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Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-September-2020  17:19:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Thermaltake Isurus Pro V2 headset on TechPowerUp.
Blue Yeti X microphone on LanOC.
1MORE ColorBuds True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
EK Fluid Gaming 270 Conquest prebuilt gaming PC on HotHardware.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5i (Intel i7-10700 + RTX 2070 Super) on TechPowerUp.
Moto One 5G Review: Killer Battery Life, Lackluster Cameras on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
PCIe 4.0 vs. PCIe 3.0 GPU Benchmark, Feat. GeForce RTX 3080 FE on TechSpot.
AMD vs. Intel GeForce RTX 3080 Benchmark on TechSpot.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity on Tweaktown.

Storage:
TerraMaster F2-422 10GbE Cloud Storage NAS Server on NikKTech.
Crucial X6 2TB and X8 2TB on LanOC.
Icy Dock MB521SP-B FlexiDock on OCInside.
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung SSD 980 Pro Review: Blazing Fast PCIe 4.0 Storage on HotHardware.
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung 980 Pro 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Thermalright TA140 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Pure Rock 2 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Toughfan 12 High Static Pressure Radiator Fan on FunkyKit.



NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 26-September-2020  16:58:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Following up on the 3080 FE and AIB reviews, we now have the high-end (and eye-wateringly priced) 3090 unveiled. Here's some reviews:

GeForce RTX 3090 (FE) Founder edition on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 3090 GamingPRO OC on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Performance In Blender, Octane, V-Ray, & More on TechGage.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Review: BFGPU Benchmarks Unleashed on HotHardware.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition on Tweaktown.
RTX 3090 Founders Edition - 35+ Games, SPEC & Workstation & GPGPU on BabelTechReviews.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090 Eagle OC on TechPowerUp.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 STRIX OC on TechPowerUp.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity on ThinkComputers.

There's been reports of stability issues, with this site suggesting a possible cause. Not only the editors and testers were surprised by sudden instabilities of the new GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, but also the first customers who were able to get board partner cards from the first wave. An interesting pattern of behavior emerged that did not affect all cards or manufacturers and the problems only occurred at certain boost clock rates above or just around 2 GHz. EVGA have offered some info here.

Discussion continues in this thread.



Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-September-2020  15:05:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!








Thursday Morning (20 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-September-2020  00:51:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The big Australian tech news of the moment would have to be the Government's announcement that the NBN will be upgraded to Fibre-to-the-Home for millions of residences. The upgrade, which NBN Co will finance through borrowing from private debt markets, will give a further six million homes, or 75 per cent of premises along the fixed-line network, access to broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second by 2023. I mean, it sounds awesome. But it sounded awesome back in 2009 when we were meant to get that in the first place, too. Discussion towards the end of this giant thread.

On a related note, Netflix and YouTube were going to lift their bitrate restrictions right about now - did they? I ask because with my woeful NBN connection I have no way to tell, of course. This came in response to concerns by industry that bandwidth-hungry high definition streaming services could saturate under-pressure residential broadband connections. Days later, the government was able to get agreement from the streaming operators to temporarily drop their bitrates.

Also from down under, this amusing blog about hacking Tony Abbott's boarding pass, thanks BWMerlin. So you know when you’re flopping about at home, minding your own business, drinking from your water bottle in a way that does not possess any intent to subvert the Commonwealth of Australia?

FunkyKit have a guide to overclocking the Core i9 10900K to 5.4GHz on all 10 cores. In this article, we’ll show you how to overclock the Intel Core i9-10900K (Comet Lake) from the default speed of 3.7GHz to a whopping 5.4GHz on all 10 cores, by simply changing a few BIOS settings on the ASRock Z490 Steel Legend motherboard. And what’s even better … this was all done using just a standard AIO CPU cooler (no LN2 or dry-ice).

Meanwhile here's NVIDIA's official response to the 3080 launch shenanigans. We expected the best ever demand for the RTX 30-series, but the enthusiasm was overwhelming. We were not prepared for this level, nor were our partners. We apologize for this.

Finally, it appears that Longcat has died. Or perhaps I should say, Longcat is no longer. While Longcat's real name is Shiroi (which means white), Japanese fans gave the cat the initial nickname of Nobiiru or Nobiko, which means "stretch." It wasn't long before the usually stretchy cat was Photoshopped into business charts, historical scenes, outer space and other unlikely places.



3080 AIBs and Retail Launch (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-September-2020  12:33:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Last week we saw the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition reviews, which are essentially a reference design from NVIDIA. The following day we also saw the AIB or "Add-In Board" designs released from various manufacturers - here's some reviews:

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO on Tweaktown.
GALAX GeForce RTX 3080 SG on Guru3D.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro on Guru3D.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity on TechPowerUp.
Palit GeForce RTX 3080 GamingPro OC Review: Big, Custom Ampere on HotHardware.
Palit GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Pro OC on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio 10G on NeoSeeker.
MSI RTX 3080 Gaming X TRIO on OCClub.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio on ThinkComputers.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 TUF Gaming OC on TechPowerUp.

Techgage have an article on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming At 4K, Ultrawide & With RTX On. Since the RTX 3080 is pretty well-known about now, we’ll expedite this intro a bit, and get right into testing. If you want to learn more first about GeForce Ampere, you can check out our announcement article. Otherwise, you can look through our testing methodology preamble, and then jump right into the results.

However the actual retail launch provoked a lot of online angst, with people saying retail sites instantly sold out (more here) and it seems that bots and scalpers may be at least partly to blame. There are also outlandish bids on auction listings, some topping $3000 or $4000 dollars—even on some of the "paper edition" cards. Sorting auctions by highest bid, the current most expensive RTX 3080 is going for $80,000. Something tells me that payment's never coming through.

NVIDIA have officially responded to the shortage. NVIDIA has promised that they along with their partners will be shipping more GeForce RTX 3080 series graphics cards to retailers every day so that those who were planning to purchase a card but couldn't do so due to the half-baked launch day don't miss out the action. NVIDIA also claims that over 50 major global retailers did have inventory at 6 a.m. Pacific Time but they don't say just how big of a quantity there was, to begin with.

Discussion continues in this thread.



Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-September-2020  20:50:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z490 AQUA on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Storage:
Silicon Power US70 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Icy Dock MB741SP-B ExpressCage on OCInside.
SilverStone CP14-E, ECM21-E, ECU02-E Adapters on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Dream Machines DM6 Holey S Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Endgame Gear XM1 RGB mouse on TechPowerUp.
Durgod Taurus K310 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Gigabyte AORUS K1 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Power Supply:
FSP Hydro G Pro 750W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
NZXT C650 650W Power Supply on APHNetworks.

Memory:
Patriot Signature Line 64GB DDR4-3200 SODIMM on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper RGB DDR4-3600 2x16GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.

Misc:
1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones on NikKTech.
Corsair 4000D Airflow case on TechPowerUp.
MeshForce M3 Whole Home WiFi System on MadShrimps.




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