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NVIDIA RTX 2070 Reviews (0 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? Itel 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.

Monday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-October-2018  17:45:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Assistant Treasurer has been required to pay back nearly $40k in excess internet data usage costs. "I‘ve immediately [repaid] a full amount of $37,975 that reflects excess usage charges under the Finance Department’s approved plan," Mr Robert said in a post on Twitter on Friday afternoon. Special Minister of State Alex Hawke said the excessive charges were not covered by Mr Robert's department-approved plan and did not meet community expectations.

Meanwhile, the Government's anti-encryption laws continue to draw criticism. Apple have called it dangerous, while Cisco warn it will create backdoors. Telcos warn it will cause significant harm. Telcos and software providers have warned the government's 'anti-encryption' bill is too vague and could have unintended consequences for service provision both in Australia and overseas. The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, whose office would be charged with overseeing how ASIO and ASIS would use new powers according to the legislation, has also outlined areas where more detail is required.

Microsoft are moving to help protect Linux by open-sourcing 60,000 patents. The move will see the Redmond giant pledge its valuable and deep portfolio of over 60,000 issued patents open-source and available to other OIN members. Microsoft is positioning its move to show that it has no intention to use patents as a weapon against any free software, beyond just that free software which is part of OIN’s specific list.

In a Deja-Vu moment, the Government is saying they want to block overseas gambling websites in Australia. Communications Alliance — an industry group that counts Australia’s biggest telecommunications providers among its members — has given the idea in-principle support. The Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) bans the provision of overseas-based interactive gambling services to Australians. However, the act has been largely toothless.

Here's some coverage from Intel's Fall 2018 desktop launch event, on Tweaktown and OCClub. On Monday, October 8, 2018, Intel hosted an event in New York City to unveil a slew of new desktop processors. Way up above the city on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center; it was a fitting setting to take the CPU market to new heights.

Finally, here's a video about using your dishwasher to clean PC hardware. Righto then.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-October-2018  12:44:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Xtreme TR4 Motherboard on HardOCP.
Ryzen 5 2600X vs. 2600: Which should you buy? on TechSpot.

Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 SD Card on MadShrimps.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN5008T NAS Server on NikKTech.
Synology DS1618+ Six-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup MP32 M2 NVMe 480GB SSD on Guru3D.
MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault Express on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP510-L Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Helios 300 Review: An Overclockable Gaming Laptop With 144Hz Display on HotHardware.
Hands On & Initial Benchmarks With An Ampere eMAG 32-Core ARM Server on Phoronix.

Noctua AMD Threadripper Air Cooler Roundup on HardOCP.
Raijintek ORCUS 360 RBW Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermalright ARO-M14G Ryzen AM4 CPU Air Cooler on HardOCP.

Silverstone Primera PM02 case on TechPowerUp.
Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience on OCClub.
Blue Yeti Nano microphone on Vortez.
Thermaltake Toughpower GX1 700W PSU on HardOCP.

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-October-2018  14:48:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Back to a normal Friday again. :)

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-October-2018  00:37:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Intel Z390 Motherboard Video on OCInside.

Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
Transcend StoreJet 600 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Patriot's Evlvr 1-TB external SSD on Tech Report.
Terra Master F4-220 4 bay NAS on Guru3D.

G.SKILL Trident Z 4000 MHz DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
Ballistix Sport AT 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Masteraccessory MP860 mousepad on Vortez.
Das Keyboard X50Q on Vortez.
ASUS TUF Gaming M5 mouse on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Pangea Audio Headphone Hanger on GamingNexus.
Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds on NikKTech.
Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR Monitor on TechARP.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition on Vortez.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio on NeoSeeker.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC 11G on Guru3D.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Tuesday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  16:41:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm back from Nationals with a bronze medal to show for it! But it seems in the real world quite a few things have happened while I've been away, so it's time for some news catchup.

Firstly, Google suffered a similar social media data leak to Facebook's recent one and have responded by finally giving up and shutting down Google+. Shortly after the story was published, Google announced that it will shut down consumer access to Google+ and improve privacy protections for third-party applications. In a blog post about the shutdown, Google disclosed the data leak, which it said potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts. Up to 438 different third-party applications may have had access to private information due to the bug, but Google apparently has no way of knowing whether they did because it only maintains logs of API use for two weeks. Discussion here.

