Friday again! Thanks to MUTMAN this week.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware m16 R1 @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Razer Blade 14 review (2023) @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Alienware m18 R1 Laptop @ HotHardware
Motorola Razr+ (2023) @ HotHardware
HP Z8 Fury G5 Workstation @ HotHardware
Razer Blade 16 (2023) @ TweakTown
Razer Blade 14 @ HotHardware
Razer Blade 14 2023 @ guru3D
Ace Magician AMR5 Mini PC @ NikKTech
Cherry KW X ULP @ cowcotland
i-Rocks K71R Wireless Mechanical Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
AZIO Tera 75 Mechanical Keyboard @ ThinkComputers
Scuf Gaming Reflex Customization @ LanOC
MSI Clutch GM51 Lightweight Wireless @ TechPowerUp
PSU & Power:
be quiet! Pure Power 12 M 1200W @ NikKTech
Sandberg 2xUSB-C PD100W 30000 (420-87) Powerbank @ NikKTech
be quiet! Pure Power 12 M 750w ATX 3.0 80 PLUS Gold @ TweakTown
Dangbei Neo 1080P DLP Smart Projector @ Neoseeker
DUNU SA6 MK2 In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp
Creative Live! Cam Sync V3 Webcam @ aphNetworks
Creative Stage SE Under-monitor Soundbar @ Madshrimps
Creative Stage Air V2 Computer Soundbar @ aphNetworks
Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 7600 Gaming OC @ TweakTown
DLSS 3 on Diablo IV @ LanOC
DLSS 3 on Diablo IV @ cowcotland
ASRock Radeon RX 7900 XTX Taichi White 24GB OC @ FunkyKit
Galax GeForce RTX 4060 Ti EX White @ TechPowerUp
Cases & Cooling:
Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240L Core ARGB White All-in-One @ aphNetworks
Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo Dual Tower Cooler @ Hardware Asylum
SilverStone Fara 512Z Mid-Tower Case @ TweakTown
Arctic P12 Max @ OCinside
Enermax Aquafusion ADV 360 + 240 mm LCS @ guru3D
Motherboard, Memory & CPU:
ASUS TUF GAMING Z790-PLUS WIFI D4 @ cowcotland
ASRock B760M PRO RS/D4 @ cowcotland
KIOXIA CM7-V 3.2TB SSD @ TweakTown
KIOXIA EXCERIA HIGH ENDURANCE 512GB microSDXC @ Madshrimps
MSI Spatium M480 Pro 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe @ guru3D
MSI Spatium M480 Pro 2TB SSD @ TweakTown
Thanks to mpot and Ruben this week!
Creative Sound Blaster X5 External Sound Card @ aphNetworks
Dan Clark Audio CORINA Electrostatic Headphones @ TechPowerUp
Nebula Capsule 3 Laser Projector @ NikKTech
Maono PD200X USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone @ LanOC
Motherboard, Memory, CPU, PSU, Case:
Lexar ARES RGB 32GB DDR5 6000MHz CL36 @ NikKTech
Kingston FURY Renegade RGB 64GB DDR5-6000 CL32 @ FunkyKit
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 48GB @ TweakTown
EPYC Bergamo, Genoa-X, MI300X @ HotHardware
ASUS Prime AP201 mATX @ TweakTown
Corsair RM850x Shift 850w ATX 3.0 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular @ TweakTown
Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Ally @ HotHardware
Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DS20U7V2 @ Madshrimps
OnePlus Nord N30 5G @ HotHardware
CHERRY XTRFY K5 COMPACT RGB Transparent White Mechanical Keyboard @ Madshrimps
MSI Clutch GM51 Lightweight @ TechPowerUp
Corsair Darkstar Wireless mouse @ guru3D
ASUS Radeon RX 7600 Strix OC @ TechPowerUp
Atomic Heart: FSR 2.2 vs. DLSS 2 vs. DLSS 3 Comparison @ TechPowerUp
ASUSTOR Flashstor 12 Pro 12-bay all-M.2 NVMe SSD NAS @ guru3D
Team Group MP44L 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
Cooler Master Caliber X2 Gaming Chair @ TweakTown
Friday again! Thanks to MUTMAN and Tim this week.
Thursday, 15-June-2023 00:11:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on is to hit the New Posts link.
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 14-June-2023 23:58:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg
PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Verto 8GB Graphics Card on ThinkComputers.
Galax GeForce RTX 4060 Ti EX White on Guru3D.
Quick Look: Saramonic BlinkMe Smart Wireless Microphone System on TechPowerUp.
Emotn N1 1080p Smart Projector on TechPowerUp.
Maono PD200X USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone on LanOC.
