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Friday, 20-October-2017 12:21:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Just a reminder: OCAU's Forums will be unavailable for much of the weekend as I migrate us us from vBulletin to xenForo. Things will probably start to get weird from about 10pm tonight as I want to prepare to kick off some of the long-running import jobs to run overnight if possible. The main page should still be viewable so Misc Pics will still work. ;)
Bitcoin has become more attractive in Australia, thanks to a recent tax law change. Bitcoin will get the same GST treatment as foreign currency after new laws to stop double taxation cleared Parliament. Digital currencies bought by Australians will no longer be liable for GST from July 1 2018 following a change to tax law on Thursday. Under the old rules, they could effectively be taxed twice — first when they bought the electronic money, and again if they used it on items subject to the GST.
Chemist Warehouse will be trialling drone delivery in a rural area of the ACT and Queanbeyan. Commencing this week, families selected for a three month trial within the semi-rural area of Royalla (an idyllic, semi-rural area that’s a 40-minute round trip in the car away from the nearest shop) will be able to purchase from over 100 products from Chemist Warehouse, using X’s Project Wing App – and have these items delivered to their doorstep by drone in only a few minutes. I have to say I'm still very skeptical about drone delivery, not the least because of the strict laws we currently have about operating drones in Australia.
TechSpot have a list of PC games you should be playing. It’s that time of year again when we take another look at the best PC games you should be playing. Some exciting new titles are arriving over the coming weeks and months, including Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Far Cry 5, and Metro: Exodus, but there are plenty of excellent options to keep you going until they arrive.
If you lie awake wondering about the Trolley Problem, you might be interested to know that Intel is working on a solution. Mobileye, an Intel company, is a leader in automated technology and the world’s largest supplier of cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). With many years of success in vehicle automation and the evolution from ADAS to full autonomy, Shashua and his colleague Shai Shalev-Shwartz developed a mathematical formula that can bring certainty to the open questions of liability and blame in the event of an accident when a vehicle has no human driver.
There's been a big surge in telecommunications complaints in Australia, and Internet Australia say something must be done. Internet Australia says the “dramatic surge” in complaints by consumers and small business about telecommunications services, particularly Internet services, is unacceptable and must be urgently addressed by the entire retail and wholesale supply chain.
Meanwhile, the undersea cable between Perth and Singapore has been repaired. Australian carriers that rely on the cable for inter-Asia connectivity reported that the repairs had been completed at 8.21am AEDT this morning. This was about five days later than first anticipated, owing to the need to repair a series of faults on the cable rather than just the initial one discovered back on August 30.
Graphics cards vendors are happy about crypto mining, unsurprisingly. Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI), TUL, Colorful and Galaxy Microsystems have all been aggressive about the cryptocurrency opportunity since the mining trend emerged, and they have seen dramatic growths in related businesses. Asustek only started to see benefits from the segmnet in the third quarter. Speaking of which, we recently opened a Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining forum in our Software area.
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 20-October-2017 11:37:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg
HyperX Cloud Alpha on Vortez.
MSI IMMERSE GH70 GAMING HEADSET on Modders-Inc.
Fabriq Riff Smart Speaker on ThinkComputers.
Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD EPYC 7351P on Phoronix.
ASRock X299 Taichi Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming motherboard on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 on OCClub.
Intel Core i7-8700K, i5-8600K, 8400 versus AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, R5 1600X, 1500X on TechSpot.
SteelSeries Rival 310 on Vortez.
Roccat Isku+ Force FX Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8GB on OCInside.
ASUS ROG Strix Vega 64 Unboxed: The First Custom RX Vega on Tweaktown.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS Tower Special Edition on HotHardware.
Testing NVIDIA’s WhisperMode On ASUS’ Zephyrus Gaming Notebook on Techgage.
AORUS X9 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
noblechairs ICON Real Leather Chair on TechPowerUp.
HP S700 SSD on OCClub.
The Art of Middle Earth: Shadow of War PC Game on BabelTechReviews.
