Thursday, May 28, 2020

Z490 Aorus Master Review

LanOC Review has taken the Z490 Aorus Master around the block a few times to see what it is capable of.

I’ve been extremely impressed with Gigabytes boards, especially on the higher end for the last few years due to their VRMs and cooling capabilities. With Intel pushing things even farther on what is still a very small socket size I am excited to see what the Aorus Master has to offer!

Lenovo Yoga C940 Review

Our friends at HotHardware say the Lenovo Yoga C940 is a great Ice Lake 2-in-1 laptop. If you are in the market, definitely read this review.

Today we're going to take a look at Lenovo's Yoga C940 convertible notebook, which is a bit different than some of the other foldable computers we have evaluated over the last few months.

Crucial BX500 240GB, 480GB And 1TB SSD Review

Grab your favorite translator and head on over to OCInside for their review of the 240GB, 480GB and 1TB version of Crucial's BX500 SSDs. You can also enter to win one of those drives.

Starting from 240GB over 480GB up to 1TB, Crucial's inexpensive SSD series was examined to see what the advantages and disadvantages of the different SSD sizes are. With a little luck, you can even win a Crucial BX500 480GB SSD after the test!

Zuckerberg Says Twitter Is Wrong to Fact-Check The President

Well, well, well, isn't this is interesting.

"I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. In general, private companies probably shouldn't be, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that," Zuckerberg added.

Elon Musk, Jay Leno And The 2021 Cybertruck

Elon Musk gives Jay Leno a first hand look at the 2021 Cybertruck. No weed was smoked in this episode.

MSI RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio Review

Those of you looking for a new GPU should check out this review of MSI's RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio at NikKTech today.

Hindered only by its increase in price due to the global Covid-19 crisis the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio by MSI delivers exactly what serious gamers and enthusiasts are looking for in a card right now, excellent performance second only to NVIDIA’s very own RTX 2080 Ti model.

Facebook will verify identities for suspiciously popular accounts

Honestly "suspiciously popular" account that features a “pattern of inauthentic behavior” just described every meme page on Facebook.

The social network will now verify the identities of people behind profiles that both have a “pattern of inauthentic behavior” and whose posts “rapidly go viral” in the US.

ASRock Z490 Taichi Motherboard Review

The crew at TweakTown has the ASRock Z490 Taichi motherboard on the test bench today. Here's a quote from the full review:

ASRock is the first of our Z490 boards we will be covering for the new Comet Lake desktop series of processors. We are starting with the top dogs from each lineup, and during launch from ASRock, the Taichi is the top dog. Since the launch, ASRock has released the Z490 Aqua, which I look forward to reviewing soon. 

First Time Water Cooled Build of the Day

Looking at this thing it is hard to believe it is this guy's first water cooled build. Nice!


Get Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for Free

Run, don't walk over to the Epic Games store to get your copy of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for FREE!

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Shoot and loot as you explore the mayhem-filled world of Pandora in BORDERLANDS 2 and the lunar madness of BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL in BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION.

AMD’s Lisa Su Among Highest Paid CEOs

Deservedly so I might add.

Top female CEOs:

Lisa T. Su
Advanced Micro Devices
$58.5 million.
Change from last year: 338%
Overall ranking: No. 1

Scam Spotter Helps You Avoid Scams

Obviously you guys don't need a site like this but we all know someone that does need it (mom, dad, grandma, gullible uncle Guy) especially during this pandemic.

Many scammers hunt for victims with calls or emails claiming to be from a government agency or bank. You’re wise to be skeptical of anyone who demands payment out of the blue.

Xbox Series X: The Most Powerful and Compatible Next-Gen Console

I think this is one of the best parts about this announcement:

Not only should gamers be able to play all of these games from the past, but they should play better than ever before. Backwards compatible games run natively on the Xbox Series X hardware, running with the full power of the CPU, GPU and the SSD. No boost mode, no downclocking, the full power of the Xbox Series X for each and every backward compatible game.

AORUS Pro-Gaming Pedigree Stands Above the Competition

Hailing from the world leading PC brand- GIGABYTE Technologies, the top-tier gaming brand AORUS, continues to attract gaming fans around the world. Raising the bar and breaking through performance barriers, AORUS is the leader in the gaming industry. Insisting on craftsmanship paired with unleashing raw power, AORUS offers a new standard of “on the go performance for pros” with durable light weight, easy to carry laptops.

