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March 2023
Misc Pics (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-March-2023  14:18:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Simon and Dad this week!

Friday Lunchtime Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-March-2023  12:37:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you are using the 3XC VOIP client, you should be aware of this exploit and uninstall the app, thanks Michael.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 9 7900 Review - Impressive Efficiency on TechPowerUp.
ASUS TUF Gaming B760-PLUS WIFI D4 on Guru3D.
ASRock B760 PRO RS Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Cougar Forza 135 CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
XPG Levante 360 ARGB CPU Liquid Cooler on NikKTech.
DeepCool LT720 White 360 mm AIO on TechPowerUp.

The Last of Us Part I Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Resident Evil 4 Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 | Warzone 2.0: FSR 2.1 vs. DLSS Comparison Review on TechPowerUp.
Resident Evil 4 Remake: FSR 2.1 Review on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Dream Machines DM4 EVO S Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
G-Wolves Hati-S Plus 4K mouse on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Vulcan II MAX Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
AMDIAS Hermes M4 Hybrid Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
MSI G274QPF-QD Gaming Monitor on Tweaktown.
soundcore Sleep A10 Bluetooth Sleep Earbuds on LanOC.
Antlion Kimura Solo and Duo IEMs Review - ModMic Miniaturized on TechPowerUp.

Phanteks NV7 full-tower on TechPowerUp.
HYTE Y40 Premium Mid-Tower on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P MAX Mini-ITX on ThinkComputers.
Corsair iCUE 4000D RGB Airflow on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 Review: Great Perf, Superb OLED on HotHardware.
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (Gen 8) on HighPerformanceLaptops.
MSI Titan GT77 HX Laptop Review: Killer Gaming And Creator Performance on HotHardware.

GIGABYTE AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD 2TB Review - The Silent Assassin on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler Max USB 3.2 Gen 2 Flash Drive on ThinkComputers.
inland TD510 2TB SSD Review - Gen5 Powerhouse on Tweaktown.
Synology Diskstation DS723+ NAS on TechnoYard.
Silicon Power Mobile C07 USB 3.2 Gen1 USB Type-C 256GB on MadShrimps.

Power Supply:
XPG Fusion 1600 Titanium ATX 3.0 PSU on Tweaktown.
Eaton 5PX 1500i RT2U Netpack UPS on NikKTech.

Cougar Terminator gaming chair on Guru3D.
G.Skill TridentZ5 RGB DDR5 7200 CL34 2x16 GB memory on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Gaming X Trio White video card on TechPowerUp.

Monday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-March-2023  01:22:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gordon Moore, of Moore's Law fame, co-founder of Intel and a pioneer of the semiconductor industry, has died aged 94. In an article he wrote in 1965, Mr Moore observed that thanks to improvements in technology, the number of transistors on microchips had roughly doubled every year since integrated circuits were invented a few years before. His prediction that the trend would continue became known as Moore's Law and, later amended to every two years, helped push Intel and rival chipmakers to aggressively target their research and development resources to ensure that rule of thumb came true. "Integrated circuits will lead to such wonders as home computers — or at least terminals connected to a central computer — automatic controls for automobiles, and personal portable communications equipment," Mr Moore wrote in his paper.

Meanwhile the Xerox Alto has turned 50. He mentions two of the three defining features of the machine: it was the first single-user GUI-driven machine, but also, it was the first networked workstation. Before even the concept of the "personal computer" had been dreamed up, and at around the same time as Intel was building the first microprocessors, the giant brains at PARC were not only designing the personal GUI workstation, they were also building a local-area network to link them up.

HotHardware have been playing with a new NVIDIA Jetson kit. At this time last year the company gave us a chance to look at its flagship AI edge developer kit, the Jetson AGX Orin. That $2,000 AI and robotics platform was a truly impressive piece of kit, with tons of performance, a compact size, and manageable power profile. This year, the company is scaling down its high-end compute platform to fit an even smaller target with the Jetson Orin Nano Developer Kit, which we're going to feature here today.

In a similar vein, they also looked at an AMD Xilinx Robotics Starter Kit. Last summer, we got to go hands-on with AMD Xilinx's KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit, which combined the company's K26 System-on-a-Module (SoM) with a daughterboard that had copious IO for image recognition AI. At the time, we found the experience to be a bit rough around the edges. However, it was easy to see that the setup had a lot of promise with a potent FPGA, a solid foundation of good development tools, and plenty of IO. At the time, the KR260 Robotics Starter Kit had also been freshly announced, but wouldn't be available until later. Well, that day has come.

