Splish splash, my RAM was taking a bath! It's brand new from Thermaltake

Subject: Memory | February 4, 2019 - 03:25 PM |
Tagged: watercooling, ddr4, ddr4-3200, RGB

It took a bit of time but it was inevitable, some manufacturer was bound to add watercooling to their DDR4.  Thermaltake's 32GB DDR4-3200MHz WaterRAM RGB kit incorporates an RGB waterblock which attaches to the top of the DIMMs and can be incorporated into an existing cooling loop.  It certainly does cool the RAM, as KitGuru measured 38.1C without the block, 36.2C by adding the block and below 30C when hooked up to a full watercooling loop. 

As for the effect on performance, check out the full review.

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"The important thing here is that you don’t have to replace the heat sinks on the RAM modules with the attendant risk of damaging the ICs, and neither do you have to add a manifold as Thermaltake has done all the engineering for you."

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Source: Kitguru

Time to pull over and switch drivers, NVIDIA drops 418.81 WHQL

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 4, 2019 - 02:14 PM |
Tagged: 418.81 WHQL, geforce, nvidia, driver

NVIDIA's newest WHQL driver has been updated to better support 3DMark Port Royal as well as getting ready for the release of the RTX laptops from a wide variety of manufacturers for those who love to game on the go.

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In addition to improved benchmark runs you will also get the following.

Added or updated the following SLI profiles: 

Source: NVIDIA

The invasion of the nude GPU from Vega

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2019 - 12:33 PM |
Tagged: amd, radeon vii

It's coming up on the release date for AMD's new GPU, which has traditionally become the time at which unboxing videos start to appear.  [H]ard|OCP did take the box apart and reveal the new card, but did not stop there.  Instead they kept on going, removing the shroud to reveal the PCB and components attached to it.  The video offers a little more insight into the new card, for those that like looking under the hood.  Stay tuned for actual results in the near future. 

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"We show you what is inside the new AMD Radeon VII reviewer's kit, and then breakdown the entire video card to show you what is under that sleek new shroud."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASRock Preparing Budget Intel B365M-ITX/ac Mini ITX Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | February 2, 2019 - 10:12 AM |
Tagged: mini ITX, LGA 1151, Intel, coffee lake, asrock

ASRock is preparing to launch a new Mini ITX motherboard based on Intel’s B365 chipset. The aptly-named ASRock B365M-ITX/ac pairs the new (but based on older 22nm fabrication processes) chipset with the LGA 1151 socket and support for the latest 8th and 9th Generation Intel Core processors along with support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory in two DIMM slots (specifications aren’t clear if the new 32GB DC-DIMMs are supported or if this is just for future reference). The B365M-ITX/ac takes advantage of ASRock’s “Super Alloy” suite of technologies which includes five phase digital power delivery, 60-amp chokes and dual stacked MOSFETs along with the black glass PCB.

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The Mini ITX motherboard supports Intel processors up to 95W. Connectivity includes a single PCI-E x16 slot, one M.2 Key E for Wi-Fi modules in line with the rear I/O (with an included Intel 802.11ac + BT 4.2 module), one M.2 22110 slot for solid state drives (B365 does support Optane), and four SATA 3 ports. ASRock uses an Intel I219V NIC for Gigabit Ethernet and while the B365 chipset does not have built-in Wi-Fi there is an Intel wireless module for 802.11ac 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi bundled with the board. Audio is handled by a 7.1 channel Realtek ALC887 codec that has been spruced up slightly with ELNA capacitors.

Rear I/O on the B365M-ITX/ac includes HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort video outputs up top followed by one PS/2 port, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 (10Gbps), one RJ45 jack for Gigabit Ethernet, two Wi-Fi antenna connectors, and three 3.5mm audio outputs.

Unfortunately pricing and availability have not been announced yet. With that said, looking around online, I would guess that the B365-based board will launch somewhere around $100 at retail (MSRP may be a bit higher) with the B360M-ITX/ac board sitting at around $90 right now and the higher end Fatality boards using the higher end Z chipsets sitting around $120+. 

