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October 2023
Sunday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-October-2023  17:50:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Another thing that happened recently was the launch of the Raspberry Pi 5. This is the much-anticipated successor to the Raspberry Pi 4 I reviewed a while ago here. Raspberry Pi 5 comes with new features, it’s over twice as fast as its predecessor, and it’s the first Raspberry Pi computer to feature silicon designed in-house here in Cambridge, UK. More info here, thanks Paul. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Apparently Windows 11's on-by-default encryption will slow down your SSD, thanks metamorphosis. There are few things more frustrating than paying for high-speed PC components and then leaving performance on the table because software slows your system down. Unfortunately, a default setting in Windows 11 Pro, having its software BitLocker encryption enabled, could rob as much as 45 percent of the speed from your SSD as it forces your processor to encrypt and decrypt everything. According to our tests, random writes and reads — which affect the overall performance of your PC — get hurt the most, but even large sequential transfers are affected.

Team AU Overclocking recently set a record. With IEM Sydney 2023 ((Intel Extreme Masters) taking place alongside SXSW Sydney, the game of choice was Counter-Strike 2. With the new Intel Core i9 14900K featuring a 6 GHz boost frequency out of the box, Team AU and Intel pushed that to 7.5 to 8 GHz. And with that, the performance shot up to a mind-blowing 1310 FPS.

Some Sydneysiders have been making monsters for the movies, thanks tired. Tucked away in a workshop in Marrickville, many locals might be surprised to learn this Australian team are also behind hits including Mad Max: Fury Road, Where The Wild Things Are, Aquaman, Thor: Love & Thunder, multiple films in the Matrix franchise and loads more. In their decades in the industry, Adam and Damian have created some of the most iconic moments in film; from prosthetic make-up to animatronic characters and practical effects. Their latest challenge? Creating a pregnant werewolf for Isla Fisher's character in the new season of TV show Wolf Like Me.

Meanwhile Baz is putting the final touches on his Full Scale MK II Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica. Amazing build!

Intel 14th Generation Core CPUs (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-October-2023  22:17:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

One thing that happened while I was away was Intel launching their 14th generation Core CPUs, a refresh of Raptor Lake. Here's a pile of reviews from the news box:

Intel Core i9-14900K Processor on FunkyKit.
Intel Core i9-14900K Raptor Lake Tested at Power Limits Down to 35 W on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i7-14700K processor on Guru3D.
Intel Core 14th Gen Unboxing & Preview - Raptor Lake Getting Refreshed on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i7-14700K Processor on FunkyKit.
Intel 14th Gen Core Raptor Lake Refresh Benchmarks: MOAR Power on HotHardware.
Intel Core i5-14600K "Raptor Lake Refresh" CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7-14700K "Raptor Lake Refresh" CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9-14900K on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5-14600K on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9-14900K "Raptor Lake Refresh" CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i5-14600K Review - Impressive OC Potential on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i7-14700K Review - Catching the 13900K on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i9-14900K Review - Reaching for the Performance Crown on TechPowerUp.

Also, some Z790 motherboards to go along with them:

Gigabyte Z790 AORUS Elite X WiFi7 on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Z790 PG Riptide WiFi on FunkyKit.

Discussion in this thread.

Saturday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-October-2023  10:34:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hyte Y70 Touch chassis on Guru3D.
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 901 Full-Tower Case on Tweaktown.
HYTE Y70 Touch on TechPowerUp.

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5 & Dark Rock Elite CPU Coolers on NikKTech.
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5 CPU cooler on Guru3D.
be quiet! Dark Rock Elite CPU cooler on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
be quiet! Straight Power 12 1200W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
Power Queen P300W Power Station (video review) by FunkyHome.

Audio Visual:
OBSBOT Tiny 2 AI Powered 4K Webcam on NikKTech.
Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED Review - Sublime OLED Gaming Experience on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: FiiO KA13 Portable DAC/Amplifier on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 TWIN X2 OC White Stealth on Tweaktown.
GALAX GeForce RTX 4070 EX Gamer Graphics Card on ThinkComputers.

