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Tuesday Evening (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-January-2019  18:35:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel are still without a CEO, more than 6 months after Brian Krzanich resigned. Chairman Andy Bryant told some employees recently that the chipmaker may go with a "non-traditional" candidate, suggesting a CEO from outside the company is a possibility. Whoever is chosen will take the reins at a company thatís churning out record results, but is facing rising competition. The new CEO will have to convince investors that Intelís loss of manufacturing leadership -- a cornerstone of its dominance -- wonít cost it market share in the lucrative semiconductor market.

HardOCP meanwhile have an interview with AMD about their new Radeon VII GPU. Scott Herkelman is Vice President and General Manager of the Radeon Gaming Business Unit at AMD. Scott goes way back in the GPU industry and has worked for VisionTek, BFG Tech, and NVIDIA over the last 18 years. He is also an actual gamer, as I can recall playing Quake deathmatch with him at a few LAN parties. He is now one of the people that is spearheading Radeon products and we had a few questions for him at CES 2019.

BabelTechReviews have an overclocking showdown between the RTX 2060, the Red Devil RX Vega 56 & the GTX 1070 Ti. At stock, the RTX 2060 FE won the majority of the 39 games we tested over the Red Devil RX Vega 56, and it also beat the GTX 1070 Ti. This time, we will overclock all three cards manually each as far as they will go to see where they stand in relation to each other when fully overclocked.

The NSW state government has decreed that all local council meetings must be webcast. The great webcasting decree comes by way of a Model Code of Meeting Practice now being developed by the state to make council proceedings in the 128 local government areas more uniform and open to members of the public - without the public having to rock up at chambers. The big bet is that Town Hall TV will prove such a reality genre hit with the community that people will tune in by the thousand and collectively shame councillors into good behaviour. At least that's the theory.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-January-2019  14:24:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
EVGA RTX 2070 XC Gaming on LanOC.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
Palit GeForce RTX 2060 GamingPro OC on Guru3D.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS 6G OC on FunkyKit.
Radeon RX 570 vs. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
Edifier AirPulse A300 Premium Speakers on TechSpot.
Creative Stage Air Compact under-monitor Soundbar on MadShrimps.

Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP750-L Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
ADATA SX8200 Pro 256GB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP QSW-804-4C 10G Ethernet Switch on NikKTech.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-January-2019  10:31:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some threads that have caught my eye in the forums. You can keep on top of things via the recent activity feed or the new posts page. To see activity in threads you subscribe to, check out your latest alerts. Also, the alert system is a little different in our new xenForo platform than earlier on vBulletin. So, it's worth checking your watched threads list from time to time in case you missed an alert.

Port Royal ray tracing scores in Audio Visual.
The perfect monitor - finally! LG 38GL950G in Video Cards & Monitors.
Short music film I generated in C++ in Graphic Design & Digital Art.
Backup Software (rant) in General Software.
Gone back to WIN 7 in Windows Operating Systems.
Epic Games Vs Steam - A Battle Worth Watching in PC Games.
post your twitch profiles so i can/we can watch in PC Games.
Fallout 76, new Bethesda CCC title with AAA monetization in PC Games.
Linux for an Apple Refugee in 2018? in Other Operating Systems.
Some current game prices in Game Consoles.
2018 in Gaming in Game Consoles.
Pokťmon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee in Nintendo Consoles.
Yet Another Home Network Setup Request
MiSTer FPGA (computer/console/arcade hardware simulation) in Retro & Arcade.
Retro Let's Play: "OutRun" (1986-2019) in Retro & Arcade.
OCAU top retro games of all time: 2018 edition - voting thread in Retro & Arcade.
Locks, and How to Open Them : OCAU's Locksport Thread in Other Toys/Hobbies.
Slow TV in Entertainment.
EGR (Exhaust Gas recirculation) Who else hates them? in Motoring.
What's your dream 80s car that you'd happily run as a daily driver today? in Motoring.
National Facial Recognition Database to go online in Current Events.
Life a tiny bit better in Lifestyle.
Lets talk about The Verge PC build in The Pub.

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-January-2019  23:19:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

China successfully landed Chang'e 4 on the far side of the moon, the first successful soft landing there. Information cannot be sent directly from the lunar far side to Earth ó the moon's bulk gets in the way. Instead, signals are sent from the lunar surface up to a relay satellite called Queqiao, which launched in May 2018 and is hovering in an orbital "parking spot" from which it can communicate with Earth. There's a big panoramic photo here and you can watch a video from the lander, as it landed, here. Discussion in this thread.

ASUS unveiled a self-enclosed watercooled video card at CES 2019, the ROG Matrix RTX 2080 Ti. Infinity Loop integrates a closed loop cooling system within the cooling shroud housing a pump, radiator and tubing within a triple fan designed cooler. Due to constraints that are associated with cramming numerous components underneath what looks like a seemingly regular GPU cooler, the ROG Matrix RTX 2080 Ti takes up a total of three PCIe slots. ASUS claims the Infinity Loop cooling solution beats rival vendors with 120mm hybrid cooling designs and even competes with models that feature 240mm radiators.

Boneburner pointed out this news that Windows 10 will reserve 7GB of space for Windows Updates in future. While this may seem like Microsoft taking over a machineís precious storage space, the company said the system is being designed in a way that makes sure that unneeded temporary files are removed automatically to give space to Windows updates and apps. This system would also help reduce the chances of a Windows update affecting user data, as was experienced with the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. More info here.

Another interesting thing from CES is this weather report system from IBM. A weather forecasting system that can provide hourly updates for any location on the planet has been announced by technology giant IBM. Currently in many African, Asian and South American countries, weather reports may be available only every six to 12 hours and only for broad patches of land up to 15km (9.3 miles) wide. But IBM's new tool provides reports down to more specific, 3km-wide areas.

3DMark have a new "Port Royal" benchmark, designed to measure the impact of RTX or real-time ray-tracing technologies. Bjorn3D have a roundup of current GPUs, as do Tweaktown. So, you want to see what your new RTX or ray tracing capable can do? Donít have the time or skill to plot a run on the only real ray tracing title (Battlefield V) available as of now? 3DMark is finally updated with its newest benchmark designed specifically to test real time ray tracing performance. Your can post or compare your own scores in this thread.

A few people sent word that the game What Remains of Edith Finch is free on the Epic Games store for the next week or so. What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, youíll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-January-2019  22:49:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z390 Designare (Intel Z390) Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X & 2970WX on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone In-Depth Review on TechARP.
Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano barebones Mini-PC on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Lioncast LK300 RGB Pro keyboard on OCInside.
Corsair IronClaw RGB mouse on Guru3D.

HyperX FURY RGB 480GB SSD on NikKTech.
Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 650W PSU on APHNetworks.

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