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Misc Pics (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-October-2018  14:46:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and metamorphosis this week!

Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-October-2018  13:41:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Government are continuing to target piracy sites with new legislation. Communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield today revealed the government would introduce into parliament the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018. The government said that the bill would allow more online services to be targeted by the site-blocking scheme as well as make it harder for the operators of services to circumvent the blocks. More here and here.

You can now find out everything Apple knows about you. Apple today is extending its full-featured Data and Privacy portal to the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Apple customers in those four countries will now have the option to download a copy of any data associated with their Apple ID account that Apple maintains, such as calendars, reminders, photos, and documents stored in iCloud, purchase histories, Game Center activity, and AppleCare support history.

Crucial have entered the NVMe SSD arena with their new P1 NVMe SSD. Available in capacities up to 1TB and backed by a five-year limited warranty — or 200TB total write, whichever comes first — the Crucial P1 SSD makes use of Micron quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology. By storing four bits in each NAND cell, QLC NAND narrows the affordability gap between hard drives and flash storage, enabling increased speeds and capacities at a more affordable price point. I believe there's a review unit winging its way to me, but in the meantime, check out some reviews on TechPowerUp, Vortez and Guru3D.

I haven't heard about Cray for a while, but they are still going, and now helping make faster F1 cars. The Cray CS500 supercomputer, equipped with a Cray® ClusterStor™ L300 storage system and AMD EPYC processors, is planned for delivery to Haas F1 in December 2018. The combination of the system’s design and ability to handle the most demanding simulation and analytics workloads and the high-performance computing expertise of Cray helps the Haas F1 team optimize aerodynamics and more accurately predict and reduce drag, downforce and flow patterns around its race cars.

Microsoft have an interesting blog detailing the Windows Kernel. In this blog post, I will talk about the evolution of the core pieces of the Windows kernel that allows it to transparently scale across a low power NVidia Tegra chip on the Surface RT from 2012, to the giant behemoths that power Azure data centers today.

Update: I nearly forgot to mention, the PM's IT drones forgot to renew his domain name and now his website just plays Scotty Doesn't Know by Lustra. More info here. :)

Friday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-October-2018  12:50:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz on TechPowerUp.
9-Way AMD EPYC / Intel Xeon Tests On Ubuntu 18.10 Server on Phoronix.

Corsair MP510 SSD on Vortez.
HyperX's Savage Exo 480-GB external SSD on TechReport.
HP EX920 SSD on Tweaktown.
Inland Processional 3D NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe Gen 3 on Tweaktown.
Corsair Force Series MP510 M.2 SSD on Guru3D.
CORSAIR Force Series MP510 960GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD on NikKTech.
Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB on TechPowerUp.
QSAN XN3002T 2-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.

Fractal Design Define S2 on LanOC.
Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Metallicgear Neo Micro Aluminum Case on HWAsylum.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 OpenCL, CUDA, TensorFlow GPU Compute Benchmarks on Phoronix.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.
Founders Edition of the RTX 2070 vs. the EVGA RTX 2070 Black on BabelTechReviews.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Review: Powerful, Affordable Workstation Graphics on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
EasySMX ESM-9013 Wireless Gamepad on NikKTech.
Cooler Master's MP860 dual-surface RGB LED mouse pad on TechReport.

EK-Vardar EVO 120ER RGB Fan on TechPowerUp.
EKWB Velocity CPU and Vector GPU Water Block Preview on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Ooma Butterfleye Smart Security Camera with Facial Recognition on BigBruin.
TP-Link Archer C5400X Gaming Router on ThinkComputers.
RHA MA750 Wireless Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL smartphones on HotHardware.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC game on BabelTechReviews.~

NVIDIA RTX 2070 Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-October-2018  12:38:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Reviews are out for the NVIDIA RTX 2070 cards, the final piece of the originally-announced RTX series lineup. People are hoping this card provides a more wallet-friendly upgrade path from the 10x0 series, without the blistering price-tag of the 2080 cards. Read on to find out if a 2070 should be your next GPU:

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OC on NeoSeeker.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming Graphics Card on LegitReviews.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 on TechSpot.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Review: Turing's Sweet Spot on HotHardware.
ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2070 8GB on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G on Guru3D.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Review - Featuring EVGA on PCPerspective.
The EVGA RTX 2070 Black Benchmarked with 38 Games on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Review: The Perfect Card For 1440p on Tweaktown.
Nvidia RTX 2070 Founders Edition on LanOC.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G OC on OCClub.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 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? Intel 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.

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