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Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-August-2019  13:19:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Chook and mr bill this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-August-2019  13:16:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Bose QuietComfort 35 II vs. Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones on TechGage.
RIOTORO CR1288TG Full Tower on NikKTech.
1MORE Dual Driver BT ANC In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.
ROCCAT Noz headset on Vortez.
Cooler Master MH751 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.

Toshiba BG4 SSD Review: Mini But Mighty NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD on ThinkComputers.
Silicon Power Bolt B75 Pro 1TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Silicon Power P34A80 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke 8G on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC on TechSpot.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC on Tweaktown.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700 XT on Modders-Inc.
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5700 XT PULSE OC on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 on ThinkComputers.
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT ROG STRIX on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Edition on igor'sLAB.
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT STRIX OC on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT on OCClub.
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT on OC3D.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master SK621 Compact 60% Wireless Keyboard on Tweaktown.
EasySMX Gaming Mice on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MS110 Keyboard/Mouse Set on APHNetworks.
Logitech G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse on TechnoYard.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GE75 Raider 9SG (with GeForce RTX 2080) Gaming Laptop on FunkyKit.
Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G Mini PC NUC8i5INH on Vortez.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD game on BigBruin.
Adrenalin Software Edition 19.7.5 Performance Analysis for RX Vega 56/64 on BabelTechReviews.
Adrenalin Software Edition 19.8.1 Performance Analysis for the RX 5700 XT on BabelTechReviews.

ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace motherboard on Anandtech.
Breadcrumb Mini Portable Bluetooth Location Marker on BigBruin.
Sengled E1G-G8EW Smart LED Light Strip on BigBruin.
CORSAIR Hydro X Series XG7 RGB 10-SERIES GPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.

Wednesday Lunchtime (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-August-2019  12:48:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HotHardware built a liquid-cooled Ryzen 9 3900X PC with the help of boutique PC builder (which is apparently a thing) Maingear. Of course, historically, to own a Maingear-built PC meant as an end user you actually had to buy a pre-built machine, rather than building your own, that is at least until very recently. Earlier this year, Maingear debuted its Vybe PC chassis with Apex Liquid Cooling solution specifically for the DIY PC builder market.

A recent infrastructure audit has concluded that some NBN users will face higher prices or lower-quality service in future. The government-owned NBN Co is required to achieve a 3.2 per cent return on investment to remain an off-budget asset rather than a liability, leading to "an inherent tension between the NBN's strategic goals," the infrastructure advisory body warned, saying it would potentially have to trade-off user outcomes to deliver the return.

Ransomware on PCs is unfortunately nothing new nowadays, but apparently now some DSLR cameras are at risk. Check Point Software Technologies issued a report today that detailed how its security researchers were able to remotely install malware on a digital DSLR camera. In it, researcher Eyal Itkin found that a hacker can easily plant malware on a digital camera. He says that the standardized Picture Transfer Protocol is an ideal method for delivering malware: it’s unauthenticated and can be used with both Wi-Fi and USB. The report notes that individual with an infected Wi-Fi access point could deploy it at a tourist destination to pull off an attack, or infect a user’s PC. Discussion here.

Phoronix looked into the performance effects of the recent SWAPGS vulnerability patches. Especially with that text, I was quite interested in seeing what the performance is looking like as a result of this latest kernel activity for tightening up the Intel CPU security. This morning I have results wrapped up on an Intel Core i9 9900K processor. SWAPGS or the "Grand Schemozzle" is believed to affect all Intel CPUs from at least Ivybridge through their latest products.