How AI Helps Autonomous Vehicles Understand Intersections

This is the latest post in our NVIDIA DRIVE Labs series. Intersections are common roadway features, whether four-way stops in a neighborhood or traffic-light-filled exchanges on busy multi-lane thoroughfares. 

Quadro Experience Streamlines Productivity for Professionals

Experience matters. And with NVIDIA Quadro Experience — a new application for Quadro GPUs — professionals across industries can boost their creativity and increase their productivity like never before. Quadro Experience, available now, helps professionals simplify time-consuming tasks, streamline workflows and ensure your favorite applications always have the latest updates.

GeForce NOW Library Taking Shape

GeForce NOW has already been enjoyed by millions of gamers. As we approach the end of our trial period, we’re working to build a robust catalog of PC games with full support from the development community. This includes a new opt-in process for developers and publishers to offer their games on GeForce NOW. Response has been strong with over 200 publishers committing to streaming on the service.

Microsoft, Workday Announce Strategic Partnership

Microsoft Corp. and Workday, Inc. today announced a strategic partnership prioritizing enterprise planning in the cloud and expanding the business solutions customers can use to better optimize their everyday work. Through this partnership, Workday customers will also be able to run Workday Adaptive Planning on the Microsoft Azure cloud. Further, Microsoft will adopt Workday Adaptive Planning for its global finance teams for planning, budgeting and forecasting to help accelerate decision-making.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

System Shock Demo

Get you some! Thanks to Blue's for the heads up!

Today is a huge day for fans of the beloved sci-fi action-adventure title System Shock, as Nightdive Studios is making available a brand-new demo of their remake on GOG.com and Steam. Return to Medical Bay with all of System Shock’s unlockable weapons for the first time! 

Awesome Hackintosh of the Day

You don't see me posting many Hackintosh PCs but I really like this one!

PROOF You Don't Need To Overspend On A CPU In 2020

JayzTwoCents says he has proof that you don't need to overspend on a CPU in 2020.

Z490 Aorus Master Review

LanOC Reviews has published a review of the Z490 Aorus Master motherboard today.

The Z490 Aorus Master is one of Gigabyte's higher-end boards and today I’m going to check it out. I’ve been extremely impressed with Gigabytes boards, especially on the higher end for the last few years due to their VRMs and cooling capabilities.

Water Cooling a TI-84 Graphing Calculator!

Why would your want to water cool a TI-84? Because you can.

Mad Catz The Authentic R.A.T. Air Review

My colleagues over at Tom's Hardware say Mad Catz The Authentic R.A.T. Air really doesn't live up to all the hype.

The Mad Catz R.A.T. Air is a confusing, unreliable gaming mouse that attempts to stand out with its use of short-life capacitors powered by a powered mat rather than a battery.

President Threatens Social Media Shutdown

Don't piss off the POTUS.

Trump again accused such platforms of bias, tweeting: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”

Kingston 480GB SATA 3 2.5" SSD For $54

Not only is this Kingston 480GB SATA SSD only $54, it comes with free shipping!

Core i9-10900K Runs 8°C Cooler With Liquid Metal

If you aren't afraid of delidding your new CPU, this is a good way to get better cooling out of your burning hot processor.

“The Fight Is In Us” Campaign

A coalition of world-leading medical and research institutions, blood centers, life science companies, technology companies, philanthropic organizations, and COVID-19 survivor groups has come together to support the rapid development of potential new therapies for patients with COVID-19. Working together under the “The Fight Is In Us” campaign, the coalition is seeking to mobilize tens of thousands of people in the United States who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma, which contains vital antibodies that have fought off the disease and could now help others do the same.

New Grand Theft Auto in 2023?

I'm ready for a new GTA now...but 2023 ain't too bad though.

Management has spoken very confidently about the pipeline over the next five years and existing live services execution has been excellent. However, the timing of the next Grand Theft Auto remains top-of-mind for investors, particularly with the stock near all-time-highs.

LIVE: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space!

I thought I'd post this now, even though launch is a few hours away:

Seagate Breathes Life Into Gaming Rigs

Seagate Technology, a world leader in data solutions, today announced the new FireCuda® 120 SATA SSD designed for gamers who require speed, durability, and generous capacity to reach their peak performance and safeguard their vast digital libraries.