Venerable photography site DPReview is shutting down, with people trying to archive it. “The site will be locked, with no further updates made after April 10, 2023. The site will be available in read-only mode for a limited period afterwards,” the publication explains. “You can request a download of all the photos and text you’ve uploaded to the site. This will be available until April 6th, after which we will not be able to complete the request.”

The winner of our recent contest with TheSizzle is timrut - congrats!

Misc Pics (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-March-2023  14:40:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Simon this week. Thanks to everyone who donated to support my March for Mental Health this month. Only a week to go! I might have to go for a bushwalk tomorrow to get my kms back on track.

Friday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-March-2023  12:04:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Precision 7865 Workstation Review: Cool & Quiet 64-Core Powerhouse on HotHardware.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 : First look review on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Ace Magician AD03 N95 Mini-PC on TechPowerUp.
Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 Benchmarks: Qualcomm's New Midrange Mobile Chip Tested on HotHardware.
Alienware Aurora R15 Gaming PC Review: Re-Designed For Peak Performance on HotHardware.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master V850 Gold i multi 850W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
EBL Portable Power Station 500 on TechPowerUp.
NZXT C1200 Gold 1200 W on TechPowerUp.
Seasonic PRIME TX-750 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.

Crucial P3 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Netac NV7000 2 TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
ASUS ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Magma Mini Keyboard on APHNetworks.
REDRAGON Castor Pro 65% RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
CHERRY GENTIX 4K Office Mouse on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master MM712 mouse on TechPowerUp.
MSI Clutch GM51 Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
MSI Clutch GM51 Wireless mouse on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
64 Audio U4s In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
AnkerWork M650 Wireless Microphone on LanOC.
Quick Look: LETSHUOER x Gizaudio Galileo In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Antlion Audio Kimura Duo Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
AVerMedia Mingle Bar for video conferencing on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7x Wireless Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua OC Edition on Guru3D.
ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua OC Review - Next-Level Quiet on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XT Pulse on TechPowerUp.

Enermax StarryKnight SK30 Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
ASUS TUF Gaming GT502 on TechPowerUp.

Vertagear P Line Racing Series PL4800 Big and Tall RGB Gaming Chair on Tweaktown.
Quick Look: Autonomous SmartDesk Connect on TechPowerUp.

Enermax ETS-F40-BK-ARGB CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.
Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE LCD XT CPU Liquid Cooler on Tweaktown.
DeepCool AK500 Zero Dark CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Halo Black CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Eufy Security S100 Wired Wall Light Cam on LanOC.
eufy P2 Pro Smart Scale on NikKTech.
NETGEAR Orbi RBK863S Tri-Band WiFi 6 Mesh System on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-7200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X CPU on OCInside.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Contest Open (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-March-2023  17:24:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Entries are now open - see the thread for details!

Click for the thread!

Misc Pics (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-March-2023  13:35:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Remember we are giving away a 3080 Ti soon.

Participate in NVIDIA GTC for a chance to win! (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-March-2023  01:03:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

One lucky OCAU member will win an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti video card - see the thread for details!

Click for the thread!

Thursday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-March-2023  00:32:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Those of us who grew up on BBSs in the 90's might enjoy this story about a retro computing fan. By day, Green works as a senior systems engineer based in Arkansas. But in his off hours, "Ice Breaker" (as he's often known online) focuses his passion on a vintage computer collection that he has been building for decades—and a bulletin board system (BBS) called "Particles" he has been running since 1992. Of course if you're into the Retro side of things, check out our Retro & Arcade forum.

Also in the retro world, this article that MUTMAN sent in a little while ago, where John Carmack talks about preserving old games. “Even if there are only ten thousand active users, destroying that user value should be avoided if possible”, he says. “Your company suffers more harm when you take away something dear to a user than you gain in benefit by providing something equally valuable to them or others.”

I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and have been very impressed by the camera - but one reddit user is wondering if the camera is too good to be true, when it comes to photos of the moon. In another test, the S23 Ultra was presented with two blurred moons, one full and the other half. If the algorithm was actually enhancing details, it would enhance both. Instead, it identified the full moon as a moon and added the fake moon overlay, leaving the other one blurred. Hrm, I have taken quite a few moon photos and not seen this behaviour, but admittedly most of mine have been non-full moons.

Over in this thread, Jumpingmanjim pointed out this cool list of home server ideas. Self-hosting is the practice of hosting and managing applications on your own server(s) instead of consuming from SaaSS providers. This is a list of Free Software network services and web applications which can be hosted on your own server(s). Non-Free software is listed on the Non-Free page.

