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April 2020 Retro Racing: NFS Porsche Unleashed (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-April-2020  14:00:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's Retro Racing challenge is Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed from way back in 2000. To compete you can use the free playable demo which works on many modern operating systems. Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed gives the player the opportunity to race Porsche cars throughout a range of tracks located in Europe.

click for the thread!

Monday Evening (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-April-2020  19:59:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I missed this last month, but Bill Gate has stepped down from Microsoft's board. “With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company,” Gates said. “Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged with Satya and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world.”

DDR5 seems set to arrive on the desktop sometime this year. It's about that time again in the desktop market to switch to a new memory standard. We first began the transition from DDR3 to DDR4 six years ago, and now memory suppliers are laying the groundwork for the leap from DDR4 to DDR5. So, what kind of advantages will DDR5 offer over its predecessor? Well, SK Hynix is claiming that DDR5 will ultimately offer twice the bandwidth currently available with DDR4 modules.

FunkyKit built a tiny but powerful PC in an open chassis. Once again it’s time for our Funky Kit Team to get a little busy, and this time we’re going to build our very cute mini PC and we’ve called it … Project AMD3D Mini. I’ve always wanted to build a compact, mini-ITX system that’s unique and can stand out from the crowd. And over the past few years, I’ve searched and searched, but just couldn’t find the right type of chassis until now.

HotHardware meanwhile looked at the benefits of upgrading onboard graphics with a discrete GPU. I mean, it's basically just a GPU roundup with some onboard ones included, but given how far onboard graphics have come in the last few years it's an interesting comparison. Obviously, there's still plenty of room to grow though, which is why AMD and NVIDIA have spent years releasing a whole new top-to-bottom lineups of discrete graphics cards. All those desktop systems with integrated graphics are ripe for an upgrade, however, for folks who want to play the latest game titles and breath new life into their machines.

IntelInside spotted this data security SNAFU involving a German military laptop sold on eBay. Weighing in at a hefty 11 pounds, with a tiny 128 MB of working memory and a decades-old Pentium III processor, a used laptop recently bought by a German cybersecurity firm had its heyday long before the first iPhone was built. But the laptop’s new owner says it has one standout feature: Its hard drive carried — without encryption or even password protection — a confidential user manual and schematics for a surface-to-air missile system that Germany’s air force still uses.

TechARP have a list of 9 Free Steam Games to keep you busy. Here are NINE (9) games you can add to your Steam account for FREE for the next 24-48 hours, and they are yours to keep forever!

But if you are finding yourself with plenty of time over the next few weeks, you could maybe boost your career prospects by taking in some free training. It seems to me that people with a lot more time on their hands could be using it to advance their career prospects. So, let's make a thread of resources that are free or that have become free or have a decent free trial, so you can tool up during your downtime. Feel free to add more that you know of!

Sunday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-April-2020  15:37:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you're not going too stir crazy out there.

Half Life: Alyx is apparently an amazing VR experience. I played the final three hours of Half-Life: Alyx in a single session. Before Alyx, I never used VR for more than 30 minutes at a time. I don't get motion sick but I do get generally tired of VR. Tired of having a hunk of plastic strapped to my face, of having to stand and stoop and reach awkwardly around, of not being able to check my phone or have a sip of coffee. But I didn't take a break, or even want to, during the final chapters of Half-Life: Alyx. I wasn't tired. I was completely enthralled and unwilling to stop playing.

If you're wanting to join the fun, BabeltechReviews compared 13 AMD and NVIDIA cards for use in Half Life: Alyx. Half Life: Alyx released on March 23rd to great reviews and it is probably the most important and instantly popular VR game to date. It has just been added to BTR’s regular benchmark suite, and we are going examine its image quality (IQ) and measure the performance of 13 NVIDIA and AMD video cards with the Vive Pro using FCAT-VR.

OCInside modified an AIO cooler to make a more serious custom cooler. Today, an AIO water cooling system is being converted on OCinside.de. We show the conversion of an Antec K240 AIO water cooling with a few components from Alphacool to a flexible test system in a comprehensive video on our YouTube channel.

GamersNexus visited the Lian Li factory to see how PC case panels are made. Due to human malware concerns presently spiraling, the metals factory we visited in Taiwan has more business than ever. Its competition across the ocean is operating at significantly reduced capacity, so companies that can afford to make their products in Taiwan are sourcing parts locally rather than importing them. It was a busy time to visit the factory, affording an incredible opportunity to film the full process of how sheet metal is made. Lian Li is a customer of this factory, using its metal for networking chassis and sometimes DIY cases.