Colorful CVN Icicle RGB DDR5-6600 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Lexar ARES RGB 32GB DDR5 6000MHz CL36 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
EnGenius ECS1552P Cloud 48-Port 4x10Gb 410W PoE+ Switch on LanOC.
ASUS ROG Hyperion GR701 - PC chassis on Guru3D.
Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DS20U7V2 on MadShrimps.
Sihoo M57 Ergonomic Mesh Chair on NikKTech.
Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard & MX Master 3S Mouse on TechGage.
Crucial T700 SSD PCIe 5.0 on PCWorld.
|Computex 2023 by windwithme
Tuesday, 13-June-2023 23:33:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Windwithme has posted a big photo and video report from Computex 2023, including lots of motherboards, some PC builds, a few other other bits and bobs and, of course, plenty of Booth Babes:
Click for the thread!
Tuesday, 13-June-2023 01:14:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Catching up on some news - hope you had a good long weekend. First up, the mainstream media are reporting on a "little-known tech company" joining the race to a $1 trillion USD market cap. That little-known company is NVIDIA. Righto then. A 30-year old tech company, that you have possibly never heard of, has seemingly come out of nowhere to overtake tech giants Facebook and Tesla in the race to a $1 trillion milestone.
Speaking of expensive things, Apple have unveiled Apple's Vision Pro, a new VR headset with the Apple touch - and pricetag. Reception from the tech press has been pretty damning, but I can't help recalling how we all laughed at the iPad when it first came out too. I also quite like the idea of being able to RECORD using the headset and then have others play it back. Reminds me of William Gibson novels. Anyhoo at USD $3500 a set I won't be buying one anytime soon but I remain intrigued.
I admit I haven't listened to this podcast yet, but it's an interview with long-standing OCAU member and overclocking champion dinos22. Reinvent Overclocking! In this intriguing instalment, we demystify the world of overclocking and introduce you to a genuine world champion, Dino Strkljevic.
Boneburner sent in this story about Dell's misleading monitor pricing in Australia. On June 5, the Federal Court said Dell Australia was guilty of making "false or misleading representations with respect to the price" of monitors that its website encouraged shoppers to add to their purchase. The purchases were made from August 2019 to the middle of December 2021. If you bought one, you might be eligible for a refund: Dell is looking into refunding customers, "plus interest," Dell's statement to The Register added, and the company is "taking steps to improve our pricing processes to ensure this sort of error does not happen again."
Apparently the shortage of Raspberry Pi boards may be coming to an end soon. With support from Sony, a long-time partner of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the production of Raspberry Pi units should increase dramatically—and will hold there for “as long as is necessary” to meet pent-up demand. I reviewed the Pi 4 Model B here back in 2020, and one of the cooler projects I've done with it is BirdNET-Pi, which identifies birds in your garden via their calls. There's also a general Pi thread here.
Courtesy of The Sizzle, here's a cool article (and documentary) on wartime code-breakers in Brisbane. They were known as the Garage Girls: a group of women code breakers who worked – around the clock in eight-hour shifts – in a shed behind a Brisbane mansion during World War II. I was not aware of this story, but they're described as Australia's version of Bletchley Park.
Finally, I can't remember where I found this, but if you've ever wanted to generate secure passwords from the lyrics of America's greatest singer songwriter, Kenny Log-Ins is for you! Hiiiiiway to (or out of) the Danger Zone!
Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Titan GT77 @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Best Laptop Australia: June 2023 featuring EoFY Sales Deals @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Dell XPS 15 9530 @ HotHardware
Lenovo Yoga 9i (2023) Touchscreen @ TweakTown
ASUS GeForce RTX 4060 Ti TUF OC @ TechPowerUp
Gigabyte RTX 4070ti Gaming OC @ LanOC
ASUS Radeon RX 7600 STRIX OC @ guru3D
SAPPHIRE PULSE AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB @ NikKTech
Corsair MP700 PCIe 5 SSD @ HotHardware
Crucial P3 4TB M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 SSD @ Madshrimps
Kingston IronKey Keypad 200 64GB USB 3.2 Gen 1 Flash Drive @ aphNetworks
Motherboard, Memory, CPU & PSU:
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6000 48GB @ TweakTown
Addgame Spider X5 RGB DDR5-6000 32GB @ TweakTown
Kingston Fury Renegade RGB DDR5-7200 32GB @ TweakTown
Viper Gaming Venom DDR5 RGB @ LanOC
Corsair RM1200X SHIFT 1200W @ guru3D
Crucial 64GB DDR5-5200 @ FunkyKit
Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED gaming monitor @ guru3D
ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG27AQN Gaming Monitor @ TweakTown
UCOTECH RE-2 In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp
HyperX CloudX Stinger 2 Core Gaming Headset @ TweakTown
Lofree Flow Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard @ ThinkComputers
Mountain Makalu Max @ TechPowerUp
AQIRYS POLARIS White Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps
Microsoft is killing off Cortana later this year. While users will no longer have access to Cortana in Windows, Microsoft says the helpful assistant will still be available to use in other capacities, such as Outlook Mobile. In a press release about ending support for Cortana, the company remarked, "We know that this change may affect some of the ways you work in Windows, so we want to help you transition smoothly to the new options. Instead of clicking the Cortana icon and launching the app to begin using voice, now you can use voice and satisfy your productivity needs through different tools."
