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January 2022
Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-January-2022  23:47:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z690 PG Riptide Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z690 Extreme Intel LGA1700 Motherboard on OCInside.

Crucial P5 Plus 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
CARDEA A440 PCIe 4.0 SSD on BabelTechReviews.
Kingston KC3000 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus B47R 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless Headset on MadShrimps.
EPOS H3 Hybrid Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset with Bluetooth on NikKTech.
Lime Ears Pneuma IEMs + Hapa Audio KnØt IEM Cable on TechPowerUp.
1MORE ColorBuds 2 True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.

Team Group T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-6400 2x 16 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Cougar Dust 2 and MG140 Mini-ITX/Micro ATX Chassis on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MM731 mouse on TechPowerUp.
MSI GE76 Raider (2022) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
1st Player SFX 750 W Platinum PSU on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-January-2022  14:19:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Tony_L and Simon this week!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-January-2022  00:28:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you had a great Australia Day! I went for a bushwalk with some friends - just the thing to unwind.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i3-12100F Review - 5.2 GHz OC with an Asterisk on TechPowerUp.
Aorus Z690 Pro Motherboard on HWAsylum.
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
BIOSTAR RACING Z690GTA LGA1700 Motherboard on MadShrimps.

MSI MEG CORELIQUID S360 Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Deepcool AK620 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Building a Keyboard 9: MARVODIY Re-defined 68 kit, "Oz" PBT Keycaps, Gazzew Boba Switches on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Scope Impact II Moonlight White Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem on OCClub.
RPR 2.2: A Current Look At Radeon ProRender Rendering Performance on TechGage.
GeForce 511.23 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel Core i9-12900HK With RTX 3080 Ti Review: MSI's GE76 Raider Laptop on HotHardware.
Alienware x17 R2 Review: Alder Lake-H And 3080 Ti Gaming Battleship on HotHardware.
Allied Tomcat-A 16 Gaming Laptop Review: Ryzen 9 5900HX + RTX 3080 8GB on Tweaktown.

OKAI Neon ES20 Electric Scooter on NeoSeeker.
VULCAN 5200 CL40 DDR5 Review – 31 Games Benchmarked vs. DDR4 3600 on BabelTechReviews.
XENNS UP In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
AVM FRITZ! Repeater 6000 Wi-Fi 6 Repeater on NikKTech.

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-January-2022  18:57:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z690 Taichi on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WIFI Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Pro Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
FiiO x JadeAudio JD3 IEMs Review - Inexpensive, Not Cheap! on TechPowerUp.
Neat Bumblebee II Computer Microphone on APHNetworks.
INNOCN 27C1U 4K Monitor on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon RX 6500 XT Pulse on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT Review: Budget RDNA 2-Powered PC Gaming on HotHardware.
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT PCI-Express Scaling on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 6500 XT TUF Gaming Review - World's First 6 Nanometer GPU on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
DeepCool PQ-M Series 1000 W on TechPowerUp.
APC SMT1500IC Smart-UPS on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Moonlight White mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cougar Dualblader Gaming Mouse on Modders-Inc.
MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile TKL Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

TeamGroup T-Force M200 2TB USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 Portable SSD - Speed Demon on Tweaktown.
God Of War PC Gameplay And Performance Review: Nailed It on Hothardware.
ECOVACS DEEBOT T9 AIVI Vacuum & Mopping Robot on NikKTech.
Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL ROG case on OCInside.
DATA XPG LEVANTE 240 Addressable RGB CPU AIO Cooler on FunkyKit.

Misc Pics (30 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-January-2022  14:03:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Matt this week!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-January-2022  21:13:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Padmate PaMu Z1 Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds on TechPowerUp.
AOC AGON GH401 Wireless Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Quick Look: INNOCN Portable Monitor N2F on TechPowerUp.
EPOS-Sennheiser GSX 1200 Pro Gaming Series Audio Amplifier on Tweaktown.
Streamplify MIC RGB USB Microphones on NikKTech.
AOC AGON GH300 Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
TOPPING E50 DAC + L50 Amplifier Stack on TechPowerUp.
Sonos Beam Gen 2 Review - The Ultimate Compact Soundbar on TechPowerUp.

