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Wednesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-August-2020  00:19:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have an opinion on how the For Sale forums are going on OCAU, head over to this thread where clrobbo is running a poll and discussion.

Intel have suffered a major data breach, thanks Rodney. Intel on Thursday was hit by a massive data-breach, with someone on Twitter posting links to an archive that contains the dump of the breach - a 20-gigabyte treasure chest that includes - but not limited to - Intel Management Engine bringup guides, flashing tools, samples; source code of Consumer Electronics Firmware Development Kit (CEFDK); silicon and FSP source packages for various platforms; an assortment of development and debugging tools; Simics simulation for "Rocket Lake S" and other platforms; a wealth of roadmaps and other documents; shcematics, documents, tools, and firmware for "Tiger Lake," Intel Trace Hub + decoder files for various Intel ME versions; "Elkhart Lake" silicon reference and sample code; Bootguard SDK, "Snow Ridge" simulator; design schematics of various products; etc. More info here.

AMD meanwhile continue to gain market share. AMD's Cinderella story continued today with a report from Mercury Research, one of the chip industry's premier market analyst firms, that indicates AMD had reached 18.3% of the overall x86 share and 19.7% of the client market. That's the company's highest share since the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2012, respectively. The company also broke its all-time record for notebook market share.

Intel recently reported record earnings, so it's not all bad news. Kicking off another earnings season for the tech industry, we once again have Intel, who is reporting their financial results for the second quarter of the year. This is the first full coronavirus-impacted quarter for the company and the tech industry as a whole, but if you were looking solely at Intel’s results, you wouldn’t know there’s a pandemic going on: the company posted yet another record quarter, delivering their highest Q2 revenues ever with a sizable profit margin riding on top of that.

TechSpot have a "gone but not forgotten" article series, with 3Dfx Interactive and OCZ Technology some of the first brands covered. In September 2012, founder and CEO Ryan Petersen resigned from the company. Accounting and other legal issues would plague the business over the next year and in late 2013, it was revealed that Toshiba had agreed to buy nearly all of OCZ’s assets for $35 million. Toshiba said it would continue to run the business as a subsidiary called OCZ Storage Solutions. The Japanese tech giant did release some new OCZ-branded drives but ultimately, OCZ was dissolved and absorbed into Toshiba's memory group, later named Kioxia.

It's Woz's 70th Birthday, or at least it is in the USA as I write this, and his website has all kinds of shenanigans happening over the next day or eleven. Join our 11 Days of Wozdom for daily chances to win signed Apple products, merch, and a Twitter shoutout from Woz! Challenges begin Aug 11th after the stream.

Finally, here's an interesting video sent in by w0ng explaining why rollback netcode in games is better than delay-based netcode. I didn't even know what that meant before watching that video but it makes sense now.

Tuesday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-August-2020  13:23:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ (UHD - HDR - DCS 144 Hz) on Guru3D.
EVGA Z490 FTW Motherboard Overclocking Review on BabelTechReviews.
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS Master on TechPowerUp.
ASRock B460 Steel Legend Intel LGA1200 Motherboard on OCInside.
ASRock B550 PG Velocita Motherboard on FunkyKit.

TRENDnet TPE-082WS V1.2R 10 Port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch on NikKTech.
Linksys MAX-STREAM MR9600 AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.
AVM FRITZ!Repeater 2400 AC Wireless Repeater on NikKTech.

Toshiba N300 12TB NAS Hard Drive on MadShrimps.
Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q 8TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P2 & P5 SSDs on Vortez.
Crucial P5 2TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P5 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on OCInside.

Montech Air X Review - Big Fans on a Tight Budget on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Pure Rock 2 on Guru3D.
Enermax AQUAFUSION 360 CPU Liquid Cooler on FunkyKit.
Arctic Freezer 13 X CPU cooler on OCInside.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 280EX AIO CPU cooler on LanOC.

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-August-2020  16:52:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Whoops, late today - thanks to Axe and RnR this week!

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