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May 2021
Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-May-2021  14:52:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-May-2021  23:17:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-11800H on TechSpot.
Gigabyte Z590 Vision G Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-I Gaming WiFi on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Maximus Extreme XIII Glacial on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X vs. Intel Core i7-11700K on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi on Vortez.
GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Master on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Redragon K596 Vishnu Wireless Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Argent M5 RGB Mouse on OCInside.
Epomaker B21 Wireless Keyboard Review - Etch a Switch on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake ARGENT K5 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
ASUS ROG Claymore II Review - Three Keyboards in One on TechPowerUp.
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse on NeoSeeker.
Xtrfy MZ1 Review - Zy's Rail mouse on TechPowerUp.
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless mouse on LanOC.
MSI Clutch GM41 Wireless Mouse on PCTestBench.
TECSEE Purple Panda Switch for keyboards on OCClub.
Thermaltake ARGENT K5 RGB Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Teamgroup Cardea A440 2TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Silicon Power US70 PCIe 4.0 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
ADATA SE900G Portable SSD 2 TB Review - USB at 20 Gbps on TechPowerUp.
HP Portable SSD P700 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 on NikKTech.
SilverStone MS12 SuperSpeed+ USB 3.2 Type-C to NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosure on HWAsylum.
HP P500 Portable SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
RAVPower Mini Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Lexar NQ100 480GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Lexar NM620 1TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Mushkin Enhanced Gamma 1TB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe 1.3 SSD on FunkyKit.
Mushkin CarbonX 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
WD My Passport SSD 4TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Mushkin Redline Lumina 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory on FunkyKit.
Acer Predator Talos DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 4x8 GB on TechPowerUp.
AORUS DDR4-4800 RGB 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
EVGA RTX 3060 XC Gaming on HWAsylum.
Galax HOF OC Lab DDR4-4400 16GB on Guru3D.

Thermaltake Divider 300 TG Snow ARGB Mid Tower on PCTestBench.
Zalman X3 on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Creative HS-720 V2 USB Headset with Noise-canceling Condenser Mic on MadShrimps.
XGIMI Halo Projector on TechPowerUp.

Enermax LIQMAX III 360 White ARGB CPU Liquid Cooler on FunkyKit.
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 420 AIO CPU Water Cooler on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-U12S Redux CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Watercool Heatkiller Rad 360-S on TechPowerUp.
Watercool Heatkiller Rad 360-L on TechPowerUp.

EnGenius ECW260 WiFi 6 2x2 Outdoor Access Point on LanOC.
EnGenius ECS1112FP PoE+ Switch video review by OCClub.

Days Gone Benchmark Test & Performance Review game on TechPowerUp.
Be Quiet! Pure Power 11 FM - 650W PSU on Guru3D.
Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 Review: Zen 3 Laptop Invasion on HotHardware.

Retro Misc Pics (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-May-2021  14:49:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been one of those weeks.. so here's Retro Misc Pics, from July 2009.

3rd July 2009:

10th July 2009:

17th July 2009:

24th July 2009:

31st July 2009:

Thursday Evening (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-May-2021  18:23:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been quite a ride in the world of crypto today. :)

LanOC have been building a FreeNAS data hoarder project, and are up to part 3. The last time we took a look at it I went over the storage options that we went with. Well in order for everything to work, I need processing power. So today Iím going to go over what Iím planning on using for the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and for some of our cooling. The original goal for the build was to put to use some older hardware combined with new components on wear items like the storage into a new rack-mounted case. So some of this hardware isnít going to be cutting edge, but thatís the point of a NAS build like this right? Putting your old PC hardware to use to get more life out of it.

NVIDIA are once again trying to produce cards with limited crypto hash rates. Gigabyte yesterday jumped the gun when it comes to its announcement of Lite Hash Rate (LHR) GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards. While NVIDIAís beta 466.24 driver released late last month confirmed that new GPU revisions were on the way, there was no mention of the LHR terminology at that time. Today, however, NVIDIA officially confirmed that its new LHR GPUs will now ship in late May. Last time a simple driver change bypassed the limit, so we'll see.

It's 2021 - could this be my flying car? Powered by electric motors and equipped with a range extender, ASKA can reach speeds up to 241 km/h (150 mph) and has a range of 402 km (250 miles) while flying. When cruising through the city roads, it can reach a top speed of around 112 km/h (70 mph). ASKA doesn't need to travel to an air terminal to transition to flight mode since the driver only needs to find a space wide enough for the vehicle to open its wings and rotor blades.

