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October 2020
Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-October-2020  14:05:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Slight organisational SNAFU this week so apologies if there are any repeats from recent weeks:

Thursday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-October-2020  23:55:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD are acquiring Xilinx. The combination will create the industry’s leading high performance computing company, significantly expanding the breadth of AMD’s product portfolio and customer set across diverse growth markets where Xilinx is an established leader. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to AMD margins, EPS and free cash flow generation and deliver industry-leading growth.

Meanwhile AMD's Q3 earnings have been very strong thanks to Ryzen and EPYC sales. Overall, AMD is firing on nearly all cylinders, with company revenue skyrocketing to $2.8 billion, an increase of 56% year-over-year (YoY), and 45% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ). The stellar results stem from strong Ryzen and EPYC processor sales. AMD is also doing well at maintaining (and even slightly improving) its profitability: The company reported a gross margin of 44%, a 1% YoY increase. That yielded a gross profit of $1.23 billion during the quarter.

I can't quite get my head around this, but it looks pretty cool. One of the promising areas for DPUs to disrupt the status quo is in storage. Today, Fungible embarks on that journey with their DPU-based storage cluster. Since this is STH, we are going to cover the news, but we got to see the solution hands-on last week and have some video to share as well. Let us take a look at the Fungible DPU-based storage cluster and the FS1600 DPU-storage node to see why this is something to get excited about.

It's no surprise they're doing well given people are building supercomputers based on CPUs and GPUs they haven't even released yet. The peak performance of LUMI is an astonishing 552 petaflop/s meaning 552 *1015 floating point operations per second. This figure makes LUMI one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. For comparison, the world’s fastest computer today (Fugaku in Japan) reaches 513 petaflop/s and the second fastest (Summit in the US) 200 petaflop/s. ... The number crunching capability of LUMI is accelerated by the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) partition. It is based on the future generation AMD Instinct™ GPU. LUMI will be complemented by a CPU (Central Processing Unit) partition, featuring 64-core next-generation AMD EPYC™ CPUs.

TechSpot have a "Gone but not Forgotten" article about a company I certainly used a lot of products from in a previous corporate life, Compaq. The momentum of those first few years made Compaq a leader in the PC industry. In 1986, the company broke another record by becoming the youngest company listed in the Fortune 500, right after the Compaq Portable II's release. By 1987, the startup had reached over $1 billion in revenue. At this time, one of the founders, Bill Murto, left his position as senior vice president of sales. Despite his departure, the company continued to soar.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-October-2020  14:37:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their much-anticipated new generation of graphics cards. AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series graphics cards are built upon groundbreaking AMD RDNA™ 2 gaming architecture, a new foundation for next-generation consoles, PCs, laptops and mobile devices, designed to deliver the optimal combination of performance and power efficiency. AMD RDNA™ 2 gaming architecture provides up to 2X higher performance in select titles with the AMD Radeon™ RX 6900 XT graphics card compared to the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics card built on AMD RDNA™ architecture1, and up to 54 percent more performance-per-watt when comparing the AMD Radeon™ RX 6800 XT graphics card to the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT graphics card using the same 7nm process technology2.

There's coverage on HotHardware, PC Gamer, Anandtech and ArsTechnica. Discussion continues in this thread.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-October-2020  20:39:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Coverage of NVIDIA's new lower-end card, the RTX 3070, has hit the web. Hopefully a few more of these cards will hit the shelves than the 3080 and 3090! But in the meantime, here's the reviews:

NVIDIA RTX 3070 Founders Edition on Modders-Inc.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Review: Breakout Performance At $499 (USD) on HotHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founder Edition on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Performance In CUDA & OptiX Rendering on TechGage.
Nvidia RTX 3070 Founders Edition on LanOC.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founder's Edition on NeoSeeker.
The RTX 3070 FE Arrives at $499 (USD) to Match the RTX 2080 Ti’s Performance on BabelTechReviews.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Review: The New $500 (USD) King on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 FE on OCClub.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition - Disruptive Price-Performance on TechPowerUp.

Discussion continues in this enormous thread.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-October-2020  00:32:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
VanTop Discovery H609 Mirror Mounted Dash Camera on NikKTech.
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro Gaming Wireless Headset on MadShrimps.
Creative Pebble V3 Bluetooth Desktop Speakers on FunkyKit.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Headphones - The Modular Headphone System on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
VAXEE ZYGEN NP-01 mouse on TechPowerUp.
HyperX Alloy Origins Core RGB Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MM711 Blue Steel Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte RTX 3090 Eagle OC 24GB on Bjorn3D.
Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 3080 Vulcan OC on TechPowerUp.

