Monday, July 30, 2012

Zombie Madness - Day Z Updated Again!

There is a new patch available for the Zombie bashing ArmAII mod Day Z. Get the patch from the official Day Z website.

As some of you are aware, the best way to tackle a Zombie rush isn't headshots.... It's NaturalPoint's TrackIR! Find out more about TrackIR support for Day Z.

Great to see so many new ArmAII players - servers are full again!

Bjorn3D Check Out G.Skill's F3-2400C10D-8GTX Memory Kit

"G.SKILL TridentX kits are designed for a purpose and to understand that purpose helps you understand its place in the market. These modules are made for the highest end, the user who is not afraid to get their hands dirty and really push their systems to the max and then some to get the performance they desire."

Shannon Robb - Bjorn3D

G.Skill F3-2400C10D-8GTX memory kit examined by Bjorn3D - Full review.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scythe's Super Popular 120mm Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM Fan Returns!

Nutshell: "for case cooling there is really nothing else we'd recommend."

Justin Robinson - AtomicMPC

So, like..... What is the fuss all about????? High volume of airflow for a very reasonoble noise output - Don't believe me? Check the video!

Ahhhhhh..... The tranquility!

Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM 120mm fan review by Australia's own AtomicMPC - full review.

Avoiding The Top 10 SEO Blunders With PowerRetail

"With Google’s latest algorithm updates and a saturated online retail sector competing for consumer attention, it’s essential retailers adopt appropriate search engine optimisation processes to ensure their website is ranked highly in search results."

Michael Jenkins - PowerRetail

Read Michael's report on PowerRetail.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nothing Gets A Perfect Review Score... Oh Wait... Seems G.Skill F3-2400C10D-16GTX Does!

"at the moment high-density stuff doesn't get any better than this, this is why we want to award G.Skill's 16GB TridentX set with our maximum rating of five stars."

Sam - OCaholic

G.Skill F3-2400C10D-16GTX review by OCaholic - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tt eSPORTS Black Element Mouse Review By Metku

"The Black Element was the first product we review from Tt esports' product range, and it turned out to be an excellent new mouse. The shape is very different from my usual favorites such as the Mionix Naos and Qpad 5K, but in action it turned out to be very comfortable. The mouse also packs all the features imaginable, it has a 6500 DPI sensor, plenty of extra buttons, weight system and fancy lights."

Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama - Metku

Tt eSPORTS Black Element gaming mouse review by Metku - Introduction & Conclusion.

Monday, July 23, 2012

TweakTown Review Tt's Water 2.0 Pro Liquid Cooler

"if anything I say matters, I urge you to lean to the Water 2.0 Pro over the other AIOs, it just works that well and I have no reason not to recommend these to everyone."

Chad Sebring - TweakTown

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro review by TweakTown - Introduction & Conclusion.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Have You Considered Selling On Amazon? Yes, You Read That Right..... Amazon!

"Amazon announced earlier this year that Australian retailers can now sell through the massive marketplace to customers on — a boon for retailers down under looking to get their products in front of Amazon’s hundreds of millions of loyal buyers... Aussie retailers are already looking to cash in on the benefits of being able to sell to Amazon customers all over the world... Here are five tips to help retailers make the most of selling on Amazon"

Mark Grey - PowerRetail

Hmmmmm...... Food for thought - nothing better than a marketplace with that size of customer base! How can we take advantage? Read Mark's full report on PowerRetail.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thermaltake Water 2.0 Enclosed Liquid Coolers Reviewed By OverclockersClub

"My first impressions of these two water cooling units were good. I liked the compact nature, the quiet fan specifications, the flexible tubing and the swivel fittings all helped overcome the bar where I expected these units to be. I will admit that the installation process, being unique, took me by surprise and I had to clarify several things in the manual. Other than that, the installation process went smoothly and I have no complaints."

Airman - OverclockersClub

Thermaltake Water 2.0 liquid cooling kits reviewed by OverclockersClub - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CH Products Flight Sim Yoke USB - Cessna Pilot Says Its The Real Deal!

"The yoke felt very much like the Cessna's that I fly, albeit a bit lighter weight. The resistance was a little surprising, very stiff, which is good for cross country flying. It took a little getting used to the button locations, especially the hat switch, but after a few hours it falls right into my grasp. Having an 8-position hat switch sure makes the landing pattern easier to fly, and with all the buttons on the yoke I don't need to touch the keyboard."

Mike Stiteler - CharlestonArea

CH Products Flight Sim Yoke USB review by CharlestonArea - Full Review.

SimHQ Review CH Products Flightstick Pro, Combatstick 568, Fighterstick & Pro Throttle - OMG What A Round Up!

