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November 2022
Tuesday Night News (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-November-2022  19:17:47 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

There's a heck of a lot going on at TSMC, the world’s largest pure-play semiconductor fab. TSMC’s 3-nm chips will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of this year, and N3E, an upgraded version of its 3-nm process node, is touted to start commercial production in the second half of 2023. TSMC’s 2-nm chips are being eagerly anticipated by 2025 at its Baoshan facility in Hsinchu. The 2-nm chips are expected to enable 10% to 15% faster processing while using 25% to 30% less power compared to the fab’s 3-nm chips. And then there's the 1nm breakthrough.

Japans will commit $2.4B to a joint 2nm chip reasearch hub with the USA. Right now, all of the fastest microprocessors in the world are made in one place: Taiwan. That country's Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has the most advanced fabrication technology on the planet. As as result, companies like Apple, NVIDIA, AMD, and recently, even Intel are elbowing in for a slice of TSMC's output. That all could change if a joint project between Japan and the US sees fruition, though.

metamorphosis sent in a couple of news stories. Marty lied about the circumstances surrounding the DOOM Eternal Soundtrack and used disinformation and innuendo to blame me entirely for its failure. Afterwards, he offered me a six-figure settlement to never speak about it. As far as I’m concerned, the truth is more important.

metamorphosis sent in a couple of news stories. Programmer and lawyer Matthew Butterick has sued Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI, alleging that GitHub's Copilot violates the terms of open-source licenses and infringes the rights of programmers. GitHub Copilot, released in June 2022, is an AI-based programming aid that uses OpenAI Codex to generate real-time source code and function recommendations in Visual Studio.

Meanwhile the NSW government is progressing with a decentralised digital ID pilot (are we in a parrallel universe) to allow users to store government issued identity and credentials on their own mobile device. In NSW, we are piloting a world leading digital ID where customers can opt-in to only verify who they are - without needing to overshare information e.g. when renting a car, you should only need to prove you are legally able to drive - you don’t need to reveal your address, date of birth etc. NSW Digital ID will be world leading - it will be secure, private, trusted and entirely voluntary i.e it will be opt-in only. The photo verification process being piloted will be fully compliant with the data protection safeguards established in the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act.

Epic says more than half of all announced next-gen games are made on Unreal Engine. At least one major studio is already making a big commitment to UE5. In March, The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red announced it would be moving away from its proprietary REDengine to UE5 as part of a “multi-year strategic partnership.” Perhaps the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 had something to do with that.

In what I can only guess is an example from the 'inspire your staff to do their best' playbook 101. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that he'll be sleeping at Twitter's San Francisco Headquarters until everything at the organization is fixed. Elon Musk has decided Twitter's current state is so dire that it requires he doesn't leave the San Francisco office.

With nearly 12 million books, Z-Library advertised itself as the largest repositories of pirated books on the Internet. This reign ended abruptly two weeks ago when the U.S. Department of Justice seized its domain names as part of a criminal investigation. While the site remains operational on the dark web, two alleged masterminds have been arrested and will be prosecuted.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-November-2022  21:22:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z790 ACE on Guru3D.
ASRock B650 PRO RS Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi Motherboard on OCInside.
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X And Ryzen 7 7700X Review: Mainstream Zen 4 Tested on HotHardware.
MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
MSI MPG Z790 Edge (DDR4) on Guru3D.
ASRock B650E Taichi Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 9315 2-in-1 Notebook on Tweaktown.
Intel NUC 13 Extreme Review: Raptor Canyon Pushes Limits on HotHardware.
Minisforum HX90G (Ryzen 9 5900HX with Radeon RX 6600M) mini PC on Guru3D.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Benchmarks: Qualcomm's New Flagship Android Platform Tested on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Yeyian Akil Series 3500 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Pulsar X2 Mini mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM712 on OCInside.

Video Cards:
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4080 OC Edition on Tweaktown.
RTX 4080 VR Performance on BabelTechReviews.

Deepcool LT720 LCS Cooler on Guru3D.
Arctic A35/I35 A-RGB air coolers on Guru3D.

Essencore KLEVV CRAS XR5 RGB 32GB DDR5-6200 CL40 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Kingston Renegade 32GB DDR5-6400 CL32 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
UPERFECT 17.3 Inch 1440p HDR Portable Monitor on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Strix XG32UQ Gaming Monitor Review: 32-inch 4K 160Hz with OC on Tweaktown.
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Astro A30 Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Quick Look: MOONDROP STELLARIS Planar Magnetic IEMs - Brighter than the Stars! on TechPowerUp.
Yeyian Agile NL Computer Microphone on APHNetworks.

Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD on MadShrimps.
Kingston FURY Renegade 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Sabrent Rocket CFX Express Type-B 512GB & 1TB Memory Cards on Tweaktown.
TerraMaster F4-423 NAS on NeoSeeker.
ADATA Legend 960 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Crucial P3 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD on FunkyKit.
Sabrent Rocket SDXC V60 UHS-II 128GB, 256GB & 512GB Memory Cards on Tweaktown.
Lexar NM800 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Chieftec Pro Cube CI-02B-OP on TechPowerUp.

Motorola Q14 Wireless Mesh Router on Tweaktown.
Synology WRX560 11ax Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
EnGenius ECW336 WIFI6E Access Point (6th Gear WIFI) on Guru3D.

eufy Security Floodlight Cam 2 Pro on LanOC.
Monoprice Magsafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Stand on ThinkComputers.
SilverStone SUGO 16 mITX Computer Case on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-November-2022  15:01:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Simon this week! edit: and I forgot to credit Jared!

Misc Pics from Japan (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-November-2022  20:57:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fredhoon sent in these pics a while ago and I keep forgetting to post them. So here they are! Misc Pics from my recent trip to Japan. TinTin in Penrith was on the wall of the WC in a Kyoto craft Brewery! Also I didn't know bin chickens came in pink.

Tuesday Night News - Mini Edition (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-November-2022  21:44:01 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

BackBlaze are finding out that they can sell a ton of expensive spinning rust just as long as they lose money on it. The good ship Backblaze, loaded with cloud and backup storage, grew revenues 27 percent year on year in the third 2023 quarter, beating expectations, but more than doubled its loss, as customer demand stayed strong in the current unfavorable economic climate.

China based MetaX Tech's Moore Threads S80 GPU shouldn't be your next gaming GPU, but if it is please send the review in. Moore Threads, which also goes by the initialism MTT, intends to build GPUs for every market, from consumer gaming all the way up to hyperscale enterprise. The S80 is the company's first retail product, and on paper, the specifications are pretty impressive for a first effort, and in fact rather similar to both Intel's Arc Alchemist DG2-512 as well as NVIDIA's GA106.

Intel must have deep pockets. This time they are going to pay out USD949 million. Ouch! This isn't the only time that VSLI has battled Intel in court over chip patents. Back in March 2021 the company nearly secured close to $2.2 billion (!!!) from Intel in a totally separate Texas trial over other chip patents, which Intel has appealed. In April 2021, VLSI lost a separate patent-related trial against Intel.

Internet Privcacy and Tracking are likely high on the priority list of Australians right now. DuckDuckGo wants to help. Instead, the feature makes use of the fact that the VPN functionality in Android allows apps to monitor and control network traffic. When App Tracking Protection is enabled, it automatically watches for outbound traffic from third-party tracking SDKs and blocks this traffic.

In other spinning rust news. This time it's Seagate thats selling the house to cut it's losses. The San Francisco Business Times reports that Seagate wishes to sell its 31-acre, 575,000 sq ft research facility at Kato Road in Fremont, California, for $300 million and then lease the buildings for a seven-year term. Seagate bought the property for $90.3 million in 2013.

For the casual observer looking in, Arm and Qualcomm appear to have a bit of a love hate relationship at times. However that wont stop them pushing the market boundaries with new and inventive mobile SOC's. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is still an octa-core chip, but the arrangement of the CPU islands has changed. While the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 featured a prime core, three performance cores, and four efficiency cores (a pretty typical layout), the Gen 2 moves to a 1+2+2+3 setup

Tuesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-November-2022  21:12:04 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Audio Visual:
Focal Utopia (2022) Headphones @ TechPowerUp
1MORE SonoFlow Bluetooth Headset @ aphNetworks
HYTE Eclipse HG10 @ TechPowerUp
Sonos Sub Mini @ TechPowerUp
Asus Delta S Wireless Headset @ guru3D
7Hz x Crinacle: Salnotes Dioko Planar Magnetic IEMs @ TechPowerUp
Lamptron HM070 Flip LCD @ guru3D
JBL Quantum Stream Microphone @ ocinside

