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Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-October-2015  00:57:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-GAMING G1 (Intel LGA-1151) on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard on PCPerspective.

EKWB EK-XLC Predator 240 Pre-filled CPU Xpandable Liquid Cooler on NikKTech.
How to - Install an EK Predator 240 watercooling a High-End VGA in your case on OCAholic.

Input Etc:
Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
E-Blue Mazer K727 Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
TteSports Commander Gaming Gear Combo Keyboard & Mouse on eTeknix.
Mionix Castor mouse on LanOC.

Vantec NexStar NST-370A31 3.5-inch USB 3.1 Storage Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Kingston SDXC UHS-I U3 256GB Memory Card on LegitReviews.

Power Supply:
FSP Twinkle 65 Universal Notebook Adapter on ModSynergy.
Antec HCP Platinum Continuous Power 1000W PSU on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
LEAGOO Elite 4 Smartphone on TechARP.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 on HotHardware.
Hands-On LG's V10 Dual Display Smartphone And G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X in 4-Way CrossFire at 11,520 x 2160 (Triple 4K) on Tweaktown.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 980 Ti HOF on Guru3D.

StarTech 25U Open-Frame Server Rack Cabinet on Phoronix.
Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Kingston HyperX Fury HX426C15FBK4/32 4x8GB DDR4 on APHNetworks.

Dalight Saving (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 3-October-2015  22:14:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In affected states, Daylight Saving starts this weekend, at 2am on Sunday morning - which becomes 3am. If you find your forum timestamping has gone out of whack, adjust the settings in UserCP.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-October-2015  14:25:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Have a great long weekend, if you're in NSW, QLD, SA or ACT. Thanks to mpot, Matthew and Aaron this week!

Friday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-October-2015  14:16:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sphinx2000 pointed out that another interesting satellite launch occurred recently - the new NBN satellite, named Sky Muster. The two geostationary satellites will offer total capacity of 135 gigabits per second, with 25/5Mbps wholesale speeds available to end users. The second satellite is expected to launch next year. The service will cover more than 400,000 premises — 3 per cent of the premises slated to ultimately be connected to National Broadband Network services — and replaces NBN's Interim Satellite Service. Commercial services are expected to launch in the second half of FY16.

The Guggenheim Museum have put lots of artwork online for free. Featuring nearly 1600 artworks by more than 575 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks. The selected works reflect the breadth, diversity, and tenor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive holdings from the late 19th century through the present day, and are continually expanded to include a larger representation of the museum’s core holdings as well as recent acquisitions.

TechSpot have some Do's and Dont's of Water Cooling. Water cooling systems -- whether they are a custom loop or an AIO -- all follow the same basic principles. You have the reservoir, the pump, the radiator, the fans, some tubing, a block (for either the CPU, GPU, or both), and the water itself. After years of working with water cooling kits, here are some important tips to help you get the most out of your system. Also check out our Watercooling & Extreme forum.

Tech Report take another look at powerline networking, with WiFi thrown into the mix. The idea was to put one adapter next to my main router and the other one next to the access-point router, with Ethernet connections going from each adapter to the adjacent router. The power-line network would then bridge between the two routers, hopefully providing a fast, reliable, low-latency connection. Making it happen turned out to be a bit of an adventure, but not for the reasons you might expect.

PC Perspective cover upgrading a workstation. Real-time playback of high bit rate 4K content was choppy at best, and scrubbing through the timeline next to impossible. Transcoding to a lower resolution mezzanine file, or turning down the playback quality in Premiere Pro worked to some extent, but made the visual quality we gained more difficult to deal with. It was clear that we were going to need a new workstation sooner than later.

MegaTechNews look back at 35 90's video games. As a kid growing up in the 80s and 90s, I was influenced by a lot of things. I gravitated toward Hulk Hogan, Macho Man and professional wrestling. I thought I was a young thug listening to west coast gangsta rap. And I played video games. A lot of video games. And these video games, for better or for worse, have really shaped me into the person writing these words here today. And I'm certainly not alone. If retro is your thing, check out our Retro & Arcade forum.

TechSpot also have an historical article, about the contributions of Xerox PARC. Launched in 1970, Xerox's PARC has played an instrumental role in the engineering of laser printing and many of the technologies that compose the PC you're reading this on: the graphical user interface, ethernet, the mouse, among others. We'd like to take a few and give credit where credit's due.

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-October-2015  13:53:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ on HWSecrets.
MSI Z170A Gaming M7 on NeoSeeker.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 on HWHeaven.
AMD PRO A12 Processor Technology Report on TechARP.