"The FighterStick USB is an improvement on a great product... The original CH Products Gameport FighterStick. I have utilized the Gameport version with great satisfaction for several years, and other than USB benefits and better programming protocol, there is not much that can, or should be improved. If I could "magically" have anything I wanted in a Joystick it would not have any more features than the FighterStick USB. If you are a serious flight sim enthusiast and want the best HOTAS system available, the FighterStick USB is a great place to begin!

...The range of the CH Products USB joystick line provides choice and the ability to customize your HOTAS. Any gamer can design a HOTAS system as complex or as simple as either their requirements or budget dictate. You can also build it as your budget allows... get the FighterStick USB and Pro Throttle USB now and add the USB Pro Pedals when you can afford to. The selection of what manufacturer's hardware is best for your HOTAS will generally boil down to personal taste, but if you decide to go with the CH Products you will not be disappointed. The "fit", function, quality, reliability, and company support are outstanding. I highly recommend them."

Vince "Beer Camel" Putze - SimHQ

CH Products USB Joysticks & Pro Throttle reviewed by SimHQ - Introduction & Conclusion.

OCAU Forums - 82" Wide Screen Bezel-less Hirez Gaming!

Phatboy from the OCAU forums is considering

"going with 3 or 4 Optoma 720 1280x800 120Hz short throw projectors in portrait rear projection ($1500 each) on a purpose built curved Plexiglass screen? (2400x1280 Native Nividia/ATI surround or 3200x1280 with 4 projectors using Eyefinity or a hardware based monitor extender from Mviewtech for Nvidia which can also support 120Hz 3d!)"

Wow..... HARDCORE IMMERSION & we love it!

Check out the thread on the OCAU forums & have your say.....

Friday, July 13, 2012

GizmosForGeeks Review CH Products' Flight Sim Yoke, Rudder Pedals & Throttle Quadrant

"The geeks have spent the last two months putting these units through their paces. We have to admit, if you’re into flight simming, and fly a lot of GA or Airliners, there’s a LOT to like here (the yoke doesn’t really feel as accurate when flying jet fighter planes or helicopters. CH makes a pair of compatible controllers for those as well though.) The units are very well built with heavy plastic used throughout. The units feel very durable, with good responsiveness on all buttons, switches, levers and motions. Adding these units really has improved our flight sim experiences. You really feel like you’re controlling a big multi engine commercial airliner with these units."

Doug Felteau - GizmosForGeeks

Read Doug's full CH Products bundle review. Got the itch to try landing a 747 full of passengers with a heavy crosswind? You'll surely want to grab CH's flight sim yoke, pro pedals & throttle quadrant - all in stock @ Mittoni!

Not sure how a yoke functions? Check out the below video!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Peter From eTeknix Reviews Thermaltake's Armor Revo Chassis

"Overall I am really happy with this case, thanks to its speedy installation, numerous pre-installed fans, fantastic styling and general build quality I couldn’t recommend this case enough... Thermaltake have clearly put in a lot of effort towards making this a premium chassis and that shines through in the final product, which is why I am happy to award the Armor Revo our Editors Choice Award."

Peter Donnell - eTeknix

Thermaltake Armor Revo full tower chassis review by eTeknix - Introduction & Conclusion.

Australian Retailers Found Seriously Lacking By AMEX Customer Service Survey

"Results from the American Express survey on customer service reveal how Australian retailers are getting the most fundamental part of their business wrong. How does your business stack up?"

Campbell Phillips - PowerRetail

Read Campbell's full report on PowerRetail. Food for thought & time to act!

The Tech Report Look Into Triple Screen Gaming With Current Videocards - Both Immersive & Easy!

"In a few short years, surround gaming has gone from being somewhat of an exotic luxury to something far more attainable. A potent graphics card is still required, but with the latest generation of graphics hardware, one needs only a single high-end card to play recent titles at six-megapixel resolutions. In most games, the detail can be turned all the way up without sacrificing smooth frame delivery."

Geoff Gasior - TechReport

Read Geoff's full article on The TechReport. Combine a triple monitor setup with NaturalPoint's TrackIR headtracker and what do you get? Total immersion! With falling monitor prices, the reality is this could be you....

CH Products Eclipse Yoke Review On SimHQ

"Flight sim entertainment is about recreating the feel of the subject in question. One of the best ways to do that is to put a realistic and precise controller in the hands of the simulation hobbyist. CH Products has a long-standing history of doing just that, and its latest offering, the Eclipse Yoke, certainly looks the part. The Eclipse Yoke is a more capable version of the Flight Sim Yoke, and has six axes and numerous buttons...