Australia's Communications Alliance have asked people to consider their bandwidth usage during peak times. Although many internet providers have increased or fully removed data caps on customers' monthly plans to help people working from home, Communications Alliance suggested that people generate less data traffic, and avoid downloading and uploading large files during peak times. Peak times now include daytime hours, and CA said "it can make a big difference if you can plan ahead and download a movie or other large files between 9pm and 9am." Furthermore, if customers have a choice of image quality, they should pick standard definition (SD) over 1080p high definition (HD) or 4K Ultra HD for streaming video, the industry body advised.

Leroy noticed that the games "Gone Home" and "Hob" are free on Epic Games this week. The first of this week’s free games is Fullbright’s acclaimed 2013 atmospheric mystery game Gone Home. In Gone Home, you arrive home after a year abroad and explore your house in order to learn what happened while you were away. I can’t say too much more without getting into spoiler territory, but Gone Home is widely regarded as a great game, as its 86 on Metacritic and 9 here at DualShockers suggest.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-April-2020  13:04:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
CORSAIR Scimitar RGB Elite MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Cougar Ultimus RGB Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
XPG Core Reactor Gold ATX Power Supply on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Reactor Gold 750W on OCInside.
Super Flower Leadex III ARGB Gold 550W on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
LG V60 ThinQ 5G Review: Dual Display, Almost Flagship on HotHardware.
System76 Thelio Major Linux workstation on Phoronix.

Crucial MX500 2TB SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
Lexar Professional SL100 Pro 500GB USB 3.1 Gen 2 External SSD on APHNetworks.
Patriot P300 PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD on Vortez.
Crucial BX500 2TB SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD on MadShrimps.
ADATA SE760 Ultra Fast 1TB USB-C Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds on NikKTech.
HyperX Cloud MIX Wired Gaming Headset with Bluetooth on FunkyKit.

GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master Motherboard on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti video card on Modders-Inc.
Scythe Shuriken 2 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-April-2020  13:56:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I don't mean to brag, but I bought some toilet paper on Wednesday. That's right baby, 18 rolls of triple-ply gold. Anyhoo, thanks to Axe, metamorphosis and mpot this week!

Thursday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-April-2020  00:42:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Peter Tonoli, the Vice President of Electronic Frontiers Australia, passed away recently. Peter had been involved in protecting digital rights in Australia since the foundation of the internet in early 1990's. He was involved in the first community ISP in Australia. He was unwavering in his support of community groups, and never failed to take responsibility for those groups he was involved and encouraged new members to find their place and EFA would not be what it is today without his contribution.

PCWorld looked at how Zen 2 works in a laptop. AMD’s Zen 2 core performance has been well-tested in desktops. The new element here is how performance will be affected by the limited thermals, power, and acoustics of the typical laptop. There's some more reviews in the most recent Reviews post, too.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, ServeTheHome looked at a new 18-core Intel Xeon. When we first heard about the Intel Xeon W-2295 it sounded like an exciting part. For $1,333 (USD) this is a high-frequency 18-core part that would fall between the Intel Xeon E-2288G and Intel Xeon W-3275 for Xeon Workstations. These Xeon W parts also make for interesting options in the single-socket server market, and the Xeon W-2295 is no exception.

If you're not having much luck with Folding@Home or want to try something different, metamorphosis points out that Rosetta@home is fighting COVID-19 too. Folding@home and Rosetta@home are complimentary projects: Folding@home's strength is modeling the process of protein folding, while Rosetta@home's strength is computing protein design and predicting protein structure and docking.

3D printing is coming to the rescue for COVID-19 too, including from the University of Wollongong. The University of Wollongong has joined a number of global organisations including Renault and Tesla pivoting their operations to 3D print medical supplies to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from the university are working with the Illawarra SHoalhaven Local Health District to determine what can be produced using local 3D printing capabilities, such as face shields or parts for ventilators.

I can't work out if this is real or not, but apparently there are robots enforcing lockdown in Tunisia. In a series of videos that have been widely shared on social media, Tunisians have been approached by remote-controlled vehicles asking if they're aware of lockdown rules. According to one of the videos, which is akin to a scene from a sci-fi movie, a man is confronted by one of the robots as he steps onto an empty street in the capital Tunis. The robot castigates the man, asking: "Are you aware of the lockdown?" and demands to know where he is going.

Wahoo84 sent word that World War Z is free from Epic Games at the moment. World War Z is a heart-pounding four-player cooperative third-person shooter featuring massive swarms of zombies that recklessly rush their living prey. Sounds like buying toilet paper at Woolies lately.

