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Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-August-2017  20:18:46 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

ASRock X370 Taichi (AM4) Motherboard on FunkyKit
Gigabyte X399 Aorus Gaming 7 on Guru3D
BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN AM4 Motherboard on Madshrimps

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) (Preview) on TechARP
ASUS ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) Smartphone (Preview) on TechARP
Oukitel K10000 Max & Pro on TechARP

Thermaltake View 71 TG Full Tower on NikKTech
Aerocool Project 7 P7-C1 Pro Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 versus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 on Legit Reviews

Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop on Techspot
What Remains of Edith Finch XBOX on Gaming Nexus

Arctic Summair Light USB Fan on OCInside
Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org

Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card on Hot Hardware
Tesoro Tuned In-Ear Pro Headset on techPowerUp
V-MODA Remix Bluetooth Speaker on APH Networks

Tt eSports Level 10M Hybrid Advanced Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit
Bloody B820R Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews
Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on techPowerUp

Team T-Force Delta RGB RAM on Vortez
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4-3000C15 32GB on ocaholic

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 AM4 CPU on Modders-Inc
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X and Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPUs on Techreport

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Wireless Gaming Router on TweakTown

Misc Pics (30 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-August-2017  14:57:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to TonyR and MelB this week!

Interesting Forum Threads (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-August-2017  10:47:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are discussing in the forums. Remember that OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages - if you can follow or like us on those, it helps us keep you up to date.

Coffee Lake 6 core, this August with z370 chipsets? in Intel Hardware.
AMD Vega GPU in Video Cards & Monitors.
Replacing a 42RU cabinet almost fully stacked with a new solution. ideas? in Networking.
How close your NBN? in Networking.
Looking to fabricate vertical GPU Mount in Modding.
Nokia is finally back, and it's looking good! in Google Android.
Run .sh files without having to enter password in Other Operating Systems.
China Shatters “Spooky Action at a Distance” Record, Preps for Quantum Internet in Science.
WOLFENSTEIN ll - The New Colossus in PC Games.
What old game have you replayed lately? in PC Games.
How I store my peanut butter in Geek Food.
Garlic butter/sauce injected chicken breast sous vide in Geek Food.
Where does fusion stop and confusion set in? in Geek Food.
Heinz tinned macaroni and cheese: review/PSA in Geek Food.
Big changes to Import Laws in Motoring.
Ford F150 'Pursuit' Ute in Motoring.
ACCC Sues Ford Over Its Dual-Clutch PowerShift Gearboxes in Motoring.
Takata airbag recall (various makes affected) in Motoring.
Electricity service charges in Lifestyle.
Bathroom Renovations in Lifestyle.
Rememory - SciFi with Dinklage, Ormond, Yelchin - free on Google Play soon in Entertainment.
Game of Thrones in Entertainment.
Bitcoins as an investment? in Career, Education & Finance.
Important figures in Technology History in Career, Education & Finance.
Trump presidency and government in Politics & Policies.

Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-August-2017  15:57:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From our "obvious in hindsight" department comes news that after months of my phone being so slow it was barely useable, I finally got around to backing it up and factory resetting it and now it's like a brand new phone again. Should have done it months ago..

The Senate has passed laws concerning telecomms security. Similarly to New Zealand telecommunications security laws that came into effect in 2014, telcos will need to tell the Attorney-General's Department about any changes they plan to make that could have a material impact on their obligations to secure their networks. This includes moves like outsourcing network management, offshoring, and purchases relating to sensitive parts of telcos' infrastructure.

Intel have partially unveiled their next generation Core architecture, codenamed Ice Lake. There's coverage on Anandtech. In an unusual move for Intel, the chip giant has ever so slightly taken the wraps off of one of their future generation Core architectures. Basic information on the Ice Lake architecture has been published over on Intel's codename decoder, officially confirming for the first time the existence of the architecture and that it will be made on Intel's 10nm+ process. Discussion here.

NBN Co have rated themselves as 7 out of 10 for customer satisfaction. AUSTRALIA’S National Broadband Network revealed its connections had been rated as low as 5.9 out of 10 by users but blamed individual internet providers for much of the “negative sentiment” around the $49 billion network. NBN Co revealed the score, and its average ranking of seven out of 10, as it delivered its annual financial results, showing the broadband network had reached 5.7 million premises by the end of the financial year. ITWire meanwhile point out that they're barely hitting a target set 10 years ago.

