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May 2012
Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-May-2012  20:54:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from people in the forums:


windwithme reviewed the
SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD

and checked out the
BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 & i7-3770K

two40 is making a
cool wooden clock


Carbon Rod modded, then
destroyed an old Alienware

Flohrie is building a PC
into a Nintendo 64

aXLe has built a
Formula AU Sim Cockpit



Wednesday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-May-2012  16:21:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wired have an article about how Facebook works. More than 9 million applications and websites now tie into Facebook in some way, and some online operations — most notably Zynga — have ridden the Facebook platform to heights they likely couldn’t have reached without it. But Zuckerberg wants more. As the Facebook Platform enters its sixth year, the company is expanding its mission through something it calls the Open Graph.

HotHardware have a Quad-channel DDR roundup. To coincide with the release of Intel's current flagship Sandy Bridge-E processor and companion X79 chipset, a number of Intel’s memory partners released new quad-channel memory kits optimized for the platform. Previous Intel platforms were designed to offer optimal performance with two or three-channel memory configurations; Sandy Bridge-E and the X79 Express, however, perform best with a quad-channel setup.

Tweaktown meanwhile toured GeIL's memory factory. We were exclusively invited to the GeIL Taipei factory to get an up close and personal tour of its facility for testing and producing its memory modules.

Taiwanese overclocker ksin has apparently reached almost 9GHz with an AMD FX-8150. Careful component selection is also a factor, and according to the details on HWBOT, ksin achieved the record breaking overclock on an Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard with 4GB (2x2GB) of A-Data DDR3 memory running in a dual-channel configuration with 9-11-10-30 timings and a 2,834MHz (effective) frequency.

ArsTechnica ponder why HDD supplies are back to pre-flood levels but prices aren't. That's because PC manufacturers, who buy the largest percentage of disk drives, have locked in their prices with long-term contracts, according to Leonhard. And while the HDD manufacturers have dealt with tight supply during rebuilding, they've had fewer drives to sell through other channels—such as retail. That drove the price of drives up initially as much as 300 percent. Meanwhile crag_v spotted 60TB HDDs in 2016.

I'm not sure what the original source of this stat is, but it's an interesting thought regardless, thanks RC: 59 years ago, in March 1953, the world had a grand total of 53 kilobytes of RAM spread over a dozen or so computers, the largest having 5KB. That's not enough RAM to store a single icon.

TheNextWeb report on the list of digitally monitored words of interest to the Department of Homeland Security. As the Daily Mail notes, the Department of Homeland Security was forced to release the list, along with its entire Analyst’s Desktop Binder, following a Freedom of Information Act request. Essentially, the list is what the government is looking for online, hoping to spot threats, events, and other such things that would be of interest to the sprawling agency.

Today's timewaster is Wake Up The Box 4, from Tony_L.



G1.Sniper 3 Review (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-May-2012  13:34:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sin0822 has provided a hugely detailed review of the new high-end Z77 board from GIGABYTE, the G1.Sniper 3:


Click for the review!



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-May-2012  23:22:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo on PureOC.
HIS Radeon HD 7850 iCooler 2GB on NikKTech.
MSI GTX680 Twin Frozr 3 OC on OC3D.

Storage:
VisionTek Racer 120GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
Crucial Adrenaline on HardCoreWare.
ADATA SX900 256GB SSD on Guru3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z77A-GD80 Motherboard on TBreak.
ASRock Z77E-ITX Motherboard on HWSecrets.

Input Etc:
CM Storm QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard on Pro-Clockers.
SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition mouse on Vortez.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Dr. Power II PSU tester on RBMods.
Huntkey X-MAN 90W notebook adapter on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Arctic Freezer Xtreme Rev 2 Heatsink on NinjaLane.
Thermaltake Frio Extreme Cooler on TechWareLabs.
EK Water Blocks EK-FC7950 Full Cover GPU Water Block on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Samsung SyncMaster S27B750 Monitor on TBreak.
Samsung UN46ES6500F HDTV on TechReviewSource.

Misc:
Sitecom N750 X6 WLR-6000 Wireless Gigabit Router on MadShrimps.
Icron USB Ranger 2211 Range Extender on BenchmarkReviews.
EPSON WorkForce Pro WP-4540 All-in-One Printer on TestFreaks.
Super Monday Night Combat - PC game on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower case on OCIA.
Samsung Green DDR3 8GB 1600MHz 30nm memory on Vortez.



Photography Gallery (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-May-2012  18:28:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.



















Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-May-2012  17:15:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler 1GB GHz Edition on NikKTech.
XFX Double D Black Edition HD 7850 and HD 7870 on PCPerspective.
PowerColor HD 7850 PCS+ on NeoSeeker.
MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Power Edition Overclocked on Tweaktown.
MSI R7850 Power Edition 2GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI Radeon HD 7850 Power Edition OC on Guru3D.
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ 2GB Video Cards in CrossFire Overclocked on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
ARCTIC Accelero Twin Turbo II VGA Cooler on FunkyKit.
Thermaltake Frio Advanced and Frio Extreme on OCClub.
NZXT Cryo E40 Lightweight Notebook Cooler on MegaTechNews.
Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU cooler on HardCoreWare.
ARCTIC Breeze Pro & IOCrest Mini USB Fan Comparison on NikKTech.
SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA5 CPU cooler on OCClub.

Storage:
MyDigitalSSD BP3 512GB SATA III Solid State Drive preview on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-419P II on TechPowerUp.
OCZ Vertex 3 - 3.5 120GB SSD on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Zowie AM Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.
CM Storm QuickFire Pro Gaming Keyboard on HWSecrets.
Genius Ring Presenter Wireless Device on Pro-Clockers.

Cases:
SilverStone Raven RV03 on Vortez.
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I on LegitReviews.
Raidmax Seiran Mid Tower on TechReaction.

Audio Visual:
Microlab SOLO7C speakers on Vortez.
Panasonic Lumix GF5 digicam on TBreak.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Ivy Bridge-powered N56VM notebook on TechReport.
ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 Android Tablet on HWHeaven.
Dell XPS 8500 prebuilt desktop on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Notebook on TBreak.

Misc:
VisionTek 700-watt Modular Series Power Supply on Tweaktown.
DiRT Showdown (PC) Game on HWHeaven.



Sunday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-May-2012  21:02:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Monaco F1 Grand Prix is on tonight, and is usually entertaining - but this year for extra excitement, Australia's Mark Webber has pole position for the start. Coverage starts in under an hour on Channel 10 (in Sydney, anyway). In the meantime, here's some reviews:

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Maximus V Gene motherboard on Bjorn3D.
AMD A8-3870K Black Edition & Hybrid Crossfire on OC3D.

Cooling:
Spire Coolgate 2011 CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU cooler on HardCoreWare.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechReaction.
SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel on NikKTech.
Topre Realforce 105UB mechanical keyboard on XSReviews.
Max Keyboard Nighthawk X8 on PureOC.

Storage:
Rosewill RX358-U3S External Storage on TechReaction.
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB and SSDNow V+200 240GB on TechSpot.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake ToughPower Grand 850W on RBMods.
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Dr Power II on eTeknix.

Software:
Mass Effect 3 PC on TechReaction.
Diablo III (PC) Game on HWHeaven.
Diablo III Reviewed: Blizzard's Brilliant, Blundering Wreck on HotHardware.

Cases:
BitFenix Prodigy on OC3D.
Corsair Vengeance C70 on HWSecrets.
In Win BUC 101 on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Antec 100% Natural Cleaning Spray on Pro-Clockers.
Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale on TestFreaks.



SpaceX Docking With ISS (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-May-2012  22:45:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you happen to be online right now, you can watch SpaceX make history, as they attempt to be the first private company to dock with the International Space Station. NASA live stream here and discussion continues here.