If, like me, you're missing the world of motorsport because everything is cancelled, you might get sucked into Marbula One. There's literally and figuratively NOTHING better to do than watching glass spheres, plastic track/sand, and gravity happen... It's more entertaining than watching humans doing anything right now!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-April-2020  23:53:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooler Master MasterAir G200P CPU Heatsink on APHNetworks.
Scythe Big Shuriken 3 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Silicon Power BOLT B80 1TB Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Lexar SL100 Pro Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Lexar SL100 Pro Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Silicon Power Armor A80 Waterproof & Shockproof Portable HDD on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Review: Ryzen 4000 Mobile Unleashed on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS Review: Mobile Ryzen goes full throttle on TechSpot.

Star Control: Origins - Earth Rising Expansion game on OCClub.
Resident Evil 3: PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
Resident Evil 3 Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis - 27 Graphics Cards Compared on TechPowerUp.
DOOM Eternal Benchmarked at 8K - Not Even The Devil Can Run This on Tweaktown.
Resident Evil 3 Benchmarked: Survival horror that your GPU can likely handle on TechSpot.

EVGA RTX 2060 KO Video Card Review and LN2 Overclocking on HWAsylum.
TEAM T-Force XTREEM ARGB DDR4-3600 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Aerocool Aero One Eclipse case on TechPowerUp.
Glorious PC Gaming Race Model D Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Antec Signature 1300W Platinum Power Supply on Tweaktown.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-March-2020  23:19:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard on NikKTech.
EVGA Z390 Dark Motherboard on NikKTech.

Corsair A500 High Performance Dual Fan CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX (Passively cooled) on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 KalmX on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT DUAL OC on Tweaktown.
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC III Ultra on TechPowerUp.

HyperX FURY DDR4-3733 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4 32GB 4000MHZ CL17 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

TerraMaster F2-210 NAS on FunkyKit.
Team Group MP33 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Comino Otto Master SFF PC (i9-9900K + 2080 Ti) on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Series For Laptops Exlpored: Zen 2 Mobile Unleashed on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Odin Gaming ZeroGravity XL Mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Tecware Phantom 87 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on HWAsylum.

Audio Visual:
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 on LanOC.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM: 1080p 280Hz IPS Gaming Monitor on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MH650 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
HiFiMAN TWS600 wireless earphones on TechPowerUp.

DOOM Eternal Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis - 26 Graphics Cards Compared on TechPowerUp.
Doom Eternal Review: Hellrazer on Tweaktown.
Doom Eternal: Demon Killing Gameplay And GPU Performance on HotHardware.
DOOM Eternal PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Evaluating NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 Quality And Performance In Mech 5 And Control on HotHardware.

noblechairs EPIC, HERO, and ICON Gaming Chairs: The Black Edition on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 750W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Silencio S600 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Folding@Home hits an Exaflop (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-March-2020  16:41:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Folding@Home's distributed supercomputer continues to break records. In an astounding accomplishment powered by normal people around the world joining forces to beat the coronavirus, the administrators of the Folding@Home network reported today that the network has passed one exaFLOP of compute power, which is the equivalent of ten times the compute power of the world's fastest supercomputer, Summit. It's also more raw compute power than the top 103 supercomputers in the world, combined.

If you want to get involved and help fight COVID-19 with your spare CPU or GPU cycles, just download the client, enter your details and go. To be part of Team OCAU, choose 24 as your team number. Definitely request and (eventually) apply your passcode as that enables you to receive bonus points for completing work units. Jump into this thread if you have any questions.

Misc Pics (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-March-2020  13:57:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kinda hard to give a chipper greeting this week, it's getting crazy out there. One positive aspect is that the forums are busier than they've been in quite a while. If you're new here, welcome! If you've returned due to social isolation boredom, welcome back! Thanks to metamorphosis, mpot, RnR and Andrew this week. Stay safe!

For an extra bonus, here's a silly cat video (turn the sound on) which amused me recently.. enjoy your weekend, as much as possible under the circumstances!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-March-2020  00:50:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Cougar Minos XC Gaming Gear Combo on FunkyKit.

Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Halo on TechPowerUp.
T-FORCE CK-5 Liquid Coolant Kit on BabelTechReviews.

Intel 665P 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD on FunkyKit.
Silicon Power Superior Pro microSDXC UHS-II 128GB Memory Card on Tweaktown.