The B365M-ITX/ac appears to be an interesting board that will hopefully fall on the budget side of pricing. I am looking forward to the reviews on this as the spacing seems better than average (Morry will appreciate the CMOS battery placement), and I/O is decent. The audio doesn’t seem to be as beefed up as some of the competition, however, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 or Thunderbolt would have been nice-to-have along with right angled power connectors but all that would add to the cost. In any event, the more small form factor options, the merrier (so long as the quality is there)!

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Source: ASRock

The RTX 2060's keep coming, this time with MSI's Gaming Z

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2019 - 05:29 PM |
Tagged: GTX 2060, msi, RTX 2060 Gaming Z, nvidia

MSI's RTX 2060 GAMING Z 6GB will cost you a bit more than the reference edition, expect to see it eventually settle at $390, however everything from the PCB to the cooler has been customized and the Boost clock is an impressive 1830MHz.  [H]ard|OCP fired up the Afterburner and pushed that Boost to 1880MHz, as well as increasing the frequency of the 6GB of VRAM from 14GHz to 15.6GHz.  If you are looking for a decent gaming experience at 1440p, this card will suit you better than a GTX 1070 Ti.

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"We’ve got a fast factory overclocked MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z video card to review today. We’ll take it through its paces in many games, and find out how it performs, including overclocking performance with the competition. Does the RTX 2060 deliver better performance at a lower price compared to the last generation?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's 28-Core Xeon W-3175X Processor Listed on Newegg

Subject: Processors | February 1, 2019 - 04:37 PM |
Tagged: xeon, workstation, W-3175X, system integrator, SI, processor, parts, OEM, newegg, Intel, DIY, cpu

In a move that would seem to contradict what we have heard about Intel's new 28-core Xeon W-3175X processor, Newegg currently has it listed as a standalone CPU part for $2977.99.

The official announcement from Intel had only mentioned availability via pre-built workstations from system integrators:

"How You Get It: The Intel Xeon W-3175X processor is available from system integrators that develop purpose-built desktop workstations."

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Product page at Newegg.com

Though not available for purchase (yet?), the existence of this product entry in Newegg's system suggests that the DIY community will have access to Intel's most powerful workstation processor after all, and without a markup over the tray price.

Source: Newegg

Like using Skype? Microsoft is going to fix that for you

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 04:14 PM |
Tagged: skype, microsoft, uwp

Once again Microsoft is planning to forcibly move you to the new Skype without giving you an option other than going to the competition.  For those on Windows 10, this will mean the UWP version which is pretty much incapable of calling anything other than other Windows 10 machines, and not well even then.  For those with business machines that block the Microsoft store and who haven't downgraded to Skype For Business, this means you had better start shopping around for other solutions. 

As The Inquirer has seen themselves, if you are using Skype Classic you will now be offered the choice to either upgrade or exit the application.

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"Users have been railing against the move since it was first announced, as Skype 8 has been beset by problems, many linked to the fact that it will see Windows 10 users forced to use a UWP (Microsoft Store) version of the app, which has historically not worked very well - a point we've made many times."

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Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective Podcast #530 - New NVMe SSDs, RTX 2060 Overclocking, and AMD Q4 Earnings

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 08:50 AM |
Tagged: wd black, W-3175X, TSMC, ssd, SFX, seasonic, samsung 970 evo, Samsung, RTX 2060, radeon vii, quarterly earnings, overclocking, NVMe, gtx 1660 ti, cooler master, benchmarks, podcast

PC Perspective Podcast #530 - 1/30/2019

This week on the show, we have reviews of two power supplies, two new NVMe SSDs from Samsung and Western Digital, a look at a new low-profile keyboard from Cooler Master, more RTX 2060 benchmarks and overclocking, Radeon VII rumors and leaked benchmarks, AMD's Q4 earnings, and more!