The National Archive of Australia is asking for donations to help digitise Australian history. Records most at risk include tapes of John Curtinís wartime speeches; Pitcairn Islandís births, deaths and marriages register of the Bounty mutineers and their descendants; and personnel files of RAAF non-commissioned officers from World War II. Its holdings also include 120,000 hours Ė more than 13.5 years Ė of video and audio tape that needs digitising.

Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-May-2021  20:31:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
BIOSTAR Z590 Valkyrie on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i9-11980HK Preview: 8-Core Tiger Lake-H Unleashed on HotHardware.
Intel Core i9-11900K Processor on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Sabrent EC-TFNE & EC-SNVE USB 3.2 Gen 2 Tool Free M.2 SSD Enclosures on NikKTech.
Intel Optane Memory H20 Review: Performance Where It Matters on HotHardware.
Intel Optane H20 1TB OEM M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung SSD 980 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Crucial P2 2TB PCIe M.2 2280 SSD on MadShrimps.
Silicon Power XPower XD80 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Patriot Supersonic Rage Pro 512GB USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive on APHNetworks.
Silicon Power XD80 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Lexar NM620 512GB on LanOC.
Seagate FireCuda 2TB External Gaming Hard Drive on Tweaktown.
LEXAR NM620 M.2 512GB SSD on PCTestBench.
addlink P20 2TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Synology DiskStation DS1821+ NAS on Modders-Inc.
Toshiba Canvio Advance 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Storage on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Epomaker AK84S Review - Chocolate Switches, Silicone Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
Corsair PBT Double-Shot Pro Mod Kit/url] for keyboards on NeoSeeker.
ASUS ROG Gladius III mouse on TechPowerUp.
Mistel X-VIII Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Varmilo MA108 Forest Fairy Review - Tranquil Clicks keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Enermax ETS-F40-FS Silent Edition CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Prismatic and SF120M ARGB Cooling Fans on APHNetworks.
Scythe Mugen 5 Black Edition CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
CORSAIR iCUE SP140 RGB ELITE Performance 140mm PWM Fans on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Helios 300 (2021) on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Quick Look: CHOETECH HUB-M20 11-in-1 Docking Station on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Nitro+ RX 6700XT on LanOC.
ASRock Radeon RX 6700 XT Phantom Gaming D 12GB OC on FunkyKit.
ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT OC Formula on TechPowerUp.
Powercolor RX 6700 XT Hellhound Spectral White on Guru3D.
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle 12G on LanOC.
Comparing the RTX3080 with the RTX3080 Laptop GPU on Bjorn3D.

Audio Visual:
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT Headset on NeoSeeker.
EarFun Air Pro TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless on TechPowerUp.
LG 27GP850 monitor on TechSpot.
Jabra EVOLVE2 85 UC Wireless Headphones on NikKTech.

Immortals Fenyx Rising DLC on OCClub.
Resident Evil Village: PC graphics performance benchmarks analysis on Guru3D.
Resident Evil 8 Village Benchmark Test & Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
Call of Duty: Warzone DLSS Benchmarked: 8K 60FPS on GeForce RTX 3090 on Tweaktown.

AZZA Cast 808 on TechPowerUp.
Zalman Z3 Iceberg on TechPowerUp.
XPG Starker on APHNetworks.

Predator Apollo RGB DDR4-3600 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
TRENDnet 5-port Unmanaged 2.5G Switch on Guru3D.
be quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 650 W PSU on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-May-2021  15:08:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dan, Dan and Dan this week! The last one is probably NSFW. :)

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-May-2021  23:57:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard and CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H mobile CPU on TechSpot.
Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 Ice Lake Linux Performance vs. AMD EPYC Milan, Cascade Lake on Phoronix.
Gigabyte Z590 VISION G Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Intel Core i7-11370H mobile CPU on TechSpot.
Intel Core i5-11600K Processor on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Z590 Taichi Motherboard on PCTestBench.
Intel Core i7-11700K vs AMD Ryzen 7 3800X: 1080p, 1440p and 4K gaming on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Apple MacBook Pro 13" 2020 on Tweaktown.
HP ZBook Fury 15 G7 Review: A Potent Mobile Workstation on HotHardware.
Razer Blade Pro (2020) laptop on Tweaktown.
MSI Creator 15 A10UGT laptop on Vortez.

