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October 2018
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X CPUs (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-October-2018  14:24:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yesterday two new 2nd-generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs were launched by AMD. For more details see OCAU's review of course, but here's a few more from around the net:

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X & 2970WX Linux Performance Benchmarks on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X And 2970WX on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX on Guru3D.
AMD Threadripper 2970WX & 2920X on TechSpot.

Discussion continues in this thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-October-2018  14:14:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
FiiO M3K Portable High Resolution Music Player on NikKTech.
Audeara A-01 Wireless Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Audeze Mobius Gaming Headset on HardOCP.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard on Techgage.
Thermaltake Ttesports Iris Optical RGB Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP860 Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.

Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M on Guru3D.

Video Cards:
MSI RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO on Vortez.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Graphics Card on LegitReviews.

ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming Motherboard on HardOCP.
Sennheiser GSA 50 & GSA 15 mousepad and headphone hanger on Vortez.
CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock on Tweaktown.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X CPUs (6 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-October-2018  00:03:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Booj has reviewed the shiny new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X CPUs. With 24 cores (48 threads) and 12 cores (24 threads) respectively, they may seem a little crazy for desktop CPUs. But maybe they're just the kind of crazy you need:

click for the review!

Monday Midday (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-October-2018  12:35:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the top 1% of NBN users consume 1TB per month. NBN Co chief technology officer Ray Owen said during his keynote at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin that the top 14 per cent of end-users are consuming half of all data on the network. Owen also said that 4.4 million premises are now activated and that the NBN broadband access network is carrying around 30 petabytes of data every day, which is the equivalent of about 15 trillion pages of printed text.

Maybe they could store all their downloads on WD's new 15TB HDD, although you're more likely to see it in a datacentre. As an addition to the industry’s first 14TB SMR HDD family, the 15TB enterprise-class Ultrastar DC HC620 host-managed SMR HDD reflects another industry first, continuing our tradition of delivering the highest capacity enterprise-class HDDs in the market.

Also from the Press Release pile: IBM are acquiring Red Hat. "The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market," said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "IBM will become the world's #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses. Discussion in this thread.

We think of GPUs as being for gaming, but of course they are also used for 3D rendering. Techgage looked into AMD Radeon ProRender performance, while LegitReviews looked at GeForce RTX performance in RedShift's benchmark. Techgage follow up with GeForce RTX in Octane, Redshift and V-Ray. We don’t have Quadro RTX in the house for testing (yet), but we do have GeForce RTX, and in case you were wondering: they do in fact work just fine for workstation use. We’re pitting the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, and 2070 (among eight others) against OctaneRender, Redshift, and V-Ray.

Meanwhile BabelTechReviews have an RTX 2070 vs GTX 1080 overclocking showdown using 35 games. Aside from its obvious better “looks” and backplate of the all-metal build of the Founders Edition versus the more plastic-looking and raw PCB back of the Black, is the Founders Edition worth $100 more in overclocked performance? We are also going to compare the overclocked performance of our two RTX 2070s versus the GTX 1080 Founders Edition to see how it fares when fully overclocked.

Self-driving cars have taken another step, with Tesla rolling out Navigate on Autopilot. Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance feature for Enhanced Autopilot that, with driver supervision, guides a car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting and making lane changes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits. It’s designed to make finding and following the most efficient path to your destination even easier on the highway when Autopilot is in use.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-October-2018  11:20:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Checking in on Intel's Core i7-5775C for gaming in 2018 on TechReport.
Intel Core i7-9700K on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Motherboard on OCInside.
ASRock Z390 Taichi (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV X on Guru3D.
Thermaltake View 37 RGB Mid-Tower on NikKTech.

ID-COOLING AuraFlow 240 AIO High Performance CPU Liquid Cooler on NikKTech.
Akasa Vegas AR7 120mm fan on Vortez.
ADATA XPG Storm M.2 Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Swiftech H360 X3 AIO on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Hydro Series H115i Platinum CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo Yoga C930 Review: Dolby Vision HDR And Atmos Deliver on HotHardware.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Gaming Laptop Preview on TechARP.
Dell G7 15 (7588) Gaming Laptop In-Depth Review on TechARP.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Rival 710 Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro & Fury S Speed Edition mice on Vortez.