It's a fair guess that Apple doesn't regret leaving the Intel x86 silicon garden. Apple announced at WWDC 2023, the Cupertino outfit is introducing the M2 Ultra, the "largest and most capable chip Apple has ever created." The reason for that is because Apple is leveraging its UltraFusion technology to connect the dies of two M2 Max chips to effectively double the performance. It's the same thing Apple did with the previous generation M1 Ultra, which itself connected a pair of M1 Max chips in the same package using its UltraFusion die-to-die interconnect wizardry. Apple's M2 Ultra is built on a second-generation 5-nanometer process. It packs 134 billion transistors, which is 20 million more than the M1 Ultra, and it features a unified memory architecture with a whopping 192GB of memory capacity.
The Grand Theft Auto 6 game is still years away but that hasn't stopped some speculation on sales. And those speculated numbers certainly are impressive. Grand Theft Auto 6 game is expected to sell around 12-14 million copies at launch, which somewhat aligns GTA 6 with GTA 5's previous incredible 11.21 million copies sold within 24 hours. While GTA 6 is expected to be a megaton release, it may not break GTA 5's explosive launch. GTA 5 shipped a total of 32.5 million copies in its first quarter on the market. GTA 5 launched at the tail-end of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 generation on September 2013, so Rockstar Games managed to leverage both consoles at the height of their maturation
Google has been trying to step up its security game regarding all things Gmail, from client-side email encryption to brand verification measures to help prevent phishing and spam. However, a security researcher discovered an issue with the latter, putting all Gmail users at risk just before the feature was introduced. Regardless of the bug or checkmark system, people should always be wary of all emails and senders. In this case, though the checkmark was there, the email address was not legit looking even though it had UPS in the shown email address, which could also be spoofed. Better to be safe than sorry, folks—don’t put all your trust in Google protecting you from scammers, as mistakes can and certainly do happen.
The world's fastest data transmission speed record has been broken yet again. “What is special about this chip is that it produces a frequency comb with ideal characteristics for fiber-optical communications – it has high optical power and covers a broad bandwidth within the spectral region that is interesting for advanced optical communications,” he said. Interestingly, like many other scientific "missteps", the initial design purpose wasn't to break the world's transmission throughput record:
The story behind the Mirai Botnet is a pretty good read. When Mirai was released, it spread like wildfire. In its first 20 hours, it infected 65,000 devices, doubling in size every 76 minutes. On 8 September 2016, the FBI’s Anchorage and New Haven cyber units teamed up and served a search warrant in Connecticut on the member of PoodleCorp who ran the C2 that controlled all its botnets. On the same day, the Israeli police arrested the VDoS founders in Israel. Suddenly, PoodleCorp was no more. The Mirai group waited a couple of days to assess the battlefield. As far as they could tell, they were the only botnet left standing. And they were ready to use their new power. Mirai won the war because Israeli and American law enforcement arrested the masterminds behind PoodleCorp. But Mirai would have triumphed anyway, as it was ruthlessly efficient in taking control of Internet of Things devices and excluding competing malware.
Thanks to mpot and Simon this week!
While AI is the current tech hotness and is likely to be for some time, it is science that keeps us moving forward understanding the real world. Technically, the electrons don’t really “move” around the nucleus in orbits. Electrons are really waves—they show up as particles when you perform an experiment to determine position—and those waves are stationary. You can check to see where an electron is, but each time you do, it will show up in a different position, not because it’s moving but because of the superposition of states. The electron doesn’t have a fixed position until you look at it, and the wave function collapses.
I've read virus and malware mostly target humans as the soft 'in' today. But, I'm protected with scanners and anti-viris software, I'm tech and internet savey so the bad guys will never catch me out. But 'clickless' exploits ... now I am worried. The malware, which has been in use against Kaspersky employees for at least four years, was delivered in iMessage texts that attached a malicious file that automatically exploited one or more vulnerabilities without requiring the receiver to take any action. With that, the devices were infected with what Kaspersky researchers described as a “fully-featured APT platform.” APT is short for advanced persistent threat and refers to threat actors with nearly unlimited resources who target individuals over long periods of time. APTs are almost always backed by nation-states.
