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December 2021
Retro Misc Pics (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-December-2021  13:05:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Another year draws to a close, and it's been another strange one. Who knows what 2022 will bring? It's a struggle to remain optimistic sometimes. Still, it's been nice to be part of the comforting familiarity of OCAU, and to enjoy the community even under lockdown. Next year will be our 23rd year, I guess? Thanks for being part of it!

Anyway, lots going on today so here's some Retro Misc Pics from September 2009. As usual, apologies if they're a bit spicier (or wierder) than more recent ones. Have a happy and safe New Year and I'll see you on the flipside!

4th Sep 2009:

11th Sep 2009:

18th Sep 2009:

22nd Sep 2009 (bonus set!)

25th Sep 2009:

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-December-2021  21:44:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Formula Motherboard on Tweaktown.
BIOSTAR B550M-Silver Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Biostar Z690 Valkyrie on Guru3D.

Kingston NV1 1 TB Review - Slow but Affordable on TechPowerUp.
Kingston DataTraveler Max 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Quick Look: Silverstone TS16 SSD to USB-C External Docking Station on TechPowerUp.
ADATA XPG ATOM 50 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Redragon K599 Deimos Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Prime+ mouse on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Tronsmart Apollo Air+ Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Earbuds on TechPowerUp.
iiyama G-Master G2740QSU Black Hawk Monitor on OCInside.

Fractal Design Lumen S24 & S24 RGB CPU Water Cooling Systems on NikKTech.
addlink addGame Spider X4 RGB DDR4-3600 2x 8GB memory on TechPowerUp.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-December-2021  22:51:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Master Motherboard on Tweaktown.
EVGA X570 DARK Motherboard on NikKTech.
ASRock Z690 Extreme Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Cetra II Core Moonlight White Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
DUNU ZEN PRO In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Viotek GFV27DAB Review - A Great Value 27-inch Gaming Monitor on TechPowerUp.

DDR5 Memory scaling with G.Skill TridentZ5 6000 CL36 on Guru3D.
Crucial Ballistix Max RGB 32GB DDR4 4400MHZ CL19 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Neo Forza NFP400 Series NFP455 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Kingston XS2000 2TB USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 - Fastest Native USB Portable on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Armor A66 2TB & 5TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drives on NikKTech.

XPG Levante 360 All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.
Iceberg Thermal IceSLEET G4 Midnight CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Allied M.O.A.B-I Gaming PC Review: Core i9-12900K + RTX 3080 Ti LHR on Tweaktown.
Lenovo ThinkStation P720 Workstation on Tweaktown.
Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DL20N6 on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Aerox 3 2022 Edition Wired Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
XPG MAGE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Prime mouse on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua OC on Guru3D.
GAINWARD GeForce RTX 3070 Phoenix "GS" V1 LHR on Tweaktown.

Vertagear PL-6000 gaming chair on Vortez.
GeForce 497.29 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
G.Skill Z5i (Mini ITX) chassis on Guru3D.
InWin P125 1250 W Power Supply on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-December-2021  14:55:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Merry Xmas all! Have a happy and safe holiday!

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-December-2021  22:44:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Tronsmart Studio Wireless Speaker on NikKTech.
MOONDROP Sparks TWS Earphones on TechPowerUp.
OnePlus Buds Z2 Review: Solid ANC Earbuds For Under $100 on HotHardware.
Wemax Go Pro Portable ALDP Projector on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
XPG Mage Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Genesis Zircon 550 Wireless Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG Falchion NX Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
iQunix L80 Formula Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Sharkoon Light˛ 200 White Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Vissles LP85 Low Profile Mechanical Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
AIRBLADER and DUALBLADER gaming mice (video review) by OCClub.
Mad Catz R.A.T. DWS mouse on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: TourBox Elite Creative Controller on TechPowerUp.