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Show Topics
00:02:30 - Review: Seasonic SGX-650 PSU
00:04:13 - Review: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W PSU
00:05:21 - Review: WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
00:10:33 - Review: Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
00:18:18 - Review: Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Keyboard
00:21:42 - Review: RTX 2060 1440p & Overclocking Benchmarks
00:27:57 - News: Trouble at TSMC?
00:31:00 - News: AMD Gonzalo APU & Next-Gen Console Specs
00:39:47 - News: Radeon VII Rumors & Benchmarks
00:44:15 - News: GTX 1660 Ti Rumors
00:46:50 - News: Samsung OLED Displays for Notebooks
00:50:14 - News: Backblaze HDD Longevity Report
00:52:44 - News: Intel 28-Core Xeon W-3175X
00:58:41 - News: Samsung 1TB eUFS Chip for Smartphones
01:01:56 - News: AMD Q4 Earnings
01:13:48 - Picks of the Week
01:20:59 - Outro

Picks of the Week
Jim: 36 Bottles of NyQuil
Jeremy: Legend of Zelda Total Conversion for Doom
Josh: Kindle Paperwhite
Sebastian: ShutUp10

Today's Podcast Hosts
Sebastian Peak
Josh Walrath
Jeremy Hellstrom
Jim Tanous

Do you change your Razer Blade once a year?

Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2019 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: razer, razer blade stealth, gaming laptop, whiskey lake

Razer have released an updated Blade Stealth for 2019, with a few base upgrades and a wide variety of upgrades to choose from.  All will have a Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U, though the 13.3" display can be 1080p or 4K depending on your preference.  You can have either 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 and a choice of a 256GB SATA SSD, or if you prefer a PCIe SSD you can choose 256GB or 512GB.  Not all models will have a discrete GPU, but those that do will have an MX150.  As far as peripherals go, you get a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C 3.1 port and two USB 3.1 Type-A ports plus a headphone jack; at the cost of a full sized HDMI port.

TechSpot published a review, covering the additional features Razer included as well as the performance.

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"The new Razer Blade Stealth uses an all-new design with new hardware. Powered by a Core i7-8565U processor, the 13.3" ultraportable offers models with and without discrete graphics, 8 or 16GB of RAM and two performance levels of 256GB SSDs running on a 53 Wh battery."

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Source: TechSpot

Elude those electronic trails with TAILS 3.12

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2019 - 01:10 PM |
Tagged: security, linux, TAILS, debian, tor

TAILS is a Debian based Linux distro, specifically designed for you to boot from a USB to avoid storing any data locally as well as providing tools to keep online eyes from prying into your business.  Even those who have become jaded over the years by their knowledge of the prevalence of online tracking raised an eyebrow over the past week with the news about tracking by Apple, Google and Facebook, to name just a few.  TAILS will protect your browsing with TOR and as you are booting from a USB you won't end up with new trackers on your system.  The new version is based on the 4.19 kernel, with the variety of updates that offers, especially when it comes to graphics cards.  The Register has some advice before you install it though, which you can check out here.

In other news, we are sad to announce Ryan failed in his attempt to takeover Intel.

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"Hot on the heels of Apple's latest privacy blunder, The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) has emitted version 3.12."

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Source: The Register

AMD Announces Q4 and 2018 Earnings

Subject: Editorial | January 30, 2019 - 09:19 PM |
Tagged: Vega, ryzen, RX, quarterly earnings, Q4, Intel, EPYC, amd, 7 nm, 2018, 10 nm

Today AMD announced their earnings for Q4 as well as the annual results of 2018. The company had revenue of $6.48 B and a net income of $337 M. This is a pretty significant improvement from 2017 with revenues of $5.25 B and a net loss of $33 M. While Intel’s quarter and annual earnings dwarf what AMD has done, the company has improved its position financially. AMD’s guidance from Q3 earnings indicated that revenue would be down for Q4 as compared to the previous quarter, and results matched those expectations. Q4 revenue came in at $1.42 B with a net income of $38 M. This fell within the range of $1.4 to $1.5 that AMD was expecting. This is compared to the relatively strong Q3 which had revenues of $1.65 B and a net of $102 M.