Deepcool Gamer Storm Macube 310P on Guru3D.
MSI Optix MPG341CQR 34-inch 144 Hz Gaming Monitor on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-5000 MHz CL18 2x 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Tuesday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-March-2020  00:34:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope you're all staying safe during these COVID-19 restrictions. If you haven't seen this video yet, please watch it! Update: not from the Government! But good info anyway. In about 8 minutes it clearly explains the current situation, how pandemics behave and why we need to self-isolate:

click for the video!

There's also a very busy discussion thread here in our Current Events forum.

In the meantime, the Folding@Home effort to research COVID-19 has resulted in the most powerful supercomputer in the world, and presumably the most powerful in history. Propelled by average enthusiasts in their shared quest to defeat COVID-19, the Folding@Home network is now pushing out 470 PetaFLOPS of raw compute power. To put that in perspective, that's twice as fast as Summit, the world's fastest supercomputer, making the network faster than any known supercomputer. It's also faster than the top seven supercomputers in the world, combined. More info here.

On that note, if you do have an idle GPU and want to get involved with Folding@Home, as mentioned earlier you can start by downloading the client, and if you want to be part of Team OCAU, simply select team 24 in the options. We've seen a lot of new active users join the team lately which is great. There's a discussion thread here if you need help setting it up.

However, make sure you only get the Folding@Home client from the official site as there is some sneaky malware doing the rounds, thanks metamorphosis.

Another way you can use your time productively is to help classify museum collections online. Online DigiVol volunteers are asked to transcribe specimen labels, notebooks, field data and even camera-trap images of Aussie animals. You can volunteer for as long (or as little) as you like. Volunteers don’t need to commit to a specific duration. “We value everybody’s contributions no matter how big or small,” says DigiVol’s Danielle Northey. Spend your newly found time at home trawling through not only the Australian Museum’s archives, but also that of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National History Museum of Utah, to name a few.

Meanwhile the NBN might not be up to the task of entertaining everyone at home, so the Government has asked media providers to lower the bandwidth of their streaming products. Streaming companies such as Netflix and Stan have been asked by communications minister Paul Fletcher to consider reducing the amount of data required for streaming videos over the internet as the national broadband network plans for large swathes of the population working from home.

Otherwise, there's a few free games available to tide you over during isolation. The freebies span multiple platforms and storefronts, with most of the options available on PC from stores like Steam, GOG, and Itch.io. Notably, you can snag Tomb Raider (2013) and the spin-off Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for free on Steam right now, while The Stanley Parable and Watch Dogs are currently free on Epic. On mobile, be sure to snag Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey along with Kingdom Rush Frontiers. That article is a few days old but hopefully the goodies are still available.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-March-2020  23:31:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Patriot Viper VPR100 RGB SSD on ThinkComputers.
Silicon Power Superior 128GB microSDHC/SDXC UHS-I Card on FunkyKit.
iStorage cloudAshur Cloud Encryption Module on NikKTech.
Western Digital Red Pro WD141KFGX 14TB Hard Drive on APHNetworks.
Toshiba P300 6TB Desktop PC Hard Drive on MadShrimps.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN3004R NAS Server on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming on Tweaktown.
XFX RX 5600 XT THICC 3 Ultra on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Creative Outlier Gold Wireless In Ears on LanOC.
Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA Shield Android TV 2019 on Guru3D.

Fractal Era ITX on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Era mITX on APHNetworks.
Fractal Era ITX on LanOC.
Fractal Design Era ITX Titanium Gray on Guru3D.
Fractal Design Era ITX on Modders-Inc.

HyperX FURY 64GB DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H : 8C/16T High Performance Mobile APU on TechARP.
Enermax AQUAFUSION WHITE 120 AIO Liquid Cooler on FunkyKit.
AZIO Retro Classic BT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
HP ZBook 17 G6 Has The Most Impressive Mobile Workstation Performance We've Seen Yet on Phoronix.
Elgato Key Light Air desk lighting on Tweaktown.

Folding@Home with OCAU against COVID-19 (6 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-March-2020  00:29:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have an idle GPU, you could help out with COVID-19 research by joining Folding@Home. I have started again after probably a decade off and boy do the GPUs help rack up the points now!

If you're keen, consider joining up under Team 24 for OCAU. You can get started by downloading the client, and there's a discussion thread here if you have any questions.

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-March-2020  14:24:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Axe this week! Fairly COVID-19 heavy batch this week - stay safe out there!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-March-2020  22:56:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Master on Guru3D.
ASRock X299 Creator Intel LGA 2066 Motherboard on OCInside.

Lian Li Strimer Plus on LanOC.
Cougar Blazer Chassis on Guru3D.