Dell Business Thunderbolt Dock on Tweaktown.
CORSAIR Force Series MP300 480GB M.2 SSD on MadShrimps.
Dell Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD on Tweaktown.
HyperX FURY RGB 480GB SATA SSD on FunkyKit.
Crucial P1 1TB NVMe SSD - Crucial's First NVMe SSD Uses QLC on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones on NikKTech.
Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR Monitor on TechARP.
Sennheiser GSP 550 headset on Vortez.

Team T-Force Xcalibur RGB DDR4-3600 16GB on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG Spectrix D80 DDR4-3600 32GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Patriot Viper RGB PC4-25600 2x8GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Deepcool Gamer Storm DQ750-M Power Supply on Guru3D.

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-October-2018  15:08:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Thursday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-October-2018  15:34:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a major security hole in libssh, thanks metamorphosis. Last week a vulnerability was disclosed regarding a ridiculously easy authentication bypass vulnerability in libssh. Since then, multiple tools and scripts have been released that allow attackers to remotely exploit this vulnerability in order to remotely execute commands on vulnerable devices. Discussion here.

If you want a computer nostalgia hit, check out the Computer Magazines Archive on archive.org. Rising from user support groups, computer companies themselves, and publishing houses willing to risk cash and time to fund them, these magazines set the stage for the home computer revolution. This collection consists of dozens of magazine runs, digitized from fading piles of older magazines by an army of anonymous contributors. In some cases, quality is variant, due to the rareness of the issues.

AMD have reported positive financial results for the fifth quarter in a row. “We delivered our fifth straight quarter of year-over-year revenue and net income growth driven largely by the accelerated adoption of our Ryzen, EPYC and datacenter graphics products,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “Client and server processor sales increased significantly although graphics channel sales were lower in the quarter. Looking forward, we believe we are well positioned for further market share gains as we continue making significant progress towards our long-term financial targets.”

You might remember the story from a while ago about Apple slowing down phones via a software update. Curiously I was talking about this with a friend earlier this week and I thought it was reasonable enough at the time given Apple's explanation about battery life, although they could have handled it more transparently. Anyway, the Italian competition watchdog does not agree with me, and have fined Apple and Samsung a few million Euros each. Apple acknowledged last year that iPhone software had the effect of slowing down some phones with battery problems, but denied it had ever done anything to intentionally shorten the life of a product. The firm apologized for its actions and cut battery replacement costs. It has also said it would change its software to show users whether their phone batteries were working well. The Samsung issue sounds a bit tenuous to me, being more of an optimisation issue than a deliberate slow-down.

Tim Cook of Apple has meanwhile expressed concerns about data collection. Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted Silicon Valley tech companies and their abuse of user privacy in a keynote address at a privacy conference in Brussels Wednesday, saying personal information is being "weaponized against us with military efficiency."

But can that info be used for good? It can be used to predict crime, say Australian researchers. In Brisbane, the system was found to be 16% more accurate at predicting assaults than current models, 6% more accurate for predicting unlawful entry, 4% better for drug offences and theft and 2% better for fraud prediction.

Thursday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-October-2018  11:59:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Cougar Surpassion mouse on TechPowerUp.
Keyboard Maintenance 101 ft. Cooler Master MasterAccessory Maintenance Kit on APHNetworks.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X on OCClub.
GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming SLI/ac Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5 9600K processor on Guru3D.
Intel Core i7 9700K processor on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero on Guru3D.
MSI MEG Z390 ACE on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming Motherboard on HardOCP.

Audio Visual:
Creative Sound BlasterX G5 Portable Sound Card on Modders-Inc.
BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector In-Depth Review on TechARP.

Antec Dark Fleet DF-500 on TechPowerUp.
Phanteks Evolv X on GamersNexus.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Gaming Laptop Preview on TechARP.

Power Supply:
Mistel Vision MX650 Fanless 650W on TechPowerUp.
EVGA 650GM 650W SFX on JonnyGuru.
Asus ROG Thor 1200W on KitGuru.