Alan Wake 2: FSR 2.2 vs. DLSS 3.5 Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Alan Wake 2 Performance Benchmark Review - 18 GB VRAM Used on TechPowerUp.
Alan Wake II Performance And Visuals: Bring Your Biggest GPU on HotHardware.

TEAMGROUP MP44S 1TB M.2 2230 PCIe 4.0 SSD on FunkyKit.
Icy Dock MB607SP-B ToughArmor Lite storage bay on OCInside.
Team Group Z540 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Neo Forza NFP495 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASRock 4x4BOX-7840U Mini PC on Tweaktown.
HP Spectre Foldable 17 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
iBUYPOWER Y40 Gaming PC on Tweaktown.

Cooler Master MasterAccessory GEM headset holder thingy on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Dominator Titanium First Edition DDR5 7200 MHz 2 x 16 GB memory on Guru3D.

Retro Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-October-2023  15:18:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Retro Misc Pics again?! Just got back from Singapore for work and I need to sleep so here's the pics from December 2010:

3rd December 2010:

10th December 2010:

17th December 2010:

24th December 2010:

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (8 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-October-2023  15:39:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you're watching the Australian MotoGP race! I still think it's lame that they haven't named a corner for Garry McCoy. Surely he has as much a claim as Jack Miller?

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z790 ACE MAX on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Maximum Z790 Dark Hero Motherboard on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Z790 AORUS PRO X on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Zaopin Z1 Pro mouse on TechPowerUp.
SKYLOONG GK61 Pro Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Glorious Model O 2 Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Drop + Lord of the Rings Mordor Artisan Keycaps on ThinkComputers.

Lexar NM710 1 TB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Lexar NM790 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Micron 7500 Max 12.8TB SSD Review - Drop-in Ready on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware Aurora R16 Gaming PC on Tweaktown.
OnePlus Open Review: This Folding Phone Puts All Others On Notice on HotHardware.
HP Elite Dragonfly G4 on HighPerformanceLaptops.

Audio Visual:
Creative Live! Cam Sync 4K Webcam on APHNetworks.
WEMAX Vogue 100 Smart Projector on NikKTech.
HyperX Cloud III Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
AVerMedia Live Gamer ULTRA 2.1 GC553G2 External Capture Card on Tweaktown.

CORSAIR Platform:6 Sit-stand Desk on Guru3D.
Montech Air 903 Max case on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 Atmos All-in-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.
Lords of the Fallen: FSR 2.2 vs. DLSS 2 vs. DLSS 3 Comparison on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2023  14:13:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Back in Oz.. for now!

Also breech sent in this oddly appropriate timewaster, a real-time 3D digital map of Tokyo's public transport system.

Tuesday Afternoon News (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-October-2023  17:54:10 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Patch Tuesday, you've heard this term before, but did you know it started 20 years ago? Happy birthday you massive restart in the rear. Twenty years ago this month, Microsoft did something pretty revolutionary at the time when it formalized the Windows software release schedule. So instead of shipping updates whenever they were ready – Redmond says this typically happened on Wednesdays, while most customers recall it being late Friday afternoons – Microsoft began pushing software fixes on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning in October 2003.

Silicon chips are tiny, tiny little things made on a 300mm wafer, but the machine that makes them is 180 ton and is massive. Why? The current generation is like trailer size. I saw one of them being put together at a fab in upstate New York about five years ago. And it’s so big everybody looks like an Oompa Loompa. I mean, very. If the Oompa Loompa’s were the best in the world at what they did and the chocolate factory cost a billion dollars. It’s just an amazing machine. And the next version of this machine, which is sort of what we’re going to talk about today, is more than a third larger than today’s.

Fibre is an important part of a healthy diet. It's also what I'd like my internet served on, but for the lucky few tens of millions of homes served by Comcast,HFC isn't dead yet. Comcast cable internet with 2-gigabit uploads is rolling out soon. “tens of millions” of homes already have the connections needed to support service with the technology with 300 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 2 Gbps tiers. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the 300Mbps tier will cost $55 per month, including equipment rentals, and up to $115 per month on the 2 Gbps option.