The USA's Department of Defence has ordered three new Cray supercomputers. The ARL system will be comprised of 102,400 Epyc Rome compute cores plus 292 Nvidia Volta V100 GPUs. Storage will be supplied by 350 TB of NVM-Express flash, backed by 11 PB of disk storage. The ERDC machine is computationally less intense, with 80,320 Epyc cores and just 16 V100 GPUs. Storage is distributed a little differently as well, with 30 TB of NVM-Express flash and 15 PB of disk capacity. Together, the two CS500 systems provide 10.6 petaflops of peak performance, which will bump the aggregate capacity of the HPCMP supercomputing to 57 petaflops.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-August-2019  11:50:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD EPYC 7002 Series Architecture on HotHardware.
Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark (video) by HardwareUnboxed.
AMD EPYC 7502 + EPYC 7742 Linux Performance on Phoronix.
Ryzen 9 3900X vs Core i9 9900K + What Zen 2 Means For Next-Gen (video) by DigitalFoundry.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X on OCInside.
X570 Aorus Master motherboard on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD EPYC Rome: The Fall of the Intel Empire on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER MINI on Tweaktown.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW 3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition on TechARP.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super White GameRock Premium on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Fractal Design ION+ 860P on Tweaktown.
Super Flower Leadex III 650 W on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Annke Nova J 1080P HD Smart Wireless Pan/Tilt Security Camera (video) by OCClub.
Corsair HS35 headset on Vortez.
ViewSonic Elite XG240R monitor on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Aorus CV27F Monitor Review: 27" Of 165Hz Curved Gaming Bliss on HotHardware.
Cooler Master GS750 Gaming RGB Headset Stand on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Dream Machines DM1 FPS Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Logitech G512 Carbon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechnoYard.
HyperX Double Shot PBT Keycaps (White) on APHNetworks.
ROCCAT Kova AIMO mouse on Vortez.

Apacer NOX RGB DDR4-3200 MHz CL16 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
HyperX Predator RGB 32GB DDR4 3200MHZ CL16 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

G-Technology Armor ATD 4TB Portable Drive on Tweaktown.
T-FORCE Vulcan 500GB SSD on BabelTechReviews.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan SSD on Tweaktown.
Team Group T-Force Cardea II M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Seagate 16TB IronWolf, IronWolf Pro, and Exos X16 HDD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba BG4 NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.

Cooler Master Mastercase H500 on TechPowerUp.
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow on Vortez.
NZXT H510 Elite on GamersNexus.

Novatech The Reign VIPER MKII prebuilt PC on Vortez.

Misc Pics (32 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-August-2019  14:22:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Tim this week!

Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 8-August-2019  15:13:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BitDefender have uncovered another CPU vulnerability. Bitdefender senior researchers Dan Horea Lutas and Andrei Vlad Lutas recently uncovered a new speculative-execution vulnerability and demonstrated how it can be exploited via a side-channel style attack, dubbed SWAPGS Attack. The vulnerability has been publicly reported today as CVE-2019-1125. A bit more human-readable explanation on TheNextWeb. The SWAPGS instruction is found in most Intel CPUs released after 2012, including those released after Ivy Bridge. On the consumer side, the flaw impacts the third generation of Intel Core processors and beyond, although Bitdefender notes that it also presents a grave threat to enterprise users, as well as those using Intel processors on servers.

Toshiba have introduced a tiny NVMe SSD form-factor. The new XFMEXPRESS form factor allows for two or four PCIe lanes while taking up much less space than even the smallest M.2 22x30mm card size. The XFMEXPRESS card size is 18x14x1.4mm, slightly larger and thicker than a microSD card.

At the other end of the spectrum, Western Digital have some huge new enterprise SSDs. For those who need maximum performance and capacity, the manufacturer will offer SSDs in EDSFF E1.L form-factor that will offer capacities of up to 30.72 TB as well as up to 720K random read IOPS. For blade servers running virtual desktops and similar software the maker will offer U.2 SSDs featuring up to 7.68 TB capacities. For space-constrained and OCP environments, the Ultrastar DC SN640 drives will be available in M.2-22110 form-factor as well as capacities of up to 3.84 TB.

Meanwhile BackBlaze have published their latest hard drive stats. As of June 30, 2019, Backblaze had 110,640 spinning hard drives in our ever-expanding cloud storage ecosystem. Of that number, there were 1,980 boot drives and 108,660 data drives. This review looks at the Q2 2019 and lifetime hard drive failure rates of the data drive models currently in operation in our data centers.

Corsair have a new double-stacked memory product. The long-awaited launch of 32GB-per-module consumer memory is finally here, thanks to Corsair and Micron. Samsung first presented the idea back in May of 2018, but that rare memory was only for notebooks. Samsung followed up a few months later with desktop DIMMs, but all we saw of it was an endlessly out-of-stock listing at a reseller. Am I missing something, or is this not the same idea as the G.SKILL Trident Z DC Series reviewed recently on OCAU?

Fujitsu are upgrading Australia's fastest supercomputer. The new supercomputer will utilise both Fujitsu and Lenovo Neptune™ innovative direct liquid cooling technologies with warm water, allowing for high-density computing. The system features Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX2570 M5 servers and will include second-generation Intel Xeon Platinum processors, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and NVIDIA V100 GPUs to accelerate deep learning training and inferencing.