Misc Pics (56 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-May-2012  13:55:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to lots of people this week, most of who sent in pic 4. :)






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-May-2012  13:25:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is apparently Geek Pride Day, aka Towel Day. Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, A New Hope on 25 May 1977 (see Star Wars Day), but shares the same date as two other similar fan "holidays": Towel Day, for fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25 May for fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Pfft, I'm always proud to be a geek!

Apple's design guru has recieved a knighthood. Ive, a softly spoken, thoughtful Brit, has worked at Apple in California since 1992, and since 1998 has been in charge of its designs. This may well make him the most influential designer in the world. In creating the iPod he unleashed a product that profoundly altered the music industry, while the iPhone is doing the same to the mobile phone industry. The most recent product from his team, the iPad, is setting the standard for an entirely new category of computer.

NASA have a new mobile app. The NASA App collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated information, images and videos from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package.

SiliconAngel noticed a new release of Nmap. It is the product of almost three years of work, 3,924 code commits, and more than a dozen point releases since the big Nmap 5 release in July 2009. Nmap 6 includes a more powerful Nmap Scripting Engine, 289 new scripts, better web scanning, full IPv6 support, the Nping packet prober, faster scans, and much more! We recommend that all current users upgrade.

TechSpot have an interview with Raspberry's founder. Eben Upton has had an interesting trajectory both as an entrepreneur and academic, founding a couple of startups over the last decade and a half, as well as acting as the Director of Studies in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. Now employed at Broadcom as an SoC architect, his latest “on-the-side” venture combines a little bit of each facet and is perhaps its most ambitious yet: reignite programming in schools with a cheap ($25-$35), compact computing platform that kids could buy themselves. But despite targeting students, his foundation's tiny computer has already captured the imaginations of tinkers worldwide.

GoodGearGuide have an opinion piece about Australia's video on demand situation. Visit Netflix or Hulu though, and you'll be presented with the error messages above - these services aren't available in Australia. The closest approximation Australians have is Foxtel On Demand, at nearly 10 times the price of Hulu Plus or Netflix. Discussion here.

Scrantic sent word of Random Hacks of Kindness. Want to spend a weekend hacking for humanity? Then get involved in Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) a global community of innovators building practical open technology to make the world a better place. On the weekend of June 2 and 3, Melbourne will be a main city stage host of RHoK. This two day global event aims to develop technology solutions to address the impact of natural disasters, emergency response and climate change (among other global issues!)



Forum Projects (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-May-2012  21:39:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from people in the forums:


Psychotria checked out
the Linux Mint 13 RC

Davo1111 reviewed the
Toshiba Satellite L750

windwithme showed us
Corsair's Obsidian 550D


windwithme also has a
GB Z77X-UD3H WiFi OC Guide

bundymania compared
6 HD7970 waterblocks

Sin0822 reviewed the
Z77X-UD3H with OC tests


jjjc_93 has a Reeven
Extreme Cooling Cup for LN2

Jack-LBO reviewed the
Horize W110ER laptop

BlueRaven reviewed some
BitFenix bits, with a build log



Thursday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-May-2012  21:20:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra have suffered a hacking attack. It said information that may have been obtained "was limited to BigPond Games user names, the email address used to join the site and the encrypted GameArena and Games Shop passwords of up to 35,000 customers". Original statement here.

TheWedgie spotted that Mini Motor Racing, a popular mobile game by OCAU member professo, is free on iOS today. Looks like it's still $1.99 on Android.

SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 Dragon system on Tuesday. This is the successful launch attempt of the Falcon 9 Dragon system by SpaceX on May 22nd, 2012 (5/22/2012). The Falcon 9 successfully lifted off at 3:44am EST, and 11 minutes 38 seconds into the flight, successfully deployed both solar power arrays. This video begins at T-1:15 and continues on through the successful deployment of the solar power arrays, in high definition (HD) quality.

If that's just not spacey enough for you, how about a plan to build the USS Enterprise? The Gen1 Enterprise can arrive at Mars within 90 days of leaving earth's orbit. This is derived from various analyses sponsored by NASA that show that with mass to engine power ratios within our reach, a 90 day travel time is possible.

Yahoo have a new search-oriented browser, called Yahoo Axis. Yahoo! Axis offers a faster, smarter search with instant answers and visual search previews. More info here.

If you have the DNSChanger Trojan, Google will be warning you soon. The company estimates that more than 500,000 systems remain infected with the malware, despite a looming deadline that threatens to quarantine the sick computers from the rest of the Internet.

The Federal Government is investigating technology pricing discrepancies, thanks Rezin. The Federal Government has officially begun a parliamentary inquiry into alleged price discrepancies between Australia and overseas for technology products. The inquiry, first announced last month, will investigate whether price differences exist with hardware and software sold locally compared to the US, UK and Asia Pacific.

Lots of people are upset about various aspects of the recent Facebook IPO, with claims the major investors made huge profits at the expense of smaller investors. The IPO mishaps have sparked numerous lawsuits against Morgan Stanley, the Nasdaq stock exchange and Facebook itself by shareholders who claimed they hid the social networking company's weakened growth forecasts just before it went public.

Sabz spotted this Minority Report-like gadget called the Leap. “It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.” says Leap Motion’s CEO Michael Buckwald. Should The Leap prove to be every bit as responsive in ‘the wild’ as it is in the video demo then, hyperbole or not, the device could find itself used as the dictionary definition of ‘game changer’.

Microsoft have opened an Innovation Centre in Brisbane. The software giant will invest $3 million over the next three years in the centre, and team up with local incubators and universities to accelerate the growth of software start-ups and small businesses in the state. Microsoft state director for Queensland and NT Sharon Schoenborn said the project, headed by program manager Emily Easterby, hoped to help up to 100 new ventures get off the ground by 2015.

Over on the iiNet/Internode free zone, I notice today they have a WOZ Live presentation, which is a question and answer session with Steve Wozniak.



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-May-2012  01:32:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
DEEPCOOL Ice Wind Pro CPU cooler on OCClub.
Phanteks PH-TC14CS_RD CPU Cooler on DragonSteelMods.
Thermaltake Frio Advanced Heatsink on Frostytech.
Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Thermaltake Frio Extreme Heatsink on Frostytech.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro Liquid Cooling System on Pro-Clockers.
ThermalTake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Deepcool/Logisys Gammaxx 300 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 (Z77) Motherboard on eTeknix.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Motherboard on HWSecrets.
MSI Z77A GD80 on Guru3D.
Sapphire Pure Platinum Z77K on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 digicam on TechReviewSource.
Steelseries Diablo 3 Gaming Headset on TechReaction.
Panasonic TC-L55DT50 HDTV on TechReviewSource.
Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Headset on HWHeaven.
Kave 5.1 headphones on GamingNexus.
Dune HD TV-301A Universal FullHD Network Media Player on NikKTech.

Storage:
Patriot Supersonic Boost XT 32GB USB drive on LegionHW.
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD on TBreak.
Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 Full Metal Quad Bay 2.5" SATA 6Gbps Backplane on eTeknix.
ICY DOCK MB994SP-4S Mobile Rack on ThinkComputers.
Comay Venus Pro 3 240GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Comay Venus Pro 3 128GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.

Cases:
Corsair Carbide 300R Mid Tower on TechWareLabs.
Corsair Vengeance C70 on Guru3D.
BitFenix Shinobi XL full tower on PureOC.
NZXT Switch 810 Special Edition Video on OC3D.
SilverStone Grandia SST-GD08B HTPC Chassis on Tweaktown.
Corsair Vengeance C70 on OC3D.
Cooler Master Silencio 450 on RBMods.
BitFenix Shinobi XL on TheSSDReview.
MSI Stealth on HWSecrets.
Corsair Vengeance C70 Midtower on LegitReviews.
Corsair Carbide Series 300R System Enclosure on Metku.

