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#1202882 NBN - Is it too expensive?

Posted by SceptreCore on 19 June 2018 - 04:15 PM



While they may have been scared of losing a government contract that big; They're the "NBNCo."



All this has really meant, is that the government has lost out on a lot of sign-ups, and it will remain in the red; and that Telstra, Optus, and especially Vodafone have had skyrocketing sales in 4G home services.

NBN Co was created and is owned by the Australian Government. They don't lose government contracts... their existence is to fulfill government contracts.


So they have to put into action exactly what the Government legislates.



Oh really?

Shit you're right. hmm.


They still have an appointed CEO, so there must be a set of staff in there pulling the red-tape around.

I've worked a significant amount of public sector; I still maintain that there would be enough sway from within to have put down a more strict set of rules, regarding connection types and where.


That said; Doesn't that open them up to a whole bunch of antitrust lawsuits from any other stakeholder in Australia's Internet?


Well being government owned... by legislation they are the sole provider of broadband connection services to the nation, and services are delivered by contract licencees (Telstra, Optus, etc.). 


And while it operates in a business fashion with the purpose of making money and paying for itself and future upgrade/expansion, it answers to the finance minister and communications minister. So... basically under the thumb of the gross ineptitude of government ministers. 


I would call it a special government department. I think any executive who takes on the role is taking a poisoned chalice because the fault lies with the Mixed Technology legislated by parliament. 

#1202628 AMD RX Vega announcement.

Posted by SceptreCore on 06 June 2018 - 10:17 PM

AMD details next-generation 7nm Radeon Instinct graphics


According to AMD, the miniaturized process brings a 35% performance boost over last-generation 14nm nodes. At the same time power efficiency has been doubled, so the chip can theoretically do the same amount of work with half the wattage.


Ultimately, all the work being done on 7nm Radeon Instinct graphics will trickle down to improve the forthcoming generation of 7nm Radeon Vega GPUs.




#1202563 Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

Posted by SceptreCore on 04 June 2018 - 02:59 PM

I just bought a safety razor for the first time about a week ago. Thought I'd try it in order to minimise waste and cost. Have only used it once so far, on what was for me a rather heavy growth, and ended up bleeding from five locations. The shaver is adjustable, and I had it on either the lowest or second lowest settings (minimal blade protrusion). I guess I should try it a few more times to see if I can refine my technique, but I'm not sure about all this. What's your experience?

Yeah you need to show it a lot more respect than a shaver.


I still give myself a little nick now and then but will keep that to a minimum as you get more proficient with it.

#1202546 Too Many Damn Lakes! Intel's coming CPU's

Posted by SceptreCore on 02 June 2018 - 03:27 PM



Just a few days ago, the rumored Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition processor’s specs were laid bare by retail leaks, and now we know when the chip will debut.


Ironically, in a post defaming retail leaks about the supposed special edition chip, Overclocker’s Gibbo let loose that the Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition will be announced and up for preorder on June 8th. What’s more, Gibbo details that the chip will retail for under £400 (about $530, AU$705), which is a far lower price than the one that leaked earlier this week.


According to the latest rumors, the Core i7-8086K will be the Intel’s fastest 6-core consumer processor yet. Although, it features similar specs to the company’s current flagship Core i7-8700K including 6 cores, 12 threads and 12 MB of L3 cache, the new chip is said to be 300MHz faster overall.


This increase in frequency would put its base clock speed at 4GHz with a 5GHz boost clock – and that’s just the speed of this supposed chip straight out of the box without factoring in overclocking potential.

It’s almost a given that we’ll see the Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition processor announced at Computex 2018, but we’ll hold our enthusiasm for it until it’s actually real.


rumoured to also just have TIM instead of being soldered


#1202493 AMD Zen

Posted by SceptreCore on 01 June 2018 - 12:20 PM


The crew over at The Tech Report recently stumbled across an updated CPU support list for ASRocks AB350M Pro4 motherboard. On it are four new AMD CPUs including the Ryzen 3 2300X with a base clock of 3.5GHz, 2MB of cache and a 65W TDP and the Ryzen 5 2500X with 2MB of cache, a 65W TDP and a base clock of 3.6GHz.