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Annually this is probably the best overall year since 2011 for AMD. The company looks to be running quite lean and has shown that it can achieve profits even in down quarters. It also helps that AMD has been able to get much better terms from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and has successfully amended their wafer agreement so that AMD can pursue manufacturing products at other foundries at 7nm without penalty or royalty payments to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. While GF’s sub 10nm development is now shuttered, the company will still be producing 12/14nm products which will include the upcoming I/O chiplets for use with the next generation Ryzen series as well as EPYC 2. The amended agreement sets purchase targets through 2021, but the agreement itself lasts through 2024.

The primary revenue driver for the company is of course the CPU and GPU markets. Ryzen has continued to provide strong numbers for AMD and has lead to greater numbers shipped as well as higher ASPs. Years of Bulldozer based parts eroded ASPs to nearly unsustainable numbers, but the introduction of Ryzen nearly two years ago has strengthened the foundation of the company and their revenue stream. AMD has reported no inventory issues with either leftover stock of the first generation Ryzen parts or the latest Ryzen 2000 series. There is some fluidity here as EPYC processors utilize the same dies (though more heavily binned) as well as the HEDT Threadripper CPUs that have become popular in workstation applications. Multiple products at a pretty extreme price range utilizing the same basic die is a pretty good way to avoid excess inventory issues, but it is a little scary if demand picks up in one of those areas and there are not enough chips to supply these multiple product lines.

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GPUs are not in as good of shape as CPUs. The crypto boom was good for the GPU market, but as soon as that dropped then AMD was left with quite a bit of inventory and a much lower demand. This is partially offset by increases in sales of datacenter GPUs, but AMD looks to be trying to get of as much of this inventory before large scale production of Navi based parts goes into full swing. Current Polaris based parts are competitive for their price points and users can expect a very solid product for the market ranges they represent.

Click here to continue reading about AMD Q4 2018 Results!

Source: AMD

Intel's Xeon W-3175X is a 28-Core Workstation Monster

Subject: Processors | January 30, 2019 - 08:13 PM |
Tagged: xeon, workstation, W-3175X, processor, Intel, cpu

Officially unveiled back in October, Intel's newly-launched Xeon W-3175X processor is now available from system integrators, and it is far more extreme than the Xeon name might indicate.

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The Xeon W-3175X in action (image via Intel)

Here is a look at the specs from Intel:

  • Base Clock Speed: 3.1 GHz
  • Maximum Single Core Turbo Frequency: 4.3 GHz
  • Cores/Threads: 28/56
  • TDP: 255W
  • Intel Smart Cache: 38.5 MB
  • Unlocked: Yes
  • Platform PCIE Lanes: Up to 68
  • Memory Support: Six Channels, DDR4-2666
  • Standard RAS Support: Yes
  • ECC Support: Yes
  • RCP Pricing (USD 1K): $2,999

This unlocked 28-core/56-thread CPU offers a base clock speed of 3.1 GHz and Turbo of up to 4.3 GHz (single-thread), and that level of performance comes with a 255-watt TDP. In fact a special cooler from Asetek was also announced today which was developed with Intel for this CPU.

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Image credit: Asetek

And while a $3000 price tag is obviously not going to drive this into mainstream adoption, this processor only being offered through system integrators at this time, and is aimed at the high-end workstation segment. As to performance, there are some day-one reviews out there from GamersNexus, AnandTech, and PC World, among others, and the consensus seems to be that this is an impressive performer, with particular workload the key to performance relative to competing options such as AMD's Threadripper 2990WX (which currently sells for $1730).

