Wednesday, 31-August-2022 01:03:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg
TheBeast sent in this video from LinusTechTips, which as context for a CPU waterblock review, goes over some of the history of waterblock design - including the innovations of our very own Cathar (from around 4:20).
The ACCC has called for action on the NBN after speeds have shown no significant improvement since 2020, thanks MUTMAN. Australians are being ‘‘dudded’’ by stagnating NBN upload speeds far below the top rates advertised in their internet plans, new data reveals.
A chess robot recently broke the finger of an opponent. “The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the TASS news agency after the incident, adding that the machine had played many previous exhibitions without upset. “This is of course bad.”
Printers have also always been evil, but now even more so. Without some extra push, printer companies will continue to employ invasive methods for controlling how their products are used. Some believe that push could come from the government.
LastPass have suffered a data breach, but it seems to be only source code rather than customer information. Rather than stealing user information, it seems that the threat actor behind this breach instead stole portions of LastPass source code, as well as some proprietary technical information. We’ll have to see whether the thief comes forward to publish this stolen information, either for sale or as part of an extortion scheme.
AMD have unveiled more info about their upcoming Ryzen 7000 series based on Zen 4, on AM5. Details on HotHardware, Guru3D and Techgage. AMD’s Zen 4 architecture features an updated cache configuration and enhanced front-end design, along with integrated RDNA 2 graphics, new ISA extensions for AI and AVX-512, and native support for PCI Express 5 and DDR5 memory. Discussion in this thread.
Here's an interesting thread: millsy unboxing and testing a Telstra 5G Home Internet setup. I was finally able to sign up for the Telstra 5G Home Internet service and after a bit of back and forth my modem finally arrived, thought I'd share with OCAU.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 31-August-2022 00:14:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Review - The King of Gaming Headsets on TechPowerUp.
HarmonicDyne G200 Planar Magnetic Headphones + YAXI Replacement Ear Pads on TechPowerUp.
Creative Live! Mic M3 Computer Microphone on APHNetworks.
Soundcore Space A40 and Space Q45 on LanOC.
Razer HyperPolling Wireless Dongle Review - World's First 4000 Hz Wireless on TechPowerUp.
Razer Viper V2 Pro Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.
Drop+ LOTR Mechanical Keyboard on HotHardware.
DeepCool LS720 WH Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
be quiet! Pure Rock 2 FX CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
be quiet! Pure Rock 2 FX on TechPowerUp.
Lexar NM800 Pro 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Silicon Power UD90 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD on MadShrimps.
Lexar BLAZE SL660 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Gaming Portable SSD on NikKTech.
ASUSTOR Lockerstor 4 Gen2 (AS6704T) NAS on Tweaktown.
Kolink Continuum V2 1050W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Cooler Master XG850 Plus Platinum 850W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 13 Plus (9320) Touchscreen Laptop on Tweaktown.
GEEKOM MiniAir 11 (Celeron N5095) mini PC on Guru3D.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Review: A Fabulous Foldable Phone on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 AMD Ryzen Pro-powered Laptop on Tweaktown.
Achedaway Cupper Pair (strangest thing in the newsbox for a while) on NikKTech.
Cooler Master GD120 ARGB Gaming Desk (also quite weird) on TechPowerUp.
Secretlab MAGNUS Pro XL Review: Next-Gen Sit-to-Stand Metal Desk on Tweaktown.
SPECviewperf 2020: GPU Viewport Performance In Linux & Windows on TechGage.
Blender 3.2 – The Fastest GPUs For Cycles, Eevee & Viewport on TechGage.
Lian Li Lancool III Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Intel Arc Graphics A380: Compelling For Open-Source Enthusiasts & Developers on Phoronix.
Neo Forza MARS DDR4-4000 2x 32 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Artemis I Launch
After 11 years of development, countless delays and technical issues, endless political wrangling and a mind-boggling 23 billion USD in funding, NASA's super-heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket is finally 100% confirmed for its maiden test flight early next week (local time).
This is an unmanned test launch and represents the first very public step forward in NASA's Artemis Moon Landing program, which aims to send humans back to the moon for the first time since the 1970's. The two hour launch window opens at 10:30pm AEST (8:30pm for WA) on Monday 29th August, but [USER=1]Agg[/USER] has predicted that by placing a post on the news page there is roughly a 95% chance that the launch will now be cancelled due to weather. If not, it will be a very big show for NASA's 95 tonne 111-meter-tall rocket. All digits crossed.
