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Retro Racing August 2020 - 1NSANE (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-August-2020  23:19:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's Retro Racing game is 1NSANE by Codemasters. Players can drive cars of their choices in either of nine events, which include Capture the Flag, Jamboree, Gate Hunt, Destruction Zone, Pathfinder, Off-Road Racing, Return the Flag, and Free Roam. Highlights for me is the excellent multiplayer mayhem in the capture the flag mode.


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Monday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-August-2020  00:21:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra had some DNS issues on the weekend which were, no wait, weren't, caused by a DDoS. "The massive messaging storm that presented as a Denial of Service cyber-attack has been investigated by our security teams and we now believe that it was not malicious, but a Domain Name Server issue. We're really sorry for getting in the way of your weekend plans," the telco posted on social media. Another reason to use 1.1.1.1 and/or 8.8.8.8.

While I'm clearing out the news box, AMD announced some Threadripper Pro CPUs recently, to battle Intel's Xeons in the workstation market. More info on and Anandtech. The top processor, the 3995WX, will offer all 64-cores. It goes above and beyond the traditional top EPYC 7742 (225 W, 2.25 GHz / 3.4 GHz) and even the 7H12 (280 W, 2.6 GHz / 3.3 GHz), by offering more base frequency at 2.7 GHz and a much higher turbo frequency at 4.2 GHz for 280W TDP. These processors might be taking advantage of the same manufacturing update as provided by the recent Ryzen 3000XT processors in order to drive these higher frequencies.

On a related note, anrke pointed out that the 896-core DooM Task Manager from last week is bogus, perhaps unsurprisingly. As I said at the time I couldn't imagine what platform they could be running it on, with that many cores.. oh well. :)

TechSpot look back at the Far Cry / Crysis series. Every once in a while though, a game is made that becomes part of the industry's history, and we still talk about them or play them years after they first appeared. For PC gamers, there's one title that's almost legendary thanks to its incredible, ahead-of-its-time graphics and ability to grind PCs into single digit frame rates. Later on, for providing a decade-plus worth of memes. Join us as we take a look back at Crysis and see what made it so special.

Here's a grownup-size Lego go-kart. Putting hundreds of hours into creating a giant Lego set and then not being able to actually play with it because youíre too tall undoubtedly takes some of the fun out of the process, so this time around Denton made a Lego go-kart large enough for even him to climb behind the wheel.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-August-2020  23:15:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X on TechPowerUp.
AMD B350 vs. B450 vs. B550 Tomahawk Motherboards on TechSpot.
Colorful CVN B460M Gaming Pro V20 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock B550 Taichi (AMD B550) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Viotek GFV24C 24-inch 144hz Monitor on LanOC.

Input Etc:
Redragon M686 Vampire Elite gaming mouse on TechPowerUp.
MSI Vigor GK50 Low Profile Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
SilentiumPC Fortis 3 EVO ARGB CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Lian Li Galahad 240 AIO All-in-One CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Lian Li Galahad AIO 360 RGB Closed Loop CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Lian Li Galahad 360 liquid cooler on Guru3D.
LIAN LI Galahad AIO 240 RGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
NZXT Kraken X53 AIO cooler on OCInside.

Storage:
Kingston KC2500 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
KIOXIA Exceria Plus SDXC 256GB & Exceria High Endurance MicroSDXC 128GB on NikKTech.
ADATA Falcon and Swordfish SSD Reviews: Affordable NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
Sabrent Rocket NVMe M.2 512GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Misc:
CORSAIR iCUE NEXUS Companion Touch Screen on MadShrimps.
FSP T-WINGS CMT710 Dual System Chassis on ThinkComputers.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal 16GB 4000MHz memory on NeoSeeker.



Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-July-2020  13:45:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!










Friday Lunchtime (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-July-2020  13:44:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA have launched their Perseverence Rover to Mars. Interestingly, it was actually the commercial launch service United Launch Alliance that provided the launch vehicle and operations. Turns out they've done quite a few launches that way. Also, this is intended to be part of a mission to return samples from Mars for the first time. NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to Earth.

Intel's difficulties with 7nm continue. Intel announced today in its Q2 2020 earnings release that it has now delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months relative to its previously-planned release date, undoubtedly resulting in wide-ranging delays to the company's roadmaps. Intel's press release also says that yields for its 7nm process are now twelve months behind the company's internal targets, meaning the company isn't currently on track to produce its 7nm process in an economically viable way. The company now says its 7nm CPUs will not debut on the market until late 2022 or early 2023.

NVIDIA meanwhile are breaking AI benchmark records. For the third time in a row, NVIDIA ran a clean sweep of MLPerf's set of AI and machine learning performance benchmarking suite. This time, however, the distinction of fastest GPU went to NVIDIA's A100 Tensor Core graphics solution, which is based on the company's 7-nanometer Ampere architecture that was recently introduced.

Windows 10 recently turned five years old. Windows 10 came out on this day in 2015, the same year that Uptown Funk had reached No. 1. For the first year, Microsoft officially offered the OS as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, in pursuit of reaching a billion active devices within 2-3 years. Microsoft ultimately missed its goal, but did get there earlier this year (in March).

Aussie Broadband have apparently booted the 35TB bandit. This week Aussie Broadbandís managing director Phil Britt revealed one user chugged 34TB in a month. Britt said the culprit would soon be hearing from the telco regarding its fair use policy. Itís made good on its promise too, because the banditís connection was just cancelled.



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