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 Wednesday, 3-January-2018  12:37:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope 2018 is treating you well and your hangovers have all worn off.. :) Time for some news catchup.

Seagate have a new multi-actuator system which could prolong the life of spinning-rust hard drives. The third way, and the method Seagate has chosen, is to design a drive with multiple actuators. The idea of using multiple actuators isnít new, and Seagate has experimented with it in the past, but had deemed the approach ineffective due to design challenges, higher drive weights, and additional material costs.

Here's an amusing story from Axe: a man was so upset with Telstra that he camped out in protest at their store, the Police were called, and they ended up negotiating on his behalf with Telstra instead of removing him. "The cops kind of took our side," Mr Dooley said. "They understood. They used their excellent negotiating skills to negotiate what I hadn't been able to in the last four months.

We haven't heard much in the PC space from VIA for a while now, but could they be making a comeback against AMD and Intel soon? In 2018 VIA plans to release their KX-6000 series of CPUs, offering 4 or 8 core processors with clock speeds of 3GHz with support for DDR4 memory and PCIe 3.0. This product is expected to act as a low-cost alternative to Intel's Gemini Lake SoCs that is built on TSMC's 16nm process (The KX-5000 series used a 28nm process). Well, I won't be holding my breath, but it would be nice to blow the dust off the Other CPUs and Chipsets (formerly VIA Hardware) forum. :)

Still in rumour mode, there's speculation of a new Intel CPU bug. If the reports are accurate, it appears that Intel might have a pretty severe chip-level security bug on its hands that cannot be simply swatted away with a microcode update. The bug affects all modern Intel processors dating back at least a decade. We should note that squashing the bug requires a patch at the OS level; and Linux patches have already been distributed (with redacted comments). Microsoft is expected to address the bug in its monthly Patch Tuesday update.

OCInside have a guide to making a DIY Arcade Machine. Daniel, one of our longtime PC forum members built a fully fledged 24-inch arcade machine construction using Raspberry Pi 3. As always, we wish you a lot of fun reading this new arcade machine diy guide and of course to copy the Retro arcade machine. If this kind of thing tickles your fancy, there's lots more in our Retro & Arcade Forum.

TechSpot also compared 44 video cards in PUBG, the popular survival shooter. Following up on last month's CPU-focused benchmarks, we're back to see how PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds performs on a massive range of graphics cards: we have an epic battle between Radeon and GeForce GPUs.

Meanwhile BabelTechReviews have a 15-game VR GPU comparison. We are benchmarking 15 VR games on the Oculus Rift including Fallout 4 VR using FCAT-VR, pitting the RX Vega 56 and 64 versus the GTX 1070 Ti, the GTX 1080, and the GTX 1080 Ti.

There's more retrospective articles looking back at 2017, with the best case mods from ThinkComputers and the most disappointing games from TechSpot. It's nice to talk about all the great games that were released this year, but we're also not going to let slide the games that really disappointed us, and there's a few that stick out like a sore thumb. The following games simply weren't good enough; far from it in fact.

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