Underpinning the company’s line of PC game storage, the FireCuda 120 takes gaming rigs to the next level with a SATA 6GB/s interface and roars to life with sequential read/write speeds of up to 560/540MB/s offering more responsive downloads, installs, and multitasking. The drive has capacities up to 4TB, Seagate’s highest capacity gaming SSD yet. Meeting the demands of sustained abuse, the FireCuda 120 was built for durability, delivering a 1.8M hour MTBF and up to 5600 TBW. For total peace of mind, Seagate backs the drive with a five-year limited warranty.

NVIDIA Stockholder Meeting Set for June 9th

NVIDIA today announced it will hold its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders online on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 11 am PT. The meeting will take place virtually at virtualshareholdermeeting.com/NVIDIA2020.

Stockholders will need their control number included in their notice or proxy card to access the meeting, and may vote and submit questions while attending the meeting. Non-stockholders are welcome to attend by going to the above link and registering under “Other Attendees.”

COVID Killer Sought Among a Billion Molecules

Working from home, sometimes in pajamas, Ada Sedova taps into the world’s most powerful supercomputer in the hunt for a tiny molecule that could stop the coronavirus from infecting someone with COVID-19.

“I’m getting more done than ever, and with all the anxiety around the pandemic, I’m devoting a lot of my personal time to this effort,” said Sedova, a biophysics researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her efforts could bring a 10-figure payday — specifically 2 billion molecular tests executed in just 24 hours.

GeForce Game Ready Driver 446.14 WHQL

NVIDIA has released new GeForce Game Ready WHQL drivers today for those of you running GeForce based GPUs. If you have plans to play Minecraft Dungeons, Disintegration, VALORANT, Crucible and DirectX 12 Ultimate, you might want to update your drivers for an optimal experience. See the full release notes here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Update: BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled

Recharge your "geek batteries" in the mean time?!?!

Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year. We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.

Fractal Design ERA ITX Chassis Review

Another review of the Fractal Design ERA has hit the internet today. You can see my review here for comparison purposes.

Fractal’s Era ITX takes this even further with uniquely sculpted curves on all sides. Even if the case is mostly closed in, your options certainly aren’t. The Era can be user configured for air or water cooling, aesthetics or airflow, SFX, or ATX power supplies and you can even change around your storage options.

Lofgren Announces FISA Amendment Agreement that Protects Americans’ Privacy

“After extensive bicameral, bipartisan deliberations, there will be a vote to include a final significant reform to Section 215 that protects Americans’ civil liberties. Our internet activity opens a window into the most sensitive areas of our private life, and, this week, Representatives will be able to vote to prevent the government from using Section 215 to collect the websites we visit, the videos we watch and the searches we make. Without this prohibition, intelligence officials can potentially have access to information such as our personal health, religious practices, and political views without a warrant. As such, I urge my colleagues to support the Lofgren-Davidson amendment and Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights.

Minecraft Dungeons Released

I just noticed over at Blue's News that Minecraft Dungeons has been released

Bumped your head recently and can’t remember what the deal is with this game? Well, put down that iron pickaxe and grab a proper weapon, because the Arch-Illager is on the loose – and it’s up to you to save the world from his evil plan! Inspired by classic dungeon crawlers, Minecraft Dungeons allows up to four players to team up – online or in the living room.

The Untold History of Arkane

This documentary has some very, very interesting info on Dishonored, Prey, The crossing and some cancelled Half-Life 2 Ravenholm footage thrown in for good measure.

Why is eBay Port Scanning Me?

Because they can and no one will do anything about it. Also...security.

Recently, I was tipped off about certain sites performing localhost port scans against visitors, presumably as part of a user fingerprinting and tracking or bot detection. This didn't sit well with me, so I went about investigating the practice, and it seems many sites are port scanning visitors for dubious reasons.

Bad Ass Build of the Day

I like all the curvy hard lines on this build, don't you?

Daikatana Nearly Destroyed Doom's Legacy?

This is easily the ten thousandth article on Daikatana and 'what went wrong' but I fail to see how the game almost "destroyed' Doom's legacy. 

Finally, Daikatana limped to the finish line, three years late. The game was greeted with mediocre reviews and poor sales. Eidos needed to move 2.5 million copies of the game to make its investment back; it sold a little over 40,000 by September.