Halo Infinite Benchmark Test & Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA ICAT Unveiled: Image Quality Analysis Made Easy on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
GALAX GeForce RTX 3060 EX White 12G on Guru3D.
ASUS DUAL Radeon RX 6600 on Tweaktown.
MSI Radeon RX 6600 XT Gaming X 8G on OCInside.

addlink AddGame A95 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
OWC Envoy Pro Elektron 2TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Sapphire NITRO+ S360-A and S240-A AIO on Guru3D.
Sapphire Nitro+ S240-A AIO cooler on LanOC.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.
Noctua NH-P1 Passive CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Lian Li O11 Dynamic Evo on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P Caribbean Blue Case on OCInside.
SilverStone ALTA F1 on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel NUC 11 Extreme SFF PC Review: Unleashing Beast Canyon on HotHardware.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Benchmarks: Huge AI And Gaming Gains For Next-Gen Android Flagships on HotHardware.

NobleChairs White Edition EPIC gaming chair on Guru3D.
Zigma Spark 980 Robot Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.
ASUS ZenWiFi XD6 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router on APHNetworks.
Kingston FURY Beast 32GB DDR5-5200 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Misc Pics (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-December-2021  14:50:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again - thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Friday Morning (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-December-2021  00:34:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A new update for Raspberry Pis has increased their speed. In a follow-up blog post, Raspberry Pi Foundation's Eben Upton confirmed that the speed increases some Raspberry Pi 4 owners saw were in fact intended to be there. And we're not talking about a tiny speed jump, either. The latest version of Raspberry Pi OS cranks the default boost clock from 1.5GHz to 1.8GHz on "recent" Raspberry Pi 4 boards, netting owners a 300MHz bonus gain at the high end. By "recent," Upton is referring to any Raspberry Pi 4 model with 8GB of RAM, or 4GB and 2GB variants with extra components, as circled in this photo...

A Hungarian neuroengineer (cool title btw) has trained rats to play Doom II. His rat training setup was equal parts bootstrap and scrappy, he wrote in a viral Medium post, consisting of a large polystyrene ball that could be rolled in any direction via ball bearings. A rat was suspended in a harness on top, where it could move the ball with its feet, which sensors translated into movement in the game world and mirrored it onto a curved computer monitor in front of the gaming rodents.

Meanwhilke an Australian tech nerd has put together the most connected van in Australia. Anyway, if you are going to work remotely anywhere in Australia from a van, you need damn good internet. Here's how I put together a vehicle with the best internet connectivity in Australia.

There's a proposal to free up loopback IP addresses for normal use. This document redefines the IPv4 local loopback network as consisting only of the 65,536 addresses to ( It asks implementers to make addresses in the prior loopback range to fully usable for unicast use on the Internet.

IntelInside spotted this story about an Apple watch saving a man's life. The Apple Watch has plenty of features designed to track and monitor your health. One feature is fall detection, and it’s actually being credited with saving an 85-year-old man’s life in Canada. According to an Instagram post from the Ottawa Police Department, which AppleInsider first spotted, a man took a nasty fall that knocked him unconscious and left him with a head wound. The Apple Watch detected the fall and called 911 for him, which ultimately saved his life.

Here's an interesting (if legally problematic) solution to in-case cable management. Gigabyte relocated them all to the backside of the motherboard so that storage, power, cooling and other cables can be more easily routed behind the motherboard tray. This facilitates a cleaner looking build, at least in the front side, and frees the main motherboard compartment of cables that could possible interfere with the flow of air over toasty components.

Elon Musk is Time Magazine's Person of the Year. I would have thought something a bit more pandemic-centric would have made more sense.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-December-2021  00:52:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-10900K vs 11900K vs 12900KF Processors on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z690 Steel Legend (DDR4) on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Master on Vortez.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-E Gaming WiFi on Vortez.
MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Xtreme Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake Tested at Power Limits between 50 W and 241 W on TechPowerUp.

Patriot Burst Elite 2TB 2.5" SSD on MadShrimps.
WD Blue SN570 NVMe 1 TB Review - A Gem Hidden in Plain Sight on TechPowerUp.
Seagate Exos X20 & IronWolf Pro 20TB HDD on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
OWC Envoy Pro SX 2TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston KC3000 PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
Neat Skyline Computer Microphone on APHNetworks.
Reolink RLC-823A PoE PTZ camera (video review) by OCClub.
JDS Labs Atom DAC+ and Atom Amp+ Stack on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Peacock Flight TWS Earphones on TechPowerUp.

