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YouTube currently down world-wide

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Twitter is awash with messages from around the world that YouTube is down.

ACCC starts court action against Optus over misleading consumer allegations

17 October 2018 in Telecoms & NBN

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17 October 2018 in Home Tech

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17 October 2018 in Telecoms & NBN

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Telstra attracted most complaints in 2017-18, says TIO

17 October 2018 in Telecoms & NBN

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Labor says no room for complacency as NBN complaints rise

17 October 2018 in Telecoms & NBN

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17 October 2018 in Telecoms & NBN

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TIO complaints show rise for the year, drop for Q4

17 October 2018 in Telecoms & NBN

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How to watch (or rewatch) the Huawei Mate 20 Pro launch in London live

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Telstra profits down as NBN, increased mobile competition impacts business

16 October 2018 in Listed Tech

Telstra has taken a hit to its bottom line for the second year running, according to full-year 2018 results released…

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

16 October 2018 in Business Software

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Encryption bill will cause 'significant risk' to Internet: Mozilla

16 October 2018 in Government Tech Policy

Any measure that permits a government to lay down specifications for the design of Internet systems would cause significant risk…

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GitHub unveils the state of open source 2018

17 October 2018 in Open Source

Code hosting and collaboration platform, GitHub, today released its Octoverse 2018 report, providing statistics and insights on global software development…

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17 October 2018 in The Wired CIO

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Crucial Launches P1 NVMe Solid State Drive

17 October 2018 in Storage & Cloud Storage

Available in 500GB or 1TB capacities, the PCIe interfaced SSDs provide an alternative to SATA and other interfaces.

Visa to use credential-on-file tokenisation to improve security

17 October 2018 in Security

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Dropbox and Zoom partner to expand remote collaboration

17 October 2018 in Cloud

Cloud storage provider, Dropbox, and online video collaboration platform, Zoom, have announced a strategic partnership expanding remote collaboration possibilities. 

Goldman analyst warns iPhone sales seen slowing in China

17 October 2018 in Mobile devices

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‘Digital natives’ face communications hurdles in jobs market

17 October 2018 in Recruitment

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Google to charge Android device makers for using apps in EU

17 October 2018 in Technology Regulation

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Major browsers to deprecate older TLS versions from 2020

17 October 2018 in Security

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MongoDB changes licence to prevent free use as a service

17 October 2018 in Open Source

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Seagate releases 14TB drives for NAS, server, security and desktop

17 October 2018 in Hardware

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Google chief says China search engine looks 'promising'

17 October 2018 in Technology Regulation

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GitHub seeks to solve 31 million pain points with new workflow automation and more

17 October 2018 in Open Source

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16 October 2018 in Deals

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Warning Australia’s open banking plan has ‘substantial weaknesses’

16 October 2018 in Strategy

Global corporate lending platform Trade Ledger says it has warned the Australian Government of substantial weaknesses in its proposed Open…

New Zealand businesses increasingly look to electric vehicles for fleets: report

16 October 2018 in Energy

New Zealand vehicle leasing company Driveline says there’s been an increase in businesses wanting to adopt electric vehicles in their…

Nearmap and Zuora: how business models can be transformed through the monetisation of data

16 October 2018 in Cloud

Nearmap's aerial mapping product offerings disrupted the aerial imaging market, but to accelerate its progress from start-up to the beginnings…

Won't Apple please think of the children?

16 October 2018 in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

School kids coming to the Apple Store for an excursion? Let's roll out the lawyers first.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor – two happy months in the saddle Tony Austin Featured

COMMENT My faith in the AMD processor range has been reinforced by the impressive new Ryzen series.

I've nothing against Intel except their premium pricing — a bit like Telstra, I suppose — but have been using AMD processors in my desktop systems for well over a decade.

I was still pretty happy with the AMD 2012 vintage FX-8150 8-core processor, only lamenting that it didn't support an extra 8 threads like Intel's 8-core processors do. Then, in early July this year, disaster struck, in terms of my system powering off all the time and it turned out that the motherboard had developed an unfixable problem of some indeterminable sort.

I had no choice but to get a new motherboard. With that came the need to get new memory cards and a new processor. I was fortunate that AMD's Ryzen series was released earlier this year, and I pondered hard about whether I should get a Ryzen 7 8-core processor or one of the more recent and very keenly priced Ryzen 5 6-core processors.

I ended up going with the Ryzen 7 1700 model, which has the extra 8 threads that I desired. I have been deeply involved with system performance since I joined IBM Australia in 1970 (and also in my own business after retirement from IBM), and I can say with confidence that the past two solid months' usage during July and August have proved to me that the Ryzen 7 1700 performs excellently for my workload style, which is 99% mixed-mode computing, with occasional gaming (gaming enthusiasts would probably prefer faster Ryzen models).

My system gets pretty busy at times, with video conversions, search index updates, and other moderate to heavy tasks. I have found that the Ryzen 1700 handles all that I can throw at it with with aplomb, and it makes a fine partner for 64-bit Windows 10. You can get an idea of this from the accompanying screenshot (using the All CPU Meter gadget, which comes with 8GadgetPack) which shows a few seconds of system activity recorded while running a mixed-task medium workload (general user activities plus a modest video conversion assigned to cores 3 through 8).Tony Austin - AMD Ryzen 7 1700 during a modest video conversion

What I also like about the Ryzen 7 1700 is its very modest 65-watt power consumption, roughly half that of my previous 2012-vintage AMD processor, yet providing significantly better multitasking while rarely encountering any noticeable overall system slowdown.

You have to hit the Ryzen 1700 really hard, with what I might call an artificially intense workload, before all 16 threads run flat out. Even so, with water cooling, the 65W system sits atop my desktop running whisper quiet.

I might have saved about $100 by selecting a Ryzen 5 1600 or 1600X model (6 cores with 6 extra threads), but the model I chose with its two extra cores (four extra threads) has extra headroom and the extra investment has proven to be well worth it. In my opinion, the Ryzen 1700 certainly hits the "sweet spot" in terms of price/performance.

Also, I could have selected a Ryzen 7 1700X or 1800X model. However they are pricier and their power consumption is higher. My detailed research indicated that they weren't worth the extra moolah for a not-all-that-great performance boost.

As you can gather, I'm extremely impressed and very happy to be using this AMD Ryzen processor, and would recommend the Ryzen series unreservedly.

For the very latest about AMD's Zen architecture models, see iTWire colleague Alex Zaharov-Reutt's report at FULL VIDEOS: AMD’s impressive Ryzen Pro arrives in systems from Dell, HP, Lenovo and others


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Tony Austin

Worked at IBM from 1970, for a quarter century, then founded Asia/Pacific Computer Services to provide IT consulting and software development services (closed company at end of 2013). These says am still involved with IT as an observer and commentator, as well as attempting to understand cosmology, quantum mechanics and whatever else will keep my mind active and fend off deterioration of my grey matter.


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