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October 2022
Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-October-2022  15:46:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Thursday Night News (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-October-2022  22:04:52 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Passkeys. Microsoft, Apple, and Google’s password replacement may have taken 50 years, but now there's a smarter safer and easier 'password123'. What’s more, hardware tokens use FIDO’s Cross-Device Authentication flow, or CTAP, which relies on Bluetooth Low Energy to verify the authenticating device is in close physical proximity to the device trying to log in.
More info here.

Alef has been working on the flying car since 2015, and has been test driving and test flying the full-size prototype since 2019. The startup has placed its "Model A" drivable flying car on pre-order.Anyone that has ever sat in a traffic jam has probably envisioned being able to flip a switch, making their vehicle capable of taking flight in order to escape the congestion that they are immersed in.

PC Gaming is DEAD !!! Steam has set a new concurrent player record, signalling that the PC gaming market is growing rapidly. Wait, but its dead right ? There are more gamers currently playing on Steam than there ever have been before. According to new figures from Steam DB and Valve's own Steam Charts database, over 30 million people logged on Steam in the last 24 hours.

Rambus announces its next-gen PCIe 6.0 interface subsystem for high-performance data centers and AI SoCs of the future, with up to 64 GT/s ready. "The rapid advancement of AI/ML and data-intensive workloads are driving the continued evolution of data center architectures requiring ever higher levels of performance. The Rambus PCIe 6.0 Interface Subsystem supports the performance requirements of next-generation data centers with best-in-class latency, power, area, and security".

It feels like it was only a few months ago when I posted about the data transfer speed record being broken, but here we are again. The speed record for data transmission using a single light source and optical chip has been shattered once again. Engineers have transmitted data at a blistering rate of 1.84 petabits per second (Pbit/s), almost twice the global internet traffic per second. It’s hard to overstate just how fast 1.84 Pbit/s really is. Your home internet is probably getting a few hundred megabits per second, or if you’re really lucky, you might be on a 1-gigabit or even 10-gigabit connection – but 1 petabit is a million gigabits. It’s more than 20 times faster than ESnet6, the upcoming upgrade to the scientific network used by the likes of NASA.

When Australians are asked to hand over their personal data they have a right to expect it will be protected. Unfortunately, significant privacy breaches in recent weeks have shown existing safeguards are inadequate. It's not enough for a penalty for a major data breach to be seen as the cost of doing business. The Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022 will increase maximum penalties that can be applied under the Privacy Act 1988 for serious or repeated privacy breaches from the current $2.22 million penalty to whichever is the greater of: $50 million; three times the value of any benefit obtained through the misuse of information; 30 per cent of a company's adjusted turnover in the relevant period.

Agg sends word of pittster's first custom loop water cooled PC. A very tidy build indeed.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-October-2022  21:19:03 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Audio Visual:
Questyle M15 Portable DAC/Amplifier @ TechPowerUp
INNOCN PU15-PRE 4K OLED Touchscreen @ TechPowerUp
ASUS Webcam C3 Full HD Web Cam @ TweakTown
Yeyian Sigurd 2503 24” Frameless LED Curved Gaming @ FunkyKit

Uncharted Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis @ TechPowerUp
RTX 4090 & 53 Games: Ryzen 7 5800X vs Core i9-12900K @ TechPowerUp

NZXT H5 Flow @ TechPowerUp
HYTE Y60 Case @ ThinkComputers
Raijintek Ophion Elite @ TechPowerUp
Azza Legionaire Mid-Tower @ TweakTown
Thermaltake LCD Panel Kit Snow @ FunkyKit

ID-Cooling SE-224-XTS CPU Air Cooler @ TweakTown
Thermal Paste Roundup @ ocinside

Input Etc:
Thrustmaster T248 Racing Wheel @ nikktech
Xtrfy MZ1 Wireless @ TechPowerUp
Truly Ergonomic CLEAVE Optical Mechanical Keyboard @ TechPowerUp
XPG Slingshot Optical Mouse @ aphNetworks

