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Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-February-2020  00:52:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Larry Tesler passed away recently, aged 74. Who? Well, you probably use his ideas every day without realising it. Tesler was passionate about something called modeless computing, meaning a type of computing (now taken for granted) in which the user doesn’t have to switch constantly between different input states. His Dodge Valiant bore a customized license plate reading “NO MODES.” He regularly wore a T-shirt warning colleagues not to “Mode Me In.” And his Twitter handle was @nomodes. He also invented cut, copy and paste: a standard piece of today’s computer interfaces.

AMD have become the darlings of the enthusiast market over recent months, but how about the big boys? Cloudflare have an interesting article about how they are moving to EPYC for their first non-Intel server CPU. Our main defining metric is Requests per Watt. We can increase our Requests per Second number with more cores, but we have to stay within our power budget envelope. We are constrained by the data centers’ power infrastructure which, along with our selected power distribution units, leads us to power cap for each server rack. Adding servers to a rack obviously adds more power draw increasing power consumption at the rack level. Our Operational Costs significantly increase if we go over a rack’s power cap and have to provision another rack. What we need is more compute power inside the same power envelope which will drive a higher (better) Requests per Watt number – our key metric.

Fans of HP's venerable MicroServer range will be excited to see there's finally a new model. There are several big changes to the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10. The form factor has changed, the CPUs have changed, iLO 5 can be added, more networking is included, and there are now more expansion capabilities. HPE has added a lot while keeping the noise levels in the 21dba range for quiet operation even in work areas. Discussion in the HP MicroServer Owner's Club thread here.

However if you're after a lot of portable storage, maybe this laptop is what you need. Looks like it'd break your legs if you actually used it on your lap, though! In its arsenal, Eurocom has two 17.3-inch DTR laptops — the Sky X9C and the Tornado F7W — that feature three M.2-2280 slots for SSDs, as well as two 2.5-inch bays for SSDs or HDDs. Customers requiring extreme storage capacity can now order three Sabrent Rocket 4 TB SSDs (Phison PS5012-E12, 3D TLC NAND, PCIe 3.0 x4) and two Micron 5100-series 8 TB SATA SSDs for a total of 28 TB of raw NAND flash (the usable capacity will be lower). The cost of such a storage subsystem alone is about $10,700 without installation and RAID configurations, but if you need it, it exists: you will just have to open your wallet.

The Verge looked at the new release of Windows 10X for dual screens. Windows 10X is designed exclusively for foldable and dual-screen hardware, and Microsoft has customized it as a result. One of the biggest noticeable changes is the new Windows 10X Start menu. It no longer includes the animated Live Tiles found on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows Phone, and it now includes a more simplified look.



Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-February-2020  21:39:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
GeForce RTX 2060 vs. Radeon RX 5600 XT: 32 Game Benchmark on TechSpot.
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro on OCClub.
ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming (8GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit.
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC II Pro on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
CORSAIR VIRTUOSO RGB WIRELESS SE Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Patriot Viper V380 Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Hexgears E001 HexBand BT In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.
Creative Pebble V2 USB Powered Desktop Speakers on FunkyKit.
Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless Microphone on FunkyKit.

Storage:
Silicon Power A55 512GB M.2 SATA SSD on FunkyKit.
Kingston IronKey D300S 64GB USB 3.0 Encrypted Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Samsung T7 Touch 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA SE800 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Cooling:
Alpha Cool Eisbaer Aurora 240 RGB CPU AIO Loop on Modders-Inc.
CORSAIR Hydro X Series XD3 Pump/Reservoir Combo on TechPowerUp.
Corsair H115i RGB Pro XT liquid cooler on Guru3D.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin III on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Corsair SCIMITAR RGB Elite MMO/MOBA Gaming Mouse on Techgage.
CORSAIR K95 RGB Platinum XT Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Misc:
NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Chassis on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define 7 Case video review by OCClub.
GIGABYTE AMD X570 Aorus Motherboard VRM Guide on Tweaktown.
OCC Reviews the Anda Seat Racing Series RGB Gaming Desk video review by OCClub.
Homematic Wireless E-Paper Display on FunkyKit.
D-Link DCS-8600LH Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera on APHNetworks.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 Printer on Tweaktown.
Boneworks IQ and VRSS Performance game on BabelTechReviews.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-February-2020  23:23:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Fractal Define 7 on TechPowerUp.
Aerocool AirHawk Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Level 20 HT Snow on OCInside.
Fractal Design Define 7 XL chassis on Guru3D.
Fractal Design Define 7 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define 7 on HWAsylum.
Fractal Design Define 7 on ThinkComputers.
XPG Battlecruiser Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Aerocool NightHawk Duo ARGB on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : Hands-On Experience + Preview on TechARP.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Hands-On Preview : All 3 Colours on TechARP.

Storage:
Elgato 4K60 Pro MK2 PCIe SSD on LanOC.
Sabrent Rocket Q NVMe 2TB NVMe PCIe Gen3.0 x4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power P34A60 512GB SSD on FunkyKit.
QNAP Guardian QGD-1600P Hybrid NAS on Tweaktown.
LaCie Rugged SSD Pro NVMe 1TB on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Razer Seiren Emote Streaming Microphone on Tweaktown.
1MORE Stylish True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Acer Predator CG437K Monitor Review: 43” Of Big Beast Gaming on HotHardware.
Cooler Master MH670 Wireless Gaming Headset on OCInside.
Acer SB220Q 21.5" monitor on TechSpot.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Kain 100 AIMO mouse on TechPowerUp.
Durgod x HK Venus Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum TKL Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Glorious GMMK Mechanical Keyboard Barebone Edition on NikKTech.
Glorious PC Gaming Race GMMK Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Cooling:
Optimus Signature V2 CPU Block on TechPowerUp.
Optimus Foundation CPU Block (Intel) on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH L9a-AM4 Compact CPU Cooler on TechPowerUp.
Scythe Mugen 5 Black RGB CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
ID-Cooling SE 224 XT ARGB & SE 224 XT Basic on TechPowerUp.
Corsair A500 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Alphacool Eisblock XPX Aurora Edge CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.

Networking:
D-Link EXO AC2600 Router with EXO AC2000 Extender on BigBruin.
D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet on BigBruin.
D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor on BigBruin.

Memory:
TeamGroup T-FORCE Dark Z DDR4 3600 MHz memory on Modders-Inc.
Silicon Power 2x16GB DDR4-3200 XPOWER Turbine RGB Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Team Group T-Force DarkZa 3600 MHz DDR4 on Guru3D.

Video Cards:
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC III on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GamingPro on Guru3D.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO on FunkyKit.

Software:
Metro Exodus DLC on OCClub.
Wolcen Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
ZOOZ ZSE29 Z-Wave Plus S2 Outdoor Motion Sensor on BigBruin.
Intel Core i3-9100F vs. Ryzen 5 1600 AF: Battle of the Budget CPUs on TechSpot.
Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 850 W PSU on TechPowerUp.



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