Here's an interesting one - GPU-powered RAID. GPU-powered RAID card supplier Graid has a coming software release designed to accelerate sequential writes to 90GBps or more in RAID-5 configurations. It ascribes this 4-9x speed boost for its SupremeRAID product to intelligent parity data reduction technology. Graid claims this will enable users in AI/ML, video processing, and similar workloads to write data to NVMe drives at record speeds.

Also in storage, Backblaze have released their annual drive stats - but this time they include SSDs. In this report, we look at the failure rates of the SSDs that we use in our storage servers for 2022, for the last 3 years, and for the lifetime of the SSDs. In addition, we take our first look at the temperature of our SSDs for 2022, and we compare SSD and HDD temperatures to see if SSDs really do run cooler.

Bjorn3D have a guide to installing Chrome OS Flex to revive an older laptop. Laptops on the other hand are quite limited in the way they can be upgraded, especially the cheaper ones. That does not mean they are unusable and in today’s article I will show you how to turn your old laptop into a Chromebook using Googles Chrome OS Flex.

I can't actually remember where I saw this, but here's a bunch of free fonts from Google. Enjoy!

Wednesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-March-2023  19:51:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG STRIX B760-F Gaming WIFI on Guru3D.
ASRock B650 LiveMixer Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Alphacool Core Distro Plate 240 Left VPP/D5, inc. APEX VPP pump on FunkyKit.
Alphacool Eisblock XPX Pro Aurora CPU Waterblock on FunkyKit.
Thermaltake SWAFAN EX12 RGB Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Razer Wolverine Chroma V2 Xbox Series X|S Controller on TechPowerUp.
MSI Clutch GM51 Lightweight Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Razer Naga V2 Hyperspeed mouse on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Wireless Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
EIZO FlexScan EV2490 Monitor on NikKTech.
Sound Blaster X5 external DAC amp on LanOC.
XENNS Mangird Top In-Ear Monitors Review - Hybrid Sound on TechPowerUp.
TESmart 2 Port Dual Monitor HDMI+DP KVM Switch on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo Ideapad Slim 1 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
MSI Modern 14 C13M on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED on HighPerformanceLaptops.

Win a Mouse & KB from TheSizzle and OCAU (9 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-March-2023  17:39:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As mentioned earlier, TheSizzle are kindly giving away a Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Keyboard & MX Vertical Mouse bundle to one lucky OCAU reader who signs up for a free trial of their newsletter:

click for the entry page!

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-March-2023  18:31:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B650E Taichi Motherboard on OCInside.
ASRock Z790 PG Sonic Edition on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i5-13400F Review - Force of Efficiency on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z790 PG SONIC Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus-G NVMe Gen4 2280 2TB SSD on MadShrimps.
KIOXIA EXCERIA Plus 1?B MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card on NiKKTech.
Lexar SL660 BLAZE 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 External Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Crucial X8 4TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Solidigm P44 Pro SSD Review: Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen 4 PC Storage on HotHardware.

Chieftec BX-10B-OP mATX on TechPowerUp.
InWin A5 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Antec P20C Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
HYTE Y40 mid-tower on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ Performance Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master MM311 mouse on TechPowerUp.
MSI Clutch GM31 Lightweight mouse on TechPowerUp.
Endorfy Thock TKL Wireless Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Asus ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition mouse on Guru3D.
MSI Vigor GK71 Sonic Blue Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
JMGO N1 Ultra 4K Laser Projector on NeoSeeker.
Edifier WH950NB Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones on TechPowerUp.
TOPPING E70/E70 VELVET DACs + L70 Amplifier Desktop Stack on TechPowerUp.
Shanling MTW200 True Wireless Earphones on NikKTech.
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Headset on Guru3D.
XGIMI Horizon 1080p LED Projector on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Sapphire RX 7900 XT Pulse on LanOC.
ASRock Radeon RX 7900 XTX Phantom Gaming 24GB OC on FunkyKit.

Power Supply:
be quiet! Pure Power 12 M 1000W PSU on NikKTech.
Anker 733 Power Bank (GaNPrime PowerCore 65W) on LanOC.

Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-7000 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Lexar ARES RGB 16GB DDR4-4000 Kit on NeoSeeker.
Netac Shadow RGB DDR5-4800 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Crucial CT2K16G56C46U5 DDR5-5600 2x16GB DDR5 RAM on APHNetworks.
Crucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-5200 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-March-2023  13:30:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Remember, you can enter to win a Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Keyboard & MX Vertical Mouse by signing up for a free trial of TheSizzle.

