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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.

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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!


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