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 Friday, 10-July-2020  14:48:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-July-2020  00:13:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the president and CEO of MSI, Sheng-Chang Chiang, has died after a fall. A leading hardware company has lost its leader. Earlier today in Taiwan, MSI general manager and CEO Charles Chiang passed away after falling from one of the company’s buildings. Chiang, 56, had been with MSI for more than two decades before taking over as chief executive in 2019.

A man who was fined for Engineering without a license has been vindicated. In 2017 Motherboard shared the story of Mats Järlström, the Oregon electrical engineer who challenged the state’s traffic light timing. What began as a simple quest to help his wife avoid an unfair ticket turned into a multi-year saga after the Oregon Board of Engineers fined him thousands of dollars—simply because he dared discuss the issue when he wasn’t technically a traffic engineer. Unlike many stories, Järlström’s saga finally has a happy ending.

Google, or rather another subsidy of their parent company Alphabet, have launched balloon internet in Kenya. In a blog post announcing the news, Loon’s CEO Alastair Westgarth said that the 4G LTE service will be provided to Telkom Kenya subscribers via a fleet of around 35 balloons, covering an area of around 50,000 square kilometers across western and central areas of the country, including its capital, Nairobi.

Some reviews turned up yesterday for AMD's new "XT" range of 3000-series Ryzen CPUs. As mentioned earlier these seem to mostly offer slightly higher Turbo speeds than their X equivalent, but have the nice side effect of pushing the pricing of the older CPUs down. Here's some links:

AMD Ryzen 3600XT, 3800XT and 3900XT on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT / Ryzen 7 3800XT / Ryzen 9 3900XT Linux Performance on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT review on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT review on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT review on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 3000XT Series CPU Review: Zen 2 Turbocharged on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen 3600XT, 3800XT, and 3900XT (Zen 2) on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT on TechPowerUp.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-July-2020  23:15:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Is the Ryzen 3 3300X Better Value than the Ryzen 5 3600? on TechSpot.
ASUS STRIX B550-I Gaming on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR Racing B460GTA on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
Creative Sound Blaster X3 on ThinkComputers.
GIGABYTE G32QC Gaming Monitor Review: 32" 1440p 165Hz on Tweaktown.
HiFiMAN Deva with Bluemini headset on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Mini PC PN62 on Vortez.
Dell XPS 15 9500 Review: A Case Study In Excellence on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
DURGOD Taurus K320 Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Pugio II mouse on TechPowerUp.

Crucial P2 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD on OCInside.
Lexar NM610 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Sabrent USB 3.2 Rugged NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosure on Tweaktown.
CARDEA ZERO Z340 NVMe M.2 512GB SSD on BabelTechReviews.
Silicon Power Blaze B03 USB 3.2 Gen1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
Kioxia Exceria 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.

Accell Driver-Less USB-C 4K Dock Station on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB DDR-4600 MHz CL19 2x8GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Linksys MX5 Velop AX Whole Home Wi-Fi 6 System on Tweaktown.
OCC's Skully Preview game on OCClub.
Thermaltake V250 TG ARGB case on TechPowerUp.

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