Video Cards:
RTX 2070 vs RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 1070 on HardOCP.
Hardware Asylum Podcast - Exploring the Hype Behind The Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti on HWAsylum.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 OC on Vortez.
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Dual on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti NVLink SLI Scaling Explored on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition on LegitReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Linux Gaming Benchmarks on Phoronix.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock on FunkyKit.
Samsung Bar Plus 256GB Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
Buffalo Linkstation 520 2-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.

ID-Cooling Zoomflow 240 all-in-one CPU watercooler on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Pacific W4 Plus RGB Watercooling Block on OCInside.
Enermax LIQFUSION 240 RGB AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Tuesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-October-2018  17:22:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The "Supermicro Spy Chips" story continues to unfold, but people seem increasingly skeptical about whether or not it's true. Seventeen sources suddenly doesn’t feel quite so luxurious. Here’s one of the key assertions backed up by a single source: “Apple made its discovery of suspicious chips inside Supermicro servers around May 2015, after detecting odd network activity and firmware problems, according to a person familiar with the timeline.” In an interview with the Erik Wemple Blog, George Stathakopoulos, Apple’s vice president of corporate information security, provided a heated rebuttal of the Bloomberg allegations against his company. No, the company never found a hardware implant; no, the company never removed its Supermicro servers and many are still in place; no, the company never communicated with law-enforcement officials about this alleged malicious hardware implant, says Stathakopoulos. Discussion continues in this thread.

The head of Australia's "Digital Transformation Agency" told the Senate recently that blockchain isn't that useful yet. “Our position today, and this is an early write-up, is that blockchain is an interesting technology that would be well worth being observed, but without standardisation and a lot more work, for every use of blockchain that you would consider today there is a better technology,” Mr Alexander told the hearing.

Western Australians (and maybe the rest of us?) can now learn First Aid in VR. Using a mobile app or a virtual reality headset, First Aid Skills, guides users through three unique training simulations – CPR, defibrillation and the DRSABCD action plan. Mr Ahern said St John’s commitment to innovation and technology will achieve better outcomes for patients. Had a quick look in the Google Play store and couldn't see any new apps that match that description.. oh, VR available from early 2019. Hrm.

If you cheat in an online game, you might get the Feds after you. In one case, filed last month, GTA V developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive are going after several people believed to be linked to the popular “Infamous” cheat. This lawsuit is notable because the Federal Court of Australia has signed off on several broad enforcement actions. Not only are the defendants restrained from any cheating related activity, they are also the subject of a search and assets freezing order. If only this could be applied to team-mates who run you over in PUBG.

Our telecomms metadata is being more widely used than originally planned, unsurprisingly. To allay privacy concerns, access to the metadata was limited to 22 specific police and intelligence agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and state police forces. But a parliamentary hearing has been told that number has blown out.

Techspot looked into using thermal paste or solder on a new high-end Intel CPU. Using relatively low voltages at 5 GHz saw the 9900K peak at 100 degrees with the Corsair Hydro Series H100i Pro or Noctua NH-D15 and we’re talking about some pretty premium coolers. This was worse than what we saw previously with the 8700K at 5.2 GHz, granted the 9900K packs more cores, but it’s soldered whereas the 8700K uses Intel’s notoriously rubbish thermal paste. Wow, that gave me a wicked flashback to nostalgia-ville.

Backblaze have published their latest HDD stats. As of September 30, 2018 Backblaze had 99,636 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,866 boot drives and 97,770 data drives. This review looks at the quarterly and lifetime statistics for the data drive models in operation in our data centers. In addition, we’ll say goodbye to the last of our 3TB drives, hello to our new 12TB HGST drives, and we’ll explain how we have 584 fewer drives than last quarter, but have added over 40 petabytes of storage.

OCAU Gran Turismo Season 10 (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-October-2018  11:26:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU's 10th Gran Turismo season is about to get underway, but there's still time to register to race! Qualifying starts on Wednesday nights at 20:30 with race start at 21:00 AEST (8pm qld TIME), regardless of daylight savings. Please use this base figure to calculate the times in your own state or territory.

click for the thread!

