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Monday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-October-2020  01:01:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD unveiled their new Zen 3 Ryzen CPUs recently. AMD is starting with four new Zen 3 CPUs. There’s a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X model with 16 cores, 32 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.9GHz for $799; the $549 Ryzen 9 5900X, with 12 cores, 32 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.8GHz; the $449 Ryzen 7 5800X, with eight cores, 16 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz; and the $299 Ryzen 5 5600X, with six cores, 12 threads, and a max boost speed of 4.6GHz. That's USD pricing of course, and we should presumably see real reviews soon, but in the meantime there's coverage on The Verge, PC Mag and Anandtech. If you prefer video content, try GamersNexus or c|net or the full announcement from AMD. Discussion continues in this thread.

Meanwhile the PC market has had its highest growth in 10 years, apparently. The global PC market grew 13% in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year, rising to 79.2 million units, according to Canalys. That's the biggest growth in the last 10 years, the tech market analyst said.

Windows 10 will apparently warn you of impending SSD failure. In the announcement for the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20226, Brandon LeBlanc, author at the Windows Insider Blog, explains how this new drive health monitoring feature "is designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSDs." When such an abnormality is detected, a notification will appear on the desktop stating, "A storage device may be at risk of failure and requires your attention." This makes me wonder why Windows doesn't already keep an eye on the SMART stats for similar reasons.

OCClub have another mechanical keyboard article - this time using and building QMK and VIA. While there are many options out there, a relatively common and popular firmware I have seen for such builds is QMK, which stands for Quantum Mechanical Keyboard. It is an open source project written in C and has quite a number of features including RGB LED control with numerous special effects, macros, the ability to create custom keycodes, mouse commands, and, perhaps most importantly, up to 16 keymap layers.

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