Antec P8 Mid-Tower case on FunkyKit.
|Upgrade Outage this Weekend
Wednesday, 18-October-2017 12:11:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OCAU Forums will be unavailable for most of the weekend of 21/22 October as we upgrade to a new forum platform. All user accounts, threads and posts will be migrated to the new system. For more info, see this thread. In the meantime, you might want to check your email and password are up to date.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 18-October-2017 10:35:59 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
EVGA X299 Micro on Funky Kit.
ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac on OC Inside.
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Preview on ocaholic.
ECS Z270H4-I on Neoseeker.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero X370 on PC Perspective.
AMD EPYC 7251 on Phoronix.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio on Guru3D.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Vulcan X OC on TweakTown.
HAVIT HV-KB378L Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
SwiftStream Z-9 Camera Drone on Benchmark Reviews.
Google Pixel 2 XL And Pixel 2 on Hot Hardware.
ASUSTOR AS6302T 2-Bay NAS Server on Bigbruin.
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB Case on ThinkComputers.
TtEsports Shock Pro RGB Headset on Funky Kit.
G.Skill TridentZ 3866 MHz 2x 8 GB DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
MSI Aegis 3 compact gaming PC on The Tech Report.
Arctic Freezer 33 Plus CPU Cooler on OC Inside.
|KRACK WiFi Vulnerability
Tuesday, 17-October-2017 14:00:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg
So, this "KRACK" WiFi exploit mentioned in the last news post is quite a big deal. In short, you probably want to avoid public WiFi for a while, and make sure your own WiFi router, and any other devices you use WiFi on, are patched.
KrebsOnSecurity have a good What You Should Know article. Researchers this week published information about a newfound, serious weakness in WPA2 — the security standard that protects all modern Wi-Fi networks. What follows is a short rundown on what exactly is at stake here, who’s most at-risk from this vulnerability, and what organizations and individuals can do about it.
TechCrunch have a guide to what you can do to protect yourself. Good news! Your devices can be updated to prevent the KRACK vulnerability. Updated devices and non-updated devices can co-exist on the same network as the fix is backward compatible. So you should update all your routers and Wi-Fi devices (laptops, phones, tablets…) with the latest security patches. You can also consider turning on auto-updates for future vulnerabilities as this won’t be the last one. Modern operating systems have become quite good at auto-updates. Some devices (ahem Android) don’t receive a lot of updates and could continue to pose risks.
There's a list of affected vendors and patch statuses on CERT. Discussion continues in this thread.
|Iron Man visits Canberra Hospital
Monday, 16-October-2017 21:08:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ASIGN_Baz's Iron Man in Steel project hit a significant milestone last week, with a visit to Canberra hospital's paediatric ward with the Starlight Children's Foundation. It's the culmination of three years of this project. Congrats to Barry for such an amazing effort and a fantastic personal project. See the full worklog in the forums, and photos from the hospital visit below:
click for more photos!
Western Digital have unveiled new Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording technology for their next-generation hard drives. One of the common misconceptions amongst readers focused on consumer technology relates to flash / SSDs rendering HDDs obsolete. While using SSDs over HDDs is definitely true in the client computing ecosystem, it is different for bulk storage. Bulk storage in the data center, as well as the consumer market, will continue to rely on mechanical hard drives for the foreseeable future. More info here on Techgage. Discussion in this thread in our Storage & Backup forum.
F0rge_Lion spotted this WiFi security flaw. S-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.
One of the founders of Android reckons the keyboard will be obselete soon. For “the past 75-plus years or so, we have knelt down to the computer and worked with it and talked to it on its level,” Miner (pictured above) says. Miner and others believe that the way humans communicate with machines is undergoing a fundamental change. The keyboard—which dates back to the 1800s—will be phased out over the next couple of decades, except for some “legacy applications,” Miner argues. Touchscreens have already kicked off this shift. Wait, a couple of decades? That's not much of a prediction.
Microsoft's Edge browser is apparently good at blocking malware.. anyone out there using it as their main browser? Edge bested Chrome and Firefox by decisive margins. For instance, Chrome blocked 74% of all phishing attacks, and 88% of SEM attacks. Meanwhile, Firefox came in third in both tests, stopping just 61% of the phishing attacks and 70% of all SEM attempts.
