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June 2021
Team Group C440 Cardea Ceramic M.2 NVMe SSD (18 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-June-2021  00:56:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been a while since I've reviewed anything, but I've taken a look at this quite natty-looking M.2 SSD from Team Group. With its fancy ceramic heatspreader it certainly draws the eye, but does it have the speed to match?


click for the review!



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-June-2021  20:58:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z590 OC Formula on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z590 Taichi Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FE on OCClub.

Storage:
Neo Forza NFS01 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
TeamGroup T-Force Cardea A440 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Sabrent Rocket 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
TEAMGROUP T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD on HotHardware.
Silicon Power XD80 2 TB on Guru3D.
Intel SSD DC P5800X 800GB Review - World's Fastest SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power UD70 2TB & US70 2TB NVMe SSD on NeoSeeker.
Silicon Power XPower XD80 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Lexar NQ100 480GB SSD on Modders-Inc.
Patriot Viper VP4300 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Minisforum HM80 (Ryzen 4800U) mini PC on Guru3D.
OnePlus Nord N200 5G Review: A Budget 5G Phone That Delivers on HotHardware.

Software:
Cyberpunk 2077 Benched at 8K with Ray Tracing: RTX 3090 vs RX 6900 XT on Tweaktown.
Edge of Eternity game on OCClub.

Cases:
XPG Starker compact mid-tower on NeoSeeker.
SilverStone RM42-502 Review - Rackmount & Mid-Tower Server Case on TechPowerUp.
Antec DF700 FLUX on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 TWS Earphones on TechPowerUp.
Creative Sound Blaster Jam V2 Ultralight On-ear Bluetooth Headphones on MadShrimps.
EarFun Free 2 Wireless Earbuds on FunkyKit.

Memory:
Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB 4000Mhz 16GB Memory on HWAsylum.
T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB WHITE DDR4-3600MHz 2x16GB Kit on BabelTechReviews.

Input Etc:
Akko 3084 Silent Bluetooth 5.0 on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake ARGENT M5 Wireless RGB Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
AZIO IZO Keyboard Review - Typing on Candy! on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Keris mouse on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
PCCooler GI-CX240 ARGB on OCInside.
EK-Classic RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB GPU Block + Backplate on TechPowerUp.

Furniture:
Cougar Explore S gaming chair on NeoSeeker.
Cougar Explore S Black Gaming Chair on FunkyKit.



Sunday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-June-2021  15:32:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Right, so we're in Lockdown 2: Judgement Day in Sydney. Hopefully you're not being too inconvenienced by the recent lockdowns and things will continue to improve once they're over.

Anyway, some good news is that Alan Turing has been featured on the new 50 pound note in the UK. The circumstances of his arrest and death were a cruel injustice and a great loss for humanity. Alan Turing provided the theoretical underpinnings for the modern computer. While best known for his work devising code-breaking machines during WWII, Turing played a pivotal role in the development of early computers first at the National Physical Laboratory and later at the University of Manchester. He set the foundations for work on artificial intelligence by considering the question of whether machines could think. Turing was homosexual and was posthumously pardoned by the Queen having been convicted of gross indecency for his relationship with a man. His legacy continues to have an impact on both science and society today.

John McAfee has died in a Spanish prison, bringing an end to a quite bizarre life. McAfee had became a fringe, cult figure in the minds of his followers — 1.1 million on Twitter alone — where he argued against government control and promoted himself as a hedonistic and misunderstood outsider, ideologically opposed to taxation, unfairly framed by corrupt officials in Belize, his second home, where the Prime Minister once described him as "extremely paranoid, even bonkers".

A BIOS update feature in many Dell machines has left them vulnerable to attack. "These vulnerabilities are on easy mode to exploit. It's essentially like traveling back in time—it's almost like the '90s again," says Jesse Michael, principal analyst at Eclypsium. "The industry has achieved all this maturity of security features in application and operating system-level code, but they're not following best practices in new firmware security features."

Meanwhile a security patch may have slowed your CPU down recently. What’s going on here? Are my Skylake and Ice Lake hosts simply work-weary by Wednesday and don’t put in as much effort? Is there a new crypto-coin based on who can store the most zeros and this is a countermeasure to avoid ballooning CPU prices in the face of this new workload? Believe it or not, it is none of the above!

