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|Monday Morning reviews
Monday, 26-June-2017 05:02:24 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Core i9-7900X, i7-7820X and i7-7800X on Techspot.
Intel Core i9-7900X 10-Core Processor on ThinkComputers.
MSI X299 SLI Plus on Hexus.
In Win 301 Mini-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.
AZZA Photios 250 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.
LaCie 2TB Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C Professional All-Terrain Mobile Storage on NikKTech.
Lexar Professional Workflow HR2 4-Bay Thunderbolt 2 / USB 3.0 Reader Hub on Anandtech.
Rosewill RGH-3300 Pro Gaming Headset on techPowerUp.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 on LanOC Reviews.
Edifier S1000DB Desktop Computer Speakers on APH Networks.
Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset on PC Perspective.
Kogan Agora 8 on PC World.
Wise Pad W7 Windows 10 4G LTE Phablet on TechARP.
Dobot Magician Robotic Arm on techPowerUp.
Team T-Force Dark ROG DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on TweakTown.
Logitech G413 Keyboard on Vortez.
Alienware 15 (GTX 1070) Gaming Laptop on Toms Hardware.
Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!
Friday, 23-June-2017 14:48:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Still plenty of Ethereum mining buzz, with a 40-GPU setup on Tweaktown, a Guide to Ethereum on Techspot, silent mining on LegitReviews and AMD vs nVIDIA GPUs also on LegitReviews. Meanwhile discussion continues in this thread, where one member has ordered 130 video cards so far..
Here's an interesting one: using AWS for artificial intelligence on TechARP. Just before we flew to Computex 2017, we attended the AWS Masterclass on Artificial Intelligence. It offered us an in-depth look at AI concepts like machine learning, deep learning and neural networks. We also saw how Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses all that to create easy-to-use tools for developers to create their own AI applications at low cost and virtually no capital outlay.
Stephen Hawking thinks we need to get back to the Moon, as a project to unite humanity. Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years' time and send people to Mars by 2025. Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give humanity a sense of purpose.
OCClub look into memory speed and gaming performance. After running through all of the tests, it appears that what I previously thought was an easy and clear answer is in fact more complicated. With the evidence provided I can safely say that memory can play a large role in some games over all frame rates. However, other factors like the processor, type of video card, and resolution will usually provide bigger impact in the final frame rates.
OCInside have updated their interactive guide to fitting coolers and fans on motherboards. Now with Intel Skylake-X X299 LGA2066 motherboards, AMD Ryzen B350 and X370 Socket AM4 motherboards, Intel LGA1151 Z270, H270 and B250 Kaby Lake motherboards, Intel X99 LGA2011-3 motherboards and many new CPU coolers!
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 23-June-2017 03:32:08 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Preview on ocaholic.
Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 on Legit Reviews.
ASUS PRIME X299 Deluxe on Guru3D.
Asus Prime X299 Deluxe on LanOC Reviews.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Processor on TechARP.
Silicon Power Mobile C31 Dual Interface USB 3.1 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.
Noontec Zoro II Wireless Limited Edition headphones on The Tech Report.
Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.
802.11ad (WiGig) Tested with ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe and Netgear Nighthawk X10 on PC Perspective.
Best bang for your buck: AC1900 Wireless Routers on TweakTown.
Systems and Notebooks:
Razer Blade 2017 on Hot Hardware.
Lenovo ThinkStation P910 Workstation PC on TweakTown.
Asus ROG GX501VI Zephyrus on Kitguru.
Cougar Panzer case on techPowerUp.
Das Keyboard Prime 13 on techPowerUp.
SmallRig 1982 Camera Cage & 1955 Camera Stabilizing NATO Handle on Funky Kit.
Radeon RX 560 vs. GeForce GTX 1050 on Techspot.
|AMD's EPYC Datacentre CPUs
Wednesday, 21-June-2017 16:37:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AMD have unveiled their EPYC family of server CPUs, based on the same Zen architecture as their desktop Ryzen processors. These are aimed squarely at the datacentre and thus will have to compete with Intel's Xeons. There's some videos with details on AMD's YouTube channel, and plenty of coverage around the net:
AMD Unveils EPYC 7000 Series Processors And Platform on HotHardware.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Processor Set To Change The Game on LegitReviews.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Data Center Processor Launch - Gunning for Xeon on PC Perspective.
AMD's Future in Servers: New 7000-Series CPUs on Anandtech.
AMD EPYC Architecture & Technical Overview on TechPowerUp.
