Third parties confirm AMD’s outstanding Ryzen 3000 numbers

AMD debuted its new Ryzen 3000 desktop CPU line a few weeks ago at E3, and it looked fantastic. For the first time in 20 years, it looked like AMD could go head to head with Intel’s desktop CPU line-up across the board. The question: would independent, third-party testing back up AMD’s assertions?

When comparing two CPUs, you should generally be looking at three golden criteria: price, performance, and power consumption. It’s fairly easy to win on a single criterion—for example, even in the Piledriver era, comparing an FX-9590 to an i7-4770 could get you an anemic multi-threaded performance win. But the Piledriver part cost more than the Intel one and consumed tremendously more power. Moving forward to the Ryzen 2 era, things got much closer to even: when comparing a Ryzen 7 2700 vs an Intel i7-8700, the Intel CPU takes the performance win, and power consumption is relatively even, but the AMD part has a big price advantage. This is arguably an even heat for that particular lineup—but if you care more about performance, moving the AMD side up to a Threadripper 2950x brings you to an enormous win for Intel on both power consumption and price.

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Demmel Releases Java-Based Javaino JoC Reference Board and Module

Austrian-based Demmel has released a Java on Chip (JoC) programmable module and reference board that aims to minimize programming and development time for smart applications.
The company states that their module simplifies PCB design efforts and provides a fast way to configure and program the JoC without having to deal with low-level functions. The Javaino JoC Reference Board and Module can be used with Arduino Shields as well, making them a more versatile platform for any number of projects.

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Father and son build Lamborghini Aventador using 3D printer for just £16,000 – saving a whopping £255,000

Sterling Backus was inspired to build the supercar after his son said he liked it when they were playing video game Forza Horizon 3.
But as he didn’t have the budget to buy a brand-new Aventador, valued at more than £270,000, he decided to get creative.
Despite having no experience, the physicist turned to 3D printing to build the impressive motor.

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First Look at Nintendo Switch Lite: A New Addition to the Nintendo Switch Family

Introducing Nintendo Switch Lite – a compact, lightweight console that’s dedicated to handheld play!
This new addition to the Nintendo Switch family arrives September 20th in three different colors.

Visit our official website to find out more about Nintendo Switch Lite and compare features to find the right Nintendo Switch console for you!

Nintendo reveals the Switch Lite

Nintendo has announced the Switch Lite, a brand new model for Switch. The system launches on September 20 in three different colors.

The Switch Lite is all about handheld play, meaning it won’t connect to a TV. The Joy-Con are now attached to the device and can’t be removed, and now has a dedicated control pad. The motion camera and HD Rumble have also been removed.

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Microsoft Closes The Book On Its E-Library, Erasing All User Content

Coffee poured. Pillow fluffed. E-book loaded. You’re ready to begin a delightful afternoon on your e-reader when, poof, the book disappears.

Starting in July, Microsoft will be closing its e-book library and erasing all content purchased through the Microsoft e-bookstore from devices. Consumers will receive a refund for every e-book bought.

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Raspberry Pi admits to faulty USB-C design on the Pi 4

The Raspberry Pi 4 was announced two weeks ago as a major new upgrade to the line of cheap single-board hobbyist computers. The Pi 4 featured a faster CPU, options for up to 4GB of RAM, and a new, modern USB-C port for power delivery. The Pi 4 was the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s first ever USB-C device, and, well, they screwed it up.

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The Raspberry Pi 4 brings faster CPU, up to 4GB of RAMAs detailed by Tyler Ward, the Raspberry Pi 4 has a non-compliant USB-C charging port and doesn’t work with as many chargers as it should. Thanks to the open nature of Raspberry Pi (even the schematics are online!), Ward was able to discover that Raspberry Pi just didn’t design its USB-C port correctly. Two “CC” pins on a USB-C port are supposed to each get their own 5.1K ohms resistor, but Raspberry Pi came up with its own circuit design that allows them to share a single resistor. This is not a compliant design and breaks compatibility with some of the more powerful USB-C chargers out there.

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