Looks like there'll be a spike in video card pricing soon, thanks to VGA RAM prices going up. August quotes for RAMs used in VGA graphics cards have risen to US$8.50, up by 30.8% from US$6.50 in July. Both RAM industry leaders Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have allocated part of their VGA RAM production capacities to producing memories for servers and handsets, fueling the price rally. Sources from the upstream supply chain expect the pricing to go even higher in September and the shortages will pose a great challenge to graphics card and gaming notebook players over their abilities to handle component inventory.

There's a new 802.11ax Max WiFi standard and it's being hailed as a big deal. One technology that does promise to live up to the hype is 802.11ax, the next standard for wireless LANs. I say that because this next generation of Wi-Fi was engineered for the world we live in where everything is connected and there’s an assumption that upload and download traffic will be equivalent. Previous generations of Wi-Fi assumed more casual use and that there would be far more downloading of information than uploading. Discussion here.

If you're a Firefox user, there's good news and bad news. Good news: the new version will improve speed and memory use. Bad news: it'll break a heap of add-ons. On November 14 Mozilla will take the biggest gamble in its long history when the organization will ship Firefox 57, the first version of its browser that will stop supporting legacy Firefox add-ons.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-August-2017  10:37:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
MSI X299 SLI Plus on LanOC Reviews.
ASRock X399 Taichi Threadripper TR4 on TweakTown.

Samsung T5 Portable SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD on Hot Hardware.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD on The Tech Report.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD on Vortez.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD on PC Perspective.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD on The SSD Review.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD on Legit Reviews.
10TB WD Red (WD100EFAX) Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X 10Gbe NAS on TweakTown.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Deepcool Captain 240EX RGB AIO CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Fractal Celsius S24 on LanOC Reviews.

Input etc:
HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master MM520, MM530, and MasterMouse Pro L on LanOC Reviews.
Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo on ThinkComputers.

Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 Headset on techPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterPulse MH320 Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift on ocaholic.
G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3000 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte Aorus X5 v7 Notebook on Techspot.

AMD Radeon RX Vega Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-August-2017  14:57:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The reviews for AMD's new Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 are officially available as of last night. These are AMD's attempt to tackle the dominance of NVIDIA's GTX 1070 and 1080. Here's some reviews:

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB on Guru3D.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB on Guru3d.
AMD Radeon RX Vega Benchmark Review: Vega 64 and Vega 56 Tested on LegitReviews.
ETH mining performance on LegitReviews.
AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 Workstation & Compute Performance on Techgage.
Radeon RX Vega 64 And RX Vega 56 Review: AMD Back in High-End Graphics on HotHardware.
Radeon RX Vega On Linux: High-Performance GPUs & Open-Source No Longer An Oxymoron on Phoronix.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 & Vega 56: More To Come on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 on TechSpot.
AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics cards reviewed on Tech Report.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Vega 64, Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 56 Tested on PC Perspective.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Discussion continues in our AMD Radeon Vega thread.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-August-2017  21:55:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on a few reviews and projects from the forums:

ASIGN_Baz has a new project:
a full scale Mk II Colonial Viper

Here's an earlier project
from alexciobanu

Oz Modz has a PC in a
military diorama

headin2001 reviewed the
Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5

joomax has a ghetto
Prodigy mATX conversion

and StreekG built a
custom hard-tubing PC

samus meanwhile reviewed
the 2017 Holden Trax

as well as the
2017 Toyota C-HR

and finally the
2017 Outlander LS "Safety Pack"

Monday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-August-2017  15:10:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Once again Australia is lagging in international broadband comparisons. A test of broadband speeds across 189 countries has found that Australia ranks 55th, well behind New Zealand (30th) and miles behind table-topper Singapore. The table was compiled by British broadband advice site Cable.co.uk from more than 63 million broadband speed tests. The data collection was done across 12 months ending on 10 May, by M-Lab, a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab, and other partners.

That's not too surprising, given a third of FTTN services in Australia can't hit 50Mbps. NBN Co has revealed that one-third of all active fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services are currently incapable of achieving a downlink in excess of 50 Mbps. The network builder this afternoon released a set of figures showing Layer 2 attainable bitrates for the FTTN portion of its network, as of June 18.

