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February 2021
Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-February-2021  15:06:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe, mpot and GillR this week!









Friday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-February-2021  00:55:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z490 Vision D Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Master Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Patriot P210 2TB 2.5 SSD on MadShrimps.
Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB NVMe SSD (7 GB/sec) on Guru3D.
Lexar Professional 1066x SILVER MicroSDXC 256GB & 2000x GOLD SDXC 128GB Memory Card on NikKTech.

Cooling:
Enermax LIQMAX III ARGB 240 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Deepcool AS500 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MM720 and MM711 Gaming Mouse on OCClub.
Patriot Viper V730 LED Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
HyperX Pulsefire Raid Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
EIZO FlexScan EV2795 QHD Monitor on NikKTech.
Philips TAT8505BK In-Ear True Wireless Earbuds on FunkyKit.
ROCCAT Elo 7.1 USB Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Fractal Meshify 2 Compact Case on HWAsylum.
Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact Computer Case on APHNetworks.
Fractal Meshify 2 Compact Case on Modders-Inc.
Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact chassis on Guru3D.
Fractal Meshify 2 Compact Case on PCTestBench.
Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact Case on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
Novostella A19 13W RGBCW Smart Light Bulb on BigBruin.
TP-Link AX11000 Router (video review) by OCClub.
Cooler Master V850 SFX Gold 850W Power Supply on APHNetworks.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 21-February-2021  13:17:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
CORSAIR MM700 RGB Extended Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad on MadShrimps.
Patriot Viper V530 Optical LED Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.

Storage:
ORICO Portable M.2 Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.

Memory:
Patriot Viper Steel RGB 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL18 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3200 2x16GB DDR4 on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo GX551 dual-screen laptop on TechSpot.
Apple MacBook Air M1 on DVHardware.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT GAMING X TRIO on Guru3D.
SAPPHIRE TOXIC Radeon RX 6900 XT Limited Edition on Tweaktown.
MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT GAMING X TRIO on Tweaktown.

Misc:
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU on PCTestBench.
ASUS ROG Delta S USB-C Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (30 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-February-2021  16:37:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to aftahours and IntelInside this week!









Friday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-February-2021  00:37:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B560 Steel Legend Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU on PCTestBench.

Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6800 on Tweaktown.
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 6800 Nitro Plus 16GB on NikKTech.
SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6800 XT on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800 OC Edition on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200 Mini ITX Case on HWAsylum.
be quiet! Silent Base 802 Computer Case on APHNetworks.
be quiet! Silent Base 802 video review by OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Patriot Viper V330 Stereo Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Sonos Beam soundbar on DVHardware.
Aiwa ARC-1 ANC Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones on NikKTech.
TRENDnet TV-IP323PI Indoor/Outdoor 4MP H.265 PoE IR Fixed Turret Network Camera on NikKTech.
Philips True Wireless ANC TAT8505BK Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.

Storage:
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB Review: Flagship PCIe 4 NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
TerraMaster F2-422 2-Bay 10GbE NAS on FunkyKit.
Sabrent EC-SNVE USB-C Tool-Free SSD Enclosure on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UH laptop on Vortez.
Shuttle XPC slim DA320 Robust 1.3-litre Mini PC for AMD on MadShrimps.
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Review: Packed With Features And Value on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
NK Blueberry Switch for keyboards on OCClub.
1Up Keyboards Super 16 Build on OCClub.
HyperX Pulsefire Surge mouse on DVHardware.
Patriot Viper V770 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL DDR4-3600 4x8GB Memory Kit on NeoSeeker.
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3200 32GB Dual-Channel Kit on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Corsair HX850 Fully Modular Power Supply video review by OCClub.
Philips Hue Starter Kit smart lights on DVHardware.
Scythe Shuriken 2 Compact CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.



Tuesday Night (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-February-2021  23:00:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The standoff continues between Google and the Government around media laws. The clash between Google and Canberra will ripple far away from Australia's pristine beaches. Countries around the world are reckoning with the havoc Google, Facebook and other tech companies have wreaked on their media landscapes.

A new startup is aiming to build a private Australia-wide fibre backbone. The massive project and investment was unveiled in the early hours of Thursday, and is described as “the largest private digital infrastructure project in Australia’s history”. It includes the deployment of 20,000-plus kilometres of fibre “connecting major data hubs in every capital city in every state and territory across Australia.”

Tucows Downloads has gone away, but much of it is on the Internet Archive. The shareware downloads bulletin board system (BBS) that would become Tucows Downloads was founded back in 1993 on a library computer in Flint, MI. What started as a place for people in the know to download software became the place to download software on the burgeoning Internet. Far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. Discussion here.