Corsair MP400 4TB NVMe SSD on NeoSeeker.
TeamGroup EX2 SSD 1TB on Guru3D.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 Review: A 14-Inch 4K Convertible on HotHardware.
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT Black CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Corsair 4000D PC Chassis on Guru3D.
Netgear Nighthawk XR1000 Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.
Serious Sam 4 Performance Analysis on OCClub.
Tesoro Zone X TS-F750 (2020) Gaming Chair on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-October-2020  14:45:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe this week!

Wednesday Night (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-October-2020  23:12:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you went to Bathurst for the big race on the weekend, you should get COVID tested if you have any symptoms. "Visitors to and residents of Bathurst must be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear that you think might just be a cold. Symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19," NSW Health said in a statement. I thought the current advice was to get tested if you have symptoms anyway.

Intel have sold their NAND Fab and SSD business to SK Hynix for $9B. Today, SK hynix issued a press release stating that it has signed an agreement to buy Intel's NAND memory and storage business. The sale includes Intel's SSD business, NAND IP, and wafer production, all for a tidy sum of USD 9 billion - but it comes in the form of two payments. The sale includes Intel's Dalin fab in China, but the deal's final step won't complete until March 2025. In the meantime, Intel will still manufacture NAND wafers at the Dalian facility. Here's the official announcement from SK Hynix.

Meanwhile an upcoming version of AMD's EPYC will be powering a new 50-petaFLOP Australian supercomputer. The Pawsey Centre is located in Western Australia, a state that has currently closed its borders to both the rest of Australia and the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. HPE told The Register that even if international borders are closed, it has local staff who can install the new super. Among the tasks the new machine will perform is data ingestion for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, which is also located in Western Australia.

Anandtech have an interview with AMD about their Zen3 architecture. With the launch of Zen 3, and the Ryzen 5000 family, the key headline that AMD is promoting is an absolute desktop high-performance leadership, across workloads, gaming, and energy efficiency. It puts AMD in a position the company hasn’t held for at least 15 years, if the numbers are true. As part of the launch event, the AMD team reached out if we had some questions for Mark. Indeed we do.

TechSpot compare game loading times with different storage technologies, namely PCIe 4.0 SSD vs. PCIe 3.0 vs. SATA vs. HDD. The test setup is simple. We’ll be loading up a variety of games, and timing how long it takes to get into a playable level from the main screen. Loading screens are the primary thing impacted by storage performance in games, everyone wants to get in and play games immediately, so we’ll be testing that across a selection of different titles.

BabelTechReviews wonder if 2x 2080 Ti is better than 1x 3090. Some gamers and pro app users may consider buying a second RTX 2080 Ti as an alternative for SLI/mGPU (Multi-GPU) gaming, pro apps, SPEC, GPGPU, and for creative apps. So we purchased a EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC from eBay and a RTX TITAN NVLink High Bandwidth bridge from Amazon to test 2 x RTX 2080 Tis versus the RTX 3090.

Here's an interesting one - humans are still evolving, and faster than ever. The median artery used to form in the womb but disappear after the baby was born and the radial and ulna arteries had grown. Now, one in three people keep their median arteries for their whole lives, which poses no health risk and increases blood supply to the hand.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-October-2020  22:34:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B550 Extreme4 Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
Deepcool AS500 air processor cooler on Guru3D.
Gigabyte B550i AORUS PRO AX on ThinkComputers.

SilentiumPC Grandis 3 EVO ARGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
ID-Cooling SE-914-XT Basic CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Seagate IronWolf 125 1TB SATA NAS SSD on Tweaktown.
Leven JS600 1 TB SATA3 SSD on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Creative SXFI GAMER USB-C Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Cqenpr PoE Network Switch (video review) by OCClub.
D-Link DIR-X5460 Wireless Router on APHNetworks.

Silicon Power GP28 10000mAh Power Bank Presentation on MadShrimps.
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 MHz CL15 2x8 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Chuwi LarkBox mini-PC on TechPowerUp.

Synology DS720+ NAS (9 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-October-2020  00:34:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby has taken a look at one of the new NAS range from Synology. This one only has two drive bays, but when you bung in a couple of 16TB Seagate IronWolf drives, it's still a lot of storage:

Click for the review!