ZADAK Announces The SPARK AIO 240 Liquid Cooler

ZADAK, a leading provider of PC enthusiast components, announced today the official release of the SPARK AIO 240MM ARGB liquid CPU cooler with a 5-year warranty. With the two SPARK 120mm fans running at speeds of 500-1800 RPM while operating under 25dBA, users can equip their PC with efficient cooling with minimal noise. Also outfitted with customizable ARGB and a sleek pump design, this latest addition expands ZADAK liquid cooling line-up from the patented MOAB II water distribution plate to mainstream cooling featuring user-centric design.

HyperX Pudding Keycaps Review

The moral of this story is HyperX's Pudding Keycaps work way better than the name sounds.

Toshiba X300 8TB Desktop PC Hard Drive Review

Seeing this review of the Toshiba X300 8TB just reminded me that Toshiba still makes hard drives.

During the test period, the drive has performed great and we could note the read/write speeds matching the N300 8TB, with the same amount of cache; the N300 10TB drive is performing better all-around, thanks to the higher density and doubled cache.

This Week At Bungie

I missed this on Friday. Better late than never.

Many of you have been chasing a Lie. Last week, you began your hunt with Ana, successfully defending Seraph Towers in the Winding Cove, Anchor of Light, and the Rupture (or watched as your fellow Guardians carried the weight…). You burned through a thousand enemies with your trusty Shotgun. Sadly, your quest for answers came to a halt on Sunday evening, all thanks to a faulty door on the Moon’s bunker.

Aukey Eclipse Bluetooth Speaker Review

If you are in need of a new Bluetooth speaker, check out this review of the Aukey Eclipse.

Today we look and listen to something from the gadgets category on OCinside.de, because we are testing the portable Bluetooth Speaker Eclipse from the company Aukey.

Elon Musk Is the Hero America Deserves

Whaaaat?!?!?!

“America is still the land of opportunity more than any other place, for sure,” Musk says, waxing patriotic. “There is definitely no other country where I could have done this—immigrant or not.” That it’s a multibillionaire, Covid-19-truthing, entrepreneurial huckster/hero delivering this message is pretty much perfect for America in 2020.

How To Build A Homebrew NAS

Real Hardware Reviews has put together a guide to building a DIY homebrew NAS.

The reasons for wanting to make your own NAS really do vary. One common theme though is the ease and sheer luxury of having a secondary backup to push all your data to that is not ‘on the cloud.’

Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Mark Rober is at it again!

NASA and SpaceX Are ‘Go’ For Historic Launch

NASA and SpaceX will launch two astronauts into orbit on a Crew Dragon spacecraft on Wednesday May 27th.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the service, sacrifice and honor of the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. So while you enjoy the rest of your three day weekend with friends, family, BBQ and big department store sales, please take a moment to honor our fallen heroes lest we forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

EK Releases Limited Edition Block For Memorial Day

EK®, the premium water cooling gear manufacturer, has decided to do something special for its American fans this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day is the reason why EK has created a special red, white, and blue limited edition Velocity CPU water block with a genuinely noble cause. For each water block sold, EK will donate $100 to a charitable organization.

ASUS ROG Maximus XII Formula Review

If you are looking to buy a new Z490 based motherboard, you should check at this review of the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Formula.

This motherboard has been designed exclusively with water-cooling enthusiasts in mind and includes a collaboration between ROG and EK Waterblocks. Integrated, there we have the Crosschill EK III cooling configuration and an assortment of water-centric features such as flow-rate headers.

Sony: PS5 Processing '100 Times Faster' Than PS4

What does this crap even mean? Sony is acting like an SSD is somehow the key to everything. They better hope MS doesn't throw an SSD in the Xbox One Series X.

In a recent corporate strategy meeting, Sony quantified the processing power of the PlayStation 5, and in particular, how vital the system's solid state hard drive (SSD) is to the system's gaming experience.

GIGABYTE Launches Latest AMD B550 AORUS Motherboards

GIGABYTE announced the launch of the newest B550 AORUS motherboards primed to unleash the potential of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors. The all new B550 AORUS motherboards kick off the PCIe® 4.0 era with extensive feature sets, and equip up to Direct 16 phases of digital power design with advanced thermal solutions that provide the processors and chipset more stable power supplement. Select GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards feature a native USB 3.2 Gen2 interface, feature-rich I/O with a pre-installed I/O shield, the latest wireless connection, and Ultra Durable technology, set to deliver an unmatched user experience.

NVIDIA Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend Timing

NVIDIA today announced that it will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per share on June 26, 2020, to all shareholders of record on June 5, 2020.