AMD's Epyc 7000-series CPUs revealed on TechReport.
AMD reveals EPYC 7000 server CPUs, up to 32 'Zen' cores on Tweaktown.
AMD Launches EPYC Enterprise CPUs Available Today on HardOCP.
Discussion of Zen, Ryzen and now EPYC continues in this thread.
Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard on TechSpot
Roccat Leadr Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3600 MHz C16 DDR4 on TechPowerUp
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4-3000 32GB Memory Kit on TweakTown
GIGABYTE X299 AORUS-Gaming 3 on Vortez
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC on Vortez
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Ryzen Motherboard on HardOCP
MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop on PCWorld
Alcatel A3 XL phone on PCWorld
AVADirect Avant Garde Gaming PC on TweakTown
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 Liquid CPU Cooler on Madshrimps
AVADirect Affinity HTPC System on ThinkComputers.org
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) on Anandtech
MSI Radeon RX 570 GAMING X Video Card on HardOCP
ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC on TweakTown
Asus ROG Strix Magnus Streaming Microphone on TechPowerUp
Arozzi Verona Pro V2 Gaming Chair on NikKTech
Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera on OCC
IN WIN 509 Full Tower Gaming Chassis on Modders-Inc
Kolink Continuum 1050W Powersupply on JonnyGuru
|Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X
Tuesday, 20-June-2017 15:51:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Intel have released the Core i9 7900X, which is a 10-core Skylake X processor. There's also a slightly less exciting quad-core Core i7-7740X. Here's some reviews:
Core i9 7900X processor and MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9-7900X And Core i7-7740X CPU on HotHardware.
Intel Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X on Vortez.
Intel Core i9-7900X 10-core Skylake-X on PC Perspective.
Intel's Core i7-7900X CPU reviewed, part one on Tech Report.
Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series Skylake-X CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core X Series i9-7900X and i7-7740X on LanOC.
The AIDA64 benchmark team have announced support for the new CPUs as well.
There's a shiny new thread for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X here in our Intel x86 forum.
|A Pair of Synology Routers
Monday, 19-June-2017 20:49:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Sciby has taken a look at two new WiFi routers from Synology, more traditionally associated with NAS units. See what he thinks of their first go at networking:
click for the review!
Monday, 19-June-2017 15:49:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The Government's plans to bypass encryption in the name of national security are being widely criticised. Experts say efforts to get technology and social media firms to cooperate with the authorities in decrypting communications will be hard to achieve. The Australian government wants smartphone companies and social media platforms to ensure terrorists cannot hide behind anonymous posts or encrypted messages, but it has not said how or when. More info here on ComputerWorld. EFA's thoughts are here and ITPA have an editorial here.
The overseas GST bill has been delayed another year, thanks Axe. Australian consumers will have to pay a 10% goods and services tax on all online goods bought from overseas from 1 July next year. The Turnbull government has secured support for the plan after Labor moved an amendment in the Senate on Monday delaying the plan’s start date from 1 July this year to 1 July next year. It means imports of goods worth less than $1,000, which are now GST-free, will no longer be exempt from the tax.
I first thought it was being reported that you will only be able to get an AMD Threadripper CPU in Alienware systems, but it turns out DIY builders will still be able to get them - the exclusivity is only for prebuilt systems. The Area-51 is among the highlights of Alienware during E3 2017. It's an updated version of the company's top-of-the-line gaming PC, and as mentioned earlier, it'll come with a Threadripper chip. It's also available with Intel's new Core X-Series processors, including the anticipated Core i9. That said, the options include the Core i7-7800X (six cores), Core i7-7820X (eight cores), and the Core i9-7900X (10 cores).
Retro fans can look forward to a new Atari console. Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat in an exclusive interview that his fabled video game company is working on a new game console. In doing so, the New York company might be cashing in on the popularity of retro games and Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition, which turned out to be surprisingly popular for providing a method to easily play old games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda in HD on a TV.
The race is on to build the first exascale supercomputer. On Thursday, the United States Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project announced it was awarding six companies -- AMD, Cray, HPE, IBM, Intel and Nvidia -- $258 million to research building the nation's first exascale supercomputer. An exascale supercomputer would be capable of computing 1 million trillion floating-point operations per second.
Meanwhile Microsoft researchers are using AI to play Ms. Pac-Man. The team from Maluuba, a Canadian deep learning startup acquired by Microsoft earlier this year, used a branch of AI called reinforcement learning to play the Atari 2600 version of Ms. Pac-Man perfectly. Using that method, the team achieved the maximum score possible of 999,990.