On a related note, AMD have unveiled new EPYC CPUs. AMD's Rome platform solves the concerns that first gen Naples had, plus this CPU family is designed to do many things: a new CPU microarchitecture on 7nm, offer up to 64 cores, offer 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0, offer 8 memory channels, and offer a unified memory architecture based on chiplets. More on TomsHardware and ServeTheHome. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Windows Defender is apparently one of the best anti-virus apps for Windows, and not just because it's free. Microsoft isn’t a security vendor whose primary objective is to build advanced software solutions to block malware and cyberattacks, but thanks to all the efforts the company has put into Windows Defender lately, the built-in Windows 10 antivirus has made a major step towards becoming such a product.

If you were a geeky kid in the 1980's in Australia, you probably loved The Curiosity Show as much as I did - and so does a whole new generation of YouTubers. Its hosts were two blokes in daggy jumpers - one with an elfin beard, the other with a 70s moustache. Now the two friends behind the Curiosity Show have found a new audience. ..and now I have the theme tune stuck in my head.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-August-2019  23:24:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Processor on ThinkComputers.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Intel Core i5-9400F: Mainstream Titans Clash on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G APU on Guru3D.
ASRock X570 Steel Legend Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Corsair RGB Gaming Mouse Round-Up: M55, Glaive Pro, Nightsword, Ironclaw on HotHardware.
Cooler Master SK650 Limited Edition White Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
ENDGAME GEAR XM1 Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Gaming Keyboard + White Double-Shot PBT Keycaps on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MK730 mechanical keyboard on OCInside.

Antec DA601 Dark Avenger Chassis on FunkyKit.
Aerocool Aero Engine RGB Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Silencio S600 on Guru3D.
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Smart Case on eTeknix.

Orico USB 3.0 Hub Roundup on Tweaktown.
Hubitat Elevation C-5 Home Automation Hub on BigBruin.
Team Group T-FORCE T-1 Gaming DDR4 2666MHz 16GB kit memory on BabelTechReviews.
Liectroux C30B Robot Vacuum on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Nokia Beacon 1 Trio wifi router on Tweaktown.
Corsair HS35 Stereo headset on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) smartphone on TechARP.
OWC Envoy Pro EX 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Monday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-August-2019  15:05:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have announced their 10th Gen Core CPUs. Today, Intel officially launched 11 new, highly integrated 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors designed for remarkably sleek 2 in 1s and laptops. The processors bring high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) to the PC at scale, feature new Intel® Iris® Plus graphics for stunning entertainment and enable the best connectivity1 with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt™ 3. Systems are expected from PC manufacturers for the holiday season. Coverage on Anandtech, HotHardware, PCWorld, TomsHardware and LegitReviews. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Over on reddit there's an interesting post showing the spike in AMD sales share since Ryzen 3 came out. Reports from Japan and other locations already pointed to fact that the release of 7nm Ryzen was a big success: Same at mindfactory, AMD destroyed Intel this month. Out of 5 CPUs only every fifth was actually from Intel and out of every Euro spent, 75 Cents went to AMD.

PCGamesN look into PCIe 4.0 game load times. PCIe 4.0, or Peripheral Component Interconnect Express specification 4.0 as it’s officially known, was first introduced into the desktop market with AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs. But, in the wake of this technical advancement, we here at PCGamesN started thinking: does PCIe 4.0 make any difference to game load times?

TechSpot have an article about reasons to upgrade your laptop. It does go beyond just being a list of shopping links so it's worth a look. In addition to year-on-year tweaks to make the latest laptop models more attractive, many technologies that used to be reserved for high-end models have permeated to the mainstream, including much better displays and resolutions, improved hardware efficiency and battery life, and overall better build quality even on lower price points.

They also checked out an OLED laptop display and liked it a lot. Today we're testing a monitor, but it’s not the usual sort of monitor review. Rather, we're looking at a laptop display because it’s super interesting – it’s one of the few OLED laptop screens going around, and from testing this display we can learn a lot about how OLED might be suited to PC displays and how it compares to the LCD panels we’ve been using for a while now.

TechGage meanwhile have a workstation graphics battle between AMD's Radeon Navi and NVIDIA's GeForce SUPER. There are a couple of reasons why you’d still want to consider a Radeon Pro or Quadro over a Radeon or GeForce, but nowadays, that largely has to do with the software in question. If you’re using a high-end CAD suite that focuses its support around workstation-class GPUs, you should probably just suck it up and go that same route to avoid as much potential headache as possible. But for hobbyists or students, gaming cards can fill the void more often than not.