Networking:
TP-LINK TL-WR700N 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Zenbook Prime UX21A on Anandtech, thanks Will.
Samsung Series 7 on TechReviewSource.
MSI GT70 Gaming Laptop on TBreak.

Memory:
Corsair 8GB 1866MHz CL10 Laptop Memory Kit on LegitReviews.
Samsung Green DDR3 1600MHz 8GB 30nm Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Crucial BallistiX Elite 16GB 1600MHz Quad Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 PC3-19200 8GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3 1866 16GB Quad Kit on Pro-Clockers.
Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1600 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2400 Memory on NeoSeeker.

Video Cards:
MSI R7850 Power Edition on TBreak.
VTX3D HD 7970 X-Edition 3GB on TechPowerUp.
nVidia GTX670 on OC3D.
HIS HD7850 Fan 2GB on OCOnline.

Input Etc:
Steelseries Diablo 3 Gaming Mouse on TechReacton.
G-Cube V-Track 310 Wireless Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Cooler Master Quick Fire Pro Keyboard on Modders-Inc.

Power Supply:
Lepa G1600-MA 1600-watt on Tweaktown.
Xilence XQ Series 850W on TechPowerUp.

Software:
The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition PC on eTeknix.
Sniper Elite V2 PC on Tweaktown.



Interesting Forum Threads (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-May-2012  18:23:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

Default Overclocking in Business PC's (drafting) in Business & Enterprise Computing.
VMware confirms ESX source code had been stolen and published in Business & Enterprise.
Game of Thrones - RPG in PC Games.
Endless Space - 4X turns based in PC Games.
Warlock: Master of the Arcane in PC Games.
Arctic Cooling has built the first integrated liquid and air graphics card cooler in Extreme Cooling.
Apple Changes Siri’s Embarrassing Nokia Favouritism in Mobile Phones & Devices.
Linux Mint 13 RC is available for testing in Other Operating Systems.
Ubuntu Quantal QUETZAL (12.10) in Other Operating Systems.
Saphira Community Testing - TESTERS FEEDBACK THREAD in Overclocking & Hardware.
Tt eSPORTS Black Element Gaming Mouse Cyclone Edition in Overclocking & Hardware.
What is YOUR definition of reliable storage? in Storage & Backup.
Leica M-Monochrom in Photography & Video.
Simple free video editor wanted - like irfanview for movies in Photography & Video.
Pets Haven Dog & Cat Shelter in Pets & Animals.
Massive rise in Asian eye damage in Sport, Fitness & Health.
2013 Nissan GTR breaks into 10 sec 400m in Motoring.
Porsche 918 Spyder in Motoring.
Gillard sees Australia as future food superpower in Politics & Policies.
Does your work ban removable media? (USB/DVD) in The Pub.



iPhone 5 Photos (18 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-May-2012  13:25:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sam sent in these sneak photos of an iPhone 5 that are doing the rounds. Not quite what we were expecting, but looks tasty. :)




Tuesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-May-2012  13:10:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Spotify, apparently the largest streaming music service in the world, has launched in Australia. The basic ad-supported service is free, dropping ads will cost you $6.99 a month, and the full premium version is $11.99 a month. Unlike its launch in other markets, Spotify isn’t relying on an invitations system, so you can sign up straight away. There are Windows and Mac clients, as well as mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian. Check it out here, discussion here.

Facebook's IPO hasn't gone entirely to plan, with trading glitches and a sharp decline from the opening value. Facebook shares ended down $US4.20, at $US34.03, on the Nasdaq. That was a decline of almost 25 per cent from Friday's intra-day high of $US45 a share. "At the moment it's not living up to the hype," said Frank Lesh, a futures analyst and broker at FuturePath Trading, adding that some people may have decided to hang back and buy the stock on the decline.

Sydney now boasts the world's largest permanent interactive display. The windows of new Commonwealth Bank building in Darling Quarter have been wired with a total of 557 LED lights to create what’s effectively a 207×4 resolution display.

Google's Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, according to StatCounter. It turns out that the worldwide numbers are skewed by two regions: Asia and South America, and even still the numbers aren’t necessarily what you’d expect. IE is in the lead in Japan with a more than 50 percent share, and things are even more skewed in China and South Korea, where roughly three quarters of traffic comes through Microsoft’s browser. Chrome is in the lead in India, but it’s only by 8 percent. The real difference is in South America, where Chrome has a nearly 50 percent share overall.

Apparently an ABC employee tried to set up bitcoin on their systems, without much success. The result of the investigation, the ABC told Abetz, was that the employee was disciplined. “Their access to all production systems has been restricted,” the broadcaster added, and “the employee is being closely supervised by their manager”. The placement of the Bitcoin mining code onto the ABC’s servers had been detected by internal ABC checks “within 30 minutes”, the ABC said, and was removed immediately.

Futurelooks have a Z77 motherboard roundup. We’ve assembled a wide range of boards for price conscious users, gamers and professionals and will take a detailed look at the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, ASUS Sabertooth Z77, ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe, ECS Z77H2-A2 Gold Edition Extreme, GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H, Intel DZ77GA-70K Extreme and MSI Z77A-GD65 Military Class III motherboards.

Here's a cool retro gaming room from shOOter---. Some modern households are blessed with the addition of a game room. Call them what you will – man caves, bro dens, jock retreats. Most of them are organised in a way that emphasises utility – a place for drinks, a place for gaming, a place to chill. However, some game rooms are made to be showcases.



Monday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-May-2012  23:30:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australian MotoGP champ Casey Stoner has announced he will retire from MotoGP after this year's championship. "After a long period of thought and numerous discussions with my wife and family, I have decided to stop competing at the end of the season," Stoner said. "After so many years taking part in this sport that I love, and with all the sacrifices that I have had to make, I no longer have the passion to continue and I think that it is best to stop." Discussion here.

Another electronics retailer has felt the downturn, with Retravision Southern entering voluntary administration. The retailer's demise is the latest blow for the sector which has been under increasing pressure and has seen a string of profit drops and store closures in recent months. The traditional retailing business model has been challenged by consumers' embrace of online - rather than store-based - purchasing, with the strong dollar accelerating the trend. Discussion here.

Microsoft have a new social network, called "So.cl". Why do they always pick dumb names for these things? "So.cl (pronounced 'social') combines search and social networking for the purpose of learning and is the latest experiment from FUSE Labs," Microsoft said in a description of the app. Users log in to the network with their Facebook or Windows Live accounts. Once logged in, users are presented with a variety of suggested topics of interest.

Meanwhile the CSIRO have a new social media monitoring platform. The software, based on CSIRO research in text analysis, searches multiple platforms for defined keywords and decides which tweet/ blog/post is relevant, distinguishing between an accidental mention and text where the department is the focus.

Microsoft also have a computer usage report feature for parents, in Windows 8. Gearing up for the “Release Preview” of the new operating system next month, Microsoft this week detailed its plans for Windows 8's family safety settings. One of the features lets parents receive a weekly email report that summarizes a child’s activities on the computer.

Retro fans will enjoy this Apple-II flashback by Steve Wozniak. The latest result of my design activities is the Apple-II which is the main subject of this system description article. The Apple-II builds upon this idea by providing a computer with more memory capability, a read only memory (ROM) BASIC in terpreter, color video graphics as well as point graphics and character graphics, and extended systems software.

Here's another flashback, this time the Windows UI. Windows UI has transformed a lot all through its 27-year history. Here below are the changes in the UI with each version and how users reacted to them.

Ninjalane take us behind the scenes of the Master Overclocking Arena contest, from a competitor's perspective. I recently tried to qualify for MOA 2012 and while I didn't make it into the top 3 the effort was notable enough to create an article.



Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-May-2012  15:48:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:


Breakfast Muffins
by Bambi_1319

Chilli Con Carne
by STINGA

Butter Chicken
by TerminalVeloCD


Hainan Chicken
by Oosh

Paella
by Quadbox

Pizza & Garlic Bread
by RETARD



Sunday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-May-2012  14:49:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a G.Skill competition running in the OC&HW forum. The OCAU HWBOT Team is hosting another competition. Show us what you are made of, bench your asses off and have a chance at winning some great enthusiast specced ram packages.

NVIDIA held their annual GPU Technology Conference recently, announcing things like virtualised GPUs and their GRID Cloud Gaming Platform. More here. You're probably not familiar with either of these 'Cloud Computing' technologies, but in the next few years they'll develop to become quite commonplace. One day in the not so distant future, you could find yourself choosing between a NVIDIA GeForce GRID subscription or NVIDIA GeForce graphics card to play the latest high-end game.

John sent in this article about Unreal Engine 4 and next-gen games. UE4 represents nothing less than the foundation for the next decade of gaming. It may make Microsoft and Sony rethink how much horsepower they’ll need for their new hardware. It will streamline game development, allowing studios to do in 12 months what can take two years or more today. And most important, it will make the videogames that have defined the past decade look like puppet shows.

TechSpot have a Diablo III Performance Test. After 11 years in the making and more setbacks than we care to count, Blizzard has finally unleashed a third installment to its cult classic dungeon crawler. Having waited over a decade, the arrival of Diablo III was a bittersweet moment for eager fans. In what must've felt like a cruel joke, missteps in Blizzard's execution prevented many users from accessing content throughout last Tuesday. While we disagree with making single player components online-only, there isn't much mere mortals like us can do about it. What we can do, however, is beat the hell out of Diablo III with today's finest hardware. Blizzard has somewhat of a reputation for making highly scalable titles that run on virtually any gaming rigs, so that's largely what we expect from the developer's latest offering.

Tech Report have some concerns about Windows 8. The problem is, Windows 8 still has that ugly schism between Metro and Desktop. You keep waltzing from one to the other and then back again, whether it's to open an application, to move documents around the file system, or to perform any other task that isn't neatly contained within a single interface. So far, it seems like Metro apps are geared solely toward content consumption, while all the productivity work still has to happen in the Desktop. And it's terribly awkward.

Tabris spotted this Commodore C64 Keytar. If you’re walking around Maker Faire you may see a woman skating around with a strange looking instrument. That’s maker extraordinaire Jeri Ellsworth with her bass guitar made out of a Commodore 64. And did I mention she’s playing it while on roller skates? That’s talent!

Concerns continue about Ivy Bridge overclocking, thanks dasuperham. eyeLikeCarrots sent in this article on ExtremeTech, who think there's a bigger issue. Lurking behind the question of whether or not removing the heat spreader matters (and it’s perfectly reasonable to think that it at least could make a difference) is an unhappy truth: Overclocking is going away, and not because Intel chose goo over solder this time around. The problem is systemic; an outgrowth of the fact that while Moore’s law still works, Dennard scaling — the rule that said smaller transistors would use proportionally less power — began breaking down years ago.

Rainey sent in a video of a recent OCAU iRacing event. Which reminds me - what's a good free/cheapish video editing program people recommend? Video editing has been a big hole in my knowledge for a while and I want to start having a crack at it. Let me know in the comments!



SpaceX Launch (6 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-May-2012  17:27:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent word that SpaceX are launching a demonstration mission in under an hour from now. This will attempt to make them the first commercial company ever to visit the International Space Station. Launch is at 6:15pm Sydney time tonight. Website here, updates here, live stream here, discussion here.


Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-May-2012  17:17:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
AMD Trinity A10-4600M Laptop APU on LegitReviews.
AMD's A10-4600M 'Trinity' APU on TechReport.
Fujitsu Lifebook P770 Memory Upgrade on PCStats.
Coolermaster Koolance Cosmos we built with Specialtech on OC3D.
Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme 2000 SE System on NinjaLane.

Cooling:
Kingwin Duro Bearing Silent Series Fans on Pro-Clockers.
Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Cooler Master X6 Elite CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Alpenföhn K2 Dual Tower CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Titan Fenrir Siberia CPU cooler on PureOC.

Audio Visual:
Microlab Solo 7C speakers on OC3D.
Samsung BD-D6500 3D Blu-Ray Player on Tweaknews.
Samsung UN46D6000 HDTV on TechReviewSource.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D): Almost Ideal LGA 2011 Mainboard on XbitLabs.
ECS Elitegroup Z77H2-AX Golden Board (Z77) Motherboard on eTeknix.
Intel Core i7-3370K 'Ivy Bridge' Overclocked Benchmark & Temperature Performance on LegitReviews.
ZOTAC D2700-ITX WiFi Supreme on Vortez.
ASUS Maximus V GENE (Intel Z77) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z77 Professional Motherboard on HWSecrets.
MSI Z77A-GD65 (Z77) Motherboard on eTeknix.

Software:
Botanicula PC on eTeknix.
Lucid PC game on eTeknix.

Video Cards:
"All Inclusive": Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 2x2 GB Super Graphics Card on XbitLabs.
1 GHz with Passive Cooling: Arctic Accelero S1 PLUS and Turbo Module on XbitLabs.
Diamond Radeon HD 7870 2GB Double Black Diamond on CircuitRemix.
Inno3D iChill GEFORCE GTX 670 2GB OC on Tweaktown.
Sapphire 7770 Vapor-X on PureOC.
Inno3D iChiLL GTX 670 HerculeZ 3000 on HWHeaven.
MSI Radeon HD 7870 TwinFrozr III OC on Guru3D.
Radeon HD 79xx Graphics Cards from Gigabyte, Sapphire and XFX on XbitLabs.
Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition Vapor-X on HWHeaven.
HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Turbo on LegionHW.
Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition on OCClub.
Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition Vapor-X on NeoSeeker.
Inno3D iChill GEFORCE GTX 670 2GB OC on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
FSP Aurum Gold Pro 850W on Pro-Clockers.
Gold from Corsair: Corsair AX PSU Series Roundup on XbitLabs.
LEPA B650 Power Supply on HWSecrets.
Coolermaster Silent Pro Hybrid 850W on RBMods.
Antec 1000W HCP Platinum on Guru3D.

Cases:
Cubitek Mini-ICE CB-ICI-B104 mini-ITX case on Bjorn3D.
Corsair 550D on OCClub.
Corsair Obsidian 550D on TechPowerUp.
Gold from Corsair: Corsair AX PSU Series Roundup on XbitLabs.
MSI Nighthawk on TechWareLabs.
Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower on BigBruin.

Memory:
G.Skill TridentX PC3-21300 8GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
AMD Performance Edition 1600 MHz DDR3 2x4GB Memory Kit on FutureLooks.
G.Skill Ares 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3 Memory Kit on BenchmarkReviews.

Storage:
Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Hard Drive Overdrive: Corsair's Accelerator SSD Cache on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Razer Orochi Black Chrome Elite Bluetooth Gaming Mouse on Pro-Clockers.
Corsair Vengeance K90 keyboard on PureOC.
Corsair Vengeance K60/M60 and K90/M90 Input Devices on HotHardware.

Misc:
NETGEAR N900 Wireless Dual-Band Router and USB Adapter on HWHeaven.



Misc Pics (35 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-May-2012  13:49:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Sciby, Dam0 and Martin this week!






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Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-May-2012  13:42:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, you may (or may not!) have noticed I've been away for a couple of weeks. Thanks to Rezin for keeping the news page going pretty much single-handedly in my absence. I was in the USA, getting my fill of blues and BBQ in the deep south, in an enormous hire car, with Sciby. More on that later - in the meantime, here's some news.

The ACCC is looking into online price inflation, thanks d00dz. The competition regulator has announced it will investigate clothing importers who are making deals with international online stores to inflate prices for Australian shoppers. There are reports that some fashion importers and retailers are asking international websites to increase prices for Australian shoppers or restrict sales of particular brands.

