[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2017 Archive Listing

Tuesday January 17, 2017

GIGABYTE Server Shows Two-Phase Immersion Liquid Cooling

While I know exactly squat about designing an immersed system, I can probably suggest that this looks cool and serves as a novel approach to the cooling game. It is hard to say if this setup has any real future in data centers, however—as the article points out, there is that little issue of replacing hardware.

GIGABYTE and 3M had submerged a full 8-GPU, dual CPU system with 24 memory modules and nothing more than large copper heatsinks on the CPU/GPU, and had even removed the power delivery heatsinks. To cool the vapor as it rises through the system, a cold radiator is placed inside the sealed system. Well, I say sealed, but during the demo it was being opened and the demonstrator was clearly putting his hand inside. There seemed to also be a system in place to add/remove hydrocarbon material through a pump as well. So the point in all this is more efficient cooling – no need for massive air conditioning units in a data center, no need to pump chilled water into water blocks.

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When Home Internet Service Costs $5,000...Or Even $15,000

Would you believe that someone had to pay Comcast $15,000 in order to get fast internet? Not having a broadband connection is a disappointment in itself—but what could be far worse is if your house isn’t wired up for it.

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Corman, a university lecturer and journalist, needed fast Internet service, and the local cable companies, RCN and Comcast, were offering it to nearly all of their neighbors. But for reasons that weren’t totally clear, her family’s house had never been hooked up, and the cable companies wouldn’t wire up the house unless the couple paid for all of the necessary construction and permitting. "We and our next-door neighbors are the only two residences in all of North Brookline without cable," Corman told Ars. RCN has a manhole in front of the house, and "Comcast has a node in a manhole around the corner. What will it cost to bring cable to our homes? A bit more than $10,000. That’s before we even begin to pay for monthly service."

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The Ultimate Geek Keychain

We have made more than our fair share of CPU die "keychains" over the years. This is the coolest one I have seen in a long time though and comes to us via 3D Center. The video shows you how to reflow (de-flow) a CPU or GPU package and then sand it down to reveal all the goodness inside by hand. Certainly a good lapping tool could cut your time down below 4 hours! And of course, what a better use of an old Xbox CPU/GPU is there?

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Folding Surface Phone Teased In New Microsoft Patent

Microsoft appears to be taking the plunge into foldable devices, and many are hoping these patent diagrams allude to what a future Surface device will look like and what it’ll be capable of. There are a number of potential designs shown, some of which hint at phones with screens that slide out, effectively transforming them into tablets.

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Microsoft has patented a folding, flexible smartphone which could open out into a far more practical tablet, potentially teasing a possible Surface Phone form-factor. The patent, granted earlier this month, describes a "Mobile Computing Device having a flexible hinge structure" or, in other words, a portable gadget the size of a smartphone when collapsed, but which can be opened up for a far larger interface. Indeed, Microsoft actually has multiple designs on the same core theme. One potential form factor, for instance, comprises of two or three hinged panels. Joined along the longer edges of each rectangular section, they would unfold to make a device with double or even triple the screen space of a similarly-sized smartphone. By using a flexible display, the screen would be able to stretch around those hinges and, when opened, offer an uninterrupted panel.

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Flame Retardant In Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Quench Fires

With exploding phones being such a hot, recurring topic these days, it would be great if this concept could finally take off. Adding flame retardant to a battery isn’t a new idea, but previous methods would reduce performance. Researchers have now placed the retardant in a battery’s separator, although it remains to be seen how well it can stand up to abuse.

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…researchers have designed a lithium-ion battery in which the separator, the component that keeps the battery's positive and negative electrodes apart, contains a cheap, powerful, and commonly used flame retardant known as triphenyl phosphate. During normal battery operation, the flame retardant stays encapsulated within plastic fibers. If the separator gets hotter than 150 degrees C, the plastic melts, releasing the flame retardant. In experiments, the chemical completely quenched flaming electrolyte in 0.4 seconds. The scientists detailed their findings online in the 13 January edition of the journal Science Advances.

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China Plans To Develop Powerful Exascale Computer

Not content with having already developed the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight, China is now working on a machine capable of a quintillion calculations per second. This follows the news of IBM releasing a 200-petaflop computer next year, and Japan’s intention of building a 130-petaflop one.

