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August 2019
Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-August-2019  14:16:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Simon this week!

Team Group T-Force Vulcan 500GB SATA SSD (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-August-2019  18:00:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today on the testbench I have another SATA SSD from Team Group. This one avoids the current RGB trend entirely, with a smart black-and-chrome appearance instead. But how does it perform?

click for the review!

PayID Hack (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-August-2019  23:00:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I missed this story earlier, but if you get an obvious financial phishing email or text, ignore it of course - but more so than usual at the moment. While hackers weren’t able to use the PayID account names and numbers they obtained to withdraw cash from any accounts, they could – and did – use this information to send emails and text messages to account holders. Many of these messages included a link to a website, and a request that the account holder verify their identity. This is called "phishing", or when scammers attempt to trick people into giving out personal information which allows them to access bank accounts.

Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-August-2019  16:21:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD are settling a class-action lawsuit related to FX Bulldozer CPUs. In AMD’s mind, four modules times two CPU cores equals eight CPU cores. But to the angry consumers, who launched a class action lawsuit back in 2015, they are not real “cores” because they share resources, including frontend circuitry and – crucially in this case – a single floating point unit (FPU). Discussion in this thread.

Dr Karl has written an article explaining that concerns about 5G are over-hyped. Opponents of 5G have made all sorts of alarming claims. It's killing birds! It's a weapon used by the military! It's going to trigger a cancer epidemic! None of these claims are particularly plausible, and most of them are downright far-fetched. To understand why, we have to go back to the electromagnetic spectrum.

TechSpot have compared AMD's Wraith vs Intel's Box CPU coolers. You’ve seen our Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Core i5-9400F battle in over 30 games, you’ve also seen the R9 3900X and Core i9 9900K duking it out in a few dozen titles, but today we have the most epic battle of them all... Intel vs. AMD’s box cooler battle. Ok, so we may be overselling this one, but it is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time but hadn’t got around to do it using a satisfactory test method. There's an associated video here.

Guru3D meanwhile have rounded up a pile of Thermal Pastes for comparison. As you can see, we have grabbed 20 products, some delivered by the manufacturer, others bought ourselves in an effort to give our Guru3D reader-base a good overview of the TIM market and effectivity, as most of the important brands in this sector have been covered here. Discussion here, thanks juzz86.

Back to TechSpot, with a summary of what we know about Intel Xe, their discrete graphics product. Come 2020 Intel will be back in the discrete graphics business and is expected to launch a new GPU for gamers. We can see this going one of two ways: Intel graphics become the butt of the next generation of PC jokes, or they achieve a miracle and enter a market that’s been dominated by just two players since the start of the millennia.

Azzan spotted this enormous SSD from Samsung. The Samsung PM1733 will arrive in two form factors. The U.2 variant uses up to four PCIe 4.0 lanes and will be available with capacities up to a whopping 30.72TB. The HHHL (half height, half length) variant, on the other hand, needs up to eight PCIe 4.0 lanes to perform to its full potential. The HHHL model maxes out at 15.36TB. One of the Samsung PM1733 U.2's attributes is the support for the dual-port technology, meaning the drive is accessible by two different systems simultaneously. Discussion here.

Australia's space agency plans continue to grow, despite some concerns. The Agency's goal is to add 20,000 jobs to the space sector (estimated to currently employ 10,000 people) by 2030. The figure of 10,000 was an estimate produced by ACIL Allen Consulting in 2017. It counted submarine builder ASC, Foxtel, Intel, law firm Ashurst and consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers as "space industry companies". Even NBN Co was included.

Meanwhile, the Americans are faced with handling the first space-based crime.. kinda. Astronaut Anne McClain has been accused of accessing her estranged spouse's bank account via the internet while onboard the International Space Station. She denies the accusation.

Closer to home, there's now been the first e-Sports match-fixing scandal, in Australia. Australian police have arrested six people for allegedly losing matches on purpose on the popular online game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In what is Australia’s first police investigation into esports match-fixing, police allege the men, from Victoria and Western Australia, arranged the outcomes of matches during a tournament, and placed bets on their own matches. The gamers face up to 10 years in prison, under the offences of engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome, and use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-August-2019  15:51:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Periodic Audio Ti (Titanium) In Ear Monitors on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ Review: 3440x1440 @ 200Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC ULTIMATE on Tweaktown.