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Image credit: PC World

We don't have the answers yet about about total platform costs with motherboard pricing currently an unknown, and (more importantly) system integrators the only way to obtain it, but performance in Adobe CS applications alone will likely make this attractive to content creators at the very least.

Source: Intel

Crossing a Viper with a mechanical Patriot

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2019 - 04:30 PM |
Tagged: input, Viper V765 RGB, patriot, mechanical keyboard, Kailh

If you are rough on your keyboards but aren't willing to simply keep replacing cheap models then take a look at the Patriot Viper V765 RGB keyboard.  It has an IP56 rating which means it is protected well against Cheez-it dust getting in as well as being able to handle any spills short of full immersion.  The Kailh white box switches will feel similar to Cherry MX Blue, if you are familiar with them, and feature RGB backlighting as you probably guessed. 

Modders-Inc were impressed by both the physical keyboard as well as the software to control it; which you can see for yourself here.

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"It seems I end up starting every peripheral review the same way. By saying that peripherals are the most subjective thing that we review and how what I may like, you may not. That’s statement is especially true when it comes to keyboards. Everyone has their preference when it comes to typing and or gaming."

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Source: Modders-Inc

Keep me searching for an atomic heart of gold

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2019 - 02:44 PM |
Tagged: Atomic Heart, gaming

You can now watch 10 minutes of gameplay from Atomic Heart, which is currently scheduled to be released some time before the end of the year.  You don't get to see a lot of the game, nor are their much in the way of spoilers but it does give you a feel for the atmosphere, which is quite something to behold.  The various critters encountered are fascinating and completely mysterious, not to mention the cow and chickens.

Pop by Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN for a gander.

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"I’ve enjoyed the look of Atomic Heart since its announcement last year and after watching a new ten-minute gameplay video I’m glad to say yep, I still don’t understand its whole ‘strange Soviet sci-fi theme park turns into horrorhell’ thing. That’s good."

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He's got the whole world (wide web) in his phone

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | January 30, 2019 - 12:40 PM |
Tagged: Terabyte, Samsung, eUFS, 1TB, smartphones

Samsung wants to make sure you don't run out of space on your phone by upping their game and providing 1TB of embedded Universal Flash Storage on a single chip.  The new chip is physically similar to the current 512GB version, so you won't have to buy a phablet to download all your 4K cat videos for offline viewing.  They have also increased speeds at the same time, as we have become accustomed to with other flash storage, with Ars Technica reporting sequential reads of up to 1,000Mbps

Rumour has it we might see this as a choice in the upcoming Galaxy S10.

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"The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices," said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung."

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Source: Ars Technica

Big trouble in little TSMC

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2019 - 02:28 PM |
Tagged: amd, nvidia, TSMC

In case you have yet to hear, TSMC's production line is suffering after ingesting some sub-par chemicals, which has "caused wafers to have lower yield".  It was originally reported that it was the 16n and 14nm process nodes which were effected, used by NVIDIA and MediaTek GPUs as well as AMD's Xbox One X and PS4 APUs.  

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The Inquirer followed up with TSMC who stated the initial reports were incorrect and that it is roughly 10,000 wafers on the 12nm and 16nm nodes at Fab 14B in southern Taiwan which received the bad batch, nodes used by Huawei, MediaTek, and NVIDIA but not AMD. 

TSMC still expects to meet market demands; they have dropped enough from last year that they announced expected Q1 2019 revenue will decline by 22%.  Hopefully this is not the start of another problematic year for TSMC, who had to deal with a WannaCry infection last summer. 

AMD, with their focus on the 7nm node, might have a bit of an opportunity if this does cause any temporary shortages of NVIDIA GPUs on the market. 

Source: The Register

Radeon rumours, take VII

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2019 - 02:05 PM |
Tagged: rumour, amd, radeon vii

We have been seeing a lot of leaks from Twitter users APISAK and Komachi recently, with today being no exception.  Videocardz noticed some new posts which claim to show the performance of Radeon VII in Futuremark and the Final Fantasy 15 canned benchmark.

