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March 2022
Valve Steam Deck Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-March-2022  18:37:36 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

It has been out for a little while now, so chances are you've at least heard of it, but is it a steaming deck or a deck of steaming otherwise? Read on to find out:

Steam Deck @ kotaku
Steam Deck @ techradar
Steam Deck @ pcmag
Steam Deck @ theverge
Steam Deck @ pcgamer
Steam Deck @ forbes
Steam Deck @ polygon
Steam Deck @ windowscentral
Steam Deck @ ign
Steam Deck @ cnet
Steam Deck @ thegamer
Steam Deck @ trustedreviews

And just a couple of posts over on the OCAU forums

Steam Deck @ OCAU
Retro on Steam Deck @ OCAU

NVIDIA RTX 3090 Ti (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-March-2022  01:07:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have unveiled the RTX 3090 Ti. It barely needs any introduction - based purely on the name I can tell it will be the fastest thing ever, cost a ridiculous amount and be very difficult to get your hands on even if you do have the money to spend. But it should make for interesting reading, so here's a bunch of reviews from the newsbox:

Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Amp Extreme on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 Ti STRIX Liquid Cooled on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X on TechPowerUp.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti SUPRIM X on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GameRock OC on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti SUPRIM X on Guru3D.
Here's a YouTube review by LinusTechTips.

Discussion continues towards the end of this giant thread.

Two To Tuesday (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-March-2022  20:54:11 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

If you're considering a new build or just a midlife upgrade to your existing PC, the New System Parts Recommendation and Discussion Thread is a great place to start. A safe discussion on the pros and cons of the multitude of options available for that upgrade.

OCAU also has Manufacturer Specific Forums. Inside the Intel forum issa2006 asks "Better for gaming 12g Intel Core 7 or 9 k chip". The answer might just be found here, here or here.

Monday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-March-2022  23:19:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i5-12600 Review - E-Cores or not, That is the Question on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ProART B660 Creator D4 motherboard on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Tachyon Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS Ultra DDR4 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI Z690 EDGE WIFI (DDR5) on Guru3D.
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 A-RGB CPU cooler on OCInside.
Noctua NH-L9i-17xx CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
ASRock B660 Steel Legend Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z690 Taichi (DDR5) Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Fusion II 500 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
Sivga Robin (SV021) Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Creative Stage 360 2.1 Soundbar With Dolby Atmos on NikKTech.
Tribit MoveBuds H1 Wireless Earbuds on FunkyKit.
Quick Look: Desklab 4K Touchscreen Portable Monitor on TechPowerUp.
SeeAudio X Crinacle Yume Midnight IEMs on TechPowerUp.
Tribit XSound Mega Portable Wireless Speaker on FunkyKit.
Neat King Bee II XLR Microphone on APHNetworks.
Meze Audio Liric Headphones Review - Portable Luxury! on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Lamptron HM070 Lift screen on TechPowerUp.
CCA CA24 In-Ear Monitors Review - 24 Drivers in Total on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Prime Mini mouse on TechPowerUp.
Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard 2 Full Size (96%) on TechPowerUp.
AQIRYS Aludra TKL Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
AQIRYS T.G.A Wireless Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
ROCCAT Kone XP Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
AQIRYS T.G.A. Mouse on TechPowerUp.
MT3 Skiidata Keycap on OCClub.

Video Cards:
AMD’s Budget RDNA2 For Workstation Solution: Radeon Pro W6400 on TechGage.
NVIDIA Launches ‘Hopper’ AI-focused GPU Architecture on TechGage.

Neo Forza Faye DDR4-3200 2x 32 GB on TechPowerUp.
Fast RAM Makes a Difference in Gaming! – 6 Kits / 30 Games Featuring Corsair DDR5 6400 on BabelTechReviews.
ADATA XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Neo Forza 32GB (2x16GB) 2933MHz C21 DDR4 SODIMM Kit on MadShrimps.
G.Skill TridentZ 5 DDR5 5600 CL36 on Guru3D.
Crucial DDR5-4800 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master XG Plus 650 Platinum ARGB Power Supply on OCInside.
Green Cell RTII UPS13 1000VA UPS on NikKTech.
be quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 1000 W on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake TOUGHPOWER PF1 ARGB 1050W PSU on FunkyKit.