BirdNET-Pi (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-March-2023  13:57:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This is a fun and pretty simple little project I've been playing with lately. In short, you get a Raspberry Pi with a USB microphone, and stick it somewhere where it can hear the outside world. It listens for birdsong, then identifies the birds it hears and serves up a website with the recordings, stats and info on the birds. You can even listen live to the audio feed and watch a spectrogram of it if you like.

click for the thread!

March On Challenge (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-March-2023  11:47:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In March I will be walking/running/wheezing 96km (the length of the Kokoda Track) to support veteran mental health. If you choose to support it, you will be helping to fund health and wellbeing services, employment programs, learning opportunities and participation activities. No worries if you can't - but for today only, all donations are matched by a sponsor, so your support will be doubled! Update: Thanks to those who donated! It looks like the "doubling" allocation has been exhausted, so it's just normal donations now.

Click for the fundraising page!

Humble Bundle for Türkiye-Syria Earthquake Relief (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-March-2023  23:58:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Similar to their previous Stand with Ukraine bundle, Humble Bundle have a massive bundle of games and comics to raise funds for Earthquake Relief in Türkiye and Syria. There's over 70 items included - but less than two days left to grab them.

Sunday Night Random Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-March-2023  21:28:56 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Input Output Sound:
MSI VIGOR GK71 SONIC Blue @ guru3D
Razer Naga V2 Pro @ TechPowerUp
ASUS ROG Azoth Wireless Mechanical @ TechPowerUp
Philips Portable Monitor 16B1P3300 @ LanOC
Custom Art FIBAE 5 In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Smart Atmos Soundbar @ NikKTech
FiiO Q11 Portable DAC/Amplifier @ TechPowerUp

SSTC Tiger Shark 2TB PCIe Gen5 SSD @ TweakTown
Sonos Beam (Gen 2) Smart Atmos Soundbar @ NikKTech
SSTC HammerHead E18 1TB SSD @ TweakTown
Lexar JumpDrive P30 USB 3.2 @ ThinkComputers
Toshiba Canvio Basics 2022 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 @ Madshrimps
SSTC HammerHead E18 2TB @ TweakTown

Benchmarking vs:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 PCI-Express Scaling with Core i9-13900K @ TechPowerUp
AMD Ryzen 7000 vs. Intel 13th-gen Core Workstation Performance @ Techgage
Ryzen 7800X3D preview - 7950X3D One CCD Disabled @ guru3D
Viewport Performance Look At CATIA, SolidWorks, SNX, Creo, 3ds Max & Maya @ Techgage

Prebuild and Portable:
Lenovo Legion 7i @ TweakTown
Lenovo Slim 7i Carbon @ ThinkComputers
Falcon Northwest FragBox @ HotHardware

Motherboard Cooler Ram PSU GPU Case:
Crucial 32GB DDR5-5600 @ FunkyKit
SilverStone HELA 1300R Platinum @ aphNetworks
Gainward GeForce RTX 4080 Phoenix GS @ TechPowerUp
MSI MEG Prospect 700R @ TechPowerUp
Montech Titan Gold 1200w ATX 3.0 @ TweakTown
SUPERO C9Z790-CGW @ FunkyKit
Iceberg Thermal iceSLEET X7 @ NikKTech

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-March-2023  15:22:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Also, one lucky OCAU member will win a Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Keyboard & MX Vertical Mouse - enter by signing up for a free trial of TheSizzle.

Retro Gaming March 2023 (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-March-2023  19:58:45 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's "Retro Let's Play" for March is a 1987 blast from the past, Skate or Die!. In Skate or Die, players compete in up to five events either solo or against computer opponents, with different strengths. Before the starting the game, settings need to be selected in the skate shop. All players can enter their names and then choose the colour of their board. Then you skate out of the shop and choose if you want to play all disciplines or single disciplines or practice. Two of the events take place in a half-pipe, one in an improvised one (a swimming pool), one takes place in the back alleys of the city and the fifth one is a downhill race.
Skate or Die!

click for the thread!

And for those that like to slide this month's "Retro Racing" is the classic 2000 Screamer 4x4. Screamer 4x4 will have you on the edge of your seat as you experience real off road action on some of the most rugged terrain in all kinds of weather. With super realistic physics and a host of different vehicles, this ultimate off road driving experience is as close as you’ll get to the real thing without leaving the comfort of your home!

click for the thread!

OCAU Merch - 20% off! (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-March-2023  23:10:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I just noticed that RedBubble have 20% off site-wide, including on OCAU Merchandise. So if you've been looking for a new mug..

click for merch!


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