Wednesday, March 20
- Apple upgraded the iMac, for the first time offering more than four cores. (AnandTech)
The 21" model now offers up to a 6 core / 12 thread i7 CPU and Vega 20 graphics. The 27" model goes up to an 8 core / 16 thread i9 and Vega 48. I wonder how badly that config is going to be thermally constrained, because that's a lot of heat to dump into an all-in-one. My 2015 iMac is basically silent, but the i9 parts run notoriously hot. Assuming the internals don't cook themselves, though, the high-end iMac is now faster than the entry model iMac Pro.
The rest of the configuration is unchanged, but was already mostly very good.
Pricing however is... Not cheap.
Despite the steep pricing, the 21" base model comes with a 5400 RPM hard disk drive. (Six Colors)
Not an SSD, not even a Fusion Drive.
They also don't have the T2 chip found in Apples recent laptops and in the iMac Pro, but given that chip's history of issues this might not be such a bad thing.
- SilverStone's EP14 is a USB-C hub with 100W power pass-through. (AnandTech)
I noticed while ordering my groceries yesterday that my local supermarket sells USB-C hubs. They're next to the frozen cauliflower.
- Google announced Stadia, their game streaming service. (AnandTech)
Whatever the opposite of caring about this is, I'm that. I would be perfectly happy if it failed so hard it took the rest of the company down with it.
- Opera's built-in VPN is back. (Tech Crunch)
Opera is now owned by a Chinese company. You do the math.
- Intel hired Kyle from HardOCP after running out of people to steal away from PC Perspective. (HardOCP)
Is this the new getting acquired by Facebook? To be fair, a lot of these guys have been doing it for ten years or more and really know the technology and the community. It's a good move from Intel's perspective.
- Nvidia showed off a photorealistic AI paint-by-numbers app. (Tech Crunch)
You do a little doodle and it takes it as a cue for a 3d-rendered landscape. You have 20 different materials to paint with - trees, water, rock, and so on - and the computer does the magic for you. Your doodle has to make some kind of sense, though, or you get back garbage.
- ASRock Rack's UCPE-EPYC3000 is an Epyc 3000 server appliance. (Serve the Home)
It's a mini-ITX based 1U platform - very shallow depth, though - with room for four half-height / half-length PCIe cards on two risers.
There are two SATA ports and an M.2 slot, but no actual drive bays as far as I can see, so this is designed for networking rather than storage. The config shown has two built-in 10GbE ports, another 12 Ethernet ports on added cards (which can be whatever you want), and a WiFi adaptor, which is great for customer premises but less useful in the server room.
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The SilverStone hub looks nice, but I wonder how hot it gets. Most of the ones we've bought at work get disturbingly warm when attached to a MacBook Pro; I keep expecting one to burst into flames.
Posted by: J Greely at Thursday, March 21 2019 01:12 AM (ZlYZd)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, March 21 2019 02:41 AM (Iwkd4)
Yeah. Aggressively uninterested, I am.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, March 21 2019 03:15 AM (Iwkd4)
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For a desktop!?
I'm an Apple user. I have been all my computing life but I don't think I'll be continuing on that path of ruination.
They've invented the electronic tulip.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thursday, March 21 2019 09:40 AM (xOgT9)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thursday, March 21 2019 09:41 AM (xOgT9)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, March 21 2019 11:26 AM (Iwkd4)
You compose your comment and paste in from Word or something?
I used the comment field and used the EXACT same formatting I'm using now. Lets see if this works.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thursday, March 21 2019 11:43 AM (xOgT9)
I do believe we have a 'glitch in the Matrix' moment.
Of course, I think some of the people anticipating Outer Worlds might just be feeling some of the emotions that passed through me when Phoenix Point announced their Epic Games exclusivity deal last week - because sure as gravity I do not want to put another piece of spyware on my computer.
Posted by: cxt217 at Thursday, March 21 2019 11:46 AM (LMsTt)
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