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-August-2019  18:00:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
New AMD Chipset Drivers Tested on Ryzen 9 3900X on TechPowerUp.
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi on LanOC.
AMD 3900X (Brief) Compute Performance Linpack and NAMD on PugetSystems.

DLink DWL-7620AP AC2200 Wave 2 Tri-Band Poe Access Point on TechnoYard.
Zyxel Multy U AC2100 Tri-Band Mesh on Tweaktown.
Ars reviews three cell signal boosters—and they actually work on ARSTechnica.

Corsair iCUE 220T RGB on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone LD03 on ThinkComputers.
SilentiumPC Armis AR7 TG RGB on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Cooler Master GS750 Headphone Stand on LanOC.
ASUS RoG Swift PG35VQ Monitor - 200 Hz - 512 Local Dimming Zones on Guru3D.
Audioengine 512 Bluetooth Speaker on APHNetworks.

Mushkin Helix-L Low-Cost NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
iStorage diskashur DT2 8TB External Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
Transcend ESD350C Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Corsair SF750 Platinum PSU on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar III G531GW Laptop on eTeknix.
Antec PRIZM Cooling Matrix CPU cooler on Tweaktown.
Patriot Memory Viper V570 RGB Blackout Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 Super Mini video card on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-August-2019  14:51:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-August-2019  15:35:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Sennheiser GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset on HWAsylum.
CORSAIR HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Annke Helm I5 Camera Kit on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MH751 Gaming Stereo Headset on OCClub.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition on TechARP.
MSI MEG X570 ACE on TechPowerUp.
Radeon RX 5700 / RX 5700 XT Linux Gaming Performance With AMDGPU 5.3 + Mesa 19.2-devel on Phoronix.

CPU & Motherboard:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X on Vortez.
Testing Ryzen 9 with SMT On vs. SMT Off on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X on Vortez.
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G on Vortez.
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Performance Analysis on B450 Chipset on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Corsair Nightsword RGB mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Glaive RGB Pro Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 120 ARGB Sync on Vortez.
Antec Prizm 120 ARGB 5+C 120mm Case Fan w/Fan Controller on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterGel Regular, Pro, Maker Thermal Paste on APHNetworks.

Western Digital Gaming Drive on Vortez.
Qsan XN3004T 4+1 Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R NAS on Tweaktown.
Synology DS2419+ 12-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Hyperstone U9 Flash Controller Deep Dive on Tweaktown.
Toshiba NAS N300 10TB HDD - Storage at 3 Cents per GB on Guru3D.
Caldigit Connect10G Thunderbolt 3 Adapter on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Triton 900 Gaming Monster Preview on TechARP.
Acer Spin 5 Review: An Affordable All Aluminum 2-In-1 on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973) on TechARP.

CORSAIR iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Arozzi Verona Pro V2 Star Trek Edition Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Fractal Design Ion+ 860p 860W Power Supply Technical Overview on ThinkComputers.

Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-July-2019  13:19:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you enjoyed my recent guide to upgrading a Thinkpad, you might be interested in this HP channel on YouTube. Over the last few days they have uploaded a huge number of support-related videos showing how to open and upgrade or replace components on many HP products. Even if you don't have an HP product, there's lots to learn about PC maintenance there.

Also on YouTube, a video from Tech YES City showing a Ryzen 5 3600 on an A320 Motherboard, to see if the budget boards still cut it. With Zen 2 sporting some serious improvements in IPC and efficiency I thought to myself, why couldn't one transition these benefits to existing products? One product in particular is the A320 motherboards, which have had their memory overclock limit restrictions unlocked, however with the Ryzen 5 3600 being so efficient, would an A320 motherboard be able to handle this chip with the included Wraith stealth cooler? Well today we are going to find out.

HotHardware meanwhile compare the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X vs Intel Core i9-9900K in an instructions-per-cycle shootout. AMD's new Ryzen CPUs can clock as high as 4.6GHz, a notable bump over previous models, but what about AMD's purported IPC gains? Has Zen 2 caught up to Coffee Lake? To test this hypothesis, we fired up our Ryzen 9 3900X and Core i9-9900K test benches again. Both CPUs had their maximum multipliers capped at 40 across all cores, which for both CPUs resulted in a nice, round 4 GHz. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X we had on hand also had two cores disabled on both of its chiplets, bringing the total core count down from 12 to 8 in a couple of tests, a perfect match to Intel's octal-core Core i9-9900K. This should put both CPU architectures on an even playing field.