Lexar DDR4-2666 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte AORUS RGB DDR4 16GB (2x8GB) 4800MHz Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-May-2021  19:11:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TerraMaster F2-422 NAS (video review) on YouTube.
Silicon Power Boost SU20 7-in-1 USB-C Docking Station on MadShrimps.
Lexar SL200 Portable SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Lexar Play microSDXC card on PCTestBench.

Cooler Master MasterAir MA610P ARGB CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Raijintek ORCUS 140 RBW AIO Cooler on FunkyKit.
Aerocool Mirage L240 240mm ARGB Liquid Cooler on NikKTech.
Cooler Master ML360 Mirror (video review) by OCClub.
Enermax LIQMAX III aRGB 240mm CPU cooler on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
EVGA Z20 Optical Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Patriot Memory Viper V551 RGB Optical Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
EVGA Z15 RGB Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair KATAR PRO XT & KATAR PRO Wireless Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Sharkoon Light≤ 180 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Ajazz Zinc Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
EVGA XR1 Review: Full-Featured High Quality Stream Capture on HotHardware.
Creative SBS E2900 Desktop Computer Speakers on APHNetworks.
Viper V380 RGB gaming headset on DVHardware.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-May-2021  14:47:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to LethalCorpse and Dan this week!

Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-May-2021  14:40:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

IBM have announced 2nm chips. Most computer chips powering devices today use 10-nanometer or 7-nanometer process technology, with some manufacturers producing 5-nanometer chips. The lower numbers denote smaller, more advanced processors. IBM's new chip uses 2-nanometer process technology, a huge leap forward for the components used to power everything from consumers' smart phones and appliances to supercomputers and transportation equipment.

The Beast noticed that MS have apparently never turned a profit on Xbox consoles. The Epic Games v Apple trial is continuing to surface interesting titbits of information about the inner workings of the games industry, and the latest is that Microsoft has never made profit from the sale of console hardware. This may not be the most surprising news of all time, given consoles are in the games industry have traditionally been sold at a loss - but you rarely hear companies admit this out loud. Discussion here.

TechSpot look way back at the Intellivision console. To this day, I still argue with my cousins that my Intellivision was better than their Atari. However, while Atari went on to make other, more powerful systems, Intellivision quietly disappeared. What ever happened to the brand that hooked me on console gaming more than 40 years ago? Pretty sure I played pong/tennis on one of these a zillion years ago with the twisty controllers.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-May-2021  11:31:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7 11700KF processor on Guru3D.
MSI MEG Z590 ACE on Vortez.

Antec DF700 Flux Mid Tower on FunkyKit.
Raijintek Pan Slim ITX on TechPowerUp.

Acer FA100 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
TerraMaster F2-422 10GbE NAS on LanOC.

Audio Visual:
Razer Kraken X USB Gaming Headset on OCInside.
Ikko OH10 In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
TechniSat DigitRadio UP 1 DAB+ Radio on FunkyHome.

Input Etc:
Akko 3108DS Matcha Red Bean Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Endgame Gear XM1r mouse on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Scope RX Mechanical Keyboard on BabelTechReviews.
Akko 3084 World Tour Tokyo Bluetooth Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Viper V570 Blackout mouse on DVHardware.
Ducky Mecha SF Radiant (Emerald) Review - Iridescent Aluminium keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Anne Pro 2 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
be quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 750W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
be quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 750 W on TechPowerUp.

Amplifi Alien AP on Xion, discussion here.
Unifi U6-Lite AP on Xion, discussion here.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240 Illusion All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.
CRYORIG R5 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Raijintek EOS 360 RBW ARGB AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master ML280 Mirror CPU cooler (video review) by OCClub.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Review: All-AMD Gaming Value on HotHardware.
MSI Stealth 15M (2021) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 9 (2021) Laptop on Tweaktown.
Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable Review: Eclipsing Surface Pro on HotHardware.
Intel NUC 11 Pro (Tiger Canyon) SFF PC on Tweaktown.

Secretlab MAGNUS Metal Desk Review: The Best Gaming Desk Ever Made on Tweaktown.
Acer Predator Apollo DDR4-3600 MHz CL14 2x8 GB memory on TechPowerUp.


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