The Tech Report Podcast - Enhanced Feed http://techreport.com The Tech Report is the best place online for tech news and reviews, and this is the official Tech Report Podcast. Feeder 2.5.3(1856); Mac OS X Version 10.9.5 (Build 13F34) http://reinventedsoftware.com/feeder/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en Copyright 2013, The Tech Report Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:59:44 -0400 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:59:44 -0400 Tech News Podcasting http://techreport.com/r.x/TR%20Podcast%20Logo/PodcastLogo.jpg The Tech Report Podcast - Enhanced Feed http://techreport.com 144 144 The official podcast of The Tech Report. techreport.com The Official Podcast of the Tech Report - techreport.com The Tech Report is the best place online for tech news and reviews, and this is the official Tech Report Podcast. tech news, hardware, technology, clean The Tech Report jdrake@techreport.com no The TR Podcast 162: Apple's biggest and Nvidia's fastest http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep162.mp3 This is the part where we list out all the great things you'll hear on this episode of the podcast. Here's the thing though: all that information is listed out nicely in the "Tech Discussion" bullets below. So why do you need to keep reading this section? It's a waste of your precious, precious, time! In fact, why am I wasting my time writing this? 162 episodes of show notes... do you know how many hundreds of hours of show notes I've written? Think of how much I could have been accomplishing with my life, had I just thought to tell you to read the listed article headlines literally an inch of screen real-estate below this section!

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:59:42 -0400 A3F64FB5-DBC9-4DB2-81BA-1ADA61BA49EB techreport.com Plus listener mail, storage innovations, and Minecraft This is the part where we list out all the great things you'll hear on this episode of the podcast. Here's the thing though: all that information is listed out nicely in the "Tech Discussion" bullets below. So why do you need to keep reading this section? It's a waste of your precious, precious, time! In fact, why am I wasting my time writing this? 162 episodes of show notes... do you know how many hundreds of hours of show notes I've written? Think of how much I could have been accomplishing with my life, had I just thought to tell you to read the listed article headlines literally an inch of screen real-estate below this section! I need a drink. no 1:17:22
The TR Podcast 161: Haswell extremes, FX redux, and Tonga devil magic http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep161.mp3 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:03:43 -0400 8214BCE1-6740-4195-88DA-22A782970C65 techreport.com Plus a special guest and Nvidia vs. Samsung This episode is essentially review heaven; Major CPUs from Intel and AMD, a graphics card, and one-on-one chat with Asus' Raja to discuss the new Asus X99 motherboard. In case you're wondering... no, Raja doesn't have a last name, that's why he's so mysterious and yes, the X99 has like a TON of fan controllers. no 1:26:33 The TR Podcast 160: Synchronicity http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep160.mp3 We've really gone back to the drawing board on the latest episode of the TR Podcast... and I gotta tell you, what we've come back with is special. It's a straight shooting, tight-lipped eulogy of tech reporting without a trace of any of that horrible burping, personality, or tomfoolery. You'll love it.

Oh, and on this episode, you'll hear a ton about the next version of Windows, bugs in Intel's Haswell chips (reported first here on the Tech Report), AMD getting Mantle in the next version of OpenGL, and much, much more.

P.S. do you want us to stream live video of the show for our net recording session? Let us know in the comments!

P.P.S. Yes, we know there are issues with Scott's audio—unfix-able microphone malfunction.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:59:18 -0400 880E0476-7A92-4CFB-AA28-261AB5536858 techreport.com Now made 100% burp free We've really gone back to the drawing board on the latest episode of the TR Podcast... and I gotta tell you, what we've come back with is special. It's a straight shooting, tight-lipped eulogy of tech reporting without a trace of any of that horrible burping, personality, or tomfoolery. You'll love it. Oh, and on this episode, you'll hear a ton about the next version of Windows, bugs in Intel's Haswell chips (reported first here on the Tech Report), AMD getting Mantle in the next version of OpenGL, and much, much more. P.S. do you want us to stream live video of the show for our net recording session? Let us know in the comments! P.P.S. Yes, we know there are issues with Scott's audio—unfix-able microphone malfunction. no 1:03:06
The TR Podcast 159: Kaveri returns, Shield delivers, and Brix gets game http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep159.mp3 Ok. We admit it. Things got a bit out of hand on this episode of the podcast. Uh... you'll find out what we mean when you listen. Otherwise, it's a smashing episode. Really.

Want to know what's in this episode? Guess what, we have a whole list of everything talked about on the show right below this section. How great is that?!

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:33:31 -0400 880E0476-7A92-4CFB-AA28-261AB5536857 techreport.com Plus high-tech gaming mice, EA lets their games off the leash, and much more Ok. We admit it. Things got a bit out of hand on this episode of the podcast. Uh... you'll find out what we mean when you listen. Otherwise, it's a smashing episode. Really. Want to know what's in this episode? Guess what, we have a whole list of everything talked about on the show right below this section. How great is that?! no 1:24:55
The TR Podcast 158: Planet of the Shield Tablets http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep158.mp3 Jordan is back. Thank God in Heaven.

Oh, we also talk about stuff, like the difference between Geoff's and Cyril's voices, how the TR BBQ went, and whether or not we're looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy (hint: Jordan is). Moving on, the panel discusses the possibility of larger iPhones, changes to the Steam controller, and the exciting new Nvidia Shield Tablet.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:34:16 -0400 1E8A88D2-4612-4B92-8387-7E4EB063A419 techreport.com Plus Guardians of the Galaxy and big iPhones Jordan is back. Thank God in Heaven. Oh, we also talk about stuff, like the difference between Geoff's and Cyril's voices, how the TR BBQ went, and whether or not we're looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy (hint: Jordan is). Moving on, the panel discusses the possibility of larger iPhones, changes to the Steam controller, and the exciting new Nvidia Shield Tablet. no 56:37
The TR Podcast 157: BBQ fever and the Pentium overclocking prodigy http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep157.mp3 We are once again hostless this episode (no, Jordan didn’t take a nap this time) but our team soldiers on regardless. We kick open the episode talking to Mike, a.k.a. Just Brew It, the head TR Forum moderator. Scott and Mike discuss the much-anticipated TR BBQ in Holland, Michigan, including whether or not camping on the beach is a wise BBQ strategy.

Moving on to the rest of the episode, our team talks 60 FPS content on YouTube and Gearbox’s next original game. Then, Geoff explains the excellent Samsung 850 Pro SSD, followed by a hard-core mechanical keyboard showdown between Corsair and a contender from Rosewill. Finally, Scott overclocks both Intel's Core i7-4790K and the Pentium G3258 "Anniversary Edition" processor and lives to tell about it.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:57:07 -0400 50704064-6119-4B86-A07F-C8167A49AF6C techreport.com Plus mechanical keyboards and 60 FPS YouTube We are once again hostless this episode (no, Jordan didn’t take a nap this time) but our team soldiers on regardless. We kick open the episode talking to Mike, a.k.a. Just Brew It, the head TR Forum moderator. Scott and Mike discuss the much-anticipated TR BBQ in Holland, Michigan, including whether or not camping on the beach is a wise BBQ strategy. Moving on to the rest of the episode, our team talks 60 FPS content on YouTube and Gearbox’s next original game. Then, Geoff explains the excellent Samsung 850 Pro SSD, followed by a hard-core mechanical keyboard showdown between Corsair and a contender from Rosewill. Finally, Scott overclocks both Intel's Core i7-4790K and the Pentium G3258 "Anniversary Edition" processor and lives to tell about it. no 1:32:20
The TR Podcast 156: Computex, WWDC, and E3 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep156.mp3 To kick off the episode, we welcome a new TR writer, Jeffrey Kampman, to the show. Then, it's on to a deep dive into the hottest announcements from Computex. Cyril give us the lowdown on AMD's Kaveri APU, Scott talks about Cavium's 48-core ARM processor, and the staff talks 4K monitors, including the Asus PB287Q that Scott reviewed.

Next, Jordan and Jeffrey geek out over the latest from Apple's WWDC event, and Geoff follows up with his review of Crucial's MX100 solid-state drive. We wrap up the show with a slew of gaming stories from E3.

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:23:54 -0400 48974B71-8608-44D2-809B-C4406B706AB7 techreport.com Plus a new co-host, Batman's tank, and much more To kick off the episode, we welcome a new TR writer, Jeffrey Kampman, to the show. Then, it's on to a deep dive into the hottest announcements from Computex. Cyril give us the lowdown on AMD's Kaveri APU, Scott talks about Cavium's 48-core ARM processor, and the staff talks 4K monitors, including the Asus PB287Q that Scott reviewed. Next, Jordan and Jeffrey geek out over the latest from Apple's WWDC event, and Geoff follows up with his review of Crucial's MX100 solid-state drive. We wrap up the show with a slew of gaming stories from E3. no 1:30:00
The TR Podcast 155: Surface Pro 3 and a trio of gaming mice http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep155.mp3 After a long and lustrous slumber, Jordan is back to host another episode of the TR Podcast. As a result, our corny joke quotient is off the charts. After some listener mail and discussion of our upcoming TR BBQ (mark your calendars for July 19; it's gonna be big), we welcome special guest and top-10 contributor Ryu Connor to the podcast to discuss, among other things, what's wrong with our collective computers.

After Ryu's 15 minutes of Z-level fame, we are joined by Nathan Wasson (a.k.a. Junior Damage). Scott's firstborn guides us through his review of three exciting Corsair mice. Finally, our team vivisects the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft before bringing our show to a glorious and masterful close.

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Tue, 27 May 2014 00:37:39 -0400 6DCEF23D-7B43-4BF2-A455-FE61099AA1AC techreport.com Plus two guests and an awake host After a long and lustrous slumber, Jordan is back to host another episode of the TR Podcast. As a result, our corny joke quotient is off the charts. After some listener mail and discussion of our upcoming TR BBQ (mark your calendars for July 19; it's gonna be big), we welcome special guest and top-10 contributor Ryu Connor to the podcast to discuss, among other things, what's wrong with our collective computers. After Ryu's 15 minutes of Z-level fame, we are joined by Nathan Wasson (a.k.a. Junior Damage). Scott's firstborn guides us through his review of three exciting Corsair mice. Finally, our team vivisects the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft before bringing our show to a glorious and masterful close. no 1:25:50
The TR Podcast 154: AMD's K12, OCZ's future and the Z97 invasion begins http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep154.mp3 Sun, 11 May 2014 23:42:34 -0400 48602C19-84B5-452A-875B-7C9667A43EC7 techreport.com Plus a top-10 contributor and a missing host Jordan is AWOL for this episode, but Scott, Geoff, and Cyril carry on like the pros they are. Our panelists kick things off with exciting news about Unreal Tournament, and they introduce the first of two guests featured on this episode: Alex Mei of OCZ. After a chat with Alex, Geoff lays down the word on Asus' Z97-A Motherboard. Cyril follows up with a review of Rosewill's newest mechanical keyboard, and then Geoff gives us a first look at Asus' Hyper Express storage device. To wrap up the episode, top-10 contributor Kevin (a.k.a. "the") chats with Scott about AMD's K12. no 1:44:55 The TR Podcast 153: 4K ascendant, CodingHorror resplendent http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep153.mp3 After two quick listener mail questions, we introduce a special guest to the TR Podcast: Jeff Atwood, author of Coding Horror and the brains behind Stack Overflow and Discourse.org. Jeff is one of our top 10 contributors, and he's also a former TR writer who once did some development work for the site.

After we catch up with Jeff, Scott and the team discuss Intel's refreshed Haswell CPUs. Then, Scott provides a deep dive into the Radeon R9 295 X2 GPU and the current state of 4K gaming. To finish off our episode, we discuss Samsung's 28" single-tile 4K display, and Cyril pontificates about Valve's Steam controller.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:42:04 -0400 754E1DB9-4A38-48B5-B5FE-57346A561DEB techreport.com Plus, AMD's Radeon R9 295 X2, listener mail, and more After two quick listener mail questions, we introduce a special guest to the TR Podcast: Jeff Atwood, author of Coding Horror and the brains behind Stack Overflow and Discourse.org. Jeff is one of our top 10 contributors, and he's also a former TR writer who once did some development work for the site. After we catch up with Jeff, Scott and the team discuss Intel's refreshed Haswell CPUs. Then, Scott provides a deep dive into the Radeon R9 295 X2 GPU and the current state of 4K gaming. To finish off our episode, we discuss Samsung's 28" single-tile 4K display, and Cyril pontificates about Valve's Steam controller. no 1:32:07
The TR Podcast 152: Intel's new desktop mojo, DX12, and TR does subscriptions http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep152.mp3 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:43:31 -0400 85AF6A7D-98CD-4C8F-B88F-508C8076331C techreport.com Plus lots of news from GDC, listener mail, and more With Cyril reporting live from GDC in San Francisco, we kick off our program with a quick listener mail question before diving into the complete scoop on Microsoft's long-awaited DirectX 12 API. We then move on to other GDC news, including Unreal Engine 4 and CryEngine's subscription models and Intel's new slew of enthusiast CPUs. Finally, Scott explains the ins and outs of our exciting new TR subscription model, before Geoff closes the show with his review of Crucial's M550 SSD. no 1:25:50 The TR Podcast 151: Key switch explosion, the new System Guide, and overclocked SSDs http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep151.mp3 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:50:12 -0400 106761D7-AEA2-406E-A11C-425BB1B594EC techreport.com Plus, Jordan podcasts from the bathroom sink... #truestory We kick off this episode with a couple of gaming stories (Batman: Arkham Knight and Watch Dogs—exciting stuff) then move on to the pending unveiling of DirectX 12. Scott explains how AMD is giving new life to the Radeon HD 7950, and then he shares the latest Kabini news. Because we simply can't get enough of clicky keyboards, we tackle Razer's home-brewed mechanical switches and Geoff's review of the Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth. Finally, Cyril explains our new System Guide format, and Geoff reviews the "overclocked" Intel 730 Series SSD before giving us the latest on his SSD endurance experiment. no 1:05:21 The TR Podcast 150: From Mantel to Maxwell, and beyond http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep150.mp3 We're back after a long a depressingly long absence. Can you find it in your heart to forgive us? We really hope so...

Anyway, this episode kicks off with an update on our podcast hosting—and some juicy details about our listener base. Next up: listener mail and a slew of news stories, from the Comcast-Time Warner Cable axis of evil to rumored Broadwell processor delays. Then, Scott and Cyril dissect the performance of AMD's Mantle API, Scott reviews the GeForce TX 750 Ti, and Geoff shares his experience casually dating the Cooler Master QuickFire Ultimate mechanical keyboard. Tune in to find out if the relationship gets serious.

