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July 2022
Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-July-2022  13:18:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-July-2022  22:55:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AORUS Z690i Ultra Plus Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X Motherboard on NikKTech.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX Review: Your New Workstation CPU (video review) by TechTechPotato.

Video Cards:
Intel Arc A380 6GB Review and Teardown on IgorsLab.
Intel Arc A380 Review - Runs Fine on AMD Ryzen on TechPowerUp.

HP FX900 1 TB NVMe m.2 SSD on Guru3D.
Patriot Viper VPR400 RGB Gen4 M.2 1TB NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.
Sabrent Rocket Pro 2TB USB 3.2 External SSD on MadShrimps.
Patriot Viper VPR400 Gen4 NVMe M.2 SSD on HWAsylum.
Viper Gaming VPR400 1TB RGB PCIe Gen 4x4 SSD on LanOC.
Patriot Viper VPR400 1TB SSD Review - Bling Bringer on Tweaktown.
Crucial X6 2TB Portable SSD on OCInside.
SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Phison PS5019-E19T 1113 BGA SSD Preview - The Chosen One on Tweaktown.

ASUS ZenWiFi Pro ET12 AXE11000 Wireless Mesh System on Tweaktown.
EnGenius ECW230s Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Access Point on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro Low Profile Wireless Optical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
HyperX Alloy Origins 65 RGB Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Pulsar Xlite V2 Mini Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Burst Pro Air Wireless Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Corsair K65 RGB MINI 60% keyboard on LanOC.
AQIRYS T.G.A. Wireless Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master CK721 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Pixel 6a Review: A Mid-Range Smartphone Win For Google on HotHardware.
Alienware m17 R5 Review: AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop Shines on HotHardware.
Quick Look: One Notebook ONEXPLAYER - Intel i7-1195G7 on TechPowerUp.
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry on NotebookCheck.

Audio Visual:
Sonos Ray soundbar on TechPowerUp.
XGIMI AURA 4K Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector on NeoSeeker.
Sound Blaster Katana V2 soundbar on LanOC.
VIOTEK GNV32DBE 32" WQHD Curved Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master GM34-CWQ ARGB Review - Quantum Dots For the Win on TechPowerUp.

NZXT Kraken X63 RGB AIO Liquid Cooler on NikKTech.
GAMDIAS CHIONE M3-240W All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB PRO XT CPU Liquid Cooler on Tweaktown.
Scythe FUMA2 Rev.B CPU Cooler on Guru3D.
DeepCool AK400 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Corsair CX-M Series 650 W Review - Great Value on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Decathlon DA1650 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.

XPG Caster RGB DDR5-6400 CL40 2x 16 GB memory kit on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-July-2022  14:49:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Ben and mpot this week!

Monday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-July-2022  23:27:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to MUTMAN for much of tonight's news!

A couple of interesting articles on IEEE Spectrum: firstly using X-Rays to reveal chip designs. When you're baking a cake, it’s hard to know when the inside is in the state you want it to be. The same is true—with much higher stakes—for microelectronic chips: How can engineers confirm that what’s inside has truly met the intent of the designers?

Also, plastic processors. For decades, hopeful techies have been promising a world where absolutely every object you encounter—bandages, bottles, bananas—will have some kind of smarts thanks to supercheap programmable plastic processors. If you’ve been wondering why that hasn’t happened yet, it’s that nobody has built working processors that can be made in the billions for less than a penny each.

Tesla cars may soon have Steam integration. What could possibly go wrong? Right now, it is mainly to create some added value to its ownership experience, but Tesla might have bigger plans for gaming inside its vehicles. Musk has been indicating recently that he believes “entertainment will be critical when cars drive themselves,” which he thinks Tesla can achieve later this year.

TechPowerUp compared FSR 1.0 vs. FSR 2.0 vs. DLSS in Cyberpunk 2077. Cyberpunk 2077 recently got support for AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 through a community mod. The addon converts the officially-supported DLSS render path into instructions that the AMD FSR 2.0 algorithm understands, with excellent results.

TechGage meanwhile looked at GPU rendering in Redshift. It’s been some time since we’ve taken a detailed look at rendering performance in Maxon’s Redshift, so this article will get us up to speed. While Redshift is soon to gain support for AMD’s Radeon GPUs, it’s not quite here yet – so for now, we’ll take a look at rendering five different projects with NVIDIA’s current-gen GeForce stack.