Silicon Power XS70 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD on FunkyKit.
Lexar Professional Gold CFexpress 256GB Type B Card on NikKTech.

Thermaltake Tower 100 Snow Edition on LanOC.
Streacom BC1 V2 ATX Open Benchtable on FunkyKit.
InWin N515 Case on TechPowerUp.
HYTE Y60 Panoramic PC Case on NikKTech.
HYTE Y60 on TechPowerUp.
Hyte Y60 on LanOC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Creator Z17 laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Acer Aspire Vero on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DS20U5 on MadShrimps.
MSI Stealth GS77 review (12UHS) on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro on TechSpot.
Alienware X15 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Alienware X17 R1 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Cyberpower PC Infinity X123 prebuilt PC on Vortez.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux on NeoSeeker.
MSI MEG CORELIQUID S280 AIO Cooler on TechPowerUp.

Aruba Instant On AP22 Wireless Router on TechPowerUp.
TRENDnet RJ45 SFP+ module (video review) by OCClub.
10G SFP+ module from OSI Optics (video review) by OCClub.
TL-SG2210P Smart PoE switch from TP-Link (video review) by OCClub.

Cooler Master Caliber R2C Gaming Chair on FunkyKit.
Elden Ring Review: One Ring to Rule Them All game on Tweaktown.

SSD Super Saturday (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-March-2022  11:13:55 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Sabrent Rocket Nano Rugged 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD @ NikKTech

ADATA XPG Atom 50 @ HotHardware

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4 TB SSD @ TechPowerUp

Toshiba Canvio Slim 2TB External @ Madshrimps

HP FX900 Pro 2TB SSD @ TweakTown

Western Digital WD_BLACK SN770 NVMe SSD 1TB @ APH Networks

Crucial X8 SSD (1TB) 2022 @ guru3D

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB PS5 Bundle M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech

Sabrent 4TB Rocket 4 Plus SSD @ TweakTown

WD Black SN770 Gen4 NVMe Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers

WD Black SN770 1TB @ LanOC

Silicon Power X-Power XS70 1TB SSD @ TweakTown

Silicon Power XD80 1TB NVMe SSD Review @ Neoseeker

DataLocker DL4 FE 1TB Hardware Encrypted USB SSD @ NikKTech

WD Blue SN570 1TB @ LanOC

Kingston XS2000 2TB USB-C 3.2 Gen 2×2 Portable SSD @ Funky Kit

Titanium Micro Mercury 2TB Portable SSD @ ThinkComputers

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 2TB SSD
@ Madshrimps

Sabrent 16TB Thunderbolt 3 Dual NVMe Dock SSD
@ TweakTown

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-March-2022  14:52:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Stand With Ukraine Humble Bundle (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-March-2022  00:47:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I don't normally link commercial sites as news, but this is obviously for a good cause - and it's a good chance to grab some great games. Humble Bundle have a Stand With Ukraine bundle which raises money for humanitarian relief efforts, with 100% of proceeds going to charity. Included in the bundle are 120 items, including some pretty big-name games and other goodies. It's only available for another day or so, so check it out!

Tuesday Evening News (12 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-March-2022  21:20:11 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Australian web addresses will soon be shorter with the launch of .au domains, allowing people to drop the .com for the first time. From Thursday, people who can demonstrate they or their business have a connection to Australia will be able to purchase .au domains. It is the first time the .au domain has been available for purchase after auDA, the organisation that manages Australian domains, launched the product after years of consultation.

A kilogram of hydrogen holds 39.4 kWh of energy, but typically costs around 52.5 kWh of energy to create via current commercial electrolyzers. Australian company Hysata says its new capillary-fed electrolyzer cell slashes that energy cost to 41.5 kWh, smashing efficiency records while also being cheaper to install and run. The company promises green hydrogen at around US$1.50 per kilogram within just a few years.