Horizon Zero Dawn: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Forza Horizon 5: PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
NVIDIA DLSS Vs AMD FSR: F1 2021 Performance & Image Quality on HotHardware.

Misc Pics (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-December-2021  13:58:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe this week!

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-December-2021  23:07:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Pro on Vortez.
ASUS Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi on HWAsylum.
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E Motherboard on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE Z590 Vision G Motherboard on NikKTech.
Intel 12th-gen Core i9-12900K & i5-12600K Workstation Performance on TechGage.
Biostar Z690A Valkyrie Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI MPG Z690 CARBON WiFi on Vortez.

Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master's Intel LGA1700 Mounting Kit on FunkyKit.
SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB on TechPowerUp.

Hyte Revolt 3 Mini-ITX (video review) by OCClub.
Deepcool CG560 chassis on Guru3D.
XPG Starker Air on TechPowerUp.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2 TB + PS5 Heatsink on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 500GB with 176 Layer Micron SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P5 Plus 2TB SSD Review - Elite Performance on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
SPC Gear GK650K Omnis Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Mistel Q75 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: PowerColor x Ducky One 2 SF keyboard on TechPowerUp.
DeepCool MC310 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Prime Mini Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Lexar DDR4-3200 SODIMM 32GB Laptop Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Neo Forza Faye DDR4-4600 2x 16GB on TechPowerUp.

TRENDnet TPE-TG51g (video review) by OCClub.
ASUS ROG Strix GS-AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Router on APHNetworks.
EnGenius ECS2512FP. 8-port 2.5G Cloud Switch on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Cetra II Core in-ear gaming headset on TechPowerUp.
EarFun Air Pro 2 TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
Movo UM300 USB condenser microphone on TechPowerUp.
Creative Chat USB On-ear Headset with Noise-cancelling Mic on MadShrimps.
Sabinetek SmartMike+ with 3rd Party Apps on FunkyKit.
Viotek FI32DB WQHD Monitor on NikKTech.
JBL Reflect Flow Pro TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
Technics AZ70 True Wireless Earphones on TechPowerUp.

Chorus! game on OCClub.
ICARUS: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Blender 3.0 – How Fast Are GPUs in Cycles X, EEVEE & Viewport? on Techgage.
Dying Light Complete Experience on OCClub.
Farming Simulator 22: DLSS vs. DLAA vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.

50 Games Tested: GeForce RTX 3070 Ti vs. Radeon RX 6800 on TechPowerUp.
Allied Patriot-A Gaming PC Review: Ryzen 5 5600X + RTX 3070 8GB LHR on Tweaktown.
HiFive Unmatched: Exploring A RISC-V Computing Experience on HotHardware.
Silverstone HELA 2050 W Review - World's Strongest PSU on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-December-2021  15:11:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Retro Gaming December 2021 (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-December-2021  00:29:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A couple of people pointed out this advent calendar of code, which I guess counts as today's "Flash Timewaster", which is a term I haven't used in so long it has become outdated in the meantime. :) Collect stars by solving puzzles. Two puzzles will be made available on each day in the Advent calendar; the second puzzle is unlocked when you complete the first. Each puzzle grants one star. Good luck!

Anyway, this month's Retro Let's Play is Parasite Eve from 1998. Parasite Eve is a 1998 action role-playing horror video game developed and published by Square. The game is a sequel to the novel Parasite Eve, written by Hideaki Sena; it is also the first game in the Parasite Eve video game series. The story follows New York City police officer Aya Brea over a six-day span in 1997 as she attempts to stop the Eve, a woman who plans to destroy the human race through spontaneous human combustion. Players explore levels set in areas of New York while utilizing a pausable real-time combat system along with several role-playing game elements.

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But if you prefer your games zoomy rather than spooky, this month's Retro Racing game is Star Wars Episode 1 Racer from 1999. Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a 1999 racing video game based on the podracing sequence featured in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The game features all of the racers and race course on Tatooine featured in The Phantom Menace. It also adds several new courses, some on Tatooine, others on various planets. Several single player modes, including a tournament mode, are available for play. It also features multiplayer, the format of which varies by platform. Jake Lloyd and Lewis MacLeod, who portrayed Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba in The Phantom Menace, reprise their roles in the game.

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