Windows 11 has been announced, and there are some concerns that it might not work on some quite recent systems. According to newly published Microsoft documents, Windows 11 is incompatible with Intel and AMD CPUs sold as recently as four years ago. This appears to be a separate issue from the TPM 1.2 versus 2.0 problems we’ve already discussed. Discussion here.

Speaking of Judgement Day, a drone recently hunted and killed someone all on its own. The March 2020 incident saw a KARGU-2 quadcopter autonomously attack a human during a conflict between Libyan government forces and a breakaway military faction, led by the Libyan National Army’s Khalifa Haftar, the Daily Star reported. The Turkish-built KARGU-2, a deadly attack drone designed for asymmetric warfare and anti-terrorist operations, targeted one of Haftar’s soldiers while he tried to retreat, according to the paper. The drone, which can be directed to detonate on impact, was operating in a “highly effective” autonomous mode that required no human controller, the New York Post said.

Alch sent in this quite neat map of the Internet for 2021. After a better part of a year of work, I am excited to show you a brand new Map of the Internet, up to date for the year 2021. Inspired by design of historical maps, this project aims to concisely, but still comprehensively visualize the current state of the World Wide Web, and document the largest and most popular websites over the period of 2020-2021, along with their countless aspects and features.



Voodoo6 6000SUX (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-June-2021  13:25:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still trying to get my head around this - it almost feels like a Captain's Workspace prank, but seems to be real. In short, there is a Russian hobbyist who is making modern versions of classic video cards, with a focus on the 3dfx Voodoo range. OCAU Forums member mwd seems to have acquired at least one of them. The most recent seems to be the Voodoo6 6000SUX (I told you it sounds like a parody), and that thread seems to be the best source of info currently:


click for the thread!



WD My Book Live users - unplug! (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-June-2021  21:12:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Callan and boneburner pointed out that WD My Book Live external drives are being compromised and wiped. Western Digital has determined that some My Book Live devices are being compromised by malicious software. In some cases, this compromise has led to a factory reset that appears to erase all data on the device. The My Book Live device received its final firmware update in 2015. We understand that our customers’ data is very important. At this time, we recommend you disconnect your My Book Live from the Internet to protect your data on the device. We are actively investigating and we will provide updates to this thread when they are available. Unplug them before they get wiped! More info here, discussion here.


Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-June-2021  15:11:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You may have noticed we had an outage of the main site today - only the SSL version of the main site was down, and the forums were completely unaffected. Haven't heard the final word on what the issue was yet but seems to be working again now. Anyway, thanks to Axe and Simon this week!








Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-June-2021  16:34:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z590 Taichi motherboard on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Toughram RGB 16GB DDR4 2x 8GB DDR4-3200 RAM on OCInside.
NZXT N7 B550 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7-11700K CPU on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN 360Hz Monitor on Guru3D.
ThieAudio Legacy 5 In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Viotek GNV30CBXA 30-inch 200 Hz Curved Gaming Monitor on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
Terra Master D2-310 Hard Disk RAID System on NikKTech.
Team Group T-Force Treasure Touch 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Mushkin GAMMA 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 980 1 TB Review - Faster Than You Think on TechPowerUp.
iStorage diskAshur M2 2TB PIN Authenticated Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Inland Performance Plus 1TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
WD_Black D50 Game Dock Review: Wicked-Fast External Storage on HotHardware.

Cooling:
Alphacool Eisblock GPX Aurora RTX 3080/3090 Reference on TechPowerUp.
Alphacool Eisblock ES Acetal RTX 3080/3090 Reference on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware m17 R4 Review: The Fastest Gaming Laptop Yet on HotHardware.
Gigabyte Aorus 17G YC laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.

Power Supply:
MSI MPG A750GF Power Supply video review by OCClub.
be quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 750W on APHNetworks.

Memory:
Neo Forza Faye DDR4-4400 MHz CL19 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB DDR4 4000 on Modders-Inc.
Silicon Power X-Power Zenith 32GB DDR4-3600 on FunkyKit.
Thermaltake Toughram RGB 16GB DDR4 2x 8GB DDR4-3200 RAM on OCInside.
TeamGroup Dark Z FPS 16GB DDR4-4000 CL16 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
64GB T-FORCE ZEUS 3200MHz SO-DIMM DDR4 on BabelTechReviews.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB DDR4 4000MHz 16GB Kit on FunkyKit.
Teamgroup DARK Z FPS DDR4 Memory on PCTestBench.