There's new chipset drivers for Ryzen 3000, which affect how the CPU ramps up clock speeds. One issue that was repeatedly brought up by the community over the past weeks was the new CPU’s idle behaviour both in terms of temperature as well as voltages. In particular, the new parts seemingly looked like they rarely idled at lower performance states and instead looked to remain at high frequencies even when not doing much. While initially appearing as an issue, it really wasn’t one and rather just a side-effect of AMD’s new CPPC2 fast frequency ramp-up behaviour.

TomsHardware looked into individual core speeds on Ryzen 3000. Only one core on our Ryzen 5 3600X processor will hit AMD's rated boost frequency. AMD confirmed some cores in Ryzen 3000-series processors are faster than others, which is denoted in Ryzen Master. That means that not all cores on can hit the single-core turbo frequencies. Instead, there are a mix of fast and slow cores.

TechSpot liquid-cool a Radeon RX 5700XT and see how high they can overclock it. This remains a decent 18% overclock and given the 5700 XT was only 9% slower on average than the RTX 2080 (non Super), this overclock should push the 5700 XT ahead. Of course, you can also overclock the RTX 2080 but that’s besides the point, we’re trying to achieve 2080-like performance at a significant discount. So let’s fire up our i9-9900K GPU test rig and see how the liquid cooled 5700 XT performs.

A 16-year-old from Pennsylvania has won USD $3M playing Fortnite. Fortnite has wrapped its first-ever massive sporting event in New York's Arthur Ashe tennis stadium. It was anyone's game: It didn't matter how famous a player was nor what large organization was backing each member of the all-male playing field. Beating out other pros and famous streamers, Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf, 16, made a name for himself by dominating from the first round and ultimately taking home the $3 million grand prize for individual players. That's the largest-ever payout for a single player in an esports tournament.

Here's something I didn't expect to be typing in 2019: the floppy disk is dead, or at least, no longer actively supported by Linux. About a week ago, Linus Torvalds made a software commit which has an air about it of the end of an era. The code in question contains a few patches to the driver for native floppy disc controllers. What makes it worthy of note is that he remarks that the floppy driver is now orphaned. Its maintainer no longer has working floppy hardware upon which to test the software, and Linus remarks that “I think the driver can be considered pretty much dead from an actual hardware standpoint“, though he does point out that active support remains for USB floppy drives.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-July-2019  13:29:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
ADATA XPG EMIX H30 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.
E-Lektron EL12-DA Professional Speaker on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080S Dual EVO OC on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition on TechARP.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA TITAN RTX Workstation Performance on TechGage.
GALAX GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER EX on Guru3D.
Galax GeForce RTX 2060 Super EX on TechPowerUp.

ID-Cooling DASHFLOW 360 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
ID-Cooling ZOOMFLOW 240 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG X570 ACE (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Performance On AMD Ryzen 9 3900X on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Review: the New Mid-Range CPU Leader on TomsHardware.

Antec Dark Avenger DA601 Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
NZXT H700i on TechPowerUp.
Enermax Equilence Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
In Win A1 Plus Mini-ITX on ThinkComputers.
NZXT H510 Elite Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
NZXT H210i Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
SilverStone LD01 (video) by Ponchato.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MOFT Invisible Laptop Stand on Bjorn3D.
Acute Angel AA B4 Mini PC Video on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Tecware Haste Gaming Mouse Pad on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Premium Level 20 RGB Razer Green Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Corsair Glaive RGB Pro mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MP860 Dual-Sided RGB Mousepad on ThinkComputers.

Wolfenstein Youngblood Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Darksiders III - Keepers of the Void DLC on OCClub.

Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 3866 MHz Memory on Modders-Inc.
Crucial P1 1TB Type 2280 SSD on MadShrimps, OCAU review here.

Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-July-2019  13:38:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Have a great weekend!

Thursday Evening (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-July-2019  18:12:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australian game studio Defiant Development is closing down. Hand of Fate developer Defiant Development is winding down. The Australian studio announced today that it will no longer develop games; the company said it is now "in caretaker mode" to support its existing games instead of developing new ones.

Corsair meanwhile are acquiring Origin PC, an enthusiast PC builder. Corsair announced that it has acquired Origin PC, a company known for its pre-built enthusiast gaming desktops and laptops. According to a press release, the purchase is a play to expand Corsair’s reach toward more gamers who don’t want to fuss with building their own PCs.