But a much stranger story involves Supermicro, perhaps best known for their enterprise motherboards. A report by Bloomberg claims there are Chinese spy chips on their motherboards which have hugely compromised the worldwide tech ecosystem. I've read a bit about this and I can't work out how these spy chips are supposed to have interacted with the various O/Ss and encryption that would have been used by servers they're installed in. When a server was installed and switched on, the microchip altered the operating system’s core so it could accept modifications. What does that even mean? Anyway, pretty much everyone involved is denying the accusations, but if it turns out to be true it will be very widespread given pretty much everyone uses Supermicro motherboards - including the Australian Government. Anyway, still looking into this one, so feel free to jump into the discussion in this thread. Thanks to Ben and IntelInside for the tips.

A recent Windows 10 update has been pulled because it deletes user files, thanks Matt. Microsoft has paused the rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system, which Microsoft released this week, on Tuesday, October 2. In a support document updated today, October 6, the Redmond-based OS maker said it took this decision after users complained that v1809 had deleted files after the update.

There are some tougher new laws against online trolling and cyber-bullying in NSW. The changes aim to address an emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims online through social media. Those who stalk or intimidate using modern technology will face a maximum of five years in prison under legislation to be introduced this month.

Intel have announced their 9th Generation Core CPUs. To that end, Intel revealed its new Core i9-9900K, which Intel says is “the best gaming processor in the world. Period.” The i9-9900K offers eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at base frequency of 3.6 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.0 GHz. Along with the new Core i9 processor, Intel is also announcing new 9th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 models, too: the i7-9700K with eight cores and eight threads, and base 3.6 GHz clock speed (which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz); and the i5-9600K, which offers six cores and six threads at a base 3.7 GHz speed (which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz). Discussion in this thread.

A few sites have hooked up NVIDIA's new video cards in NVLink, which is pretty much the new name for SLI - Tweaktown played with 4k @ 120FPS and 8k @ 60FPS, while LegitReviews have their impressions of the tech as well. We’ll be using two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE graphics cards for our SLI setup and we’ll be using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX NVLink 3-slot bridge connector. This setup is extremely expensive and won’t be for everyone.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  14:24:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Preview on Vortez.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Preview on Vortez.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Preview on on Vortez.
MSI Z390 Motherboards Preview on NeoSeeker.
ASRock Z390 Taichi Preview on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE Preview on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z390 Taichi (Intel Z390) Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
MSI B450 Tomahawk (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI B360 GAMING ARCTIC on TechPowerUp.

Seagate Fast SSD Portable USB (1TB) on Guru3D.
Seagate BarraCuda SSD 500 GB on TechPowerUp.

Fractal Design Define S2 chassis on Guru3D.
Fractal Design's Define S2 case on TechReport.

Portable & Prebuilt:
LG V40 ThinQ Review: A Five Camera Android Contender on HotHardware.
Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DH310 on MadShrimps.

DeepCool GAMMAXX GT TGA CPU cooler on Vortez.
Enermax LiqTech II 240mm TR4 on Modders-Inc.

Power Supply:
Antec HCG 750W Bronze Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless 600W on APHNetworks.

Gryphon Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti To GTX 980 Ti TensorFlow Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB PC4-24000 4x8GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.
ViewSonic M1 + PX747-4K Projectors Briefing + Demos on TechARP.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  00:57:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Aorus B450 Pro WiFi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Athlon 200GE: Benchmarking The $60 Zen+Vega Chip on Phoronix.
ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC AMD AM4 Motherboard Reader Review on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Elgato Stream Deck Mini on NikKTech.

Western Digital Black NVMe – WD’s Acquisition of Sandisk Made This Possible on Bjorn3D.
HyperX Savage EXO SSD External Portable Drive on LegitReviews.
Icy Dock MB998IP-B/MB516SP-B Review - 8/16-Bays with MX500 on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update reviewed on TechReport.
PC Benchmarks: Shadow of the Tomb Raider: analysis on Guru3D.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X – Who Wins The Low Light Shootout on TechARP.
Acer Swift 3 Laptop Review: Affordable And Accelerated With Optane on HotHardware.
HTC U12+ Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Moshi Kameleon Kickstand iPhone Case on ThinkComputers.