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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:50:12 -0500 5CE4D38F-77F8-4EE2-A78C-0AEA5F709AD8 techreport.com Plus listener mail, Jordan eats Chinese food, and Geoff plays with a keyboard We're back after a long a depressingly long absence. Can you find it in your heart to forgive us? We really hope so... Anyway, this episode kicks off with an update on our podcast hosting—and some juicy details about our listener base. Next up: listener mail and a slew of news stories, from the Comcast-Time Warner Cable axis of evil to rumored Broadwell processor delays. Then, Scott and Cyril dissect the performance of AMD's Mantle API, Scott reviews the GeForce TX 750 Ti, and Geoff shares his experience casually dating the Cooler Master QuickFire Ultimate mechanical keyboard. Tune in to find out if the relationship gets serious. no 1:20:01
The TR Podcast 149: Kaveri ain't just a river in India http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep149.mp3 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:47:00 -0500 5CD3E395-6399-4E1F-80B5-3EDEA9721C9D techreport.com Plus cheap(ish) 4K, hard drive reliability, and Cup Noodles In this episode, Scott, Geoff, and Jordan discuss the hard drive reliability insights from BackBlaze, specs for desktop-bound AMD Kabini processors, and exciting new "storage in a DIMM" technology from SanDisk. Then, after touching on a $404 4K display and real-time ray tracing excitement from Vegas, our panel delves into AMD's new A8-7600 "Kaveri" APU. no 1:36:42 The TR Podcast 148: Not quite live from Las Vegas http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep148.mp3 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:16:35 -0500 4CD3E395-6399-4E1F-80B5-3EDEA9721C9D techreport.com Get the scoop on the Consumer Electronics Show from our crew as Scott reports not-quite-live from Sin City itself. Get the scoop on the Consumer Electronics Show from our crew as Scott reports not-quite-live from Sin City itself. no 1:02:14 The TR Podcast 147: Amazon airlifts, 4K goes mainstream, and 290X goes wobbly http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep147.mp3 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:25:57 -0500 E1BFAF90-897C-4750-8AC9-3369E7870F00 techreport.com Plus listener mail and cottage cheese At long last, our panelists return with another glorious hour-and-a-half of vocal tech reporting. A large slew of listener mail questions kick off the show. The questions cover everything from hard drive health monitoring to Moore's law and gaming. Then, we cover some of the latest tech news, including Amazon's new drone delivery service, John Carmack's departure from id Software, and the death of Winamp. Finally, Scott takes a deep dive into the question, "are retail Radeon R9 290X cards slower than press samples?" no 1:28:02 The TR Podcast 146: Cyril gets cranked on cold medicine and talks AMD http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep146.mp3 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:04:54 -0500 DADBF446-D7F6-4BA9-8835-8402C62BC62F techreport.com Plus Geoff and Google are on the ropes, listener mail, and more We're back with another episode of the TR Podcast. After a slew of listener mail questions and a live reading of our "Dear Diary" contest winner's winning entry, we dive straight into Cyril's field report from AMD's APU13 event. Our coverage includes discussion of AMD's upcoming Kaveri APU, the company's 2014 mobile roadmap, the new Mantle API, and a lot more. Before bringing our episode to a close, Geoff shares his frustration with Google, Cyril talks about his review of the Radeon R9 270, and we explain how you can win a copy of Battlefield 4, courtesy of AMD. no 1:31:59 The TR Podcast 145: The mailbag and top-tier graphics http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep145.mp3 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:01:54 -0500 DE314EDA-3396-4CE5-AC08-405343B6711D techreport.com Plus an update on SSDs, and Jordan's tech woes We are back (belatedly, we know) with more of the fabulous Tech Report Podcast. This show kicks off in a bit of a sour mood as Jordan shares his latest tech woes and how they've affected podcast production. Then it's on to happier things with a slew of listener tweets and emails. Finally, Scott has two major graphics card reviews, as Nvidia and AMD battle for the crown of "fastest GPU." Before we close the episode, Geoff gives us an update as his SSD endurance project hits the 200TB mark. no 1:24:49 The TR Podcast 144: Flagship cards and broken backs http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep144.mp3 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:04:57 -0400 6C1849E1-B3CE-428E-941B-687823D96565 techreport.com Plus Nvidia's G-Sync, the new toys from Apple, and more Be warned. This episode is long. We cover, in depth, Apple's latest and greatest tablets and notebooks. Scott expounds on his adventure with AMD's impressive (if a bit noisy) Radeon R9 290X. Nvidia's G-Sync is also of interest, as is Geoff's review of the Asus Transformer Book T100. We wrap things up with Cyril's discovery of the glorious Steelcase Leap chair. no 2:00:56 The TR Podcast 143: Steamy news from Hawaii http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep143.m4a Tue, 08 Oct 2013 01:38:44 -0400 449CA5F3-E057-4FFF-BB16-3D1AC6360FE2 techreport.com Plus listener mail, a roomy case review, and more Prior to the recording of this episode, Scott survived Hawaii, Geoff and Cyril orchestrated a Canadian TR meetup, and Jordan moved to Manhattan. With so much adventure under our belts, we have a lively episode for you to enjoy this time. After listener mail and a recap of our Canadian meetup, we dive right into Valve's recent, industry rattling announcements. Next, Cyril discusses a new Corsair enclosure that aims to replace our go-to 650D, and Scott gives us the low-down on AMD's latest announcements—and the company's issues with CrossFire configs and 4K monitors. no 1:29:38 The TR Podcast 142: Intel intros everything at IDF and we react http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep142.m4a Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:22:27 -0400 B209F9F3-5737-4CA8-9E21-A3D9DC6FDD50 techreport.com Plus iPhone 5S and 5C, listener mail, and more Scott is back from Intel's Developer Forum and he's brought with him a wide assortment of PC stories. We cover everything from Intel's new 'Bay Trail' SOC, to new and improved NUCs, to a sneak peak at DDR4 - hidden away in a Kingston expo booth. Also on the show, four listeners have their email questions answered, and we discuss the new iPhone(s) from Apple. no 1:22:49 The TR Podcast 141: Haswell laptops, Ivy Bridge-E, and colored coolers http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep141.m4a Mon, 09 Sep 2013 01:36:43 -0400 C3C3B657-76A7-4D5F-A3D1-C1E113BA92BF techreport.com Plus Robocop, listener mail, and more From NSA takeovers to chick-magnet case lighting, it's an eclectic podcast we've assembled this round. Our show kicks off with two listener inquiries, then segues straight into what is clearly the most important item to discuss: the newly released Robocop reboot trailer. Our panel then tackles Microsoft's curious acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business, and they discuss a slew, nay, a host of new notebooks from Asus and Lenovo. Finally, Scott's review of a new top-of-the-line Intel chip co-opted by the NSA, Cyril's newly reviewed Enermax coolers are sure to snag the ladies, and Scott dissects new Avoton server processors from Intel. no 1:37:57 The TR Podcast 140: Remaking the desktop PC http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep140.m4a Mon, 26 Aug 2013 01:00:09 -0400 DCF36B8D-93AE-416F-9CBF-DA5C7E5C6CF5 techreport.com Plus lots of gaming news, Cyril's gull, and listener mail We cover a lot of ground on this episode of the podcast. After a slew of listener mail questions, we digress from our PC hardware discussion to riff on Ben Affleck's appointment as the next Batman. Then, announcements from Gamescom provide a series of gaming stories to discuss, including updates for Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Division, and more. Cyril's controversial thought piece on the future of desktop PC hardware is fodder for further conversation, after which Geoff explains how we plan to test SSD endurance over the next few weeks. no 1:09:54 The TR Podcast 139: Frame pacing and Carmackulus http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep139.m4a Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:35:33 -0400 D9FB213A-489C-4346-A6C8-DF4E04C76897 techreport.com Plus black-and-white games, roaches in the printer, and more We start off this episode with some community updates: TR readers recently met up in Kansas City, and we're planning two more meetups in Michigan and Vancouver. After the community talk, we take on a slew of gaming stories. The guys discuss the potential merits of a creepy black-and-white shooter, and they debate whether or not John Carmack's still got it. Then, Scott puts AMD's frame pacing driver to the test, and Geoff tells us about two game-changing advances in the world of solid-state storage. no 1:02:08 The TR Podcast 138: Samsung's snazzy SSD and Intel's automagical data center http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep138.m4a Mon, 29 Jul 2013 02:14:32 -0400 5CBC2D4B-00AF-499E-9856-A3ACCE9FA188 techreport.com Plus listener mail and the freakin' NSA We kick off this newest episode of the TR Podcast with a collection of listener email and tweets. Among other topics, the six queries relate to DirectX, cheap monitors, and the nature of the next game-changing mobile device. After answering the readers, we discuss EA's sales, which suggest the PC gaming industry is healthier than snarky critics would have you believe. Then, Samsung's newest SSD impresses with an approachable cost-per-gigabyte and solid performance. Finally, Scott shares big server news from Intel, and Cyril's blog post about the NSA prompts a roundtable discussion about the current state of government surveillance. no 1:45:54 The TR Podcast 137: The long reach of ARM http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep137.m4a Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:23:26 -0400 4D418FCE-DB89-4ECB-8373-618D96B03308 techreport.com Plus life with the Galaxy S4, listener mail, and more We kick off a new episode of vocal tech reporting with two listener mail questions, including an email that prompts a serious discussion about in-game physics. Then, after a brief digression to digest the fantabulous Sharknado trailer, it's a one-two punch of Scott's deep dive on ARM and Cyril's three weeks of cheating on his iPhone with a Samsung Galaxy S4. Riveting stuff. no 1:11:16 The TR Podcast 136: A whole heap of AMD news http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep136.m4a While Cyril is hard at work on our next system guide, the rest of the gang congregate for our latest episode of the TR Podcast. We kick things off with a couple of listener mail questions about next-gen consoles and the merits of overclocking. Then, before we dive into a long PC hardware journey, Jordan digresses to give us a cursory report on Man of Steel—and a glowing review of NYC's sensational new Cronut confection.

After discussing Nvidia's surprising new move to license Kepler, Scott leads us through four AMD stories about everything from coming server processors to the new Richland APUs. Finally, our gang discusses the new and intriguing Mac Pro, a series of gaming stories (including Microsoft's Xbox One backpedaling), and the PlayStation 4's potential for supremacy.

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Sun, 23 Jun 2013 22:52:00 -0400 D93E1D20-F01A-4F64-8589-7D59FF921220 techreport.com Plus PS4 vs. the Xbone, Man of Steel and Cronuts, and listener mail While Cyril is hard at work on our next system guide, the rest of the gang congregate for our latest episode of the TR Podcast. We kick things off with a couple of listener mail questions about next-gen consoles and the merits of overclocking. Then, before we dive into a long PC hardware journey, Jordan digresses to give us a cursory report on Man of Steel—and a glowing review of NYC's sensational new Cronut confection. After discussing Nvidia's surprising new move to license Kepler, Scott leads us through four AMD stories about everything from coming server processors to the new Richland APUs. Finally, our gang discusses the new and intriguing Mac Pro, a series of gaming stories (including Microsoft's Xbox One backpedaling), and the PlayStation 4's potential for supremacy. no 1:33:45
The TR Podcast 135: All's well that's Haswell http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep135.m4a Sun, 09 Jun 2013 22:45:20 -0400 1F867A48-2EE3-48E7-9ADD-E710C1471F64 techreport.com Plus a new Titan-ish GPU from Nvidia, new bumper music, and Haswell overclocked This episode is quality over quantity. After discussing new Titan-style Nvidia GPUs, we dive right into Scott's massive benchmarking opus of Intel's new Haswell processors. And... that's the majority of our episode. We wrap things up with a look at Geoff's Haswell overclocking experiments, and a podcast bumper "audition" from Scott's talented progeny. (Be sure to provide bumper feedback in the comments!) no 1:33:43 The TR Podcast 134: Xbone, Kabini, and not quite a Titan http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep134.m4a Mon, 27 May 2013 22:48:45 -0400 EB60582E-2093-4235-967C-4F4AB0747BBB techreport.com Plus a slew of Haswell motherboards and more Just in time for your post-Memorial-day Tuesday commute, it's another episode of the TR Podcast. After answering two listener questions, we discuss the Xbox One (lovingly referred to as the Xbone) and debate the merits of a TV-centric gaming console. Then, following a quick digression into the correct pronunciation of the ".gif" file format, Geoff introduces us to a variety of fabulous Haswell motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. The last half of our episode features Scott's review of the Titan's little brother, the GeForce GTX 780, as well as Cyril and Scott's detailed look at the new AMD A4-5000 "Kabini" APU. no 1:33:43 The TR Podcast 133: Iris graphics and the Radeon HD 7990 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep133.m4a Sun, 05 May 2013 22:26:28 -0400 2A83A962-8D27-4BB2-B8DB-9DA56B9D4327 techreport.com Plus listener mail, poetry, and exciting new cases Jordan, Geoff, and Cyril kick off this episode with listener mail, answering a question about DDR4 memory and the best hybrid hard drives. Then, our team navigates a slew of Intel Haswell stories ahead of the June 4 launch. Geoff and Cyril go on to discuss two exciting new cases from BitFenix and Corsair, after which Cyril reviews the Asus VivoTab Smart tablet and shares his poetic ode to the Kindle Paperwhite. Finally, Scott joins us from his press trip in San Jose, California to give us a deep dive on the powerful Radeon HD 7990 from AMD. no 1:15:02 The TR Podcast 132: BioShock, bundles and big SSDs http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep132.m4a Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:43:27 -0400 1EE615EE-96EB-4D3C-BF8F-AEB5768E154A techreport.com Plus listener mail, the next version of Windows, and more Spring is finally in the air, and we're back with another episode of your favorite PC hardware podcast. After answering some listener mail, we discuss the rumored changes in Windows 8.1—including the long-awaited return of the start menu. Then, we launch into a series of gaming discussions. Geoff kicks things off with Antichamber, after which Scott and Cyril debate the merits of BioShock Infinite, the problems with modern shooters, and the latest game bundles from AMD and Nvidia. Finally, Geoff gives us the low-down on Crucial's M500 SSD, Seagate's Laptop Thin SSHD, and the challenges associated with SSD benchmarking. no 1:13:30 The TR Podcast 131: News from GDC and FCAT attacks http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep131.m4a Mon, 01 Apr 2013 01:53:40 -0400 92686D9A-0B61-4EA1-9438-3D89A73971C9 techreport.com Plus listener mail and North Korea's impending attack This episode kicks off with some listener mail, including a rant from a disgruntled GeForce GTX 680 owner. Then, Scott gives us the scoop on AMD's, Intel's, and Nvidia's announcements and demos from the Game Developers Conference. To wrap things up, we spiral down the crazy rabbit hole that is Nvidia's FCAT frame capture system, which gives us new insights into the veracity of Fraps benchmarks and the problems with CrossFire. no 1:57:46 The TR Podcast 130: A series of grunts about convertible tablets http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep130.m4a Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:14:51 -0400 2878DD2A-9DA3-4FD0-AA9A-14204630EDC3 techreport.com Plus the Sim City fiasco, high tech skiing, next-gen gaming, and more After a three-week break, we're back with a fresh episode of your favorite tech podcast. After answering some listener mail and tweets, we wade through the PR disaster that is EA' latest Sim City release. Then, Scott explains why Crysis 3 is the first of the "next-gen" games. Jordan digresses to share his recent experience with hi-tech sports gear in the Colorado Rockies, and then Cyril relates his brush with Samsung's 700T convertible tablet—and his reservations about that entire device category. Finally, Geoff and Scott explain the ins and outs of AMD's new Richland APU. no 1:27:46 The TR Podcast 129: PlayStation 4, Titan, and more http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep129.m4a Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:52:22 -0500 501E74A9-A142-437F-ABDE-B88183491351 techreport.com Plus a trio of Mini-ITX motherboards, and listener mail Between Sony's AMD-centered bid for next-gen gaming, Nvidia's monster GeForce GTX Titan GPU, Mini-ITX motherboards, and listener mail... our latest episode has a lot to offer. no 1:07:44 The TR Podcast 128: Rough surfaces and a change for Catalyst http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep128.m4a Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:54:52 -0500 83EBF60F-FC1D-49E9-8443-AE8C91E10C7E techreport.com Plus the post-PC world, local game streaming, and more After a quick listener mail question to kick things off, we opine on Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro and the appeal of tablets versus consumer laptops. Then, Scott's frame time crusade continues as AMD updates its Catalyst drivers and other tech press outlets add to the conversation. Finally, our panel discusses the potential of local game streaming with Nvidia's Project Shield and other technologies. no 1:01:50 The TR Podcast 127: The CES 2013 extravaganza http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep127.m4a Tue, 22 Jan 2013 03:02:42 -0500 52F8D1A4-31C1-44E1-92ED-75385461289A techreport.com Plus, CES... just a lot of CES Scott is back from the infamous Consumer Electronics Show in the city of sin, and he bears a loaded report from all our favorite PC hardware companies. You'll hear about all the latest from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel, plus highlights from players like Enermax—and the skinny on an intriguing virtual reality product from Oculus. Jordan and Geoff pepper in questions and comments throughout, as well, making for an all around fantastic hour-and-a-half of audible tech reporting. no 1:26:38 The TR Podcast 126: As the second turns, an unexpected journey http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep126.m4a We've got a lot to talk about in our first episode of 2013. We kick things off with four listener mail questions, which cover everything from Windows 8 to the state of the union for PC gaming. Then, our panelists discuss Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, and Cyril talks about his review of AMD's Radeon HD 8790 mobile GPU.

To bring a measure of conclusion to our recent inside-the-second benchmarking controversies, Scott brings us up to speed on the industry voices—including Intel and AMD—that have weighed in on the matter. Finally, Geoff gives us the low-down on his review of Samsung's speedy 840 Pro SSD.

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Sun, 06 Jan 2013 19:43:34 -0500 6515BD4C-2174-4778-ABDE-705B0566129D techreport.com Plus Samsung's newest SSD and listener mail We've got a lot to talk about in our first episode of 2013. We kick things off with four listener mail questions, which cover everything from Windows 8 to the state of the union for PC gaming. Then, our panelists discuss Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, and Cyril talks about his review of AMD's Radeon HD 8790 mobile GPU. To bring a measure of conclusion to our recent inside-the-second benchmarking controversies, Scott brings us up to speed on the industry voices—including Intel and AMD—that have weighed in on the matter. Finally, Geoff gives us the low-down on his review of Samsung's speedy 840 Pro SSD. no 1:17:58
The TR Podcast 125: The Radeon vs. GeForce brouhaha comes home for Christmas http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep125.m4a Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:43:13 -0500 92400BF7-4C4A-4A0F-BBAC-4594A4CBD72B techreport.com Plus Christmas gifts, how to build a PC, and more We kick off the last episode of 2012 with a sneak preview of our upcoming collaborative opus: the How to build a PC guide and video, which should be up on TR shortly. Then, Valve's proposed Linux living room gaming PC has us perplexed, and we share our Christmas gift suggestions for 2012. Finally, Scott breaks down the complete saga of our Radeon vs. GeForce brouhaha, which unfolded over three successive articles last week. And that's it! Thanks for an amazing 2012, and here's to an exciting 2013. no 1:22:45 The TR Podcast 124: Vector victor, NUC, Fluke http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep124.m4a After a week's delay for turkey consumption, we are back on the TR Podcast with a short and sweet show. Things kick off with two listener mail questions, after which we move right on to an exciting and imaginative new novel written by our own Cyril Kowaliski. The team discusses Cyril's inspiration for the story, potential advances in biomedical research, how we techies view the future, and a lot more. You can get your own e-copy of the book for just $2.99 on Amazon—and TR gets a cut of the proceeds.

Then, Geoff's new favorite indie game—a side-scrolling ninja extravaganza—goes under the microscope. That prompts a discussion of stealth versus slaughter in modern action games like the new Hitman: Absolution. Scott is up next with his review of the intriguing Intel NUC, and finally, Geoff lays out two brand new SSDs that have passed through his benchmarking gauntlet.