As a flight sim controller, the Eclipse Yoke is a winner. There is no other yoke that is as versatile, programmable, or customizable. It's an added bonus that the Eclipse Yoke integrates so well with other CH Products controllers."

Joe Keefe - SimHQ

CH Products Eclipse Yoke review by SimHQ - Introduction & Conclusion.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Operation Dominic & The Starfish Prime High Altitude Nuclear Test - A Not So Happy 50th!

"On July 9, 1962 — 50 years ago today — the United States detonated a nuclear weapon high above the Pacific Ocean. Designated Starfish Prime, it was part of a dangerous series of high-altitude nuclear bomb tests at the height of the Cold War. Its immediate effects were felt for thousands of kilometers, but it would also have a far-reaching aftermath that still touches us today."

Discover Magazine

Read the full article by Discover Magazine.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Thrustmaster's T500RS In Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) - You've been given the keys, but can you handle the ride?

Thrustmaster's sublime Real Simulator series of racing wheels is now in stock @ Mittoni & part of our extensive racing wheel collection, the perfect mates for our lineup of Playseat cockpits.

ACMI Game Masters Exhibition @ Fed Square, Melbourne

"The aesthetic and cultural history of videogames is finally being recognised as a major contributor to contemporary culture by some of the leading art galleries around the world."

Tim Stone -

Featuring 125+ playable games, Game Masters celebrates the world's most influential videogame designers. Across arcades, consoles, PC and mobile platforms, the exhibition showcases the work of over 30 game designers, from Nintendo's iconic character-led worlds featuring Mario and Link, to the immersive stealth combat of Hideo Kojima's METAL GEAR SOLID and the atmospheric narratives of Flower and Journey by thatgamecompany.

I am SO THERE! I mean..... KONG!!!!!!

Would you like to know more? ACMI's Game Masters exhibition honours the pioneers of video game culture & Game Masters exhibition details.

Friday, July 6, 2012

DCS: P-51D Mustang - Now Available For Pre-Purchase!

Such exciting news from the Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) team of late! P-51D Mustang is now available for pre-purchase (SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT - HELL YEAH!) & SimHQ have some screenies of another DCS project based on Combined Arms. I'm so excited, think I need to change my flight suit!

Got love for the P51 Mustang but haven't a controller to tame the beast? Stop by the hanger and take a look at Mittoni's virtual flight kit:

Flight controllers.
Head trackers.
Cockpits & game seats.
Immersive full spectrum gaming headsets.
Immersive full spectrum sound cards.

Peeps have often asked me why I push sound peripherals for simulation gaming - the answer is simple: Nothing gives you the FEEL of flying an aircraft like the Mustang better than quality, immersive sound. From starting up on the field, to takeoff, cruising and landing - LIVE IT - Don't EVER just play it......

After all - your Mustang should sound like one!

Keep tight & check your six!

G.Skill's TridentX F3-2400C10D-8GTX Memory Kit Reviewed By FutureLooks

"G.SKILL TridentX X 2400MHz 8GB DDR3 dual channel memory kit is the latest to earn a spot on my extremely recommended list in support of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors. The TridentX X’s XMP settings worked on any of the ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ASRock motherboards."

Eric Garay - FutureLooks

G.Skill F3-2400C10D-8GTX RAM kit review by FutureLooks - Introduction & Conclusion.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tt eSPORTS Ladon Mousepad Review On RBMods

"This is a good mousepad with very nice glide and it’s pretty much noiseless when sliding the mouse across it... I love the fact that you can barely budge the mousepad when it lays flat on the table and it also looks great. Overall a very nice mousepad."

Niko Lupala - RBMods

Tt eSPORTS Ladon mousepad review by RBMods - Introduction & Conclusion.

Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Have An Unsecured Wi-Fi Network!

"Here’s a reminder that you should never, ever, ever have a Wi-Fi network without a password on it. Police in Indiana called up the SWAT team to raid an 18-year-old girl’s house by smashing her front window and throwing two flashbangs inside because of her open Wi-Fi network."

Casey Chan - Gizmodo

Read the full story on Gizmodo. You can view the Police SWAT team raid footage on Tristatehomepage..... Scary stuff peeps - So check your Wi-Fi security today!