Deepcool Gamerstorm Castle 240EX AIO on Guru3D.
Deepcool Castle 360EX on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC on ThinkComputers.

Control: A Visually Stunning Ray Traced Gem Of A Game Explored on HotHardware.
Control Review: Remedy Unleashed on Tweaktown.
Control - Remedy's Supernatural Action PC Game Review on BabelTechReviews.
CONTROL PC Performance Explored – All In On RTX on WCCFTech.

Input Etc:
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Combo on FunkyKit.
GL Linear and GL Tactile switches in the new Logitech G915 keyboard (video) by OCClub.

Ubiquiti UniFi router on Tweaktown.

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-August-2019  11:55:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X vs. 3700X: What's the Difference? on TechSpot.
Z390 Phantom Gaming X - VRM Analysis on Rehwolution.
POWER9 & ARM Performance Against Intel Xeon Cascadelake + AMD EPYC Rome on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Linux Performance on Phoronix.

Audio Visual:
CORSAIR HS35 Stereo Headset on NikKTech.
SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless Headset on Tweaktown.
Patriot Memory Viper V370 RGB 7.1 Surround Sound Headset on MadShrimps.
LG 27GL850 monitor on TFT Central.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC 8G on LanOC.
MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC on GamersNexus.

Exploring MAGIX Vegas Pro 17 Encode & Playback Performance on Techgage.
Blender 2.80 CPU, GPU & Hybrid Rendering Performance on Techgage.

Lian Li TU150 Mini-ITX Chassis on Tweaktown.
Coolman Three-Body Case Review: Case We Bought in China on GamersNexus.

Gigabyte AORUS RGB AIC NVMe SSD 512GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Seagate Gears 5TB Game Drive on Tweaktown.
Your Gateway To The Hybrid Cloud: ASUSTOR AS5202T NAS on Techgage.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2019) Review: Lenovo 7th Gen Flagship Impresses on HotHardware.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless keyboard on LanOC.
Gigabyte AORUS RGB Memory DDR4-3200 2x8GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-August-2019  13:51:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-August-2019  12:05:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X570 Extreme4 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Motherboard on OCInside.

In Win A1 on TechPowerUp.
Phanteks Eclipse P400A on Vortez.

Input Etc:
MSI Hardware Roundup - GK60, GK30, GH30 on NeoSeeker.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless on Vortez.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless keyboard on Guru3D.
CORSAIR K57 RGB Wireless Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

TeamGroup T-Force Vulcan 1TB SSD on Guru3D.
Mushkin Pilot-E NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Team Group T-Force Cardea Liquid M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Synology DS620slim Six-Bay SFF NAS on Tweaktown.
LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle on Tweaktown.
Pengo USB-C Dock on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Trident A prebuilt gaming PC on Vortez.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019 Review: Lenovo's 7th Gen Flagship Impresses on HotHardware.

Lanmodo Vast 1080p Full Color Night Vision System on NikKTech.
TRENDnet USB-C 2.5Gbe Network Adapter on Tweaktown.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black video card on TechPowerUp.Team Group T-Force Xtreem Gaming DDR4-4133 CL18 2x8GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage CPU cooler on ThinkComputers.

New Scientist Overclocking Article from 2000 (30 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-August-2019  14:56:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Following on from my previous newspost, MUTMAN wanted to see the "watercooling with vodka" article I mentioned, so here's a scan. Ego-stroking aside, it's an interesting glimpse back into the early days of enthusiast extreme cooling, nearly 20 years ago:

click for the full-size article!

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-August-2019  17:43:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You can keep on top of things in the forums via the recent activity feed or the new posts page. To see activity in threads you subscribe to, check out your latest alerts. Also, the alert system is a little different in our new xenForo platform than earlier on vBulletin. So, it's worth checking your watched threads list from time to time in case you missed an alert.

Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of what people are discussing in the forums:

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw - Mini Review in PC Games.
Kerbal Space Program 2 - Q1 2020 in PC Games.
Ion Fury (formerly Ion Maiden) - 2019 - Build Engine - 3D Realms in PC Games.
World of Warcraft Classic in MMOs.
Moving Office 2010 from one PC to another, easier in General Software.
Streets of Rage 4 in Retro & Arcade.
Sega Mega Drive Mini in Retro & Arcade.
Mini thingses - standalone dedicated handhelds in Retro & Arcade.
Konami PC Engine Core Grafx Mini in Retro & Arcade.
Retro Let's Play: "Monster World IV" (1994) in Retro & Arcade.
Is 5G even possible in Australia? in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Asrock DeskMini A300 Series in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Acer XZ321QU review in Video Cards & Monitors.
Which VR headset? in Video Cards & Monitors.
BFG displays - big monitors for rich people in Video Cards & Monitors.
Hot Air Station? in Electronics & Electrics.
Interest Rates in 2019 (with poll) in Career, Education & Finance.
Forex in Career, Education & Finance.
GFC 2020 in Career, Education & Finance.
Investing in and by Facebook in Career, Education & Finance.
I'm Enjoying Math again :O in Career, Education & Finance.
Re-learning how to type in Career, Education & Finance.
Tricycle with 2 wheels at the front? in Motoring.
[Movie] Rambo 5: Last Blood (2019) [Stallone] in Entertainment.

Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-August-2019  13:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a Game Masters exhibition coming up in Canberra. Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them. Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave! Discussion here.

In the meantime, the game DayZ has been banned in Australia because of in-game drug use. "Sadly, the developers of DayZ have caved," he said in the Parliament of Victoria on Thursday, referencing Bohemia's decision to change the game worldwide because of the ban. "Australia is once again the wet blanket and laughing stock of the whole world. It's an embarrassment that we obediently let our government treat us like children. While the rest of the world is legalizing cannabis, we are banning representations of cannabis in videogames."

TMSC have a detailed article explaining why Moore's Law is not dead. First, let's discuss the elephant in the room. Some people believe that Moore's Law is dead because they believe it is no longer possible to continue to shrink the transistor any further. Just to give you an idea of the scale of the modern transistor, the typical gate is about 20 nanometers long. A water molecule is only 2.75 Angstrom or 0.275 nanometer in diameter! You can now start counting the number of atoms in a transistor.

Spicks and Specks will be back for a four-show run later this year. Last year's Spicks and Specks reunion show was the most watched ABC program of 2018. It was also a hell of a lot of fun, as Myf Warhurst, Adam Hills and Alan Brough reminded us why so many of us fell in love with the show back in the 2000s. So, we are very excited to hear that the gang are getting back together for another big special as a part of Ausmusic Month in 2019, as well as three exciting shows to run through 2020.

Minecraft on Windows will soon have a ray-traced graphics update. Working with NVIDIA, Mojang is adding a form of real-time ray tracing called path tracing to Minecraft. Path tracing simulates the way light travels throughout a scene, and offers a unified lighting model that replaces the different lighting effects that have traditionally been implemented using rasterised or hybrid renderers.

This one tickled my fancy - it's a twist on the old little Bobby Tables idea: a NULL number plate backfiring and landing a security researcher a pile of undeserved parking tickets. Droogie then started receiving thousands of dollars in parking tickets, totalling over $US12,000 ($17,659), addressed to him. He told the convention audience that a processing centre was assigning “NULL” to vehicles with outstanding tickets that the DMV didn’t have licence plate information on. And so Droogie received all of those unassigned tickets.