Watch the Live Launch on YouTube
Discussion continues over in this thread
And general discussion of all things astro and cosmo in this thread
Here is a Wiki page for the Artimis Program with a very cool info-graphic of this launch
Thanks to BlueRaven for the above blurb.
Also, a massive thank you to Audionut and all the other OCAU members in the thread for the information and updates.
big space rocket go boom boom
|Full Scale MK II Colonial Viper
Sunday, 28-August-2022 00:56:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg
BuildsByBaz is continuing to work on his Full Scale MK II Colonial Viper project - now with lights and sound!
click for the thread
|Wednesday Evening Reviews
Wednesday, 24-August-2022 20:03:09 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN
HIFIMAN HE1000se Planar Magnetic Headphone + Hapa Audio KnØt Full Size Cable @ TechPowerUp
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered Benchmarked: 8K with DLSS 2.4 + FSR 2.0 @ TweakTown
F1 2022: PC performance analysis @ guru3D
Asus ROG Swift PG42UQ 138 Hz OLED @ guru3D
Veikk Studio VK1200 Graphics Tablet @ TechPowerUp
NUKI Smart Lock 3.0 Pro @ NikKTech
eufy RoboVac X8 @ LanOC
Sihoo V1 Ergonomic Office Chair @ NikkTech
ErgoTune Supreme V3 Ergonomic Office Chair @ TweakTown
Project Icyu– Blue Iris Build Part 1 @ LanOC
GOODRAM IRDM PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech
Silicon Power UD90 @ Vortez
ZADAK TWSG4S 2TB M.2 NVMe @ funky kit
Crucial P3 Plus 2TB @ LanOC
Patriot VIPER VPR400 @ Vortez
Kingston Fury 6000 C40 2 x 16 GB DDR5 @ CowcotLand
Gigabyte X570S AERO G @ TechPowerUp
V-color Manta XPrism RGB SCC KIT DDR5-6200 32GB @ TweakTown
Prebuilt and Portable:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 @ HotHardware
ASRock Industrial NUC BOX-1260P @ TweakTown
Dell XPS 13 Plus Laptop @ HotHardware
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 And Z Flip4 @ HotHardware
OnePlus 10T @ The Verge
Montech Sky One Lite @ TechPowerUp
SilverStone SETA H1 @ APH Networks
Fractal Design Focus 2 @ TechPowerUp
Fractal Design Focus 2 @ APH Networks
Fractal Design Focus 2 @ guru3D
MSI MPG GUNGNIR 110R @ ThinkComputers
Thermaltake H700 TG Mid-Tower @ Funky Kit
Thermaltake UX200 SE @ ThinkComputers
Thermaltake SWAFAN 12 RGB @ TechPowerUp
Input, Keyboard, Mouse, Etc:
James Donkey RS2 Gasket Mount Hot-swap @ TechPowerUp
SteelSeries Aerox 9 Wireless @ TechPowerUp
Razer Basilisk V3 Pro @ LanOC
Test Razer Basilisk V3 Pro @ cowcotland
ASUS ROG STRIX SCOPE RX @ TweakTown
AQIRYS T.G.A. ALPHA @ Madshrimps
Thanks to Lou, mpot and Sniper this week!
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 17-August-2022 22:28:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg
SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Razer Deathadder V3 Pro mouse on LanOC.
MSI MEG Coreliquid S360 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
be quiet! Pure Rock 2 FX CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
EK-Quantum Surface P360M Radiator on TechPowerUp.
Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Lexar Professional Gold CFexpress 160GB Type A Card on NikKTech.
Western Digital WD_Black SN850X 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE AORUS 7000s 2TB SSD Review - High Capacity B47R Speedster on Tweaktown.
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5-6600 CL32 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 64GB (2x32GB) 4800MHz DDR5 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Crucial CT2K16G48C40U5 DDR5-4800 2x16GB DDR5 RAM on APHNetworks.
Neo Forza TRINITY RGB 32GB DDR5 6400MHz CL40 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
AVerMedia Live Gamer Extreme 3 4K Capture Card on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Edifier STAX SPIRIT S3 Planar Magnetic Wireless Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Sennheiser HD 599 SE headphones on OCInside.