Misc:
Quick Look: Lamptron HX070 7" Hardware Monitor on TechPowerUp.
Cougar Explore S Gaming Chair video review by OCClub.
GeForce 466.77 Driver Performance Analysis – Using Ampere and Turing on BabelTechReviews.
Sharkoon SKILLER SGK30 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo video card on Guru3D.
SilverStone FARA B1 Pro case on TechPowerUp.
QNAP QSW-M2108R-2C 10GbE Switch video review by OCClub.



Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-June-2021  13:50:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!








Retro Let's Play June 2021 - Ghouls 'n Ghosts (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-June-2021  18:37:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Retro Let's Play game for June 2021 is Ghouls 'n Ghosts from 1988. I've picked this as it was one of my favourite arcade games, also the ports on C64. The playability and graphics are much better than Ghosts 'n Goblins, in particular allowing firing up. This is a run and shoot, twitchy masterpiece of a game that also entails an amazing soundtrack.


click for the thread!



Milestones (47 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-June-2021  23:49:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

My forum account turns 20 years old today! That is of course from when the forums restarted on vBulletin, using the same database we still use today under XenForo. Previous to that we ran UBB and for a very short time before that, Phorum. The website itself started on 17th July 1999, so will be 22 soon. Crikey. Who'd have thought we'd still be around after all this time? Anyway, thanks for being part of it, and here's to many more!


Wednesday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-June-2021  00:28:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time for some news catchup!

I heard recently that Dan Kaminsky passed away in April. The New York Times labeled Kaminsky an "Internet security savior" and "a digital Paul Revere". Kaminsky was known among computer security experts for his work on DNS cache poisoning, for showing that the Sony Rootkit had infected at least 568,000 computers, and for his talks at the Black Hat Briefings. On June 16, 2010, he was named by ICANN as one of the Trusted Community Representatives for the DNSSEC root. More here.

The AFP are training dogs to sniff out USB drives and other media. The agency said in social media posts that the capability was “a first for Australian law enforcement”. “Given their size, you can imagine how easily [USBs and SIMs] can be hidden from police to conceal evidence,” the AFP said. “Since 2019, our three AFP technology detection dogs have located more than 120 devices during search warrants. “Over the next three years, at least 12 more dogs will be trained and deployed across the country.”

Internet Explorer reaches end of life today. Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”) built in, so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge. With Microsoft Edge capable of assuming this responsibility and more, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired and go out of support on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10. I currently use an unwieldy mishmash of Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Vivaldi on my various PCs.

HotHardware have a guide to vintage console gaming on modern TVs. The 20-year span between 1985 and 2005 saw the release of literally hundreds of classic game titles that were -- and are still -- beloved by millions of people around the world. From Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, to modern classics like Halo and Metal Gear Solid, most of gaming's biggest franchises spent their formative years on consoles plugged into standard-definition cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions, the warm glow and rounded geometry of which would provide countless hours of fun. If there's one problem with those consoles, however, it's that it can be difficult to get one running -- and more importantly looking good -- on modern HD television sets.

Here's some more retro stuff - the computers behind the Death Star animations in the original Star Wars. That memorable animated schematic — the imaging of the Death Star trench that Luke Skywalker must navigate, the illustration of how a single missile could breach a "small thermal exhaust port" and blow up the Empire's orbiting rumpus room, a sequence that looks as crude and skeletal in 2017 as an Etch A Sketch drawing — came from a brick building in University Village at Taylor and Halsted streets, courtesy of a ragtag squadron of computer artists and scientists at UIC's Electronic Visualization Laboratory.

Guru3D have a Thermal Paste Roundup. It has been almost two years since we made part 1 of Thermal Paste Roundup. The community gave us good feedback and appreciated the initial article; thus, we have prepared our second round of that article. We'll add 10 more compounds bringing the total close to 30 compounds tested. Of course I can't link that without linking this.

The RAAF is getting a space division. Defence will establish a Space Division headquarters within the Royal Australian Air Force in early 2022, with personnel from all areas within Defence reflecting the importance of the Space domain. Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC, said assured access to Space was critical to enabling Defence’s multi-domain operations. Not to be confused with ARSE. :)

Today's timewaster is from Andrew: Retro cool Chess program written in 1KB of Javascript. More info here.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-June-2021  18:53:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Philips 4K Ultra HD LCD Monitor 288E2E on FunkyKit.
Sennheiser GSP 370 Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
1MORE ComfoBuds Pro True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Cougar Immersa Essentials Headset on OCClub.