TechSpot have tested the Radeon Anti-Lag feature. The basic goal of Radeon Anti-Lag is to reduce input lag while gaming. Input lag is the delay between when you make an input, like a mouse click or key press, and when the action takes place on your display. For fast-paced competitive games, especially shooters like CS Go, Overwatch or Fortnite, it’s key to have the lowest input lag possible so you can spot your enemies, target them with your weapon, and shoot them as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Australia's data retention laws have resulted in more than 296k accesses in FY 2018. The Department of Home Affairs today released its annual report on the operation of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 for 2017-18 (a delayed release of the TIA Act report is not unusual for the government). The report offers a snapshot of telecommunications interception, access to stored communications, and access to historical and prospective telecommunications data. Telecommunications data, sometimes dubbed ‘metadata’, covers a range of information such as the source, destination and timing of a particular communication, but not its content.

The anti-spam act needs to be beefed up to cover charities and political parties, some say. The Bill seeks to amend the Spam, Electoral, and Do Not Call Register Acts to give consumers more control over which unsolicited messages they get from political parties and registered charities. In the second reading of the Bill, Griff said the need to reduce charities’ and political parties’ exemptions from those laws was highlighted by Clive Palmer’s recent SMS-based campaigns. “It is not the first time this has happened and, unless the measures in this bill pass, it will not be the last,” Griff said.

Team Group T-Force Vulcan SO-DIMM DDR4 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-July-2019  18:59:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've taken a look at a T-Force Vulcan SO-DIMM DDR4 memory kit from Team Group. It doesn't have any RGB bling like some other recent products we've seen, but it does boast a "super-slim graphene copper-foil heat spreader", which sounds pretty fancy:

click for the review!

NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER Cards (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-July-2019  18:38:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have unveiled their RTX 2080 SUPER video cards. This is the last in the SUPER series, following on from the 2060 and 2070 versions from earlier. These will replace the non-SUPER versions, filling the gap between the economy RTX 2060 and the ultra-high-end RTX 2080 Ti. Here's a heap of reviews from around the web:

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP Extreme on TechPowerUp.
RTX 2080 SUPER Review with 40+ Games on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (Reference/Founders edition) on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GameRock Limited Edition on Guru3D.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER on Vortez.
Nvidia RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition on LanOC.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER on Bjorn3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER: Fastest GDDR6 EVER on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Review: More Bang For The Buck on HotHardware.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super on Modders-Inc.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER in NVLink Benchmarked on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Founders Edition on OCClub.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Extreme on FunkyKit.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER on TechARP.

Discussion continues towards the end of this thread in our Video Cards forum.

PLE Computers Wish List Competition (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-July-2019  12:59:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PLE Computers are giving away a $500 voucher to go towards your PLE wishlist! Head over to the Sponsor Specials forum for more info:

click for the thread!

Tuesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-July-2019  12:28:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CPU & Motherboard:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, SMT on vs SMT off, vs Intel 9900K on TechPowerUp.
ASRock X570 Taichi (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Six core processor on Guru3D.
Ryzen 5 3400G Review: CPU + Vega Graphics on TechSpot.
Ryzen 5 3600 vs. 3600X: Which should you buy? on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X vs. 3700X Review: Don't Waste the Money (video) by GamersNexus.

Input Etc:
Razer BlackWidow (2019) Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Xanova MENSA PRO Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Latitude 7400 2-In-1 Review: A Lethal Weapon For Road Warriors on HotHardware.
Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED XA (with RTX 2070) Laptop on FunkyKit.
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF (with GeForce RTX 2070 and 240Hz panel) Gaming Laptop on FunkyKit.
Mobvoi TicWatch S2 Wear OS Smartwatch on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER on TechARP.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: RTX 2080 Ti NVLink vs. GTX 1080 Ti SLI on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC and Windforce OC on LanOC.

ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
Patriot P200 512GB 2.5? SATA SSD on FunkyKit.
Kingston KC2000 High-Performance NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power P34A80 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 NVMe 1TB SSD on TechnoYard.

E-Scooter Review and E-Scooter Provider on OCInside.
Darksiders III Performance Analysis on OCClub.
NETGEAR GS908 8-Port Gigabit Network Switch (video) by OCClub.
Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 ARGB 850 W Gold PSU on TechPowerUp.
Viper Gaming Viper Steel DDR4 16GB 3866MHz memory on LanOC.
Aerocool Klaw case on TechPowerUp.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.


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