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 Friday, 13-February-2015  13:02:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Shitbox Rally 2015 is gearing up again, to raise money for the Cancer Council by driving cheap cars across some of the country's most demanding roads. There are two teams of OCAU people going this year: Team Nacho Men and team Team Byrnt-Out. So, get behind them!

Tony spotted this story about NBN Co punishing high-volume satellite users. Is it Ziggabytes all over again? NBN Co has ordered all retail service providers on the interim satellite service to enforce a 50GB four-week usage threshold for customers to combat ongoing congestion on the service. In communications sent to RSPs late last month, sighted by iTnews, NBN Co warned any customer who breaches the 50GB limit during any four-week period will have their speed slowed to 128Kbps for two weeks from when they first exceeded the limit.

Tech Report compared five overclocked GTX 960 cards, while LegionHW have a six-way GTX 960 shootout. The GTX 960 might not be in the same league as the Radeon R9 290X or even the R9 290, but at just $200 it will likely find its way into far more gaming systems. Designed to compete with AMDís Tonga powered R9 285, the GTX 960 became the best value $200 GPU upon its January 22nd release.

Meanwhile TechSpot have a budget CPU shootout. These days you might expect buying a new processor to be fairly straightforward. The choice seems clear: Intel has proven to offer superior core performance with considerably greater efficiency. However, many enthusiasts argue that AMD offers better overclocking on its more affordable processors and therefore delivers a better bang for your buck. We put that notion to the test.

PC Perspective take a look at USB 3.1 (Superspeed+). We first got a peek of USB 3.1 at CES 2015. MSI had a cool demo showing some throughput figures including read and write speeds as high as 690 MB/s, well over the ~450 MB/s we see on USB 3.0 options shipping today. We were of course eager to play around with this for ourselves, and MSI was happy to oblige, sending along a box of goodies.

Windows 10 for phones is now available for preview on certain devices. Just as promised, Microsoft has made its preview for the phone version of Windows 10 available. In order to try it out, youíll have to install the Windows Insider app (and sign up for the Insider Program, if you havenít already). More info from Microsoft here.

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