Monday, July 13


Daily News Stuff 12 July 2020

Slow News You Lose Edition

Tech News

  • AMD shipped out some Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs in Ryzen 3 APU boxes.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The stickers on the boxes said they contained Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs, and they did in fact contain Ryzen 5 3600 CPUs, so no harm done except a bit of confusion.

  • Threadripperbirds are Pro!  Unless they're not.  (WCCFTech)

    Looks like the new 8-channel parts are named Threadripper Pro and will range from 12 to 64 cores - and will indeed carry the full complement of 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes.

    These things will be beasts.

    If the specs are accurate, they will have slightly lower base and boost clocks than the existing models - for example, the 3995WX is 2.7/4.2 vs 2.9/4.3 for the current 3990X - because they have the same TDP but need to allocate power to those extra memory and PCIe channels.  But for those who need the memory or I/O capacity, a couple of hundred MHz is a small price to pay.

  • I was not aware of that.  That is extremely useful.  (MariaDB)

    MariaDB temporal tables are versioned - records remember their own history.  You can query the state of records at a particular point in time, or query the history of a given record or set of records.

    I'll have to look into this.  The new system - which is mostly ready but which has been set aside since March due to pressures of my day job - tracks edit / version history in separate tables.  It's built to use MySQL so moving across to MariaDB should be a breeze.

    Update: There are, well, one or two complications, such as not being able to alter the table once it's created, and not being able to restore the version history from backup.  Database snapshots work fine, of course.

    It does have a nice feature that lets you exclude columns from versioning, so if you have comment and like counts on your posts table, it won't create thousands of versions when a post goes viral.

  • The WD Blue SN550 is a DRAMless TLC NVMe M.2 SSD.  How does it perform?  (Serve the Home)

    It perform good.  

    I checked my usual supplier and it's one of the cheapest M.2 NVMe drives at the 1TB size - currently A$10 cheaper than the Intel 660p ,which has DRAM but uses QLC flash.  In terms of price/performance, the SN550 looks like a winner.

  • Priorities.

  • Think outside the box.

Not Tech News

  • I can't express what I feel on Twitter since it would get me banned, so here goes.

    Journalists in the American news media are, with a few exceptions, completely fucking retarded and working for the enemy.  If the entire industry burns to the ground tomorrow I will dance for joy.  Learn to dig ditches, you miserable cretins.

Disclaimer: You there.  Stop that.  Stop that this minute.

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1 I bought one of those WD blue NVME thingummers a bit ago (512G, not 1TB), and it performs fine for me, but I'm not using it for useless, peenor-waving benchmarking, so I guess I'm not really the target audience for thsoe sorts of things.  Also, yes, learn to dig ditches, kids.  I can't wait to see you assholes suffering.

Posted by: normal at Monday, July 13 2020 06:33 AM (+Kfbd)

2 The detailed benchmarks are great for me, because I want to run local Linux VMs with databases.  And what I see is that despite being a budget model, it has no glaring weaknesses.  It's fine for probably 99.5% of users, even slightly crazy ones like me.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, July 13 2020 10:21 AM (PiXy!)

3 I was looking at benchmarks for Samsung's new 870 QVO, for example, and under certain circumstances that can be slower than a regular hard drive.  For 99% of users it would be fine, but if you're in that 1% it would be a disaster.

The WD Blue seems to have no "disaster" level flaws under any workload.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, July 13 2020 10:24 AM (PiXy!)

4 I mean, I'm just using it as a member of a zfs stripe pool, because I figure these things are way more reliable (and faster) than spinning rust for the workload.  All the important stuff is replicated over . . . uh 5 machines, actually, so I'm not worried about data loss.  But I'm not actually pushing & pulling 100s of GB a day, so it's not like I care.

Posted by: normal at Monday, July 13 2020 11:05 AM (obo9H)

5 Yep.  Fine even for slightly crazy users.  smile

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, July 13 2020 12:07 PM (PiXy!)

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