NVIDIA SC22: H100 Quantum-2 Networks, HPC, Omniverse, and Digital Twins With Lockheed Martin @ Techgage
Cyberpunk 2077: FSR 2.1 vs. DLSS Comparison @ TechPowerUp

Input Mouse Etc:
SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL Gaming Keyboard @ Madshrimps
LAMZU Atlantis @ TechPowerUp
Das Keyboard 6 Professional @ TechPowerUp
Cougar AirBlader Tournament Gaming Mouse @ FunkyKit

Motherboard, Memory & CPU:
ASRock X670E Taichi Motherboard Review @ nikktech
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 @ Techgage
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-6000 CL30 (AMD Expo) @ TechPowerUp

Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel NUC 12 Pro "Wall St Canyon" SFF PC @ TweakTown
Project Fantasy Tower PC Build @ FunkyKit
Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra SFF PC @ TweakTown
MSI Raider GE67 HX @ HighPerformanceLaptops
HP Elitebook X360 1040 G9 @ HighPerformanceLaptops

Solidigm P44 Pro 2TB SSD @ TweakTown
Crucial X8 4TB Portable SSD @ FunkyKit
Silicon Motion SM2267XT DRAMless Laptop SSD @ TweakTown
Orico Montage MTQ-40G 2TB SSD (USB4) @ TweakTown
Acer Predator GM7000 4TB @ FunkyKit
Kingston Fury Renegade HS 2TB SSD @ TweakTown
Silicon Power Marvel M02 128GB USB 3.2 Gen 1 USB Flash Drive @ Madshrimps

Cooling, Cases and a Chair (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-November-2022  23:04:02 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Alphacool Core Ocean T38 240 mm AIO @ TechPowerUp
Cooler Master Mobius 120P ARGB and Mobius 120 Cooling Fans @ aphNetworks

Phanteks Eclipse G500A Performance @ TechPowerUp
Kolink Big Chungus V2 Unit Edition Mid-Tower @ NikKTech
Phanteks Eclipse G500A Case @ ThinkComputers
Deepcool CH510 chassis @ guru3D
Fractal Design Ridge @ TechPowerUp
SSUPD Meshroom S SFF Chassis @ TweakTown

noblechairs LEGEND @ Vortez

Sunday Night RTX 4080 Wrap-Up (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-November-2022  22:42:48 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

MSI GeForce RTX 4080 Gaming X TRIO @ guru3D
MSI GeForce RTX 4080 SUPRIM X @ TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 GPU Rendering Performance @ Techgage
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Unboxed: FE, ASUS, MSI and ZOTAC @ TweakTown
MSI RTX 4080 Gaming X Trio @ LanOC
Nvidia RTX 4080 Founders Edition @ LanOC
Lovelace For Enthusiasts @ HotHardware
MSI GeForce RTX 4080 GAMING X TRIO @ TweakTown
NV RTX 4080 @ guru3D
MSI RTX 4080 @ guru3D
ASUS RTX 4080 @ guru3D
PALIT RTX 4080 @ guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition @ TweakTown
Colorful GeForce RTX 4080 Ultra White OC @ TechPowerUp
MSI GeForce RTX 4080 Gaming X Trio @ TechPowerUp
Zotac GeForce RTX 4080 AMP Extreme @ TechPowerUp
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition @ TechPowerUp
PNY GeForce RTX 4080 Verto OC @ TechPowerUp
ASUS GeForce RTX 4080 STRIX OC @ TechPowerUp
MSI GeForce RTX 4080 Suprim X @ TechPowerUp
Gainward GeForce RTX 4080 Phantom GS @ TechPowerUp

Retro Misc Pics (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-November-2022  16:42:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I am away from my desk this week, so here's retro Misc Pics from April 2010.

2nd April 2010:

6th April 2010:

9th April 2010:

16th April 2010:

22nd April 2010:

We also had some unusual OCAU Merch on the first of that month. Here's the real stuff which I think is still discounted currently.

Artemis I Launch (Lets Try Again) (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-November-2022  14:39:02 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Artemis I Launch

Here we go. Its time to try this again.
A two hour launch window opens at 17:00 AEDT today.

This is an unmanned test launch and represents the first very public step forward in NASA's Artemis Moon Landing program, which aims to send humans back to the moon for the first time since the 1970's.

