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Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 6-February-2016  22:27:02 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Cooling:
Swiftech H320 X2 All-In-One Watercooling Kit on Modders-Inc
Antec Kuhler H20 H1200 Pro & H600 Pro AIO Water Cooler on eTeknix
Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler on eTeknix

Portable:
Ventev 3015+ Battery Pack/Wall Charger combo on Techware Labs
HP Pro Slate 8 on Hot Hardware
EXMobile iCute Plus Smartphone on Rojak Pot

Storage:
PNY CS2211 SSD on Techware Labs
Micron M600 512GB SSD on NikKTech
OCZ TRION 150 SSD (240GB) on Guru3D
PNY CS1311 SSD Review (480GB) on TechnologyX
CRUCIAL BX200 960 GB SSD on OC Inside
Micron M600 512GB SSD on NikKTech

Keyboard/Mouse:
Zalman ZM-M600R Mouse on Vortez
Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard on PC Perspective
G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks

RAM:
Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) Dual Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix
Apacer Panther DDR4-2666 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown

Motherboard:
MSI X99A Godlike Gaming on Ocaholic
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 on Hot Hardware

Audio:
G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 Real 7.1 Gaming Headset on Hardware Asylum
AfterShokz Gamez Bone Conducting Gaming Headphones on Legit Reviews
Accessory Power Enhance GX-H2 Gaming Headphones on Technology X

Misc:
OWC Mercury Pro 16x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Drive on TweakTown
Zotac NEN SN970 Steam Machine on ThinkComputers.org
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 PSU on Tech Powerup
Corsair Carbide 400Q Case on Benchmark Reviews



Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-February-2016  14:46:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









Wednesday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-February-2016  23:48:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Maximus VIII Impact on TechReport.
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact on NeoSeeker.

Cooling:
Reeven Okeanos CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
SilverStone Tundra TD03-SLIM Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Cases:
Lian Li PC-X510 on OCInside.
NZXT Manta Mini-ITX case on Vortez.
NZXT Manta Mini-ITX on eTeknix.
BitFenix Pandora ATX on OCAholic.
Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Define Nano S mini-ITX on Guru3D.
BitFenix Pandora ATX on OCAholic.

Video Cards:
Gainward GTX 960 Phantom 4GB on LegionHW.
GeForce GTX TitanX vs. Radeon R9 FuryX on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X @ 11,520 x 2160 on Tweaktown.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
M-Edge Beast iPhone 6/6S Case on TechnologyX.
Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone on MadShrimps.

Storage:
PNY CS2211 SSD Review (480GB) on TechnologyX.
Triple M.2 Samsung 950 Pro Z170 PCIe NVMe RAID Tested - Why So Snappy? on PCPerspective.
Synology DS216play Two-Bay Consumer NAS on Tweaktown.
Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Sentinel III mouse on TechPowerUp.
OZONE Argon Ocelote World Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Input Club Infinity ErgoDox Ergonomic Keyboard Kit on LanOC.

Misc:
Rise of the Tomb Raider: AMD and NVIDIA Performance Results on PCPerspective.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W Power Supply on ThinkComputers.
NETGEAR Nighthawk R7300 AC1900 DST Router on Tweaktown.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-February-2016  13:29:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from the forums:


slipperyskip has a new
Project SkyVue wooden PC

gazza30 checked out the
MSI Z170 SLI PLUS mobo

HMHAMz is building a
mostly printed CNC/3D printer


shane41 tried out a
CPU de-lidding tool

Paulie_AU has a very tidy
FD Define S WC PC

-inVaRed.'s Project TITAN
has had some more updates



Monday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-February-2016  20:47:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gigabyte, Team.AU and HWBOT have a new overclocking competition in the forums. For those of you who don't know HWBOT is; hwbot.org is the foremost overclocking website, where individuals and teams compete in overclocking benchmarks against each other from all around the world, pushing hardware to it's silicone limits. Currently our Australia OC HWBot team is ranked 20th in the world out of 3328 and is punching well above it's weight. The team is free to join and new members are welcome.

Apple have issued a global recall for power adapters, due to an electrical shock risk. Apple is recalling some power adapters sold with Mac computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods since 2003. The affected adapters were made between 2003 and 2015, and use a two-prong plug into the power socket, used across Europe, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and South Korea. They were also included in Apple’s World Travel Adapter kit sold in the UK and US.

Tired of updating the Java plugin? I'm not, coz I removed it ages ago. But it seems Oracle are going to kill it off for good soon. Despite these improvements, Oracle is still deprecating the Java plugin when it releases Java 9, and removing it entirely at some point after that date. Both Edge and Chrome have already nuked browser support for Java from orbit; Firefox announced plans to do so late last year. Historically, Oracle has been slow to respond to vulnerabilities in Java, and its sandboxing was never as foolproof as the company advertised.

