Thursday, November 26


Daily News Stuff 26 November 2020

Turkeyween Edition

Tech News

  • Cowputers are back!  (Walmart, via Tom's Hardware)

    For $399 you get a 3.5lb laptop with a 14" 1080p IPS display, 10th gen Core i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, HDMI, USB-C, two USB-A, microSD, headphone jack, and fingerprint reader.  The Four Essential Keys are present and well-located, and you have a choice of four different colours.

    Unless there's something wrong with the hardware it looks like a bargain.

  • On the other end of the scale, here's a mini-ITX Epyc server motherboard.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Almost.  They call it "deep mini-ITX" because it's about 1.5" longer than standard, but since the Epyc socket is nearly the size of a standard mini-ITX board that's no real surprise.  It will easily fit in larger miniITX cases though - anything with room for a full-size GPU - and any microATX or larger case.

    It supports up to 1TB of RAM, dual 10GbE ports, one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, one M.2 slot, and six U.2 connectors for 2.5" NVMe SSDs.

  • Leaked benchmarks of the Ryzen 5800U laptop chip suggest that it may be even more faster than expected unless they don't.  (WCCFTech)

    At least on single-threaded tasks, where it beat the 4800U - itself by no means slow - by 38%.  On the multi-threaded test it was only around 10% faster, presumably because there's only so much you can get out of a 7nm chip at a 15W TDP.

  • The Xbox One X is a great gaming console that you shouldn't buy just yet.  (

    Since you can't buy it just yet - it's out of stock everywhere - that won't be too much of a problem.

  • Third-party Radeon 6000 video cards have landed and are already sold out.  (Tom's Hardware)

    AMD said earlier that supply would improve dramatically with the launch of these models, designed and made by AMD's partners rather than AMD themselves.  This does not appear to be the case.

  • France is charging a 3% tax on revenue from digital services starting next month.  (NBC News)

    Or, to put it another way, the price of digital services in France just went up by 3%.

  • I can, in fact, get a Ryzen 5900X and a Radeon 6800 XT.  Both are in stock and ready to ship.  If I'm willing to drop A$4699 for a pre-built configuration.  (PCCaseGear)

    It's a nice system, except for only having 32GB of RAM.  But that's quite a lot of money.


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1 Those are some wacky prices over at pc case gear.  Are you sure that's not in rupees?

Posted by: normal at Friday, November 27 2020 01:54 AM (obo9H)

2 Cowputer:  Arse Technica reviewed a slightly different model last month and negatives were basically that the battery life wasn't good and the case material wasn't fancy enough for them.  If it weren't for the fact that my Acer Spin 5 I got a couple years ago still works fine I'd probably have ordered one of these last night, but the only upgrade it has seems to be from 8 to 16GB of RAM, mildly higher clock speeds, and I think Ice Lake graphics are supposed to be better so it will probably suck slightly less at gaming.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, November 27 2020 02:49 AM (eqaFC)

3 "AMD said earlier that supply would improve dramatically with the launch of these models, designed and made by AMD's partners rather than AMD themselves. This does not appear to be the case."
The guy who ran [H]ardOCP says the board partners tell him they expect to have a lot more stock than the nVidia cards for the next few months, although supplies will still be very short.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, November 27 2020 02:56 AM (eqaFC)

4 If the laptop had a larger screen (I prefer a full size 15.6" screen.) and if it was not Gateway, it would have been an excellent candidate for my travel laptop.

Of course, my desktop decided to stop POSTing in the middle of me using it, and looking at new desktops has left me scratching my head at the utter lack of optical drives in almost all of them available at the largest retailers.

Posted by: cxt217 at Friday, November 27 2020 04:18 AM (4i7w0)

5 I think we've gotten to the point where most people probably don't need an optical drive any more--and if you do, you can buy a portable USB one for $25 or so.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, November 27 2020 05:24 AM (eqaFC)

6 Yeah, USB is the way to go now.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, November 27 2020 07:15 AM (PiXy!)

7 Normal - add 40-50% for the exchange rate, then 10% for sales tax (included in the price here), plus a bit for shipping - a lot for shipping for cases - and then 30% for anything from Nvidia because "fuck you that's why".

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, November 27 2020 08:46 AM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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