OCClub have a guide to GTX 1080 Ti Overclocking. In this article, I will be covering everything from NVIDIA's infamous Boost 3.0 technology to the actual overclocking tutorial. While this does mainly apply to the 1080 Ti, the core concepts and basic principles of overclocking will apply to the GTX 1060, 1070, 1080, and the Titan X / Xp, which are all in the same Pascal GPU family.

FOTW spotted this new 330TB tape. IBM and Sony have developed a new magnetic tape system capable of storing 201 gigabits of data per square inch, for a max theoretical capacity of 330 terabytes in a single palm-sized cartridge. For comparison, the world's largest hard drives—which are about twice the physical size of a Sony tape cartridge—are the 60TB Seagate SSD or 12TB HGST helium-filled HDD. The largest commercially available tapes only store 15TB. So, 330TB is quite a lot.

Retro gamers will enjoy this huge Quake map. When the game's good enough, the mod scene lives eternal, and there may be no better proof of that than Quake. The most ambitious Quake map ever completed was uploaded on Quake mod site Quaddicted in June, and it looks unbelievable for a game that's now more than 20 years old. Called The Forgotten Sepulcher, the map is a modern reinterpretation of the original Quake map E1M3: The Necropolis.

But more exciting is this new Amiga going on sale later this year. The world's getting a new Amiga for Christmas. Yes, that Amiga – the seminal Commodore microcomputers that brought mouse-driven GUIs plus slick and speedy graphics to the masses from 1985 to 1996. The Amiga was beloved by gamers, graphics pros and many an IT aficionado who just appreciated their speedy (for their time) Motorola 680x0 CPUs, multi-threading operating system and ability to work with images, sound and video.

Elon Musk has issued another warning about AI. Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired off a new and ominous warning on Friday about artificial intelligence, suggesting the emerging technology poses an even greater risk to the world than a nuclear conflagration with North Korea. Musk—a fierce and long time critic of A.I. who once likened it to "summoning the demon" in a horror movie—said in a Twitter post that people should be concerned about the rise of the machines than they are.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-August-2017  13:52:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F Gaming on Vortez.
Gigabyte AB350N-GAMING WiFi on Phoronix.

Linksys LGS326P 26-Port Smart Gigabit PoE+ Switch on NikKTech.
TP-Link Deco M5 Whole-Home Wi-Fi System on BigBruin.
TP-Link Deco Mesh Wi-Fi on LanOC.

Toshiba EXCERIA PRO M501 MicroSDXC Card on MadShrimps.
SilverStone TS12 Docking Station on APHNetworks.
Corsair NX500 400GB NVMe HHHL SSD on PC Perspective.
Corsair Neutron NX500 NVMe SSD 400GB on TheSSDReview.

Input Etc:
GAMDIAS HERMES M1 keyboard on Vortez.
Gamdias Zeus M1 RGB Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.

Rosewill Orbit-Z1 Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Bitfenix Nova TG on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 15 9560 laptop on Anandtech.
Asus Chromebook C202SA on TechSpot.

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-August-2017  15:07:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Rezin this week!

Ma Baker stepping down as Forum Administrator (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-August-2017  11:49:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today Ma Baker is stepping down from her role as Forum Administrator. She was a Forum-Wide Admin for a couple of years, before I originally asked her to take over the day-to-day running of the forums when my first child was on the way. He's going to turn 11 in December! So now she'll go back to being a normal forum user, which will let her focus on other things. She's been extremely helpful to me and a great friend of the community so I hope to still see her regularly in the forums. Please join me in thanking her for putting up with us all for so long. :)

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-August-2017  06:20:59 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X on TweakTown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X on Legit Reviews.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X on Techspot.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X on Hot Hardware.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X on PC Perspective
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X on Vortez.
AORUS X299 Gaming 9 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Corsair Neutron NX500 400GB & 800GB NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.
BIOSTAR G300 240GB SSD on Funky Kit.
WD My Passport SSD 1TB on LanOC Reviews.

Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Case on Benchmark Reviews.
Fractal Design Meshify C on techPowerUp.
Fractal Design Meshify C on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Meshify C on ocaholic.

Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 TT Premium CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Alphacool Eisbaer 240 AIO CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.

Origin PC EON15-S on Hot Hardware.
Asus ROG Zephyrus on Techspot.