HWAsylum have an article about using exotic fluids in liquid-cooling. However, with Vodka the formula changes a bit and NOT the direction you are thinking. The loop will actually run hotter and require larger radiators to maintain the same cooling capacity that you would get with pure water. That is, unless you change things up and take advantage of the unique properties of the fluid you are using. In the case of Vodka it has a much lower freezing temperature. For this project I decided to “change the formula” and do a little extreme watercooling at sub ambient temperatures. To accomplish this I'm using straight 100 proof (50%) Vodka and a Single Stage Phase Chiller. Somewhere around here is an issue of New Scientist from about 20 years ago where I was quoted about putting vodka into a watercooling loop. :)

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-August-2019  16:38:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on in there is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

josh_676 restored a
Team Suzuki RGV 250

Tazor is building a
custom cube SFF case

Revenger has a guide to
U-NAS Chassis and OS

Yoodaa has built his own
4G alternative to NBN

Vanne is working on an
oldschool BeOS/Win 98/XP PC

while okclock123 is setting
up oldschool PC sound

sean0118 is restoring an
NEC PowerMate 1 Plus 286

Defyant made some custom
acrylic phone stands

while windwithme reviewed
GIGABYTE's AORUS 15 laptop

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-August-2019  14:17:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CPU & Motherboard:
POWER9 & ARM Performance Against Intel Xeon Cascadelake + AMD EPYC Rome on Phoronix.
Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark on TechSpot.
GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X on Guru3D.
Gigabyte X570 AORUS PRO WIFI Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Linux Performance on Phoronix.

Silicon Power Bolt B75 Ultra-Thin Portable SSD on MadShrimps.
Orico PCM2-C3-GY USB 3.1 Review and Crucial P1 1TB M.2 SSD on OCInside.

Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 on Vortez.
Patriot Viper RGB DDR4 32GB 3000MHZ CL15 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Talon V2 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Logitech G915 Premium Wireless Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.

Power Supply:
Antec HCG 750W Gold on NikKTech.
FSP Hydro G PRO 850 W on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
HiFiMAN Sundara Planar Magnetic Headphones on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ProArt PA34VC Review: Professional-Grade UltraWide Perfection on Tweaktown.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Metallic Gear Neo-G Mini on TechPowerUp.
Corsair iCUE 465X Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G on ThinkComputers.
PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 on OCClub.
PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 takes on the RTX 2060/SUPER on BabelTechReviews.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Vulcan X OC-V on Tweaktown.
PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil on HotHardware.
PowerColor 5700 RED DEVIL on Guru3D.
PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil on TechPowerUp.

EVGA CLC 360 Liquid Cooler on GamersNexus.
Rivet Networks: Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (29 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: it’s 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 user’s 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.

Misc Pics (31 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-August-2019  14:22:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Tim this week!

Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 8-August-2019  15:13:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BitDefender have uncovered another CPU vulnerability. Bitdefender senior researchers Dan Horea Lutas and Andrei Vlad Lutas recently uncovered a new speculative-execution vulnerability and demonstrated how it can be exploited via a side-channel style attack, dubbed SWAPGS Attack. The vulnerability has been publicly reported today as CVE-2019-1125. A bit more human-readable explanation on TheNextWeb. The SWAPGS instruction is found in most Intel CPUs released after 2012, including those released after Ivy Bridge. On the consumer side, the flaw impacts the third generation of Intel Core processors and beyond, although Bitdefender notes that it also presents a grave threat to enterprise users, as well as those using Intel processors on servers.

Toshiba have introduced a tiny NVMe SSD form-factor. The new XFMEXPRESS form factor allows for two or four PCIe lanes while taking up much less space than even the smallest M.2 22x30mm card size. The XFMEXPRESS card size is 18x14x1.4mm, slightly larger and thicker than a microSD card.

At the other end of the spectrum, Western Digital have some huge new enterprise SSDs. For those who need maximum performance and capacity, the manufacturer will offer SSDs in EDSFF E1.L form-factor that will offer capacities of up to 30.72 TB as well as up to 720K random read IOPS. For blade servers running virtual desktops and similar software the maker will offer U.2 SSDs featuring up to 7.68 TB capacities. For space-constrained and OCP environments, the Ultrastar DC SN640 drives will be available in M.2-22110 form-factor as well as capacities of up to 3.84 TB.

Meanwhile BackBlaze have published their latest hard drive stats. As of June 30, 2019, Backblaze had 110,640 spinning hard drives in our ever-expanding cloud storage ecosystem. Of that number, there were 1,980 boot drives and 108,660 data drives. This review looks at the Q2 2019 and lifetime hard drive failure rates of the data drive models currently in operation in our data centers.