TTR surmises these will likely be quad-core parts based on their L2 cache size.

There are also two energy-efficient models listed, the Ryzen 5 2600E with a 45W TDP, 3MB of cache and a base clock of 3.1GHz as well as a Ryzen 7 2700E at 2.8GHz with 4MB of cache and a 2.8GHz base clock. Again, based on the L2 cache, these will likely be six-core and eight-core components, respectively.

Missing from the equation is the peak clock speeds of these parts. Pricing and availability is also unknown although with Computex just around the bend, the stage is set for AMD to share more information.

They seem like good options. They will perform better than the APU parts without making them redundant. Solid lineup.

The E series though, I wish they would make them bga for laptops/integrated.

#1202350 Too Many Damn Lakes! Intel's coming CPU's

Posted by SceptreCore on 25 May 2018 - 09:50 PM

Alleged 8-Core Intel Coffee Lake Processor Leaks Again Via SiSoft Database




8x 256kb L2

#1202102 AMD Zen

Posted by SceptreCore on 16 May 2018 - 08:28 PM



While AMD Ryzen 2000 CPUs have rolled out into the market last month but, AMD confirmed before the release of 2nd Gen Ryzen products that it is working on Zen 5 and now it seems that the AMD Zen 5 will be based on 3 nm process instead on 5 nm as GlobalFoundries plans to skip the latter one altogether.


Speaking with EETimes, CEO of GlobalFoundries Tom Caulfield talked about the future of the company and also touched the subject of leaning towards the 3 nm process instead of 5 nm for AMD Zen 5 architecture.


According to Caulfield, he doesn’t think that 5 nm is going to be enough for the company to invest in it and 3 nm process will be required to get “full performance”. However, he didn’t confirm that the company will indeed skip the 5 nm in favor of 3 nm process.

#1202048 Nvidia - Turing/Volta

Posted by SceptreCore on 15 May 2018 - 02:02 PM



gtx 1170

  • Shading Units
  • 2688
  • TMUs
  • 168
  • ROPs
  • 64
  • Mem controller
  • 256-bit
  • Memory
  • 8-16GB GDDR6
  • SM Count
  • unknown
  • Pixel Rate
  • unknown
  • Texture Rate
  • unknown
  • Floating-point performance
  • 9,750 GFLOPS
  • Bandwidth
  • 384.0 GB/s

#1201755 AMD Zen

Posted by SceptreCore on 29 April 2018 - 03:34 PM

AMD 7nm Zen 2 CPUs Sampling This Year For 2019 Volume Launch

Hot off the heels of launching a new generation of Ryzen processors built on a refined 12-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process (Zen+), AMD is now looking ahead to next year, which is when it will roll out Zen 2. It won't be a paper launch, either—during a recent earnings call with investors, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that AMD is already sampling its 7nm Zen 2 processors and is gearing up for a volume launch in 2019.

"We have a 7nm GPU based on Vega that we'll sample later this year. We have a 7nm server CPU that we'll sample later this year. And then, obviously, we have a number of products that are planned for 2019 as well. So it's a very, very busy product season for us. But we're pleased with the sort of the execution on the product roadmap," Dr. Su said.

This is a different AMD than we're used to seeing. The company is firing on all cylinders and there is genuine excitement over its product launches. As we have said in the past, Zen is a solid foundation for AMD to build upon, and that is exactly what the company is doing.

AMD is hitting multiple market segments, as well. The 7nm Vega GPU that Dr. Su referred to is being used in its Radeon Instinct accelerator for artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. AMD teased a photo of the card on Twitter, saying it's currently running in the company's labs and is "on track to provide samples to customers later this year."