Noctua NH-L9i Chromax.Black Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Gigabyte Aorus Liquid Cooler 240 on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Halo Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
Tronsmart Onyx Neo True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper V380 RGB 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on HWAsylum.
YoLuke 5MP PTZ WiFi Security Camera video review by OCClub.
HyperX Cloud Flight S Wireless Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MH670 Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
Creative SXFI Theater Super X-Fi Low-Latency Wireless Headphones on NikKTech.
Swann Smart Security System 8-Channel 4K Professional NVR on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC II Ultra on TechPowerUp.
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT THICC 2 on Guru3D.

Sabrent Rocket Nano USB 3.2 External Aluminum SSD on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB SSD 500GB on FunkyKit.
Galax HOF Pro E16 2TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
ORICO GV100 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Toshiba P300 4TB Desktop PC Hard Drive on MadShrimps.
Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent USB 3.2 Tool-Free NVMe SSD Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Lexar SL100 Pro Portable 500 GB on Modders-Inc.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G smartphone on HotHardware.
Wentai Aidan 1616 W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Razer DeathAdder V2 Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

News (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-March-2020  18:32:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Whoops, I knew I should have posted some news yesterday. :) Don't be alarmed, the older stories have just expired from the page. News catchup soon!

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-March-2020  14:15:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to RnR and Axe this week!

Friday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-March-2020  00:03:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This from OCAU member tired: Folding@Home taking up the fight against COVID-19. Folding@home is joining researchers around the world working to better understand the 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to accelerate the open science effort to develop new life-saving therapies. By downloading Folding@Home, you can donate your unused computational resources to the Folding@home Consortium, where researchers working to advance our understanding of the structures of potential drug targets for 2019-nCoV that could aid in the design of new therapies. The data you help us generate will be quickly and openly disseminated as part of an open science collaboration of multiple laboratories around the world, giving researchers new tools that may unlock new opportunities for developing lifesaving drugs.

BabelTechReviews have a 12-game VR showdown between Navi and Turing. We now present a twelve-game VR performance showdown using FCAT VR measuring frametimes and unconstrained performance.

TechSpot meanwhile used a Threadripper 3990X to push the VRMs on their motherboard. The CPU of choice is naturally the Threadripper 3990X and for testing we have two configurations: a completely stock configuration with nothing but XMP loaded, and a second OC configuration which sees the 3990X overclocked to 3.8 GHz using 1.3v. We could have run at 4 GHz but we didn't think much would change, so to ensure stability across all boards we opted for 3.8 GHz. For those wondering, the typical power draw from the wall was around 450 watts when stock, while the overclock configuration was sucking down around 850 watts (!).

OCClub have a slightly oddball article about aspect ratio and its effect on FPS. How much an impact, if any, does the aspect ratio have on performance? Beyond any doubt, 16:9 is the most common aspect ratio, and the differences between a 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 display or image can be thought of in terms of sampling frequency (120 for 1920x1080 and 160 for 2560x1440), but between widescreen 16:9 and ultrawide 21:9 or standard 4:3, the differences are not so linear.

The EU is set to introduce Right to Repair legislation. If the European Parliament were to pass legislation, it would extend its eco-design law to cover phones, tablets and computers, and likely force tech companies to completely rethink the designs of their products. The legislation would also require those same companies to provide easy to access information related to the repairability and durability of their products. At the moment, most consumers have to turn to websites like iFixit to find information on how to fix their devices. "Single-use will be restricted, premature obsolescence tackled and the destruction of unsold durable goods banned," the Commission said.

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-March-2020  19:08:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Patriot Viper VPR100 RGB 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD on FunkyKit.
HyperX SAVAGE EXO 480GB USB-C Gaming SSD on FunkyKit.
Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD on HWAsylum.
Crucial X8 portable SSD on Vortez.
ADATA SE800 Portable SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Razer Kraken Ultimate Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Creative SXFI AIR C Headphones on MadShrimps.
RIOTORO Aviator Classic Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Logitech Pro X Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Creative Sound BlasterX H6 on Modders-Inc.
Schiit Audio Hel High Power DAC/AMP on FunkyKit.
Fnatic React Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.

Gamerstorm Macube 310P Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
XPG Battlecruiser on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone SETA A1 on ThinkComputers.
Cougar CONQUER 2 video review by OCClub.

The Political Machine 2020 game on OCClub.
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock for laptops on Tweaktown.
Gryphon Tower Mesh WiFi System on TechPowerUp.
ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MM711 on OCInside.
Galax GeForce RTX 2070 Super HOF 10 Year Anniversary on TechPowerUp.
NZXT Kraken X63 liquid cooler on Guru3D.


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