ASUS Maximus Z790 HERO (w/ DDR5 7200 MHz) @ guru3D
Sapphire Rapids 4th Gen Xeon @ HotHardware
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X @ ThinkComputers

Portable & Prebuilt:
Google Pixel Watch @ HotHardware
MSI Prestige Evo 14 @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Cyber Acoustics Essential Laptop Docking Station DS-1000 @ Hardware Asylum

MSI MEG Ai1000P 1000 W @ TechPowerUp
APC Back-UPS BE850G2-GR @ nikktech

Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB M.2 NVMe @ guru3D
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 1TB @ Madshrimps

Video Card:
NVIDIA RTX 4090: 450 W vs 600 W 12VHPWR @ TechPowerUp

OCAU Merchandise (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-October-2022  21:30:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been a while since I've reminded you that we have OCAU Merchandise over on RedBubble. At the moment (until tomorrow!) there seems to be 30% off sitewide on RedBubble so now might be a good time to grab some. There's various goodies in there, including our 20th Anniversary mugs:

Click for the product page!

Sunday Night News (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-October-2022  23:25:30 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Matt sends news of a new overclocking record finally falling after 8 years. Hardcore overclocker Elmor officially broke the CPU frequency world record with Intel's brand-new Core i9-13900K 24-core processor. The best CPU hit a staggering 8.812GHz using liquid nitrogen cooling, dethroning the 8-year reigning champion, the FX-8370, by 90MHz.

While most of us wonder how many FPS a GTX4090 might provide in our favourite games, security analyst Sam Croley has compiled the first Hashcat password cracking tool benchmarks using systems based around the new GPU. RTX 4090 seems to have almost 2.5x the cracking power of the RTX 3090 for a modest price hike. Secondly, it appears to mean that someone with a rig of eight RTX 4090 graphics cards can crack a complex password of up to eight characters in just 48 minutes. Remember the input passwords were complex in nature. If a user decided to use a dictionary word, or a shorter word as a password, it would be unearthed much faster.

The technology march of the USB-C standard continues. Why does it bends less each generation? USB4 v2 doubles the bandwidth of the original USB4 spec. USB4 v1 consists of four 20Gbps links which enable up to 40Gbps transfers bidirectionally when aggregated into pairs—two links transmitting and two links receiving. USB4 v2 bolsters these links to 40Gbps each to achieve its up to 80Gbps bidirectional rating.

The green versus blue bubble battle continues with Google asking Apple to implement Rich Communication Services, again. All told, Google is putting quite a bit of work into its Messages app and is seemingly trying to get Apple to play ball, so the bubble battles can finally be put to rest. It is now up to Apple to really bury the hatchet of course, but that may be all just wishful thinking.

And the man that will soon get legs didn't want to be left out of the game. The ad shows the notorious green text bubble that iOS users famously loathe, and the classic blue text bubble that appears when a message is sent between iOS devices. Additionally, the ad contains a third text bubble called "Private Bubble", or a WhatsApp text bubble.

I've always wanted a QR code embedded in my food. Luckily researchers from Osaka University developed “interiqr”, a novel three-dimensional printing method of embedding edible QR codes in the interior of cookies. The race is on to create edible food tags that are non-toxic, don't alter the flavor or appearance of the food, and can be read without destroying the food itself as the globe tries to reduce excess packaging.

NBN Co are set to use Nokia CPE in a $750m fixed wireless upgrade. The mmWave equipment will be "capable of gigabit speeds for premises within a 7km radius of a radio base station". Nokia also said that the "CPE comprises an outdoor unit installed on the roof of the premises and an indoor unit providing user interfaces for the customer, connecting to the outdoor receiver with a 2.5Gbps Power over Ethernet connection"

VESA DisplayPort 2.1 specification was recently announced and provides better USB-C And USB4 integration. What does that actually mean? Not a lot, really. Where previous DisplayPort versions made support for Display Stream Compression optional, devices certified for DisplayPort 2.1 are required to have it. Display Stream Compression is a lossless compression method developed by VESA that drastically reduces the bandwidth required by high-resolution and high-framerate displays. Almost all DisplayPort devices, even before DP 2.0, already supported this technology, so it's not a huge change.

