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 Wednesday, 13-February-2019  11:13:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ExtremeTech are of the opinion that the recent AMD and NVIDIA product launches are the least-appealing GPU upgrades in history. It’s not surprising that GPU generations last longer now, given the complexity of modern GPUs. What is surprising is that both companies have comparatively so little to show for their respective efforts. Nvidia had more than two years between Pascal and Turing, while AMD took its second shot at Vega on 7nm at TSMC.

Backblaze have published their hard drive stats for 2018. As of December 31, 2018, we had 106,919 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,965 boot drives and 104,954 data drives. This review looks at the hard drive failure rates for the data drive models in operation in our data centers. In addition, we’ll take a look at the new hard drive models we’ve added in 2018 including our 12 TB HGST and 14 TB Toshiba drives.

Anandtech have an interesting article comparing two 1TB NVME SSDs that use the same controller and VRAM. Last year we reviewed an engineering sample of the SM2262EN platform with an early firmware version. Today we're looking at two final retail products based on the same controller. The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro and HP EX950 are direct replacements for two of the most successful NVMe SSDs from last year (the SX8200 and EX920, which used the older SM2262 controller). Together, those two drives have dominated the consumer NVMe market for almost a year with the best combination of high performance and reasonable prices.

Tokyo will be making the Olympic medals out of recycled gadgets. That figure includes more than five million disused phones that were handed in at NTT Docomo stores. Collection stations were also placed in post offices and other public buildings. The committee’s target of 2,700kg of bronze was met last June, while 93.7 percent of the 30.3kg gold target and 85.4 percent of the 4,100kg silver target had been extracted by October.

John Haynes passed away recently. That name might not be familiar to you, but if you've ever owned a Haynes manual for a car or similar, you have John Haynes to thank for it. So it's not exactly OCAU-related, but I think he very probably shared our enthusiast hacker mentality. John Haynes, the entrepreneur and creator of the Haynes Manual, founder of the Haynes Publishing Group PLC and the Haynes International Motor Museum passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on the evening of Friday February 8, aged 80, after a short illness. John was a kind, generous, loving and devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather, who will be missed enormously.

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