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Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-August-2016  03:32:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Samsung EVO+ 256GB microSDXC Memory Card on TweakTown.
Seagate Innov8 8TB USB 3.1 Type-C Desktop HDD on NikKTech.

Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 on Hardware Asylum.
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 on Funky Kit.
Silverstone Milo ML08 on techPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterCase 3 on TweakTown.
Lian-Li Pitstop T60 Test Bench on Funky Kit.
SilverStone RL 05 on Modders-Inc.

Input etc:
Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techspot.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo on Modders-Inc.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Roccat Sova Lapboard on ocaholic.

Kennerton Audio Laguz In-ears on techPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Wireless Headset on Vortez.

Dell's XPS 13 + 32" UltraSharp UP3216Q on Techspot.
Silverstone SX700-LPT PSU on LanOC Reviews.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z on Guru3D.
ASUS Strix X99 Gaming Motherboard on PC Perspective.

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-August-2016  14:50:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some more AMD Zen CPU info from Hot Chips, with coverage from PC Perspective and TechARP. AMD has embraced IPC while still focusing on multi-threaded capabilities. The rebalance of priorities here has allowed AMD to provide good potential performance across many applications. The scalable architecture in terms of both power efficiency and multiple “complexes” per die should allow AMD to apply this core technology from low end APUs up to high end server chips (four core/eight thread to 16 core/32 thread).

OCInside reported from Gamescom 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Of course we attend gamescom as well and published a gamescom report with more than 400 pictures of current games, latest gaming hardware, VR headsets, DCMM casemods, Cosplayer and a lot of more interesting stuff on 14 pages at OCinside.de. It is available in German only, but it is worth watching the pictures with or without a translation tool to discover the latest gaming and gaming hardware trends – you should not miss that.

Tweaktown meanwhile looked at Merged Reality Technologies from Intel at IDF 2016. Last week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF 2016) in San Fransico, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled Intel's vision for the future of virtual and augmented reality; merged reality (MR). Virtual reality is, of course, a buzz word, but Intel's dedication to the VR/AR scene can't be overlooked. Throughout IDF 2016, multiple new and cutting edge technologies were displayed; half the time I couldn't help but realize that they are all small pieces to a much bigger puzzle.

PC World checked out some MU-MIMO WiFi routers. Old routers used to have one aerial and transmit slowly (it seemed fast at the time). Then MIMO routers appeared which had Multiple In and Multiple Out antennae. This has been the basis for routers based upon the 802.11n and subsequent 802.11ac WiFi standards for some time. The problem with both of these standards is that if there is a slow device on the network, in theory, everything on the network slows down. Enter MU-MIMO which caters for Multiple Users using different devices. As such different antennae can be focused at different users which, in theory, avoids any speed drop.

Something different from PC Perspective: a cartoon explanation of multi-GPU memory management. This pilot episode is about load-balancing and memory management in multi-GPU configurations. There seems to be a lot of confusion around what was (and was not) possible with DirectX 11 and OpenGL, and even more confusion about what DirectX 12, Mantle, and Vulkan allow developers to do. It highlights three different load-balancing algorithms, and even briefly mentions what LucidLogix was attempting to accomplish almost ten years ago.

They're hackin' errbody out there, with reports from mpot about Opera Sync users compromised, Infowards accounts breached and two US state election databases compromised. Meanwhile KPMG suggest that cyber security should be expanded to more than just IT. Cyber threats today are no longer restricted to a company’s communications and IT domains, calling for more than just technical controls to avert attacks and protect the business from future risks and breaches, a new report said. According to the joint report of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and KPMG, cyber security today embraces multiple units of an organization like human resource, supply chain, administration and infrastructure. It, therefore, requires governance at the highest levels.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-August-2016  12:27:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
The HTC 10 Smartphone on TechARP.
HUAWEI Mate 8 Smartphone Review: Enter the Kirin 950 on PC Perspective.
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 Knox Security Features Explained on TechARP.
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Mobile Workstation Notebook on Tweaktown.

COUGAR Panzer Max Full Tower on NikKTech.
Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 ATX Chassis on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Rival 700 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Rival 700 mouse on Vortez.

Video Cards:
EVGA GTX 1060 SC on LanOC.
Custom GeForce GTX 1080 Round Up With ASUS, EVGA, And Gigabyte on HotHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition on NeoSeeker.
Overclocking the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 on BabelTechReviews.