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China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second. If successful, the achievement would cement its place as a leading power in the world of supercomputing. The Asian giant built the world's fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight machine, in June last year, which was twice as fast as the previous number one. It used only locally made microchips, making it the first time a country has taken the top spot without using US technology. Exascale computers are even more powerful, and can execute at least one quintillion (a billion billion) calculations per second.

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Launches With 10x Performance Boost Over Original

The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is now available in the compute module format, which is great for those who are working with pre-existing systems and want an embeddable solution. There are two versions, one of which allows users to wire things up to an eMMC or SD card of their choice.

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The idea of the Compute Module was to provide an easy and cost-effective route to producing customized products based on the Pi hardware and software platform. The thought was to provide the ‘team in a garage’ with easy access to the same technology as the big guys. The Module takes care of the complexity of routing out the processor pins, the high-speed RAM interface, and core power supply, and allows a simple carrier board to provide just what is needed in terms of external interfaces and form factor. The module uses a standard DDR2 SODIMM form factor, sockets for which are made by several manufacturers, are easily available, and are inexpensive.

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Microsoft Waves "Early Goodbye" To Windows 7, Pushes Windows 10 Upgrades

Support for Windows 7 won’t cease until 2020, but Microsoft is already warning users to update to Windows 10 as soon as they can. They argue that moving on from Windows 7 is a "logical decision," as it features outdated security, leading to higher costs due to things like malware attacks. Furthermore, they stress that only Windows 10 has support for the latest chips.

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…Microsoft is desperate for those users to switch to Windows 10 and warns that Windows 7 support is coming to an end, and that the OS has outdated security and can’t keep up with today’s security needs. In a post headed 'An early goodbye to Windows 7! Support ends in three years' Microsoft's German press site tells users that in three years Windows 7 extended support will run out permanently, and that from January 14, 2020 there will be "no security updates, updates and no technical support from Microsoft". It describes the move as a "logical decision" as "Windows 7 can no longer keep up with the increased security requirements" and sticking with the older OS actually leads to "higher operating costs" due to "increased malware attacks and even increased support requests".

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Gabe Newell Is Doing An AMA Today

Got something to ask the Valve boss? You can head to r/The_Gaben at 3:00 PM PST / 6:00 PM EST today and try your luck. I can’t even begin to imagine what most people will be asking about.

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On January 17th, Gabe Newell will be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA). So, if you've any burning questions for one of the founders of Valve then you'll want to head over to r/The_Gaben where the AMA will be hosted tomorrow. Most the questions will be: When is Half-Life 3 coming out? Are you working on Half-Life 3? Have you forgotten about Half-Life 3? Is your beard Half-Life 3? Is Half-Life 3 behind your beard? If I buy that will you tell me about Half-Life 3?

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Monday January 16, 2017

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 6G Review @ [H]

We’ve got the brand new GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GAMING 6G video card to put through the paces and find out how well it performs in games and overclocks. We will compare its highest overclock with one of the best overclocks we’ve achieved on AMD Radeon RX 480 to put it to the test. How will it stand up? Let’s find out.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Corsair Force MP500 – 3 Gb/s of NVMe Fun with Phison PS5007-E7 Controller @ Legit Reviews

Crucial Ballistix Elite 3200 MHz DDR4 16 GB @ TechPowerUp

XFX Hard Swap LED Fans @ LanOC Reviews

Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB Mouse Review @ OCaHolic

Smartphone Parts Supply Looking Bleak for 2017

We have looked to Digitimes for solid reporting from Taipei, Taiwan for a couple of decades now. This morning it reported that changes in the Smartphone market are going to greatly impact the volumes of those devices being made.

The risk for the global handset industry to brace for a shortage in supplies of some key components, including displays, memory products and optical sensing devices, in 2017 is rising due to strong demand from China-based smartphone vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chains.

Inspired by market rumors indicating that Apple will adopt OLED panels for its next generation iPhone devices in 2017, China-based smartphone vendors, and others alike, have rushed to secure production capacity for small- and mid-size OLED panels, a move which will definitely cause a shortage in OLED panel supplies in 2017, commented the sources.

So get'um while they're hot? Oh wait, Note 7 is not on the market any more.

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