As for AMD's CPUs, the company anticipates that more customers will buy into its Zen ecosystem as they become more familiar with the brand and accompanying platforms.

"So all of the sales this year will be around the current generation of Ryzen, and so, that gets us to the mid-single-digit share. 7nm Zen 2 based product we'll sample later this year to customers and that will be in production in 2019, and we do believe that the adoption rate of the second-generation could potentially be higher than the adoption rate of the first-generation, mostly because customers will be more familiar with our systems and our products," Dr. Su added. 

Dr. Su also pointed to the server market, which AMD is targeting with its Epyc processor line. Adoption is picking up in that space, too—just last week, longtime Intel partner and supercomputing powerhouse Cray added Epyc processor options to one of its high performance computing (HPC) product lines.

Life is good for AMD at the moment, and that is reflected in its most recent earnings report in which the company said it pulled a profit of $81 million on $1.65 billion in revenue last quarter, versus a $19 million loss in the previous quarter and a $33 million loss in the same quarter a year prior. AMD is on solid footing, and as long as it continues to execute on time, it should see more positive quarters.

Read more at https://hothardware.com/

#1201593 AMD Zen

Posted by SceptreCore on 19 April 2018 - 07:39 PM

AMD= Team Red?  Nvidia= Green   Intel= Blue    :)  


Keep reading on how 1.5v was used to overclock the 2700x... Ive been running at ~1.4v for 4ghz and didnt want to go much over that.  I thought the recommendation was 1.45v for max with custom loop...  I might bump it up some more... 

I'm thinking of the good old days when AMD logos and colours were Green!

Also... official reviews should be out soon guys. Maybe even tonight?

#1201527 AMD RX Vega announcement.

Posted by SceptreCore on 15 April 2018 - 06:50 PM

Think of it as the Radeon RX 580 / 480 replacement. It will be small, and is likely to perform as well as the Vega 14nm that shipped last year. In the Nvidia performance world Navi should perform close to Geforce GTX 1080 which is quite good for the mainstream part but probably on part of the mainstream part planned after the high end part.


Fudzilla has already reported that Vega 7nm is not a Gaming GPU. This might cause some confusion as there are two different abbreviations floating around. GPU as in General Purpose Unit, or GPU as a graphics processing unit. What we meant by saying Vega 7nm is not a GPU, we want to make crystal clear that Vega 7nm will not be a gaming part.


Navi 7nm won’t have two different SKUs, one that miraculously goes after the Geforce Turing edition planned for later this year. So, the long story short, AMD won’t have anything in the high-end space faster than Vega between now and end of 2019. In GPU world this is eternity. This is the product where Radeon Technology Group really spent some time to go after this highly competitive and profitable mainstream / performance market. Of course, AMD did sell every single RX 580 / 570 cards as well as every single Vega 56 and 64 manufactured to miners, as these guys were buying anything to get their hands on it, but with the current situation on the market, one can only hope that there will be a mining demand in mid 2019. 


Radeon RX 580 / 570 definitely needs an update as this Polaris based architecture was simply a slight improvement over the Radeon RX 480 generation based on GCN 4 and Polaris core. The new Navi 7nm mainstream chip would bring much needed advanced to stay competitive and add some Ray Tracing acceleration elements in the chip too.


The earliest we would expect a Navi successor, a real high end chip, would be at some point in 2020. This is great news for Jeff Fishers team, the head of all Geforce gaming stuff at Nvidia but a sad day for the competition.


Our biggest fear is that Jensen will push the prices of already ridiculous overpriced high-end GPU even further. The David Wang / Mike Rayfield combo is definitely working hard to make  adjustments to the roadmaps, but these things take years.


Let’s hope it will not be too late. - Fudzilla



I'm not too sure how much credence I give this. Navi is rumoured to be AMD's MCM approach to GPU's... so.. it'd be hard to say where it could end up 

#1200573 AMD Zen

Posted by SceptreCore on 10 March 2018 - 08:02 PM

If the 2700x does come with boost of 4.35ghz, that would really interesting as that would be a nice performance increase.  If you can OC even a bit higher over that or get all cores to 4.35 without crazy temps, Id be tempted to pick one up.  Really hope they get the memory clocks up too.  Im running 2933 since 3200 just is not stable even after bios updates.  

