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 Thursday, 9-March-2017  15:32:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The top story of the last couple of days would have to be the CIA Hacking Tools release by Wikileaks. There's a huge political aspect to this which I am going to avoid but from a technical standpoint it's interesting. Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized "zero day" exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA. The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive. To my mind this isn't that surprising, given it's pretty much what the CIA does, but I think it's the scope of their reach which has people concerned - potentially 85% of smartphones, also TVs and other devices have been compromised. Also, the EFF's position is that the CIA shouldn't keep exploits secret but should share them for the benefit of citizens. Apple say they have already patched many of the vulnerabilities listed. Discussion continues in this thread.

PCPerspective have an article about overclocking the Ryzen 7 1700. During my Ryzen 7 1700 testing, I went through some overclocking evaluation and thought the results might be worth sharing earlier than later. This quick article is just a preview of what we are working on so donít expect to find the answers to Ryzen power management here, only a recounting of how I was able to get stellar performance from the lowest priced Ryzen part on the market today.

TechSpot look at Ryzen gaming performance. AMD Ryzen processors made a strong impression last week, however time constraints resulted in more questions than answers when it came to the four games we managed to benchmark in time for launch. As promised, we're back to follow up on our initial 1080p testing with a more in-depth look at Ryzen's gaming performance across a 16 titles played at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

Tech Report consider the impact of minimum FPS figures in benchmarking. In the wake of AMD's Ryzen launch, I've been reading a lot of comments around the web about the inclusion or usefulness of the "minimum frame rate" in many reviewers' results. Readers seem to think folks who report a minimum frame rate alongside an average are providing a more complete picture of gaming performance from these new CPUs. That may be true in a way, but the picture is still about as shallow as reporting a frames-per-second average on its own.

HotHardware meanwhile look into AMD's Zen-based server CPUs, codenamed Naples. As weíve mentioned in the past, Naples is an up to 32-core / 64-thread variant of Zen, targeted at enterprise and data center applications. Today, we can reveal a few more technical details and discuss some interesting performance comparisons AMD made against one of Intelís flagship 2P Xeon configurations. Spoiler alert Ė Naples looked very strong.

TechARP cover NVIDIA's Jetson TX2. NVIDIA just announced the Jetson TX2 embedded AI supercomputer, based on the latest NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture. It promises to offer twice the performance of the previous-generation Jetson TX1, in the same package. In this tech report, we will share with you the full details of the new Pascal-based NVIDIA Jetson TX2!

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