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Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-August-2018  21:42:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's been a lot of leaks and rumours about the new NVIDIA GPUs over the last few weeks, but we should finally have the facts soon. NVIDIA have a twitch stream running which will apparently be making the official announcement in under 6 hours from now. Plenty of discussion in this thread in our Video Cards forum.

An Australian teen is in hot water after apparently hacking Apple. The story became more interesting when it was found that he saved all the instructions for hacking and the hacked data in a folder named “hacky hack hack.” The hacker in question has pleaded guilty in the court, and the magistrate has decided to announce the sentence by next week because of the complexities involved in the case.

Google are using AI to cool datacentres. Now, Google says, it has effectively handed control to the algorithm, which is managing cooling at several of its data centers all by itself. “It’s the first time that an autonomous industrial control system will be deployed at this scale, to the best of our knowledge,” says Mustafa Suleyman, head of applied AI at DeepMind, the London-based artificial-intelligence company Google acquired in 2014.

If the crypto-fuelled price rises on GPUs have annoyed you, NVIDIA may have good news - that they expect to no longer make any money from that market. Although Nvidia’s report said the company was expecting a decline in GPU sales and “cryptocurrency-specific products” from a peak of $289 million last quarter to about $100 million this quarter, the actual revenue for its crypto-specific products ended up being a mere $18 million. That’s a 93 percent decrease in just three months. “Whereas we had previously anticipated cryptocurrency to be meaningful for the year, we are now projecting no contributions going forward,” Nvidia’s report reads. Personally I dabbled a bit in Nicehash but stopped a few months ago.

ARM have revealed a new CPU roadmap, showing plans to tackle AMD and Intel in the mobile market. We have been given a roadmap of the next two generations of products from the company that are intended to compete in not only the cellphone market, but also in the laptop market. ARM has thrown down the gauntlet and their sights are set on Intel and AMD. Not only is ARM showing us the codenames for these products, but also the relative performance.

Techgage report from SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver. SIGGRAPH is the place to be if your job revolves around graphics technology. You not only get to see the latest graphics tech up close, you also get to peer into the future. You of course also get to refine your craft by keeping-up on cutting-edge technologies and techniques.

Meanwhile, GamingNexus sent a self-described "clueless noob" to the Call of Duty World Championship. From what I have gleaned listening to my son play online matches, Call of Duty fans are A) an average of fifteen years old, B) insanely cruel, and C) super racist. I am hoping to have the opportunity to drop the dad hammer on some rabid pipsqueaks that I overhear being mean to each other, safe in the knowledge that I can use my press pass to scurry away to safety if they turn on me.

SiliconAngel sent word of a remote Spectre attack. Honestly it's hard to keep track of these things lately. Until now, Spectre attacks have required malicious code to be running on a vulnerable machine to potentially extract passwords, keys, and other secrets, from the memory of other software on the computer. Now, here comes NetSpectre: a technique for potentially extracting private information from another device on the network without requiring any exploit code on the target box, albeit exfiltrating it rather slowly. There are potentially billions of computers, gadgets, and gizmos at some degree of risk.



Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-August-2018  18:23:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Linux vs. Windows Benchmark: Threadripper 2990WX vs. Core i9-7980XE Tested on TechSpot.
A Look At The Windows vs. Linux Scaling Performance Up To 64 Threads With The AMD 2990WX on Phoronix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop on Vortez.
Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DH10J on MadShrimps.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704) Gaming Laptop Sneak Preview on TechARP.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Fnatic Flick 2 Optical Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
COUGAR ULTIMUS RGB Keyboard on Funkykit.

Cases:
Thermaltake Level 20 GT RGB Plus Full Tower on NikKTech.
Azza Storm 6000 on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
NZXT E850 Digital Power Supply on PCPerspective.
Lian-Li Strimer RGB power cable thingy on Guru3D.

Misc:
Cougar Fortress Gaming Backpack on FunkyKit.
Corsair H100i Pro RGB watercooler on Vortez.



Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-August-2018  14:41:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









Friday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-August-2018  14:19:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Windows Server vs. Linux Performance On The Threadripper 2990WX on Phoronix.
ASRock B450M Pro4 on Vortez.
AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2950X CPU on TechReport.

Input Etc:
Gamdias Hades M1 Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
iKBC CD108 BT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
iStorage diskAshur 2 1TB PIN Authenticated Portable USB 3.1 Hard Drive on NikKTech.
HP S600 240GB SATA SSD on LegitReviews.
Kingston UV500/480G SSD on Modders-Inc.

Cooling:
Corsair H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Arctic Accelero Xtreme IV GPU Cooler on HotHardware.
Raijintek Orcus 240 AIO cooler on Guru3D.

Misc:
Cougar Armor S Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
TRENDnet TWC-L10 Wi-Fi Light Bulb Security Camera on Tweaktown.
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ Review: 4K 144Hz HDR Is Finally Here on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on HotHardware.



Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-August-2018  17:09:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yet another Intel CPU vulnerability has been uncovered - this time it's called Foreshadow. The researchers reported these findings to Intel earlier this year, and the company’s own analysis into the causes of the vulnerability led to the discovery of a new variant of Foreshadow, called Foreshadow-NG. This particular variant is theoretically capable of bypassing the earlier fixes introduced to protect computers against Meltdown and Spectre — potentially re-exposing millions of computers globally to attacks. Intel has since release patches and updates to mitigate all varients of Foreshadow. However, more research will need to be done to understand the full impact of the Foreshadow-NG variant. More info here on Redhat, and there's a Windows 10 patch already. Discussion here.