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-October-2020  22:20:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming ITX/ax Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7 1165G7 "Tiger Lake" Linux Performance w/ Dell XPS 13 9310 on Phoronix.
i9-10850K vs. i7-6700K in Destiny 2: Is the cost of upgrading worth it? on BabelTechReviews.
Intel Core i9-10850K LGA1200 CPU on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
EIZO FlexScan EV3285 4K UHD Monitor on NikKTech.
Schiit Fulla 3 Gaming DAC/Amp on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte G34WQC Ultrawide Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
Philips Fidelio X3 Headphones on APHNetworks.
Corsair HS60 Haptic Headset on Guru3D.
Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Sennheiser EPOS GSX 300 External Sound Card on Tweaktown.
VIOTEK LinQ 16-inch P16C Portable Monitor on FunkyKit.

HyperX Fury DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
XPG Spectrix D60G 16GB DDR4 3600MHz on NeoSeeker.

Video Cards:
Inno3D GeForce RTX 3080 iCHILL X3 on Tweaktown.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra on TechPowerUp.
Colorful GeForce RTX 3080 iGAME VULCAN on Guru3D.
Gigabyte RTX 3080 Eagle OC 10G on Bjorn3D.

Cooler Master MasterBox NR200 Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Sugo 14 Mini-ITX Cube Chassis on FunkyKit.
Deepcool Macube 110 chassis on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Google Pixel 5 Review: Refined And Feature-Rich With Caveats on HotHardware.
Google Pixel 4a 5G Review: Big Screen, Great Camera, Good Value on HotHardware.
OnePlus 8T Review: A Great 5G Phone In Need Of A Discount on HotHardware.
Surface Laptop Go Review: Microsoft’s Value Play Delivers on HotHardware.

ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite 2TB NVMe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
TerraMaster F2-422 NAS on NeoSeeker.
LaCie 1Big Dock SSD Pro 4TB on Tweaktown.
Patriot Memory Viper VPN100 RGB PCIe 1TB M.2 SSD on MadShrimps.
Leven JPR600 2 TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
ADATA SE760 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.

ID-Cooling SE 914 XT Basic & SE 914 XT ARGB CPU coolers on TechPowerUp.
Arctic Freezer 7 X CPU cooler on OCInside.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO V2 Heatsink on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo v2 on LanOC.
be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm on Vortez.
SilentiumPC Fortis 3 EVO ARGB CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
DIATEC FILCO Majestouch Stingray LP Red Switch Tenkeyless Front Face Kb on MadShrimps.
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile Keyboard on NeoSeeker.
CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO (CHERRY VIOLA Switch) keyboard on Vortez.
Mountain Makalu 67 Light-Weight RGB Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Corsair K60 RGB Pro keyboard on Guru3D.
NovelKeys Silk Yellow Switch keyboard on OCClub.
Mountain Makalu 67 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Durgod Taurus K320 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

HyperX Gaming Spectre Eyewear Panda Global Edition glasses on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 1500 W PSU on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-October-2020  14:33:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Dan this week!

Monday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-October-2020  01:01:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD unveiled their new Zen 3 Ryzen CPUs recently. AMD is starting with four new Zen 3 CPUs. There’s a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X model with 16 cores, 32 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.9GHz for $799; the $549 Ryzen 9 5900X, with 12 cores, 32 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.8GHz; the $449 Ryzen 7 5800X, with eight cores, 16 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz; and the $299 Ryzen 5 5600X, with six cores, 12 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.6GHz. That's USD pricing of course, and we should presumably see real reviews soon, but in the meantime there's coverage on The Verge, PC Mag and Anandtech. If you prefer video content, try GamersNexus or c|net or the full announcement from AMD. Discussion continues in this thread.

Meanwhile the PC market has had its highest growth in 10 years, apparently. The global PC market grew 13% in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year, rising to 79.2 million units, according to Canalys. That's the biggest growth in the last 10 years, the tech market analyst said.

Windows 10 will apparently warn you of impending SSD failure. In the announcement for the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20226, Brandon LeBlanc, author at the Windows Insider Blog, explains how this new drive health monitoring feature "is designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSDs." When such an abnormality is detected, a notification will appear on the desktop stating, "A storage device may be at risk of failure and requires your attention." This makes me wonder why Windows doesn't already keep an eye on the SMART stats for similar reasons.

OCClub have another mechanical keyboard article - this time using and building QMK and VIA. While there are many options out there, a relatively common and popular firmware I have seen for such builds is QMK, which stands for Quantum Mechanical Keyboard. It is an open source project written in C and has quite a number of features including RGB LED control with numerous special effects, macros, the ability to create custom keycodes, mouse commands, and, perhaps most importantly, up to 16 keymap layers.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-October-2020  00:23:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Maximus XII Formula (Intel Z490) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte B550M DS3H Motherboard on AMD3D.