Meanwhile VLC is 20 years old. The VideoLAN project and the VideoLAN non-profit organization are happy to celebrate today the 20th anniversary of the open-sourcing of the project. VideoLAN originally started as a project from the Via Centrale Réseaux student association, after the successful Network 2000 project. But the true release of the project to the world was on 1st of February 2001, the École Centrale Paris director, Mr. Gourisse, allowed the open-sourcing of the whole VideoLAN project under the GNU GPL.

Intel recently won an Academy Award (of sorts) for rendering technology. Intel Embree’s production-ready capabilities allow creators to inject photorealism through premier, realistic lighting effects, such as reflections and shadows on hair, fur, mirrors or any object; complex motion blur for multiple moving objects like vehicles, propellers and birds; and complex geometries like ray-oriented disks, spheres and normal-oriented disks to render particle effects such as sand and foam.

TechSpot have a look at 4 years of Ryzen performance. We want to see how the Ryzen 5 1600X, 2600X, 3600X and 5600X compare in half a dozen games using the GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3070, Radeon RX 5700 XT and 5600 XT, using both the ultra and medium quality presets at 1080p, 1440p and 4K. I have to say after years of Intel I am loving my 3900X.

The next time you get pwned by a kid in CoD, it might actually be a pig. Four pigs showed a “remarkable” ability to play a joystick-operated video game, an indication of “their behavioral and cognitive flexibility,” according to a study published on Thursday in Frontiers in Psychology. Though the game was originally developed by NASA to test monkeys, the pigs were able to learn how to accomplish most of its objectives without the benefits of opposable thumbs or keen eyesight.

It's 2021 and I still don't have a flying car, but maybe soon I'll have a walking one. The Hyundai Tiger X-1 has four wheels, each powered by an electric motor. Each of those wheels is on the end of a long, bendable leg. The autonomous vehicle will drive as far as it can on its wheels, but, when it encounters obstacles it can't drive over, it will rise up on its legs and walk over them.



Retro Gaming February 2021 (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 14-February-2021  15:47:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's Retro Let's Play is Pirates! Gold. Pirates! Gold is a remake of the original Pirates! game designed by Sid Meier and produced by Microprose. Sid Meier has been quoted in interviews stating that the original Pirates! game was far more successful than anticipated and that he thought it must have struck a chord with gamers.


click for the thread!


While we're here, February's Retro Racing game is Moto Racer from 1997. Players race on either a motocross bike or street bike, depending on the track. The PC version features a total of eight tracks, four of which are unlockable, while the PlayStation version adds two tracks for a total of ten. A multiplayer option is also available, allowing two players to compete over a LAN or Internet on the PC or split screen on the PlayStation version.


click for the thread!


Head over to the Retro & Arcade Forum for lots more cool stuff - it's one of our busiest subforums.



Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-February-2021  14:22:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to everyone who sent in pics over the last two weeks!










Friday Morning Reviews (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-February-2021  00:31:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX vs Ryzen 7 5800H on TechSpot.
ASRock X570 PG Velocita Motherboard on PCTestBench.

Audio Visual:
AOC CU34G2X Gaming monitor on Guru3D.
Tribit QuietPlus 78 Headset on FunkyKit.
Viotek SUW49DA 49-inch Super Ultrawide Curved Monitor on ThinkComputers.
Sonos Move portable speaker on DVHardware.

Input Etc:
GELID NOVA XL mousepad on DVHardware.
EVGA Z20 Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper V765 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.

Storage:
Patriot Viper VPN100 1TB NVMe on OCClub.
Patriot Burst 960GB SATA SSD on FunkyKit.
Silicon Power UD70 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
TerraMaster D2 Clone USB3.1 enclosure on NeoSeeker.
Samsung 980 Pro 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9i & NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.
NZXT Kraken X53 RGB AIO Liquid Cooler on NikKTech.
DEEPCOOL CASTLE 240R 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO SL (AMD Ryzen) DDR4-3600 16GB RAM Kit on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 Memory on PCTestBench.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS Desktop Special Edition 8940 Review: A Sleek Gaming Rig on HotHardware.
Fitbit Versa 3 on DVHardware.

Misc:
Xbox Series X Review: Dream Machine on Tweaktown.
Olija game on OCClub.
CHIEFTEC Scorpion 3 Mid-Tower on NikKTech.



Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-February-2021  13:50:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechSpot have a GPU Scaling Benchmark article, featuring the Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X. Today we're starting a new benchmark series looking at the balance between CPU and GPU performance. The first chapter of this series will focus on AMD’s Zen 3 processors using a range of GPUs belonging to different tiers. Actually, you may recall this is something we've done before, going back to 2019. The first installment featured the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2070 Super, Radeon RX 5700 and RX 580, and the CPUs included the Core i9-9900K, Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 5 3600. Since then, an entirely new generation of CPUs and GPUs have been released.