Personally, I've always had an "expert" (ok.... hacker!) war dial my networks after setting up at each location - what is your trick to ensure a 'reasonoble' level of security? Give us your comments and suggestions!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Folks, we're going to be a little late..." SimHQ's Latest Feature Article

"What could I have possibly forgotten? I was flying the crippled aircraft and working the ATC radios while the Captain and Second Officer were going through the Emergency Checklist. Boston Approach Control had cleared the airspace 20 miles east of Logan Airport and their "delaying vectors" were far easier to fly than a standard holding pattern. At our present weight of close to 500,000 lbs, it was going to take quite some time to dump enough fuel to get below our maximum landing weight. Although it all seemed to be under control, I couldn’t seem to shake the feeling that I had forgotten to do something vitally important."

William "BBall" Ball - SimHQ

Read William's full story on SimHQ.

Love to fly? We do! Check out our 'second to none' range of flight controls for combat & civil virtual pilots of all skill and experience levels! You'd also want to know about Mittoni's Playseat cockpits and our NaturalPoint TrackIR headtrackers too!

So, get your fangs out & don't send her back to the taxpayers or join the Martin Baker fan club after your next furball or knife fight - be part of the Sierra Hotel team and give your enemies the chance to become a smoking hole in the ground for their country today!

Thermaltake Snow Edition Armor Revo Full Tower Chassis Review On TechReation

"The Thermaltake Armor Revo Snow Edition turned out to be everything we had hoped for after looking at it on the Thermaltake website. The overal aesthetics of the case are phenomenal, at least we think so, and that is all that really matters … right? The HDD docking station and the two USB 3.0 ports are both good additions to the Revo."

The Duke - TechReation

Thermaltake Snow Edition Armor Revo full tower chassis review by TechReation - Introduction & Conclusion.

Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Compact Tower CPU Cooler On Hardware Secrets

"The Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU cooler performed well, especially if you keep in mind that it is a “compact” cooler, being only 4.9 inches (125 mm) tall. It is not aimed at super-hyper gaming computers built inside huge cases, but at computers mounted on small form factor cases where typical tower coolers with 120 mm fans won’t fit. This cooler is also very quiet, which is very important on this kind of “compact” computer. For being a compact CPU cooler with good cooling performance, excellent quality of construction, nice look, and low noise, the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 receives the Hardware Secrets Silver Award."

Rafael Otto Coelho - Hardware Secrets

Noctua NH-U9B SE2 CPU cooler review by Hardware Secrets - Introduction & Conclusion.

Lian Li PC-90 Hammer Full Tower Chassis Review By eTeknix

"I am award the Lian Li PC-90 The Hammer our Innovation Award, because while you can’t see if from the outside, the level of engineering that has gone into this thing is astounding, meaning that Lian Li really has justified the £150 price tag just nicely."

Peter Donnell - eTeknix

Lian Li PC-90 "The Hammer" full tower chassis review by eTeknix - Introduction & Conclusion.

Noctua's Pocket Sized Powerhouse Cooler *NH-L12* On OCIA

"The Noctua NH-L12 is an extremely compact, yet highly efficient cooler. Like all Noctua products we've reviewed here at, the NH-L12 has high quality construction, a complete set of mounting hardware for any socket Intel or AMD, several different cables and adapters and instructions and installation tool. They've even thrown in a nice-sized tube of thermal paste and an attractive case badge.

The NH-L12 functions just as well as it looks. Although Noctua doesn't exactly promote this cooler for overclocking, it had no problem running our Phenom X2 at a high speed and voltage, when even the high-end AMD factory cooler couldn't handle the load. With dual PWM controlled fans and the low-noise adapters the NH-L12 runs practically silent, and even at full speed there's not much to hear outside the case."

Zahn Funk - OCIA

Noctua NH-L12 low profile CPU cooler review by OCIA - Introduction & Conclusion.

Sahand's Awesome Desk PC Work Log On The OCAU Forums!

"A desk build has always been a desire of mine, but i have no experience with modding or any building ability at all, so after i made my design, i went to my grandfather and got his advice, and his help and work began. I wanted to weld the frame together, but my grandfather suggested that we rivet the panels to the frame, and have them hold the desk together, the only thing holding the frame together is all rivets, hence i dubbed this build, the build with a thousand rivets (i actually don't know the total of rivets just yet, but i will count them, and trust me there's allot.)"

Sahand - OCAU Community Member

Read Sahand's worklog on the OCAU forums.

Smartphone's In Your Retail Store - Something To Fear???? Surprisingly No!

"Up til now, many retailers have expressed concern that the appearance of smartphones in-store is reducing their sales potential, as these consumers were assumedly less likely to purchase from that retailer if they had access to easy price comparisons and product alternatives in the palm of their hands. However, this survey shows that this belief is likely to be a fallacy, with smartphone shoppers being 14 percent more likely to purchase in-store than non-smartphone users."

Campbell Phillips - PowerRetail

Read Campbell's full report on PowerRetail.