Holography and ciphers, nothing to be confused about, really. It’s based in part on what’s known as incoherent holography. Standard holography generates holograms by illuminating objects with lasers, whose light is coherent, meaning all the light waves overlap essentially perfectly. When laser beams are made to interfere with one another in precise ways, the interference pattern encodes a three-dimensional representation of an object—a hologram.

Cars mix fashion and technology like few others do, and in the early 1960's Goodyear thought they had cracked the big one. Goodyear took advantage of this feature by adding dye to the rubber, resulting in a range of bright hues, including green, yellow, red, orange, and blue. When the tires were mounted on rims that had 18 tiny lightbulbs inside, they produced a vivid glow at night. Initial testing showed that the Neothane tires rode smoothly and quietly. But they didn’t perform well in wet weather and melted under heavy braking.

Retro Gaming October 2023 (update) (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-October-2023  16:26:04 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's "Retro Let's Play" for October is Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Trilogy. In the dying flames of World War II, Hitler has unleashed one final, unholy gamble – a legion of undead super soldiers that threatens to overwhelm the whole of Europe. Fight alone or team up to save humanity from the zombie menace in this apocalyptic third-person shooter!

click for the thread!

Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is Pole Position II from 1983. Pole Position II is a 1-player game using a colour raster-scan video display. Game action takes place at one of four different raceways (selected by the player at the start of the game) - the Fuji Speedway in Japan, the Test Track (an oval track like Indy), the Seaside Speedway (with the Long Beach Pike in the background), or the Suzuka Speedway in Japan. The unique and picturesque scenery around each raceway adds exciting realism to each race!

click for the thread!

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2023  23:27:11 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Clearing the Deck for some Agg in Japan Pics

Audio Visual:
Corsair K70 Core keyboard @ guru3D
CORSAIR K70 CORE Full Size Mechanical Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
AQIRYS ALYA Wireless Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps
Maonocaster C2 Neo Audio Interface @ aphNetworks
ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM 240Hz QHD Gaming Monitor @ TweakTown
AVerMedia Live Streamer Mic 350 @ TweakTown
Truthear NOVA In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp
GAMDIAS Pheme M1 Computer Microphone @ aphNetworks
MSI MAG 323UPF 32-inch 4K 160Hz IPS Gaming Monitor @ TweakTown

Keyboard, Mouse, Etc:
Glorious Model O 2 @ TechPowerUp
Waizowl OGM Pro @ TechPowerUp
Wind Sin65 Custom Keyboard Kit @ TechPowerUp

Cases and Cooling:
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 901 Case @ ThinkComputers
Thermaltake SWAFAN EX12 RGB @ FunkyKit
be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 360mm AIO @ Madshrimps

Crucial X9 Pro 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 @ aphNetworks
Crucial X9 Pro Portable 2TB USB SSD @ guru3D
Toshiba Canvio Basics 4TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 @ NikKTech
Team Group MP44S 1 TB @ TechPowerUp
Kingston XS1000 Portable Solid State Drive @ ThinkComputers
iStorage datAshur PRO+ C 128GB Secure USB 3.2 Gen 1 @ NikKTech

Motherboard, Memory, CPU:
Corsair Dominator Titanium DDR5-7200 2x 24 GB @ TechPowerUp
XPG Lancer Blade RGB DDR5-6000 32GB @ TweakTown
Essencore KLEVV CRAS V RGB 32GB DDR5-6400 CL32 @ FunkyKit
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB DDR5-7200 32GB @ FunkyKit

MSI MAG A850GL 850-watt 80 PLUS Gold ATX 3.0 PSU @ TweakTown
Enermax Revolution D.F.X. 1050w 80 PLUS Gold ATX 3.0 @ TweakTown

