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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.

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