Chances are if your job has you breathing air that is 10,000 times more purified than an operating theatre it means you work for ASML in Veldhoven. You are one of a few dozen people that are keeping Gordon Moores Law alive. Chip designers have already begun to plan for such an eventuality. “There are many tools in the toolbox to cram more transistors in,” says Nigel Toon, chief executive of UK-based AI chip start-up Graphcore. “Moore’s Law may have ended, but that doesn’t mean innovation has died,” says Hassan Khan, an executive fellow at Carnegie Mellon University who leads the US National Network for Critical Technology Assessment’s work on semiconductors and supply chains.
Google's 1st gen ChromeCast has had its 10th birthday. To celebrate this momentus occasion Google released this statement. "Support for Chromecast (1st gen) has ended, which means these devices no longer receive software or security updates, and Google does not provide technical support for them. Users may notice a degradation in performance". It was good while it lasted, HotHardware wrap up some alternatives.
Surface Duo users arent happy with the continuing run of bugs from Microsoft. There are workarounds, the main one being that you need to dive into Settings to make a change. Specifically, head to Settings > System > Reset options, and then choose to Reset Wi-Fi, Mobile & Bluetooth. That does come with side effects, though, like losing your saved Bluetooth devices, for example. Alternatively, another solution proposed is simply to turn off Wi-Fi and live without it, if you can (use your cellular data connection instead). Even if this may not fully resolve the problem, it reportedly keeps any unwanted rebooting to a minimum. "Microsoft is aware and is looking into it."
Bit of a mixed bag tonight. You'll find reviews, Computex sneak-peeks and even a company page spruiking next-gen wares, scattered below. Somethings remain the same though, Computex continues to provide eyewatering pricing.
Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Computex review @ HighPerformanceLaptops
MSI Computex article @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Intel NUC 13 Pro @ guru3D
Motorola Razr+ And Razr (2023) Hands-On @ HotHardware
Darmoshark M3 @ TechPowerUp
Meta Quest 3 @ meta
Ducky's ProjectD Outlaw 65 @ TweakTown
ROG Strix Scope II 96 keyboard @ TweakTown
G.Skill DDR5 RAM (Computex) @ TweakTown
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023 Wireless Gaming Headset @ TweakTown
Campfire Audio Orbit TWS Earphones @ TechPowerUp
Patriot P220 2TB 2.5'' SSD @ Madshrimps
Patriot's first PCIe Gen5 SSD hits 12.4 GB/s without a massive cooler @ TweakTown
PSU and Cooling:
SilverStone Decathlon DA1000R Power Supply Unit @ NikKTech
Cooler Master MasterLiquid 360L Core White AIO @ OCinside
ASUS ROG LOKI 850w SFX-L Platinum ATX 3.0 PSU @ TweakTown
FSP MONSTER Cannon Pro 2500 watt PSU @ TweakTown
Cooler Master Storm Controller @ LanOC
Realtek's Wi-Fi 7 Speed Demo At Computex @ HotHardware
GeForce RTX 3070 With 16GB Of VRAM @ HotHardware
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5-7200 2x16GB DDR5 RAM @ aphNetworks
This month's "Retro Let's Play" is Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon from 1991. Delve into the mysteries lurking within the mysterious Temple of Darkmoon before you end up its latest victim. As the heroes head to a local inn to rest and enjoy their newfound fame but a note gets slipped to them from Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun, Archmage of Waterdeep, who says that he sent a scout to investigate reports of evil brewing in a temple known as Darkmoon but she has not returned. Khelben then transports the heroes to the temple to find Amber and continue the investigation. While battling their way through the temple's clerics and other inhabitants, the players discover that the high priest, Dran Draggore, is assembling legions of skeletal warriors to attack Waterdeep. In the final confrontation, Draggore turns out to be a red dragon.
click for the thread!
Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is Overspeed / L.A. Street Racing from 2007. L.A. Street Racing is a racing video game released on 1 December 2006 in Europe and on 28 May 2007 in North America. The game was re-released in June 2008 by City Interactive under the title Overspeed: High Performance Street Racing, as a low-price game. At the beginning of the game the player choose one of two available cars, before waiting at the "COOL-Market" for contestants to arrive. Once someone willing to race comes by, the player is given a choice of tuning parts from their opponent that the player can race for. Before every race the player is required to bet at least one of their own items, and since the player cannot save the game manually, losing a part means that the player has got to earn it again. "The framework for a very cool racing game is here, and certainly the driving physics are superb".
click for the thread!