Video Card:
Sparkle Arc A580 Orc @ TechPowerUp
ASRock Arc A580 Challenger @ TechPowerUp
Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 7800 XT @ TweakTown
Sparkle Arc A750 Titan OC @ TechPowerUp
SPARKLE Intel Arc A580 ORC OC @ TweakTown

Software and Benchmark:
Assassin's Creed Mirage Performance Benchmark @ TechPowerUp
Assassin's Creed Mirage: DLSS vs FSR vs XeSS Comparison @ TechPowerUp

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware Aurora R16 Gaming Desktop @ HotHardware
Lords of the Fallen Performance Benchmark @ TechPowerUp
Geekom Mini IT13 13th Gen Core i9 Mini PC @ HotHardware
Huawei Mate 60 Pro With Kirin 9000S @ HotHardware
Minisforum Venus UN305 MiniPC @ guru3D
XMG NEO 17 (E23) @ TechPowerUp

EcoFlow PowerStream 800W @ FunkyHome
Vertagear P-Line PL4800 Gaming Chair @ NikKTech
Hyperice Venom Go Heat & Vibration Wearable @ NikKTech

Retro Gaming October 2023 (1 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 14-October-2023  18:06:41 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's "Retro Let's Play" for October is Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Trilogy. In the dying flames of World War II, Hitler has unleashed one final, unholy gamble – a legion of undead super soldiers that threatens to overwhelm the whole of Europe. Fight alone or team up to save humanity from the zombie menace in this apocalyptic third-person shooter!

click for the thread!

Retro Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-October-2023  14:28:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still on holiday in Japan, so here's Misc Pics from November 2010. Back to normal (and Australia) next week!

5th November 2010:

12th November 2010:

19th November 2010:

26th November 2010:

Misc Pics (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-October-2023  13:32:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Posting this from a taxi en route to Akihabara.
But it's Friday, and Pics have got to be Misced. Thanks to MUTMAN and Dan this week!

also these retro ones got dropped off the end of last week's post as there were too many images:

29th Oct 2010:

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-October-2023  23:53:11 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Portable & Prebuilt:
Gigabyte G5 @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Best Laptop in Australia, October, 2023 @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Best Gaming Laptop in Australia, October, 2023 @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Acer Edge 16 @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Ace Magician AD15 i7 11800H Mini PC @ TweakTown
ACEMAGIC AM20 Pro Mini PC @ guru3D
MSI Prestige 14 EVO @ cowcotland

Audio Visual:
RIG 600 PRO HS Gaming Headset @ TweakTown
Drop BMR1 Nearfield Monitors @ ThinkComputers
AVerMedia Live Streamer Mic 350 @ TechPowerUp
FIFINE AmpliGame AM8 Computer Microphone @ aphNetworks
64 Audio Volür In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp

Logitech Pro X 2 Lightspeed @ cowcotland
VAXEE Zygen NP-01S Wireless @ TechPowerUp

Seasonic MagFlow 120 @ OCinside
Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo @ cowcotland

Samsung T9 Portable SSD @ HotHardware
Samsung T9 4TB External SSD @ TweakTown
Kingston FURY Renegade 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech
Crucial X10 Pro 2TB USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 @ aphNetworks
Lexar NM710 1TB PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 SSD @ FunkyKit
Samsung 990 PRO 4TB SSD @ TweakTown
Samsung SSD 990 Pro 4TB @ HotHardware
Lexar NM790 2TB @ LanOC

Ram, Motherboard:
G.Skill TridentZ DDR5 7200 CL36 2x24 GB @ guru3D
BIOSTAR B760M-Silver mATX @ FunkyKit

ENERMAX Revolution DFX 1050 @ cowcotland
MRED MRR-A 1300 @ cowcotland
DeepCool PX1000G Native ATX 3.0 @ NikKTech

Forspoken: FSR 3 @ TechPowerUp
Counter-Strike 2 Performance @ TechPowerUp

Painted Viper (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-October-2023  08:36:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Baz's full-size Colonial Viper continues to take shape - now it's been partially painted:

click for the worklog!


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