgrade on NeoSeeker.
WD Blue SN550 SSD Review: Superb, Budget NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
Silicon Power US70 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Razer BlackShark V2 Gaming Headset on Thinkcomputers.
EPOS GSP 601 headset on Vortez.
HyperX Cloud II Wireless + 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200 mITX on APHNetworks.
Antec P10 FLUX on TechPowerUp.
Tuesday, 5-January-2021 00:48:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg
2021 and still no flying car. I mean this is just getting silly now. Anyway, time to clear out the newsbox:
Australia's national anthem has been slightly changed for 2021. From January 1, 2021, the second line of Australia's national anthem will change from, "For we are young and free" to "For we are one and free". Governor-General David Hurley has agreed to the Commonwealth's recommendation to make an amendment to the anthem for the first time since 1984.
Also, Flash is dead. Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems. Some users may continue to see reminders from Adobe to uninstall Flash Player from their system. See below for more details on how to uninstall Flash Player. You can still play some classic Flash games on the Internet Archive.
The Government meanwhile are looking into a right to repair for Australia. We have been asked to look at the barriers and enablers of competition in repair markets and the costs and benefits of a regulated ‘right to repair’, including facilitating access to embedded software in consumer and other goods. We have also been asked to look at arrangements for preventing premature or planned product obsolescence and the proliferation of e-waste, and means of reducing e-waste through improved access to repairs. They are accepting submissions on the topic until February 1st 2021.
BabelTechReviews compared the EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra vs. the RX 6800 in 35 games. EVGA sent BTR a RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra ($609) and ... a reference RX 6800 ($569) from AMD. Since these cards have become direct competitors because of being priced within 7%, they each deserve a full review.
Similarly, TechSpot compared the RTX 3070 vs. Radeon RX 6800 in 41 games. It's time for a GPU shootout to see how the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6800 compare by benchmarking them head to head in 41 games. That's ton of games to be tested and more than twice what we included in our day one review for both graphics cards.
Phoronix report on a new ARM CPU which seems ready to take on the big players. While the talk in recent weeks has been about the performance of Apple's M1 ARM chip and then rumors there might be a 32 core chip in the pipe, there is already something much stronger: Ampere Altra has begun shipping and its flagship 80-core SoC with up to two sockets per server can easily take on the AMD EPYC 7742 "Rome" and Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 "Cascade Lake" performance across a variety of workloads. Here is our initial look at the Ampere Altra performance on Linux in our independent performance benchmarks.
HotHardware meanwhile cover the best selling and most played Steam games for 2020. Though it has been a rough and long year, 2020 is finally ending. Throughout the year, gamers have been distracted by many games, both new and old. Now, Steam is releasing its “Best of 2020” games based on gross revenue and player stats to show what gamers have enjoyed this year.
Finally, I stumbled across this in the forums and don't know if I linked it years ago, but anyway it deserves another mention: DonutKing's tour of a Soviet Arcade Machine Museum. You might remember a few years ago there was some photos of a Soviet arcade museum doing the rounds. Well, I was in Moscow and stopped in for a visit.
Blame my hangover or the general post-Xmas pre-New Year time vortex, but I only just realised it's Friday today, so here's some Retro Misc Pics. The usual apologies if they are a bit spicier than we would normally allow on the news page nowadays. Also, the last one I think is a reference to Swine Flu - if only we knew then what was in store in future!
28th May 2009:
26th May 2009:
22nd May 2009:
15th May 2009:
8th May 2009:
1st May 2009:
|Hungover New Year Reviews
Friday, 1-January-2021 13:27:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg
addlink S92 2TB QLC M.2 PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston KC2500 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
WD My Passport SSD Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Synology DS1621+ 6-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Portable & Prebuilt:
ASRock DeskMini X300 Mini PC on Tweaktown.
Nokia 8 V 5G UW phone on HotHardware.
Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
DEEPCOOL AS500 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
EK Water Blocks EK AIO 240 D-RGB AIO Liquid Cooling System on NikKTech.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X on HotHardware.
MSI Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 NITRO+ on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming on FunkyKit.
Elgato Wave:1 USB microphone on TechPowerUp.
Corsair HS70 Bluetooth Headset on Guru3D.
Corsair HS70 Bluetooth headset on TechPowerUp.
DEEPCOOL MACUBE 110 MICRO ITX CASE on Modders-Inc.
Cougar BLAZER Essence (video review) by OCClub.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo V2 on OCInside.
Genesis Irid 503 ARGB on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB 2666MHz 2x16GB CL18 SODIMM on MadShrimps.
Patriot Viper Steel RGB 64GB DDR4-3600 CL20 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Sharkoon Light² 100 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master SK622 Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO Low Profile Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Nuki Keypad Combo Bundle smart lock on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme motherboard on TechPowerUp.
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