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Mon, 03 Dec 2012 01:18:30 -0500 37ABD59F-8FC0-46EB-A8C5-112428212FAC techreport.com Plus listener mail, side-scrolling ninjas, and more After a week's delay for turkey consumption, we are back on the TR Podcast with a short and sweet show. Things kick off with two listener mail questions, after which we move right on to an exciting and imaginative new novel written by our own Cyril Kowaliski. The team discusses Cyril's inspiration for the story, potential advances in biomedical research, how we techies view the future, and a lot more. You can get your own e-copy of the book for just $2.99 on Amazon—and TR gets a cut of the proceeds. Then, Geoff's new favorite indie game—a side-scrolling ninja extravaganza—goes under the microscope. That prompts a discussion of stealth versus slaughter in modern action games like the new Hitman: Absolution. Scott is up next with his review of the intriguing Intel NUC, and finally, Geoff lays out two brand new SSDs that have passed through his benchmarking gauntlet. no 1:08:52
The TR Podcast 123: Incremental improvements http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep123.m4a Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:38:35 -0500 CD5D189A-0A18-49BE-8DF7-54D65B5077EA techreport.com Windows 8, iPhone 5, a new System Guide, and more Despite Jordan's studio displacement following Hurricane Sandy (and the fact that he's huddled around a space heater in an unheated apartment), we press on for another episode of the TR Podcast. We kick things off with a listener question about Windows 8 phones. Then, Cyril describes his descent into iPhone 5 ownership (Scott has one, too), and we discuss making the move to Windows 8. Our Windows 8 system guide is up next, followed by a follow-up to Geoff's review of the Asus VivoTab RT. We round out the episode with some storage talk, as we examine Intel's 335 Series SSDs and hard-drive pricing one year after the flood. no 1:22:17 The TR Podcast 122: Windows 8, VivoTab RT, and FX-8350 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep122.m4a Mon, 29 Oct 2012 02:13:22 -0400 C917EE7D-A73E-4FE0-9EEC-72A1831AACEC techreport.com Plus listener mail, Borderland 2 and Dishonored, and more Despite the impending East Coast monster hurricane, we're pushing through with another episode of The Tech Report Podcast. We kick things off with listener mail, including a question about the less-discussed merits of Windows 8. Then, Borderlands 2 gets another moment in the spotlight before Cyril shares his thoughts on Dishonored. Next, Scott gives us the lowdown on the new FX-series chips from AMD, and the panel rounds out the episode with a roundup of recent AMD news. no 1:34:38 The TR Podcast 121: APUs, GPUs, and SSDs http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep121.m4a Mon, 15 Oct 2012 01:39:11 -0400 AD39C8E5-5D2D-4AD3-AB62-60457A7FC347 techreport.com Plus a bird in our studio, listener mail, and more This episode starts off with Jordan's harrowing tale of bird wranglers and avian escapes, followed by three listener mail questions, including one from a graphic designer who's chewing through hard drives. (Jordan suspects a unsafe home environment.) Another listener dares to ask two questions in the same episode, both of which we answer, because we're nice. Then, after a quick revisitation of the iPhone 5, it's back-to-back AMD talk with a look at the tablet-targeted Z-60 APU, Scott's deep-dive review of the Trinity desktop APUs, and an overview of desktop CPU prices throughout the past three years. Then, Cyril breaks down the performance of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650 Ti, Geoff rounds out the episode with a look at the latest SSD price declines. no 1:29:54 The TR Podcast 120: Borderlands 2, iOS 6, and the problem with staged releases http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep120.m4a Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:02:47 -0400 524E1557-7CAA-45E1-9995-EFD9607C0493 techreport.com Plus a speedier website, listener mail, and more... We took a break from Borderlands 2 madness long enough to record another episode of the TR Podcast. Fancy that! Our show kicks off with listener mail, and then we get right into our collective thoughts about the second iteration of Gearbox's thoughtful and well-made FPS-RPG hybrid. Then, after a quick explanation of new server voodoo that has sped up our site, Scott details our stance on AMD's new information release policy. iOS 6 is up next, with Cyril and Jordan both expressing disappointment with the lackluster Maps app. Finally, Cyril tells us why Windows 8 scaling fails on high-PPI displays. no 1:11:45 The TR Podcast 119: GTX 660, Haswell, Sleeping Dogs and iPhone 5 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep119.m4a Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:57:42 -0400 B1E22F7F-D7F5-4609-98CD-4C48E8F94833 techreport.com Plus listener mail and a sexy Asus ultraportable It's another mega episode of the TR Podcast this week—hence our straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get title. We kick things off with Scott's recap of the Intel Developer Forum, including a look at Haswell and exciting Intel R&D. Then it's on to the latest from AMD, which set up camp just down the road. Geoff, Cyril, and Jordan follow up by discussing the iPhone 5. Kicking off a series of reviews, Scott tells the familiar tale of Nvidia's latest GPU, the GeForce GTX 660, while Geoff shares his thoughts on the violent and addicting Sleeping Dogs. Cyril rounds out the episode with a look at Asus' IPS-infused Zenbook Prime notebook. no 1:35:48 The TR Podcast 118: CPUs inside the second, and steamrolling the Forcepad http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep118.m4a We've got a substantial episode of the TR Podcast this round. Our panel kicks things off by discussing a LAN party of epic proportions at Damage Labs, the latest Radeon price drops, and a chunky triple-slot graphics card from PowerColor. Then, it's on to the milestone jury decision for the Apple v. Samsung case, which earns commentary from Scott and Cyril.

Next, Ubisoft's CEO says something profoundly silly, and we point and laugh. We look at some new tablets from Samsung and HP, which feature the same detachable keyboard design as Asus' Transformer slates. Jordan and Geoff examine new touchpad tech from Synaptics as well as Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone. Finally, Scott and Jordan dive into the nitty-gritty of AMD's Steamroller architecture, and Scott wraps up the show by going inside the second with today's CPUs.

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Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:27:30 -0400 512539B1-66C1-4BB7-997A-3CD15779A3F1 techreport.com Plus, Scott's epic LAN party, the Galaxy S III, and new Samsung and HP tablets We've got a substantial episode of the TR Podcast this round. Our panel kicks things off by discussing a LAN party of epic proportions at Damage Labs, the latest Radeon price drops, and a chunky triple-slot graphics card from PowerColor. Then, it's on to the milestone jury decision for the Apple v. Samsung case, which earns commentary from Scott and Cyril. Next, Ubisoft's CEO says something profoundly silly, and we point and laugh. We look at some new tablets from Samsung and HP, which feature the same detachable keyboard design as Asus' Transformer slates. Jordan and Geoff examine new touchpad tech from Synaptics as well as Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone. Finally, Scott and Jordan dive into the nitty-gritty of AMD's Steamroller architecture, and Scott wraps up the show by going inside the second with today's CPUs. no 1:53:47
The TR Podcast 117: Clicky keys, sultry sound and sweet-spot graphics http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep117.m4a Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:01:31 -0400 5BCC97B6-64EA-40FC-9A26-C8AA2AD5A8AF techreport.com GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs. a boosted Radeon, morning podcasting & more From Intel's all-in-one platform to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti's $300 sweet-spot GPU play (and the Radeon HD 7950 with boost response), from Rosewill's clicky keys to value Asus sound cards, it's a fantastic new episode of the TR Podcast. These are also the shortest show notes I've ever written. no 1:14:49 The TR Podcast 116: The Nexus between Batman and Korean IPS displays http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep116.m4a Mon, 06 Aug 2012 01:01:28 -0400 F1BCDB30-201A-4648-8DEA-19704440FEE7 techreport.com Plus listener mail, Jordan is back, and Windows 8 is already a stinker With a trifecta of tech reviews to discuss and an epic film trilogy to review on top of that, it's a monster of an episode this time around on the Tech Report Podcast. We kick off with some quick video game discussion (Jordan wants to weigh in on Max Payne 3 and the latest Battlefield 3 DLC) and then segue into listener mail. Afterwards, we round up the latest news and controversy surrounding Windows 8, which has both Valve and Blizzard not the least bit pleased. Then, Geoff offers his take on the 7" Nexus tablet from Google, Cyril compares the latest hardware video transcoding implementations, and Scott has his hands on the famous Korean IPS displays we discussed on the last episode. Finally, after finishing the program with Geoff and Cyril, Jordan and Scott add in a review of The Dark Knight Rises—which is not spoiler free. You've been warned! no 1:59:09 The TR Podcast 115: Dude, where's my host? http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep115.m4a Mon, 16 Jul 2012 02:02:26 -0400 CE90F51D-9FFD-490E-85DE-D5A9AEFEBD08 techreport.com Max Payne 3, three-screen gaming, and a system guide - without our host For reasons you'll have to listen to discover, we are host-less for this episode of The Tech Report Podcast. Nevertheless, the crew pushes forward and kicks off the program with talk of Max Payne 3 and the latest (and best) Borderlands 2 trailer. Then, it's on to a slew of display stories, including the mysterious 27" Korean IPS displays and triple-monitor gaming from Geoff. Finally, our latest system guide hits the sweet spot of the latest and greatest hardware at the best price point. no 1:04:29 The TR Podcast 114: Gigahertz graphics and high-def tablets http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep114.m4a We kick off this pre-holiday podcast with a couple of GPU reviews. Scott joins us to discuss AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition—before returning to his family, which includes the newborn Wasson progeny, William Thomas Wasson. Cyril chimes in with his take on Nvidia's GeForce GT 640.

Moving on, we discuss tablet announcements from Microsoft and Google, and we talk about Geoff's experience with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, which he compared with the new iPad from Apple. Last, but not least, Geoff gives us the scoop on recent trends in solid-state and mechanical storage pricing.

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Mon, 02 Jul 2012 01:21:32 -0400 7461EB91-B43F-4D1F-85A9-DEE979041394 techreport.com Plus storage prices, a disappointing GPU, and more We kick off this pre-holiday podcast with a couple of GPU reviews. Scott joins us to discuss AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition—before returning to his family, which includes the newborn Wasson progeny, William Thomas Wasson. Cyril chimes in with his take on Nvidia's GeForce GT 640. Moving on, we discuss tablet announcements from Microsoft and Google, and we talk about Geoff's experience with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, which he compared with the new iPad from Apple. Last, but not least, Geoff gives us the scoop on recent trends in solid-state and mechanical storage pricing. no 1:23:01
The TR Podcast 113: Asian Fusion at 220 PPI http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep113.m4a Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:33:42 -0400 914E0FB2-F2B3-479E-A740-F5992F732072 techreport.com Plus next-gen game engines, listener mail, E3, and more We waited a week to bring you this latest episode of the podcast, and the wait was well worth it! Fresh from a week at Computex in Tapei, Geoff brings us a selection of headlines from the international computing trade show. We cover Asus' Transformer-inspired Windows 8 portables, Intel's Next Unit of Computing, Lucid's Dynamix, and more. Then, in Cyril's absence (he's recovering from a nasty travel/conference cold), Scott helps round up the latest AMD news from Computex and AMD's Fusion Developer Summit. E3 is next, with an unusual story from Crytek (free games on the way), and two new tech demos from Epic and Square Enix. Finally, we wrap the show with the new Retina MacBook Pro, Apple's finger to the pro users, and the next version of iOS. no 1:33:48 The TR Podcast 112: By Kepler's beard, it's Trinity! http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep112.m4a Tue, 29 May 2012 11:50:46 -0400 9759361D-8DBC-4AEC-8344-DD3B213CE193 techreport.com Plus why we love The Avengers, Scott reports from GTC, and more Our favorite Mac blogger, Jason Fox, joins us to share an incredible story about beards and advertising. We preface the story-telling with a panel review of The Avengers, which turns out to be a universal favorite (though not all of us have seen it yet). After the film review, Jason tells us about @leeclowsbeard, a project he's been laboring on in secret for the better part of three years, and one that has recently received significant industry recognition. Then, Scott brings us a detailed report of the highlights from Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference. Finally, Asus' Ivy Bridge-powered N56VM notebook and AMD's Trinity APU represent the latest and greatest in mobile computing, and we give you the lowdown on both of them. no 1:32:04 The TR Podcast 111: Spandex, SLI, and a snap-together tablet http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep111.m4a Sun, 06 May 2012 23:55:30 -0400 08BCE393-7AA0-4261-8C15-51D5591969C3 techreport.com Plus listener mail, Ridley Scott is back, and more... We're back with a short but sweet episode that kicks off with listener mail. After answering questions about GPU upgrades and CPU/RAM pairings, Jordan polls the panel on their expectations for two upcoming (or just released) summer geek action films: The Avengers and Prometheus. Then it's on to the award-winning Asus Transformer Pad 300, followed by the ceiling-shattering Nvidia GeForce GTX 690. no 1:10:10 The TR Podcast 110: The lowdown on Ivy Bridge and her mobos http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep110.m4a Intel's long-awaited Ivy Bridge processors (and our review) come out in concert with this latest episode of the TR Podcast. Before diving into the new Intel gear, our hosts discuss the beautiful CryEngine 3, our trepidation about the teased Crysis 3, and an upcoming title that Geoff is very excited about.

Then, it's right into the scoop on Ivy Bridge. Scott and Geoff discuss the performance of the new chips (in both stock and overclocked configurations), and Geoff evaluates the new array of Z77 motherboards with unpronounceable. To round out the episode, we have pricing updates on AMD's Radeon HD 7900-series GPUs, a look at two mechanical keyboards from Corsair, and a 10,000 RPM hard drive from Western Digital. Finally, Cyril and the gang talk about how TR gets its beautiful product photos.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:20:39 -0400 C25C2A55-065D-45F1-A1E6-376F13BE65B0 techreport.com Plus behind-the-scenes photography, mechanical keyboards, and more Intel's long-awaited Ivy Bridge processors (and our review) come out in concert with this latest episode of the TR Podcast. Before diving into the new Intel gear, our hosts discuss the beautiful CryEngine 3, our trepidation about the teased Crysis 3, and an upcoming title that Geoff is very excited about. Then, it's right into the scoop on Ivy Bridge. Scott and Geoff discuss the performance of the new chips (in both stock and overclocked configurations), and Geoff evaluates the new array of Z77 motherboards with unpronounceable. To round out the episode, we have pricing updates on AMD's Radeon HD 7900-series GPUs, a look at two mechanical keyboards from Corsair, and a 10,000 RPM hard drive from Western Digital. Finally, Cyril and the gang talk about how TR gets its beautiful product photos. no 1:26:46
The TR Podcast 109: Dude where's my Apple tax? http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep109.m4a Mon, 09 Apr 2012 02:11:56 -0400 C07A5C22-1901-4027-A9ED-88D309D3D6EB techreport.com Plus new Radeons and a new roundup of earbuds We kick off this episode with a sizable amount of listener mail, and then dive into two OCZ SSD reviews with Geoff. Next, we cover a trio of Apple stories, including Geoff's blog post highlighting the disappearance of the infamous Apple tax. Jordan follows up his smartphone earbud roundup from episode 104 with five new models, and then, it's on to AMD's new Radeon HD 7850 and 7870, followed by our musings on Google's futuristic HUD glasses. no 1:22:10 The TR Podcast 108: Take three tablets and call Dr. Kepler in the morning http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep108.m4a Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:30:51 -0400 3562FFA3-4382-4E80-B75E-02B4F880AD40 techreport.com Plus ice cream sandwiches and listener mail After a fresh helping of listener mail, Scott gives us his hands-on impressions of the new iPad. We discuss the brilliant new display, the size and weight differences from the iPad 2, and how this newest revision positions Apple in the tablet market. Then, we take a look at Ice Cream Sandwich running on Asus's Transformer tablets, and we examine Cyril's review of the half-tablet, half-smartphone Samsung Galaxy Note. Finally, Scott gives us the ins and outs of the impressive new GeForce GTX 680 from Nvidia. no 1:40:11 The TR Podcast 107: Chasing Ivy and mechanical keyboards http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep107.m4a Sun, 04 Mar 2012 23:12:24 -0500 ECA0414F-87A7-4867-95A4-B1C919EB14EB techreport.com Plus the iPad 3, Windows 8, a scurvy Schooner, and more This episode kicks off with a sizable amount of listener mail. We answer questions about Ivy Bridge, the best practices for applying thermal compound, and whether or not we're going to use the upcoming Project CARS game for benching. Then, we dive into our news and reviews with an in-depth discussion of the upcoming iPad 3 and its rumored 7.85" variant. From there, we talk about what Windows 8 has to offer, and what our newest system guide has to say for itself ("arrrrr"). Finally, we revel in mechanical keyboards as Geoff discusses two offerings from Thermaltake, the Meka G1 and the G-Unit. no 1:13:55 The TR Podcast 106: New Radeons and a new AMD http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep106.m4a Mon, 20 Feb 2012 01:46:36 -0500 7A69FAE6-E7D1-476E-870B-95D60141353F techreport.com Plus Jordan's reality show neighbors, the new Damage Labs, and more... This episode kicks off with an unusual news update from Jordan, who has some odd neighbors moving in next door in the coming week. Keeping in the domestic update theme, Scott describes the tech involved in a Damage Labs upgrade he's currently undergoing. Then, our panel tackles a roundup of gaming news, our latest graphics card review, AMD's new plans for the future, and Geoff's latest two SSDs. no 1:19:41 The TR Podcast 105: Eye candy and SSD scaling http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep105.m4a Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:36:23 -0500 F79B1DCB-2F40-45C4-9023-D089E8455009 techreport.com Plus Jordan's favorite podcasts, the all drug olympics, and more We've got a short and sweet episode of tech reporting this week, featuring Scott's scratchy Bluetooth headset, Jordan's favorite podcasts, and Geoff's sexy SSD roundup. We also answer some listener mail, pore over Scott's review of the Radeon HD 7950, and hear Cyril's critique of the two leading stereo 3D solutions from AMD and Nvidia. no 1:13:20 The TR Podcast 104: The rundown on CES 2012 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep104.m4a Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:30:45 -0500 8AF2507A-2EBF-4638-A21A-57CDE110F822 techreport.com Plus a roundup of earbuds for smartphones Footsore and skull-numbed, our panelists join us in this extra-long episode of the podcast to unload their collective brains of all they saw at CES 2011. The gang runs through everything from the mood and attendance at this year's show, to the latest and greatest in the cult of clicky keyboards, to whatever coolness Razer has to show this time around. As a bonus, Jordan reviews a slew of earbuds for smartphones. no 1:58:49 The TR Podcast 103: Down and dirty with the 7970 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep103.m4a We ring in a new year of tech reporting this week with listener mail, a monster review, and special guest. After answering questions from listeners Mike and Daniel, Scott and guest co-host David Kanter of Real World Technologies get down and dirty with AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 GPU—a monster of a card that prompts some intense discussion and dissection.