Another early computing pioneer has passed away - Charles P. Thacker. Mr. Thacker and his colleagues who designed the Alto — Butler Lampson, Alan Kay and Robert Taylor — had proved prescient when they built into the computer what is known as a graphical user interface, the technology that Apple and Microsoft would borrow from in creating their Macintosh and Windows operating systems.
I don't know if this counts as a timewaster, but there's a fancy new website of Australian Crime Statistics which has interactive graphs and stuff to make exploring the data more interesting.
|Monday Morning Reviews
Monday, 19-June-2017 11:48:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 3 on Guru3D.
MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium Edition on OCAholic.
ASUS Z270-WS on Tweaktown.
Fnatic Gear RUSH Pro Silent Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Sony Bravia 2017 TVs on GoodGearGuide.
GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB headset on APHNetworks.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mini-Test game on TechSpot.
TP-Link Deco M5 AC1300 Wireless Mesh System on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1060 Xtreme Edition 9 Gbps on LanOC.
HTC U11 phone on PCWorld.
Thanks to Jeff this week!
Friday, 16-June-2017 14:11:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg
There's a new law designed to protect minors online in Australia. It is known as Carly's Law after 15-year-old Carly Ryan, who was murdered 10 years ago by a 50-year-old paedophile who pretended on the internet to be 20 to lure her to a meeting. The change makes it a crime to plan to harm a child under 16 and in particular targets predators who misrepresent their age.
Also on the legal front, an amendment to the Copyright Act has passed, making access easier for the disabled and relaxing the rules under certain circumstances. The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill contains a number of important changes that will benefit Australia’s schools, universities, libraries, galleries and museums. More info here. Perhaps most excitingly, as a result of these changes, on 1 January 2019 millions of unpublished works that have until now remained locked behind outdated and unjustifiable perpetual copyright laws will become free for all to use.
An Australian inventor has created a translating earpiece. An Australian startup revealed its flagship product, an earpiece that can interpret 8 different languages in real-time, at a United Nations event in Switzerland on Friday.
If you enjoyed my recent Getting Started with Arduino article, you might find this new Arduino Workshop useful on Core Electronics. Welcome to the Arduino Workshop, where you'll be able to follow our guided course which covers everything you'll need to know in order to create your own Arduino projects and become a leveled up maker. Arduino discussion continues in this thread.
LegitReviews have an article on ETH mining with GTX 1070. If you are looking to get started Ethereum mining chances are you'll quickly discover the prized AMD Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 580 video cards are sold out most everywhere and finding them used is next to impossible. So, rather than waiting on AMD Radeon RX 480/580 cards to come into stock you might want to look at some of the NVIDIA cards on the market.
FOTW noticed that GIF has turned 30. The GIF format was defined as a standard on June 15, 1987, and saw its last major update in 1989. As an image format, it was quickly replaced by other, more popular files such as JPG, but it continued to live on as GIF also allows you to create simple animations.
Here's some info on the Australian Computer Society, from Ashton: The ACS is currently running a free membership trial as part of its Empower campaign that expires at the end of the month – get full access to membership benefits of the Australian Computer Society that include 33,000 digital learning videos (covering everything from mastering Google Analytics, iOS and Android app development, to programming in Go), as well as access to networking and events nationwide held by ACS branches in each state. Head to www.acs.org.au/empower.html to sign up.
|Friday Afternoon Reviews
Friday, 16-June-2017 13:36:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s Review: A Slim And Nimble Workhorse on HotHardware.
LG G6 smartphone on TechSpot.
The Lenovo ThinkPad P51s Preview, Specs & Price on TechARP.
Asustor AS6404T NAS on Guru3D.
Kingston Gold Series UHS-1 Speed Class 3 64GB MicroSDXC Card on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W on HWAsylum.
Xtorm EVOKE 10.000mAh Solar Charger on NikKTech.
A Transparent Tower: A Look At Corsair’s Crystal 570X Mid-Tower on TechGage.
Raidmax Sigma ATX Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair Lighting Node PRO case lighting on MadShrimps.
Fibaro KeyFob Z-Wave Scene Controller for home automation on BigBruin.
LEPA NEOllusion RGB CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thunderbolt 3 Cable Roundup: Do they differ? on Tweaktown.
NETGEAR Nighthawk R7000P AC2300 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
DIRT 4 game on Vortez.