Audio Visual:
Cooler Master MH650 Gaming Headset on OCInside.
Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Pro w/ Atlas Edge Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
FiiO FD1 Hi-Res Beryllium In Ear Monitors on NikKTech.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror on LanOC.
Cooler Master Masterliquid ML280 Mirror AIO on Modders-Inc.

SilverStone LD03-AF on TechPowerUp.
Antec DF600 FLUX Mid Tower on FunkyKit.
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 rev. 2 on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Trident X 864US Small Form Factor Gaming PC on Tweaktown.
Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet (video review) by OCClub.
EK Fluid Gaming Vanquish 275-AG Liquid-Cooled Gaming PC on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 STRIX OC on Guru3D.
VR Wars: The RTX 3080 vs. the RTX 3090 – FCAT-VR Performance on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Linux Compute Performance on Phoronix.
Nvidia RTX 3080 Gaming Performance at 1440p on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 (OC Edition) on Tweaktown.
Ray Tracing & DLSS with the GeForce RTX 3080 on TechSpot.

Thermaltake Toughram RGB DDR4 3200MHz (16GBx2) 32GB on FunkyKit.
Star Wars Squadrons Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Corsair CX750F RGB 750 W PSU on TechPowerUp.
DREVO Calibur V2 TE Wired RGB Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.

Retro Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-October-2020  13:47:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You can probably tell by the quiet news page this week that I've been busy with Other Things, so this week it's Retro Misc Pics - from April 2009. Have a great weekend!

3rd April 2009:

14th April 2009:

17th April 2009:

24th April 2009:

Obviously it's been a decade since these were last posted, so I apologise if any of them are a bit more spicy than we normally have nowadays. :)

Retro Racing October 2020: Live for Speed (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-October-2020  00:34:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

October's Retro Racing game is Live for Speed from 2005. It scares me that 2005 is "retro". But anyway. Live for Speed is a serious racing simulator. No arcade modes, no steering aids - YOU have to do the driving. The forces affecting the car's motion are simulated individually at each wheel. We recommend the use of a steering wheel, because although you can use the keyboard and/or mouse, a wheel and pedals provide a lot more accuracy. The force feedback sent to the steering wheel is calculated directly from the forces, with no canned effects. This allows you to feel what is happening at the contact patch between your tyres and the road, helping you to get closer to the limit without exceeding it too much!

click for the thread!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-October-2020  00:28:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B550 Taichi Motherboard on TechPowerUp.
ASUS PRIME Z490-A Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
MSI MEG Z490 ACE Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Toshiba X300 14TB Performance Hard Drive on MadShrimps.
Corsair MP400 2TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Corsair Force Series MP510 4TB NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD on ThinkComputers.
Crucial X8 2TB Portable SSD on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Zephyrus G14 (AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Alienware m15 R3 Review: A Quieter, Powerful Gaming Laptop on HotHardware.

Corsair H100i Elite Capellix LCS CPU cooler on Guru3D.
be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm CPU cooler on LanOC.
be quiet! Pure Loop 360mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror AIO Cooler on HWAsylum.
be quiet Pure loop 280mm LCS CPU cooler on Guru3D.
be quiet! Pure Loop 280 AIO cooler on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Razer Naga Pro MMO/MOBA/FPS Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Corsair Katar Pro Wireless Mouse & MM300 Pro Mouse Pad on NeoSeeker.
Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
CORSAIR K100 RGB keyboard on Vortez.

Folding@Home CUDA Update (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 3-October-2020  13:36:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have an NVIDIA GPU, you should automatically see even better Folding@Home performance thanks to CUDA support. To see these speed boosts, you won’t have to do anything—the new 0.0.13 release of core22 will automatically roll out over the next few days on many projects, automatically downloading the CUDA-enabled version of the core and CUDA runtime compiler libraries needed to accelerate our code. If you have an NVIDIA GPU, your client logs will show that the 0.0.13 core will attempt to launch the faster CUDA version. Also if you're wondering if the new 30x0 series are any good at Folding - yes, they are.

COVID-19 is one of the project's main targets at the moment. OCAU is Team 24 if you're looking to join the cause. :)

Saturday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 3-October-2020  12:54:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mechanical keyboards are still very popular. OCClub have had a couple of interesting articles where they build mechanical keyboards from kits, namely the NovelKeys NK65 - Entry Edition and 1Up Keyboards 1UP 60 HSE 2-Plate Keyboard Kit. This is also a hot-swap PCB, so no soldering was required to put it together, and I can easily pull out and replace switches if I wish to. While it does support per-key LED backlighting, that will require soldering them into place, but the board does have RGB underglow LEDs pre-installed.

