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Daily News Stuff 21 May 2020

Potato Ratio Edition

Tech News

  • Twitter has released its new Brian Stelter Is Being Ratioed Again button, which protects Brian Stelter from being ratioed again.

    Think I'm joking?

    It doesn't show up on the embed, but you can't reply to that.

  • There are no Passmark results for the 10900K just yet, but while I was looking I discovered that there are results for the Ryzen 3900.  (CPUBenchmark)

    The 3900 is a 12-core 65W OEM-only part.  There's no consumer equivalent, because you can just buy a 3900X and set it to 65W mode in your BIOS, and still retain the option to put it back in full 105W mode at a later date.

    I thought this was worth comment because the 3900 delivers 95% of the multi-threaded performance of the 3900X.  I'm sure most users don't begrudge that extra 40W.  But the 65W performance numbers indicate that AMD could release a 24-core desktop part on 5nm and keep it within their 105W nominal TDP and running at current clock speeds.  Plus two generations of IPC improvements, of course.

  • The public does not understand logarithmic graphs.  (LSE)

    No shit.

  • Hot Chips 2020 is coming.  (AnandTech)

    Online-only this year, of course; big conferences will be the last thing to go back to normal.  

    Highlights this year are IBM's Power10 and z15 processors, Intel's Ice Lake server parts, Marvell's 96-core 384-thread Arm server processor, and a 4096-core RISC-V processor.

  • The ASRock Z490 Taichi has two PCIe 4.0 slots and a PCIe 4.0 M.2 slot.  (PC Perspective)

    The ASRock Z490 Taichi is an Intel socket 1200 board.

    Intel doesn't have any PCIe 4.0 parts.

    That pretty much confirms that Rocket Lake - Intel's 11th generation parts, based on the Ice Lake core - will be PCIe 4.0.

  • The Alienware M17 R3 has everything you might need in a software development laptop.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Big bright 4k display?  Check.

    8 core CPU?  Check.

    2TB of NVMe SSD?  Check.

    32GB RAM?  Check.

    RTX 2080 Super?  Check.

    2.5 hour battery life?  Oops.

    It has PgUp/PgDn keys - and a numpad - so it has that covered.  It also was a 330W charger.

  • Eight years after the developers announced they were winding down work on Terraria, the game has received yet another huge update.  (Terraria)

    I'd like to get back into it; I stopped playing when a freak parallel-world respawning incident blew up my fish statue.

  • Intel's 10900K hits 7.7GHz on all cores.  (Tom's Hardware)

    All it took was a bit of liquid cooling.

    Liquid helium.

    Liquid nitrogen is cheap and readily available and fairly easy to handle.  Liquid helium is none of that.

    Still, hats off to the crazy bastards.

Disclaimer: Hats off to all crazy bastards everywhere.  If it weren't for them, we probably wouldn't be where we are today: Upside down in a ditch beside the Interstate.

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1 Ah, Alienware "development" laptops. We had a bunch of these when I was at Digeo 15 years ago, because the build performance easily justified the price for developers who had to work closely with our hardware partners at their sites. For some reason, all of them vanished when they closed the Palo Alto office and laid everyone off.


Posted by: J Greely at Friday, May 22 2020 03:16 AM (ZlYZd)

2 Alienware: 17" 4K display, AKA "I hope you're in your 20s."

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, May 22 2020 04:32 AM (Iwkd4)

3 Or (like me) have prescription computer glasses.  Only problem is I keep forgetting to switch to my distance pair.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, May 22 2020 05:07 AM (PiXy!)

4 Yeah, I may have to start doing that.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, May 22 2020 10:28 AM (Iwkd4)

5 Battery life sufficient to span an accidental unplugging, check.

Posted by: Mauser at Friday, May 22 2020 11:52 AM (Ix1l6)

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