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 Wednesday, 21-October-2020  23:12:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you went to Bathurst for the big race on the weekend, you should get COVID tested if you have any symptoms. "Visitors to and residents of Bathurst must be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear that you think might just be a cold. Symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or other symptoms could be COVID-19," NSW Health said in a statement. I thought the current advice was to get tested if you have symptoms anyway.

Intel have sold their NAND Fab and SSD business to SK Hynix for $9B. Today, SK hynix issued a press release stating that it has signed an agreement to buy Intel's NAND memory and storage business. The sale includes Intel's SSD business, NAND IP, and wafer production, all for a tidy sum of USD 9 billion - but it comes in the form of two payments. The sale includes Intel's Dalin fab in China, but the deal's final step won't complete until March 2025. In the meantime, Intel will still manufacture NAND wafers at the Dalian facility. Here's the official announcement from SK Hynix.

Meanwhile an upcoming version of AMD's EPYC will be powering a new 50-petaFLOP Australian supercomputer. The Pawsey Centre is located in Western Australia, a state that has currently closed its borders to both the rest of Australia and the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. HPE told The Register that even if international borders are closed, it has local staff who can install the new super. Among the tasks the new machine will perform is data ingestion for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, which is also located in Western Australia.

Anandtech have an interview with AMD about their Zen3 architecture. With the launch of Zen 3, and the Ryzen 5000 family, the key headline that AMD is promoting is an absolute desktop high-performance leadership, across workloads, gaming, and energy efficiency. It puts AMD in a position the company hasn’t held for at least 15 years, if the numbers are true. As part of the launch event, the AMD team reached out if we had some questions for Mark. Indeed we do.

TechSpot compare game loading times with different storage technologies, namely PCIe 4.0 SSD vs. PCIe 3.0 vs. SATA vs. HDD. The test setup is simple. We’ll be loading up a variety of games, and timing how long it takes to get into a playable level from the main screen. Loading screens are the primary thing impacted by storage performance in games, everyone wants to get in and play games immediately, so we’ll be testing that across a selection of different titles.

BabelTechReviews wonder if 2x 2080 Ti is better than 1x 3090. Some gamers and pro app users may consider buying a second RTX 2080 Ti as an alternative for SLI/mGPU (Multi-GPU) gaming, pro apps, SPEC, GPGPU, and for creative apps. So we purchased a EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC from eBay and a RTX TITAN NVLink High Bandwidth bridge from Amazon to test 2 x RTX 2080 Tis versus the RTX 3090.

Here's an interesting one - humans are still evolving, and faster than ever. The median artery used to form in the womb but disappear after the baby was born and the radial and ulna arteries had grown. Now, one in three people keep their median arteries for their whole lives, which poses no health risk and increases blood supply to the hand.

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