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Thursday, 2-April-2020 00:42:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Peter Tonoli, the Vice President of Electronic Frontiers Australia, passed away recently. Peter had been involved in protecting digital rights in Australia since the foundation of the internet in early 1990's. He was involved in the first community ISP in Australia. He was unwavering in his support of community groups, and never failed to take responsibility for those groups he was involved and encouraged new members to find their place and EFA would not be what it is today without his contribution.
PCWorld looked at how Zen 2 works in a laptop. AMD’s Zen 2 core performance has been well-tested in desktops. The new element here is how performance will be affected by the limited thermals, power, and acoustics of the typical laptop. There's some more reviews in the most recent Reviews post, too.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, ServeTheHome looked at a new 18-core Intel Xeon. When we first heard about the Intel Xeon W-2295 it sounded like an exciting part. For $1,333 (USD) this is a high-frequency 18-core part that would fall between the Intel Xeon E-2288G and Intel Xeon W-3275 for Xeon Workstations. These Xeon W parts also make for interesting options in the single-socket server market, and the Xeon W-2295 is no exception.
If you're not having much luck with Folding@Home or want to try something different, metamorphosis points out that Rosetta@home is fighting COVID-19 too. Folding@home and Rosetta@home are complimentary projects: Folding@home's strength is modeling the process of protein folding, while Rosetta@home's strength is computing protein design and predicting protein structure and docking.
3D printing is coming to the rescue for COVID-19 too, including from the University of Wollongong. The University of Wollongong has joined a number of global organisations including Renault and Tesla pivoting their operations to 3D print medical supplies to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from the university are working with the Illawarra SHoalhaven Local Health District to determine what can be produced using local 3D printing capabilities, such as face shields or parts for ventilators.
I can't work out if this is real or not, but apparently there are robots enforcing lockdown in Tunisia. In a series of videos that have been widely shared on social media, Tunisians have been approached by remote-controlled vehicles asking if they're aware of lockdown rules. According to one of the videos, which is akin to a scene from a sci-fi movie, a man is confronted by one of the robots as he steps onto an empty street in the capital Tunis. The robot castigates the man, asking: "Are you aware of the lockdown?" and demands to know where he is going.
Wahoo84 sent word that World War Z is free from Epic Games at the moment. World War Z is a heart-pounding four-player cooperative third-person shooter featuring massive swarms of zombies that recklessly rush their living prey. Sounds like buying toilet paper at Woolies lately.
If, like me, you're missing the world of motorsport because everything is cancelled, you might get sucked into Marbula One. There's literally and figuratively NOTHING better to do than watching glass spheres, plastic track/sand, and gravity happen... It's more entertaining than watching humans doing anything right now!
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 1-April-2020 23:53:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Cooler Master MasterAir G200P CPU Heatsink on APHNetworks.
Scythe Big Shuriken 3 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Silicon Power BOLT B80 1TB Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Lexar SL100 Pro Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Lexar SL100 Pro Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Silicon Power Armor A80 Waterproof & Shockproof Portable HDD on MadShrimps.
Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: Ryzen 4000 Mobile Unleashed on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS Review: Mobile Ryzen goes full throttle on TechSpot.
Star Control: Origins - Earth Rising Expansion game on OCClub.
Resident Evil 3: PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
Resident Evil 3 Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis - 27 Graphics Cards Compared on TechPowerUp.
DOOM Eternal Benchmarked at 8K - Not Even The Devil Can Run This on Tweaktown.
Resident Evil 3 Benchmarked: Survival horror that your GPU can likely handle on TechSpot.
EVGA RTX 2060 KO Video Card Review and LN2 Overclocking on HWAsylum.
TEAM T-Force XTREEM ARGB DDR4-3600 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Aerocool Aero One Eclipse case on TechPowerUp.
Glorious PC Gaming Race Model D Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Antec Signature 1300W Platinum Power Supply on Tweaktown.
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 29-March-2020 23:19:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard on NikKTech.
EVGA Z390 Dark Motherboard on NikKTech.
Corsair A500 High Performance Dual Fan CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX (Passively cooled) on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT DUAL OC on Tweaktown.
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC III Ultra on TechPowerUp.
HyperX FURY DDR4-3733 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4 32GB 4000MHZ CL17 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
TerraMaster F2-210 NAS on FunkyKit.
Team Group MP33 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Comino Otto Master SFF PC (i9-9900K + 2080 Ti) on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Series For Laptops Exlpored: Zen 2 Mobile Unleashed on HotHardware.
Odin Gaming ZeroGravity XL Mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Tecware Phantom 87 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on HWAsylum.
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 on LanOC.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM: 1080p 280Hz IPS Gaming Monitor on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MH650 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
HiFiMAN TWS600 wireless earphones on TechPowerUp.
DOOM Eternal Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis - 26 Graphics Cards Compared on TechPowerUp.
Doom Eternal Review: Hellrazer on Tweaktown.
Doom Eternal: Demon Killing Gameplay And GPU Performance on HotHardware.
DOOM Eternal PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Evaluating NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 Quality And Performance In Mech 5 And Control on HotHardware.
noblechairs EPIC, HERO, and ICON Gaming Chairs: The Black Edition on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 750W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Silencio S600 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
|Folding@Home hits an Exaflop
Saturday, 28-March-2020 16:41:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Folding@Home's distributed supercomputer continues to break records. In an astounding accomplishment powered by normal people around the world joining forces to beat the coronavirus, the administrators of the Folding@Home network reported today that the network has passed one exaFLOP of compute power, which is the equivalent of ten times the compute power of the world's fastest supercomputer, Summit. It's also more raw compute power than the top 103 supercomputers in the world, combined.
If you want to get involved and help fight COVID-19 with your spare CPU or GPU cycles, just download the client, enter your details and go. To be part of Team OCAU, choose 24 as your team number. Definitely request and (eventually) apply your passcode as that enables you to receive bonus points for completing work units. Jump into this thread if you have any questions.
Kinda hard to give a chipper greeting this week, it's getting crazy out there. One positive aspect is that the forums are busier than they've been in quite a while. If you're new here, welcome! If you've returned due to social isolation boredom, welcome back! Thanks to metamorphosis, mpot, RnR and Andrew this week. Stay safe!
For an extra bonus, here's a silly cat video (turn the sound on) which amused me recently.. enjoy your weekend, as much as possible under the circumstances!
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