NVIDIA have unveiled their new next-gen Turing GPU architecture at SIGGRAPH 2018. The next generation of NVIDIA’s GPU designs, Turing will be incorporating a number of new features and is rolling out this year. While the focus of today’s announcements is on the professional visualization (ProViz) side of matters, we expect to see this used in other upcoming NVIDIA products as well. And by the same token, today’s reveal should not be considered an exhaustive listing of all of Turing’s features.

There's a bit of an uproar about Google storing location data, even if you turn that feature off. Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. (It’s possible, although laborious, to delete it.)

The Government have provided info on how they plan to target encryption. “The Australian government has no interest in undermining systems that protect the fundamental security of communications,” it said. However, the government plans to compel a range of companies that make up end-to-end communications services "to enable access to a particular service, particular device or particular item of software". The targeted provider must come up with a method "which would not systemically weaken these products across the market." So a magic backdoor that can only be exploited by the good guys. What could possibly go wrong?



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-August-2018  15:27:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and 2990WX on PC Perspective.
Mega-Tasking Test: AMD Threadripper 2990WX Heavy Multitasking on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Processor on LegitReviews.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 16-core 2950X & 32-core 2990WX Processors on Techgage.
BIOSTAR Racing X470GT8 AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
Etymotic ER3XR in-ear headphones on TechPowerUp.
Searching for the right poolside portable speaker on LanOC.
BlitzWolf BW-ANC1 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Earphones on NikKTech.
Reolink Argus 2 Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera on NikKTech.
Asus RoG Swift PG27UQ - 4K G-SYNC 144Hz Gaming Monitor on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries' Rival 600 gaming mouse on TechReport.
CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Corsair K70 MK.2 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Fnatic miniSTREAK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Fnatic STREAK keyboard on Vortez.
EasySMX ESM-9013 Wireless Gamepad on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Moto Z3 Play Review: Have Mods, Will Travel on HotHardware.
HP Envy x360 13 laptop on TechSpot.

Misc:
Bond Home Smart Ceiling Fan Controller on BigBruin.
Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 router on Vortez.
Titus&Wayne Luft Qi Filterless Air Purifier Video Review on APHNetworks.
Mushkin Pilot NVMe SSD Review - The American SM2262 on Tweaktown.
Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3466 on Modders-Inc.
Enermax Platimax D.F. 750W 80+ Platinum PSU on FunkyKit.
The New 3GB GeForce GTX 1050: Good Product or Misleading Product? on TechSpot.
Corsair Carbide SPEC-06 RGB case on Vortez.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-August-2018  18:44:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on at any moment in the forums is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!



Sgt Bilko has very tidy
RGB watercooled PC

PrawnBoy is working on
a 3D-printed drone

Rainey has a large
model railway project

hoopstar is retro-fitting
an 80's Coleco mini-arcade

as well as building a
racing simulator cockpit

and samus reviewed the
2018 Subaru Outback Premium



Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-August-2018  14:57:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Enthusiast-friendly PC case manufacturer CaseLabs has shut down, laying the blame squarely at the feet of recent tariffs imposed by the US Government. We are very sad to announce that CaseLabs and its parent company will be closing permanently. We have been forced into bankruptcy and liquidation. The tariffs have played a major role raising prices by almost 80% (partly due to associated shortages), which cut deeply into our margins. The default of a large account added greatly to the problem. It hit us at the worst possible time. We reached out for a possible deal that would allow us to continue on and persevere through these difficult times, but in the end, it didn’t happen. Discussion here.

Australia now has a National Data Commissioner. She has the difficult task of supervising the public data system at a time when projects like the publication of de-identified health records that researchers used to re-identify patients, and more recently, the My Health Record, have damaged public trust. The role will see her find ways to promote greater use of data while building trust in the government’s capabilities in that area.

TechPowerUp compared 15 video cards in the game Monster Hunter: World. Monster Hunter: World brings the epic fight against huge enemies to the PC platform. The port is well done, and runs well, especially on AMD graphics cards. Our performance review looks at this in detail, using 15 graphics cards. We also investigated VRAM usage and CPU core scaling.

HardOCP compared video cards too, with a NVIDIA GPU generational performance analysis. The topic of review is being divided into multiple parts so we can best facilitate testing. We are covering a wide range of GPUs, games, and game settings. We are covering NVIDIA and AMD, starting with NVIDIA. The purpose of this series is to find out how GPUs have evolved in terms of real-world gaming performance over the last five years. It should tell us if the upgrading we’ve done over the years actually means something and how much it actually means in terms of performance.

Phoronix meanwhile compared Windows 10 vs Linux on the new Threadripper 2990WX CPU. When receiving the Threadripper 2 review launch kit, included with the bundle was a Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD and on there was a fresh Windows 10 installation setup by AMD. When seeing that, prior to wiping that, I ran some benchmarks of that Windows 10 Pro Build 17134 setup and compared it to a few Linux distributions on this same system while maintaining the hardware's configuration and BIOS settings.

This mind-bending article details how someone found a hardcoded "god mode" in 2004-era VIA CPUs, thanks metamorphosis. Domas followed the "trail of breadcrumbs," as he put it, from one patent to another and figured out that certain VIA chipsets were covered by the patents. Then he collected many old VIA C3 machines and spent weeks fuzzing code. He even built a testing rig consisting of seven Nehemiah-based thin clients hooked up to a power relay that would power-cycle the machines every couple of minutes, because his fuzzing attempts would usually crash the systems. After three weeks, he had 15 GB of log data — and the instructions to flip on the backdoor in the hidden RISC chip.

It's good to see the demo scene is still going strong - here's the winners from the 2018 Assembly contest. More info here.



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