ID-Cooling SE-226-XT BLACK CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm AIO on MadShrimps.
DEEPCOOL AK620 High-Performance Dual Tower CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 FLUX CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
XPG Levante 360 Addressable RGB CPU Liquid Cooler on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z690 PG Velocita Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i5-12400F Review - The AMD Challenger on TechPowerUp.
MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi on LanOC.
MSI MPG Z690 Carbon EK X on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Quick Look: Jelly Key Zen Pond IV Artisan Keycap on TechPowerUp.
Gamesense Meta mouse on TechPowerUp.
Turtle Beach VelocityOne Flight Yoke on APHNetworks.
Mountain Everest Max Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Prime Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM711 mouse on NeoSeeker.
IOGear Kaliber Gaming Peripheral Roundup on NeoSeeker.

XPG Atom 50 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
ADATA XPG Spectrix S20G 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
ADATA XPG Atom 50 1 TB Review - PCIe 4.0 at Incredible Pricing on TechPowerUp.
Kingston KC3000 SSD Review: A PCIe Gen 4 Speed Demon on HotHardware.
Synology DS2422+ SMB NAS on Tweaktown.
Patriot P400 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD on FunkyKit.
TeamGroup A440 Pro Special 5eries 4TB NVMe on Guru3D.
ADATA XPG ATOM 50 Gen4 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Silicon Power Armor A66 5TB Portable HDD on MadShrimps.
Crucial X6 4TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Kingston FURY Renegade PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD on LanOC.
Team Group T-Force M200 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Western Digital Blue SN570 NVMe SSD 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Sabrent Rocket 4.0 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.

Mushkin Redline 32GB DDR4 3600MHz CL16 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
XPG SPECTRIX D50 ROG Certified DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Patriot Viper Elite II 32GB DDR4 4000MHz CL20 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper RGB White DDR4-4133 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
Sharkoon SilentStorm Cool Zero 850W PSU on FunkyKit.
Corsair TX-M Series 750 W on TechPowerUp.
1st Player Steampunk PS-850SP 850 W on TechPowerUp.

God of War: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
God of War PC Performance Review featuring DLSS & IQ on BabelTechReviews.

New EnGenius ECW220v2 WiFi 6 Access Point on Modders-Inc.
NETGEAR Nighthawk RAXE500 WiFi6e Router on Tweaktown.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gen 6 (2021) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Review: Full-Featured Yet Affordable on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 on ThinkComputers.

Misc Pics (61 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-January-2022  16:51:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Retro Misc Pics (35 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-January-2022  14:16:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Heyyy, I totally didn't forget that it's Friday. No sirree. Here's Retro Misc Pics from October 2009. Back to normal next week!

2nd Oct 2009:

9th Oct 2009:

16th Oct 2009:

23rd Oct 2009:

30th Oct 2009:

Friday Lunchtime (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-January-2022  13:51:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few random things from the news box:

The Government released their Right to Repair report last month - and it's not just phones and laptops that are a concern. Farmers have been fighting for a change to laws with agricultural machinery manufacturers like John Deere, prohibiting individuals or independent repairers from fixing things. "The scale and complexity of machinery has increased in the last decade and will only increase more," WA farmer Sue Middleton said.

IntelInside spotted this custom USB-C iPhone which sold for a small fortune on eBay. This is it. I’ve finally built the World’s First iPhone with a USB Type-C port. It supports charging and data transfers. The first part was about getting the electronics to work. Then the next step was to reverse-engineer the Apple C94 connector and make my own PCB with a female USB C port. Then the schematics for the project were set and tested and the final was to make it fit inside the iPhone!

IntelInside also sent in this Finnish man blowing up his Tesla rather than paying a high repair bill. Tesla batteries can be expensive to replace (when out of warranty). A Finnish man was quoted $22,600 so he decided to save his money, and instead blow the car up with 30kg of dynamite. Elon Musk was there to watch, in spirit, in the form of a dummy.