Google apparently have big plans, for solar-powered drones providing fast internet access. In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last summer, and is testing them with multiple drones, according to documents obtained under public records laws.

If you long for the days when the Amiga ruled the world of computer graphics, you can have a retro flashback thanks to the Amiga Graphics Archive. Launched in 1985 the Commodore Amiga boasted graphics capabilities that were unsurpassed for it's time. It featured an intricate collection of custom chips that enabled it to do things that, until then, had been impossible to achieve with other personal computers. This site is dedicated to graphics made with or for the Commodore Amiga home computer. Amiga discussion continues here in our Retro & Arcade Forum.

Stirring even more nostalgia is this project to restore the U.S.S. Enterprise, by the National Air and Space Museum in the USA. That's the model used for external shots in the original series of Star Trek, of course. After a year of extensive research, conservation work on the original studio model of the USS Enterprise is now underway in the Museum’s spacedock. Our goal is to stabilize the model and return it to its appearance from August of 1967, during the filming of the episode The Trouble with Tribbles, which marked the last known modification of the ship during the production of Star Trek.

A few people pointed out that there's a live feed from Himawari-8, a geostationary satellite lined up with Japan (and thus Australia). Amazing high-def, real-time photos of our part of the world, from space. Update: David sent word that there's a more Australia-centric viewer of the satellite data. Thanks!



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-February-2016  13:11:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
CM Storm Xornet II Gaming Mouse on OCInside.
Microsoft Xbox One Elite Wireless Gaming Controller on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Storm Xornet II Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS SV710 Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
Foscam FI9900P Outdoor 1080p HD Wireless IP Bullet Camera on Tweaktown.

Storage:
WD My Passport Ultra 3TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
ioSafe 214 Fire and WaterProof NAS Video Review on MadShrimps.
Kingston DataTraveler 2000 Encrypted Flash Drive on LegitReviews.
Synology DiskStation DS1515+ Network Attached Storage on Modders-Inc.

Software:
Rise of the Tomb Raider PC performance analysis, good on NVIDIA & AMD on Tweaktown.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB video card on Tweaktown.
Seek Thermal Turns Your Android Phone/Tablet Into A Thermal Imaging Camera on Phoronix.



Misc Pics (33 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-January-2016  14:37:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slightly delayed by storms this week..








Friday Midday (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-January-2016  12:18:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're in Melbourne, you might want to check out this NVIDIA event on the weekend. We are hosting our next NFan event at GUF WERRIBEE and are excited to invite you to check out the latest in NVIDIA GeForce technology, gaming and get a sneak peek into the future. We will have games, food, cookies, pizza and a huge range of prizes. You will also have the chance to enter in some game tournaments and talk with our partners about the latest products they have on offer. It's going to be awesome!

Gigabyte have a new Winter OC Challenge. GIGABYTE announces the GIGABYTE Z170-Winter OC Challenge, to be hosted this February by HWBOT. All overclockers are invited to win one of the 5 GIGABYTE motherboards up for grab, so warm up your test benches, Winter OC is coming!! You can join 4 different categories for a chance to win the big prize. The participant with the most points amongst all stages of a category wins! There's also a chance to win the lucky draw!

Meanwhile Cooler Master have a worldwide case modding contest. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling the growing worldwide passion for modding. It's about igniting the modding spirit - the maker spirit - on the web and right in your community.

HotHardware compared four mechanical gaming keyboards. In a broad sense, there are two types of keyboards in this world—those that use mechanical key switches and those that don't. If that sounds like something a keyboard snob would say, so be it, this editor stands guilty as charged, and happily so. We can accept that not everyone will find just cause to spend a premium on a mechanical plank, but one thing we'll never concede is that even the best membrane keyboards are on equal footing as those with mechanical key switches.

Google's apps can now understand Australian, cobbers. Bonza! Google said they worked with a team of Australian linguists to help get the Australian pronunciation and intonation just right. Google's voice recognition has also added several Australian colloquialisms, including footy, servo, Brissy, and drop bear as well as business names Maccas and Woolies.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-January-2016  11:21:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Accusys ExaSAN A16T2-Share Thunderbolt 2 Storage SAN on Tweaktown.
PNY CS2211 SSD 240GB/480GB on TheSSDReview.
Lexar USB 3.0 Portable SSD (256GB) on TheSSDReview.
WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe 256GB on OCAholic.
Synology DS416 4-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Sonnet Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Storage Docking Station on Tweaktown.
Asustor AS6202T SMB NAS on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus ZenBook UX305CA on HotHardware.
honor 5X, honor 7 Enhanced & honor Band Z1 on TechARP.
Razer Nabu fitness monitor band on LanOC.