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered: DLAA vs. DLSS vs. FSR 2.0 Comparison on TechPowerUp.
GeForce 516.94 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5965WX Performance On Linux on Phoronix.
Dreame Bot L10 Pro Robot Vacuum And Mop on NikKTech.
Secretlab TITAN EVO 2022 The Witcher Edition Gaming Chair on Tweaktown.
Apple MacBook Pro 13" (2022 with M2 Chip) on Tweaktown.
XPG Valor Air case on TechPowerUp.
It's been a very busy week, so here's retro misc pics from January 2010. Beware, some of these seem a bit more spicy than we would normally allow nowadays..
4th Jan 2010: (last one NSFW)
8th Jan 2010:
15th Jan 2010:
22nd Jan 2010:
29th Jan 2010: (last two NSFW maybe)
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 12-August-2022 01:35:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Threadripper Pro 5965WX Review: Many-Core Zen 3 Monster on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme Glacial on TechPowerUp.
EVGA Z690 DARK KINGPIN Motherboard on NikKTech.
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock B660 Steel Legend Motherboard on OCInside.
ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Extreme Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme on LanOC.
Patriot Viper VPR400 RGB Gen4 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Crucial P5 Plus 2TB on Bjorn3D.
SK hynix Platinum P41 Gen4 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Steam Deck - Valve delivers an excellent handheld on Bjorn3D.
nubia REDMAGIC 7S Pro smartphone on TechPowerUp.
Geekom MiniAir 11 SFF Mini PC on Tweaktown.
OnePlus 10T Review: A Crazy-Fast Phone, Charges Even Faster on HotHardware.
Varmilo Minilo Series Eucalyptus 65% Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Melgeek Mojo84 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Fantech Helios Go XD5 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Lofree 1% Dual Mode Transparent Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket DDR5-4800 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
XPG Caster RGB DDR5-6400 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
V-color Skywalker Plus DDR4 2x32GB 4000MHz on LanOC.
Crucial 64GB DDR5-4800 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Creative SXFI AMP + Aurvana Trio LS Bundle on MadShrimps.
Fractal Design Pop Air RGB Case on Modders-Inc.
Fractal Design Define 7 Nano on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Pure Base 500 FX on HWAsylum.
Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.C CPU Cooler on Guru3D.
Thermaltake UX200 SE CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Laxihub F1 Outdoor Floodlight Security Camera on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 Snow 750W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
VR Value Wars: The Hellhound 6650 XT & RX 6700 XT vs. the RTX 3060 & 3060 Ti on BabelTechReviews.
Intel Foundry Services (IFS) has won a big deal to manufacture chips for Mediatek. Intel and MediaTek are taking their business relationship to the next level by forming a strategic chip making partnership. In an effort to diversify things on the manufacturing side, MediaTek is tapping Intel Foundry Services (IFS) to produce multiple chips for a range of smart edge devices using advanced process technologies.
Allegedly, China's largest chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), has copied chip designs for 7nm manufacturing technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC is already making the most advanced silicon on the planet, with mass production of 3nm already underway inside of TSMC labs, the Taiwanese semiconductor Godzilla is claiming that SMIC is copying their 7nm designs.
China’s Yangtze Memory Technology Corp is reportedly developing 196 and 232 layer NAND, building a second fab and talking to Apple as it devises a way to increase its NAND market share past 5 percent. YMTC’s second fab in Wuhan is scheduled to be producing 128-layer chips by the end of the year, at the rate of 200,000 wafer starts per month, double that of its current (and first fab) which has a 100,000 wspm capacity. DigiTimes said YMTC had sent 196L NAND samples to prospective customers and indicated production could start this year.
More silicon shenanigans between China and USA has companies like TSMC uneasy, as the company's Chair Mark Liu has expressed his concern of what a Chinese invasion into Taiwan would mean for the chip making tech company. Liu stated in a recent interview with CNN. "Because this is such a sophisticated manufacturing facility, it depends on real-time connection with the outside world, with Europe, with Japan, with U.S., from materials to chemicals to spare parts to engineering software and diagnosis."