A new data storage supernode in Brisbane will be powered by renewables and batteries. Supernode is an internationally significant digital infrastructure project combining both critical energy and data storage capacity to be powered by Queensland sited renewable power projects. The unique Supernode site at Brendale is only 30 kms from Brisbane CBD and will intersect the new Torus dark fibre data cable currently under construction which will directly connect Brisbane for the first time ever to the international sub-sea cable recently landed at Maroochydore from Guam.

HotHardware meanwhile report on the PCIe 7.0 specification. PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group), the standards body responsible for overseeing the development of the PCI Express specification, announced that PCIe 7.0 is on track to bring another huge jump in bandwidth by 2025. As such, we could see solid state drives (SSDs) scale to around 64GB/s within the next few years

Finally from MUTMAN: Starting in 2011, the Floppotron has delighted audiences with many a delightful symphony. If you haven't heard of Floppotron then you are in for a real treat, for its creator, Pawel Zadrozniak, has posted up the latest upgrade to date: Floppotron 3.0, on YouTube.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-July-2022  23:02:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Deepcool LE500 liquidcooler on Vortez.
Deepcool AG400 tower cooler on Vortez.

XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 2x16GB DDR5 Memory on APHNetworks.
Acer Predator Vesta RGB 32GB DDR4-3600 CL14 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Power Supply:
Montech Century Mini 750W Gold PSU on FunkyKit.
MSI MPG A1000G - 1000W PSU on Guru3D.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus-Destroyer 2.0 Review - 64TB TLC at 28,000 MB/s on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power UD80 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD on MadShrimps.
Solidigm SSD D7-P5520 Review: Big, Fast NVMe Cloud Storage on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
FiiO K9 Pro ESS Desktop DAC & Amplifier Review - Great Performance! on TechPowerUp.
Focal Elegia headphones on OCInside.

Antec DF800 FLUX Computer Case on APHNetworks.
Seasonic SYNCRO Q704 & SYNCRO CONNECT DPC-850 on NikKTech.
Lian Li Lancool 3 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterBox TD300 Mesh on TechPowerUp.

WaterGuru SENSE pool monitor on LanOC.
eufy Security Video Doorbell Dual on LanOC.
Corsair K70 RGB PRO Mini Wireless keyboard on Guru3D.
ASRock Radeon RX 6750 XT Phantom Gaming D OC 12GB video card on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ZenWiFi AX Hybrid Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-July-2022  13:45:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Thursday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-July-2022  23:56:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA have released the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and they're quite amazing. The telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data were released during a televised broadcast at 10:30 a.m. EDT (14:30 UTC) on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. These listed targets below represent the first wave of full-color scientific images and spectra the observatory has gathered, and the official beginning of Webb’s general science operations. They were selected by an international committee of representatives from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Closer to home, I've been fascinated by the various AI imagery apps doing the rounds lately, where you can create an image from a text description. Perhaps most well-known is Dall-E Mini, but there's also nightcafe.studio. Google also have Imagen, which doesn't seem to be open for public use. Feel free to tell me about any more out there!

There's yet another speculative execution attack affecting Intel and AMD CPUs. Some microprocessors from Intel and AMD are vulnerable to a newly discovered speculative execution attack that can covertly leak password data and other sensitive material, sending both chipmakers scrambling once again to contain what is proving to be a stubbornly persistent vulnerability.

On a related note, metamorphosis sent in this Windows Defender issue affecting Intel CPU performance. Kevin Glynn, the developer of popular tools like ThrottleStop and RealTemp has discovered a bug in Windows Defender that was causing it to consume more system resources than was required. He has also released a new app that fixes this problem.

TechPowerUp have an article explaining USB4. Technically, Intel was the first company to launch a USB4-compatible host controller with their "Maple Ridge" Thunderbolt 4 controller, also known as "JHL8340" (single-port) and "JHL8540" (dual-port). For some reason, Intel isn't marketing any of its Thunderbolt 4 products as "USB4 compatible" despite the fact that they appear to be certified.

Tweaktown have an overclocking head-to-head between ASRock, MSI and SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 6950 XT cards. ASRock's custom Radeon RX 6950 XT OC Formula gets thrown into the OC battle against SAPPHIRE + MSI's custom RX 6950 XT offerings.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-July-2022  22:53:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AQIRYS Aquarius 360 AIO Cooler on TechPowerUp.
SAPPHIRE NITRO+ S240-A AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
DeepCool LS720 (LCS) on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Masterliquid PL360 Flux on Bjorn3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
NZXT N7 B550 Motherboard on NikKTech.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X Review - Finally an affordable 8-Core on TechPowerUp.

