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Sunday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 28-November-2021  17:38:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If the lack of IO on your Raspberry Pi is getting you down, a new Seaberry Mini-ITX board might be the solution. And the Seaberry needs all that room, to jam in all the ports! I tested an Intel i350 dual-gigabit LAN card, a Dual-TPU Coral M.2 Accelerator, a KIOXIA XG6 M.2 NVMe SSD, a Compex WLE200NX 802.11n WiFi card, an Intel AX210 WiFi 6E card, a dual SATA controller, and more—and everything worked (more or less...) That blog post is by Jeff Geerling, and I've been enjoying his YouTube channel lately as well. You can read my review of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B here.

NASA are going all Deep Impact, launching a spacecraft to test defending Earth from asteroids. The spacecraft will intercept the Didymos system between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, 2022, intentionally slamming into Dimorphos at roughly 4 miles per second (6 kilometers per second). Scientists estimate the kinetic impact will shorten Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos by several minutes. Researchers will precisely measure that change using telescopes on Earth. Their results will validate and improve scientific computer models critical to predicting the effectiveness of the kinetic impact as a reliable method for asteroid deflection.

The Top500 Supercomputer rankings have been updated, with Japan's Fugaku at the top, and 3x as fast as second place. Installed at the Riken Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan, it was co-developed by Riken and Fujitsu and is based on Fujitsu’s custom ARM A64FX processor. Fugaku also uses Fujitsu’s Tofu D interconnect to transfer data between nodes. In single or further-reduced precision, which are often used in machine learning and A.I. application, Fugaku has a peak performance above 1,000 PFlop/s (1 Exaflop/s). As a result, Fugaku is often introduced as the first “Exascale” supercomputer. Interestingly they note there may be unranked Chinese supercomputers that are even faster.

HotHardware have a MacBook Pro 14, and are testing Apple's M1 Pro performance claims. Sure, the 24" iMac got a redesign, but it had the same M1 silicon as the smaller MacBooks and the Mac mini at the time, which was nothing new. With each passing month, there were rumors, but no new product announcements. Would Apple's planned obsolescence of its Intel-based x86 Macs be delayed? It took a full year, but we finally got there. Now Apple's new 14" and 16" MacBook Pros are available, and they're bearing gifts for the holidays with new M1 Pro and M1 Max power plants under their hoods.

Collins Dictionary have chosen NFT, or Non-Fungible Token as their word of the year for 2021. Now, dictionary-maker Collins has picked NFT as its "word of the year" for 2021, mostly because people are making SRS $$$ from the blockchain-based tech. One of those people is of course the artist who goes by "Beeple"; his collection of 5,000+ everyday digital art pieces went for $69 million earlier this year, which every subsequent article on NFTs has been required to mention. This sale made Beeple one of the best-paid artists on earth. You crazy kids. I have to say, I pretty much live and breathe tech, and I still don't really get the point of NFTs.

Trizae sent word that The PC has won the Golden Joystick Award for Ultimate Hardware of All Time, and in this video, Gabe Newell of Steam fame gives an acceptance speech.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 28-November-2021  17:06:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
7Hz Timeless In-Ear Monitors Review - All Aboard the Hype Train! on TechPowerUp.
1MORE ComfoBuds Z True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
IKKO Zerda ITM01 Portable DAC/Amp + ITM-IKKOFFL Magnetic Upgraded Cable on TechPowerUp.

Memory:
DDR5 Memory Performance Scaling with Alder Lake Core i9-12900K on TechPowerUp.
Core i9 12900K (DDR4 3600 vs DDR5 5200 performance) on Guru3D.
Acer Predator Talos 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Moon Key Artisan Keyboard Wrist Rests and Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X15 mouse on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Western Digital 4TB WD Red SN700 SSD on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Fractal Design Torrent Black RGB TG on Guru3D.
XPG Defender on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Chieftronic SteelPower 750W PSU on TechPowerUp.
RDNA2 For Workstation: AMD Radeon Pro W6600 & W6800 video cards on TechGage.
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.



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 Friday, 26-November-2021  16:41:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Can't believe it's less than a month to Xmas. Anyway, there's quite a fun Geoguessing Game going on in the forums. But in the meantime..








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