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Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2020  13:52:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe, Simon and Josh this week!

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2020  23:30:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

My maths was correct, and indeed the GeForce RTX 3080 NDA lifted at 11pm. So here's a pile of reviews from the news box:

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with AMD Ryzen 3900XT vs Intel Core i9-10900K on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 PCI-Express Scaling on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition on LanOC.
NVIDIA RTX 3080 Founder's Edition on NeoSeeker.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Performance In Blender, Octane, V-Ray, & More on TechGage.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 FE on OCClub.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 on TechGage.
RTX 3080 Founders Edition - 35+ Games & GPGPU Benchmarked on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 on HotHardware.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition on Hexus.
GeForce RTX 3080 Founder on Guru3D.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition on OC3D.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition on TomsHardware.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition on PCWorld.

If you prefer your reviews in video form, try these:
Linus Tech Tips

Discussion in this thread!

Retro Racing September 2000: Rollcage (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2020  20:44:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

September's Retro Racing game is Rollcage, from 1999. In Rollcage, on the other hand, you can not only bounce and flip and always land wheel-side down, but you also can drive along walls and even on tunnel ceilings. You might wonder just why you'd bother doing that, but sometimes it's the best way to pass an opponent, as well as the only way to grab certain power-ups. Then there's the whole notion of collisions. Sure, they slow you down, but hit the right object - a column supporting a building, for instance - and you'll be long gone as your opponent either gets buried in debris or runs smack-dab into a smoking heap of rubble.

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Wednesday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2020  00:57:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have acquired ARM for $40B USD, in the largest semiconductor deal ever. The combination brings together NVIDIA’s leading AI computing platform with Arm’s vast ecosystem to create the premier computing company for the age of artificial intelligence, accelerating innovation while expanding into large, high-growth markets. SoftBank will remain committed to Arm’s long-term success through its ownership stake in NVIDIA, expected to be under 10 percent. Somehow I preferred a world where ARM was independent, but anyway, more info here, discussion here.

Meanwhile there's much anticipation about their RTX 30 series video cards, with reviews expected 11pm tonight AEST if I've done my maths correctly. Until then you can enjoy some unboxing on TechPowerup and NeoSeeker. In this article, we unbox the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition graphics card and bring you detailed pictures of the card exterior. As of today, NVIDIA only allows "photography of the card, no disassembly, no plugging in, no installing, no powering on, no performance results or hints of any kind."

Fans of our Retro & Arcade Forum will probably enjoy this roundup of the best 8-bit and 16-bit video game music on TechSpot. Game systems from the 8-bit and 16-bit era weren't graphical powerhouses, but there were other aspects that factored into creating a well-rounded game. Quality games almost unanimously had great sound and music as this list shows.

Also from the past, Windows 95 recently turned 25, as you might have expected. Away from all the fanfare around the launch, PC geeks were choosing between Pentium or 486 processors, IDE or SCSI hard drives, double-speed CD-ROMs, and Sound Blaster audio cards to experience the best of Windows 95. Microsoft added a lot of features to Windows 95, but the biggest was a new Start button, menu, and task bar that made it a lot easier to discover applications and navigate the operating system.

Microsoft experimented with an undersea datacentre. Among the components crated up and sent to Redmond are a handful of failed servers and related cables. The researchers think this hardware will help them understand why the servers in the underwater datacenter are eight times more reliable than those on land. “We are like, ‘Hey this looks really good,’” Fowers said. “We have to figure out what exactly gives us this benefit.” The team hypothesizes that the atmosphere of nitrogen, which is less corrosive than oxygen, and the absence of people to bump and jostle components, are the primary reasons for the difference. If the analysis proves this correct, the team may be able to translate the findings to land datacenters. “Our failure rate in the water is one-eighth of what we see on land,” Cutler said.

I enjoyed this article about cracking password protection on a 45-year old Xerox Alto. We've been archiving a bunch of old Xerox Alto disk packs from the 1970s. A few of them turned out to be password-protected, so I needed to figure out how to get around the password protection. I've developed a way to disable password protection, as well as a program to find the password instantly. (This attack is called XeroDay, based on a suggestion by msla.)

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2020  00:06:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte B550 Vision D on Guru3D.
ASRock B550 Taichi on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
Viotek GNV29CB Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor on NikKTech.
Asus ROG Swift PG259QN Review: Hitting 360Hz on TechSpot.
Cooler Master GS750 Headset Stand on OCInside.
Gigabyte G27F Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
Philips Fidelio X3 headset on LanOC.
TONOR Q9 USB Microphone Kit on HotHardware.

Corsair 4000D on Vortez.
Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB on NeoSeeker.
Thermaltake S300 TG on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
i-Rocks K71M RGB Mechanical KB on BabelTechReviews.
Redragon K530 Draconic Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
ASUS TUF M3 mouse on TechPowerUp.
CHERRY MX 10.0 Mechanical Keyboard on MadShrimps.

T-Force Spark 128 GB RGB USB Flash Drive on ThinkComputers.
ADATA Falcon 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
HP EX900 PRO 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Kingston Canvas Select, Go! & React Plus 128GB SDXC Memory Cards on NikKTech.
Crucial P5 1TB PCIe M.2 2280 SSD on MadShrimps.

HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop on TechSpot.
Corsair H150i Elite Capellix AIO CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte P750GM Power Supply on FunkyKit.

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