Input etc:
Patriot Viper V570 RGB Gaming Mouse on Techgage.
Dream Machines DM PAD L & XL Soft Gaming Mouse Pad on techPowerUp.

TP-Link NC450 HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera on NikKTech.
Silverstone LS02 RGB LED Strip with LSB01 RGB Control Box on Modders-Inc.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-August-2017  09:49:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Core i7-7820X CPU on TweakTown.
MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK on PC Perspective.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Quad-Core Processor on TechARP.

QNAP TVS-473 SMB NAS (Tested at 10Gbps) on TweakTown.
Kingston DCP1000 NVMe SSD Enthusiast Testing in RAID 0 on The SSD Review.

GeIL EVO X DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 SODIMM Memory Kit on Madshrimps.
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2666MHz DDR4 on Modders-Inc.

PrimoChill Praxis WetBench on Guru3D.
Aerocool Project 7 P7-C0 Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
BitFenix Shogun Tempered Glass Enclosure on PC Perspective.
Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Orange on LanOC Reviews.

Alphacool Eisblock HDX-2 M.2 SSD Cooler on Funky Kit.
15 New AMD Ryzen CPU Coolers Revealed on TechARP.

Input etc:
BenQ ZOWIE EC2-A on Vortez.
Matias Quiet Pro Mechanical Keyboard on techPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterKeys S PBT Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.

Aerocool Project 7 PSU 650 W on techPowerUp.

Tueday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-August-2017  17:03:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Phoronix have been investigating an issue with Ryzen CPUs segfaulting under load. In their latest article they have a response from AMD. AMD engineers found the problem to be very complex and characterize it as a performance marginality problem exclusive to certain workloads on Linux. ... AMD was also able to confirm this issue is not present with AMD Epyc or AMD ThreadRipper processors, but isolated to these early Ryzen processors under Linux.

If giant fighting robots is your thing, you may be in luck soon. Two summers ago, a group of American roboticists formed a company called Megabots, and released a video challenging a Japanese collective to a giant robot fight. About a week later, the Japanese group, Suidobashi Heavy Industry, agreed to clash robots. After over two years of robot-building and excessive YouTubing of the process—and a year after MegaBots originally said they would fight—the two teams are nearly ready to engage.

The Net Neutrality debate continues in the USA, with Congress taking the FCC to task in a recent report. How and to what extent the FCC should regulate internet access has been a hot question for years, and the present administration holds opposite views than the previous one, resulting in a proposal to eliminate 2015’s Open Internet Order. But Congress (or at least a few of its members) isn’t going to take that lying down: 10 Representatives who helped craft the law governing the FCC itself have submitted an official comment on the proposal ruthlessly dismantling it.

Back to AMD, with the first single rack PetaFLOPS computer. On Monday, AMD unveiled a tiny supercomputer called Project 47 that achieves a whopping 1 petaFLOPS while being stuffed inside a single server rack. 1 petaFLOPS is equal to the world’s most powerful supercomputer circa 2007, IBM’s $100 million Roadrunner. IBM’s Roadrunner took up 296 racks and 6000 square feet of floor space and used 2,350,000 watts of electricity. The cluster consisted primarily of around 6,912 Opteron CPUs and 12,960 PowerXCell processors. Now ten years later the Law of Accelerating Returns (a lot of engineering work) has enabled the construction of a system that consumes 98% less power and takes up 99.93% less space than Roadrunner did.

This sounds like a sentence I would have posted about 15 years ago, but TomsHardware have a thermal paste roundup. The difference in quality between a celebrated third-party paste and what OEMs use on their builds is smaller than you might think. It's not uncommon to realize a performance improvement by simply bolting your hardware together more carefully. A lot of folks then erroneously attribute this betterment to their new paste.

Australia's National Portrait Gallery has a Digital Portrait Award contest. Submissions for the 2017 Digital Portraiture Award are now open and close at midnight on 17 September 2017. Finalist works will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra from 1 December 2017 to 18 February 2018, and the winner will be announced at the opening.

Amazingly, it's almost 40 years since the Voyager Spacecraft launched into space. Voyager 1 and 2 achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September, 2017. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-August-2017  14:22:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Sandberg Hailstorm Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
ROCCAT Leadr Wireless Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Scythe Byakko SCBYK-1000 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Pacific RGB G1/4 Fittings for PETG Hard Tube 16mm OD on FunkyKit.