Sunday Lunchtime Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-October-2022  12:40:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 SUPRIM X on Tweaktown.
GAINWARD GeForce RTX 4090 Phantom "GS" on Tweaktown.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 4090 Vulcan OC-V on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
AQIRYS LYRA Wired/Wireless Headset on MadShrimps.
Skullcandy PLYR Multi-Platform Wireless Gaming Headset on NeoSeeker.
Quick Look: Creative Sound Blaster X1 Portable DAC/Amp on TechPowerUp.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z790 Taichi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk (DDR4) on Guru3D.
ASUS Maximus Z790 Extreme (DDR5) on Guru3D.
ASRock X670E Taichi Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Cooler Master Mobius 120 and 120P ARGB fans on OCInside.
ID-Cooling SE-224-XTS Black & SE-224-XTS Basic air coolers on TechPowerUp.
Be Quiet Silent Wings 4 fans on LanOC.
Thermaltake TOUGHLIQUID Ultra 360 All-In-One Liquid Cooler on FunkyKit.

InWin A5 on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake The Tower 500 Snow Edition on FunkyKit.

Samsung SSD 990 Pro Review: Super-Fast Storage For Gamers on HotHardware.
Samsung 990 PRO 2TB SSD Review - A Higher Level on Tweaktown.
Solidigm P44 Pro 2 TB & 1 TB Review - The Fastest SSD you can Buy on TechPowerUp.
Crucial P3 2TB PCIe M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 SSD on MadShrimps.
Lexar Professional NM800 PRO 2TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Power Supply:
MSI MPG A1000G PCIe 5.0 1000-watt 80 PLUS Gold Gamers PSU on Tweaktown.
be quiet! System Power 10 850W on NikKTech.
Lian Li SP850 (850W PSU) on Guru3D.

Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5-6000 2x16GB DDR5 on APHNetworks.
Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith RGB 32GB DDR5-5600 CL40 on FunkyKit.
Zadak Spark RGB DDR5 6000 CL40 on Guru3D.
Lexar ARES OC 32GB DDR5 5200MHz CL38 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 13 (9315) Laptop on Tweaktown.
Acer Swift 5 laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Dell XPS 15 (9520) And XPS 17 (9720) Review: Premium Laptop Legacy on HotHardware.
Google Pixel 7 And Pixel 7 Pro Review: Refined In Every Way on HotHardware.

A Plague Tale Requiem Benchmark Test & Performance Analyis on TechPowerUp.
GeForce 522.25 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce 522.25 Driver Analysis - Gains for all Generations on TechPowerUp.

Shelly Smart Home Review and Shelly Installation Guide on FunkyHome.
Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Quick Look: MOONDROP Aria Snow Edition In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
AQIRYS YMIR Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
EZDIY-FAB Multi-Angle Vertical GPU Mount on FunkyKit.

Intel "Raptor Lake" CPUs (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-October-2022  11:54:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have released the first "Raptor Lake" CPUs, in the 13th Gen Core line - the Intel Core i9-13900K and Core i5-13600K. Has the top-speed baton been handed back to Intel from AMD? Here's some reviews:

Intel Core i9-13900K & Core i5-13600K on HotHardware.
Intel Core i5-13600K "Raptor Lake" CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9-13900K "Raptor Lake" CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i5-13600K on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9-13900K on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5-13600K Review - Best Gaming CPU on TechPowerUp.
Intel Core i9-13900K Review - Power-Hungry Beast on TechPowerUp.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-October-2022  14:14:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Thanks to MUTMAN for keeping the news page updated this week.