NBN Co will spend $750 million on upgrades to and expansion of its fixed wireless network, making it capable of 100Mbps-plus speeds. The aim is to both boost the speeds but also extend the reach of the fixed wireless network in a bid to “overbuild” part of the Sky Muster satellite footprint.

NBN Co has quietly brought HFC under the same performance standard as fibre-to-the-node. Four or more “unexpected dropouts” in a 24-hour period would qualify a service to be investigated.

All that NBN means you might want to consider a VPN. In order for them to be able to call home, we first need a VPN server.

AMD today unveiled its 3rd Gen EPYC "Milan-X" processors for the data center with similar stacked 3D V-cache enhancements and chip packaging technology. Compared to its non-stacked 3rd Gen EPYC processors, AMD is claiming up to a massive 66 performance uplift.

These new processors are more about these high-end server processors focused on delivering even greater performance for high performance computing workloads. In this review is a look at the performance of the AMD EPYC 7773X series against other AMD EPYC parts and the Intel Xeon Scalable competition under Linux.

Those Epyc chips are big, but Apples M1 Ultra SoC is right up there with them. Things get interesting under the hood. The M1 Ultra is a multi-chip module of two M1 Max dies connected on package using Apple UltraFusion.

Apple may have saved billions of dollars in the past year and a half, by selling less ..

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department’s robots last year. The department plans to use the robots to aid in some of its most precarious search and rescue missions, which might help avoid the furious backlash that erupted when the New York Police Department began using the same technology.

To make their Mini Cheetah better equipped to skillfully scramble across varying terrains, robotics researchers at MIT’s CSAIL used AI-powered simulations to quickly teach the bot to adapt its walking style as needed. That included learning how to run, which resulted in a new gait that allows the robot to move faster than it ever has before.

And in a pure flex move, I'm holding the best Robot News till last - If you have ever wished you could own a robot goat that you can ride to work, your dreams may be coming true. Kawasaki recently showcased Bex, its robotic goat.

T-Force Cardea Zero Z330 NVMe M.2 SSD (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-March-2022  01:08:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've reviewed the Team Group T-Force Cardea Zero Z330 NVMe M.2 SSD. It's a PCIe Gen 3 drive with a fancy graphene copper foil heat-spreader. But if you're thinking a PCIe Gen 3 drive is an odd thing to be reviewing at the moment, you're not alone..

click for the review!

Adi's Retro Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-March-2022  19:43:41 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

OCAU's thriving Retro & Arcade Forum is home to many spectacular refurbishments and rebuilds of gear from the yesteryear's. And one of the serial refurbishers is adicakes.
Adi likes to pull stuff apart, then clean it and then put it back to together. Along the way adicakes undertakes essential replacement of old capacitors, re-flow of solder joints, and an assortment of general repairs and cleaning.

Below is just one example of his work

click for the thread !

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-March-2022  14:28:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to MUTMAN for keeping the news page ticking over this week!

Wednesday Evening News (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-March-2022  21:23:09 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

It's pretty hard to find some silicon on this planet right now, next-gen consoles, any generation GPU. But now a man has been busting illegally importing 160 CPUs into China

And rather handily, Intel have announced it is committing up to 80 billion euros over the next decade to bolster its chip manufacturing footprint in the European Union. To kick things off, it's spending 17 billion euros in part on a leading-edge semiconductor fab mega-site in Magdeburg, Germany.

When a console manufacturer splashes out with big, big money, everyone pays attention. And have Microsoft been busy with the checkbook. Sony simply cannot make purchases anywhere close the scale of what Microsoft is doing here. Even before this, Microsoft’s $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda seemed like a massive move they couldn’t match. Now a $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard? There is nothing, not a thing, Sony can do to make a wave anywhere close to that big.

Oddly enough, Sony still holds some turf it calls home. Microsoft has only sold 2.3 million Xbox consoles in Japan over the last 20 years, data from Weekly Famitsu indicates.