Memory:
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB DDR4-4000 2x8GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.
Mushkin Redline Lumina 32GB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Cooling:
CORSAIR Hydro X Series XG7 RGB 30-Series Reference GPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
ID-Cooling SE-914-XT ARGB CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Aqua Computer LEAKSHIELD on TechPowerUp.
MSI MPG CORELIQUID K240 on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone IceGem 280 All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 13 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Rival 5 Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
JWK Unlubed Linear Switch for keyboards on OCClub.
System76 Launch - A Very Well Built, Highly Configurable, Open-Source Keyboard on Phoronix.
Cougar 700M EVO eSports Mouse on OCClub.
Akko 3108v2 Monet's Pond keyboard on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X17 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GamingPRO on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming Performance At 4K & Ultrawide on TechGage.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X 8G on PCTestBench.
Radeon Pro W6800 Review: AMD RDNA 2-Infused Workstation Muscle on HotHardware.
Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 Ti X3 OC Dual Slot on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Silicon Power XD80 2TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD on FunkyKit.
Silicon Power US70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 2TB SSD on MadShrimps.
SK Hynix Gold P31 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
SK hynix Gold P31M.2 SSD (video review) by OCClub.
Mushkin Pilot-E 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NeoSeeker.
Intel D7-P5510 7.68TB Enterprise SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
KIOXIA EXCERIA Plus 256GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card on NikKTech.

Software:
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2: Benchmark Test & Performance on TechPowerUp.
Going Medieval (Early Access) on OCClub.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC (2021) laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
MSI Stealth 15M A11UEK on Vortez.

Misc:
Lanmodo Vast Pro Night Vision System on NikKTech.
Proscenic 850T Robot Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.
Cougar Explore Racing Gaming Chair on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
XPG STARKER Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-June-2021  14:14:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Enjoy the long weekend - unless you're in QLD or WA. :)









NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-June-2021  00:39:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It almost seems pointless to link new GPU reviews at the moment, given how thin they are on the ground. But anyway, NVIDIA have revealed the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, which is about half the price of the earlier 3080 Ti - if you can find one.

Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti on HWAsylum.
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti founder edition on Guru3D.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3070 Ti OC Edition on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti SUPRIM X on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founder's Edition on NeoSeeker.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition on Tweaktown.
RTX 3070 Ti Launch Review Featuring the Vive Pro 2 on BabelTechReviews.
Palit GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GameRock OC on TechPowerUp.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMP Holo on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Suprim X on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.

Discussion continues in this thread.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-June-2021  23:10:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper V770 RGB Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Asus ROG Gladius III (wired and wireless) mouse on Guru3D.
ROCCAT Kone Pro Air Wireless Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
VAXEE ZYGEN NP-01S mouse on TechPowerUp.
i-Rocks K72MN Artisan Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
EK Water Blocks EK AIO Elite 360 D-RGB AIO Liquid Cooling System on NikKTech.
Enermax ETS-F40-FS Silent ARGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Pioneer DreamBook PC70 laptop on PerformanceLaptops.
ASUS Zenfone 8 Review: The Tiny But Mighty Android on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
EPOS B20 streaming microphone on Vortez.
FiiO FH5s 2BA-2Dynamic Driver Hybrid Earphones on NikKTech.

Memory:
TeamGroup T-Force Zeus 64GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM on FunkyKit.
Silicon Power XPower Zenith RGB 32GB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Neo Forza Mars DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 2x8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Addlink S95 2 TB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Buffalo TeraStation 3420 SMB NAS on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup T-Force Cardea IOPS M.2 SSD on PCTestBench.
Sabrent Rocket Q4 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.

Software:
The Last Spell (Early Access) game on OCClub.
Immerse Gaming HIVE spatial audio on NeoSeeker.
Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition Benchmarked at 8K on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Lamptron ATX201 RGB Frame on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterBox 540 Case on OCInside.
NZXT N7 Z590 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon RX 6800M mobile GPU on TechSpot.



Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-June-2021  14:14:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to metamorphosis and mpot this week!








NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-June-2021  23:49:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti apparently goes on sale tonight, and there's a heap of reviews in the news box. To quote HotHardware's: NVIDIA is positioning the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti as the true successor to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Above is a quick spec comparison between the Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and its Turing-based predecessor. And as you can see, there’s really no comparison – the RTX 3080 Ti has a significantly more powerful GPU, with more – and faster – memory. Memory bandwidth, Compute performance, and fill rate are all improved on the RTX 3080 Ti.