Autonomous Smart Desk 2 on HotHardware.
Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair on HardOCP.

Prusa i3 MK2S Kit 3D printer on LanOC.
MJX Bugs 2 WiFi GPS Brushless Camera Drone on ModSynergy.
Corsair HX Series 850W Platinum PSU on PC Perspective.
MSI X299 SLI PLUS motherboard on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (40 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-August-2017  14:56:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember you can see ASIGN_Baz's Iron Man at the Sydney Knife Show this Sunday from 11am. Meanwhile, thanks to Simon and metamorphosis this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-August-2017  08:36:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 & Ryzen 3 1300X Linux Performance on Phoronix.
MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK on TweakTown.

Graphics Cards:
ZOTAC GTX 1080 Ti MINI on Vortez.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8 GB on techPowerUp.

HP SSD S700 PRO Solid State Drive on Benchmark Reviews.
Seagate Game Drive Hub 8TB on TweakTown.
ASUSTOR AS6404T 4-bay NAS on Madshrimps.
Toshiba XG5 1Tb SSD on Anandtech.

Bykski FOUR Founders GTX 1080 GPU Waterblock on techPowerUp.
Watercool HEATKILLER IV for GTX 1080Ti Waterblock on Funky Kit.

GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.
AUDIOCASE Portable Speaker on techPowerUp.

noblechairs ICON on Vortez.
AK Racing ONYX Deluxe Gaming Chair on NikKTech.

Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System on PC Perspective.
ASUS ZenBook Deluxe 3 UX490UA on Hot Hardware.
Corsair One Pro 1080 Ti Compact Gaming PC on Legit Reviews.
Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader on ThinkComputers.
Team DARK Pro '8 Pack Edition' on Vortez.

Retro Let's Play - Early August - Wiz 'n' Liz (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-August-2017  14:44:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The "Retro Let's Play" for early August over in the Retro & Arcade Forum is Wiz 'n' Liz from 1993. Wiz 'n' Liz is a super fast platform "collect-em-up", where you play one of either Wiz or Liz, two little wizards who must race around levels collecting "Wabbits" in a strict time limit.

click for the thread!

The action is frantic, and your biggest enemy is time, with no other real enemies or spikes/pits/hazards common to other games of the era (with the exception of a couple of large end bosses, but these still aren't typical). Once enough wabbits are collected, you can exit a level and take on the next stage. Bonuses can be picked up for extra time, and between levels are a number of amusing mini games.

You can play Wiz'n'Liz in your browser here thanks to archive.org.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-August-2017  13:20:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI X299 SLI Plus Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
BIOSTAR Racing Z270GT6 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Pro Gaming i9 Motherboard on Tweaktown.

MeanIt 5PM ARC Red Case on BenchmarkReviews.
SilverStone LSB01 Case Lighting System on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Aukey KM-G4 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G413 Mechanical Backlit Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.
SteelSeries' Rival 500 gaming mouse on TechReport.
Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries Rival 310 and Sensei 310 on LanOC.
AZIO MK Retro Classic Typewriter Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Azio MGK L80 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX OC 11 Gbps on Guru3D.
Asus Designo MX34VQ 34" Ultra Wide Curved 100Hz Monitor on TechSpot.
CUJO Smart Internet Security Firewall on BigBruin.
Corsair T1 Race Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
LG G6 Android Phone on APHNetworks.
Alphacool Eisplateau Anti-Static Mat on LanOC.

Gigbyte GeekRap Competition (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-August-2017  10:06:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Something a little different in the OC&HW forum: a competition where you can win by out-overclocking, or out-rapping! Choose to compete with either AMD, Intel or your slamming rhymes. Prizes from GIGABYTE, and the contest closes Sunday 3rd of September 9PM Melbourne Time.

click for the thread!

AMD Ryzen RX and Threadripper Details (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2017  14:00:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled the Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics cards, their new high-end models. To quote Tech Report: The RX Vega 64 Liquid-Cooled Edition will be the highest-performance Vega card at launch. This card will offer a typical boost range of 1677 MHz, a base clock of 1406 MHz, and a board power of 345W. This card will offer peak single-precision performance of 13.7 TFLOPS and peak half-precision performance of 27.5 TFLOPS.

More coverage on Tweaktown, HotHardware, PC Perspective and TechPowerUp (with more here). PC Perspective have info on the Vega Nano too. Vega GPU discussion continues in this thread in our forums.