A Call of Duty trojan has earned a hacker 18 months in prison. After gamers installed the fake patch, the 20-year-old was able to remotely monitored computer users' keystrokes, stealing bank details, credit card numbers, passwords, codes and other personal information. While it's not reported that he used any of these stolen log ins himself, Martin allegedly sold them to "crooks and villains" who certainly did, stashing the proceeds in an off-shore bank account in Costa Rica.

Outy spotted this Google Street View prank apparently played on Volkswagen by rival FIAT. Fiat's Swedish base of operations is just 45 minutes away from the VW building, so the prank wouldn't have taken very long to pull off, but just how Fiat knew that Google Street View was in the area is a mystery. But judging by past pre-planned Street View gags, it's clear that once someone spots the car, word travels fast.

The modding community is working together to raise money to help one of their own with some serious health issues. bit-tech member, JohnHanlon303 lives with incurable Asbestos Poisoning, which leaves him with 40% lung capacity. He can no longer be employed with this condition. Hes filed paperwork for Government financial assistance, but won't see 1st check until this April. Until then, he needs financial help with living expenses and medical prescriptions. To help raise money for John, I've teamed up with Darth Beavis to build a custom PC, to auction off on Ebay.

Facebook are lining up for a an even bigger IPO than expected. Facebook has priced its initial public offering at $US38 a share, giving the world's No. 1 online social network a $US104 billion valuation amid strong demand for the stock. The company and its funders stand to reap as much as $US18.4 billion ($18.6 billion) from the IPO, if the extra shares reserved to cover additional demand are sold too, making it the sixth largest share offering in history. Discussion continues here.

Some close friends of mine have a child with food allergies. They've been involved in the creation of a short film to help spread awareness of this issue. Hopefully viewing and sharing this film can prevent or reduce the number of allergic reactions in kids like Peter and other allergy sufferers. These reactions, which can have fatal results, are often caused by naivety, ignorance or malicious actions (bullying) which are preventable by just understanding what some people live with and the issues that people face in everyday life. Website here, YouTube video here, Facebook page here. Discussion thread here.

Issue 19 of The Overclocker is now available for reading.



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-May-2012  00:51:03 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Portable:
ASUS G75VW-DS71 Notebook on TechReviewSource.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Laptop on TechReviewSource.
HTC One X Android Smartphone on HardwareHeaven.

Cases:
Corsair 550D on Vortez.
NZXT Switch 810 Special Edition on HardwareHeaven.
Cubitek HPTX ICE Frozen Solid Chassis on TweakTown.
Antec GAME ONE Mid-Tower on NickKTech.
Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower on Big Bruin.
Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition on Overclockers Club.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Computer Case on APH Networks.
Chillblast Fusion Vacuum on XSReviews.

Storage:
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB on HCW.
Corsair Accelerator 30GB & 60GB on Neoseeker.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Home Network Storage System on The SSD Review.

Audio & Visual:
KRK Systems KNS 6400 Headphones on techPowerUp.
Noontec Zoro Headphones on eTeknix.
Vizio M3D550KD HDTV on TechReviewSource.
Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 14-inch Portable USB Monitor on ThinkComputers.

Cooling:
SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Coolermaster Hyper 412 SLIM CPU Cooler on Rbmods.
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Hydro H100 Self Contained Watercooling Heatsink on FrostyTech.
CoolerMaster TPC 812 CPU Cooler on Bjorn3D.
Zero-Infinity Free-Flow+ CPU Cooler on Overclock3D.
Deepcool/Logisys Gammaxx 400 CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.

Misc:
Capdase 320A MKeeper SLR Camera Bag on TestFreaks.



Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-May-2012  16:07:23 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

OCAU forum member leroyxx spoke to The Register about the Folding@home Chimp Challenge 2012, which started yesterday. For the ten subsequent days, eight teams will go all-out to take the coveted "Jaded Monkey" trophy, a somewhat ugly image file that only the winning community is entitled to use. Hardware Canucks currently holds the Jaded Monkey, but will be challenged by teams from Australia, the USA, Russia and multinational outfits like TechPowerup. You can find more information and discuss the challenge here.

Tech ARP have updated their CPU Comparison Guide. Currently covering 837 desktop CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 19 different specifications for each and every CPU.

ThinkComputers looks at the history of Epic Games, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. Epic has given us some of the best first person shooters for PC, arguably the best game and franchise for the Xbox 360, and a cult-like following in the video game industry. Just thinking of some of these games brings back great memories of playing at LAN parties and on the internet with friends.

Phoronix compare the performance between Ubuntu versions 11.10 and 12.04 using Intel Sandy Bridge hardware. The tests in this article are primarily looking at the Sandy Bridge graphics performance as well as the all around processor performance for this now generation-old Intel hardware.

They also visited the Ubuntu Developer Summit which was held last week. There was a lot of interesting notes shared on Phoronix from the UDS-Q event, so here's a summary of the most prominent happenings last week as the future of Ubuntu Linux was plotted.

If you weren't aware that Kodak had a small nuclear reactor in a bunker at their research complex, you're not alone - not many did. Kodak used small research reactors, including one at Cornell University, and possessed a dollop of californium-252, a radioactive isotope that endlessly sheds neutrons. But it wanted a more potent in-house system, so in 1974 it acquired a californium neutron flux multiplier, known as a CFX.

Watch bands can be annoying sometimes, but I can't say that they annoy me enough to want to implant magnets into my arm to hold one. We applaud Dave Hurban's originality, as we would have never thought of drilling into our arm and plugging the holes with four magnets to keep the iPod nano literally close at hand.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-May-2012  19:03:52 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z77-D3H on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H on Funky Kit.
ECS Z77H2-AX Black Extreme on Madshrimps.
Intel DZ77GA-70K on Benchmark Reviews.

... and several reviews of AMD's new Trinity A10 APU on: HotHardware, PC Perspective, Neoseeker, TechwareLabs, Bjorn3D, and VR-Zone.

Input:
CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard on TechwareLabs.
Pulse-Eight Motorola NYXboard Hybrid Wireless Keyboard and IR Remote on MissingRemote.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr III OC 2GB on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce on Vortez.
Gigabyte GTX680 Windforce on Overclock3D.

Storage:
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Review on TestFreaks.
Testing 10 Gigabit Ethernet Performance: QNAP TS-879 Pro & Synology DS3612xs NAS on TechSpot.

Memory:
G.Skill Ares 16GB DDR3-2133 on PureOverclock.
G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3 2133 8GB Quad Kit on Pro-Clockers.



Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-May-2012  18:10:30 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Motherboard & CPU:
ECS Z77H2-AX Golden Edition on Overclockers Club.
Gigabyte Sniper M3 on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte A75M-D2H and A75-UD4H on Overclockers Club.
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) on X-bit labs.
Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge on PureOverclock.

Storage:
Kingston MobileLite G3 Memory Card Reader on Big Bruin.
Patriot Memory SuperSonic Boost 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review on NikKTech.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD Review and 1.4RC FW Comparison on The SSD Review.
Data Memory Systems Celerity 6G Plus 120GB SSD on TweakTown.
Storage Perspective: A Google Drive Preview on PC Perspective.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB on eTeknix.
Zotac GeForce GTX680 2GB on HardwareLOOK.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 2x2 GB on X-bit labs.
Virtu Universal MVP on Hardware Secrets.

Prebuilt:
Zotac ZBox Nano XS AD11 Plus on Funky Kit.
Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus on t-break.
Roku HD on TechReviewSource.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 on PC Perspective.
Lenovo C325 All-in-One PC on ThinkComputers.
Egreat S-Series R300 Network HD Media Player on NikKTech.
Pivos aios HD Media Center on NikKTech.

