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 Friday, 9-April-2021  14:13:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!








Monday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-April-2021  23:36:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Got to be careful catching up on news, to make sure no April Fools stories have stuck into the newsbox..

Anyway, first up is this story that China's first domestically produced 7nm GPGPU is nearing mass production. Tianshu Zhixin claimed that BI offers "nearly twice the performance of mainstream manufacturers' products" at a lower power consumption while also offering a more attractive price-to-performance ratio. (Pricing details weren't revealed, however.) The company said that its "progress of product development and commercial application is 1-2 years ahead of domestic counterparts." That's an important lead to claim as China pushes companies to reduce their reliance on foreign products. Still mostly vapourware but interesting nontheless.

Meanwhile LG have announced they will be exiting the mobile phone business. LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced that it is closing its mobile business unit. The decision was approved by its board of directors earlier today. LGs strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.

AMD have warned of a potential Spectre-style attack in Zen 3 CPUs. The attack is similar in scope to Spectre and involves a feature introduced with Zen 3 called Predictive Store Forwarding (PSF). PSF, in effect, guesses the result of a load and uses speculative execution with subsequent commands. "In typical code, PSF provides a performance benefit by speculating on the load result and allowing later instructions to begin execution sooner than they otherwise would be able to," AMD explains. "Most of the time, the PSF prediction is accurate. However, there are cases where the prediction may not be accurate and cause incorrect CPU speculation."

Tweaktown have a RTX 3060 Roundup. The new GeForce RTX 3060 is the new mid-range member of the Ampere family, offering up GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER levels of performance -- and if available in better numbers (or at all) -- on the cheap. The MSRP for the GeForce RTX 3060 is meant to start at $329 but unfortunately GPU prices are out of control right now. In a perfect world you'd be able to buy the GeForce RTX 3060 so let's pretend we're there right now -- and you can buy the GeForce RTX 3060. This article will help you at least cover 4 of the custom variants of the RTX 3060 that I've had through my doors.

TechPowerUp checked out the PCI-Express Resizable BAR setting on NVIDIA cards. PCI-Express Resizable BAR, pioneered by AMD, seems to be a magic bullet for unlocking additional double digit FPS gains. NVIDIA finally released their implementation for GeForce Ampere cards. In our PCIe BAR review we test the feature on RTX 3090, 3080, 3070 and 3060 Ti, in 22 games, at Full HD, 1440p and 4K.

Gibbon noticed that our friend Captains Workspace has checked out the RTX 4090 and 4090 Ti - it seems around this time every year that he gets the latest unreleased goodies. :) The video is amazing as always.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-April-2021  10:52:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Pro Wi-Fi Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG Z590 ACE on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Maximus XIII HERO on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9-11900K and i5-11600K on LanOC.
ASROCK Z590 Phantom Gaming Velocita on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i9-11900K Review: Not a Great Flagship CPU on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless Headphones on FunkyKit.
EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Closed Acoustic Gaming Wireless Earbuds on NikKTech.
MOVO Microphones Roundup on NeoSeeker.
Philips Wireless Neckband ANC PN505 Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Reolink RLN16-410 PoE NVR video review by OCClub.

Power Supply:
Be Quiet! Dark Power 12 - 850W PSU on Guru3D.
Gigabyte P450B Power Supply on FunkyKit.
Corsair RMx Series 850 W (2021) on TechPowerUp.
Cougar GEX 850 Power Supply on FunkyKit.
Gigabyte P1000GM Power Supply on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro Review: Great 5G Flagships With A Catch on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkStation P620 Review: Beastly 64-Core Performance on HotHardware.

Cooling:
Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Prismatic/SF120M ARGB Fan on FunkyKit.
SilentiumPC Navis EVO ARGB 360 V2 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Cases:
Antec P10 FLUX Computer Case on APHNetworks.
Cougar DarkBlader X5 RGB mid-tower on NeoSeeker.
MSI MPG Gungnir 110M on TechPowerUp.

Software:
21 Years of Hitman: How Stealth Action Got Perfected on TechSpot.
The Sim Side: 2021 Test Suite Overview Assetto Corsa Competizione on BabelTechReviews.

Storage:
Samsung 870 EVO SSD on ThinkComputers.
Quick Look: iStorage diskAshur M2 on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Memory Viper VP4100 PCI-E m.2 Gen 4x4 1TB SSD on MadShrimps.
Lexar NM620 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
EVGA X17 Review - 8K Polling Rate FTW mouse on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR K55 RGB PRO XT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR K55 RGB PRO XT Gaming Keyboard on Vortez.
GHT PW-S7403H USB HDMI 4 Port KVM Switch on OCINside.
Corsair K55 RGB PRO XT keyboard on Guru3D.
NlZ Plum x87 35g Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR K55 RGB PRO XT Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.

Memory:
Patriot Viper Steel 64GB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 Dual-Channel Kit memory on NikKTech.



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