Secretlab SoftWeave: Gaming Chairs Go Next-Gen on Tweaktown.
Gamdias Achilles RGB Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.

Crazzie Pro Gear GTR-1 PC backpack on Modders-Inc.
Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook on BigBruin.

Retro Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-October-2018  11:00:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm still away representing NSW at the Inline Hockey National Championships, so it's another batch of Misc Pics from the archives. Back to normal with a bumper crop next week, I promise!

10th October 2008:

24th October 2008:

31st October 2008:

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-October-2018  00:08:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
Vidonn F1 bone conduction headphones on PCReview.

CRYORIG C7 Cu CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
EK-Velocity CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Cooler Master Cosmos C700M on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Cosmos C700M on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Define S2 on ThinkComputers.
Fractal Design Define S2 on Vortez.
Fractal Design Define S2 on TechPowerUp.

CORSAIR Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock Presentation on MadShrimps.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 960GB SSD on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 480GB SSD on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Mammoth MMS02 Hard Drive Enclosure (Video) Review on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Logitech G512 Lightsync RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Aluminum Core Mechanical Esports Keyboard on NikKTech.
Roccat's Sova lapboard and Leadr wireless gaming mouse on Tech Report.
MSI Vigor GK70 keyboard on Vortez.

Video Cards:
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC on LegitReviews.
ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX RTX 2080 Ti on PCPerspective.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti OC on Vortez.

Forza Horizon 4 Benchmarked game on TechSpot.
HyperX Predator DDR4 3200MHz memory on Vortez.
EWin Flash Series Computer Gaming Chair on OCClub.

Monday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-October-2018  23:53:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The big news this would have to be the Facebook hack - and it's worse than originally thought. The site had already admitted that a hole in its code would allow people to gain access to any account, in a problem that affected some 50 million users. But it later said that the problem would also affect its "Facebook Login" service, which allows other apps to use people's Facebook account to login. It's going to be a GDPR test case also.

Apparently Canberra has Australia's fastest internet speeds. The analysis of 17,000 broadband speed tests by Ookla between July 2017 and September 2018 found Canberra had an average download speed of 35.8 megabits per second (Mbps). Hobart had the next highest speeds with 25.8 Mbps, followed by Sydney on 25.1, Melbourne on 24.6 and Brisbane close behind on 24.4. The analysis found Perth had the slowest average download speeds during the time period, coming in at 20 Mbps.

TechSpot looked into NVIDIA's DLSS. DLSS stands for "deep learning super sampling," and it’s a new rendering technology that only works with GeForce RTX graphics cards. There are two DLSS modes, but we can only test one of them right now, the standard DLSS mode, so it’s the only one we’ll be focusing on.

Here's a cool article about retro supercomputer enthusiasts. Nearly 30 years after Silicon Graphics ruled the high-performance computing roost, its supercomputers have found themselves a new home with a small community full of enthusiasts—some of whom weren’t even alive during the company’s heyday.

Retro Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-September-2018  14:44:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm very pleased to announce that I will be representing NSW at the Inline Hockey National Championships this week - but the bad news is, I'm spending all yesterday and today driving to the rink in South Australia! With all the preparing I ran out of time for Misc Pics this week, so here's a flashback to the early days of Misc Pics, 10 years ago:

26 September 2008:

and 3rd October 2008:

Have a great long weekend!

Thursday Night (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-September-2018  21:47:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

An original working Apple-1 computer has sold at auction for $375k. The auction took place in Boston, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. The buyer was an "anonymous businessman" who placed his bid online. It is estimated that Mr Wozniak and Mr Jobs sold around 200 Apple-I computers in just under a year, thanks to a deal with a local computing store in Palo Alto, California. According to an online registry - not affiliated with Apple - there are just 79 of the computers still around.

NBN have doubled the bandwidth of a Sydney backbone. Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) company has announced doubling the capacity on its fibre-optic transit network to 19.2Tbps per fibre link in response to increasing traffic and demand.

The Government are still determined to pass the encryption bill as soon as possible. The government late last week introduced the bill into the House of Representatives, just 10 days after closing a public consultation on an exposure draft of the proposed legislation. A number of measures in the bill will increase police access to data on electronic devices and services — including expanding the system of covert computer access warrants, which are currently available only to ASIO.