Watch the Live Launch on YouTube

Discussion continues over in this thread
And general discussion of all things astro and cosmo in this thread

Here is a Wiki page for the Artimis Program with a very cool info-graphic of this launch

Fingers crossed we get to see this rocket go up this afternoon

Sunday Night Random Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-November-2022  21:52:57 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Cardo PackTalk Edge Duo Communications System @ nikktech
ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi Motherboard @ ocinside
Corsair Katar Elite Wireless Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown
eufy Security Garage-Control Cam Plus @ LanOC
Lian Li Lancool 216 RGB @ TechPowerUp
Minisforum HX90G Mini Gaming PC @ HotHardware
RTX 4090 & 53 Games: Core i9-13900K E-Cores Enabled vs Disabled @ TechPowerUp
Logitech G502 X Plus Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown
Fantech Aria XD7 @ TechPowerUp
Intel ARC A750 8GB @ guru3D
Tribit FlyBuds C1 Pro BTHA2 @ ocinside
Turtle Beach Recon Cloud Controller Gamepad @ aphNetworks
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X vs Intel Core i9-12900KF vs Intel Core i9-13900K Comparison @ FunkyKit
ADATA Legend 960 2TB SSD @ TweakTown
Kingston IronKey Vault Hardware Encrypted SSD @ nikktech
AMD 4th Gen EPYC 9004 Series Launched: Genoa Tested In A Data Center Benchmark Gauntlet @ HotHardware
Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5-6000 32GB @ TweakTown
noblechairs Legend Series Chair @ TechPowerUp
Cougar Poseidon GT 360mm AIO @ FunkyKit
Secretlab MAGNUS Monitor Arm @ TweakTown
Forza Horizon 5: DLAA vs. DLSS vs. FSR 2.2 Comparison @ TechPowerUp
Datalocker DL4 FE Encrypted External Hard Drive @ TechPowerUp
Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast "Serpent Canyon" SFF PC @ TweakTown
MelGeek Pixel Lego-Themed Mechanical Keyboard @ ThinkComputers
Focal Bathys Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones @ TechPowerUp
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5 6000 CL36 @ guru3D
Cougar Puri Mini Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ FunkyKit
Cougar Forza 85 CPU Cooler @ FunkyKit
ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ Gaming Monitor @ TweakTown
MSI MPG Gungnir 120R Case @ TechPowerUp
Lian Li Uni Fan SL-Infinity 120 RGB @ LanOC
S.M.S.L SU-6 DAC + SH-6 Amplifier Desktop Stack @ TechPowerUp
Elgato HD60 X External Capture Card @ TweakTown
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s @ ThinkComputers
RTX 4090 & 53 Games: Core i9-13900K vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D @ TechPowerUp
AMD and Intel LGA CPU Installation Guide @ ocinside

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-November-2022  13:34:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is of course Remembrance Day.

Thanks to Axe and metamorphosis this week. Also there seems to be a site-wide discount on RedBubble currently so maybe grab some OCAU Merch if you've been holding off.

Tuesday Evening News (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-November-2022  22:36:40 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Micron announced it has begun shipping qualification samples of its 1-beta DRAM technology to smartphone makers and chipset partners. Micron has tapped into its proven leading-edge nano-manufacturing and lithography prowess to bypass this still emergent technology. Doing so involves applying the company’s proprietary, advanced multi-patterning techniques and immersion capabilities to pattern these minuscule features with the highest precision.

TSMC’s 1-nm chip manufacturing process is starting to take shape. Further miniaturization of the semiconductor process technologies increases resistance at contacts, so TSMC and other mega fabs are striving to find a contact material that has a very low resistance, can transfer high currents, and can be used for volume production.

Synchron is developing an awe-inspiring device, that it says is capable of "unlocking the natural highways of the brain." The company says the stentrode is "designed to become incorporated into the walls of the blood vessels like a tattoo." Its design is much like a stent, as to not cause long term inflammation or trauma to the brain. The node, which consists of the stentrode and an internal receiver-transmitter unit, is placed under the skin of the patient's chest. It records the brain signals from the motor cortex and produces a wireless transmission of raw data to the two external components.

The ACCC has instituted Federal Court proceedings against Dell Australia Pty Limited (Dell Australia) for allegedly making false or misleading representations regarding the price of monitors that consumers could add on to purchases of Dell computers. The ACCC alleges the monitors were not sold for the ‘strikethrough’ price for most of the relevant time and, in some cases, the add-on price shown was more expensive than if the monitor was bought on a stand-alone basis.