TechSpot look back at how USB became, well, universal. For 25 years, the USB port has been a faithful old friend, connecting and powering our everyday gadgets and peripherals. But how exactly does it that happen? Welcome to our explainer on the inner workings of USB, and a look at how it's managed to survive for so long when others have come and gone. Sadly USB-C is turning into a bit of a nightmare when it comes to cables. Still, I _really_ like being able to use a cheap car charger to top up my laptop, phone, GoPro etc when on the move.

Hacktoberfest is an annual drive to encourage open-source contributions, but seems to have resulted in a torrent of spam this year, thanks w0ng. If you aren't familar, Hacktoberfest is an annual event that occurs every October. It is held by Digital Ocean and encourages developers to submit Pull Requests to Open Source repositories and as a reward you get a T-Shirt. There's almost no limits, so if your request is merged into any Open Source repository, you qualify. Amazing.

ArsTechnica report on in-chip watercooling. Part of the problem with liquid cooling solutions is that they're limited by having to get the heat out of the chip and into the water in the first place. That has led some researchers to consider running the liquid through the chip itself. Now, some researchers from Switzerland have designed the chip and cooling system as a single unit, with on-chip liquid channels placed next to the hottest parts of the chip. The results are an impressive boost in heat-limited performance.

Another retrospective from TechSpot, this time looking back at multi-GPU graphics cards. When it comes to graphics cards, more is nearly always better. More shaders, more RAM, more bandwidth. So how about more GPUs? Here's a brief stroll through the story of multi-GPU graphics cards.

I knew space junk was an issue, but I didn't realise the ISS was having to get out of the way several times a year. NASA estimates the station must perform avoidance maneuvers about once a year on average, but 2020 has been busy. "The Space Station has maneuvered three times in 2020 to avoid debris. In the last two weeks, there have been three high concern potential conjunctions. Debris is getting worse!" Bridenstine tweeted.

Saturday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 3-October-2020  11:48:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless+ 7.1 Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Vissles-M 15.6" Portable Touchscreen Monitor on TechPowerUp.
Creative SXFI TRIO In-Ear Headphone on FunkyKit.
Elgato Wave:1 microphone on LanOC.
Sound Blaster X3 on LanOC.
SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.

Video Cards:
ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC on Vortez.
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity on Guru3D.

Fractal Design Celsius+ S24 & S28 Prisma Pre-Filled CPU Water Cooling Systems on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler on NeoSeeker.

Motherboard & CPU:
Aorus Z490 Master Motherboard on HWAsylum.
ASRock B550 Extreme4 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G (Renoir) Processor on AMD3D.

Silverstone LD03-AF ITX on Modders-Inc.
ADATA XPG Invader Mid-Tower PC Case on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake Level 20 RS - For Fans of RGB and Liquid Cooling on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX371 Review: Tiger Lake Bite, OLED Pop on HotHardware.
Lenovo Flex 5G Review: Incredible Battery Life With Caveats on HotHardware.
Dell Hybrid Client on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro Review: Rugged With Push To Talk on HotHardware.

Crucial Ballistix Max RGB 32GB DDR4 4x 8GB DDR4-4000 RAM on OCInside.
Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600 2x32GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Corsair K100 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NeoSeeker.
Corsair K100 RGB keyboard on Guru3D.
CORSAIR K100 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K100 RGB Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
XPG PRIMER mouse on TechPowerUp.

Synology DS420j Four-Bay SOHO NAS on Tweaktown.
Crucial X6 2TB Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Silverstone ECM24-ARGB M.2 to PCIe Adapter Card on ThinkComputers.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 2TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Sabrent EC-T3NS Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Sabrent Rocket Q4 NVMe 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Lexar SL200 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
HP S750 SSD 1TB on Guru3D.
Patriot P300 M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 1TB SSD on MadShrimps.
Crucial P5 1TB & 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Lexar SL100 Pro 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Western Digital SN550 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Smart RGB 500 W (230V) on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte P550B Power Supply on FunkyKit.

Homematic Wireless Window Rotary Handle Sensor on FunkyKit.
Serious Sam 4 game on OCClub.

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-October-2020  12:48:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Early this week - if it's a long weekend for you, enjoy it!


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