Monday Night News (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-October-2022  23:37:02 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

New trade restrictions from the USA Bureau of Industry and Security has made it illegal for US citizens to "support" Chinese semiconductor factories. Not just the latest and greatest EUV 3nm wafers, but any technology that directly manufactures or supports the manufacture of relatively mainstream gear. ASML, which has a global monopoly in the supply of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems, has issued an internal memo asking its US employees, including green card holders, to refrain from directly or indirectly serving customers in China until further notice, according to a source familiar with the matter. The move is aimed at addressing compliance risks following a new US requirement that restricts the involvement of US persons in advanced chip facilities in China. “ASML is still actively assessing which particular fabs are affected by this restriction”

Google’s ‘Incognito’ mode inspires staff jokes, and a big lawsuit. “We need to stop calling it Incognito and stop using a Spy Guy icon,” one engineer said in a 2018 chat among Google Chrome engineers, after sharing research that showed users misunderstood features of private browsing modes. He was referring to the image of sunglasses under a hat that pop ups with a message, “You’ve gone Incognito,” when a user opens a new tab to browse privately.

Google announced cloud gaming Chromebooks shortly after closing Stadia. The product reveal is one of the most tone deaf things that Google could've done and really underlines just how much Stadia failed. We've outlined that Stadia was indeed an important part of gaming's overall development, but even still, Stadia largely failed to spark mainstream cloud adoption in a way that Xbox Game Pass has the best chance to do.

Researchers have succeeded in growing brain cells in a lab and hooking them up to electronic connectors proving they can learn to play the seminal console game Pong. The experimenters grew human brain cells grown from stem cells, as well as mouse embryos, to a collection of 800,000 individual cells. Electrical connectors fed data describing which side the pong ball was on and how far it was from the paddle. The cells produced electrical activity of their own, learning to play the game based on feedback, per the paper.

TSMC expects to be able to grow throughout a contracting semiconductor market here in the second half of 2022 and the first half of 2023. And the fact that TSMC thinks it can grow during a decline shows just how far ahead of the competition TSMC is when it comes to the etching and packaging of CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and custom ASICs. “We expect probably in 2023, the semiconductor industry will be likely to decline,” Wei explained. “And while TSMC also is not immune, we believe our technology position, strong portfolio in HPC and longer-term strategic relationship with customers will enable our business to be more resilient than the overall semiconductor industry. And that’s why we say 2023 is still a growth year for TSMC and the overall industry probably will decline.”

The MONIAC: Making Money Flow (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-October-2022  16:54:58 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Monetary National Income Analogue Computer

This amazing computer from the late 1940's was used to model national monetary principles and parameters.
An amazing analogue computer ahead of it's time.

Click the picture for the video

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-October-2022  16:34:13 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Thermaltake SWAFAN 12 RGB Fan @ FunkyKit
Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 Flux AIO @ ocinside
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB ELITE CPU Liquid Cooler @ TweakTown
Corsair iCUE H115i RGB ELITE 280 mm AIO @ TechPowerUp
MSI MAG Coreliquid 240R V2 White CPU Liquid Cooler @ TweakTown
Arctic Liquid Freezer II Service Kit Tutorial @ ocinside
Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 FLUX CPU Liquid Cooler @ TweakTown

Motherboard, Memory & CPU:
ASUS ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WiFi mITX @ aphNetworks
ASRock X670E Taichi @ ThinkComputers
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB DDR5-6000 32GB @ FunkyKit
MSI MPG B650 Carbon WIFI @ guru3D
Gigabyte B650E AORUS Master @ TechPowerUp
EVGA Z690 Dark Kingpin @ Hardware Asylum
Neo Forza TRINITY JETBLACK DDR5 6000 64GB @ Madshrimps
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X & Ryzen 9 7900X @ nikktech
Sapphire Rapids Accelerators @ HotHardware