Thanks to RnR and CAPT-Irrelevant this week - also thanks to MUTMAN for keeping the news page so busy!
I just noticed that RedBubble have 20% off site-wide (again), including on OCAU Merchandise. So if you've been looking for a new mug..
click for merch!
Ben and Julian have sent word on a worrying development in Gigabyte motherboards. While Eclypsium says the hidden code is meant to be an innocuous tool to keep the motherboard’s firmware updated, researchers found that it’s implemented insecurely, potentially allowing the mechanism to be hijacked and used to install malware instead of Gigabyte’s intended program. And because the updater program is triggered from the computer’s firmware, outside its operating system, it’s tough for users to remove or even discover. “If you have one of these machines, you have to worry about the fact that it’s basically grabbing something from the internet and running it without you being involved, and hasn’t done any of this securely,” says John Loucaides, who leads strategy and research at Eclypsium. “The concept of going underneath the end user and taking over their machine doesn’t sit well with most people.”
And here's a big big list of affected models.
AI generated SMS's, I cant ever see this being abused for scam SMS's. So what can possibly go wrong? Per Google’s documentation, “Magic Compose is an experimental feature within the Messages by Google app” used to make “stylized, suggested responses with the context of your messages.” This is powered by Google’s generative AI technology and will help you start or reply to a conversation with a little context. When you enable the feature if it is available to you, Google will take up to 20 previous messages of any variety to make these suggestions.
Why read those scam SMS's on a 5 or 6 inch phone screen when an a 100 inch AR screen is here now.
The maker of a new laptop device is trying to expand the size of your computer screen by ditching the monitor display altogether. Sightful is rolling out what it bills as the world’s first augmented reality laptop of its kind. The $2,000 Spacetop device is essentially the lower half of a laptop with a mounted webcam and a pair of glasses attached by a cord through which users can see a 100-inch projection of a workspace screen.
Actively cooling modern electronics means hearing a fan at some point, but solid state cooling in a mini PC? This is good. The AirJet Mini is a solid-state cooling device with no moving parts. Just one of these devices is capable of removing 5.25 watts of heat while consuming just 1 watt of power, at a whisper quiet 21 dBA. According to Frore Systems, the AirJet Mini is capable of producing 1750 Pascals of back pressure which is 10x greater than a single fan. To cool the CPU, the AirJet Mini uses ultrasonic frequencies generated by tiny membranes inside the cooling chip to push air from the intake ports to the exhaust port at the back of the device.
Apparently Crucial have a mighty fast PCIE Gen 5 SSD
Crucial T700 PCIe 5.0 Solid State Drive @ ThinkComputers
Crucial T700 PCIe Gen5 NVMe M.2 SSD 2TB @ LanOC
Crucial T700 PCIe 5.0 NVMe 2TB SSD @ guru3D
Crucial T700 2TB SSD @ TweakTown
Crucial T700 Review: The Fastest PCIe 5 SSD @ HotHardware
And a few random reviews to sweeten the deal
Cooler Master Haptic Gaming Chair, Open Loop Cooler Concept And More @ HotHardware
Fractal Design Terra Mini-ITX Case @ ThinkComputers
Endorfy Arx 700 Air Case @ TechPowerUp
Endorfy Arx 700 Air Case @ guru3D
Beelink SER5 Pro (Ryzen 7 5800H) mini PC @ guru3
Akko ACR Pro Alice Plus Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
MSI RadiX AXE6600 GRAXE66 Tri-Band Gaming Router @ TweakTown
TweakTown have a ton of sneak peeks and quick looks from Computex 2023. Here's a few that I found interesting(ish)
ASUS ProArt LC 420 all-in-one CPU cooler @ TweakTown
ASUS tear-down ROG Ally. Glorious insides @ TweakTown
ASUS 49-inch 144Hz super-ultrawide PG49WCD gaming monitor @ TweakTown
ASUS's world's first 38-inch 4K 144Hz gaming monitor @ TweakTown
ATX 3.0 and ATX 12VO in the same PSU @ TweakTown
ADATA Gen 5 SSD (it has water cooling) @ TweakTown
MSI Spatium M570 Pro PCIe Gen5 SSD delivers over 14 GB/s @ TweakTown
AORUS Stealth 500 (hides all cables from view) @ TweakTown
AORUS Windforce (with Bionic Shark Fans) @ TweakTown
ZOTAC PI430AJ Zbox Pico mini PC @ TweakTown
ASUS's Zenbook 17 Fold OLED @ TweakTown
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