X570 IN SHORT SUPPLY

Looking over the supply of MSI X570 motherboards at NewEgg, I was surprised to see most model boards are not available. It seems that there is anticipation of a new high-end chipset for the launch of the Ryzen 4000 series processors. My MSI X570-A PRO is a good basic platform for AM4 and PCIe 4.0... Continue Reading →

TAPE GROWS

The new LTO-8 format tape now widely available. Everyone can now use the one advantage tape has, it's inherently offline so it invulnerable to ransomware. Today Ransomware attacks have been growing exponentially. As the chart shows, world+dog are buying so much storage that zettabytes (ZB) are now needed to capture it all. Hard disks are... Continue Reading →

HALO BUG FIXES

343 has managed to fix the wayward projectile bug in Halo 2 multiplayer. Other fixes have also been dealt with. After some more testing the game should be patched in a week or so. I mentioned earlier that the entire Halo package was replaced with the Halo 2 release. This was to take advantage of... Continue Reading →

MOBILE BACKS MPEG-5

Industry giants like Samsung, Huawei, and even the chipmaker Qualcomm are backing the MPEG-5 EVC over the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) for high resolution videos. MPEG-5 offers reduced file size and better quality, both of which are crucial to 4K and 8K UHD video capture in smartphones. 8K televisions are still a ways off. HDMI at 8K still... Continue Reading →

MSI X570-A PRO H84 BIOS

MSI has released another BIOS for the X570-A PRO. Evidently more bug fixes are being presented. Fixed HDMI audio lost issue when use AMD RX 570Improved USB sound card compatibility There are no release notes as usual. The experience of using the motherboard make it clear there are issues. TESTING VIDEO CARDS No luck with... Continue Reading →

NEW ARIZONA TSMC FAB

Today TSMC announced its intention to build and operate an advanced semiconductor fab in the United States with the mutual understanding and commitment to support from the U.S. federal government and the State of Arizona. This facility, which will be built in Arizona, will utilize TSMC’s 5-nanometer technology for semiconductor wafer fabrication, have a 20,000... Continue Reading →

X570 & GRAPHICS CARDS

The MSI X570-A PRO is more finicky with graphics cards compared with the older MSI X470 Gaming Plus. The LG 27UL500 is very demanding. CARDX470X570Sapphire R9 Furyyesno PNY GTX 690nono Sapphire RX 480 8GB GDDR5yes yesEVGA GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5yesyesGigabyte GTX 750 2GB GDDR5yesyesAsus GT 630 2GB DDR3yesyes The GTX 690 is SLI on a card which suggests... Continue Reading →

RADEON VII PRO

AMD today announced its Radeon Pro VII professional graphics card targeting 3D artists, engineering professionals, broadcast media professionals, and HPC researchers. The Radeon Pro VII is based on AMD's "Vega 20" multi-chip module that incorporates a 7 nm (TSMC N7) GPU die, along with a 4096-bit wide HBM2 memory interface, and four memory stacks adding... Continue Reading →

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