Then, we take a look at the games we can't wait for in 2012, including Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3, and a slew of other exciting titles. Finally, Geoff and Cyril discuss Geoff's review of Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2012 01:17:53 -0500 CC994B37-687E-4157-845F-0E8D51E8C0E6 techreport.com Plus the games we can't wait to play, and the Transformer Prime We ring in a new year of tech reporting this week with listener mail, a monster review, and special guest. After answering questions from listeners Mike and Daniel, Scott and guest co-host David Kanter of Real World Technologies get down and dirty with AMD's new Radeon HD 7970 GPU—a monster of a card that prompts some intense discussion and dissection. Then, we take a look at the games we can't wait for in 2012, including Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3, and a slew of other exciting titles. Finally, Geoff and Cyril discuss Geoff's review of Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet. no 1:37:08
The TR Podcast 102: Future TV and a holiday Ti fighter http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep102.m4a Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:04:35 -0500 51EFE6F3-D39B-468E-8A11-B9B7B1C12449 techreport.com Plus The Dark Knight Rises, listener mail, and more It's a short and sweet episode of vocal tech reporting this week, starting with a few listener mail questions. Before diving into the news and reviews, Jordan stirs up conversation and anticipation for Christopher Nolan's third Batman film coming next summer. Then, our panel looks at how the hard-drive shortages affected Intel's revenue projections and Cyril's longing for true 21st century TV. Finally, Scott gives us the low-down on the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448, and our editors explain the ins and outs of our Christmas 2011 system guide. no 1:12:09 The TR Podcast 101: Scott really hates the Kindle Fire http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep101.m4a We're officially a three-digit podcast—and happy to be back to vocal tech reporting after a nice Thanksgiving break. We kick off this episode with listener mail and quickly move onto a Christmas list discussion, which is severely lacking in Christmas cheer. Then, Geoff and Cyril explain why we're excited about Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime, right before Scott gives a scathing review of the Amazon Kindle Fire. Seriously, he hates this thing.

Moving into the gaming world, we're excited about Infinity Blade II but not amused by the many hoops required to play Batman: Arkham City on the PC. Despite the frustrating gameplay detours, Scott thinks Arkham City is one of the best games of the year and explains why.

In keeping with our new frame-time benchmarking methodology, Cyril discusses some of his findings after running some mid-range GPUs throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. To wrap things up, Scott gives us a quick overview of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448, and Geoff talks about his two latest storage reviews.

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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:04:27 -0500 843E1A15-DE24-4BD1-B805-1FA32B25EA03 techreport.com ...and loves Batman: Arkham City We're officially a three-digit podcast—and happy to be back to vocal tech reporting after a nice Thanksgiving break. We kick off this episode with listener mail and quickly move onto a Christmas list discussion, which is severely lacking in Christmas cheer. Then, Geoff and Cyril explain why we're excited about Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime, right before Scott gives a scathing review of the Amazon Kindle Fire. Seriously, he hates this thing. Moving into the gaming world, we're excited about Infinity Blade II but not amused by the many hoops required to play Batman: Arkham City on the PC. Despite the frustrating gameplay detours, Scott thinks Arkham City is one of the best games of the year and explains why. In keeping with our new frame-time benchmarking methodology, Cyril discusses some of his findings after running some mid-range GPUs throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. To wrap things up, Scott gives us a quick overview of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448, and Geoff talks about his two latest storage reviews. no 1:36:55
The TR Podcast 100: The big 1-0-0 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep100.m4a Three years, nine months and five days from the release of episode one of the TR Podcast, we have arrived at episode 100! We kick off this momentous show with a look back at our first episode published in February of 2008. We also read commentary and thoughts contributed by our loyal listeners. As we round out the rest of 2011, you can expect a few other milestone celebration extras, but for now, we're very happy to be at the big 1-0-0. We're also excited to include a giveaway with this episode: five copies of Skyrim will go to randomly selected commenters courtesy of our sponsor, Nvidia.

Moving into the rest of the show, we start with an updated discussion of Battlefield 3, prompted by our latest reader poll. Then, it's a sobering report from the recent layoffs at AMD that have hugely impacted the company's PR staff. AMD isn't the only firm cutting back; Adobe is also getting rid of Flash for mobile, and we can't say that we're entirely upset by this decision. In a break of agenda, Jordan brings up the new Steve Jobs biography, and we spend a few minutes commenting on the detailed vision author Walter Issacson gives us of the brilliant yet troubled former Apple CEO.

In other news, the PC hardware world has been hugely affected by the flooding in Thailand, and Geoff breaks down what the supply chain problems mean for HDD prices. We then look at Cyril's analysis of mid-range GPUs in Battlefield 3, which utilizes our new frame-time measurement technique, after which Scott and Geoff dissectSandy Bridge-E and its accompanying X79 chipset. Finally, Cyril gives us the scoop on Asus' first ultrabook.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2011 01:20:22 -0500 89C794EF-D27E-41F7-8519-CA643A7C6E2A techreport.com Celebrating 100 episodes with a packed episode and a giveaway! Three years, nine months and five days from the release of episode one of the TR Podcast, we have arrived at episode 100! We kick off this momentous show with a look back at our first episode published in February of 2008. We also read commentary and thoughts contributed by our loyal listeners. As we round out the rest of 2011, you can expect a few other milestone celebration extras, but for now, we're very happy to be at the big 1-0-0. We're also excited to include a giveaway with this episode: five copies of Skyrim will go to randomly selected commenters courtesy of our sponsor, Nvidia. Moving into the rest of the show, we start with an updated discussion of Battlefield 3, prompted by our latest reader poll. Then, it's a sobering report from the recent layoffs at AMD that have hugely impacted the company's PR staff. AMD isn't the only firm cutting back; Adobe is also getting rid of Flash for mobile, and we can't say that we're entirely upset by this decision. In a break of agenda, Jordan brings up the new Steve Jobs biography, and we spend a few minutes commenting on the detailed vision author Walter Issacson gives us of the brilliant yet troubled former Apple CEO. In other news, the PC hardware world has been hugely affected by the flooding in Thailand, and Geoff breaks down what the supply chain problems mean for HDD prices. We then look at Cyril's analysis of mid-range GPUs in Battlefield 3, which utilizes our new frame-time measurement technique, after which Scott and Geoff dissectSandy Bridge-E and its accompanying X79 chipset. Finally, Cyril gives us the scoop on Asus' first ultrabook. no 1:50:11
The TR Podcast 99: New PC builds for a new Battlefield http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep099.m4a Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:30:34 -0400 A19C5321-3BEA-4C93-8CAB-77ABDE5F912F techreport.com Plus listener mail and Bulldozer thread scheduling We kick off this episode of the TR Podcast with a slew of listener questions. Those inquiries prompt us to discuss DDR4 memory, new hardware coming next March, and how the next generation of consoles will affect PC gaming. Then, our panel talks at length about Battlefield 3, on which we've finally gotten our hands after months of anticipation. Finally, Cyril, Geoff and Scott break down our latest TR system guide, and Scott explains the Bulldozer thread scheduling story. no 1:15:41 The TR Podcast 98: Of Bulldozers and Rage http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep098.m4a Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:45:20 -0400 E6AEBFE5-7615-4882-B5F9-89D50E1E4D3A techreport.com Plus Steve Jobs in memoriam, an interview with Asus, and more... We've got a monster episode of the TR Podcast this week, starting with three listener mail questions that cover everything from Ubisoft game releases to GPU shopping on a budget. Scott and Cyril cover the pros and cons of id Software's newest game, Rage, and we briefly discuss the legacy of Steve Jobs. Then, Geoff interviews Raja Gill and Juan J. Guerrero of Asus, discussing the latest developments in EFI, digital power management, and more. Finally, Scott gives us the complete scoop on AMD's new Bulldozer processors. no 2:09:59 The TR Podcast 97: Sweet spot SSDs and Amazon's new Kindles http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep097.m4a In TR Podcast tradition, we kick off this episode with a lengthy round-table gaming discussion. Cyril relates his experiences with the Battlefield 3 beta and TrackMania 2, after which our panel goes over some of the more notable titles on the horizon, including Rage, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Modern Warfare 3.

Next, the panelists change gears and share their thoughts on Amazon's new Kindles—especially the Kindle Fire, which Scott believes will be a commercial success. We round out the episode with a look at Asus' big honkin' Llano notebook and a slew of new 120-128GB solid-state drives.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2011 02:05:49 -0400 4335FCC6-E8E2-48E5-831F-6835B71C1915 techreport.com Plus a slew of gaming stories, Asus' Llano laptop, and more... In TR Podcast tradition, we kick off this episode with a lengthy round-table gaming discussion. Cyril relates his experiences with the Battlefield 3 beta and TrackMania 2, after which our panel goes over some of the more notable titles on the horizon, including Rage, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Modern Warfare 3. Next, the panelists change gears and share their thoughts on Amazon's new Kindles—especially the Kindle Fire, which Scott believes will be a commercial success. We round out the episode with a look at Asus' big honkin' Llano notebook and a slew of new 120-128GB solid-state drives. no 1:31:12
The TR Podcast 96: IDF and inside the second http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep096.m4a Sun, 18 Sep 2011 22:56:11 -0400 24DE73D5-AB0A-4B61-8426-0DBCE148A011 techreport.com Plus crazy keyboards, Windows 8, listener tweets, and more... We're a slightly beleaguered crew of tech reporters this week; Scott and Geoff have just returned on the red-eye from IDF, Cyril has been cranking away at his Windows 8 blog post, and Jordan is recording from home with tonsillitis (we apologize in advance for the lack of pop-filter and over-abundant room noise). Nevertheless, we kick things off on this episode with three listener tweets, ranging from API overhead to the best sound card for classical music. Then, it's straight into IDF as Scott and Geoff dissect the keynote speeches, the product demos, and the sneak peeks at everything from Ivy Bridge to the sexy new ultrabooks. After that, it's a deep dive into Scott's mammoth look at why frames-per-second isn't necessarily really the measure of graphical performance, from his article, "Inside the Second: A new look at game benchmarking." Finally, Cyril has spent some quality time with Windows 8 and gives us the scoop. no 1:42:12 The TR Podcast 95: Razer's Blade, Jobs retires, and a PC in your palm http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep095.m4a After answering a trio of listener mail questions, we kick off this episode of the TR Podcast with talk of Razer's new Blade laptop, an unusual, intriguing, and pricy gaming laptop that will most likely be either amazing or very gimmicky. Then, we move on to gameplay footage from the next Counter-Strike title from Valve, which we follow up with Cyril's review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

After the gaming discussion, our own David Morgan gives us the scoop on a stylish case from Fractal Design, and Jordan has a podcast exclusive review of Jawbone's Jambox bluetooth speaker and speakerphone. In a sober turn of agenda, we then discuss Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO, as well as our latest TR comic. Finally, Geoff cracks open the Zotac Zbox AD10 Plus nettop—a tiny yet powerful system that quite literally fits in your palm.

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Mon, 05 Sep 2011 00:44:31 -0400 5A9183A0-AEBD-47B8-AFD5-64938A012114 techreport.com Plus listener mail, gaming news, and more... After answering a trio of listener mail questions, we kick off this episode of the TR Podcast with talk of Razer's new Blade laptop, an unusual, intriguing, and pricy gaming laptop that will most likely be either amazing or very gimmicky. Then, we move on to gameplay footage from the next Counter-Strike title from Valve, which we follow up with Cyril's review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. After the gaming discussion, our own David Morgan gives us the scoop on a stylish case from Fractal Design, and Jordan has a podcast exclusive review of Jawbone's Jambox bluetooth speaker and speakerphone. In a sober turn of agenda, we then discuss Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO, as well as our latest TR comic. Finally, Geoff cracks open the Zotac Zbox AD10 Plus nettop—a tiny yet powerful system that quite literally fits in your palm. no 1:23:56
The TR Podcast 94: Dorm PCs and playing with blocks http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep094.m4a Despite civil unrest percolating in the Kansas City area, our own Scott Wasson is safe, sound, and back from a great time hanging with the TR readership at the Tech Report BBQ 2011. After we get the scoop on Scott's trip to the shores of Lake Michigan, we cover two major news items: HP sending shockwaves through the tech industry by signaling its intent to spin off its PC business and nix its WebOS devices, and Google acquiring Motorola Mobility. Then, it's an in-depth look at our latest TR system guide, which includes a back-to-school Dorm PC and a selection of laptops and tablets for students.

The second half of the show is all gaming news and discussion. We examine how tessellation is used (for better or worse) in Crysis 2, new footage from Battlefield 3 that has us even more excited, Valve's announcement of a Counter-Strike sequel, Borderlands 2, and in-game footage from Guild Wars 2.

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Sun, 21 Aug 2011 22:54:32 -0400 ADE95D93-A2BF-4E89-B9FD-5EBD442B737B techreport.com Plus a slew of gaming news, the biggest news of the week, and more Despite civil unrest percolating in the Kansas City area, our own Scott Wasson is safe, sound, and back from a great time hanging with the TR readership at the Tech Report BBQ 2011. After we get the scoop on Scott's trip to the shores of Lake Michigan, we cover two major news items: HP sending shockwaves through the tech industry by signaling its intent to spin off its PC business and nix its WebOS devices, and Google acquiring Motorola Mobility. Then, it's an in-depth look at our latest TR system guide, which includes a back-to-school Dorm PC and a selection of laptops and tablets for students. The second half of the show is all gaming news and discussion. We examine how tessellation is used (for better or worse) in Crysis 2, new footage from Battlefield 3 that has us even more excited, Valve's announcement of a Counter-Strike sequel, Borderlands 2, and in-game footage from Guild Wars 2. no 1:24:05
The TR Podcast 93: A trifecta of tablets http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep093.m4a Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:26:24 -0400 9B30D2DE-8835-43AE-B2F2-68F760F86369 techreport.com Wherein we study the Eee Pad Transformer, iPad 2, and Galaxy Tab With exception of a quick listener mail question, some CPU rumors to round off the episode, and a look at two clicky keyboards from Razor, this episode is mostly about three tablets we've been testing in our labs. Geoff kicks off the party with a look at the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, a budget-friendly tablet that has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. Then, Scott relates his impressions of the king tablet itself, the iPad 2, which has snared hours of gameplay and media consumption time from his whole family. Finally, our panel takes a quick sneak peek at Samsung's 10.1" Galaxy Tab. no 1:22:41 The TR Podcast 92: Fusion, the cloud, and dongles galore http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep092.m4a We kick off this episode by answering some listener questions, delving into the latest cloud computing solutions from Microsoft, the possibilities of reviewing the new Samsung Chromebook, and the many AMD Fusion options that have befuddled one of our readers. Then, after a little RSS housekeeping, we dive into two stories from Apple. Our panel analyzes the record numbers from the Mac maker's latest earnings report, discusses the latest updates to the MacBook Air lineup, and gets the scoop from Cyril as to whether or not Lion is worth the $29.99 asking price.

We then move into a series of recent posts and stories from TR, including our newest comic from Fred Silver, Geoff's review of the Asus Xonar U3 USB audio device, and Cyril's take on the Diamond VStream wireless HDMI adapter. We also revisit (albeit for a third time now) AMD's Llano APU, exploring two new variables of faster RAM and IGP-only power consumption. We wrap things up with Cryil's Gladwellian (I think we just made up a word) look at the science of fanboys, plus a quick peek at a very powerful little Z68 Mini-ITX motherboard from Zotac.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2011 23:37:41 -0400 52FFEC25-6FDC-463E-B0AD-91F738C3CBFC techreport.com Plus better audio for laptops, Samsung's Chromebook, and more We kick off this episode by answering some listener questions, delving into the latest cloud computing solutions from Microsoft, the possibilities of reviewing the new Samsung Chromebook, and the many AMD Fusion options that have befuddled one of our readers. Then, after a little RSS housekeeping, we dive into two stories from Apple. Our panel analyzes the record numbers from the Mac maker's latest earnings report, discusses the latest updates to the MacBook Air lineup, and gets the scoop from Cyril as to whether or not Lion is worth the $29.99 asking price. We then move into a series of recent posts and stories from TR, including our newest comic from Fred Silver, Geoff's review of the Asus Xonar U3 USB audio device, and Cyril's take on the Diamond VStream wireless HDMI adapter. We also revisit (albeit for a third time now) AMD's Llano APU, exploring two new variables of faster RAM and IGP-only power consumption. We wrap things up with Cryil's Gladwellian (I think we just made up a word) look at the science of fanboys, plus a quick peek at a very powerful little Z68 Mini-ITX motherboard from Zotac. no 1:11:59
The TR Podcast 91: Llano is Audi http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep091.mp3 Sun, 10 Jul 2011 18:34:53 -0400 9DF1EB73-145F-40C4-8968-97D16E31F72D techreport.com Get the scoop on desktop Fusion, DiRT 3, odd cases, and more We kick off this latest TR Podcast with a reminder that, if you're a TR reader and you live near or within flying distance of lake Michigan, you're more than welcome to attend the annual TR BBQ. After that piece of community news, our podcast panel gets down and dirty with DiRT 3, which Geoff has had a chance to play and review. Our gaming coverage also includes a second look at the somewhat disappointing (at least at launch) Crysis 2—a game that may have redeemed itself with a monstrous, multi-gigabyte DirectX 11 patch. We then move on to the desktop version of AMD's A-series Fusion APU, a.k.a. Llano. Scott gives us another in-depth expose on these new processors, not to mention some insightful guesses about the origins of AMD's latest naming scheme. On the industry news front, Cyril and Scott discuss some juicy rumors about next-gen of GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. Finally, we bring up the rather odd Silverstone Raven RV03 enclosure and wonder—is it innovative or just weird for weirdness' sake? no 1:08:42 The TR Podcast 90: Retro gaming and future Fusion http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep090.m4a After answering two listener mail questions, we walk down memory lane as our editors recall their first encounters with id Software's Quake, a game that has just recently celebrated it's 15th anniversary. On the topic of gaming nostalgia, we question whether or not the newly released Duke Nukem Forever lives up to its 15-year-old predecessor. Then, based on a recent TR Friday Night Topic, we round out our gaming discussion by reveling in some of our favorite video game scores.