Check out the reviews for more info:

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FE on OCClub.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Review: Who Is It For? on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti on Tweaktown.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition on LanOC.
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti founder edition on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GameRock OC on Guru3D.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC on Guru3D.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Video Card on HWAsylum.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Review: Amped-Up Ampere For Gamers on HotHardware.
RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition Benchmarked with 25+ games on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founder's Edition on NeoSeeker.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming Performance At 4K on TechGage.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP HoloBlack on TechPowerUp.
Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GamingPro on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 Ti STRIX LC Liquid Cooled on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition on Tweaktown.

Discussion continues in this thread in our Video Cards forum.



Retro Roundup (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-June-2021  00:58:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Is it double retro if I post it late? :) Fortunately these threads keep going after the original month.

The Retro Let's Play game for May 2021 was a game I absolutely loved back in the day, Command & Conquer. Command & Conquer (also known as Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn) is a 1995 real-time strategy video game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive. Set in an alternate history, the game tells the story of a world war between two globalized factions: the Global Defense Initiative of the United Nations and a cult-like militant organization called the Brotherhood of Nod, led by the mysterious Kane. The groups compete for control of Tiberium, a mysterious substance that slowly spreads across the world.


click for the thread!


The Retro Racing game for May 2021 was also a personal favourite of mine, Indianapolis 500 from 1989. Indianapolis 500 is the first racing game by Papyrus Design Group. It's basically an excellent 3D simulation of the Indianapolis 500. Not a simple arcade racer, where fast reactions are enough to lead to success, but a - for its time - very detailed simulation with great graphics, nice music and sounds by Rob Hubbard and many aspects of the racing-car open for modification. A great classic.


click for the thread!


Finally, the Retro Racing game for June 2021 is World Grand Prix from 1986. World Grand Prix ("The Circuit") is a racing video game released for the Master System in 1986. The player drives a Formula One style car as quickly as possible while navigating through turns and other vehicles on the road. A formal scoring system is not used. Pretty cool that it has a track editor though. I wonder if perhaps this is one of the first games with that feature?


click for the thread!



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-June-2021  00:40:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
BIOSTAR RACING B550M-Silver AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita on Modders-Inc.

Video Cards:
Zotac RTX 3060 AMP White Edition on LanOC.
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 6800 16GB on OCInside.

Storage:
GIGABYTE AORUS Gen4 7000s 2TB M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Phison E18 + Micron 176-Layer NAND Preview - Faster than Samsung 980 Pro on TechPowerUp.
Phison E18 With Micron B47R Preview: Future Of PCIe 4 SSDs on HotHardware.
Phison E18 B47R Fortis 1600 2TB M.2 SSD Preview on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Razer Blade 15 Base Model (2021) laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Venom BlackBook Zero 14 Phantom laptop (2021) on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Review: Ultralight Greatness on HotHardware.

Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Enermax ETS-F40-FS ARGB CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080/3090 Active Backplate D-RGB - Plexi on TechPowerUp.
EK-Quantum Vector RE RTX 3080 GPU Block + Backplate on TechPowerUp.
Enermax ETS-F40-FS Solid Black CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 keyboard on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Claymore II keyboard on Guru3D.
EasySMX ESM-9110 2.4G Wireless Controller on NikKTech.
Thermaltake ARGENT M5 RGB mouse on TechPowerUp.

Memory:
T-FORCE DARK Z FPS DDR4-4000MHz 2x8GB Kit on BabelTechReviews.
HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-4600 16GB memory kit on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
Tronsmart Apollo Air TrueWireless ANC Earbuds on FunkyKit.
1MORE ComfoBuds True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 602 Gaming Series Wired Headset on NikKTech.
Philips Fidelio X3 Wired Open-Back Headphones on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ First Impressions: Yeah, You Want This Monitor on Tweaktown.

Software:
Biomutant Benchmark Test & Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
GeForce 466.47 Driver Performance Analysis – Using Ampere and Turing on BabelTechReviews.

Misc:
EnGenius FreeStyle2 Cordless Phone video review by OCClub.
Cooler Master MasterCase EG200 GPU Enclosure on APHNetworks.
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