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Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-October-2020  14:45:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe this week!

Wednesday Night (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-October-2020  23:12:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you went to Bathurst for the big race on the weekend, you should get COVID tested if you have any symptoms. "Visitors to and residents of Bathurst must be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear that you think might just be a cold. Symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19," NSW Health said in a statement. I thought the current advice was to get tested if you have symptoms anyway.

Intel have sold their NAND Fab and SSD business to SK Hynix for $9B. Today, SK hynix issued a press release stating that it has signed an agreement to buy Intel's NAND memory and storage business. The sale includes Intel's SSD business, NAND IP, and wafer production, all for a tidy sum of USD 9 billion - but it comes in the form of two payments. The sale includes Intel's Dalin fab in China, but the deal's final step won't complete until March 2025. In the meantime, Intel will still manufacture NAND wafers at the Dalian facility. Here's the official announcement from SK Hynix.

Meanwhile an upcoming version of AMD's EPYC will be powering a new 50-petaFLOP Australian supercomputer. The Pawsey Centre is located in Western Australia, a state that has currently closed its borders to both the rest of Australia and the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. HPE told The Register that even if international borders are closed, it has local staff who can install the new super. Among the tasks the new machine will perform is data ingestion for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, which is also located in Western Australia.

Anandtech have an interview with AMD about their Zen3 architecture. With the launch of Zen 3, and the Ryzen 5000 family, the key headline that AMD is promoting is an absolute desktop high-performance leadership, across workloads, gaming, and energy efficiency. It puts AMD in a position the company hasn’t held for at least 15 years, if the numbers are true. As part of the launch event, the AMD team reached out if we had some questions for Mark. Indeed we do.

TechSpot compare game loading times with different storage technologies, namely PCIe 4.0 SSD vs. PCIe 3.0 vs. SATA vs. HDD. The test setup is simple. We’ll be loading up a variety of games, and timing how long it takes to get into a playable level from the main screen. Loading screens are the primary thing impacted by storage performance in games, everyone wants to get in and play games immediately, so we’ll be testing that across a selection of different titles.

BabelTechReviews wonder if 2x 2080 Ti is better than 1x 3090. Some gamers and pro app users may consider buying a second RTX 2080 Ti as an alternative for SLI/mGPU (Multi-GPU) gaming, pro apps, SPEC, GPGPU, and for creative apps. So we purchased a EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC from eBay and a RTX TITAN NVLink High Bandwidth bridge from Amazon to test 2 x RTX 2080 Tis versus the RTX 3090.

Here's an interesting one - humans are still evolving, and faster than ever. The median artery used to form in the womb but disappear after the baby was born and the radial and ulna arteries had grown. Now, one in three people keep their median arteries for their whole lives, which poses no health risk and increases blood supply to the hand.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-October-2020  22:34:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B550 Extreme4 Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
Deepcool AS500 air processor cooler on Guru3D.
Gigabyte B550i AORUS PRO AX on ThinkComputers.

SilentiumPC Grandis 3 EVO ARGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
ID-Cooling SE-914-XT Basic CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Seagate IronWolf 125 1TB SATA NAS SSD on Tweaktown.
Leven JS600 1 TB SATA3 SSD on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Creative SXFI GAMER USB-C Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Cqenpr PoE Network Switch (video review) by OCClub.
D-Link DIR-X5460 Wireless Router on APHNetworks.

Silicon Power GP28 10000mAh Power Bank Presentation on MadShrimps.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 MHz CL15 2x8 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Chuwi LarkBox mini-PC on TechPowerUp.

Synology DS720+ NAS (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-October-2020  00:34:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby has taken a look at one of the new NAS range from Synology. This one only has two drive bays, but when you bung in a couple of 16TB Seagate IronWolf drives, it's still a lot of storage:

Click for the review!

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-October-2020  22:20:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming ITX/ax Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" Linux Performance w/ Dell XPS 13 9310 on Phoronix.
i9-10850K vs. i7-6700K in Destiny 2: Is the cost of upgrading worth it? on BabelTechReviews.
Intel Core i9-10850K LGA1200 CPU on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
EIZO FlexScan EV3285 4K UHD Monitor on NikKTech.
Schiit Fulla 3 Gaming DAC/Amp on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte G34WQC Ultrawide Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
Philips Fidelio X3 Headphones on APHNetworks.
Corsair HS60 Haptic Headset on Guru3D.
Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Sennheiser EPOS GSX 300 External Sound Card on Tweaktown.
VIOTEK LinQ 16-inch P16C Portable Monitor on FunkyKit.

HyperX Fury DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
XPG Spectrix D60G 16GB DDR4 3600MHz on NeoSeeker.

Video Cards:
Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 iCHILL X3 on Tweaktown.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
Colorful GeForce RTX 3080 iGAME VULCAN on Guru3D.
Gigabyte RTX 3080 Eagle OC 10G on Bjorn3D.

Cooler Master MasterBox NR200 Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Sugo 14 Mini-ITX Cube Chassis on FunkyKit.
Deepcool Macube 110 chassis on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Google Pixel 5 Review: Refined And Feature-Rich With Caveats on HotHardware.
Google Pixel 4a 5G Review: Big Screen, Great Camera, Good Value on HotHardware.
OnePlus 8T Review: A Great 5G Phone In Need Of A Discount on HotHardware.
Surface Laptop Go Review: Microsoft’s Value Play Delivers on HotHardware.

ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite 2TB NVMe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
TerraMaster F2-422 NAS on NeoSeeker.
LaCie 1Big Dock SSD Pro 4TB on Tweaktown.
Patriot Memory Viper VPN100 RGB PCIe 1TB M.2 SSD on MadShrimps.
Leven JPR600 2 TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
ADATA SE760 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.

ID-Cooling SE 914 XT Basic & SE 914 XT ARGB CPU coolers on TechPowerUp.
Arctic Freezer 7 X CPU cooler on OCInside.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 Heatsink on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo v2 on LanOC.
be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm on Vortez.
SilentiumPC Fortis 3 EVO ARGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
DIATEC FILCO Majestouch Stingray LP Red Switch Tenkeyless Front Face Kb on MadShrimps.
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile Keyboard on NeoSeeker.
CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO (CHERRY VIOLA Switch) keyboard on Vortez.
Mountain Makalu 67 Light-Weight RGB Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Corsair K60 RGB Pro keyboard on Guru3D.
NovelKeys Silk Yellow Switch keyboard on OCClub.
Mountain Makalu 67 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Durgod Taurus K320 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

HyperX Gaming Spectre Eyewear Panda Global Edition glasses on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 1500 W PSU on TechPowerUp.

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