Sabrent Rocket 64GB (4x16GB) 4800MHz DDR5 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
PNY XLR8 REV RGB DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
Desklab Ultralight Portable 4K Touchscreen Monitor on FunkyKit.
INNOCN 40C1R Review - 40-inch Ultrawide Goodness on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Pro Audio and Personalized Sound with Audeze LCD-X and Reveal+ on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master GM27-CFX Curved Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
Creative Outlier Pro TWS Sweatproof In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.

EnGenius ECS2512 2.5G Switch on LanOC.
Linksys Atlas 6 Dual-Band Mesh Router on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Uhuru WM-08 RGB mouse on OCInside.
ROCCAT Kone XP mouse on TechPowerUp.
Razer Viper V2 Pro mouse on LanOC.
Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Dual-Throttle Joystick on NikKTech.
XPG Alpha Wireless Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB SSD on BabelTechReviews.
Goodram IRDM PRO M.2 SSD 2 TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Qnap TS-233 NAS on LanOC.
Silicon Power Armor A66 2 TB & 5 TB on TechPowerUp.
QNAP TS-233 Two-Bay Consumer NAS on Tweaktown.
Samsung T7 Shield Portable 1TB USB SSD on Guru3D.
SK hynix Platinum P41 1TB SSD Review - Performance Champ on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE AORUS 7000s 1TB SSD Review - Silent Upgrade Detailed on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2022) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Maingear Vybe Gaming PC Review: A Ryzen And Radeon Hot Rod on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG Phone 6 Hands-On Performance Review on HotHardware.
EK Fluid Works S5000 Workstation on TechPowerUp.
Asus ROG Flow Z13 laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Geforce Now and the Apple Mac Book Pro (M1 Pro) – a match made in heaven? on Bjorn3D.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-July-2022  12:29:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Matt and Axe this week!

Thursday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-July-2022  23:54:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time for some news catchup! Firstly it's pretty cool that NASA have launched their first rocket from the new Arnhem Space Centre in Australia. It marks the first commercial space launch in Australia's history and NASA's first rocket launch from a commercial spaceport outside of the United States.

Not to be outdone, our Kiwi cousins have had a NASA launch as well. The first lunar mission to take off from NZ has launched successfully. Rocket Lab launched Nasa's Capstone micro-satellite on an Electron rockets from Mahia at 9.55pm tonight. (A month-long launch window opened yesterday, only to see a 24-hour delay for "last-minute system checks".)

The EU has ruled on a common charger for portable devices. As of 2024, all new handheld mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, handheld videogame consoles, headphones, headsets, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, and earbuds will have to be equipped with a USB-C charging port. The deadline for laptops is 2026.

HotHardware report on 3D printing - inside you. The ability to overcome the issue solid materials present by using sound to essentially reach inside a body or device, could lead to manufacturing an implant inside the body without the need of using an pre-made implant and surgically placing it in the body. Researchers tested the technology using 1.3 inches of pig skin, muscle, and fat tissue.

A drunk Japanese man recently lost a USB with an entire city's private data on it. On Tuesday last week, a group of employees from Biprogy Inc, which provides benefits to tax-exempt households, enjoyed a boozy night out a restaurant, resulting in one worker passing out on the street before waking at 3am and stumbling home. Unsurprisingly, the unnamed man, aged in his 40s, called in sick the next day – but that afternoon, he realised he had lost a crucial item during the wild night.

Guru3D investigated NVMe M.2 heatsinks and their effect on performance. We conducted two Thermal Paste roundups, the first in 2019 and the second in 2021. Why not try something else and investigate the temperature influence of other PC components outside the CPU/GPU? Perhaps it would be worthwhile to test the radiator's slash heatsink impact on NVMe drive performance.

Here's a cool retro project, to make a Raspberry Pi cluster which resembles, and out-performs, the original Cray-1 Supercomputer. The Cray-1 could perform around 160 million floating-point operations per second (MFLOPS). At the time, this was unheard of and enabled types of modelling and forecasting that were not previously possible on a computer. ... The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 is orders of magnitude faster than the original Cray-1. The Zero 2 can handle around 5.1 thousand million floating-point operations per second (GFLOPS). With 12 Nodes, the total possible GFLOPS is around 61.2 GFLOPS.

Today's timewaster is River Runner, which lets you put a drop of water anywhere on Earth (including Australia) and see where it would end up.