Windows 10 vs. Linux Radeon Software Performance on Phoronix.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance Analysis on Tweaktown.
No Man's Sky PC Review: Gameplay And Performance Explored on HotHardware.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC Graphics performance (DX11) benchmark review on Guru3D.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Reeven Polariz RFC-04 Fan Controller on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 watercooler on TechPowerUp.

ASUSTOR AS6204T 4-bay NAS on MadShrimps.
Intel SSD DC P3520 2TB on PCPerspective.

Linksys Max-Stream AC1900+ WiFi Range Extender RE7000 on PCWorld.
Linksys AC600 MU-MIMO WiFi on PCWorld.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-August-2016  14:30:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dan and mpot this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-August-2016  02:57:36 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G on TweakTown.
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Turbo 6GB on PC Perspective.

Transcend JetDrive Go 300 on Legit Reviews.
Samsung EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD Memory Card on Legion Hardware.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 CPU cooler on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Masterfan Pro 120 on Funky Kit.

Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL DS on ocaholic.
Thermaltake Core P3 on ThinkComputers.
Raijintek Nestor on Modders-Inc.

Input etc:
SteelSeries Rival 700 Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
Cooler Master Devastator II Keyboard and Mouse Combo on OCinside.
GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Keyboard and Mouse Combo on Hardware Asylum.

Smartphones and Tablets:
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (SM-A910F) Phablet on TechARP.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on TweakTown.
HTC One X9 on Techspot.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming Motherboard on Hardware Secrets.
AVM FRITZ!Powerline 1240E WLAN Set on NikKTech.
YuXiang 668-A3 Drone on Funky Kit.
Shuttle XPC Cube SZ170R8 w/ i5-6600K on TechPowerUp.
TomTom Bandit 4K Waterproof WiFi GPS Action Camera on ModSynergy.

Thursday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-August-2016  00:26:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anandtech have posted part two of their AMD Zen microarchitecture exploration. Hot Chips is an annual conference that allows semiconductor companies to present their latest and greatest ideas or forthcoming products in an academic-style environment, and is predominantly aimed as the professional semiconductor engineer. This year has a number of talks about power management, upcoming IBM CPUs, upcoming Intel CPUs, upcoming NVIDIA SoCs and the final talk of the final day is from AMD, discussing Zen in even more depth than the previous week.

They also have a die shot of NVIDIA's Pascal GP100. Over the next two days we’ll be covering the highlights of several presentations, but I wanted to start this year’s coverage off with some nerdy pictures. I am of course referring to die shots, as NVIDIA has released the first die shot of their behemoth 610mm2 GP100 die as part of a presentation on Pascal and NVLink 1.0. Die shots have been relatively rare in the GPU industry in recent years, particularly those for the highest-end GPUs with the most features.

Engadget meanwhile report on a new NVIDIA CPU made for autonomous cars. However, Parker is significantly less beefy than NVIDIA's other deep learning initiative, the DGX-1 for Elon Musk's OpenAI, which can hit 170 teraflops of performance. This platform still sounds more than capable of running high-end digital dashboards and keeping your future autonomous car shiny side up without a problem, regardless.

Not to be left out, Samsung apparently have a neural network deep in the brain of their Galaxy S7. One thing that caught our eye was a mention that the branch predictor uses a neural network to take a good guess at the twists and turns the software will take through its code. If your CPU can predict accurately which instructions an app is going to execute next, you can continue priming the processing pipeline with instructions rather than dumping the pipeline every time you hit a jump. "The neural net gives us very good prediction rates," said Brad Burgess, who is Samsung's chief CPU architect and is based at the South Korean giant's R&D center in Austin, Texas.

Chromebooks have outsold Macs in the USA for the first quarter ever. More Google Chromebooks are sold in the US than Apple Macs, according to the latest figures from analyst firm IDC. While few think of the company, famous more for its mobile and internet software, as a major creator of PC operating systems, the slimmed-down Chrome OS has powered almost 2m laptops sold to Americans in the first quarter of 2016, IDC told the Verge. By comparison, Apple sold 1.76m Macs in the same period.

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Linux. The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced the immediate release of its 2016 report “Linux Kernel Development - How Fast It is Going, Who is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It”. The report comes just days before the 25th anniversary of the initial release of the Linux kernel by Linus Torvalds on August 25, 1991, and analyzes the work done by over 13,500 developers over more than a decade, as well as more recent trends.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-August-2016  09:39:24 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 on Bjorn3D.
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming on TweakTown.