We spend the second half of this show diving deep into AMD's new Llano accelerated processing unit. Scott and Geoff examine the hardware and its performance, giving everyone the low-down on how AMD's latest bid for mobile processor dominance fairs.

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Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:04:17 -0400 CB585D43-163B-4015-8A52-6D41AABA9834 techreport.com Walking down memory lane and examining AMD's latest CPU After answering two listener mail questions, we walk down memory lane as our editors recall their first encounters with id Software's Quake, a game that has just recently celebrated it's 15th anniversary. On the topic of gaming nostalgia, we question whether or not the newly released Duke Nukem Forever lives up to its 15-year-old predecessor. Then, based on a recent TR Friday Night Topic, we round out our gaming discussion by reveling in some of our favorite video game scores. We spend the second half of this show diving deep into AMD's new Llano accelerated processing unit. Scott and Geoff examine the hardware and its performance, giving everyone the low-down on how AMD's latest bid for mobile processor dominance fairs. no 1:25:00
The TR Podcast 89: A case-load of Computex http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep089.m4a We have lots to cover in this episode of the TR Podcast. Geoff is back from Computex with a slew of stories, sneak peeks, and new products for us to geek out about. The highlights of our Computex unpacking include Noctua's "better" 120-mm fan, the rising trend of white computer cases, and new notebooks and platforms from Intel that combine speed, portability, and affordability in very exciting ways.

Moving on from Computex, we welcome guest podcaster and TR reviewer David Morgan, who details his review of the NZXT H2 mid-tower enclosure. We also analyze the new Wii U gaming console and bemoan a disappointing Duke Dukem demo. Finally, it's the newest from Microsoft and Apple when we dive into Windows 8 and Apple's iOS 5 and iCloud.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:17:24 -0400 089F6A23-80DB-454F-B08E-BA71D9054F0A techreport.com Plus, Windows 8 and iOS 5, Duke disappoints, Wii U?!? and more We have lots to cover in this episode of the TR Podcast. Geoff is back from Computex with a slew of stories, sneak peeks, and new products for us to geek out about. The highlights of our Computex unpacking include Noctua's "better" 120-mm fan, the rising trend of white computer cases, and new notebooks and platforms from Intel that combine speed, portability, and affordability in very exciting ways. Moving on from Computex, we welcome guest podcaster and TR reviewer David Morgan, who details his review of the NZXT H2 mid-tower enclosure. We also analyze the new Wii U gaming console and bemoan a disappointing Duke Dukem demo. Finally, it's the newest from Microsoft and Apple when we dive into Windows 8 and Apple's iOS 5 and iCloud. no 1:34:26
The TR Podcast 88: Exposing the midrange http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep088.mp3 Despite some technicial difficulties, we join you for another lively episode of tech reporting with Jordan, Scott, Geoff, and Cyril. After answering some listener mail, our panel discusses Scott's new computer and his aging software toolset, which includes Microsoft Office 2000, an old copy of Paint Shop Pro, and other legacy programs like Homesite 5. Then, it's on to two gaming stories: Duke Nukem Forever going gold (we never thought we'd see it) and the hauntingly artistic trailer for Dead Island, which is followed by a gameplay demo that has our panelists divided.

Geoff had to leave early for this episode, so we bid him farewell right after he details the Z68 chipset's new Virtu d-Mode, which fixes some problems we encountered in our Z68 review. To wrap things up, we look at the GeForce GTX 560, an impressive enclosure from Corsair, and Antec's Rockus 3D speakers.

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Mon, 30 May 2011 15:04:12 -0400 561A43DD-516D-403F-AEC6-3EA203B37F26 techreport.com Graphics, cases, and speakers Despite some technicial difficulties, we join you for another lively episode of tech reporting with Jordan, Scott, Geoff, and Cyril. After answering some listener mail, our panel discusses Scott's new computer and his aging software toolset, which includes Microsoft Office 2000, an old copy of Paint Shop Pro, and other legacy programs like Homesite 5. Then, it's on to two gaming stories: Duke Nukem Forever going gold (we never thought we'd see it) and the hauntingly artistic trailer for Dead Island, which is followed by a gameplay demo that has our panelists divided. Geoff had to leave early for this episode, so we bid him farewell right after he details the Z68 chipset's new Virtu d-Mode, which fixes some problems we encountered in our Z68 review. To wrap things up, we look at the GeForce GTX 560, an impressive enclosure from Corsair, and Antec's Rockus 3D speakers. no 1:13:09
The TR Podcast 87: The Tri-fecta: 3D transistors, Z68, and Level 10 GT http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep087.m4a This episode is all about quality over quantity. We kick things off by introducing our special guest, semiconductor industry analyst David Kanter. David gives us the low-down on the intricacies of Intel's new 3D transistor technology, including practical thoughts about what 3D transistors mean for the rest of the industry.

Our geeky fab process discussion over, we switch gears with a quick round of listener mail, before diving into the highly anticipated "deluxe" Z68 Express chipset from Intel. Geoff outlines all of the features that make this chipset unique, including the new and peculiar SSD caching system. Finally, Cyril discusses the Thermaltake Level 10 GT, a revamp of one of the most expensive and unusual cases we've ever tested.

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Sun, 15 May 2011 19:03:15 -0400 AAFB271D-794A-4A1B-945A-6A0717B0D9BE techreport.com Plus listener mail, and... that's about it This episode is all about quality over quantity. We kick things off by introducing our special guest, semiconductor industry analyst David Kanter. David gives us the low-down on the intricacies of Intel's new 3D transistor technology, including practical thoughts about what 3D transistors mean for the rest of the industry. Our geeky fab process discussion over, we switch gears with a quick round of listener mail, before diving into the highly anticipated "deluxe" Z68 Express chipset from Intel. Geoff outlines all of the features that make this chipset unique, including the new and peculiar SSD caching system. Finally, Cyril discusses the Thermaltake Level 10 GT, a revamp of one of the most expensive and unusual cases we've ever tested. no 1:16:07
The TR Podcast 86: A portal to raw potatoes and hot graphics http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep086.m4a We've got an eclectic mix of topics in this episode of the TR Podcast, starting with some listener mail. Hoping to enter the DirectX 11 world, Mike wonders if a simple graphics upgrade or an entire system overhaul is necessary to get him ready for the fall gaming season. After Mike's question is answered, Jordan digresses from the agenda to crow about his newly built gaming PC based on the latest TR system guide's Utility Player configuration. Then, it's on to the latest in PC gaming, including a panel discussion of Portal 2, another round of excited Battlefield 3 chatter, and debate about id Software's upcoming Rage.

Our gaming talk behind us, we move on to the latest reader poll, which queries TR visitors about the "rawest" deal in the tech world right now. We wrap things up with a showdown of two mid-range GPUs, followed by a lightning round of miscellaneous tech stories.

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Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:19:14 -0400 E1CECB24-0834-48A5-9865-DD4E8917F1E7 techreport.com Plus gaming goodness, a lightning round of stories, and much more... We've got an eclectic mix of topics in this episode of the TR Podcast, starting with some listener mail. Hoping to enter the DirectX 11 world, Mike wonders if a simple graphics upgrade or an entire system overhaul is necessary to get him ready for the fall gaming season. After Mike's question is answered, Jordan digresses from the agenda to crow about his newly built gaming PC based on the latest TR system guide's Utility Player configuration. Then, it's on to the latest in PC gaming, including a panel discussion of Portal 2, another round of excited Battlefield 3 chatter, and debate about id Software's upcoming Rage. Our gaming talk behind us, we move on to the latest reader poll, which queries TR visitors about the "rawest" deal in the tech world right now. We wrap things up with a showdown of two mid-range GPUs, followed by a lightning round of miscellaneous tech stories. no 1:25:54
The TR Podcast 85: French fries and system guides http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep085.m4a Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:48:18 -0400 C26BA019-9723-4C06-BBAE-5323ADB44151 techreport.com Plus listener mail, two new Radeons, and more... We're back with another episode of the podcast, which kicks off with listener mail concerning the iPad 2's competition (or lack thereof) and a new project from one of our loyal listeners. (Be sure to check out ssidbroadcast's new iOS game, Super Block Party. After listener mail, we spend a solid chunk of this episode going over our latest TR system guide, partially because of the return of Sandy Bridge... and because Jordan is planning to build himself a new PC. Scott and Geoff also discuss some of the readers' comments and objections related to the guide. After that, the panel switches gears and discusses a pair of new Radeon graphics cards, a dual-core Sandy Bridge notebook, and Geoff's latest solid-state drive review. As mentioned above, this podcast is also tied to our latest giveaway, as part of which we're giving out an XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition. Head over to this page for more details. no 1:12:35 The TR Podcast 84: Wicked graphics and solid state storage http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep084.m4a Mon, 28 Mar 2011 02:29:08 -0400 B2569AE0-12F6-4104-93B8-AFF44A99A2A1 techreport.com Plus gaming news, a budget GeForce, the Joker's laugh, and more This episode kicks off with a quartet of gaming stories, starting with the delay of the Duke Nukem Forever launch by Gearbox, which hardly surprises our panelistss. We also tackle Deus Ex gameplay, a fantastic new Portal 2 trailer, and a look at the next iteration of the Batman game series, Batman: Arkham City. Moving on to serious PC hardware, Scott introduces Nvidia's new flagship, the GeForce GTX 590, stacking it up against AMD's Radeon HD 6990. Geoff has a trio of new solid-state drives to discuss—Intel's 510 Series, OCZ's Vertex 3, and Crucial's m4. Finally, Cyril gives us the skinny on a more budget-friendly Nvidia GPU, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. no 1:24:25 The TR Podcast 83: High-end excess and low-end laptops http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep083.m4a After kicking off this episode with a RAM-related listener question, we dive into the land of fruits and nuts as we debate the merits of Apple's new iPad 2. Scott and Jordan see marked improvement in Apple's newest tablet, while Geoff still has plans to picket 1 Infinite Loop over the summer. Moving on to gaming news, we have an impressive look at Epic's next-gen Unreal Engine, a hands-on review of the Crysis 2 mulitplayer demo from Scott and Cyril, and a no-holds-barred gameplay trailer of Battlefield 3 that has us all drooling.
After tablets and gaming news, Scott offers an in-depth look at the world's current fastest graphics card: AMD's $700 Radeon HD 6990. Also in the luxury PC hardware category, Intel's Core i7-990X Extreme managed to write its own review, and Scott and Geoff explain the origins of our most peculiar CPU evaluation in years. Finally, we have a few Sandy Bridge motherboards popping up at retailers across the web, and Cyril explains why HP's Pavilion dm1z Fusion-powered ultraportable received an Editor's Choice award.

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Sun, 13 Mar 2011 22:28:46 -0400 1FB072AC-6BC7-48FB-B5E9-E9C27795BC31 techreport.com Plus hyper-realistic gaming, iPad 2 shopping, and much more After kicking off this episode with a RAM-related listener question, we dive into the land of fruits and nuts as we debate the merits of Apple's new iPad 2. Scott and Jordan see marked improvement in Apple's newest tablet, while Geoff still has plans to picket 1 Infinite Loop over the summer. Moving on to gaming news, we have an impressive look at Epic's next-gen Unreal Engine, a hands-on review of the Crysis 2 mulitplayer demo from Scott and Cyril, and a no-holds-barred gameplay trailer of Battlefield 3 that has us all drooling. After tablets and gaming news, Scott offers an in-depth look at the world's current fastest graphics card: AMD's $700 Radeon HD 6990. Also in the luxury PC hardware category, Intel's Core i7-990X Extreme managed to write its own review, and Scott and Geoff explain the origins of our most peculiar CPU evaluation in years. Finally, we have a few Sandy Bridge motherboards popping up at retailers across the web, and Cyril explains why HP's Pavilion dm1z Fusion-powered ultraportable received an Editor's Choice award. no 1:30:24
The TR Podcast 82: New games, Fusion reactions, and tugging on Superman's cape http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep082.m4a Sun, 27 Feb 2011 15:46:02 -0500 20FA4E37-38B4-4CDE-8C0A-053ADE099FB0 techreport.com Plus new TR features, minimized hardware enthusiasm, and more... After announcing the winner of last episode's graphics card giveaway, we kick off this episode by discussing recent additions to TR v3.0, not to mention Scott's attempts to fix his daughter's Nintendo DS. Moving on, we spend a fair bit of time going over the latest PC gaming news: DICE has some tantalizing gameplay footage from Battlefield 3, the next Elder Scrolls game looks amazing, a multiplayer demo of Crysis 2 is due on March 1 (it'll be available through GeForce.com), and Cyril has some thoughts to share about Bulletstorm.In the second half of the episode, we discuss two AMD Fusion-related reviews. Scott has compared an AMD E-350 processor to a slew of desktop CPUs, and Geoff has gone hands-on with a Brazos netbook. Finally, Cyril dissects Tegra 2's successor, Kal-El. no 1:21:09 The TR Podcast 81: Superbowl ads, Sandy Bridge trouble, and a graphics giveaway http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep081.m4a After answering a listener mail question, we start the show by welcoming guest podcaster and TR blogger Jason Fox. Jason is a professional copywriter in Texas, and he has developed an annual tradition of reviewing each year's array of Superbowl advertisements on his personal website. Together with our U.S.-based panelists (Canadians don't get to broadcast Superbowl ads), Jason discusses his list covering the best and worst of this year's offering. See the links to each discussed ad below.

Moving on, we begin our proper tech discussion with Geoff's newly scoured ultraportable before bemoaning the Canadian bandwidth quota conundrum. We then quickly dive into the billion-dollar mistake that took Intel's Sandy Bridge chipsets off store shelves. Listen for what went wrong, what Sandy Bridge early adopters can do about it, and what this means for Intel in the year to come. As the episode draws to a close, the panel dives into our most recent reader poll, Geoff's exploration of how memory speeds affect Sandy Bridge performance, and a trio of PC gaming stories.

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Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:50:20 -0500 EA124431-B746-47B7-91E8-E33A1A2550D1 techreport.com Plus a trio of gaming stories, listener mail, and more After answering a listener mail question, we start the show by welcoming guest podcaster and TR blogger Jason Fox. Jason is a professional copywriter in Texas, and he has developed an annual tradition of reviewing each year's array of Superbowl advertisements on his personal website. Together with our U.S.-based panelists (Canadians don't get to broadcast Superbowl ads), Jason discusses his list covering the best and worst of this year's offering. See the links to each discussed ad below. Moving on, we begin our proper tech discussion with Geoff's newly scoured ultraportable before bemoaning the Canadian bandwidth quota conundrum. We then quickly dive into the billion-dollar mistake that took Intel's Sandy Bridge chipsets off store shelves. Listen for what went wrong, what Sandy Bridge early adopters can do about it, and what this means for Intel in the year to come. As the episode draws to a close, the panel dives into our most recent reader poll, Geoff's exploration of how memory speeds affect Sandy Bridge performance, and a trio of PC gaming stories. no 1:31:11
The TR Podcast 80: Titanium graphics and Sandy Bridge goes mobile http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep080.m4a This episode of the podcast is rife with Sandy Bridge talk. Our panel spends a good chunk of the podcast responding to Sandy Bridge-related listener questions, studying the results from our latest poll, and discussing our review of Intel's Core i7-2820QM-powered desktop replacement notebook. (Because we recorded last week, however, we weren't able to address the chipset bug Intel announced on Monday.)

Taking a break from the Intel coverage, Scott and Geoff pick apart Nvidia's newly released GeForce GTX 560 Ti, comparing it to the competition from AMD and going over the various implementations from different vendors. The panel also delves into some game coverage, talking about the upcoming releases of Portal 2 and Duke Nukem Forever. Other discussion topics include our CES experiences in Las Vegas and, to round off the episode, a debate about the merits of stereoscopic 3D in movies and games.