Portable & Prebuilt:
Corsair Voyager a1600 Gaming Laptop @ TweakTown
Beelink SER5 Pro 5600H Mini-PC @ TechPowerUp
ECS LIVA One H610 Barebone @ Madshrimps
Razer Blade 14 Gaming Laptop (Ryzen) @ TweakTown
Asus OLED laptop @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Lenovo Yoga 9i (2022) 14 Laptop @ ThinkComputers

Saturday Night Random Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-October-2022  00:14:51 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P Gaming Headset @ FunkyKit
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro @ TechPowerUp
Gamdias IRIS M1 Streaming Webcam @ FunkyKit
Creative Zen Hybrid Wireless Headphones with Hybrid ANC @ Madshrimps
Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro & Leisure 495W 1080p LED Projectors @ nikktech
Audeze CRBN Electrostatic Headphones @ TechPowerUp
Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro @ TechPowerUp
Project Icyu– Blue Iris Build Part 3 @ LanOC
eufy Video Doorbell Dual 2K @ nikktech
Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro @ TweakTown
Corsair K70 RGB PRO MINI WIRELESS @ TweakTown
Mountain Display and Macro Pad @ guru3D
Mountain Display and Macro Pad @ TechPowerUp
Xtrfy M42 Wireless @ TechPowerUp
Corsair HXi Series 1500 W @ TechPowerUp
Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q 8TB Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C Portable SSD @ nikktech
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus-G 2TB SSD @ TweakTown
ADATA Legend 960 1TB Solid State Drive @ aphNetworks
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 PCI-Express Scaling @ TechPowerUp
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X @ HotHardware
SAPPHIRE TOXIC AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB Limited Edition @ nikktech
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X @ TechPowerUp

Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-October-2022  12:54:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

4090 Reviews Jackpot (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-October-2022  18:33:04 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

16GB Smokes The 12GB @ HotHardware
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X @ TweakTown
ASUS ROG Strix 4090 OC @ TweakTown
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim X @ guru3D
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X @ guru3D
ASUS TUF GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC @ guru3D
Gainward GeForce RTX 4090 Phantom GS @ guru3D
Colorful GeForce iGame RTX 4090 Vulcan OC-V @ guru3D
Colorful GeForce RTX 4090 Vulcan OC-V @ TechPowerUp
Palit GeForce RTX 4090 GameRock OC @ TechPowerUp
Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 Amp Extreme Airo @ TechPowerUp
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC @ TechPowerUp
ASUS GeForce RTX 4090 STRIX OC @ TechPowerUp
4090 Founders Edition @ LanOC Reviews

Wednesday Night News II (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-October-2022  22:33:02 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Scientists are following nature's own designs in developing ionic microprocessors, which could prove particularly energy-efficient compared with traditional semiconductor-based processors. By running voltage through the transistor, the two concentric ring electrodes are able to locally tune the water's pH by increasing or lowering the amount of hydrogen ions present in it. This change, a feat of electrochemistry, allows for the usage of the transistor's ionic current as an on and off switch — known as gate, in the transistors we're used to hearing about. This gating of the ionic current through changes in the transistor's pH unlocks the ability for the transistors to process binary information.

Cloudflare has recently made an audacious claim: We could all be doing something better with our lives than deciding which images contain crosswalks or stop lights or clicking an "I'm not a robot" checkbox. Turnstile integrations run "a series of small non-interactive JavaScript challenges" to investigate the visitor, including proof of work and space, probing for web APIs, and "various other challenges for detecting browser-quirks and human behavior," Cloudflare's post states. The challenges vary by visitor, and machine learning can update the model with the common features of visitors who previously passed a test. The user only sees a "Verifying …" widget for a moment, then "Success!"

Without divulging all the specifics, MrBeast just revealed on the FLAGRANT podcast that he was even offered $1 billion for control of his sprawling content empire. Clearly not looking to sell at this point in time, MrBeast has a more ambitious price tag in mind for a possible deal at some stage in the future. “$10 billion. $20 billion,” he said. “Something like that” would make him more comfortable handing over the keys to his kingdom. “In the future, I think we could be worth way more.”