OCInside have a big CPU cooler comparison. After the big CPU cooler comparison 2018, where we tested numerous coolers on an AMD AM4 system, we would like to present another cooler test overview on OCinside.de today. In the second part of the cooler chart there is now an overview with selected CPU coolers from Antec, Arctic, Cooler Master, Cryorig, Enermax, Intel and LEPA that have been tested on an Intel Core i5 PC system. So you can easily find the right air cooler or AIO water cooler for the Intel PC or AMD PC and get a quick comparison of the cooler test results.

TechSPot meanwhile list their Best Mice of 2018. Anyone spending hours on their computer every day will tell you that having the right tools at hand is serious business. Deciding on the best mouse is a subjective process where several things come into play: intended use, feel, feature set, grip style and price. Here are our top picks.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-September-2018  21:12:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B450 Fatal1ty Gaming-ITX/ac on Vortez.
Gigabyte's X299 Designare EX motherboard on TechReport.

Cooler Master Masterliquid ML240R RGB all-in-one cooler on Guru3D.
Raijintek Iris 12 RGB Fans on ThinkComputers.

Crucial BX500 480 GB on TechPowerUp.
MyDigitalSSD M2X Portable SSD M.2 USB 3.1 External Enclosure on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Patriot 256 EP Micro SDX Card on Modders-Inc.
Silicon Motion SM2262EN Preview: Micron 96-Layer TLC on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA SLI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 with NVLink on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080/RTX 2080 Ti: Ethereum Mining Results on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gamerock Premium 8G on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Origin EVO15-S Review: Thin, Powerful NVIDIA Max-Q Gaming On The Go on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review - Quietly Revolutionary on TechARP.

Audio Visual:
Tribit X-Boom Bluetooth Speaker on FunkyKit.
ThunderX3 AH7 HEX Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Cougar PURI TKL Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-September-2018  16:59:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
E-Lektron EL225-UHF Mobile Sound System on NikKTech.
DLink HD Wi-Fi Camera 8300LH on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti PCI-Express Scaling on TechPowerUp.
Overclocking Showdown – the RTX 2080 vs. the GTX 1080 Ti on BabelTechReviews.
Weighing the trade-offs of Nvidia DLSS for image quality and performance on TechReport.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Overclocking Guide on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Shows Very Strong Compute Performance Potential on Phoronix.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 To RTX 2080 Ti Graphics/Compute Performance on Phoronix.
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 Mega Benchmark on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 1440p Preview on HardOCP.
GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition Overclocking Final on HardOCP.

Kingston HyperX Fury RGB SSD on BenchmarkReviews.
HyperX Fury RGB SSD 480GB on LegitReviews.

noblechairs Footrest on Vortez.
Holy Stone F181 Explorer Drone on ModSynergy.
Star Control: Origins on OCClub.
Noctua Chromax Accessories for customising coolers on NikKTech.
Patriot Memory Viper RGB Series DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200MHz Kit on MadShrimps.
Motorola Moto Z3 Review: Proven Hardware Chasing A 5G Future on HotHardware.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-September-2018  23:51:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Ethereum Crypto Mining Performance Benchmarks On The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti on Phoronix.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Jetstream 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8G on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 on NeoSeeker.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti DUKE on Guru3D.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card reviewed on TechReport.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ECS LIVA Z2 Mini PC on Modders-Inc.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 (SM-T835) Tablet Preview on TechARP.

Crucial BX500 480 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Crucial BX500 SSD Review - Fewer Components, Lower Prices on Tweaktown.
ASUSTOR AS4002T Network Attached Storage on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Thermaltake X1 RGB Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM531 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
FNATIC Flick2 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G513 Review - GX Blue Switch keyboard on Vortez.
Logitech G305 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Fnatic Asphalt & Focus 2 Mouse Mat on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-September-2018  14:53:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The current "Retro Let's Play" is Cave Story from 2004. The game itself sees the main character Quote awaken on a strange island, filled with caves, and you begin exploring. Equipped with a basic blaster, you must explore the island and discover all of its secrets. Gameplay is classic, fast-paced side-scrolling platform, shooting and exploration, with plenty of back tracking and secrets to discover, including multiple characters and endings. The game would initially be released for free on Windows, and the original version would get free ports to Mac, Amiga, Linux, Sega Megadrive/Genesis and even the TI Graphing Calculator! It's a freeware game, so there's Windows (and many other) downloads linked in the thread. Thanks elvis!