Silicon Power Jewel J30 64GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
ASUSTOR AS6208T Eight-Bay SMB NAS on TweakTown.

Jonsbo UMX4 on ocaholic.
Thermaltake Core X5 ATX Cube on Funky Kit.
Thermaltake Core P3 on Funky Kit.

Arctic Accelero Hybrid III-140 AIO VGA Cooler on OC Inside.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Liquid Cooler on Neoseeker.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Input etc:
Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo RGB Keyboard/Mouse Set on APH Networks.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master Masterkeys Lite L Combo on TechnologyX.

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Audeze SINE On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones on PC Perspective.

AMD Athlon X4 880K CPU on Vortez.
668-A3 Quadcopter Drone on ModSynergy.
MSI GE72VR Apache Pro (GTX 1060) Notebook on techPowerUp.
Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Smartphones on Hot Hardware.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-August-2016  17:01:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some more projects and reviews from the forums:

birdie reviewed the
Balco 3D Printer

headin2001 reviewed the
Asrock Z170M OC Formula

mnpctech made a
Star Trek themed PC

Duality92 is building
two PCs into one case

maldotcom2 made a
monster log-splitter

and afcca has a
PC-themed fishtank

Monday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-August-2016  11:24:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

International proxy provider CloudFlare says Telstra and Optus are among the most expensive ISPs in the world. To demonstrate the pricing disparity, Cloudflare founder Matthew Prince said that if bandwidth in Europe and North America costs the company 10 units, in Australia and NZ, it costs 85 units. Telstra have responded, saying the claims are overstated.

Anandtech take a look at AMD's Zen architecture. In their own side event this week, AMD invited select members of the press and analysts to come and discuss the next layer of Zen details. In this piece, we’re discussing the microarchitecture announcements that were made, as well as a look to see how this compares to previous generations of AMD core designs.

DDR5 DRAM for PCs is on the way report PC World. Specifications for DDR5 memory will be released this year, and deployment of the DRAM will begin in 2020, according to a slide deck presented at the Intel Developer Forum this week. DDR5 DRAM will have many benefits: Users will be able to cram more memory into PCs, and applications will run faster. DDR5 memory will be denser than earlier DRAM, and also consume less power, which could extend battery life in laptops.

Also coming down the pipe is PC Express 4.0, according to TomsHardware. The next iteration of PCI Express will double the bandwidth per lane, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. During Intel Developers Forum, we sat down with Richard Solomon, Vice President of PCI-SIG, and found the hidden gem in the next specification; it provides at least a 4x increase in power delivery at the slot, which might eliminate the need for auxiliary power cables with some GPUs.

Microsoft have open-sourced PowerShell and made it available for Linux and Mac OS X. PowerShell is Microsoft's command-line shell and scripting language. As of today, August 18, Microsoft is making available alpha releases of PowerShell Core on Linux (Red Hat, Ubuntu and CentOS) and Mac OS X on GitHub as a binary release. More platforms will be available in the future, company officials said. Microsoft also will be releasing the source code for both the Windows and Linux versions of PowerShell today.

The Witcher 3 has added support for interesting screenshots. When NVIDIA launched its Pascal cards earlier this year, a number of cool technologies were announced at the same time. One of those technologies came in the form of Ansel, a screenshot tool on steroids. As of the latest patch for The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red enabled support for Ansel, and some of the screenshots generated are truly exquisite.

NASA have released a huge research archive online. Care to learn more about 400-foot tsunamis on Mars? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online for free. The space agency has set up a new public web portal called Pubspace, where the public can find Nasa-funded research articles on everything from the chances of life on one of Saturn’s moons to the effects of space station living on the hair follicles of astronauts.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 21-August-2016  08:53:46 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OC on Guru3D
EVGA GTX 1080 FTW vs. the Founder’s Edition & vs. the Fury X on BabelTech Reviews
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX Gaming on Guru3D
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI on Techspot
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6 GB on techPowerUp
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP! Edition on LanOC

AZIO MGK L80 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks
AZIO MGK L80 (Kailh Blue) Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks

Seasonic PRIME 750W Titanium Power Supply on PC Perspective
Gigabyte XP1200M 80Plus Platinum Modular Power Supply on Hardware Asylum
Cougar LX Series 600 W on techPowerUp