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Tue, 01 Feb 2011 07:14:26 -0500 7F365E57-C7E7-456E-B005-913F59BBEEC5 techreport.com Plus listener mail, the problem with 3D movies, and more.. This is a monster episode. Between a detailed look at Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors (not to mention the slew of motherboards that come along with them) and all the news from CES to discuss, we've recorded one of our longest episodes in a while. Along the duration, you'll hear some listener questions answered, some industry news discussed, some product announcements considered, and future tech prognosticated. Simply put, there's a lot to love about this episode of The Tech Report Podcast. no 1:24:16
The TR Podcast 79: A Sandy Bridge to CES http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep079.m4a Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:40:20 -0500 the-tr-podcast-78-the-gpus-pair-up-avoiding-rsis techreport.com Plus the missing iPad killer, Portal 2 with Razer goodness, and more... This is a monster episode. Between a detailed look at Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors (not to mention the slew of motherboards that come along with them) and all the news from CES to discuss, we've recorded one of our longest episodes in a while. Along the duration, you'll hear some listener questions answered, some industry news discussed, some product announcements considered, and future tech prognosticated. Simply put, there's a lot to love about this episode of The Tech Report Podcast. no 1:49:40 The TR Podcast 78: The GPUs pair up, avoiding RSIs, and a special sneak preview http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep078.m4a Sun, 12 Dec 2010 22:19:42 -0500 the-tr-podcast-77-iphone-rage-special-edition-gp techreport.com Plus fast and affordable laptop storage, more thoughts on Zacate, and more... This episode starts with two listener mail questions: KJ has a follow-up question about AMD's Zacate accelerated processing unit, and Suspenders wonders if our hours and hours of computer usage ever result in repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). After going through the mail bag, Scott and Cyril discuss what TR version 3.0 means for the design and operation of our site. Geoff is up next with a roundup of 7,200-RPM laptop drives, which addresses value for money, performance, and capacity. Finally, Scott pairs up the latest GPUs, Geoff interviews Western Digital Program Manager Kevin Kalvert, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570 gets a quick and to-the-point evaluation from Damage Labs. no 1:15:28 The TR Podcast 77: iPhone Rage, special edition GPUs, and discrete audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep077.m4a TV world, and Jordan's record-breaking single DVD Netflix plan. We also look at the arrival of Rage on the iPhone, months before an actual console or PC release. We then delve into some good old-fashioned hardware discussion. Geoff and Cyril play tag-team with our next story: Nvidia has released the GeForce GTX 460 SE into the wild, and Cyril has the card's specs, while Geoff has the skinny on the benchmarking results. Speaking of benchmarks, Cyril goes on to bring us performance numbers from his excursion to Austin, where he got to test AMD's next-gen Brazos mobile platform and Zacate accelerated processing unit. We also take the time to explore AMD's mobile roadmap, detailing who will manufacture Zacate's successor. Later, Geoff gives us an in-depth look at two new Xonar sound cards from Asus. He details the hardware, our testing methods, the results, and declares a surprising (and very budget-friendly) favorite. Finally, Cyril gives us the low-down on BitFenix's new Survivor enclosure, explaining what excited and disappointed him in this this compact, LAN-party-friendly case.]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 16:37:35 -0500 the-tr-podcast-76-black-ops-brazos-and-the-gtx techreport.com Plus Brazos benchmark results, AMD after Zacate, and more... We kick off this episode of the TR Podcast by discussing Netflix's internet-streaming-only plan, Scott's desire for an à la carte> TV world, and Jordan's record-breaking single DVD Netflix plan. We also look at the arrival of Rage on the iPhone, months before an actual console or PC release. We then delve into some good old-fashioned hardware discussion. Geoff and Cyril play tag-team with our next story: Nvidia has released the GeForce GTX 460 SE into the wild, and Cyril has the card's specs, while Geoff has the skinny on the benchmarking results. Speaking of benchmarks, Cyril goes on to bring us performance numbers from his excursion to Austin, where he got to test AMD's next-gen Brazos mobile platform and Zacate accelerated processing unit. We also take the time to explore AMD's mobile roadmap, detailing who will manufacture Zacate's successor. Later, Geoff gives us an in-depth look at two new Xonar sound cards from Asus. He details the hardware, our testing methods, the results, and declares a surprising (and very budget-friendly) favorite. Finally, Cyril gives us the low-down on BitFenix's new Survivor enclosure, explaining what excited and disappointed him in this this compact, LAN-party-friendly case. no 1:28:45 The TR Podcast 76: Black Ops, Brazos, and the GTX 580 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep076.m4a Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:24:11 -0500 the-tr-podcast-75-gaming-in-the-cloud-new-radeon techreport.com Plus overclocking the GTX 460 and 6850, listener mail, and more... This episode is all about gaming, graphics, and mobile computing. Jordan and Geoff kick things off with listener mail, with Geoff delivering some sound SSD advice to a listener and Jordan recommending his favorite iPhone earbuds. Then, as Call of Duty: Black Ops rocks the entertainment industry with a record $360-million release day, so does it rock the podcast, with Scott talking at length about his take on the new shooter. Cyril, who's back from AMD's Austin campus, chats with Scott about the ins and outs of AMD's new Brazos ultraportable platform. Scott goes on to give us a detailed rundown of the surprise release from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 580. The podcast finishes with a whirlwind of other GPU news, including an overclocking report about the Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 and a look at the availability and pricing of AMD's new Radeons no 1:16:55 The TR Podcast 75: Gaming in the cloud, new Radeons, and the ultimate fan controller http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep075.m4a Sat, 30 Oct 2010 22:45:32 -0400 the-tr-podcast-74-the-terminator-mouse-flying-th techreport.com Plus: new MacBooks, Medal of Honor, listener mail, and more... We've got a lot to discuss on this episode of the TR Podcast, starting with two listener mail questions. KJ wants to know how AMD's Zacate will stack up against Intel's Consumer Ultra-Low-Voltage offerings, while Chris asks if Geoff ever found a better MP3 player for swimming. Shortly thereafter, Scott reviews the newly rebooted Medal of Honor before getting into the meat of this episode: AMD's new Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 graphics cards. Scott gives us the skinny about the new Barts silicon, morphological AA, how these cards stack up against the Nvidia competition, and more. As we reach the tail end of this episode, Geoff brings up AMD's latest efforts in the domain of fan-speed controls, Cyril discusses Asus' dual-core, Ion-based Eee PC, and our editors all voice their thoughts on Apple's new—and expensive—MacBook Air models no 1:28:26 The TR Podcast 74: The terminator mouse, flying the C-130, and X58 vs X58 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep074.m4a Mon, 11 Oct 2010 04:15:33 -0400 the-tr-podcast-73-diving-into-idf-and-gtc techreport.com Plus a history lesson from Scott, why Geoff still buys CDs, and more... With our elite panel of Scott, Geoff, and Cyril (plus audible cameos from Geoff's dog, Snookums), we cover a wide range of topics on this episode of the TR Podcast. After some listener questions from Twitter, we tackle Geoff's old-fashioned yet sensible affinity for buying music CDs, and Scott revels in finally playing the famed C-130 level of Modern Warfare. We then digress momentarily to note the loss of Intel's Greg Wagnon, a superb PR guy who helped Scott with Intel Xeon products for years. Moving on to the reviews, Cyril breaks down the Asus N82Jv 14-inch notebook, another mobile computer with great graphics and disappointing battery life, and Geoff pits two Asus X58 motherboards against each other and identifies the winner (which received our TR Recommended badge). We go over a pair of Nvidia stories before wrapping things up with two gaming-related reviews: Geoff's take on the Cyborg Rat 7 adjustable gaming mouse, and Cyril's look at the first Corsair gaming headset. no 1:34:23 The TR Podcast 73: Diving into IDF and GTC http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep073.m4a Mon, 27 Sep 2010 01:59:26 -0400 the-tr-podcast-72-back-to-school-nile-notebooks techreport.com In which Scott recaps two weeks of conference hopping... After two weeks of conference hopping, first at Intel's IDF and then at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Scott has the scoop on what's coming next year in the PC hardware world. We'll find out why next year is the "golden age" of CPU design, what makes Sandy Bridge a completely new CPU, what AMD is doing to counter, and what Nvidia has planned for the long term. no 1:17:35 The TR Podcast 72: Back to school, Nile notebooks, and Duke is back http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep072.m4a Mon, 13 Sep 2010 02:01:23 -0400 the-tr-podcast-71-bulldozer-bobcat-and-bamboo techreport.com Plus epic iPhone gaming, Geoff's notebook lament, and more While Scott is hard at work deep in the recesses of Damage Labs, Geoff and Cyril join us for a classic panel episode of the TR Podcast. We begin this episode with a quick reminder about our latest, MSI-sponsored giveaway. Then, it's on to our latest TR system guide, the nuances of which Cyril and Geoff dissect. The podcast quickly kicks into high gear with some news. Our readers have voiced their opinions about USB 3.0 in our latest poll. Zotac's latest Zboz is a sexy CULV barebone that includes both USB 3.0 and Blu-ray. After over a decade of rumors and delays, Gearbox will complete and release Duke Nuken Forever, a game Cyril and Geoff are both anticipating—and one Jordan is too young to be excited about. We move on to an assortment of the latest Apple news, including a stunning iPhone game demo from Epic, a new version of iOS, and a new and curiously button-less iPod nano. The show continues as we discuss Cyril's review of the AMD Nile laptop platform (as embodied in Toshiba's Satellite T235D), Geoff's disappointment with modern notebooks in general, new mobile graphics processors from Nividia, and Google's instant search. no 1:23:14 The TR Podcast 71: Bulldozer, Bobcat, and bamboo http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep071.m4a We're back in our classic panel format with this episode, and we've got a lot to cover. After answering the mailbag and a few quick TR community notes, the panel wants to know why Cyril loves his iPhone 4 so much, why Scott still hates his, and what iPhone games we're all skipping work to play. Later, Scott gives us an in-depth look at two very exciting processor platforms from AMD: Bulldozer and Bobcat.

Then, it's on to the reviews. Cyril isn't all that impressed with Samsung's newest 14" notebook, and Geoff has bestowed the Editor's Choice award upon Zotac's newest barebones nettop. Finally, Geoff takes a look at the sexy, bamboo-clad U33Jc 13" notebook from Asus.

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Mon, 30 Aug 2010 05:22:10 -0400 the-tr-podcast-70-flaming-mobos-in-the-city-of-an techreport.com Plus iPhone 4 gaming, our favorite barebones nettop, and more We're back in our classic panel format with this episode, and we've got a lot to cover. After answering the mailbag and a few quick TR community notes, the panel wants to know why Cyril loves his iPhone 4 so much, why Scott still hates his, and what iPhone games we're all skipping work to play. Later, Scott gives us an in-depth look at two very exciting processor platforms from AMD: Bulldozer and Bobcat. Then, it's on to the reviews. Cyil isn't all that impressed with Samsung's newest 14" notebook, and Geoff has bestowed the Editor's Choice award upon Zotac's newest barebones nettop. Finally, Geoff takes a look at the sexy, bamboo-clad U33Jc 13" notebook from Asus. no 1:30:36
The TR Podcast 70: Flaming mobos in the City of Angels http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep070.mp3 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:03:10 -0400 the-tr-podcast-69-answering-the-mailbag-living-w techreport.com In another special TR Podcast, Jordan has a field report from Gigabyte's Open Overclocking 2010 North American Regional Final in Los Angeles. In another special "on the road" edition of the TR Podcast, Jordan has a field report from Gigabyte's Open Overclocking 2010 North American Regional Final in Los Angeles, California. Featuring liquid nitrogen, flammable motherboards, and party DJs, this is an episode of the TR Podcast you won't soon forget. no 24:30 The TR Podcast 69: Answering the mailbag, living with the Pre, and the terabyte showdown http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep069.m4a We start this week's episode by answering a healthy helping of listener mail questions, covering everything from home file servers to e-books. Geoff and Scott follow with parallel smartphone stories Geoff pleased with his new Palm Pre, while Scott is somewhat disappointed with his iPhone 4.
Later, Geoff summarizes his roundup of an assortment of 7200-RPM terabyte hard drives. Then, after our panel covers three Nvidia-related news stories, Scott takes a look at Intel's newest Xeon processors, and Cyril has our latest GPU value article results.

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Mon, 02 Aug 2010 04:09:00 -0400 the-tr-podcast-68-lunchbox-pcs-nvidias-latest techreport.com Plus Scott's iPhone 4 woes, GPU value, and more... We start this week's episode by answering a healthy helping of listener mail questions, covering everything from home file servers to e-books. Geoff and Scott follow with parallel smartphone stories Geoff pleased with his new Palm Pre, while Scott is somewhat disappointed with his iPhone 4. Later, Geoff summarizes his roundup of an assortment of 7200-RPM terabyte hard drives. Then, after our panel covers three Nvidia-related news stories, Scott takes a look at Intel's newest Xeon processors, and Cyril has our latest GPU value article results. no 1:23:24
The TR Podcast 68: Lunchbox PCs, Nvidia's latest, and Just be-Cause http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep068.m4a This episode starts with details about our Nvidia-sponsored Just Cause 2giveaway. Scott and Jordan quickly go on to relate their experiences causing mayhem on the game's pacific island with a grappling hook, magical parachute, and plenty of explosives. Moving on, our panel discusses not only Scott's impression of the new iPhone 4 (which he's had for the past few days), but also Geoff and Cyril's search for good smart phones up in Canada.
Next, Scott lays out the details of the PhysX x87 problem, and he gives us the skinny on his review of the new GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. Geoff also talks about a cool new barebone nettop, after which Cyril appraises the unbelievably big yet intriguing Thermaltake Level 10 case.
The second half of the episode is all about PC hardware. Scott has done the writeup on AMD's latest server-class processors and graphics cards, while Geoff has tested two new solid-state drives, one of which turns out to be our current Editor's Choice.

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Mon, 19 Jul 2010 01:08:18 -0400 the-tr-podcast-67-dont-hold-it-that-way-new-ser techreport.com Plus roll your own nettop, wireless PCIe, our new survey, and more... This episode starts with details about our Nvidia-sponsored Just Cause 2giveaway. Scott and Jordan quickly go on to relate their experiences causing mayhem on the game's pacific island with a grappling hook, magical parachute, and plenty of explosives. Moving on, our panel discusses not only Scott's impression of the new iPhone 4 (which he's had for the past few days), but also Geoff and Cyril's search for good smart phones up in Canada. Next, Scott lays out the details of the PhysX x87 problem, and he gives us the skinny on his review of the new GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. Geoff also talks about a cool new barebone nettop, after which Cyril appraises the unbelievably big yet intriguing Thermaltake Level 10 case. The second half of the episode is all about PC hardware. Scott has done the writeup on AMD's latest server-class processors and graphics cards, while Geoff has tested two new solid-state drives, one of which turns out to be our current Editor's Choice. no 1:19:30
The TR Podcast 67: Don't hold it that way, new server gear, and our favorite SSD http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep067.m4a We kick off this episode with news of the upcoming TR BBQ and a movie recommendation from Jordan (who really, really liked Toy Story 3). Our panel quickly moves on to the iPhone 4; not even a week after launch, a particularly annoying signal retention issue has come to light. Gaming is next on the agenda as we discuss Cyril's latest blog post, in which he expressed dissatisfaction with the evolution of first-person shooters. Also on the gaming docket, we discuss the prospect of motion-controlled gaming on the PC via Microsoft's Kinect technology.
The second half of the episode is all about PC hardware. Scott has done the writeup on AMD's latest server-class processors and graphics cards, while Geoff has tested two new solid-state drives, one of which turns out to be his current Editor's Choice.

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Sun, 27 Jun 2010 23:40:53 -0400 the-tr-podcast-66-computex-hybrid-hard-drives-a techreport.com Plus motion-controlled gaming on the PC, a Kingston tale, and more We kick off this episode with news of the upcoming TR BBQ and a movie recommendation from Jordan (who really, really liked Toy Story 3). Our panel quickly moves on to the iPhone 4; not even a week after launch, a particularly annoying signal retention issue has come to light. Gaming is next on the agenda as we discuss Cyril's latest blog post, in which he expressed dissatisfaction with the evolution of first-person shooters. Also on the gaming docket, we discuss the prospect of motion-controlled gaming on the PC via Microsoft's Kinect technology. The second half of the episode is all about PC hardware. Scott has done the writeup on AMD's latest server-class processors and graphics cards, while Geoff has tested two new solid-state drives, one of which turns out to be his current Editor's Choice. no 1:24:04
The TR Podcast 66: Computex, hybrid hard drives, and iPhone 4 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep066.m4a With Cyril fresh from Computex, Scott and Geoff primed with new reviews, and Jordan armed with lame jokes... there's plenty going on in this episode of the podcast. After a few listener mail shoutouts, we kick things off with a slice of Computex, relaying the experience of one of the world's largest tech tradeshows and looking at the highlights. Dovetailing with the discussion of Asus's Eee Pad, Geoff explains what he believes makes the perfect tablet.
Now that the iPhone 4 is finally here, our panelists all have something to say about Apple's newest smartphone. To wrap things up, Scott and Geoff detail their findings in their latest reviews. Scott has been overclocking Intel's new unlocked Core i5-655K and i7-875K processors, while Geoff has put a hybrid hard drive from Seagate to the test.

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Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:39:32 -0400 the-tr-podcast-65-multidisplay-madness-superfa techreport.com Plus, Geoff's perfect tablet, unlocked Intel CPUS, and more! With Cyril fresh from Computex, Scott and Geoff primed with new reviews, and Jordan armed with lame jokes... there's plenty going on in this episode of the podcast. After a few listener mail shoutouts, we kick things off with a slice of Computex, relaying the experience of one of the world's largest tech tradeshows and looking at the highlights. Dovetailing with the discussion of Asus's Eee Pad, Geoff explains what he believes makes the perfect tablet. Now that the iPhone 4 is finally here, our panelists all have something to say about Apple's newest smartphone. To wrap things up, Scott and Geoff detail their findings in their latest reviews. Scott has been overclocking Intel's new unlocked Core i5-655K and i7-875K processors, while Geoff has put a hybrid hard drive from Seagate to the test. no 1:26:43
The TR Podcast 65: Multi-display madness, super-fast storage, and bring your own OS http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep065.m4a This week is all about quality over quantity as we tackle TR's latest three reviews. But before getting into Eyefinity, SSDs, and bring-your-own-OS laptops, our panel goes over the new TR site layout, puts out the call for TR interns, and answers a very technical listener question about Intel's new Moorestown handheld platform.
Moving on to the heavy stuff, Scott has finally finished his opus on AMD's Eyefinity system, and he runs through the various configurations, their pros and cons, and which setup he'd keep around to use on a regular basis. In the storage corner, Geoff has the scoop on new SandForce based solid-state drives from OCZ and Corsair, and he reveals how SandForce's hotshot storage controller fares against popular Intel offerings. Finally, Cyril took Asus's choose-your-own-adventure Eee PC for a spin, and he gives us the skinny on whether an OS-free system is worth the trouble.