TSMC has been planning a new production process for 2nm chips. According to Nikkei Asia, the company has now announced its aim to be in mass production by 2025. It's the first time the company has detailed any of its plans, and it did so at what the publication describes as an industry event. Nikkei Asia reports that Samsung has already announced plans to deliver 2nm processors by 2025. Intel is reportedly claiming its 1.8nm technology is ahead of schedule, and will be produced by the end of 2024.
Intel 4 Node will double density and boost clocks 20% just in time for Meteor Lake. Intel has plans by making extensive use of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography—the first Intel process to do so. That makes them a bit late to the game, as TSMC and Samsung have both been using EUV for a couple of years now.
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su continues to be a global silicon superstar and confirms their next generation of CPU's are coming this quarter. Looking ahead, we're on track to launch our all-new 5nm Ryzen 7000 desktop processors and AM5 platforms later this quarter with leadership performance in gaming and content creation.
Intel officially announces that it is 'winding down' its Intel Optane memory business, no Optane products from here on out. We continue to rationalize our portfolio in support of our IDM 2.0 strategy. This includes evaluating divesting businesses that are either not sufficiently profitable or not core to our strategic objectives. After careful consideration, Intel plans to cease future product development within its Optane business. We are committed to supporting Optane customers through the transition
Micron thought they had some pretty big news today, saying it has begun volume production of the industry's first 232-layer triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory chips with huge gains in area density, capacity, energy efficiency, and performance. In short, it's an improvement over 176-layer NAND in practically every conceivable way. Or to put it in Micron's own words, this is a "watershed moment for storage innovation," serving as the first proof that it can scale 3D NAND flash to more than 200 layers in volume production. Not that it was an easy achievement by any stretch, but an important one.
SK hynix not to be outdone decided to unveil 238-layer NAND. The industry's highest. SK hynix has just announced that it's developed the industry's highest 238-layer NAND flash, with its latest 238-layer 512Gb triple-level cell (TLC) 4D NAND flash going out to customers and starting mass production in 1H 2023.
AMD + Phison tease PCIe 5.0 SSD on Ryzen 7000 series at 10GB/sec+. The new super-fast demo was shown off during Flash Memory Summit 2022 (FMS 2022) where Phison was showing off its new PS5026-E26 PCIe controller, which was used on an ASUS ROG Strix X670 HERO motherboard, pushing 10GB/sec+ in both reads and writes (while the SSD itself can push 12GB/sec reads).
SK hynix also revealed a 96GB DDR5 CXL 2.0 memory expansion solution. The new SK hynix CXL memory ecosystem arrives in the EDSFF (Enterprise & Data Center Standard Form Factor) E3.S form factor, with support for next-gen PCIe 5.0 x8 and standard DDR5 memory that packs CXL controllers. As for CXL: it's based on PCIe and is a new standardized interface that boosts efficiency by utilizing CPUs, GPUs, accelerators, and memory.
|Retro Gaming August 2022
Thursday, 4-August-2022 19:05:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg
This month's "Retro Let's Play" is Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell from 2002. Stealth + Michael Ironside, that's all you need to know. Well ok, it's a stealth game with all the cool gadgets and wicked lighting plus a super cheesy plot about terrorists and stuff. Early 2000's perfection. Also you read that date right this masterpiece turns 20 this year, in November to be exact.
click for the thread!
Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is Outrun Coast 2 Coast from 2006. OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is a racing game developed by Sumo Digital and published in 2006 by Sega AM2. It is the 9th title in the series. Outrun 2006 is an updated version of OutRun 2. The game is split into two parts: a conversion of OutRun 2 SP (which itself includes the OutRun 2 levels) and "Coast 2 Coast", which includes single-player races and challenges, and local network and internet multiplayer.
click for the thread!
Passkeys should truly make passwords obsolete. Passkeys are unique digital keys that are easy to use, more secure, never stored on a web server and stay on your device. The best part? Hackers can’t steal Passkeys in a data breach or trick users into sharing them. The cross-platform experience is super easy,” said Knight. “So say you're someone who has an iPhone, but you want to go and log in on a windows machine. You'll be able to get to a QR code that you will then just scan with your iPhone and then be able to use Face ID or Touch ID on your phone.”
In other words, computers are going to communicate with each other to make sure that you are in proximity for security sake and they'll confirm that you're signed in.