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The results are very interesting, to say the least, with graphics performance numbers on theFire Strike Performance preset beating an overclocked RTX 2080's 26800 points as well as it's 6430 in Ultra.  This result is very encouraging, assuming the mysterious GPU is indeed the Radeon VII we will soon be able to purchase. 

As for the FFXV benchmark, we have seen odd results in the past, though the discrepancy between the performance is well worth noting.

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In addition to the possible benchmarks is news about the third party cards which will eventually hit the shelves.  It is unlikely we will see the ASRock model in North America, but the others should eventually appear.

Source: Videocardz

Cooler Master Releases New Tenkeyless Keyboards, the MK730 and CK530

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2019 - 01:29 PM |
Tagged: MK730, CK530, tenkeyless, Gateron, cherry, mechanical keyboard, cooler master, input, RGB

Cooler Master have released two new mechanical TKL keyboards, the CK530 featuring Gateron Red, Blue or Brown switches and the MK730 with Cherry switches of the same flavours. 

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The CK530 features an aluminium body and is designed to fit into a bag so you can take it with you on the road.  The RGBs behind the keys can be programmed on the fly, with each separately programmable to show your choice of the 16.7 million available colours.  You can switch between 6KRO and NKRO in case you are using legacy applications, and macros can be quickly and easily programmed, as well as letting you switch between profiles to enhance your experience.  Those with a fetish for keycaps will be pleased to know CM used standard sizes so you can easily swap out the originals for your preferred type. 

You should be able to find it for sale on Amazon for $70.

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The MK730 looks similar but offers additional features to the ones mentioned above, such as a magnetically attached soft PU leather wrist rest for easing those aching wrists.  It connects with a removable USB-C cord, to ensure it isn't bashed when you are moving it around.  The Cherry switches on this model are hidden behind double-shot PBT keycaps, with the same uniform design to make replacing them with your preferred variety simple. 

The MK730 will set you back a bit more, $120 on Amazon.

Source: Coolermaster

Rust keeps on spinin', spinin', spinin'; into the future

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2019 - 12:39 PM |
Tagged: hdd, spinning rust, failure, mtbf

Backblaze have been one of the larger remote backup providers for quite some time now, and running their 104,778 HDDs gives them a lot of insight into drive failures.  They are kind enough to share their data with the public, to give a bit of insight into how many of their various drives have failed.  The data does not represent the findings of a proper scientific study but the sample size is large enough to give an idea how WD, Toshiba, Seagate and Hitachi drives fare in the wild. 

The Register is quite impressed with the overall durability of the drives, including the Toshiba 5TB drives, none of which have failed since the 45 of them were deployed in Q2 2016.

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"Just 139 out of 10,000 12TB Seagate drives fail a year, and Western Digital's HGST brand has an even better rate of 51 in 10,000, according to cloud backup service provider Backblaze, which has 104,778 drives spinning in its data centre."

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Source: The Register

End off the month with some sweet system suggestions

Subject: Systems | January 28, 2019 - 05:50 PM |
Tagged: econobox, system build

With the holiday season out of the way, prices have stopped bouncing around like a fart in a mitten and system build guides are starting to appear.  Not only did the hoary old HWLB get a refresh but The Tech Report have also updated their guides.  They've expanded their build suggestions to eight, with several being sup-species such as the Econobox Gamer which adds an RX 570 and slightly boosted Ryzen processor without crossing $600. 

For those that prefer to go all out, the No Holds Barred system is almost $8000 but more powerful some of the machines Pixar started out with!

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"It's a new year, and after all the CES excitement, we're ready for another edition of The Tech Report System Guide! It's a fantastic time to build a PC, and we're here to ensure you pick the choicest components out there. Check out our range of builds, from the budget-friendly Econobox to the completely tricked-out, No Holds Barred workstation beast."

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