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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: itís 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 userís 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.


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