Bary White sent some news in, and you couldn't read this article online without using his network tech. David Boggs, a computer networking pioneer best-known for co-inventing Ethernet, has died. He was 71. In among these technologies was Ethernet, which was created by Boggs and his colleague Robert Metcalfe. The pair had decided to work together to solve a problem: designing a way to connect together PARC's Alto PCs and Xerox printers.

Some guy called Agg also sent some news. Not sure who he is ...
Telstra has partnered with a Starlink-like satellite internet service, opening the way for direct competition with Elon Musk's company. At a conference in Barcelona, Telstra chief executive officer Andrew Penn announced a memorandum of understanding with UK-based OneWeb to bring a low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet service to Australia.

In some ways, the Internet as we know it really began on February 16, 2001. 20 years ago today, when a three-word phrase blew up: "All Your Base."

You may remember that fine fellow who nabbed 380,000 frequent flyer points for just $70 ? Anyway, he also has a email newsletter sent every weekday. And it's got a 90 day free trial. Three no bullshit summaries of the last 24 hours in tech news.

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-March-2022  20:30:13 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

BIOSTAR Z690A Valkyrie LGA1700 @ Madshrimps
ASUS TUF Gaming H670-Pro WiFi D4 @ Funky Kit
ASRock X570S PG Riptide @ TT
MSI MEG X570S Ace Max Gaming @ TT
ASUS ROG Strix B660-A Gaming WiFi D4 @ Funky Kit

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Swift 3 16 Laptop @ HotHardware
Lenovo ThinkPad T15g Gen 2 Review @ ThinkComputers
Intel NUC 12 Extreme Dragon Canyon @ HotHardware
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s @ HotHardware

Input Etc:
Glorious Model O- Wireless Gaming Mouse @ TechPowerUp
ASUS ROG Strix Flare II Animate Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
SteelSeries Ghost Collection (Apex 7 TKL + Aerox 3 Wireless) @ ThinkComputers
ASUS TUF Gaming M4 Air Optical Mouse @ APH Networks
Razer Huntsman Mini Analog @ HotHardware

Audio Visual:
INNOCN OLED Portable Monitor 15K1F @ TechPowerUp
CIYCE Evolution 3-in-1 Wireless ANC Gaming Headset @ TT
Razer Kraken v3 Pro Wireless headset @ guru of 3D
Sharkoon Skiller SGH50 @ TechPowerUp
Tronsmart Bang @ TechPowerUp
7Hz Eternal In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp

AIO Sapphire Nitro+ S240-A @ CowCotLand
Gamdias Boreas E1-410 WH @ TT
SilverStone TP05 SSD @ APH Networks
Noctua NH-L9i-17XX and NH-L9i-17XX chromax.black @ Funky Kit
Seasonic Focus SPX Series 750 W SFX PSU @ TechPowerUp

WD Black SN770 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
Silicon Power XS70 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech
Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS 2TB (2022) NVMe SSD @ guru of 3D
Neo Forza eSports NFP075 M.2 NVME 512GB @ Bjorn3d
Sabrent Rocket Nano Rugged 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD @ NikKTech

Miscellaneous :
Zotac GeForce RTX 3050 Twin Edge OC @ TechPowerUp
Aqirys Aquilla Case @ TechPowerUp
SPC Gear SR600F-BK Gaming Chair @ NikKTech

Saturday Evening News (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-March-2022  19:13:02 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Scientists have developed a solid-state lidar chip the size of a fingertip that could one day lead to ubiquitous 3D sensors. “The pixel size of our lidar, 50 micrometers, is about the same as the first CMOS image sensor when it was invented 30 years ago,” Wu says. “We expect the resolution of our lidar to increase as technology advances, just like CMOS image sensors. Hopefully, it will take much less than 30 years to scale it to megapixel resolution.”