Ever wondered what's inside the dome on top of Google's street view cars? This Trek View post from 2019 goes into some detail. There's a differential GPS setup and wheel mounted odometers to get precise location info. Laser range scanners "for recording the actual dimensions of the space being photographed". LIDAR scanners "to capture 3D depth information" and "additional positional information", plus the obvious air quality sensors and wi-fi hardware to collect network info.
The 2023 Women in AI Awards honour women working, leading, creating, researching or innovating across private and public sectors in the critical field of AI. “2021 & 2022 WAI ANZ Awards celebrated outstanding women in AI who achieved wonderful work across various industries”, said Angela Kim, WAI Australia Ambassador. “The 2023 APAC Awards will for the first time bring women in AI from right across the Asia Pacific region to Sydney, showcasing diversity, inclusion and equity in AI as never before.”
Applications will be opening soon; to find out more, visit www.womeninai.co/waiawards2023apac.
AOL is changing ownership once again, this time selling to private equity firm Apollo Global Management.
Today the company is just a web portal that provides services like news and email. Oh, and a subscription product... with 1.5 million paying customers. Wait, what? The internet pioneer was bought by Verizon in 2015 for $4.4 billion and later combined with Yahoo, another relic of the early internet that the cellular provider purchased in 2017... and which has struggled to stay relevant in the face of Google and Facebook's dominance of online advertising.
Geoff Huntley is traveling around Australia in a decked out van. I have seen how many McDonalds operate and just how many of these terminals are left unlocked. Three days ago at the Blaxland store my spider senses started tingling when I noticed something quite alarming. It turns out that these kiosks run windows 7 as administrator, touch screen input is enabled and in the recovery operating mode the general public can run any application.
In Robotics: The Future Is Now!, Bill Shatner the Star Trek actor, introduces viewers to the cutting-edge science of robotics. Although these “Steel Collar Workers” represent both a marvel of technological advancement and an uncertain future for humans in the workforce, Shatner ends the video on a hopeful note: “Perhaps robotics can lead to a better life for all of us.”
|Wednesday Night Reviews Part 2
Wednesday, 3-August-2022 21:23:08 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN
Portable & Prebuilt:
Pixel 6a @ HotHardware
Acer Enduro Urban N3 @ High Performance Laptops
Alienware X15 R2 @ TweakTown
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro @ TweakTown
AYANeo Air Pro TearDown @ HotHardware
MSI MPG A1000G @ Funky Kit
Icy Dock MB902SPR-B @ ocinside
Western Digital 22TB WD Gold, Red Pro, and Purple @ anandtech
Motherboard, Memory & CPU:
Intel Core i7-12700K Review @ ocinside
Kingston Fury Beast RGB 32GB DDR5-6000 @ Funky Kit
Team T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-6400 32GB @ TweakTown
Silicon Power QP77 10000mAh Power Bank @ Madshrimps
Adrenalin 22.7.1 Driver Performance Analysis @ BabelTechReviews
Adrenalin 22.7.1 Driver Performance Test @ HotHardware
Chernobylite: FSR 2.0 @ TechPowerUp
|Wednesday Night Reviews Part 1
Wednesday, 3-August-2022 20:55:53 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN
Truthear x Crinacle ZERO @ TechPowerUp
Nebula Capsule @ LanOC Reviews
PreSonus ERIS E3.5 @ NikKTech
Soundcore Trance Go and Soundcore Motion Boom @ LanOC Reviews
Dunu Vulkan In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp
Shokz OpenRun Pro @ BabelTechReviews
be quiet! Pure Base 500 FX @ Hardware Asylum
be quiet! Pure Base 500 FX @ TechPowerUp
be quiet! Pure Base 500 FX @ CowLand
Thermaltake H700 TG Snow @ APH Networks
Sharkoon ELITE SHARK CA700 @ NikKTech
be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 280mm @ TweakTown
be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 280mm @ guru3D
be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 280 @ TechPowerUp
be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 360mm @ NikKTech
be quiet! Pure Rock 2 FX Black @ TweakTown
DeepCool LS720 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Review @ APH Networks
Noctua NH-D12L @ TechPowerUp
Keyboard & Mouse:
HyperX Pulsefire Haste Wireless @ Funky Kit
SteelSeries Aerox 5 @ TechPowerUp
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