Meanwhile metamorphosis noticed that Norton are including Crypto mining in their security software, presumably having run out of other ways to make it slow down your PC. Sounds like a Nicehash type solution. Norton Crypto is included as part of Norton 360 subscriptions. However, there are coin mining fees as well as transaction costs to transfer Ethereum. The coin mining fee is currently 15% of the crypto allocated to the miner.

From Ash: Not sure if its news worthy but was just speaking with my father who mentioned that Ian Peter has passed away recently. He was the founder of Pegasus Networks, a service which my father was one of the early users of. Here is one a link to a ABC 7:30 Report on Pegasus Networks back in September 1989. Ian also had a blog and net history website. More info on APC's memoriam page. Local visionary, environmental activist and a pioneering founder of Australia’s first public internet service, Pegasus Networks, Ian Peter, has died in Byron Bay aged 73 just a few weeks after a diagnosis of invasive cancer.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-January-2022  21:57:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Strix Go Core Moonlight White Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
FiiO x Crinacle FHE:Eclipse In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Arctis Prime High Fidelity Esports Headset on NikKTech.
Ergotron TRACE Single Monitor Mount on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MAG B660M Mortar WIFI (Intel B660 chipset) on Guru3D.
MSI MAG B660M Mortar Wi-Fi DDR4 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Master on TechPowerUp.

XPG Atom 50 1TB PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD on NeoSeeker.
OWC Accelsior 8M2 4TB PCIe RAID Card - 26 GB/s on the cheap on Tweaktown.
Mushkin GAMMA 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade SSD Review: Super-Fast NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
Kingston KC3000 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Genesis Krypton 750 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Logitech MX Keys keyboard on Bjorn3D.

Power Supply:
SilverStone Strider Titanium 1100W (v2.0) on NikKTech.
Seasonic Prime Fanless 700 W on TechPowerUp.
Silicon Power QS28 20000mAh Power Bank on MadShrimps.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux on LanOC.
Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Sapphire Nitro+ S360-A AIO Water Cooling on OCInside.

Rademacher addZ White + Colour RGB LED bulb on DVHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 12 GB video card on TechPowerUp.
TP-Link TX-401 10Gb PCIe adapter (video review) by OCClub.
The Gunk game on Bjorn3D.
ADATA XPG Spectrix D55 16GB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 Dual-Channel Kit memory on NikKTech.

Retro Gaming January 2022 (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-January-2022  15:20:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's the last day of the holidays for some.. including me. Not a bad break despite the doom and gloom. :)

Anyway, this month's "Retro Let's Play" is Ken's Labyrinth from 1993. By cover of night the Zogarians traveled to earth and picked up a representative of Earth's most intelligent beings. So, now they've got your dog Sparky. After thorough interrogation of Sparky, the Zogarians found out that dogs, in addition to being great companions, are the universe's most highly intelligent beings and have been conducting experiments on humans for years. While most of those experiments consisted of things like convincing humans to throw balls to them over and over again, the Zogarians nonetheless became fearful of canine intelligence. Instead of testing Sparky, who is obviously smart enough to escape their traps, they decided it would be safer for them to merely lock him up and get his human "master" for their experiments. Of course, that's you, isn't it?

click for the thread!

Or maybe Retro Racing is your style - if so, check out Ironman Super Off Road from 1989. Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road is an arcade video game released in 1989 by Leland Corporation. The game was designed and managed by John Morgan who was also lead programmer, and endorsed by professional off-road racer Ivan Stewart. Virgin Games produced several home versions in 1990. In 1991, a home console version for the Nintendo Entertainment System was later released by Leland's Tradewest subsidiary, followed by versions for most major home formats including the Master System, Genesis, Super NES, Amiga, and MS-DOS. A port for the Atari Jaguar was announced but never released. Some of the ports removed Ivan Stewart's name from the title due to licensing issues and are known simply as Super Off Road.

click for the thread!

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