Intel Core i9-9900K Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-October-2018  12:23:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's been a flood of reviews into the news box, of Intel's new Core i9-9900K CPU. This is a 3.6GHz CPU which can go to 5GHz with Turbo Boost, with 8 cores and 16 threads. Here's the reviews:

Intel Core i9-9900K 9th Gen CPU Review: 8-Core Coffee Lake Refresh on HotHardware.
Intel Core i9-9900K CPU on LegitReviews.
Intel Core i9 9900K – Intel’s Answer to RYZEN is here on Bjorn3D.
Performance & Power Efficiency Of The Core i7 990X vs. Core i9 9900K on Phoronix.
Intel Core I9 9900k Processor on Modders-Inc.
Intel Core i9-9900K 9th Generation CPU on HardOCP.
Intel's Core i9-9900K CPU reviewed on TechReport.
9th Generation Intel Core 9900K on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9-9900K 9th Gen Coffee Lake on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9 9900K Linux Benchmarks - 15-Way Comparison On Ubuntu 18.10 on Phoronix.
Intel Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K on TechSpot.
Intel i9-9900K on LanOC.
Intel Core i9-9900K on Vortez.
Intel 9th Generation Core i9 9900K on OCClub.
Intel Core i9-9900K Processor Review on ThinkComputers.
Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz on TechPowerUp.

Discussion continues in this thread in our Intel Hardware forum.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-October-2018  10:52:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 – Does AMD Have an Underrated Gaming Beast? on Bjorn3D.
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
ASRock Z390 Taichi on TechPowerUp.
MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE on TechPowerUp.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon on Vortez.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming on Vortez.
MSI Trident X on Vortez.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 on Vortez.

Crucial BX500 240GB SSD on NikKTech.
Akitio Thunder3 Dock Pro on Tweaktown.
Crucial P1 1000GB NVMe M.2 SSD on HWAsylum.

Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Enermax T.B. Silence ADV 120 and 140 Fan on OCInside.

Patriot Viper RGB DDR4 Memory on BenchmarkReviews.
HyperX CLOUD Flight Wireless Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Gold 550W PSU on HardOCP.

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-October-2018  14:46:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and metamorphosis this week!

Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-October-2018  13:41:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Government are continuing to target piracy sites with new legislation. Communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield today revealed the government would introduce into parliament the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018. The government said that the bill would allow more online services to be targeted by the site-blocking scheme as well as make it harder for the operators of services to circumvent the blocks. More here and here.

You can now find out everything Apple knows about you. Apple today is extending its full-featured Data and Privacy portal to the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Apple customers in those four countries will now have the option to download a copy of any data associated with their Apple ID account that Apple maintains, such as calendars, reminders, photos, and documents stored in iCloud, purchase histories, Game Center activity, and AppleCare support history.

Crucial have entered the NVMe SSD arena with their new P1 NVMe SSD. Available in capacities up to 1TB and backed by a five-year limited warranty — or 200TB total write, whichever comes first — the Crucial P1 SSD makes use of Micron quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology. By storing four bits in each NAND cell, QLC NAND narrows the affordability gap between hard drives and flash storage, enabling increased speeds and capacities at a more affordable price point. I believe there's a review unit winging its way to me, but in the meantime, check out some reviews on TechPowerUp, Vortez and Guru3D.

I haven't heard about Cray for a while, but they are still going, and now helping make faster F1 cars. The Cray CS500 supercomputer, equipped with a Cray® ClusterStor™ L300 storage system and AMD EPYC processors, is planned for delivery to Haas F1 in December 2018. The combination of the system’s design and ability to handle the most demanding simulation and analytics workloads and the high-performance computing expertise of Cray helps the Haas F1 team optimize aerodynamics and more accurately predict and reduce drag, downforce and flow patterns around its race cars.

Microsoft have an interesting blog detailing the Windows Kernel. In this blog post, I will talk about the evolution of the core pieces of the Windows kernel that allows it to transparently scale across a low power NVidia Tegra chip on the Surface RT from 2012, to the giant behemoths that power Azure data centers today.