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Sat, 22 May 2010 01:58:18 -0400 the-tr-podcast-64-pots-and-kettles-moorestown-a-1 techreport.com Plus, listener mail, we need interns, and the new TR look This week is all about quality over quantity as we tackle TR's latest three reviews. But before getting into Eyefinity, SSDs, and bring-your-own-OS laptops, our panel goes over the new TR site layout, puts out the call for TR interns, and answers a very technical listener question about Intel's new Moorestown handheld platform. Moving on to the heavy stuff, Scott has finally finished his opus on AMD's Eyefinity system, and he runs through the various configurations, their pros and cons, and which setup he'd keep around to use on a regular basis. In the storage corner, Geoff has the scoop on new SandForce based solid-state drives from OCZ and Corsair, and he reveals how SandForce's hotshot storage controller fares against popular Intel offerings. Finally, Cyril took Asus's choose-your-own-adventure Eee PC for a spin, and he gives us the skinny on whether an OS-free system is worth the trouble. no 1:22:25
The TR Podcast 64: Pots and kettles, Moorestown, and AMD strikes back http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep064.m4a Mon, 10 May 2010 04:06:57 -0400 the-tr-podcast-64-pots-and-kettles-moorestown-a techreport.com Plus HP buys Palm, a motherboard roundup on our favorite new chipset, and more We're back to our classic format with our full panel this week. After answering a question from a loyal listener and covering some miscellaneous topics, Scott, Geoff, Cyril, and Jordan jump right into the biggest story of the show: HP moves to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion. Our panelists give their thoughts on this major move, and we discuss the viability of Windows 7 versus Palm's webOS on future slate devices. Scott goes on to give us his take on the promising new low-power Intel Moorestown platform. Finally, in the mobile department, we cover Steve Jobs' rant about Adobe Flash, and Jordan speaks out of turn as the resident fanboy. Scott and Cyril also cover the exciting new Phenom II X6 processors, and Geoff rounds up the latest AMD based motherboards, giving us the low-down on why AMD's 890FX is such a great chipset. no 1:29:40 The TR Podcast 63: Hands on with the iPad, the creepy meter, and surround sound gaming http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep063.m4a Crysis 2, and we all have something to say about the platform-free gaming future Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima predicts. Later, Geoff, Will, and Cyril discuss their experiences with the 5.1 surround-sound gaming headset from Psyko, we delve briefly into AMD's financials, and Cyril goes over his latest laptop review. 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More Apple stories follow as we discuss new Gigabyte motherboards that charge running iPads, plus the biggest product leak in the history of Apple.Next up: our panel is both apprehensive and excited about Crytek's upcoming <em>Crysis 2</em>, and we all have something to say about the platform-free gaming future <em>Metal Gear Solid</em> creator Hideo Kojima predicts. Later, Geoff, Will, and Cyril discuss their experiences with the 5.1 surround-sound gaming headset from Psyko, we delve briefly into AMD's financials, and Cyril goes over his latest laptop review. Geoff then concludes our podcast by giving us the skinny about his recently published SSD roundup. no 1:18:48 The TR Podcast 62.5: Overclocking in Silicon Valley http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep062.5.mp3 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:53:27 -0400 the-tr-podcast-62-fermi-in-the-flesh-new-velocir techreport.com Love, laughter, and liquid nitrogen In another special episode of the TR Podcast, Jordan brings us coverage from the Asus 3x3 Overclocking Summit event in San Jose, California. With travel adventure and the reunion of old podcast friends, extreme hardware, and extreme overclocking, this is an episode you don't want to miss. no 28:45 The TR Podcast 62: Fermi in the flesh, new VelociRaptors, and emptying the mail bag http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep062.m4a Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:43:57 -0400 the-tr-podcast-61-apple-vs-google-broken-drm-a techreport.com Plus lighthearted shooters, USB 3.0, and clock speed vs. cores This episode of the TR podcast is a bang-for-buck compilation of listener mail and hardware reviews. To top it off, we're delivering it to you four days earlier than usual! Jordan, Scott, Geoff, and Cyril start off with several listener questions covering everything from USB 3.0 to the progression of CPU technology and the latest GPU drivers. In the second half of the episode, Scott delves deep inside Nvidia's latest graphics architecture, and Geoff gives us the lowdown on Western Digital's newest 10,000-RPM hard drive. no 1:22:06 The TR Podcast 61: Apple vs. Google, broken DRM, and AMD's gaming manifesto http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep061.m4a Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:15:01 -0400 the-tr-podcast-60-os-x-gaming-a-sixcore-monster techreport.com Plus Google and China break up, our latest reader poll... and more While Scott is hard at work finishing his Nvidia GF100 review, Cyril and Geoff join Jordan for this short and sweet episode. We start with a roundup of gaming-related topics: the size of the market for top-of-the-line PC gaming hardware, EA's broken DRM being assaulted from within, and Valve's Gabe Newell speaking his mind about Ubisoft's equally dysfunctional copy protection. Moving on, Geoff has the scoop about AMD's new gaming manifesto, and rumor has it cheaper DirectX 11 GeForce graphics cards could be coming out this summer. We wrap things up by going over our latest poll, which reveals the IT roots of a surprising portion of our readership, and by examining Google's souring relationships with both Apple and the Chinese government. no 53:10 The TR Podcast 60: OS X gaming, a six-core monster and the cake is a lie.... again http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep060.m4a Join us this week for a classic TR Podcast episode—sans our lovable French news jockey Cyril. Scott, Geoff and Jordan kick off the episode with a follow-up to our recent ".5" episode, which discussed AMD's Eyefinity and the new Radeon HD 5870. Scott gives us his updated take on day-to-day Eyefinity gameplay after tweaking the monstrous six-display rig. Moving across the graphic aisle, Nvidia brings us both good and bad news as the next-gen Ion takes flight amid reports that the latest ForceWare graphics drivers are causing GPU overheating. And there's more from the snafu department; Newegg has dropped a major supplier following the recent fake Core i7-920 debacle. Our news roundup concludes with a flurry of gaming stories, including some sexy Crysis 2 screenshots, Portal 2 goodness, and much to Jordan's delight, the news that Steam is coming to the Mac.

This episode's hardware reviews start with the crazy-fast Intel Core i7-980X Extreme CPU, a chip that has it all: headroom, value, efficiency, and speed. Geoff gives us the scoop on AMD's new 890GX integrated graphics chipset, and Scott gives the shortest GPU review we've every aired, succinctly summing up the disappointing Radeon HD 5830. Finally, Scott gives his thoughts on the issue of ad blockers, and the harm they do to publications like TR.

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 01:02:03 -0400 the-tr-podcast-595-eyefinity-at-damage-labs techreport.com Plus Nanosuits in Manhattan, our fastest GPU review ever and more Join us this week for a classic TR Podcast episode—sans our lovable French news jockey Cyril. Scott, Geoff and Jordan kick off the episode with a follow-up to our recent ".5" episode, which discussed AMD's Eyefinity and the new Radeon HD 5870. Scott gives us his updated take on day-to-day Eyefinity gameplay after tweaking the monstrous six-display rig. Moving across the graphic aisle, Nvidia brings us both good and bad news as the next-gen Ion takes flight amid reports that the latest ForceWare graphics drivers are causing GPU overheating. And there's more from the snafu department; Newegg has dropped a major supplier following the recent fake Core i7-920 debacle. Our news roundup concludes with a flurry of gaming stories, including some sexy Crysis 2 screenshots, Portal 2 goodness, and much to Jordan's delight, the news that Steam is coming to the Mac. This episode's hardware reviews start with the crazy-fast Intel Core i7-980X Extreme CPU, a chip that has it all: headroom, value, efficiency, and speed. Geoff gives us the scoop on AMD's new 890GX integrated graphics chipset, and Scott gives the shortest GPU review we've every aired, succinctly summing up the disappointing Radeon HD 5830. Finally, Scott gives his thoughts on the issue of ad blockers, and the harm they do to publications like TR. no 1:20:56
The TR Podcast 59.5: Eyefinity at Damage Labs http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep059.5.mp3 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 14:23:57 -0500 the-tr-podcast-59-optimus-prime-the-ipad-and-a techreport.com 12 megapixels of awesomeness In another exciting ".5" episode, Scott and Jordan give us the low-down on AMD's Eyefinity technology. AMD's traveling press team has just installed a six-display monster rig in Damage Labs, and Shane Parfitt of AMD joins Scott to talk about the graphics power needed to power twelve megapixels, not to mention bezel compensation, display grouping, and more. no 1:24:43 The TR Podcast 59: Optimus Prime, the iPad, and a podcast exclusive http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep059.m4a Sun, 28 Feb 2010 23:27:23 -0500 the-tr-podcast-585-microprocessor-madness techreport.com Plus our latest system guide, Nvidia's next GPU, and more We start this episode with a panel discussion of Apple's iPad. Scott, Geoff, and Cyril voice criticisms about the device, while Jordan makes his case for the iPad succeeding as an everyman consumer tablet. Moving on to PC hardware, we cover a variety of news surrounding Nvidia's upcoming GF100 graphics processor, not to mention the company's latest switchable graphics technology, a.k.a. Optimus. Scott goes on to deliver an exclusive podcast preview of his Radeon HD 5830 article, which should pop up on the website this week. Finally, our editors explain the new CPU picks, price hikes, and component tweaks from our latest system guide. no 1:17:28 The TR Podcast 58.5: Microprocessor madness http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep058.5.mp3 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 18:52:38 -0500 the-tr-podcast-58-tales-from-ces techreport.com ...to appease your podcast appetite In a mix of penance for last week's podcast absence and momentum from our latest hit article, Jordan and Scott have teamed up for a special edition of the TR Podcast. Scott talks about his latest CPU roundup, what processors came out on top, and how our baseline Pentium 4 fared in comparison. The conversation also addresses our newest take on CPU and system value, overclocking, and more. no 33:52 The TR Podcast 58: Tales from CES http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep058.mp3 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:35:51 -0500 the-tr-podcast-57-viva-las-ces techreport.com A trip back to Vegas In this special episode of the TR Podcast, we're taking you back to Sin City and imparting some of the sights, smells, and sounds (okay, maybe just the sounds) of the world's largest consumer electronics expo. Along with a taste of the CES experience, we provide added insight and information into the news and buzz we've already covered on the site and on the podcast. This episode includes special interviews and conversations straight from Vegas hotel suite meetings—you won't want to miss it! no 48:52 The TR Podcast 57: Viva Las CES http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep057.m4a Fresh back from CES 2010, the gang attempts to recap everything seen during and after this year's upbeat electronics expo. We start with Intel's new mobile and desktop platforms and other interesting technologies, like the Wireless Display (WiDi) feature included in a few different Arrandale laptops. From AMD, we have both external graphics and the new, $99 Radeon HD 5670. Nvidia, meanwhile, showed its next-generation Tegra system-on-a-chip and GeForce 3D Vision Surround, a 3D gaming scheme Scott actually likes.
Other CES delights include an exciting motion-control product coming soon from Razer and EVGA's ridiculously massive dual-Xeon motherboard, which we're not sure will actually fit into existing PC enclosures. We also go over Asus' new line of stylish-looking laptops, the fab behemoth that GlobalFoundries is becoming, and a bevy of new SSDs from, well, just about everybody.

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Mon, 18 Jan 2010 02:22:36 -0500 the-tr-podcast-56-intels-ups-and-downs-ultrapor techreport.com Join us as we recap our trip to this year's Consumer Electronics Show Fresh back from CES 2010, the gang attempts to recap everything seen during and after this year's upbeat electronics expo. We start with Intel's new mobile and desktop platforms and other interesting technologies, like the Wireless Display (WiDi) feature included in a few different Arrandale laptops. From AMD, we have both external graphics and the new, $99 Radeon HD 5670. Nvidia, meanwhile, showed its next-generation Tegra system-on-a-chip and GeForce 3D Vision Surround, a 3D gaming scheme Scott actually likes. Other CES delights include an exciting motion-control product coming soon from Razer and EVGA's ridiculously massive dual-Xeon motherboard, which we're not sure will actually fit into existing PC enclosures. We also go over Asus' new line of stylish-looking laptops, the fab behemoth that GlobalFoundries is becoming, and a bevy of new SSDs from, well, just about everybody. no 1:37:29
The TR Podcast 56: Intel's ups and downs, ultraportable madness, and Avatar http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep056.m4a Mon, 21 Dec 2009 04:57:40 -0500 the-tr-podcast-55-phantom-menace-ii-the-christma techreport.com Plus, a podcast exclusive review, GPU acceleration for flash video, and more After kicking off this episode with a review of James Cameron's Avatar, the gang welcomes Rob Williams of TechGage, who fills in for TR's venerable chipset and storage expert Geoff Gasior this week. Cyril then follows up on last episode's GPU shortage discussion, giving us the latest on the availability of AMD's Radeon HD 5850 and 5870 graphics cards. Later, in a round of ultraportable stories, Scott shares his experiences with GPU-accelerated Flash video, installing Windows 7 on his Samsung NC20, and using Acer's Aspire Timeline 1810TZ ultraportable. A listener question subsequently prompts several Intel-related stories, including updates about the Larrabee graphics processor, the Federal Trade Commission's recent lawsuit, and the upcoming 32-nm Clarkdale, Arrandale, and Gulftown CPUs. no 1:28:00 The TR Podcast 55: Phantom Menace II, the Christmas '09 system guide and a pair of pairs http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep055.m4a will be worth the cost of a ticket and popcorn. Jordan and Cyril suggest James Cameron will score another hit, while Scott and Geoff are dubious and draw parallels with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1998—a lot of hype and a big letdown. Scott goes on to relate the woes of giving tech buying advice to friends and family. Moving on, it's time for another TR system guide, and our Christmas '09 edition is rife with compromises to combat the RAM price hikes and GPU shortages. We talk about the possibility of GPU scarcity continuing well into 2010, as well. Also in this episode: Microsoft is trying to combat Steam, we pit two 2TB hard drives against each other, and choosing between Dell and Asus for a 14" notebook turns out to be somewhat complicated.]]> Sun, 06 Dec 2009 23:53:30 -0500 the-tr-podcast-54-intel-and-amd-make-up-the-foot techreport.com Plus GPU availability, Microsoft vs. Steam, and giving computer buying advice The fall movie season is well under way, and Scott starts this episode by asking the panel whether $500-million megafilm Avatar> will be worth the cost of a ticket and popcorn. Jordan and Cyril suggest James Cameron will score another hit, while Scott and Geoff are dubious and draw parallels with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1998—a lot of hype and a big letdown. Scott goes on to relate the woes of giving tech buying advice to friends and family. Moving on, it's time for another TR system guide, and our Christmas '09 edition is rife with compromises to combat the RAM price hikes and GPU shortages. We talk about the possibility of GPU scarcity continuing well into 2010, as well. Also in this episode: Microsoft is trying to combat Steam, we pit two 2TB hard drives against each other, and choosing between Dell and Asus for a 14" notebook turns out to be somewhat complicated. no 1:10:45 The TR Podcast 54: Intel and AMD make up, the foot-long GPU, and Modern Warfare 2 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep054.m4a We're back to our classic format in this week's episode, starting with a look at some of this season's new games. Scott is still having a blast with Borderlands, and everyone has their take on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, with its fast-paced, on-rails gameplay and controversial airport scene.
Moving on from gaming, Cyril and Scott tackle major industry news: AMD and Intel have finally shaken hands and made up after four years of litigation and multiple antitrust investigations. Scott goes on to detail what AMD has revealed of its latest processor roadmap, before going on to comment on the company's massive, dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970. Our panel also discusses the slow trickle of graphics cards across the industry, Kanguru's eSATA/USB thumb drive, and more.