PSUs:
PC Power and Cooling (OCZ) Silencer MkII 750W on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Extreme 2 475W on Hardware Secrets.
Xigmatek Centauro 1000W on TweakTown.

Audio Visual:
Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Monitor on HotHardware.
SteelSeries Diablo III Headset on NikKTech.



Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-May-2012  13:35:05 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

PC Perspective got confirmation that the GTX 670 will eventually support 4-way SLI. In our launch review of the GeForce GTX 670 2GB graphics card this week, we had initially mentioned that these $399 graphics cards would support SLI, 3-Way SLI and even 4-Way SLI configurations thanks to the pair of SLI connections on the PCB. We received an update from NVIDIA later on that day that in fact it would NOT support 4-Way SLI.

Legit Reviews take you through the steps they performed to build their water cooled Mini-ITX SFF PC. Building a Small Form Factor Mini-ITX computer can be challenging, but it is worth the extra work as the end result can be amazing. We managed to stuff a ton of enthusiast grade hardware into a PC case that measures just 9.06" x 12.33" x 14.29" (WxHxD)!

Tech ARP have updated their Mobile CPU Comparison Guide. Currently covering 729 mobile CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 19 different specifications for each and every CPU.

If your multi-monitor setup has irritating gaps, check out TweakTown's de-bezel modification guide. No longer did I get the fishbowl effect, or any stretching in my games. At a field-of-view of 90 in most first-person shooters, it looked like a very large single screen. I was happy with my results, until my friends saw it and noticed the bezels. For months, all I heard was "the bezels, Anthony, the bezels". Discussion here.

Everyone who's ever lost data will aggree that backups are important. While I was visiting family over the Christmas holidays, two of the three drives in the systems's RAID 5 array died. A sagging 5V rail in the PSU was to blame, and my 2TB array was toast. ... My initial response was panic.

Royalnine noticed that the first episode of the Video Game High School webseries has been released. It's a story of a young FPS player, Brian who's stuck in a town where he doesn't belong. His fortunes change when he scores a massive kill against the world's top amateur player: VGHS senior "The Law." Brian rockets into the national spotlight and lands an invite into the hallowed halls of VGHS. There his skills will be tested as he fights to fit in with the most talented gamers alive.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-May-2012  02:16:51 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Cooling:
Coolermaster TPC 812 Vapor Chamber/Heatpipe Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Cooler Master TPC 812 Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
DeepCool Ice Wind Pro Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Noctua NH-C14 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Xigmatek SD1283 Dark Knight Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Deepcool Frostwin CPU Cooler on PureOverclock.

Cases:
NZXT Switch 810 on PureOverclock.
NZXT Switch 810 on Overclockers Club.
Bitfenix Shinobi XL on Hardware Secrets.
Corsair Obsidian 550D on TweakTown.
Cubitek HPTX-ICE on TechSpot.

Input:
Roccat Kone[+] on Bjorn3D.
MadCatz Official Xbox 360 Force Feedback Racing Wheel on eTeknix.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance II Laser Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
SteelSeries Kana Mouse on XtremeComputing.
Air Flo 360 Controller on Gaming Nexus.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Audio:
Thermaltake eSports Shock One PC Headset on eTeknix.
Corsair Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Gaming Headset on Metku.
Genius SP-i250G LED Portable Gaming Speakers on TweakTown.

Games:
Dragon's Dogma (PS3) on HardwareHeaven.
Skullgirls (PS3) on Gaming Nexus.
DotA 2 (PC) on ThinkComputers.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Beta (PC) on Benchmark Reviews.
Prototype 2 (360) on Gaming Nexus.
Lone Survivor (PC) on eTeknix.
DiRT Showdown (PC/360/PS3) on Gaming Nexus.
Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) on TweakTown.
The Walking Dead: Episode One on MEGATech Reviews.

Misc:
Nikon COOLPIX P510 Digital Camera on TechReviewSource.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Digital Camera on TechReviewSource.
Hama 90 Colt Syscase Camera Bag on DragonSteelMods.
VooMote Zapper Universal Remote Control for iOS Devices on ThinkComputers.



NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-May-2012  14:30:41 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

NVIDIA have released their GeForce GTX 670. Engineered from the same DNA as the recently announced GTX 680 -- NVIDIA's top-of-the-line, single-GPU -- the GTX 670 packs a mean punch in its lithe 9.5-inch-long frame. It outpaces the closest competitive product in gaming performance by upwards of 45 percent, while consuming approximately 18 percent less power.

You can discuss the GeForce GTX 670 in our huge GeForce 600-Series thread, or read the reviews at: t-break, techPowerUp (and 1 / 2 / 3 / 4), Vortez, The Tech Report, Legion Hardware, HardwareHeaven, Neoseeker, Legit Reviews, Overclockers Club, PureOverclock, HotHardware, TechSpot, Bjorn3D (and here), Overclockers, PC Perspective, TweakTown, Benchmark Reviews, HardwareSecrets, Guru3D (and 1 / 2 / 3 / 4), Ninjalane and Motherboards.org



Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-May-2012  12:58:29 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Friday again!






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Chimp Challenge 2012 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-May-2012  00:41:38 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

This year's Folding@home Chimp Challenge starts at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16. With under a week to go, Monkey_Bollocks is already getting some points as people start to change over to our challenge name early, so we're already off to a running start. All folders, past and present, and interested newcomers are encouraged to start using the challenge name as this is one of the scoring parts of this challenge!

Monkey_Bollocks is approximately 24 million points away from the 100 million milestone, and if we get enough people behind the chimp name we should break that milestone this year whilst the challenge is on! The challenge runs for 10 days, which would mean that 2.4 million points per day are needed to break this milestone. Our team average is currently around 3.1 million points per day, and it would be awesome to see Monkey_Bollocks pass 100 million points!

If you are interested in helping out and would like to know more about folding, or if you have folded in the past and need a refresher, pop into the Distributed Computing forum here at OCAU, or the #team24 IRC channel (on oz.org), and ask as many questions as you like so you can help the team. The Folding PC wiki has also been updated recently if you are interested in what makes a great computer and folding box!

OCAU - TEAM 24 needs you!



Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-May-2012  17:45:16 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Storage:
Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive on Pro-Clockers.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD (with 1.4 R6 firmware) on TweakTown.
Crucial m4 256 GB on HCW.
Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 120GB SSD on TweakTown.
Kingston DataTraveler Elite 3.0 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TestFreaks.
Akitio Taurus Mini Super-S LCM External RAID Storage on TechwareLabs.
SilverStone DS321 Dual-Bay HDD Enclosure on HardwareHeaven.
Akitio MyCloud Duo NAS on TweakTown.

Video Cards:
Palit GeForce GTX 680 4GB Jetstream on Guru3D.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition 2 GB on techPowerUp.
ZOTAC GTX 680 AMP! Edition on t-break Technology.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB on TweakTown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 on The Tech Report.
HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Video Card Review on TestFreaks.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition OC on FutureLooks.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Genesis 8GB DDR3-2400 on PureOverclock.
Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 1866 16GB Quad Kit on Pro-Clockers.
MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr on HardwareHeaven.
Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 4 DDR3-1866 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Power Supplies:
Rosewill Capstone Modular 750 W on techPowerUp.
In Win GreenMe 750 W on Hardware Secrets.
Super Flower Golden King 650 W on techPowerUp.
Nexus Value 430 W on Hardware Secrets.

Portable:
HP Envy Spectre XT on t-break Technology.
MSI GT70 on TechReviewSource.
ASUS Transformer Pad 300 on The Tech Report.
Samsung Series 9 (2012; NP900X4B) on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy SIII on Tech-Reviews UK.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook on t-break Technology.
ASUS G75V on PC Perspective.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews.
Thermalright Silver Arrow Extreme CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Coolermaster Gemin II S524 Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Thermaltake BigWater 760 Plus CPU Liquid Cooler on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews.
Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler on DragonSteelMods.
Corsair Hydro H80 Watercooling System on FrostyTech.
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Noctua NF-F12 PWM Cooling Fan on Pro-Clockers.
Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Zalman CNPS11X Performa Heatsink on FrostyTech.