Synology are releasing their own line of (rebranded) hard drives, but worryingly it sounds like they may be blocking other drives in their enterprise NAS units. Synology launched a trio of enterprise hard drives at 8TB, 12TB, and 16TB capacities along with a trio of “enterprise” NAS units. As part of the dual announcement, Synology is locking its new NAS units from using large hard drives from other vendors, instead only allowing its own hard drives to work in the units.

MIT have unveiled the way that SkyNet will print an army of Terminators to destroy humanity: MIT reiterates that its LaserFactory system can be used for a multitude of things, such as building drones for deliveries or important search and rescue operations. I guess if you needed to have a system deployed somewhere, that could pump out drones all day long on-the-fly would be pretty damn useful.

China have returned their first photos of Mars, thanks to the Tianwen-1 probe. The five-tonne Tianwen-1 includes a Mars orbiter, lander, and a rover that will study the planet’s soil. China hopes to land the rover in May in Utopia, a massive impact basin. China has poured billions of dollars into its military-led space programme and first sent a human into space in 2003. It is aiming to assemble a space station in Earth orbit by 2022.

Speaking of which, SpaceX's StarLink satellite broadband has been launched in Australia, in a limited Beta form. Starlink’s website went live on Tuesday morning and with it came the Australian availability for the low-orbit satellite broadband service. Australians can reportedly expect to see the SpaceX service launch somewhere between mid-to-late 2021. I have already placed my order and paid my deposit! Discussion in this thread.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-February-2021  22:55:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud Orbit S Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
HP Reverb G2 vs. the HP G1 and HTC Vive Pro VR headsets on BabelTechReview.
Tronsmart Apollo Q10 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headset on FunkyKit.
SpotCam Eva 2 Security Camera on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
KIOXIA Exceria Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 And S50 Lite Review: PCIe 4 Speed Or Value on HotHardware.
Silicon Power Superior Pro microSDXC UHS-I Colorful U3 512GB Card on MadShrimps.
Team T-Force Cardea Ceramic C440 1TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Icy Dock MB861U31-1M2B ICYNano external enclosure on OCInside.

Cooling:
be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror AIO on OCInside.

Misc:
ASRock W480 Creator Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Patriot Viper Steel RGB 3600 MHz (2x 16GB) memory on Guru3D.
SilverStone Sugo 14 Mini ITX Case on HWAsylum.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3070 OC Edition video card on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design ION SFX 650G PSU on NikKTech.



Retro Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-February-2021  14:36:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Darn it, I made a proper Misc Pics but ABB changed my static IP so I can't upload them to the server. Anyway, to tide you over, here's some Retro Misc Pics from June 2009. The last one looks a bit NSFW, so be warned!

June 26, 2009:




June 12, 2009:





June 5, 2009:






Wednesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-February-2021  23:32:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
ModMic 480i bundle headsets on LanOC.
ROCCAT Elo X Stereo Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR monitor on Vortez.
Creative SBS E2900 2.1 Speakers Review: Big Sound, Small Price on HotHardware.
Belkin SOUNDFORM ELITE Hi-Fi Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger on MadShrimps.
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 4 headset on TechPowerUp.
Cougar Phontum Essential Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.

Cooling:
Arctic BioniX P120 ARGB video review on OCInside.
Cougar AQUA 360 ARGB (video review) by OCClub.

Portabel & Prebuilt:
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU on TechSpot.
Alienware m15 R4 Review: A GeForce RTX 30 Series Invasion on HotHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop Performance: What To Expect on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
GeForce RTX 3080 vs. Radeon RX 6800 XT on TechSpot.
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC Edition on Tweaktown.
ASUS Radeon RX 6800 STRIX OC on TechPowerUp.
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 OC Edition on Tweaktown.

Cases:
SilverStone SUGO 14 mITX on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master Pi Case 40 for Raspberry Pi on Bjorn3D.

Storage:
Silicon Power US70 PCIe 4.0 NVMe on Guru3D.
Patriot PUSH+ USB 3.2 Gen 1 64GB Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
TerraMaster F5-221 NAS on NeoSeeker.
Crucial X6 & X8 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSDs on NikKTech.
Lexar Professional NM700 1TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
XPG Gammix S50 Lite 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Asustor Lockerstor 4 (AS6604T) 4-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Corsair MP600 CORE PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe on Guru3D.
Corsair MP600 CORE 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
iStorage datAshur BT USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
QNAP TS-453D: Time to Start Upgrading Your Network Setup to 2.5 GbE on Bjorn3D.
addlink S95 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Asustor Lockerstor 4 (AS6604T) NAS on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
Corsair Katar Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Mountain Makalu 67 Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Corsair K60 RGB PRO SE Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.

Misc:
EZQuest 8-port USB-C Multimedia Hub on DVHardware.
EVGA Z490 Dark Motherboard on NikKTech.
Gods Will Fall game on OCClub.




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