The Verge has an interesting interview with the Arm CEO on how Arm conquered the chip market without making a single chip. If you start at the lowest level of the semiconductor chain — GlobalFoundries, Samsung, TSMC, Intel, all the people who build chips — you have to work with all of them. We have to make sure that our technology is going to be able to be built on every semiconductor process in the world, which requires investment across all of those partners. Then, all the way up the stack, when you think about Android, Linux, Windows, and all the major operating systems that we support, we have to make sure we are there, too.

Samsung have been making moves to increase their silicon fab business with a new business strategy. The demand for advanced semiconductors has increased dramatically, making innovation in semiconductor process technology critical to the business success of foundry customers. To that end, Samsung highlighted its commitment to bringing its most advanced process technology, 1.4-nanometer (nm), for mass production in 2027.

Busy Samsung announced earlier this year that it had started volume production of chips using its 3GAE (3nm-class, gate-all-around early) process technology, and along the way beat Intel and TSMC to it. Samsung 3GAE fabrication technology is the industry's first process that relies on gate-all-around (GAA) transistors which Samsung calls MBCFETs (multi-bridge channel field-effect transistors). GAA transistor architecture reduces leakage current as the gate is now surrounded by the channel across all four sides; it also enables alteration of transistor performance and power consumption by adjusting the channel's thickness of the channel(s). GAAFETs are particularly beneficial for high-performance and mobile applications, which is why companies like Intel and TSMC are working hard to use them in 2024 – 2025

Peer-to-peer file sharing might save the Internet.A more efficient distribution scheme in that case would be for the data to be served to your device from your neighbor’s device in a direct peer-to-peer manner. But how would your device even know whom to ask? Welcome to the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS).

Intel Arc GPUs (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-October-2022  22:00:51 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Should you spend $4000 on a NVidia 4000 series GPU, or can you comfortably curl up with an Intel Arc GPU?

Intel Arc A770 And A750 Limited Edition @ HotHardware
A750 & A770 GPU Workstation Performance @ Techgage
Intel Arc A770 Tested with PCIe 3.0 and Resizable BAR Off @ TechPowerUp
Intel Arc A750 @ TechPowerUp
Intel Arc A770 @ TechPowerUp
Intel Arc A380 GPU Creator Performance @ Techgage

More reviews, videos and discussion later on in this thread.

Wednesday Night News I (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-October-2022  21:38:46 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Australia Post is now an NBN reseller. Insert joke about packet loss here.

A proposed network and spectrum sharing deal between Telstra and TPG is uncertain to receive approval, over fears it will line Telstra’s pockets and impact prices in ways that are “difficult to predict”. One of the key sticking points is a series of fees and wholesale charges that TPG Telecom will pay Telstra; in particular, how those fees are priced into TPG’s plans and the revenue is priced into Telstra’s plans, and whether or not that produces outcomes that are good for customers.
TPG Telecom also faces a broader challenge to convince the regulator that a tie-up with Telstra is really the most commercially- and customer-friendly option for its future.

TPG/Vodafone has announced it'll shut down its 3G network on 15 December 2023. Apparently 3G makes up only 0.5% of connections and is hogging some quality spectrum that's more useful on 4G or 5G instead. Telstra previously announced it will turn off its 3G network (which is mostly running on the premium 850MHz spectrum) in June 2024. Optus hasn't made any announcements about the permanent closure of 3G yet, but turned off 2100MHz 3G a few months ago. I think they're a little busy at the moment, might be a while until they make a statement on further 3G network shut downs.

After 433 gamblers won a lottery drawing in the Philippines last weekend, people across the country debated a thorny question: At what point does randomness begin to look a little too much like a racket? This article about the unusual lottery result goes into great depth to explain it. In other words, they drew exactly six multiples of nine from 1 to 55. In addition, a total of 433 tickets were bought with this winning combination, whose owners then had to split the 236 million peso jackpot. This raised enough suspicion that there were calls for an inquiry into the Philippine lottery system, including from the minority leader of the Senate.