Also from AMD, more details on their Threadripper CPU product. Again from Tech Report: All Threadripper chips start with an Epyc-esque multi-chip module that uses two of AMD's eight-core Zen dies connected over the company's Infinity Fabric. To achieve its quad-channel memory architecture, Threadripper yokes the dual-channel memory controller on each die into the fabric, and it also enables all 32 of the PCIe lanes available from each die to create the 64 PCIe lanes available to all Threadrippers.

More info on PC Perspective and discussion continues in the enormous Zen Core thread.

Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2017  13:26:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Samsung have overtaken Intel to become the world's biggest chip maker, by income. As The Associated Press notes, Intel had been the leading semiconductor company by sales since 1992. But as sales of personal computers have declined with the rise of smartphones and other mobile devices, Samsung's chip business has benefited. “Greater use of smartphones and tablet PCs instead of computers is driving the rise of companies like Samsung,” Nomura Securities senior analyst Chung Chang Won told the news service.

Meanwhile Micron has a new video showing how memory chips are made. From laptops to mobile phones to connected cars and homes, memory and storage are helping change how the world works, plays, communicates and connects. Check out this behind the scenes look at Micron’s state of the art fabrication process for how memory chips are made – from initial design all the way through testing and packaging.

QLD Police are considering listening in on suspects via connected devices. “It is not outside the realm that, if you think about the connected home that we now look at quite regularly where people have their security systems, their CCTV systems and their computerised refrigerator all hooked up wirelessly, you could actually turn someone’s fridge into a listening device,” he said, according to the Brisbane Times.

The ACCC are looking into broadband speeds, and have recommendations of how to test and resolve any speed issues. The ACCC's chairman Rod Sims says we should expect a healthy and competitive sector. But he also says many consumers are "confused about broadband speed advertising" and the industry has been "inconsistent in making clear, accurate information available". So it is crucial for the ACCC to ensure that companies do not mislead consumers about the speeds offered by their ISP.

The BBC will be broadcasting eSports. Almost certainly not viewable here, but it's an interesting milestone. Big announcement. We’re going to bring you four hours of live esports coverage every weekend for the next six weeks. In the first deal of its kind for the BBC (we like to be first), we’ve signed up the Gfinity Elite League Series One.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-July-2017  15:40:50 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Core i9-7900X Processor on Legit Reviews.
Core i9-7900X on Techgage.
ECS Z270H4-I on OCC.
Alienware Area-51 Ryzen Threadripper Edition Hands-On on Hot Hardware.
Intel Core i7-7820X on Toms Hardware.

Graphics Cards:
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3G on TweakTown.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF on Guru3D.

Seagate IronWolf Pro 10TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
Plextor M8SeGN 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD on OCinside.
Adata XPG SX950 SSD on Toms Hardware.

Input etc:
AZIO Retro Classic on techPowerUp.
Fnatic Gear RUSH G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
Logitech MK850 Performance Mouse & Keyboard Combo on TweaKTown.
Fanatec ClubSport Lite Elite on PC Perspective.

Focal Spark Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APH Networks.
FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Team Group T-Force Night Hawk RGB DDR4 on techPowerUp.
DOOGEE Shoot 1 Smartphone on Madshrimps.
Thermaltake View 31 Tempered Glass Edition Case on Hardware Asylum.

Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-July-2017  14:29:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Happy SysAdmin Day! Thanks to Dan, Matt, Patrik and Brendan this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-July-2017  06:51:08 (GMT +10) - by booj

Input etc:
MSI Clutch GM60 & GM70 Gaming Mice on Neoseeker.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA PRO Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Penclic Mini Keyboard C2 on techPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Pugio on Vortez.
AZIO Retro Classic Mechanical Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse on Techgage.

Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB DDR4-3000 RAM Kit on TweakTown.
Ballistix Elite 64GB DDR4-3000 Quad Channel Memory Kit on Funky Kit.

Toshiba N300 8TB High-Reliability HDD on TweakTown.
Toshiba XG5 1TB OEM M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) vs. Apple iPad Pro (2017) on PC Perspective.
OnePlus 5 on Techspot.

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 on The Tech Report.
AMD Radeon Crimson ReLive 17.7.2 on techPowerUp.