Vortex Race 3 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem DDR4-4133 16GB Special Edition Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
A Look Back at the GeForce GTX 780 on TechSpot.
Cougar Immersa headset on TechPowerUp.
|Wednesday Afternoon Reviews
Wednesday, 14-June-2017 13:53:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and Ryzen 5 1400 CPU on Tweaktown.
MSI MORTAR B350M mATX on Vortez.
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU on Guru3D.
ASRock X370 Taichi AMD AM4 Motherboard on OCInside.
be quiet! SILENT LOOP 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler Revisited on Ryzen on MadShrimps.
LEPA NEOllusion CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Acronis True Image 2017 on APHNetworks.
The Surge game on Tweaktown.
DiRT 4 Benchmarked: 27 GPUs Tested on TechSpot.
Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
HP Sprocket Photo Printer on Tweaktown.
Ninox Venator mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterKeys PBT Keyboards on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master Masterkeys S PBT on LanOC.
Enermax Platimax D.F. 600W on OCInside.
Corsair TX-M Series 750W on PCPerspective.
Thermaltake Core P1 on LanOC.
Bitfenix Portal Mini-ITX on BenchmarkReviews.
Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB ST1000LM048 Hard Drive on HWSecrets.
Crucial MX300 1050GB and 2050GB SATA III SSD on Tweaktown.
Fitbit Alta HR Fitness Wristband on Tweaktown.
Oculus Rift VR Benching – AMD vs. NVIDIA – Part 2 on BabelTechReviews.
Tuesday, 13-June-2017 15:20:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Hope you had a great long weekend - back to reality now. :)
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One X at E3, with coverage here on Techgage and here on GamingNexus. In short, this is the most powerful console ever. It is one-trillion Tera something with 4G megadrive cooling/heating massive power. Hypertech super...time. Look, I'm not gonna lie, my eyes glazed over at this point. Don't get me wrong, Forza 7 looks incredible, and it's hard to imagine Anthem working on anything except a machine that can suck me into a world that vivid, open, and realized (more on that later). I'm glad this console is happening, but liquid cooling means nothing to me if the games aren't good. But the games do look really, really good. Apparently you can link all four generations of Xbox together now too, which is pretty cool.
More importantly, TechSpot looked at upcoming PC game trailers from E3. As this year's E3 unfolds, so do new trailers for upcoming games. Expect regular updates to this article over the coming week as more are released. Most of the trailers belong to titles due later in 2017 or 2018, while a few have launched in the last week or so -- all of them are on PC.
Bitcoin, Ethereum and other crypto currencies continue to generate headlines, while mining and investing in them are popular topics in our forums. Tweaktown have Part 1 of a mining guide posted, while Phoronix compare 15 GPUs for mining under Linux and LegitReviews consider AMD vs NVIDIA for mining too. We test over a dozen graphics card to see which has the best hashrate and talk about some of the other things you need to consider like price and power consumption.
Intel might not be too happy about ARM X86 emulation, report HotHardware. However, it quickly becomes clear that this isn’t just some high-tech birthday commemoration — Intel shifts into serious mama bear mode, with significant legal posturing, touting its willingness to protect its “x86 innovations” and use its legal might to stop any entity that might infringe upon its four-decade-old x86 ISA intellectual property.
TechSpot look back at The Steam Machine - and what went wrong. “If I buy a game on Steam and I’m running it on Windows, I can go to one of the Steam machines and already have the game. So you benefit as a developer, you benefit as a consumer in having the PC experience extended in the living room.” But today, Steam Machines feel like an embarrassing late night text Valve sent when it was drunk and now refuses to acknowledge. Which begs the question: what went wrong?
It seems there's a fortune to be made on the App Store - even if you're a scammer, thanks mpot. It suddenly made a lot of sense how this app generates $80,000 a month. At $400/month per subscriber, it only needs to scam 200 people to make $80,000/month, or $960,000 a year. Of that amount, Apple takes 30%, or $288,000 - from just this one app.
Some Computex stragglers: Gigabyte's latest, ADATA M.2 SSDs and Corsair from Tech Report. ASUS ROG and nVIDIA Max-Q on TechARP. Funkykit have Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 coverage, while there's more from Gigabyte on Tweaktown.
Finally, retro gaming hipsters can soon enjoy a vinyl release of the original Quake soundtrack. As part of a larger wave of back catalog releases, Reznor is making the Quake soundtrack available on vinyl -- you too can listen to that memorable theme in your living room.
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