Thursday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-May-2012  13:35:04 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Delimiter corrects some inaccuracies reported in a news article comparing 4G speeds to the NBN. Today's dose of National Broadband Network-related FUD comes from the West Australian newspaper, which has done some testing of Telstra's 4G mobile broadband network in Perth and come to the conclusion that "Wireless 4G leaves NBN in its wake". Riiiiight.

New agreements with the US are in place after the Secretary of Homeland Security visited earlier this month. The four new agreements – promptly signed before Secretary Janet Napolitano flew back out of Canberra – were less about sharing season two of Game of Thrones and more about sharing the private, government held information of Australian citizens with US authorities. Thanks to John for those two.

techPowerUp looked at the performance of Intel Ivy Bridge PCI-Express slots. In this review, we test the impact of running the AMD Radeon HD 7970 and the GeForce GTX 680 on Intel Ivy Bridge PCI-Express slots that are electrically PCI-Express x16, x8 and x4.

Madshrimps recently attended OC Academy IV - an overclocking event in Belgium. This time no trip into the dark woods of Netherlands, but a return to the roots of the first two Academy editions. Keep it small, cozy and limit the amount of invites to a minimum. Thus maximizing the teaching process and maybe doubling the fun.

Tech ARP have updated their Mobile GPU Comparison Guide. Currently covering 347 mobile GPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 20 different specifications for each and every GPU!

crag_v noticed that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) wants increased surveillance powers, and reduced government oversight. Should some of the more radical provisions be passed into law it would indeed make Australia more secure, however as always there is the flipside of empowering spy agencies to demand keys to any encrypted file and to look over anyones last two years of electronic communications in any form.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-May-2012  14:48:49 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Video Cards:
HIS HD 7870 IceQ Turbo on Vortez.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB on TweakTown.
XFX HD 7870 and 7850 Double Dissipation on Overclockers Club.
HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler 1 GB on techPowerUp.
Zotac GTX 680 AMP! Edition on t-break Technology.

Storage:
Intel 910 PCIe SSD on The SSD Review.
OWC Mercury Accelsior 480GB PCIe SSD on The SSD Review.
Corsair Performance Pro Series 256GB SATA 3 SSD on Overclockers Online.
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SATA3 SSD on Futurelooks.
Intel 520 Series 480GB SSD on Vortez.
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD revisited with FW 1.4RC on Guru3D.
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD - Progress in the Firmware (testing with v1.4RC) on TweakTown.
Verbatim Store 'n' Go Traveller: USB 3.0 750GB on Rbmods.
Western Digital My Book Live Duo 4TB on t-break Technology.

Motherboards:
ASRock X79 Extreme9 on HardwareHeaven.
Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard Benchmark Tests on Benchmark Reviews.
ECS X79R-AX Deluxe on Neoseeker.

Input:
CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard on PureOverclock.
CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard on Rbmods.
CM Storm Trigger Gaming Keyboard on Techreaction.net.
Tesoro Durandal & Durandal Ultimate Gaming Keyboards on Metku.net.
Corsair Vengeance M90 Mouse on Hardware Secrets.

Cases:
Digital Storm ODE Level 4 System on HotHardware.
BitFenix Shinobi XL Full Tower Case on Funky Kit.
Bitfenix Raider Mid-Tower Chassis on OverClock Intelligence Agency.
Enermax Fulmo GT on Overclockers Club.
Cougar Solution PC Case on TestFreaks.



Monday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-May-2012  14:39:44 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Phoronix checked out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. For the most part, I would call Windows 8 a crap wreck, but it is not without a few advantages over Linux.

A New York judge has ruled that an IP address doesn't identify a person and cannot be used to target an individual during mass-BitTorrent lawsuits. The copyright holders who start these cases generally provide nothing more than an IP-address as evidence. They then ask the courts to grant a subpoena, allowing them to ask Internet providers for the personal details of the alleged offenders. The problem, however, is that the person listed as the account holder is often not the person who downloaded the infringing material. Thanks Gunna.

TechSpot Reviews have a short how-to guide on setting up a Raspberry Pi. Along with a hands-on review of the Pi, today we'll be covering basic steps for setting up the computer and other elemental post-installation tasks to get you up and running with applications.

Scorpion Technology are running a Facebook competition where you can win a key for the Counter Strike: Global Offensive Beta. End Date – Wednesday 9th May 2012. Restrictions – Valid for residents of Australia ONLY. Must be 16 years or older. How to WIN – Simply like Scorptec Computers on Facebook and fill out the form within the app. The top 10 best answers will WIN a key and answers will be posted online.

If you miss out on one of those, ThinkComputers also have ten CS:GO keys to give away. We are starting our Month of Giveaways to celebrate the opening of our new forums! Each week we will be giving away a different prize! To start things off we have 10 Beta Keys for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

TechSpot list what they believe are the biggest tech failures of the last 10+ years. In many cases, good products that failed to be marketed properly or were poorly timed, then some others that entirely deserve their bad rep.

Dasuperham noticed that Windows 8 won't have DVD playback, unless you purchase an add-on pack. At the official Building Windows 8 blog, the company justifies the move by claiming that television and DVD use on personal computers is "in sharp decline," and says that it would have to spend "a significant amount in royalties" to offer support for optical media going forward.

Running Mac OS X 10.7.3? You may want to know about this flaw. An Apple programmer, apparently by accident, left a debug flag in the most recent version of the Mac OS X operating system. In specific configurations, applying OS X Lion update 10.7.3 turns on a system-wide debug log file that contains the login passwords of every user who has logged in since the update was applied.



Saturday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 5-May-2012  14:01:02 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Motherboards:
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Intel Z77 Express LGA 1155 on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 on TechREACTION.
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 on Neoseeker Hardware.
Intel DN2800MT (YouTube) on Motherboards.org.
Intel DZ77GA-70K on Benchmark Reviews.
ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Intel Z77 on PCSTATS.
BIOSTAR TZ77XE4 on Vortez.
Asus Maximus V Gene (Z77) on eTeknix.

Cases:
SilverStone Precision PS07 White Case on Hardware Secrets.
Zalman Z11 Mid Tower Gaming Case on HardwareLOOK.com.
Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower on ThinkComputers.org.
Silverstone TJ04-E Evolution on Ninjalane.
Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower on Madshrimps.
NZXT Phantom 410 Gunmetal Mid-Tower on HCW.

Cooling:
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Xigmatek Gaia Heatsink on XSReviews.
Zalman CNPS10X Optima Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Cooler Master X6 Heatsink on t-break Technology.
Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
SilenX EFZ-120HA5 CPU Cooler on TechREACTION.
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Arctic Cooling F12 Series 120mm Fan on Ninjalane.

Storage:
Intel SSD 910 PCI Express SSD on HotHardware.
Zalman F1 Series 120GB SSD on HardwareLOOK.
RunCore Pro V MAX 240GB SSD on TweakTown.
Plextor M3P 256GB SATA 3 SSD on The SSD Review.
ADATA S510 120GB SSD on Vortez.
Verbatim 500GB USB 3.0 Store 'n' Go Portable HDD on Legit Reviews.
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB HDD on Bjorn3D.
QNAP TS-879 Pro on Legion Hardware.
Sandberg USB 3.0 HDD Cloner Review on NikKTech.
Toshiba Dynadock U3.0 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station on TweakTown.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon HS 7870 on Funky Kit.
VisionTek 7850 and 7870 on PureOverclock.
MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK 2GB Overclocked on TweakTown.
Sapphire HD 7870 on Overclockers Club.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7970 vs. Gainward GTX 680 Phantom on HardwareHeaven.
ASUS HD 7870 DCUII TOP vs. XFX R7870 Black Edition on t-break Technology.