IKEA is threatening legal action against the developer of "The Store is Closed", which has an eerily similar environment to a rather well known Swedish furniture warehouse giant. IKEA claim the "staff" in the game in the store are wearing striped orange shirts—though IKEA's shirts are yellow, the look is still strikingly similar.

Starlink will start throttling internet for residential customers who use more than 1TB of Priority Access data per month during peak hours beginning in December. Customers will start each billing cycle with an allocation of Priority Access data for use between 7 AM and 11 PM. Usage outside those hours doesn't count towards the 1TB cap. Customers' data will be deprioritized for the rest of the month if they exceed the cap. Extra Priority Access data can be purchased for 25 cents per GB.

COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily impacted the primary iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility located in Zhengzhou, China. According to AFP/Hong Kong Free Press, Apple isn't telling us about how Foxconn trapped workers inside the factory for "more than two weeks". They tried to create a "closed loop" within the factory so production could continue, with some workers climbing fences and digging holes out of the compound. Those stuck inside suffered from food shortages, lack of medical care and COVID running rampant through the joint.

The Shift Moonwalkers high-tech shoes are designed to make walking more effortless, and move you faster as you walk. The heart of the shoes is its "state-of-the-art brushless DC motor, which distributes its power across eight polyurethane wheels through a precision machined gearbox." Moonwalkers have an 8-wheeled patented drivetrain, which consists of overlapping wheels in order to simulate wheels with a much larger diameter. This helps you traverse across uneven terrain.

Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-November-2022  19:40:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel i9-13900K and i5-13600K on LanOC.
Intel Core i5-13600K & Core i9-13900K on Vortez.

TeamGroup MP44L 1TB SSD Review - DRAMless Gamer on Tweaktown.
Lexar NM800 Pro NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Antec Dark League DP505 Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Azza Legionaire mid-tower on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 750 W Review - ATX v3.0 & PCIe 5.0 Ready on TechPowerUp.
Seasonic PRIME TX-1300 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 8340 Desktop PC on Tweaktown.
Geekom Mini IT11 SFF PC on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Pulsar X2 mouse on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Vulcan II Max Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
CIDOO ABM084 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Apex 9 Mini keyboard on Vortez.
SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Quick Look: Jelly Key Retro TV Series – Galaxy Thieves Artisan Keycap on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Elgato Wave:3 Premium USB Microphone on FunkyKit.
ZEPHONE Tiger Planar Magnetic Headphones on TechPowerUp.
FiiO Q7 Portable Desktop-Class DAC/Amplifier on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
Cougar Omnes Essential Wireless Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P Wireless Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Elgato 4K60 S+ External Capture Card on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
Intel ARC A770 16GB graphics card on Guru3D.
eufy HomeVac S11 Go Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.
noblechairs Hero ST Black Edition Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR Hydro X Series XC7 RGB PRO CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-6200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Retro Gaming November 2022 (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-November-2022  00:31:31 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's "Retro Let's Play" for kick ass November is Soul Calibur from 1999.
It doesn't happen often that the home port of an arcade conversion is actually better than its arcade counterpart. (like NEVER!!) As one of the launch games for the Dreamcast, it ensured the launch success of the platform and to this day is still listed as Metacritic best #4 game of all time.
The DC version is remarkable, featuring even better graphics than the arcade version and a wealth of additional modes and characters.

click for the thread!

Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is Re-Volt from 1999.
Re-Volt lets you guide one of 28 remote control cars through insane race tracks set in unusual environments. Since the cars are the size of real remote control vehicles, objects found around the track are bigger than life. Curbs become huge walls, toys are obstacles, and everything is fair game to drive on, through, or over.

click for the thread!

Misc Pics (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-November-2022  14:50:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and MUTMAN this week!

Wednesday Night (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-November-2022  21:57:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kathleen Booth, the little-credited inventor of assembly language died recently, age 100. As well as building the hardware for the first machines, she wrote all the software for the ARC2 and SEC machines, in the process inventing what she called Contracted Notation. This language, through evolution and contributions by others, is today known as assembly language. She also discusses synchronous versus asynchronous operation in the paper linked at the bottom of this article. Her 1958 book, Programming for an Automatic Digital Calculator, was one of the first on programming written by a woman.