Update: I nearly forgot to mention, the PM's IT drones forgot to renew his domain name and now his website just plays Scotty Doesn't Know by Lustra. More info here. :)

Friday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-October-2018  12:50:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Athlon 200GE 3.2 GHz on TechPowerUp.
9-Way AMD EPYC / Intel Xeon Tests On Ubuntu 18.10 Server on Phoronix.

Corsair MP510 SSD on Vortez.
HyperX's Savage Exo 480-GB external SSD on TechReport.
HP EX920 SSD on Tweaktown.
Inland Processional 3D NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe Gen 3 on Tweaktown.
Corsair Force Series MP510 M.2 SSD on Guru3D.
CORSAIR Force Series MP510 960GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD on NikKTech.
Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB on TechPowerUp.
QSAN XN3002T 2-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.

Fractal Design Define S2 on LanOC.
Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Metallicgear Neo Micro Aluminum Case on HWAsylum.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 OpenCL, CUDA, TensorFlow GPU Compute Benchmarks on Phoronix.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.
Founders Edition of the RTX 2070 vs. the EVGA RTX 2070 Black on BabelTechReviews.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Review: Powerful, Affordable Workstation Graphics on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
EasySMX ESM-9013 Wireless Gamepad on NikKTech.
Cooler Master's MP860 dual-surface RGB LED mouse pad on TechReport.

EK-Vardar EVO 120ER RGB Fan on TechPowerUp.
EKWB Velocity CPU and Vector GPU Water Block Preview on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410M CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Ooma Butterfleye Smart Security Camera with Facial Recognition on BigBruin.
TP-Link Archer C5400X Gaming Router on ThinkComputers.
RHA MA750 Wireless Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL smartphones on HotHardware.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC game on BabelTechReviews.~

NVIDIA RTX 2070 Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-October-2018  12:38:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Reviews are out for the NVIDIA RTX 2070 cards, the final piece of the originally-announced RTX series lineup. People are hoping this card provides a more wallet-friendly upgrade path from the 10x0 series, without the blistering price-tag of the 2080 cards. Read on to find out if a 2070 should be your next GPU:

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor OC on NeoSeeker.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming Graphics Card on LegitReviews.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 on TechSpot.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Review: Turing's Sweet Spot on HotHardware.
ASUS Turbo GeForce RTX 2070 8GB on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G on Guru3D.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Review - Featuring EVGA on PCPerspective.
The EVGA RTX 2070 Black Benchmarked with 38 Games on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Review: The Perfect Card For 1440p on Tweaktown.
Nvidia RTX 2070 Founders Edition on LanOC.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G OC on OCClub.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-October-2018  11:31:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed away, aged 65. "Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences, and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world."

Catching up on a story from a week ago, people are concerned about some misleading benchmarks doing the rounds. Right away many of the results looked very suspect to me, having spent countless hours benchmarking both the 2700X and 8700K, I have a good idea of how they compare in a wide range of titles and these results looked very off. Having spotted a few dodgy looking results my next thought was, why is PCGamesN publishing this misleading data and why aren’t they not tearing the paid benchmark report apart? Do they simply not know better? Intel said the results were not dodgy, and issued some re-tested numbers. Anyway, we'll see more impartial reviews after Oct 19th, and in the meantime Kotaku have an article summarising the issue in some detail.

Phoronix looked at Linux scaling up to 128 threads on some serious hardware. Arriving last week in our Linux benchmarking lab was a dual EPYC server -- this Dell PowerEdge R7425 is a beast of a system with two AMD EPYC 7601 processors yielding a combined 64 cores / 128 threads, 512GB of RAM (16 x 32GB DDR4), and 20 x 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSDs. There will be many interesting benchmarks from this server in the days and weeks ahead. For some initial measurements during the first few days of stress testing this 2U rack server, here is a look at how well various benchmarks/applications are scaling from two to 128 threads.

Guru3D have an updated PC Buyer's Guide, which fortunately isn't just a huge pile of Amazon affiliate links as these things often are. As usual, we are making this guide to show you what can be done at various price points in the PC gaming hardware space. As always, please note that the following guides are 'templates' only, and that availability in your local area, as well as pricing, could drastically affect what you are able to go for.