Today's timewaster is Universal Paperclips, another clicky-idle game, thanks F0rge_Lion.
|Monday Morning Reviews
Monday, 16-October-2017 11:08:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Rampage VI Apex on LanOC.
Intel Xeon Silver 4108 + Tyan Tempest HX S7100 on Phoronix.
Intel Core i5 8600K processor on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5-8400 Review: 8th-Gen Best Value Chip on TechSpot.
Razer Tiamat 2.2 V2 headset on Vortez.
Sennheiser GSP 301 headset on TechPowerUp.
Logitech CRAFT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 keyboard on Vortez.
Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
Crucial BX300 240GB SSD on MadShrimps.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note8 on TechARP.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 2 (2017) on HotHardware.
ASUS Lyra Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router System on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Precision PS14 case on APHNetworks.
Seasonic Platinum 760W on OCInside.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO: Unboxed on Tweaktown.
Thanks to Dan, RnR, mpot and HyRax1 this week!
|Friday Afternoon Reviews
Friday, 13-October-2017 15:16:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 and MM530 on Modders-Inc.
ThunderX3 TK50 Keyboard on OCInside.
Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard on Tech Report.
ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac: Mini-ITX Motherboard on Phoronix.
Intel i7-8700K Coffee Lake Memory Benchmark Analysis on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack on LegitReviews.
CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi RGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Aerocool P7-L240 All-in-One on TechPowerUp.
Reeven Naia 240 AIO Water Cooler on BenchmarkReviews.
August Smart Lock with HomeKit on BigBruin.
Middle-Earth Shadow of War: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
NETGEAR Arlo Go 4G LTE Portable Security Camera on Tweaktown.
Thursday, 12-October-2017 17:39:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg
This week is Stay Smart Online week in Australia. Protecting yourself online has never been more important so here are our simple steps to online safety. Whether you are an individual or a small business, these simple steps can provide strong protection from a range of online threats.
HardOCP have checked out the high-end desktop offerings from Intel and AMD. Intel’s never truly had HEDT market competition, until now. I know many of you love benchmarks, and that’s great. There are tons of those out there comparing Threadripper and Skylake-X. It’s not a surprise that Intel’s got an advantage due to having both IPC and clock speed advantages over AMD. However, AMD’s Threadripper stacks up quite well and offers a lot for the money despite these disadvantages. A system depends heavily on its motherboard, chipset, and features. As is the case with Intel’s X299, the processor and the chipset make the platform. With few CPU options per platform, the two are indivisible. As a result, we can’t really talk about AMD X399 motherboards without talking about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper itself.
Intel meanwhile have delivered a new superconducting quantum test chip to their research partner QuTech. The delivery of this chip demonstrates the fast progress Intel and QuTech are making in researching and developing a working quantum computing system. It also underscores the importance of material science and semiconductor manufacturing in realizing the promise of quantum computing.
TechSpot compared 6 generations of GeForce graphics cards. With the venerable GeForce GTX 980 having celebrated its third birthday already, in the world of GPUs that puts it squarely over the hill. To further confirm that notion, its successor, the GeForce GTX 1080 is over a year old already and offers 60% more performance. The performance bump in this last generation was very significant and that is why the Pascal-based GTX 1080 remains the GPU to beat unless money is burning a hole in your pocket.
|Thursday Morning Reviews
Thursday, 12-October-2017 07:37:40 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
MSI X299 SLI Plus on Neoseeker.
ASrock Z370 Extreme4 on Vortez.
MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK on OCC.
ASUS Rampage VI Apex on Hardware Asylum.
Intel Core i7-8550U on Techspot.
Patriot Spark 256GB SATAIII SSD on Funky Kit.
ADATA SE730H USB-C Portable SSD on TweakTown.
Toshiba OCZ TR200 SATA III SSD on TweakTown.
Toshiba TR200 SSD 960GB on Guru3D.
Toshiba TR200 SSD on Hot Hardware.
Toshiba TR200 480GB SSD on The Tech Report.
Toshiba OCZ TR 200 960Gb on ocaholic.
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Mastercase H500P on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P on TweakTown.
Logitech G603 and G613 LightSpeed Wireless Mouse and Keyboard on Legit Reviews.
Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.
Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition cooler on Vortez.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 on Hot Hardware.