Different scientists have a record-setting design that has the smallest transistor gate length yet reported. The record was set by the edge of a graphene sheet, meaning the gate is only a single carbon atom across. And, by using a second atomically thin material for a key component (plus a clever arrangement of parts), the team behind the design has made sure that the whole transistor is easy to make and relatively compact.

It looks like we'll be enjoying 3nm products sooner than we thought, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) seeing yield improvements with its N3e production. TSMC could "freeze" the N3e process flow, meaning the design parameters -- kinda like TSMC is saying its N3e has 'Gone Gold' and is ready for production.

Apple is making some big performance claims related to its newly minted M1 Ultra chip. Built on a 5-nanometer manufacturing process, the M1 Ultra is a 20-core CPU with 16 high performance cores and four efficiency cores. Apple made use of a die-to-die interconnect architecture it's calling UltraFusion to bring two M1 Max dies together. In addition to the performance uplift this allows, it's recognized as a single chip by software so developers don't need to retool their code.

And it's not just the CPU side that has grabbed the headlines. On the GPU side of things, the M1 Ultra is 4.5x faster than the 27-inch iMac, and a huge 80% faster than the highest-end Mac Pro which packs an AMD Radeon Pro W6900W graphics card

All that silicon production comes at a cost. In 2019, TSMC fabs in Taiwan alone consumed 50,000 metric tons or 50 million liters of water a day. Much of this water is for washing wafers. 30-40% of the steps in modern wafer fabrication involves some form of wafer cleaning.

Steam is a juggernaut in the digital delivery sector, and it impressively maintains its own massive network of servers to deliver content around the world. Steam Users Downloaded 33 Exabytes Of Data And Spent 4.3M Years Playing Games In 2021

AMD believes it has found the root cause of intermittent performance stutters that some Ryzen PC owners have been experiencing. Certain configurations are susceptible a quirk that shows up when the Firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) option is enabled in the BIOS. The company is working on a fix, though it will be several weeks until it's ready.

If you're one of the lucky few that have a high-end GPU and want to flex a little, you can try this new benchmark. Fabricated by ex-Futuremark employees, Basemark GPUScore Relic of life has been released with an aim to measure Raytracing on VULKAN and DirectX.

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-March-2022  14:02:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to MUTMAN and Simon this week!

Monday Evening News Round-Up (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-March-2022  19:35:11 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

AI computer company Graphcore made a significant boost to its computers’ performance without changing much of anything about its specialized AI processor cores. The secret was to use TSMC’s wafer-on-wafer 3D integration technology during manufacture to attach a power-delivery chip to Graphcore’s AI processor.

Today's SSD drives have protections in place to prevent data loss during a sudden power outage, but they may not always work. Some recent tests shine light on the topic, and suggest that some consumer NVMe SSD models are more prone to data loss than others.

Intel, AMD, Arm And Other Big Tech Giants Back A Universal Chiplet Interconnect Standard. When it comes to the future of processor design, the writing is on the wall: chiplets are here to stay and will drive modular designs from the likes of Intel, AMD, Arm, and others. In fact, those same companies, along with other heavy hitters in the tech industry, are throwing their collective weight behind an industry consortium that will establish an open chiplet ecosystem based on a die-to-die interconnect standard.

The adoption of RISC-V, a free and open-source computer instruction set architecture first introduced in 2010, is taking off like a rocket. The core of RISC-V is a set of just 47 instructions. The actual number of x86 instructions is oddly difficult to enumerate, but it’s likely near 1,000. Arm’s instruction set is thought to be much smaller, but still considerably larger than RISC-V’s

Intel finalized the 3.0 version of the ATX12V specification. This revision, as you'd expect from a full-number version, brings significant changes to standard PC power supplies going forward. The most interesting will be be the "12VHPWR" connector that was previously described as the PCIe 5.0 power plug.

Here is a brief overview of what happens when you type in a URL in a address bar in a browser...

Pioneer just made a new Optical Disc Drive for PCs. Yes It's 2022. Planning to burn DVDs or CDs? It can write to single-layer DVD-R (4.7GB) at 16x speed and CDs at up to 48x speed. Regardless of the media type, Pioneer touts a "disc resonance stabilizer" to reduce errors from bending at the edge of the disc, which tends to happen at faster rotations.

