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Tuesday, 16-October-2018 11:31:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed away, aged 65. "Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences, and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world."
Catching up on a story from a week ago, people are concerned about some misleading benchmarks doing the rounds. Right away many of the results looked very suspect to me, having spent countless hours benchmarking both the 2700X and 8700K, I have a good idea of how they compare in a wide range of titles and these results looked very off. Having spotted a few dodgy looking results my next thought was, why is PCGamesN publishing this misleading data and why aren’t they not tearing the paid benchmark report apart? Do they simply not know better? Itel said the results were not dodgy, and issued some re-tested numbers. Anyway, we'll see more impartial reviews after Oct 19th, and in the meantime Kotaku have an article summarising the issue in some detail.
Phoronix looked at Linux scaling up to 128 threads on some serious hardware. Arriving last week in our Linux benchmarking lab was a dual EPYC server -- this Dell PowerEdge R7425 is a beast of a system with two AMD EPYC 7601 processors yielding a combined 64 cores / 128 threads, 512GB of RAM (16 x 32GB DDR4), and 20 x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs. There will be many interesting benchmarks from this server in the days and weeks ahead. For some initial measurements during the first few days of stress testing this 2U rack server, here is a look at how well various benchmarks/applications are scaling from two to 128 threads.
Guru3D have an updated PC Buyer's Guide, which fortunately isn't just a huge pile of Amazon affiliate links as these things often are. As usual, we are making this guide to show you what can be done at various price points in the PC gaming hardware space. As always, please note that the following guides are 'templates' only, and that availability in your local area, as well as pricing, could drastically affect what you are able to go for.
HardOCP managed to jump the gun a little and have an RTX 2070 Gaming Z review before the NDA lifts, by the cunning tactic of having not signed the NDA. Since we have not signed NVIDIA's recent NDA, we are not being sourced RTX review cards by NVIDIA or its AIBs. We were however able to source a retail sample from overseas. The official embargo for the RTX 2070 expires Tuesday at 8am CDT. Since we are not held to NVIDIA's embargo we have a full RTX 2070 performance review for you today. We’ve got a custom retail-packed factory overclocked video card based on the new GeForce RTX 2070. We will be comparing the GeForce RTX 2070 with the GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64 video cards in eight games at 1440p and 4K.
Meanwhile, NVIDIA are using their whizzo new video cards to prove the moon landing wasn't fake.. or something. What? It’s been almost fifty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the controversy of its staging followed it for many decades after. Four years ago, using our Maxwell GPU technology, NVIDIA addressed the controversy by showing how it would have been impossible to stage.
The Assistant Treasurer has been required to pay back nearly $40k in excess internet data usage costs. "I‘ve immediately [repaid] a full amount of $37,975 that reflects excess usage charges under the Finance Department’s approved plan," Mr Robert said in a post on Twitter on Friday afternoon. Special Minister of State Alex Hawke said the excessive charges were not covered by Mr Robert's department-approved plan and did not meet community expectations.
Meanwhile, the Government's anti-encryption laws continue to draw criticism. Apple have called it dangerous, while Cisco warn it will create backdoors. Telcos warn it will cause significant harm. Telcos and software providers have warned the government's 'anti-encryption' bill is too vague and could have unintended consequences for service provision both in Australia and overseas. The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, whose office would be charged with overseeing how ASIO and ASIS would use new powers according to the legislation, has also outlined areas where more detail is required.
Microsoft are moving to help protect Linux by open-sourcing 60,000 patents. The move will see the Redmond giant pledge its valuable and deep portfolio of over 60,000 issued patents open-source and available to other OIN members. Microsoft is positioning its move to show that it has no intention to use patents as a weapon against any free software, beyond just that free software which is part of OIN’s specific list.
In a Deja-Vu moment, the Government is saying they want to block overseas gambling websites in Australia. Communications Alliance — an industry group that counts Australia’s biggest telecommunications providers among its members — has given the idea in-principle support. The Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) bans the provision of overseas-based interactive gambling services to Australians. However, the act has been largely toothless.
Here's some coverage from Intel's Fall 2018 desktop launch event, on Tweaktown and OCClub. On Monday, October 8, 2018, Intel hosted an event in New York City to unveil a slew of new desktop processors. Way up above the city on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center; it was a fitting setting to take the CPU market to new heights.
Finally, here's a video about using your dishwasher to clean PC hardware. Righto then.
|Monday Midday Reviews
Monday, 15-October-2018 12:44:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Xtreme TR4 Motherboard on HardOCP.
Ryzen 5 2600X vs. 2600: Which should you buy? on TechSpot.
Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 SD Card on MadShrimps.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN5008T NAS Server on NikKTech.
Synology DS1618+ Six-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup MP32 M2 NVMe 480GB SSD on Guru3D.
MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault Express on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP510-L Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Helios 300 Review: An Overclockable Gaming Laptop With 144Hz Display on HotHardware.
Hands On & Initial Benchmarks With An Ampere eMAG 32-Core ARM Server on Phoronix.
Noctua AMD Threadripper Air Cooler Roundup on HardOCP.
Raijintek ORCUS 360 RBW Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermalright ARO-M14G Ryzen AM4 CPU Air Cooler on HardOCP.
Silverstone Primera PM02 case on TechPowerUp.
Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience on OCClub.
Blue Yeti Nano microphone on Vortez.
Thermaltake Toughpower GX1 700W PSU on HardOCP.
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