HardOCP managed to jump the gun a little and have an RTX 2070 Gaming Z review before the NDA lifts, by the cunning tactic of having not signed the NDA. Since we have not signed NVIDIA's recent NDA, we are not being sourced RTX review cards by NVIDIA or its AIBs. We were however able to source a retail sample from overseas. The official embargo for the RTX 2070 expires Tuesday at 8am CDT. Since we are not held to NVIDIA's embargo we have a full RTX 2070 performance review for you today. We’ve got a custom retail-packed factory overclocked video card based on the new GeForce RTX 2070. We will be comparing the GeForce RTX 2070 with the GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64 video cards in eight games at 1440p and 4K.

Meanwhile, NVIDIA are using their whizzo new video cards to prove the moon landing wasn't fake.. or something. What? It’s been almost fifty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the controversy of its staging followed it for many decades after. Four years ago, using our Maxwell GPU technology, NVIDIA addressed the controversy by showing how it would have been impossible to stage.

Monday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-October-2018  17:45:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Assistant Treasurer has been required to pay back nearly $40k in excess internet data usage costs. "I‘ve immediately [repaid] a full amount of $37,975 that reflects excess usage charges under the Finance Department’s approved plan," Mr Robert said in a post on Twitter on Friday afternoon. Special Minister of State Alex Hawke said the excessive charges were not covered by Mr Robert's department-approved plan and did not meet community expectations.

Meanwhile, the Government's anti-encryption laws continue to draw criticism. Apple have called it dangerous, while Cisco warn it will create backdoors. Telcos warn it will cause significant harm. Telcos and software providers have warned the government's 'anti-encryption' bill is too vague and could have unintended consequences for service provision both in Australia and overseas. The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, whose office would be charged with overseeing how ASIO and ASIS would use new powers according to the legislation, has also outlined areas where more detail is required.

Microsoft are moving to help protect Linux by open-sourcing 60,000 patents. The move will see the Redmond giant pledge its valuable and deep portfolio of over 60,000 issued patents open-source and available to other OIN members. Microsoft is positioning its move to show that it has no intention to use patents as a weapon against any free software, beyond just that free software which is part of OIN’s specific list.

In a Deja-Vu moment, the Government is saying they want to block overseas gambling websites in Australia. Communications Alliance — an industry group that counts Australia’s biggest telecommunications providers among its members — has given the idea in-principle support. The Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) bans the provision of overseas-based interactive gambling services to Australians. However, the act has been largely toothless.

Here's some coverage from Intel's Fall 2018 desktop launch event, on Tweaktown and OCClub. On Monday, October 8, 2018, Intel hosted an event in New York City to unveil a slew of new desktop processors. Way up above the city on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center; it was a fitting setting to take the CPU market to new heights.

Finally, here's a video about using your dishwasher to clean PC hardware. Righto then.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-October-2018  12:44:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Xtreme TR4 Motherboard on HardOCP.
Ryzen 5 2600X vs. 2600: Which should you buy? on TechSpot.

Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 SD Card on MadShrimps.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN5008T NAS Server on NikKTech.
Synology DS1618+ Six-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
TeamGroup MP32 M2 NVMe 480GB SSD on Guru3D.
MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault Express on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterAccessory MP510-L Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Helios 300 Review: An Overclockable Gaming Laptop With 144Hz Display on HotHardware.
Hands On & Initial Benchmarks With An Ampere eMAG 32-Core ARM Server on Phoronix.

Noctua AMD Threadripper Air Cooler Roundup on HardOCP.
Raijintek ORCUS 360 RBW Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermalright ARO-M14G Ryzen AM4 CPU Air Cooler on HardOCP.

Silverstone Primera PM02 case on TechPowerUp.
Assassin's Creed Origins Full Experience on OCClub.
Blue Yeti Nano microphone on Vortez.
Thermaltake Toughpower GX1 700W PSU on HardOCP.

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-October-2018  14:48:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Back to a normal Friday again. :)

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-October-2018  00:37:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Intel Z390 Motherboard Video on OCInside.

Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
Transcend StoreJet 600 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Patriot's Evlvr 1-TB external SSD on Tech Report.
Terra Master F4-220 4 bay NAS on Guru3D.