Rosewill Nebula GX30 Headset on TechPowerUp.
|Tuesday Afternoon Reviews
Tuesday, 10-October-2017 14:06:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg
EKWB and Bykski Water Blocks tested on Asus GTX 1080 Ti Strix on TechPowerUp.
Arctic BioniX F120 and F140 Gaming Fan on OCInside.
FSP Hydro 750W Platinum on PC Perspective.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Quad-Core Processor on TechARP.
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X299 OC Formula Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS Prime X299-A Preview on OCAholic.
ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Intel Core i3-8100 & i3-8350K on TechSpot.
Razer Chroma Hardware Development Kit for lighting on Vortez.
Razer Kraken 7.1 v2 Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Poseidon video card on Guru3D.
Adata's SE730H 512GB portable SSD on Tech Report.
|Z370 Overclocking Guide, Core i7 8700K @5GHz
Monday, 9-October-2017 12:46:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Dino from Gigabyte has put together a video guide to overclocking the Core i7 8700K to 5GHz on Z370:
click for the thread!
The Prime Minister has responded to the recent NBN report. Turnbull, who had control over the project while he was communications minister, said it was “in hand”, and many of the complaints were the responsibility of the telcos who use the network. “We are absolutely on top of this and I am talking to the management all the time, as is the minister [for communications] Mitch Fifield,” he told radio 3AW on Friday. “What they are doing is ensuring Australians get the internet speeds that have been promised by the retailers.
Tech Report look into reports of Coffee Lake heat issues. First off, it's worth defining what "hot" means in the context of the i7-8700K. Intel's Tjunction specification for this chip remains the same 100° C it's been for Skylake and Kaby Lake K-series CPUs. Hit that temperature, and the i7-8700K will begin to throttle. We obviously want to stay as far below that threshold as possible, but it establishes an upper limit for what a "bad" temperature might be for the chip.
HardOCP meanwhile compare Coffee Lake and Ivy Lake at 5GHz. If you were waiting for huge IPC gains out of the new Coffee Lake CPU from Intel, you might be waiting for a very long time. We take the Intel Coffee Lake Core i5-8600K CPU and match it up GHz to GHz with the Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake processor. And we throw in a Ryzen 7 at 4GHz just for fun.
Intel have announced they will no longer be reporting per-core Turbo frequencies. There are several reasons to view this change as a negative. First, not all Intel CPUs are equally aggressive when it comes to their Turbo scaling, even if they have the same or similar Turbo ranges. This is one reason why the gap between chips can be wider than they’d otherwise be. The Core i7-8700K, for example, has a peak all-core frequency of 4.3GHz on six cores, which is fairly close to its peak frequency of 4.7GHz for single-core.
AOL Instant Messenger is going away for good. If you were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a huge part of your life. You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists. Right now you might be reminiscing about how you had to compete for time on the home computer in order to chat with friends outside of school. You might also remember how characters throughout pop culture from “You’ve Got Mail” to “Sex and the City” used AIM to help navigate their relationships. In the late 1990’s, the world had never seen anything like it. And it captivated all of us.
|Monday Morning Reviews
Monday, 9-October-2017 11:19:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC on Vortez.
Intel Coffee Lake 8th Gen Core CPUs on HWSpot.
ASRock Z370 Killer SLI on eTeknix.
ASRock Z370 Extreme 4 on eTeknix.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming on eTeknix.
ASUS RoG STRIX Z370-F Gaming on eTeknix.
Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming on eTeknix.
ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6 on eTeknix.
ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming on eTeknix.
Intel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 12-Thread Processor on eTeknix.
Intel Core i5-8400 6-Core 6-Thread CPU on eTeknix.
Intel Core i3 8100: 3.6GHz Quad-Core With UHD Graphics For Less Than $120 USD on Phoronix.
Asus ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming on LanOC.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Ergonomic Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Corsair Gaming K68 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Datamancer Diviner Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Tt eSPORTS X-FIT (XF100) Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Team T-Force Delta RGB DDR4-3000 16GB RAM Kit on Tweaktown.
NBA 2K18 (PC) (PS4) game on GamingNexus.
Western Digital Blue SSD on Vortez.
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