There's also a stack of NVIDIA GTX 690 reviews at: HardwareHeaven.com, PC Perspective, techPowerUp, Bjorn3d, HotHardware, Legit Reviews, Overclockers Club, Neoseeker Hardware, Guru3D, Benchmark Reviews (features), Benchmark Reviews (performance), Motherboards.org, X-bit labs



Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-May-2012  12:59:58 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Thanks to TonyL and Blinky this week!






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-May-2012  14:12:57 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Dramas continue for The Pirate Bay, with the U.K.'s High Court ordering ISPs to block access to their site. A High Court judge told Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media to prevent access to the Swedish site, which helps millions of people download copyrighted music, movies and computer games. Discussion here.

Troy Hunt continues to antagonise call centre scammers. This time it was a group called "E-Protection" and it doesn't take long to establish that these guys have a bit of a record.

Phoronix looks at the integrated graphics performance of Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Windows 7. While the Sandy Bridge graphics performance was once faster when it came to OpenGL with the open-source Linux driver, that's no longer the case. The Linux OpenGL performance for both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge hardware is now slower in most GL workloads than Intel's Windows 7 x64 driver.

Tech ARP have updated their Desktop CPU Comparison Guide. Currently covering 837 desktop CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 19 different specifications for each and every CPU.

The University of NSW is aiming to have prototypes of a bionic eye ready for testing next year. With the bionic eye, images captured by a camera are processed by an external unit, such as a smart phone then relayed to the implant’s chip. This stimulates the retina, sending electrical signals along the optic nerve into the brain where they are decoded as vision.

If you regularly use Google Docs, you might be pleased to know that they've added over 450 new fonts. In the past month we've made updates both big and small to Google Docs, and today we’re announcing one more: web fonts in Google documents.

Xbox 360 players in Germany might not be happy to hear that Motorola have been granted an injunction, which may prevent the console being sold there. "We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility's intellectual property. As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property."



ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-May-2012  00:13:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Booj has taken a look at the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe, a feature-packed Ivy Bridge motherboard:


click for the review!



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-May-2012  13:33:49 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Storage:
Crucial Adrenaline 50GB Solid State Cache at circuitREMIX.
MemoRight FTM Plus Slim 7mm 240GB SSD at TweakTown.
Adaptec RAID 6805E RAID Controller at TechwareLabs.
ADATA Premier Pro SP900 (0-provision) 256GB SSD at TweakTown.
QNAP TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+ NAS Server at NikKTech.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK at Guru3D.
MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK 2 GB at techPowerUp.
Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom at TechSpot.
HIS 7950 IceQ Turbo at PureOverclock.
Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream 2 GB at techPowerUp.
MSI HD7870 Twin Frozr III OC at Vortez.

Motherboards:
Asus Maximus V Gene (Z77) at eTeknix.
Gigabyte X79-UD3 at Madshrimps.
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H at t-break Technology.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX T1 2800MHz DDR3 at LegitReviews.
Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1866/PC3-14900 16GB Kit (2x 8096MB) at Redaktion ocinside.de.
G.Skill RipjawsZ PC3-17000 32GB Memory Kit at TweakTown.
Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 - 16GB Quad Channel 1600 MHz at HCW.

Power Supplies:
Thermaltake Toughpower XT Platinum 1275W at APH Networks.
SeaSonic X-Series 1050W at PureOverclock.
Thermaltake Smart M650w at XSReviews.co.uk.
Coolermaster Silent Pro M2 at HardwareLOOK.
SilverStone Nightjar ST50NF 500W Fanless at PC Perspective.
Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W at Pro-Clockers.

Cooling:
Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler at Legit Reviews.
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile Heatsink at Frostytech.
Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme Low Profile Heatsink at Frostytech.

Misc:
NETGEAR Powerline Nano500 and Powerline 200 at HardwareHeaven.
Gateway NV57H54u Laptop at TechReviewSource.



Synology DiskStation DS1812+ NAS (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-May-2012  02:39:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

DiGiTaL MoNkEY has provided an in-depth review of Synology's 8-drive DS1812+ NAS. I've actually been using a 4-drive Synology NAS in the AggCave for a couple of years and been impressed by it. But this is its big brother:


Click for the review!



Wednesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-May-2012  02:35:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Harry Potter films have inspired a new blood-type test. In the story, Harry Potter writes a question in Tom Riddle's Diary: "Do you know anything about the Chamber of Secrets?". The paper responds with a 'Yes' in writing. Professor Shen says this made him think about developing a sensor that reported a blood type result in writing. Aww, I was hoping it would be some kind of magic talking hat.

RatcHeT-x wanted me to let everyone know that he's putting a band together online, with members of the Musician's forum. So if you're talented and looking for some online collaboration, check it out.

HWSecrets look us back to the Magnavox Odyssey2, an oldschool gaming console. The Odyssey2 came with two joysticks permanently attached to the console. (A version of the Odyssey2 with detachable joysticks was released later.) These joysticks look analog, but they are, in fact, digital. Since they were permanently attached to the console, you couldn’t easily replace them if they broke or exchange them for a pair of paddles, options available on the Atari 2600.

HAVIC sent this ZGeek story about Tim Ashford vs Telstra. If you’ve ever had a problem where your internet only works when your phone is picked up or you are on a call, it’s probably due to this fault. At $130 bucks a pop, Telstra are making a killing on the incorrect callout fees whereas properly fixing the affected lines is potentially quite expensive.

Here's an odd one: you can now specify your organ donor status on Facebook. We never could have anticipated that what started as a small network would evolve into such a powerful tool for communication and problem solving. As this happens, we hope to build tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-May-2012  02:13:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Razer Naga Hex mouse on Vortez.
CM Storm Trigger keyboard on OCClub.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard on EverythingUSB.
CM Storm Trigger keyboard on NinjaLane.
Cooler Master Trigger keyboard on Pro-Clockers.

Audio Visual:
Corsair Vengeance 1500 Gaming Headset on ThinkComputer.
KRK Systems KNS 8400 Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Sportiiiis Heads Up Display for Athletes on TestFreaks.
Noontec Zoro Headset on XtremeComputing.
Dell UltraSharp U2412M on TechReviewSource.

Cases:
NZXT Phantom 410 "Gun Metal" Edition on OC3D.
Thermaltake Element Q Small Form Factor Chassis on TechWareLabs.
Maingear Shift Limited Edition on Tweaktown.
Antec Eleven Hundred on RBMods.
Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Enclosure on Futurelooks.
Little Devil LD-V4 Test Bench on OC3D.
Lancool PC-K65 on HWSecrets.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-May-2012  18:32:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting things from people in the forums. BTW, remember OCAU has official Twitter and Facebook pages!


mr626 is continuing
his Model M restoration

aXLe is re-capping
an Apple ][ PSU

InsaneFurball has a
Pedestal Cabinet Build Log


Uncle-Fester checked out
G.SKILL ram with Ivy Bridge

Stanza reviewed the
HP StorageWorks MSA70 JBOD

scotteee has some
Quad GTX680 benchmarks



2012 Chimp Challenge (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-May-2012  18:21:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some more info from leroyxx, our Folding Team Captain:

The Chimp Challenge is coming, it starts on May 15th this year, a small deviation to its usual start date due to the HP server Beta finishing. This year should be very interesting, a new handicap system devised to make things as even as possible for all 8 teams involved, which when you take into consideration we are folding against the likes of EVGA and Overclock.net who are putting out 18 - 19 Million per day compared to our 4 - 5 Million ponts per day.

Our Official thread is located here. We will be changing names again this year, Monkey_Bollocks is OCAU's official name to fold under, with our team number being 24.



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