Micron announced plans to invest big money, up to $100 billion, to build what it claims will be the largest semiconductor fabrication facility in the history of the United States. Micron expects the mega-fab to eventually contain four 600,000 square-foot clean rooms, for a total of 2.4 million square feet of clean room space. That's roughly the size of 40 American football fields. Micron also anticipates its mega-fab will create nearly 50,000 jobs in New York, of which 9,000 of them will be "high paying".

Thanks to Agg for this news - New ASRock motherboard buyers were a little peeved to find their RAM slots damaged after removing a warning sticker. Several users reported that the sticker tore when they removed it, leaving behind a sticky residue and an incredibly delicate cleanup job. Buyers ready to assemble brand new, screaming-fast Ryzen 7000 desktops with these very pricey motherboards were not amused. Some had luck removing the stickers by applying heat beforehand, but others were left with a sticky mess that made their RAM slots inoperative.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founder Edition (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-October-2022  00:55:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have unveiled their GeForce RTX 4090 Founder Edition. Not too many reviews out yet but here's a few from the news box:

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Review - Impressive Performance on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Review: Just Buy It? on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090: The New Rendering Champion on Techgage.
RTX 4090 Performance – 45 Games, VR & Pro Apps Benchmarked on BabelTechReviews.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founder edition on Guru3D.

More reviews, videos and discussion later on in this thread.

Monday Night News (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-October-2022  21:36:42 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

After the US Government denylisted and removed Huawei products from its infrastructure, the company has been effectively cut off from American semiconductors and general commerce. However, the company may have found a way to sidestep the three-year-old problem by spooling up its own fabs. If successful, this would allow Huawei to regain its footing and begin producing devices in earnest again. However, it remains to be seen if PXW will violate U.S. trade sanctions in supplying Huawei, as that would limit what equipment can be purchased by the company. Moreover, it is reported that the company’s first products, expected in 2025, will be on 28-nanometer technology leaving the plant six or more generations behind.

Samsung teases that it is working on 36Gbps GDDR7 memory for next-gen GPUs in the data center, HPC, mobile, gaming, and automotive markets in the future. So this would represent a huge 71% increase in memory bandwidth over the fastest GDDR6X right now and for the foreseeable future. We're already breaching 1TB/sec+ on a 384-bit memory but with 21Gbps GDDR6X memory, we should expect somewhere in the vicinity of 1.7TB/sec through to 2TB/sec and beyond with 36Gbps GDDR7 memory, especially on wider memory buses and next-gen GPUs.

Back in 2018, the Associated Press published a piece bringing attention to the fact that Google still collects some user location data even when Location History is disabled in Google Account settings. Now, after two more years have passed, the two parties have reached a settlement. Instead, the money will first be split between the state and its legal counsel, with the latter receiving $7.75 million. $5 million of the remaining $77.25 million will go to the attorney general, who will spend it on education and programs intended to train attorney general staff in matters of consumer protection. The rest of the money will be spent on education, broadband, and Internet privacy programs at the direction of the state legislature.

In the wake of Optus getting cyberowned, the government is thinking about turning myGov or myGovID into a "single digital identification service". The goal of such a system would be for businesses to check if a customer is who they say they are via myGov who hold this information securely, instead of customers having to give this info to multiple companies each time they want to interact with them. The Australian government is considering using myGov or its myGovID system to centralise digital identity authentication in the wake of the Optus data breach, but critics warn any single system could have its own cybersecurity weaknesses

Dell Technologies has announced Zero Trust cybersecurity services along with a Zero Trust Center of Excellence using a US Department of Defense-approved architecture. The Zero Trust approach is that no IT resource-accessing user or application is trustworthy unless it is verified and undertakes known good activity inside an organization’s IT environment. The aim is to not let in crooks or malware pretending to be known good users or applications by having a quasi-security guard verifying who you are, watching what you do and where you go.