G.SKILL Trident Z 4000 MHz DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
Ballistix Sport AT 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Masteraccessory MP860 mousepad on Vortez.
Das Keyboard X50Q on Vortez.
ASUS TUF Gaming M5 mouse on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Pangea Audio Headphone Hanger on GamingNexus.
Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Earbuds on NikKTech.
Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR Monitor on TechARP.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition on Vortez.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio on NeoSeeker.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC 11G on Guru3D.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Tuesday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  16:41:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm back from Nationals with a bronze medal to show for it! But it seems in the real world quite a few things have happened while I've been away, so it's time for some news catchup.

Firstly, Google suffered a similar social media data leak to Facebook's recent one and have responded by finally giving up and shutting down Google+. Shortly after the story was published, Google announced that it will shut down consumer access to Google+ and improve privacy protections for third-party applications. In a blog post about the shutdown, Google disclosed the data leak, which it said potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts. Up to 438 different third-party applications may have had access to private information due to the bug, but Google apparently has no way of knowing whether they did because it only maintains logs of API use for two weeks. Discussion here.

But a much stranger story involves Supermicro, perhaps best known for their enterprise motherboards. A report by Bloomberg claims there are Chinese spy chips on their motherboards which have hugely compromised the worldwide tech ecosystem. I've read a bit about this and I can't work out how these spy chips are supposed to have interacted with the various O/Ss and encryption that would have been used by servers they're installed in. When a server was installed and switched on, the microchip altered the operating system’s core so it could accept modifications. What does that even mean? Anyway, pretty much everyone involved is denying the accusations, but if it turns out to be true it will be very widespread given pretty much everyone uses Supermicro motherboards - including the Australian Government. Anyway, still looking into this one, so feel free to jump into the discussion in this thread. Thanks to Ben and IntelInside for the tips.

A recent Windows 10 update has been pulled because it deletes user files, thanks Matt. Microsoft has paused the rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system, which Microsoft released this week, on Tuesday, October 2. In a support document updated today, October 6, the Redmond-based OS maker said it took this decision after users complained that v1809 had deleted files after the update.

There are some tougher new laws against online trolling and cyber-bullying in NSW. The changes aim to address an emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims online through social media. Those who stalk or intimidate using modern technology will face a maximum of five years in prison under legislation to be introduced this month.

Intel have announced their 9th Generation Core CPUs. To that end, Intel revealed its new Core i9-9900K, which Intel says is “the best gaming processor in the world. Period.” The i9-9900K offers eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at base frequency of 3.6 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.0 GHz. Along with the new Core i9 processor, Intel is also announcing new 9th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 models, too: the i7-9700K with eight cores and eight threads, and base 3.6 GHz clock speed (which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz); and the i5-9600K, which offers six cores and six threads at a base 3.7 GHz speed (which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz). Discussion in this thread.

A few sites have hooked up NVIDIA's new video cards in NVLink, which is pretty much the new name for SLI - Tweaktown played with 4k @ 120FPS and 8k @ 60FPS, while LegitReviews have their impressions of the tech as well. We’ll be using two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE graphics cards for our SLI setup and we’ll be using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX NVLink 3-slot bridge connector. This setup is extremely expensive and won’t be for everyone.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  14:24:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Preview on Vortez.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Preview on Vortez.
ASRock Z390 Extreme4 Preview on on Vortez.
MSI Z390 Motherboards Preview on NeoSeeker.
ASRock Z390 Taichi Preview on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE Preview on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z390 Taichi (Intel Z390) Motherboard Preview on Tweaktown.
MSI B450 Tomahawk (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI B360 GAMING ARCTIC on TechPowerUp.

Seagate Fast SSD Portable USB (1TB) on Guru3D.
Seagate BarraCuda SSD 500 GB on TechPowerUp.

Fractal Design Define S2 chassis on Guru3D.
Fractal Design's Define S2 case on TechReport.

Portable & Prebuilt:
LG V40 ThinQ Review: A Five Camera Android Contender on HotHardware.
Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone DH310 on MadShrimps.

DeepCool GAMMAXX GT TGA CPU cooler on Vortez.
Enermax LiqTech II 240mm TR4 on Modders-Inc.