Just let old Sceptre know what you'd take to part with the old 1700x 

#1200518 AMD Zen

Posted by SceptreCore on 08 March 2018 - 03:25 PM

AMD Ryzen 2000-series lineup leaks ahead of April debut


"AMD at CES in January shared a handful of details regarding its second generation Ryzen CPUs. The chips, built on the 12nm Zen+ architecture, were said to feature higher clock speeds and a pair of new boost technologies – Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2.

Now, we’ve got some additional details to build on courtesy of Spanish website El Chapuzas Informatico (via VideoCardz).


In a series of leaked slideshows, we see that AMD’s lineup consists of six Ryzen 2000-series SKUs. At the low end is the $99 Ryzen 3 2200G, a four-core / four-thread component with a base clock of 3.5GHz, a turbo clock of 3.7GHz and a 65W TDP.


The next step up is the Ryzen 5 2400G. At four cores and eight threads, the chip features a base clock of 3.6GHz that can boost up to 3.9GHz when needed. Expect to pay around $169 for this 65W TDP part.



The Ryzen 5 2600, meanwhile, is a six-core / 12-thread chip with a TDP of 65W, a base clock speed of 3.3GHz and a turbo clock speed of 3.9GHz. It’ll retail for approximately $199.


AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600X is also a six-core / 12-thread processor albeit with a faster base clock of 3.6GHz and a zippy turbo clock of 4.25GHz. It’ll consume a bit more juice as well as evident by its 95W TDP and of course, you’ll a little more for that extra power - $249, according to the slide.


At the upper-end of the lineup is the Ryzen 7 2700 and 2700X. Both chips sport eight cores / 16 threads with the non-X version boasting a base clock of 3.2GHz, a boost clock of 4.1GHz, a TDP of 65W and a price tag of $299. The speedier 2700X will feature a base clock of 3.7GHz, a turbo clock of 4.35GHz and a 105W TDP. Expect to pay $369 for the opportunity.


The chips will run in new 400-series motherboards although as noted on one of the slides, optimized BIOS updates are coming from motherboard manufacturers sometime this month.


As always, it’s important to remember that expectations should be kept in check when dealing with leaks of this nature. Such is especially the case here as some of the slides mention an embargo date of March 15, 2017, but also contain pricing information from “January 2018.” This could easily be human error but it is worth pointing out. Either way, we should find out soon enough as the April 2018 launch window looms."


If this slide is to be believed... then AMD has listened to the criticism about the 1800X, about it being totally superfluous and only as good as the 1700X  or even 1700 once overclocked at a far more exorbitant price. So I was hoping that was a mve they would make... and hopefully this is so. 


EDIT: Could be fake. Check out the embargo lift date in the bottom left corner. ^

#1200468 Woo! Star trek Discovery! (spoilers, probably)

Posted by SceptreCore on 06 March 2018 - 06:02 PM

As I would consider myself a huge trekkie... I'm sorry to say, I do not like ST:D ...  :D


Stopped watching after episode 5 (There's no swearing in my Trek!!!).Too much of the glitzy silliness of the awful JJ trek, and rewriting of lore that's already well established. The reason there has been nothing beyond the timelines of the ST:DS9 and ST:VOY shows are because the new guys in charge are not Star Trek fans themselves... and this is on purpose because they - CBS - want to make the show appealing to a wider viewer audience and will bastardize it any way they see fit to do that, I understand that from a money making point of view... but it pains me to see.


Just my opinion...

#1199933 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by SceptreCore on 15 February 2018 - 02:07 PM

I've got an old 8gb set lying about the place somewhere if you're that set on it. But I'd follow the sound recommendations thus far presented.