Retro Gaming July 2022 (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 3-July-2022  15:38:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's "Retro Let's Play" is Donkey Kong from 1981, and many other versions. Come with me while I take you on the short journey of the genesis of my video game love affair. Earlier on yes, Space Invaders and others had certainly caught my eye, but once I laid eyes on that brown timber Donkey Kong arcade machine it was 'game over'. From 1982 onward I thought of two things and two things only, Sharon Kirby and Donkey Kong (and not always in that order). Now I don't know where Sharon is today, but Donkey Kong has stayed with me this whole time.

click for the thread!

Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is Diddy Kong Racing from 1997 on the N64. Diddy Kong Racing is a 1997 racing video game developed and published by Rare for the Nintendo 64. The game is set on Timber's Island and revolves around Diddy Kong and his friends' attempt to defeat the intergalactic antagonist, a wizarding pig named Wizpig, through winning a series of races. The player can take control of any of the featured characters throughout the game. Diddy Kong Racing features five worlds with four racetracks each, and the ability to drive a car, hovercraft, or pilot an aeroplane.

click for the thread!

Or if you think you're a fast typist, see how you compare in our monkeytype thread.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 3-July-2022  14:24:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Palit GeForce GTX 1630 4GB Dual on Guru3D.
Gainward GeForce GTX 1630 Ghost Review - Challenging the AMD RX 6400 on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Radeon RX 6600 Challenger D 8G on OCInside.
ASRock Radeon RX 6950 XT OC Formula on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ThieAudio Elixir In-Ear Monitors Review - Got Wood? on TechPowerUp.
AnkerWork B600 Video Bar on LanOC.
Quick Look: FiiO K5 Pro ESS Desktop DAC/Amplifier on TechPowerUp.
Razer Barracuda Pro Gaming & Street Headset on MadShrimps.
Cardo PackTalk Bold Duo JBL Communications System on NikKTech.
FiiO FA7s 6 Balanced Armature In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
EVGA X12 Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.
AQIRYS ALUDRA TKL Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master CK721 Review: An Innovative Wireless Keyboard on HotHardware.
Wooting 60HE keyboard on LanOC.
ADATA XPG Alpha Review: An Ergonomic Gaming Mouse That Delivers on HotHardware.
YUNZII Keynovo IF98 Gasket Mounted Hot-Swap Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-5200 2x16GB DDR5 RAM on APHNetworks.
TeamGroup Xtreem DDR4-4000 CL15 2x 16 GB Engineering Sample - Overclockers Dream on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
FSP Dagger Pro (850W PSU) on Guru3D.
FSP Hydro GT Pro 850W Gold PSU on FunkyKit.
Phanteks Revolt X 1200W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.

LIVA One A300 Mini-PC – Is FSR enough for Ryzen 5600G 1080P Gaming? on BabelTechReviews.
ID-Cooling SE-207-XT Advanced CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.
Colorful CVN Z690M Gaming Frozen V20 motherboard on NeoSeeker.
Linksys Atlas Max 6E Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power UD90 500GB & 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs on NikKTech.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: FSR 2.0 Review game on TechPowerUp.

Retro Misc Pics (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-July-2022  14:49:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been a very busy week, so here's retro misc pics from December 2009.

11th December 2009:

19th December 2009 (last one possibly NSFW):

29th December 2009:

I also found linked in that month the article on our previous hosting setup. We're now hosted by Micron21 of course, but it was interesting to revisit the days when I owned the hardware. :)

BlueRaven's Tool Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-July-2022  00:46:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BlueRaven has reviewed the Kyoritsu KEW1021R Multimeter AND the SKIL 4V Li-Ion Screwdriver. As some of you may know, I started an apprenticeship (Certificate III in Electronics & Communications) at the beginning of the year, which entitled me to some reimbursement for PPE, tools, uniform etc.

click for the thread!

Friday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-July-2022  00:18:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Netac NV7000 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUP.
Silicon Power UD90 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.
HP FX900 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
ASUSTOR Nimbustor 2 (AS5202T) Two-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
ADATA Elite SE880 1TB External SSD on Tweaktown.
Solidigm D7-P5520 7.68TB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston FURY Renegade 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z690 Taichi Intel LGA1700 Motherboard on OCInside.
Core i9-12900KS Review: Intel’s Fastest Alder Lake CPU Tested on HotHardware.
MSI MPG X570S Carbon EK X on TechPowerUp.

Fractal Design Pop Air RGB Black TG on Guru3D.
Fractal Design Pop Air RGB on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Pop Air RGB Case on ThinkComputers.

DEEPCOOL AK400 Performance CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.
DeepCool LS720 360mm AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
DeepCool AK400 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.


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