IBM is deepening its assimilation of Red Hat by adopting two of its open source storage products and moving some Red Hat staff to IBM. Overall, IBM says its clients will have access to a consistent set of hardware-agnostic storage services with data resilience, security, and governance across bare metal, virtualized, and containerized environments. They should get a unified storage experience for containerized apps running on Red Hat OpenShift. They can use Spectrum Fusion to get performance, scale, automation, data protection, and data security for production applications running on OpenShift that require block, file, and/or object access to data. IBM says customers should be able to build in the cloud and then deploy on-premises with automation.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has slapped Kim Kardashian with a fine of more than $1 million for her involvement in a cryptocurrency project. According to the SEC, Kardashian agreed to pay the $1.26 million fine, which it says covers the initial $250,000 she was paid for the post, and any interest made.

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-October-2022  13:41:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to MUTMAN and KonMan this week!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-October-2022  22:25:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Storage Showdown - Intel Alder Lake vs. AMD Zen 4 on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X "Zen 4" CPU on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Cooling Requirements & Thermal Throttling on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X "Zen 4" CPU on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X and 7950X on LanOC.
ASUS Crosshair X670E HERO on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X processor on Guru3D.
ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X processor on Guru3D.

Scythe FUMA 2 Rev.B CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.
Scythe Fuma 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
be quiet! Silent Wings 4 Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR K100 AIR Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Vulcan II Mini Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
System76 Launch Configurable Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
GIGABYTE M27F A Gaming Monitor Review: 1080p 165Hz + Built-In KVM on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Cyberpower PC Infinity X129 Ti D5 prebuilt PC on Vortez.
MSI Modern 14 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
MSI Stealth GS66 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Dell Inspiron 14 (7420) 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop on Tweaktown.
Doogee S89 Pro phone on TechPowerUp.
Acer Nitro 5 on HighPerformanceLaptops.

Lexar NM800 Pro Gen4 M.2 1TB NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.
Crucial P3 Plus 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
ACER Predator GM3500 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
SK hynix Platinum P41 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Silicon Power XD80 M.2 2280 2TB PCIe 3.0 SSD on MadShrimps.
Solidigm P41 Plus 2TB SSD Review - DRAMless Perfection on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
TOPPING E30 II DAC + L30 II Amplifier Desktop Stack on TechPowerUp.
MUSE HiFi Power Planar Magnetic In-ear Earphones on TechPowerUp.

Hyte Revolt 3 chassis on Guru3D.
Antec DP503 Case on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
FSP Hydro PTM PRO 1200W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Lian Li SP850 Gold SFX Power Supply on OCInside.
FSP Hydro PTM Pro 1200w 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply on Tweaktown.
Channel Well Technology CSX 850M-G Review - The first PCIe 5.0 ready SFX PSU on TechPowerUp.

Death Stranding Director's Cut: XeSS vs. DLSS vs. FSR 2.0 Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered: XeSS vs. DLSS vs. FSR 2.0 Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: XeSS vs. DLSS Comparison on TechPowerUp.

eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid Robotic Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper Venom DDR5 6200 CL40 memory on Guru3D.
ASRock Radeon RX 6750 XT Phantom video card on Guru3D.

Retro Gaming October 2022 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-October-2022  22:05:13 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's "Retro Let's Play" for Spooky Horror October 2022 is Blood from 1997. The game is packed full of not just Doom-style FPS blasting, but also numerous puzzles, complex changing levels, hilarious voice acting (some of the best FPS screams ever delivered), and a good dose of both supernatural horror and dark comedy.

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Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is ToCA Race Driver 2 from 2004. TOCA, also know as DTM Race Driver 2 in Germany and V8 Supercars Australia 2, is the fifth game in the TOCA series and 31 Licensed and Fictional global Race Locations offering 48 tracks including Hockenheim from the German DTM series and Surfers Paradise from the Australian V8 series. But we're here for October, Bathurst Month!

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