VESA has announced the new DisplayPort UHBR (Ultra-high Bit Rate) data transfer rates that the next-gen DisplayPort 2.0 standard will offer. DisplayPort 2.0 display connectivity is nearly here so the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced a new certification program... and I don't know if it makes things any easier for consumers, like, at all.

A new PCIe 5.0 SSD Controller with 14GB/s bandwidth will be available to those with deep pockets. (The Data Center) More specifically, it leverages four lanes of PCIe 5.0 bandwidth to deliver more than 14GB/s of throughput and over 3 million IOPS to data center SSDs.

The CPU/APU/SOC competition is heating up and is going to be worth watching in 2022. Intel’s advantage increases when we increase the power, as it seemingly has more frequency to give, whereas AMD’s Rembrandt is already near peak all-core frequency at modest 35-45W power levels. This is showcasing one difference between the two manufacturing processes: AMD on TSMC N6, and Intel on Intel 7.

I dont know if this counts as tech news ....
Brown crabs can’t resist the electromagnetic pull of underwater power cables and it’s changing their behaviour, marine scientists say.
“Underwater cables emit an electromagnetic field. When it’s at a strength of 500 microTeslas and above, which is about five percent of the strength of a fridge door magnet, the crabs seem to be attracted to it and just sit still.
“That’s not a problem in itself. But if they’re not moving they’re not foraging for food or seeking a mate.
“The change in activity levels also leads to changes in sugar metabolism - they store more sugar and produce less lactate, just like humans.”

Retro Gaming March 2022 (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-March-2022  20:45:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The "Retro Let's Play" game for March 2022 is Solar Winds - The Escape from 1993. The first of a 2 part series, developed by a young James Schmalz, and Published by Epic Megagames. James would soon after go on to develop Epic Pinball, and a humble little game you may have also heard of.. "Unreal". Launched in 1993, Solar winds is an [outwardly] simple, 2D top down , space themed SCI-FI Action-RPG game. Whilst It doesn't do anything particularly ambitious in both it's technical or gameplay elements for its time, when you combine the RPG elements, with a fairly complex ship mechanics, it can still keep you on your toes, and suitably immersed as you make the most of your resources , whilst navigating the various encounters, missions and/or just immerse yourself in the decent enough story.

click for the thread!

The "Retro Racing" game meanwhile is Daytona USA 2: Power Edition from 1998. There was a time when Arcade machines were the most powerful gaming machines around, and no home console or PC could push polygons like the wonderful Model 3 machines from Sega. Daytona USA 2 was released by Sega in 1998 as a follow-up to the extremely successful Daytona USA. There are no direct home ports of Battle on the Edge or Power Edition.

click for the thread!

Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 5-March-2022  23:09:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ProArt B660-Creator D4 B660 Motherboard on APHNetworks.
Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Ultra Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB4 on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR B660GTA Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 3050 Ultra W DUO OC 8G on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Review - World's Fastest ITX Card, Low-profile and Slot-powered on TechPowerUp.
PowerColor Radeon RX 6500 XT Fighter 4GB on Tweaktown.
Asus TUF Gaming RX 6500 XT OC Edition on LanOC.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Suprim X 12 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X 12G LHR on Tweaktown.
ASRock Radeon RX 6500 XT Phantom Gaming D 4GB OC on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
CORSAIR HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset with Haptic Bass on MadShrimps.
Aqara Camera Hub G2H Smart WiFi Camera on NikKTech.
Quick Look: Dekoni Audio Elite Sheepskin Ear Pads for Meze 99 on TechPowerUp.
EarFun Free Pro 2 TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
64 Audio U18t In-Ear Monitors Review - The Tzar of IEMs! on TechPowerUp.
Kinera YH802 Limited Edition Hybrid ANC TWS Earphones on TechPowerUp.
MSI Immerse GV60 Streaming Microphone on Tweaktown.
iFi GO blu Portable Bluetooth DAC/Amplifier on TechPowerUp.