Patriot Viper V361 And V370 Headsets on Techgage.
Intel Core i9 7900X & Core i7 7740X on OCC.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Workstation Graphics Card on Techgage.
Alphacool Eiswand External CPU Liquid Cooler on TweakTown.

AMD Ryzen 3 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-July-2017  05:46:58 (GMT +10) - by booj

This morning sees the launch of AMD's Ryzen 3 CPUs, which round out the AMD mainstream range along with the Ryzen 5 and 7 series. On paper they look like strong contenders, bringing affordable quad cores to the entry level.

Here's a list of reviews:

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 on Anandtech.
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & 1200 on Hardware Canucks.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 on Hexus.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X And 1200 on Hot Hardware.
AMD Ryzen R3 CPUs on LanOC Reviews.
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300X Processor on Legit Reviews.
AMD Ryzen 3 Series on Madshrimps.
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 & 1300X on Neoseeker.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200 on PC Perspective.
AMD Ryzen 3 Processor Tech Report on Tech ARP.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.4 GHz on techPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz on techPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 3 on Techspot.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 on The Tech Report.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X on Toms Hardware.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200 on TweakTown.
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 and 1300X on Vortez.

Wednesday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-July-2017  11:09:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The NSW Government is launching a quantum computing fund. The fund will inject money into research in a state that is already home to some of the world's leading researchers in the field, where University of New South Wales professor Michelle Simmons is considered a leading expert. Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said he was hoping to turn NSW into a global hub for quantum computing science.

Intel's principal engineer has left the company, but apparently not to go to AMD. In that role, Piednoël fathered the company's first dual-processor high-end desktop (HEDT) platform, Skulltrail, launched the Extreme Edition brand, optimised performance on the Pentium 4, and aided engineering of the Katmai, Conroe, Penryn and Nehalem central processing unit (CPU) and Sandy Bridge to Skylake, Kaby Lake, Skylake-X, and Atom system-on-chip (SoC) product families.

People are upset that Microsoft are killing Paint! Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list. However it seems it will just be moved to the Windows Store and still be available for free.

TechARP have gathered together the info that's known about AMD's Threadripper CPU. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper will have up to 16 cores, processing up to 32 simultaneous threads. It will use the new Socket TR4, have quad-channel DDR4 memory support and feature 64 PCI Express lanes. If you were impressed by the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processors (read our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review), just imagine how powerful the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor will be.

Meanwhile AMD's CTO has explained the difficulties of moving to 7nm. To gear up for 7nm, “we had to literally double our efforts across foundry and design teams…It’s the toughest lift I’ve seen in a number of generations,” perhaps back to the introduction of copper interconnects, said Mark Papermaster, in a wide-ranging interview with EE Times. The 7nm node requires new “CAD tools and [changes in] the way you architect the device [and] how you connect transistors—the implementation and tools change [as well as] the IT support you need to get through it,” he said.

The Mac platform's reputation for being resistant to malware may be under attack. A mysterious piece of malware has been infecting hundreds of Mac computers for years—and no one noticed until a few months ago. Earlier this year, an ex-NSA hacker started looking into a piece of malware he described to me as "unique" and "intriguing." It was a slightly different strain of a malware discovered on four computers earlier this year by security firm Malwarebytes, known as "FruitFly."

USB 3.2 is on the way. “With increased performance and seamless compatibility, the new USB 3.2 specification brings even more speed and bandwidth benefits to new USB 3.2 devices, while remaining compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with our partners in the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to help showcase these benefits to users around the world.”

Techspot look back at some awkward moments in tech. Technology may shape the world we live in today, but there are many tech lovers who still consider themselves a bit awkward. As someone who once told a room full of people that playing Vampire – The Masquerade: Bloodlines was the most memorable moment of my life, it’s a stereotype I can relate to. But it isn’t just the fans that can be bit “socially uneasy” - plenty of moments within the industry have made us cringe over the years. Here are some of the most toe-curling.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-July-2017  04:10:57 (GMT +10) - by booj

Raijintek Paean on techPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide 600C on Techgage.
Phanteks Evolv Shift SFF Chassis on TweakTown.
Phanteks Evolv Shift on techPowerUp.

Watercool HEATKILLER IV PRO CU-NI CPU Waterblock on Funky Kit.
NZXT Kraken X42 on Guru3D.