Power Supply:
SF Leadex Paltinum 750 W on HWInsights.
TYLT FLYP Duo Two-Way Micro-USB and Lighting Charging Cable on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z170 Extreme4 Motherboard on TechARP.
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha motherboard on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
PowerColor Devil HDX PCI Express Sound Card on LegitReview.
Artison Nano 1 sub-woofer on GamingNexus.
iFamCare Helmet 1080p Full HD Monitor on TechnologyX.
Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Android 4K Media Player on MadShrimps.

Misc:
Holy Stone F181 Universe Explorer Quadcopter Drone on ModSynergy.
Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 WiFi Router on LegitReviews.
Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB memory on OCClub.
Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Midi Tower on NikKTech.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: PC graphics performance on Guru3D.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Mobile Keyboard on ThinkComputers.



Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-January-2016  13:53:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Marvin Minsky, considered by many to be the father of artificial intelligence, has passed away, aged 88. Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied and replicated in a computer — which would teach us, in turn, to better understand the human brain and higher-level mental functions: How might we endow machines with common sense — the knowledge humans acquire every day through experience? How, for example, do we teach a sophisticated computer that to drag an object on a string, you need to pull, not push — a concept easily mastered by a two-year-old child?

Apple have reported the largest quarterly profit ever, some $18.4B. Apple's profits typically skyrocket during the fourth quarter, when new models of the iPhone often arrive and shiny new devices are purchased as holiday gifts. Last year Apple notched a record $18 billion in profit during this period, the largest ever recorded by a single public corporation. This year the company topped that, generating a profit of $18.4 billion on $75.9 billion in revenue during the last three months of 2015. The average sale price for its best selling devices, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, was also a record high, boosting Apple's margins to 40.1 percent.

Phoronix have an 1080p NVIDIA Linux comparison. Earlier this week I carried out an OpenGL performance comparison of NVIDIA GPUs going back 10 years that included 27 different graphics cards from the GeForce 8 series through the latest-generation GeForce 900 Maxwell graphics cards. In this weekend article are some complementary tests from this comparison with the OpenGL benchmarks at 1920 x 1080.

DARPA have a new brain-computer interface project. This isn’t DARPA’s first foray into brain implants. Only just last year, a project designed to use electrodes within the brain to stimulate memory formation in those suffering from neurological damage was green-lit. This new program, Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), aims to turn a science fiction concept into reality.

TechGage wonder if virtual reality is viable on PC. VR is touted as the next big thing in PCs, and products like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive show it’s more than a mere pipe dream. However, is VR viable enough to eventually become mainstream tech, particularly on PCs? Or does it have a better shot at thriving on another platform? Techgage offers an op-ed on the matter.

Meanwhile Tweaktown ask if you are ready for VR. Its only the first month into the year of 2016, and Virtual Reality is already taking the technology sector by storm. Manufacturers from all backgrounds are working on their own versions of a head mounted display with motion tracking capabilities. Sony, Oculus, HTC/Valve, and Samsung are the major players that have been working on the technology behind such devices. 2016 serves as the first year in which each company takes Virtual Reality to new heights. Read on to see if you are ready!

PeterCR spotted this BASIC programming in Minecraft. Many people who play Minecraft limit themselves to using its building blocks more or less for their intended purpose, whether it's by building simple houses or creating sprawling, unforgettable underwater wonderlands. Yet YouTuber SethBling has repeatedly found them well-suited to higher callings. For his latest project, he used command blocks to cobble together a functional interpreter for the BASIC programming language that works within the confines of vanilla Minecraft's existing ruleset.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-January-2016  11:05:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Raidmax Monster II Mid-Tower on NeoSeeker.
EpicGear Cyclops-X on OCAholic.
SilentiumPC Gladius Q50 on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide Series 600Q Quiet Full-Tower Enclosure on PCPerspective.
Cooltek Skall on OCAholic.

Cooling:
Mini-ITX Liquid cooing with the Corsair Hydro H5 SF on Guru3D.
Cooler Master's MasterAir Maker 8 CPU cooler on Tech Report.
SilverStone TD02-Slim Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
FSP Hydro-G 750W on NikKTech.

Storage:
Netgear ReadyNAS RN212 Network Attached Storage on HotHardware.
Vantec NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
MyDigitalSSD BP5e Bullet Proof 5 Eco 240GB SSD on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Silent on LanOC.
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse on TechARP.
Division Zero X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard & M50 Pro Gaming Mouse on TechSpot.
Roccat Kova 2016 Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Patriot Viper V560 Laser Mouse on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi keyboard on Vortez.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard on MadShrimps.
COUGAR 450k Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.



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