Input Etc:
G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Ozone Argon Ocelote World mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Gaming Strafe Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.
LG G4 Vigor Smartphone on MegaTechNews.

Video Cards:
Sapphire R7 370 Nitro on OCClub.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 on TechReport.
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming on HWHeaven.

Power Supply:
Corsair RM1000x 1000W 80 PLUS Gold on Tweaktown.
Corsair RMx Series Fully Modular 850W on PCPerspective.
Corsair RM750x 750W on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
Corsair VOID RGB Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 on LegionHW.
Corsair Void RGB Wireless headphones on HWHeaven.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ZenFone 2 on HWSecrets.
Moto 360 2nd Gen Smartwatch on HotHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce NOW Initial Thoughts and Review on PCPerspective.
MSI GE72 6QF Apache Pro notebook on Vortez.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S on HWSecrets.
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition on HotHardware.

Micron M510DC 480GB SSD on NikKTech.
Samsung PM863 960 Gigabyte SSD on OCAholic.
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSS on TechReport.
Plextor M6V SSD (256GB) on TheSSDReview.

Thermaltake Core P5 Open Air Chassis on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Core P5 Chassis on ThinkComputers.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX on Modders-Inc.
Silverstone SG12 Micro-ATX on eTeknix.

Tenda AC15 AC1900 Dual-Band WiFi Router on BenchmarkReviews.
TP-LINK AV1200 TL-PA8030P Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit on Tweaktown.
TP-LINK Archer C2600 router on HWHeaven.
AVM FRITZ!Powerline 546E WLAN Adapter on NikKTech.

Thursday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-October-2015  23:50:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia has a new weather satellite - well, we're borrowing one from Japan. Australians will have access to better weather forecasts and more accurate monitoring of severe weather events thanks to a new Japanese weather satellite which came online yesterday. You can explore the images here on the BOM's site.

NVIDIA have announced GeForce NOW, which some people are describing as "Netflix for games". GeForce NOW is the first cloud-gaming service to stream at full high-definition 1080p quality and at 60 frames per second. Membership costs just $7.99 a month with the first three months free. GeForce NOW arrives on Oct. 1 in North America, the European Union and Japan with more than 50 popular games included. And it offers members the option to buy and play many more in an instant. More info here on PCWorld, discussion here. Not sure when it's coming to Australia.

TheSSDReview have a guide to SSD benchmark software. This report provides the reader with a background on the benchmarks that we use, and may not use, as part of our website SSD test regimen. With each program, we will provide a bit of an explanation on its ins and outs, as well as drawbacks, and our choice of software is listed by that of which we seem to use most.

Google have a new Chromecast, with coverage on Gizmodo, cnet, engadget. The new Chromecast is a funny little puck with a built-in HDMI cable. This is a good thing, as it makes connecting it even easier than it originally was–though you may want to use some double-sided tape to stick it in place to the back of your TV, just for aesthetic purposes. Aside from that, the only thing you should notice about the hardware is that it works better and streams faster than the original version did. More from Google's Nexus event here on Engadget. Discussion in our Google Android forum.

If you're a Minecraft player, be aware there's an unofficial OCAU server. Details in the thread - come check it out!

Win a Headset from Scorptec! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-September-2015  16:36:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Major Sponsors Scorptec are giving away an Audio-Technica ATH-PG1 Premium Gaming Headset this weekend!

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Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-September-2015  22:30:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mini & Portable:
Gigabyte Brix N3000 on OCAholic.
ZTE Grand X 2 Android Smartphone on MegaTechNews.

Samsung Portable SSD T1 on Bjorn3D.
Kingston SSDnow KC380 1.8-Inch Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Kingwin HDD-PS6 Hard Drive Power Switch on Tweaktown.
Synology DS715 DiskStation 2-Bay Business NAS on Techgage.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Nyth Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Tesoro Lobera Spectrum keyboard on Vortez.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR GAMING Z170X (Intel Z170) on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z170 OC Formula on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte X99-SLI on TechnologyX.
Intel Core i7-6700K "Skylake" LGA 1151 Processor on FutureLooks.

Antec GX505 Window SC Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.

Video Cards:
MSI R9 390 Gaming 8G on LanOC.
Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming 2 GB on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master V750 Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
CoolerMaster V750W Fully Modulated 80+ Gold PSU on Bjorn3D.

Audio Visual:
Ozone Blast 4HX headset on OCAholic.
Tt eSPORTS Shock 3D 7.1 Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Philips BDM4065UC 40" 4K Monitor on eTeknix.
Etekcity Scroll Alpha High Precision Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.

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