Gryphon AX WiFi 6 Router on TechPowerUp.
EnGenius ECS2512FP 8-Port Multi-Gigabit L2+ Managed PoE++ Switch on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Checking out the latest mice from SteelSeries on LanOC.
AQIRYS T.G.A. Wired Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
AZIO Cascade Slim Mechanical Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Epomaker Lite Review - 60% Shallow Gasket Mount Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM731 on OCInside.
Sharkoon SKILLER SGK3 White Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Glorious Model D- Wireless Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM731 Wireless Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Akko Black&Gold 3098B Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
MSI VIGOR GK71 SONIC Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Mionix Avior Pro Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.

Silicon Power XS70 1 TB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket Nano Rugged 2TB USB 3.2 IP67 Waterproof SSD on MadShrimps.
Patriot P400 1TB on Storage.
ADATA Legend 840 1TB PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 SSD on FunkyKit.
WD Black SN770 2TB SSD Review - High-Capacity + Elite Performance on Tweaktown.
MSI Spatium M450 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
ADATA Legend 840 1TB PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 SSD on FunkyKit.
T-FORCE M200 4TB USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C Portable SSD on BabelTechReviews.
TerraMaster D5-300 RAID enclosure on LanOC.
Crucial MX500 4TB SSD on NikKTech.
MSI Spatium M450 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.
MSI Spatium M450 1 TB Review - Testing Phison's new E19 Controller on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket Q4 NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 2TB SSD on MadShrimps.
Kingston KC3000 512GB SSD Review - Small and Speedy on Tweaktown.
SilverStone RVS03 M.2 SSD Enclosure on APHNetworks.
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB PCIe M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 Gaming SSD on MadShrimps.

Power Supply:
AQIRYS Pulsar LS White 750 W on TechPowerUp.
APC BR1500G-GR Back-UPS Pro on NikKTech.
Quick Look: EcoFlow RIVER Pro Portable Power Station on TechPowerUp.

2021 DXRacer AIR Gaming Chair Review - Modular, Breathable Design on Tweaktown.
Backforce One Plus Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human game on Tweaktown.
Shadow Warrior 3 game on OCClub.
Cyberpunk 2077 Benchmarked, Again: v1.5 Update With Built-In Benchmark on Tweaktown.
Elden Ring Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human on OCClub.

Cooler Master HAF 500 Case on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterBox TD300 Mesh mATX on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master HAF 500 Mid Tower on FunkyKit.
DeepCool CK560 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterBox TD300 Mesh on NeoSeeker.
Cougar MX430 AIR RGB ATX Mid Tower on FunkyKit.
HYTE Revolt 3 Mini-ITX on ThinkComputers.

XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
T-CREATE EXPERT 2x16GB DDR4-3600MHz CL18 Kit on BabelTechReviews.
Crucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-4800 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
TeamGroup Delta RGB DDR5 6000 MHz CL40 on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB 16GB DDR4 2x 8GB DDR4-3600 White RAM on OCInside.
ADATA XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 32GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel NUC 12 Extreme Dragon Canyon Mini PC Review: A Fire-Breathing Little Beast on HotHardware.
Valve Steam Deck on Phoronix.
ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED Review: Affordable 2-In-1 Beauty on HotHardware.
RedMagic 7 Review: A Crazy-Fast, Affordable Snapdragon Gaming Phone on HotHardware.

Zalman Reserator5 Z36 Black AIO Cooler on TechPowerUp.
Dreame T30 Cordless Vacuum on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (31 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-March-2022  14:08:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It feels almost a bit flippant to be posting Misc Pics with all the craziness going on out there. War, floods, the pandemic.. the 2020's just keep on giving. All I can say is I hope you and yours aren't affected too much by it all, and I hope that soon enough everyone will be able to return to our normal lives with our friends and loved ones. Anyway, thanks to mpot and axe this week, and happy birthday Dad for tomorrow!


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