Corsair have a new double-stacked memory product. The long-awaited launch of 32GB-per-module consumer memory is finally here, thanks to Corsair and Micron. Samsung first presented the idea back in May of 2018, but that rare memory was only for notebooks. Samsung followed up a few months later with desktop DIMMs, but all we saw of it was an endlessly out-of-stock listing at a reseller. Am I missing something, or is this not the same idea as the G.SKILL Trident Z DC Series reviewed recently on OCAU?

Fujitsu are upgrading Australia's fastest supercomputer. The new supercomputer will utilise both Fujitsu and Lenovo Neptune™ innovative direct liquid cooling technologies with warm water, allowing for high-density computing. The system features Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX2570 M5 servers and will include second-generation Intel Xeon Platinum processors, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and NVIDIA V100 GPUs to accelerate deep learning training and inferencing.

On a related note, AMD have unveiled new EPYC CPUs. AMD's Rome platform solves the concerns that first gen Naples had, plus this CPU family is designed to do many things: a new CPU microarchitecture on 7nm, offer up to 64 cores, offer 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0, offer 8 memory channels, and offer a unified memory architecture based on chiplets. More on TomsHardware and ServeTheHome. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Windows Defender is apparently one of the best anti-virus apps for Windows, and not just because it's free. Microsoft isn’t a security vendor whose primary objective is to build advanced software solutions to block malware and cyberattacks, but thanks to all the efforts the company has put into Windows Defender lately, the built-in Windows 10 antivirus has made a major step towards becoming such a product.

If you were a geeky kid in the 1980's in Australia, you probably loved The Curiosity Show as much as I did - and so does a whole new generation of YouTubers. Its hosts were two blokes in daggy jumpers - one with an elfin beard, the other with a 70s moustache. Now the two friends behind the Curiosity Show have found a new audience. ..and now I have the theme tune stuck in my head.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-August-2019  23:24:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Processor on ThinkComputers.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Intel Core i5-9400F: Mainstream Titans Clash on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G APU on Guru3D.
ASRock X570 Steel Legend Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Corsair RGB Gaming Mouse Round-Up: M55, Glaive Pro, Nightsword, Ironclaw on HotHardware.
Cooler Master SK650 Limited Edition White Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
ENDGAME GEAR XM1 Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Gaming Keyboard + White Double-Shot PBT Keycaps on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MK730 mechanical keyboard on OCInside.

Antec DA601 Dark Avenger Chassis on FunkyKit.
Aerocool Aero Engine RGB Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Silencio S600 on Guru3D.
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Smart Case on eTeknix.

Orico USB 3.0 Hub Roundup on Tweaktown.
Hubitat Elevation C-5 Home Automation Hub on BigBruin.
Team Group T-FORCE T-1 Gaming DDR4 2666MHz 16GB kit memory on BabelTechReviews.
Liectroux C30B Robot Vacuum on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Nokia Beacon 1 Trio wifi router on Tweaktown.
Corsair HS35 Stereo headset on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy S10e (SM-G970) smartphone on TechARP.
OWC Envoy Pro EX 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Monday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-August-2019  15:05:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have announced their 10th Gen Core CPUs. Today, Intel officially launched 11 new, highly integrated 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors designed for remarkably sleek 2 in 1s and laptops. The processors bring high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) to the PC at scale, feature new Intel® Iris® Plus graphics for stunning entertainment and enable the best connectivity1 with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt™ 3. Systems are expected from PC manufacturers for the holiday season. Coverage on Anandtech, HotHardware, PCWorld, TomsHardware and LegitReviews. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Over on reddit there's an interesting post showing the spike in AMD sales share since Ryzen 3 came out. Reports from Japan and other locations already pointed to fact that the release of 7nm Ryzen was a big success: Same at mindfactory, AMD destroyed Intel this month. Out of 5 CPUs only every fifth was actually from Intel and out of every Euro spent, 75 Cents went to AMD.

PCGamesN look into PCIe 4.0 game load times. PCIe 4.0, or Peripheral Component Interconnect Express specification 4.0 as it’s officially known, was first introduced into the desktop market with AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs. But, in the wake of this technical advancement, we here at PCGamesN started thinking: does PCIe 4.0 make any difference to game load times?