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming on Modders-Inc
MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon (with Broadwell-E) on techPowerup
GIGABYTE Z170X-Designare Motherboard on TweakTown

Wise Pad W7 Windows 10 Phablet on TechARP
instax SHARE SP-2 Mobile Printer on Tech ARP

Kingston HyperX Savage 960GB SATA III SSD on BigBruin
Seagate SkyHawk 10TB NVR and DVR HDD on eTeknix
Crucial MX300 525GB SATAIII SSD on FunkyKit
SanDisk SSD PLUS vs. Kingston SSDNow V300 on Hardware Secrets

Amped Wireless REC22P Plug-In AC1200 WiFi Range Extender on ThinkComputers.org
Linksys LGS318P 18-Port Smart PoE+ Gigabit Switch on NikKTech

AMD A10-7870K APU with Near-Silent Thernal Solution on Neoseeker
Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera Hands-On on Tech ARP
No Man's Sky (PlayStation 4) on TweakTown
G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 32GB RAM Kit on TweakTown
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 Watercooling Kit on LanOC
Cooler Master MasterPulse Over-Ear With Bass FX Headphones on eTeknix

Misc Pics (45 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-August-2016  14:37:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dan and Andrew this week! Also, if you're looking for a(nother) timewaster this afternoon, Leigh sent word that there are over 4000 DOS games playable in your browser over at the Internet Archive. Enjoy!

Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-August-2016  14:45:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A reminder: if you're in Melbourne and have an interest in storage, there's a Synology 2017 Event on the 11th of October. Highlights of the event: - Announcing brand-new collaboration tools and multimedia integration - The future of networking and storage - Synology's next big move for disaster recovery solutions - Face-to-face discussion with Synology experts - Chance to win a Synology NAS in the prize draw!

NBN Co have released their 2016 financial results and consider themselves on track and exceeding network targets. Issues over the NBN, its technology mix, speed and quality of broadband delivery and the negative politics of the massive project were momentarily cast aside today when chief executive Bill Morrow said, “During the year we doubled our Ready for Service footprint to 2.9 million premises, and at the same time, we doubled the amount of end users connected hitting a record high of 1.1 million”.

The Intel Developer Forum is underway, with HotHardware reporting on 7th Generation Core processors, a merged reality headset, a new Xeon Phi processor and new 100Gbps network modules. More interesting is the news that Intel are partnering with ARM, whereby Intel will manufacture ARM chips for smartphones. Now, Intel is deciding to wade back in to the ARM waters as an ARM licensee. The chip giant will not design and market its own ARM-based designs, but it will offer its mammoth custom foundry business to produce ARM processors for other companies. More info on PC Perspective.

NVIDIA meanwhile have unveiled their Pascal mobile GPU for gaming notebooks. NVIDIA flew a bunch of tech press and YouTubers out to London for the announcement of its Pascal-based GeForce graphics cards making their way into gaming notebooks. During the event, NVIDIA announced that the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 would be finding their way into various gaming notebooks in all different shapes and sizes. More coverage on TechARP, PC Perspective, TechSpot and HotHardware.

Today's timewaster is SPACEPLAN, thanks scon. It's another of those incremental clicky games like Cookie Clicker, Reactor Idle and Factory Idle - but it won't suck up your entire life, only a few hours. Hopefully. :) Discussion here.

Wednesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-August-2016  11:17:42 (GMT +10) - by booj

ASUS ROG STRIX X99 Gaming on Vortez.
ASRock Fatal1ty H170 Performance/Hyper on Funky Kit.

Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz DDR4 64GB on OCC.
Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4-3200 32GB RAM Kit on TweakTown.

Crucial MX300 750GB SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate IronWolf 10TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
WD My Passport Wireless Pro 3TB Portable HDD on TweakTown.

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 on Benchmark Reviews.
Riotoro CR1080 Tiny ATX Case on Legit Reviews.
Deepcool Genome on techPowerUp.

Input etc:
AZiO MGK L80 Red, Blue and RGB Keyboards on techPowerUp.
AZIO MGK L80 (Kailh Brown) Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
AZIO MGK L80 Mechanical Keyboard Lineup on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo on Funky Kit.

Reolink RLC 410 1440p PoE IP Camera on TweakTown.
Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 450W PSU on LanOC Reviews.
Motorola Moto G4 Plus on Techspot.
Gainward GTX 1070 Phoenix GS on Vortez.
Corsair ML120 PRO LED Fans on ThinkComputers.

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