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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 Founderís 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 (43 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.

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