TechSpot have an article about reasons to upgrade your laptop. It does go beyond just being a list of shopping links so it's worth a look. In addition to year-on-year tweaks to make the latest laptop models more attractive, many technologies that used to be reserved for high-end models have permeated to the mainstream, including much better displays and resolutions, improved hardware efficiency and battery life, and overall better build quality even on lower price points.

They also checked out an OLED laptop display and liked it a lot. Today we're testing a monitor, but it’s not the usual sort of monitor review. Rather, we're looking at a laptop display because it’s super interesting – it’s one of the few OLED laptop screens going around, and from testing this display we can learn a lot about how OLED might be suited to PC displays and how it compares to the LCD panels we’ve been using for a while now.

TechGage meanwhile have a workstation graphics battle between AMD's Radeon Navi and NVIDIA's GeForce SUPER. There are a couple of reasons why you’d still want to consider a Radeon Pro or Quadro over a Radeon or GeForce, but nowadays, that largely has to do with the software in question. If you’re using a high-end CAD suite that focuses its support around workstation-class GPUs, you should probably just suck it up and go that same route to avoid as much potential headache as possible. But for hobbyists or students, gaming cards can fill the void more often than not.

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-August-2019  18:00:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
New AMD Chipset Drivers Tested on Ryzen 9 3900X on TechPowerUp.
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi on LanOC.
AMD 3900X (Brief) Compute Performance Linpack and NAMD on PugetSystems.

DLink DWL-7620AP AC2200 Wave 2 Tri-Band Poe Access Point on TechnoYard.
Zyxel Multy U AC2100 Tri-Band Mesh on Tweaktown.
Ars reviews three cell signal boosters—and they actually work on ARSTechnica.

Corsair iCUE 220T RGB on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone LD03 on ThinkComputers.
SilentiumPC Armis AR7 TG RGB on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Cooler Master GS750 Headphone Stand on LanOC.
ASUS RoG Swift PG35VQ Monitor - 200 Hz - 512 Local Dimming Zones on Guru3D.
Audioengine 512 Bluetooth Speaker on APHNetworks.

Mushkin Helix-L Low-Cost NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
iStorage diskashur DT2 8TB External Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
Transcend ESD350C Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Corsair SF750 Platinum PSU on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar III G531GW Laptop on eTeknix.
Antec PRIZM Cooling Matrix CPU cooler on Tweaktown.
Patriot Memory Viper V570 RGB Blackout Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 Super Mini video card on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-August-2019  14:51:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-August-2019  15:35:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Sennheiser GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset on HWAsylum.
CORSAIR HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Annke Helm I5 Camera Kit on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MH751 Gaming Stereo Headset on OCClub.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Founders Edition on TechARP.
MSI MEG X570 ACE on TechPowerUp.
Radeon RX 5700 / RX 5700 XT Linux Gaming Performance With AMDGPU 5.3 + Mesa 19.2-devel on Phoronix.

CPU & Motherboard:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X on Vortez.
Testing Ryzen 9 with SMT On vs. SMT Off on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X on Vortez.
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G on Vortez.
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Performance Analysis on B450 Chipset on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Corsair Nightsword RGB mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Glaive RGB Pro Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 120 ARGB Sync on Vortez.
Antec Prizm 120 ARGB 5+C 120mm Case Fan w/Fan Controller on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterGel Regular, Pro, Maker Thermal Paste on APHNetworks.

Western Digital Gaming Drive on Vortez.
Qsan XN3004T 4+1 Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R NAS on Tweaktown.
Synology DS2419+ 12-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Hyperstone U9 Flash Controller Deep Dive on Tweaktown.
Toshiba NAS N300 10TB HDD - Storage at 3 Cents per GB on Guru3D.
Caldigit Connect10G Thunderbolt 3 Adapter on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Triton 900 Gaming Monster Preview on TechARP.
Acer Spin 5 Review: An Affordable All Aluminum 2-In-1 on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973) on TechARP.

CORSAIR iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Arozzi Verona Pro V2 Star Trek Edition Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Fractal Design Ion+ 860p 860W Power Supply Technical Overview on ThinkComputers.


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