Input etc:
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Wireless Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews.
Logitech BRIO on LanOC Reviews.

Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 144-165 Hz on techPowerUp.
Acer Predator XB252Q High Speed 240Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor on Hot Hardware.

LG X power 2 Smartphone on APH Networks.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet & S Pen on TechARP.

GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard on TweakTown.
Gigabyte AORUS RX 580 GTR 8 GB on techPowerUp.
λutonomous-λ SmartDesk 2 on Modders-Inc.
Aeotec DSA03202-V1 Z-Wave Minimote on Bigbruin.
MJX Bugs 2 WiFi (B2W) GPS FPV Brushless Camera Drone on ModSynergy.
Tesoro A3 Tuned In-Ear Pro Earphones on APH Networks.

Iron Man at Sydney Knife Show (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2017  10:46:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you've been wanting to see ASIGN_Baz's Iron Man Suit in person, you can catch him in action at the Sydney Knife Show next month. If you haven't seen the worklog, it's definitely worth checking out!

click for the worklog!

"It took over 3 years of weekend's and spare time along with blood sweat and tears to build, but Barry Armstead toughed it out and now has an awesome Iron man suit to show for it.

With help and guidance from a few of the Canberra knife making community Barry was able to learn a new skill set to help make this dream a reality. He learnt how to make knives and money raised from the sale of these helped fund the build.

The suit wasn't made just for Barry though, his intention from the start was to bring a smile to the face of children in hospital by suiting up and letting them get close to a superhero.

Barry has already raised money for The Starlight Children's Foundation and this is the charity he'll be supporting when he makes an appearance at The Sydney Knife Show on Sunday 6th August.

Bring your children (or your inner child) along and have a photo taken of the Ironman MKIV suit Barry has created and donate a gold coin to a very worthy Charity.

We hope to see you there."

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2017  10:32:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechSpot compared AMD Ryzen 5 1600 vs Intel Core i7-7800X in 30 games. After comparing Intel's new Core i7-7800X and AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 in productivity workloads, we're back by popular request to learn whether Intel still takes the cake when it comes to high-end gaming.

There was a huge cryptocurrency heist recently, this time affecting Ethereum. This is a very interesting article which gets you up to speed on the technology and even the psychology surrounding the issue. Around 12:00 PST, an unknown attacker exploited a critical flaw in the Parity multi-signature wallet on the Ethereum network, draining three massive wallets of over $31,000,000 worth of Ether in a matter of minutes. Given a couple more hours, the hacker could've made off with over $180,000,000 from vulnerable wallets. But someone stopped them.

McLaren have a World's Fastest Gamer competition. I'm finding it tricky to find specific information but maybe that's part of the challenge. It seems to be conducted via rFactor 2 and the prize is "a job in eSports", but if you're keen, have a dig around for more info. The latest update I could find is here, and there's registration details here.

If you're sick of Firefox taking ages to open tabs, good news: you can now open 1691 tabs in 15 seconds. So that's handy. Graph of startup time with 1691 tabs across Firefox versions 20, 30, 40 and 50 - 56. The Y axis is minutes. Yes, Firefox 51 took almost 8 MINUTES to start up. However, as of Firefox 55 it only takes 15 seconds. For 1691 tabs. Really. I no longer fear restarts. Lately, I just restart Firefox for fun sometimes.

HardOCP have posted their list of the 5 greatest motherboards of all time. Of all time! Some motherboards had something special about their design which made them more memorable, interesting, desirable, influential, and ultimately a favorite among enthusiasts. These are the criteria I will use to separate run of the mill excellence from what I consider some of history's best motherboards.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2017  09:45:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 11Gbps on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on CustomPCReview.
Bloody AL90 Blazing Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Tt eSPORTS Draconem RGB Gaming Mousepad on Modders-Inc.

Audio Visual:
Focal Spark Earphones on APHNetworks.
VisionTek SoundTube Pro Wireless Speaker on LanOC.
Logitech G433 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 GTX 1080 Max-Q Gaming Notebook on PC Perspective.
The HP OMEN Gaming Laptop & Desktop PCs Revealed on TechARP.

Kingston 32GB DataTraveler microDuo 3.0 on BigBruin.
Antec Cube Designed By Razer Mini-ITX Case on NikKTech.
EKWB Water Cooling Kit EK-KIT L360 R2.0 on Modders-Inc.

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