TechPowerUp compared Ryzen 7 5800X vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D in 53 games using an RTX 4090. How much performance can you gain with Ryzen 7 5800X3D over the non-3DV Cache Ryzen 7 5800X when using the mighty GeForce RTX 4090? Our review has the answer, we test 53 games at three resolutions.

Tweaktown meanwhile have a 4090 OC Shootout of their own. The ultimate GeForce RTX 4090 overclocking showdown: ASUS vs COLORFUL vs GAINWARD vs MSI vs Founders Edition... which overclocks the best?

Techgage looked into Blender 3.3 Performance. With a new Blender version comes a new Blender performance deep-dive – and thankfully, there’s lots to talk about here. Blender 3.3 introduces support for Intel’s Arc GPUs, so those are tested and included here, along with NVIDIA’s newest top-end GeForce. We also explore AMD’s performance improvements over the past six months, as well as shader compile times.

NikKTech checked out the Next Level Racing F-GT Simulator Cockpit. If you grew up in the 80's like I did movies like Firefox, Airwolf, Top Gun, Iron Eagle and Firebirds (even though this was released in 1990) probably made you want to be a fighter pilot when you grew up (and some of you probably did). Well, I know they had that influence on me and even though I never did follow up on that i always found comfort playing all the latest flight and space simulator games, not only in the Amiga 500/Plus but also PCs. It's a bit of a step up from the one I reviewed back in 2010.

Here's a cool Halloween Launch Control display including worklog. Our Halloween displays are themed either as history, Hollywood or art. This one is history. It started with a picture inside of Kennedy's new Launch Control Center (LCC) during an early Apollo launch. We morphed the timeline to cover 1966 and the Gemini 12 launch whose anniversary is a little after Halloween, and whose launch vehicle is easier to build. I didn’t think anyone would notice the ‘Slimline’ phones from the Apollo era being in a Gemini skit but I was wrong! Within two days of going up outside in the yard I had already been called out on that mistake!

Speaking of rockets, I don't normally link commercial sites as news but it's worth noting that Starlink have halved their hardware cost to $450 for a limited time. I've been a happy customer for over a year now - you can read my review and the subsequent discussion in this thread.

Wednesday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-November-2022  21:17:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Intel Core i7-13700K processor on Guru3D.
Intel Core i7-13700K "Raptor Lake" CPU on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte X670E AORUS Master on TechPowerUp.
BIOSTAR X670E VALKYRIE AM5 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
Intel Core i7-13700K on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Quick Look: LETSHUOER x Z Review Z12 Planar IEMs on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G535 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
GAMDIAS IRIS M1 Webcam on APHNetworks.
HIFIMAN Ananda (2022 Stealth Magnets) Planar Headphones on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Royal Kludge RK87 Wireless TKL Mechanical Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Logitech G502 X Plus Mouse Review: Low Latency Wireless Gaming on HotHardware.
Corsair Katar Elite? Wireless mouse on Guru3D.

ACER Predator Vesta RGB 32GB DDR4 3600MHz CL14 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Neo Forza TRINITY JetBlack 64GB DDR5 6000MHz CL40 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKtech.

Cougar Forza 85 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
EK-Quantum Velocity² CPU Water Block (LGA 1700) on TechPowerUp.
DeepCool AK400 WH CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake SWAFAN 12 RGB Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.
be quiet! Silent Wings Pro 4 120 mm PWM Fan on TechPowerUp.

Kingston DataTraveler MAX 1TB Type-A USB Pen Drive on Tweaktown.
Team Group T-FORCE Vulcan Z 2 TB 2.5" SSD on TechPowerUp.
Lexar Professional CFexpress Type B Card DIAMOND Series + Card Reader on TechPowerUp.

Cooler Master Masterbox NR200P MAX Chassis on FunkyKit.
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Thermaltake TOUGHPOWER GF3 1000W Gold Power Supply on FunkyKit.

Falcon Heavy Launch (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-November-2022  00:28:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hopefully in about 15 minutes SpaceX will launch a Falcon Heavy rocket, the first one in over 3 years. More info here. USSF-44 will be just the fourth launch for the Falcon Heavy overall and its first since June 2019. The long drought between liftoffs is due primarily to delays with the delivery of payloads on the rocket's manifest. USSF-44, for example, was originally supposed to fly in late 2020, but the main satellite wasn't ready.

You can watch a live stream here (or another with commentary here) and discussion continues in this thread.


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