Meanwhile, thanks to Mitty, g@z and HyRax1 for Misc Pics this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-September-2018  15:22:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
NVIDIA 2080 Ti Linux benchmarks on Phoronix.
Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti RoG Strix on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Benchmark Review on LegitReviews.
Introducing the GeForce RTX 2080 & RTX 2080 Ti on Bjorn3D.
Turing RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Benchmarked with 36 Games on BabeltechReviews.

Input etc:
Fnatic STREAK Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Logitech G305 wireless mouse on Vortez.
Cooler Master's MasterMouse MM531 on TechReport.
AMD Athlon 200GE Review: $55 Zen CPU on TechSpot.

HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB 32GB 2933 MHz on Guru3D.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan Gaming SODIMM 4x 8 GB DDR4-2666 on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Viper RGB 16GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
EasySMX Cool 2000 Headset on OCInside.
Sennheiser HD 660 S headphones on TechPowerUp.

iStorage datAshur PRO 64GB Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Qsan XN3002T Two-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
Toshiba OCZ RC100 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Sunmae Gaming Chair on ThinkComputers.
noblechairs HERO on Vortez.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Preview + Tech Briefing on TechARP.
Deepcool Baronkase Liquid Cooling Case on NikKTech.

NVIDIA RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-September-2018  23:47:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

After months of teasing, we finally have some actual reviews of NVIDIA's RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti video cards. There's not much more to be said at this stage, so here they are:

GeForce RTX 2080 Founders edition on Guru3D.
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders edition on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti on PCPerspective.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080TI Founders Edition & RTX 2080 Founders Edition GPU on Modders-Inc.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti And RTX 2080 Benchmarks: Turing Is A Beast on HotHardware.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card on TechReport.
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti on TechSpot.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Review: No Seriously, Just Buy It on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Founders Edition on OCClub.
ZOTAC GAMING RTX 2080 Ti AMP on Vortez.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11 GB on TechPowerUp.

Discussion is continuing in this thread in our Video Cards forum.

Tuesday Evening (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-September-2018  18:03:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have unveiled the details of their Turing architecture, with coverage on Techgage, Guru3D, PC Perspective, Tweaktown, TechPowerUp, HotHardware. Many other deeper technical details regarding the Turing GPU microarchitecture were kept closer to the vest and revealed only to smaller group of attendees at the event. However, today we’re now able to disclose some of those technical details, new features and capabilities.

Meanwhile TechARP have info on the new AMD Athlon PRO CPUs. AMD just announced the Athlon PRO family of processors, together with the consumer-grade “regular” AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics. This new processor is basically the AMD Athlon APU with enterprise-grade security and reliability features. In this article, we will share with you the official AMD tech briefing on the AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics APUs, including the official slides, and other details.

The EU have approved a controversial copyright directive, thanks Adam. At the heart of the Directive on Copyright are two divisive articles – Article 11 and Article 13 – that have been dubbed the “link tax” and “meme ban” articles respectively. Critics of the Directive on Copyright argue that these articles mean that platforms will have to pay a fee to share a link to a news article and have to start filtering and removing memes. Discussion in this thread.

Linus Torvalds has responded to feedback about his his role and attitude as Linux kernel maintainer. The above is basically a long-winded way to get to the somewhat painful personal admission that hey, I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely. I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private moon tourist in history. SpaceX announced in February 2017 that two passengers would be flying around the moon in the company's Crew Dragon capsule, launched by its Falcon Heavy rocket. But earlier this year, Musk said SpaceX was considering using BFR instead and on Monday confirmed that Maezawa is "the same person" who was announced before, just with a larger group now onboard.

Australian research has shown that loot boxes in games are essentially gambling. This follows news that gambling regulators around the world are formally expressing concerns about loot boxes. Considering the survey findings, it was recommended that games containing loot boxes carry parental advisories and a description that clearly state the presence of "in-game gambling content". Additionally, restricting the sale of games that contain loot boxes to players of the legal gambling age should be given "serious consideration".

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