Power Supply:
Antec HCG 750W Bronze Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Seasonic PRIME 600 Titanium Fanless 600W on APHNetworks.

Gryphon Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti To GTX 980 Ti TensorFlow Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB PC4-24000 4x8GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.
ViewSonic M1 + PX747-4K Projectors Briefing + Demos on TechARP.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  00:57:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Aorus B450 Pro WiFi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Athlon 200GE: Benchmarking The $60 Zen+Vega Chip on Phoronix.
ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC AMD AM4 Motherboard Reader Review on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK550 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Elgato Stream Deck Mini on NikKTech.

Western Digital Black NVMe – WD’s Acquisition of Sandisk Made This Possible on Bjorn3D.
HyperX Savage EXO SSD External Portable Drive on LegitReviews.
Icy Dock MB998IP-B/MB516SP-B Review - 8/16-Bays with MX500 on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update reviewed on TechReport.
PC Benchmarks: Shadow of the Tomb Raider: analysis on Guru3D.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X – Who Wins The Low Light Shootout on TechARP.
Acer Swift 3 Laptop Review: Affordable And Accelerated With Optane on HotHardware.
HTC U12+ Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Moshi Kameleon Kickstand iPhone Case on ThinkComputers.

Secretlab SoftWeave: Gaming Chairs Go Next-Gen on Tweaktown.
Gamdias Achilles RGB Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.

Crazzie Pro Gear GTR-1 PC backpack on Modders-Inc.
Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook on BigBruin.

Retro Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-October-2018  11:00:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm still away representing NSW at the Inline Hockey National Championships, so it's another batch of Misc Pics from the archives. Back to normal with a bumper crop next week, I promise!

10th October 2008:

24th October 2008:

31st October 2008:

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-October-2018  00:08:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
1MORE Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
Vidonn F1 bone conduction headphones on PCReview.

CRYORIG C7 Cu CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
EK-Velocity CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Cooler Master Cosmos C700M on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Cosmos C700M on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Define S2 on ThinkComputers.
Fractal Design Define S2 on Vortez.
Fractal Design Define S2 on TechPowerUp.

CORSAIR Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock Presentation on MadShrimps.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 960GB SSD on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 480GB SSD on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Mammoth MMS02 Hard Drive Enclosure (Video) Review on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Logitech G512 Lightsync RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Apex M750 TKL Aluminum Core Mechanical Esports Keyboard on NikKTech.
Roccat's Sova lapboard and Leadr wireless gaming mouse on Tech Report.
MSI Vigor GK70 keyboard on Vortez.

Video Cards:
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 OC on LegitReviews.
ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX RTX 2080 Ti on PCPerspective.
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti OC on Vortez.

Forza Horizon 4 Benchmarked game on TechSpot.
HyperX Predator DDR4 3200MHz memory on Vortez.
EWin Flash Series Computer Gaming Chair on OCClub.

Monday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-October-2018  23:53:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The big news this would have to be the Facebook hack - and it's worse than originally thought. The site had already admitted that a hole in its code would allow people to gain access to any account, in a problem that affected some 50 million users. But it later said that the problem would also affect its "Facebook Login" service, which allows other apps to use people's Facebook account to login. It's going to be a GDPR test case also.

Apparently Canberra has Australia's fastest internet speeds. The analysis of 17,000 broadband speed tests by Ookla between July 2017 and September 2018 found Canberra had an average download speed of 35.8 megabits per second (Mbps). Hobart had the next highest speeds with 25.8 Mbps, followed by Sydney on 25.1, Melbourne on 24.6 and Brisbane close behind on 24.4. The analysis found Perth had the slowest average download speeds during the time period, coming in at 20 Mbps.

TechSpot looked into NVIDIA's DLSS. DLSS stands for "deep learning super sampling," and it’s a new rendering technology that only works with GeForce RTX graphics cards. There are two DLSS modes, but we can only test one of them right now, the standard DLSS mode, so it’s the only one we’ll be focusing on.

Here's a cool article about retro supercomputer enthusiasts. Nearly 30 years after Silicon Graphics ruled the high-performance computing roost, its supercomputers have found themselves a new home with a small community full of enthusiasts—some of whom weren’t even alive during the company’s heyday.


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