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Mon, 23 Nov 2009 01:37:38 -0500 the-tr-podcast-53-windows-7-arrives-tiny-p55-boa-1 techreport.com Plus, GPU availability, eSATA thumb drive, the future of AMD and more We're back to our classic format in this week's episode, starting with a look at some of this season's new games. Scott is still having a blast with Borderlands, and everyone has their take on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, with its fast-paced, on-rails gameplay and controversial airport scene. Moving on from gaming, Cyril and Scott tackle major industry news: AMD and Intel have finally shaken hands and made up after four years of litigation and multiple antitrust investigations. Scott goes on to detail what AMD has revealed of its latest processor roadmap, before going on to comment on the company's massive, dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970. Our panel also discusses the slow trickle of graphics cards across the industry, Kanguru's eSATA/USB thumb drive, and more. no 1:13:51
The TR Podcast: 10th Anniversary Edition http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_epanniversary.mp3 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 00:40:11 -0500 the-tr-podcast-53-windows-7-arrives-tiny-p55-boa techreport.com A decade of PC Hardware explored Kick back and relax in this trip down TR memory lane. Our special anniversary episode is packed with stories from the past 10 years of PC hardware exploration. We reminisce with the usual gang—Scott, Geoff, Cyril, and Adam—and also, for the first time, welcome the amazing Andy Brown to our panel. With talk of everything from TR's launch in 1999 to the future and beyond, this is an episode no TR fan should miss. no 52:44 The TR Podcast 53: Windows 7 arrives, tiny P55 boards, and Borderlands http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep053.m4a Sun, 25 Oct 2009 19:48:33 -0400 the-tr-podcast-52-killing-inferi-finding-the-585 techreport.com Plus Cyril's new keyboard, new Radeons, and more This technical potpourri of an episode starts with the official Windows 7 launch, as the gang discusses pricing, and Jordan remains alone in his hopes for an entertaining Windows 7-sponsored Family Guy episode... very alone. Moving on to gaming, Mass Effect 2 is looking good, World of Goo is selling for just $2 a copy, and Borderlands gets the pre-PC-launch review treatment from Scott. After several weeks of anticipation, Geoff also shares his thoughts on two MicroATX Intel P55 motherboards—both compact yet surprisingly feature-packed little offerings. Finally, Scott gives us the scoop on the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750, Cyril joins Jordan as a fan of Apple's aluminum keyboard, and we close with some Intel financial news. no 1:09:25 The TR Podcast 52: Killing Inferi, finding the 5850, and all about Fermi http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep052.m4a Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:23:20 -0400 the-tr-podcast-51-new-theme-music-highend-graph techreport.com Plus who uses GPU computing, PhysX exclusivity, and more... We've got podcast tunnel vision for one subject in particular this week: graphics. Fresh from the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, Scott has plenty to say about Nvidia's latest efforts, especially on the general-purpose computing front. We cover everything from the next-gen Fermi architecture to general-purpose applications for Nvidia GPUs, which have included cool-looking fire effects in the <em>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince</em> movie. no 1:32:40 The TR Podcast 51: New theme music, high-end graphics, and the Intel roadmap http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep051.m4a Sun, 27 Sep 2009 23:48:55 -0400 the-tr-podcast-50-lynnfield-arrives-the-future-o techreport.com Plus a six-core desktop processor from AMD, GPU load-balancing, and more This episode marks a new day for the TR Podcast, particularly with the new theme song kicking off the show. After a serenade and introduction, we delve into a discussion about the newly crowned fastest graphics processor in the world—AMD's new Radeon HD 5870. Also of interest is a variety of CPU stories that have come from Intel's latest Developer Forum. Scott and Cyril break down everything from Pat Gelsinger's departure to a working demo of the future Sandy Bridge architecture. On the AMD front, we talk six-core desktop processors, and Scott expresses skepticism about the value of the new $99 Athlon II X4. no 1:25:36 The TR Podcast 50: Lynnfield arrives, the future of storage, and next-gen gaming http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep050.m4a Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:50:20 -0400 the-tr-podcast-495-tales-from-beijing techreport.com Plus one last look at Windows 7, iPods and Zunes, SwiMP3, and more We kick off this milestone episode by introducing Loyd Case for his second appearance on the TR Podcast. Loyd starts us right off with his impressions of AMD's Eyefinity hexa-monitor gaming technology, which Scott also wrote about earlier this week. Then, Cyril talks about his desktop-centric review of Windows 7, and our panelists chip in with their feelings on Microsoft's upcoming operating system. Moving into the world of sports&mdash;something we rarely do&mdash;Geoff gives us the skinny on the SwiMP3 underwater MP3 player. From there, we transition right into the meat of the episode by addressing Intel's new Core i5 and Core i7-800 processors and the accompanying P55 Express chipset. Our panelists dissect the new platform, going over everything from new motherboard layout possibilities to power-efficiency and the future of the X58 platform. The remainder of the episode includes talk of Zunes and iPods, new CULV laptops, and the future of removable storage. no 1:29:50 The TR Podcast 49.5: Tales from Beijing http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep049.5.mp3 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 22:35:44 -0400 the-tr-podcast-49-a-special-guest-upcoming-cpus techreport.com Overclocking in the Olympic city Join Jordan in this special episode of the podcast as he travels to Beijing, China to cover MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009 world final. no 45:20 The TR Podcast 49: A special guest, upcoming CPUs, and laptop woes http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep049.m4a Sun, 23 Aug 2009 20:24:41 -0400 the-tr-podcast-48-windows-7-oldman-rants-and-l techreport.com Plus Zune HD up for pre-order, headphone oriented soundcards, and more We begin this week's episode introducing our special guest: Loyd Case, a veteran tech journalist and ExtremeTech's former Editor in Chief. His current projects include a personal blog, Improbable Insights, as well as a Twitter account and freelance writing for publications like PC World and Maximum PC. Jumping right into the meat of the show, Scott and Loyd talk about Gigabyte's MicroATX P55 motherboard, what the two expect from Intel's new platform, and what other manufacturers like Asus and MSI are bringing to the table. Scott also gives his two cents on the new Phenom II X4 965 from AMD.Moving on to a set of laptop stories, Geoff has been testing Acer's Aspire Timeline 13.3" ultraportable, Scott just purchased a new Samsung NC20, and Dell and MSI have some noteworthy notebook updates to discuss. We the end the show with Geoff's headphone-focused sound card testing, thoughts on the Zune HD, and debate over DVD fair-use rights. no 1:34:43 The TR Podcast 48: Windows 7, old-man rants, and luxury SSD's http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep048.m4a In the wake of the Windows 7 RTM rollout, our panel shares their impressions of the new operating system, from the new, OS X-esque taskbar to the departure of Windows Mail. Later, a listener question prompts some display discussion, while upcoming Left 4 Dead bonus content suggests Valve isn't neglecting fans of the original game, after all.
Moving on, MSI's upcoming Wind U200 laptop prompts an "old-man rant" from Scott, after which Geoff briefs us on the pros and cons of AMD's 785G integrated graphics chipset. Finally, we share our thoughts on OCZ's upcoming terabyte SSD (and its rumored $2,500 price tag).
Also in this episode: two cool interviews with contestants from MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009. First-place winner Mike Graf tells us about his practical uses for overclocking on a day-to-day basis, while acclaimed case modder Ton Khowdee talks pro modding, overclocking, and more.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2009 14:22:53 -0400 the-tr-podcast-47-two-sneak-peek-whats-next-for techreport.com Plus more unique overclocking discussion, Left 4 Dead gets more content, and more In the wake of the Windows 7 RTM rollout, our panel shares their impressions of the new operating system, from the new, OS X-esque taskbar to the departure of Windows Mail. Later, a listener question prompts some display discussion, while upcoming Left 4 Dead bonus content suggests Valve isn't neglecting fans of the original game, after all. Moving on, MSI's upcoming Wind U200 laptop prompts an "old-man rant" from Scott, after which Geoff briefs us on the pros and cons of AMD's 785G integrated graphics chipset. Finally, we share our thoughts on OCZ's upcoming terabyte SSD (and its rumored $2,500 price tag). Also in this episode: two cool interviews with contestants from MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2009. First-place winner Mike Graf tells us about his practical uses for overclocking on a day-to-day basis, while acclaimed case modder Ton Khowdee talks pro modding, overclocking, and more. no 1:29:49
The TR Podcast 47: Two sneak peeks, what's next for physical media, and Wall Street for gamers http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep047.m4a Sun, 09 Aug 2009 14:20:02 -0400 the-tr-podcast-46-the-google-os-browser-wars-an techreport.com Plus TR comes to Twitter, deadly iPhone prototypes, fantasy football, and more... After a slew of mega-length episodes, we slim down a bit this week with a shorter, more tightly packed podcast presentation. To kick things off, fantasy football season is starting, and we finally have a presence in the Twitter-verse. We go on to discuss how we use the social media service as yet another tool to stay on top of the PC hardware industry. Moving into the meat of the episode, we bring you not one, but two sneak previews of articles you can expect to see this week. Scott and Geoff share their thoughts on both Intel's new SSDs and a pair of 11.6" netbooks. Also on the agenda: can gamers invest in future titles? And what will happen to DVDs and Blu-Ray with the rise of portable flash media? Finally, don't miss our interview with pro-overclocker and Xtreme Systems owner Charles "Fugger" Wirth. no 1:25:54 The TR Podcast 46: The Google OS, browser wars, and all things storage http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep046.m4a Sun, 12 Jul 2009 17:42:16 -0400 the-tr-podcast-45-gaming-roundup-swiss-army-kniv techreport.com Plus classic games come to Steam, OCing stories from the front lines, and more This week's episode starts off with a bang. Damage Labs adds a new member to the team, and Scott and Jordan discuss the joys of patriotic explosions. For the most part, the remaining episode tackles software and storage. We discuss Google's just-announced Chrome OS, Firefox 3.5, and VLC 1.0.0. We even take a look at our own web server stats to see which browsers you, the readers and listeners, use the most. To break things up, we have another MSI sponsored segment, which includes motherboard tech discussion and an interview with competitive overlocker Gautam Bhatnager. We also answer two listener mail questions. Finally, a veritable pod of storage stories finishes up the show, as we talk SSDs, hard drive history, and backup strategy. no 2:10:00 The TR Podcast 45: Gaming roundup, Swiss Army knives, and Windows Vista II http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep045.m4a Sun, 28 Jun 2009 01:19:36 -0400 the-tr-podcast-44-computex-compendium-air-vs-wa techreport.com Plus another netbook news roundup, iPhone vs. Pre, and much more As the month of June comes to a close, we turn off the noisy air conditioning and swelter in our studios to record another episode of the TR Podcast—at least, that's what I did. This episode starts with a variety of gaming topics: everything from the campy and somewhat uninteresting Battlefield Heroes to the acquisition of id Software, the reasoning behind which we discuss at length. We then talk phones, as the iPhone 3G S has made its way into two of our panelists' hands, and Scott has wandered back into his old Sprint store to check out the Palm Pre. Cyril and Scott go on to introduce the Pocket Swiss Army Knife from the latest TR system guide, and we share our (mixed) feelings about Windows 7 pricing. Later, Scott examines MSI's new consumer ultraportable laptop, we round up the latest netbook news, and we wrap up with high-end Socket AM3 chipsets. What a show! no 1:58:54 The TR Podcast 44: Computex compendium, air vs. water, and budget CPU madness http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep044.m4a Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:03:15 -0400 the-tr-podcast-43-troublesome-ssds-tired-rhetori techreport.com Plus SSD controversy, France's three-strikes law is unconstitutional, and more If you've been following the news from Computex, or perhaps looking for a concise overview of the biggest stories from the event, you'll love this episode. We kick things off with Cyril, Scott, Jordan and Geoff covering the coolest innovations and new products from companies like Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Gigabyte, Corsair, and Synaptics. We go on to bring you the latest about our solid-state drive tests, Scott's CPU benchmarking extravaganza, and France's failed anti-piracy law. Also in this episode, Jordan and Joshua Buss discuss TR's latest processor cooler roundup. no 1:52:20 The TR Podcast 43: Troublesome SSDs, tired rhetoric, and a podcast exclusive http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep043.m4a Sat, 23 May 2009 22:45:33 -0400 the-tr-podcast-42-tech-rockstars-awesome-ultrapo techreport.com Plus Intel's $1.5-billion fine, iPhone rumors, and more We're all stretching our brain muscles as we kick off yet another TR Podcast episode. Wolfram|Alpha, our first point of discussion, is both confusing and brilliant, but we're not holding our breath to see it become the next big web thing. Moving on to yet another ad-war, we discuss Apple's response to the Microsoft laptop hunter spots. Does Apple stick with tired rhetoric or truly take the lead? Soon after our ad discussion and a short iPhone rumor roundup, Scott and Geoff tackle our latest SSD roundup and the controversy surrounding it. The sinking U.S. dollar means Intel is getting fined just a little bit more each day in Europe, and Scott gives us a cool AMD CPU sneak preview. no 1:33:12 The TR Podcast 42: Tech rockstars, awesome ultraportables, and the day Duke died http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep042.m4a Sat, 09 May 2009 17:40:39 -0400 the-tr-podcast-41-customer-reeducation-cpu-nirva techreport.com Plus a slew of AMD stories, a TV show roundup, and more Tune in this week for our thoughts on everything from the tragedy of 3D Realm's death to the narrow-mindedness of Microsoft's latest ad campaign. We also talk about our favorite new ultraportables and Intel's rock stars. no 1:42:13 The TR Podcast 41: Customer reeducation, CPU nirvana, and everone loves Atom http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep041.m4a Sat, 25 Apr 2009 20:18:45 -0400 the-tr-podcast-40-the-gpgpu-tax-three-strikes-yo techreport.com Plus OCZ's DIY netbook, Time Warner gets on our nerves... and much more We're back after a brief hiatus with a well-rounded podcast episode. Scott kicks off the conversation with a frustrating revelation about Lenovo's new ThinkPad automatic update feature, then we share our thoughts on Time Warner Cable's bandwidth quota trial saga. We also give Apple a shout-out for making all iTunes Store music DRM free—despite the ensuing price increase.On the CPU front, we examine AMD's latest Phenom processor as well as the chipmaker's new Opteron roadmap. Finally, Matt gives us the rundown on OCZ's first foray into the netbook world, we discuss the merits of Nvidia's Ion chipset, and our latest poll prompts Scott to comment on the Atom processor's usefulness. A quick reminder: we've switched to a twice-a-month schedule for the podcast, so our next episode will air on May 9. The episode after that will go up on May 23. no 1:35:21 The TR Podcast 40: The GPGPU tax, three strikes you're out, and the end of netbooks http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep040.m4a Sun, 05 Apr 2009 23:13:18 -0400 the-tr-podcast-39-burning-the-tp-wavy-digital-cl techreport.com Plu: Skype on the iPhone, Intel's latest Xeon processors, Mini-ITX, and more... Listener mail is back, starting one of our longest episodes ever with an interesting question about the effects of general-purpose usage on a GPU's life span. Our editors also dive into the debate generated by Microsoft's latest "I'm a PC" ad, giving their take on whether Microsoft has hit a home run or a foul ball. Then, after we lament the expansion of Time Warner Cable's bandwidth quotas to several U.S. cities, Cyril rants about a draconian new copyright bill in France. Other topics in this episode include Geoff's review of a handy little Mini-ITX motherboard, the newest and blazingly fast Xeon 5500 processors from Intel, and a variety of netbook and handheld news. no 2:02:10 The TR Podcast 39: Burning the TP, wavy digital clothing, and a gaming news roundup http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep039.m4a Sat, 28 Mar 2009 18:14:42 -0400 the-tr-podcast-38-hello-mr-hawking-dell-does-se techreport.com Plus more cool keyboards, motherboard OS's, Killer NICs return, and more This week's podcast gets off to a spoilerific start. Now that our panelists have seen the Battlestar Galactica series finale, we follow up on last week's predictions with a spoiler-heavy review... you have been warned. It's been a while since we've done a good gaming news roundup, so we also spent some time on sequel watch, analyzing what we know about Bioshock 2, Modern Warfare 2<, and Mass Effect 2. Other gaming-related topics include Valve's "DRM free" claims, Havok and AMD's physics demo at GDC, and the next generation of fancy network cards from Bigfoot Networks. Also in this episode: Cyril finds another mechanical keyboard to lay his hands on, the Pirate Bay wants to cloak its users for a small fee, and Geoff asks what we'd like to see in an instant-on motherboard OS no 57:38 The TR Podcast 38: Hello Mr. Hawking, Dell does sexy, and affordable Core i7 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep038.m4a Sat, 21 Mar 2009 16:52:09 -0400 the-tr-podcast-37-frothing-at-the-machole-notso techreport.com Plus a look at CPU industry wide bang for buck, Western Digital's cool techsessory and more This week's episode starts off in geek central with a short Battlestar Galactica series finale discussion, which is sure to amuse the BSG fans who already saw the climactic finish last night. Matt then kicks off our actual tech talk with an overview of WD's TV HD Media Player and how it compares to other media-center options on the market. Moving on, we beat the iPod shuffle dead horse just a tad more, and we segue into equally cynical commentary about Dell's latest attempt at a MacBook Air competitor. Cyril later explains the current processor landscape in terms of bang for buck, after which Geoff goes over affordable Core i7 motherboards, we speculate on Intel and AMD's latest schoolyard fight, Geoff tells us why Nvidia's Hybrid Power technology is dead on the desktop, and much more no 1:12:24 The TR Podcast 37: Frothing at the MacHole, not-so-new GPUs, and a trip down memory lane http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep037.m4a Sun, 08 Mar 2009 00:16:30 -0500 the-tr-podcast-36-amds-gimpy-goodness-microsoft techreport.com Plus Intel's latest Classmate PC, stickin' it to the sat man, and more This episode features our largest panel ever, with both our regular team and new TR blogger Jason Fox. We kick off the show by exploring Jason's first post, in which he described his recent exodus from cable TV to over-the-air HD broadcast. After discussing services like Hulu and Boxee, our panel gets down and dirty in a platform debate over the latest Mac hardware upgrades. As the show goes on, we get schooled by Intel's Convertible Classmate PC, explore Nvidia's mobile GPU branding controversy, and dig through Geoff's closet to find legacy tech toys. no 1:45:22 The TR Podcast 36: AMD's gimpy goodness, Microsoft retail, and the Athlon Neo http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep036.m4a Sun, 22 Feb 2009 20:01:07 -0500 the-tr-podcast-35-breaking-the-glass-surfing-the techreport.com Plus: the latest in the netbook world, lawsuits against Microsoft, and more This week, Scott joins us to talk about netbooks, new triple-core Phenoms, and his recent trip to AMD Austin, where he got a chance to see six-core Opterons and HP's new Athlon Neo-powered laptop. Scott signs off for the second half of the show, and Matt Butrovich returns by popular demand for a round-table discussion about lawsuits, future Microsoft retail outlets, his new MacBook, and Newegg's shipping policies. no 1:22:12 The TR Podcast 35: Breaking the glass, surfing the music, and suing Apple http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep035.m4a Scott starts off this week's tech discussion with tales of his recent trip to Oregon, where he talked with Intel executives about the newly announced 32nm Westmere processors. Our editors are skeptical about Intel's motives for making Westmere into a CPU/GPU chimera, especially since—as Geoff points out—current Intel integrated graphics are still considerably slower than competition.

Scott then leaves our show early to continue his work in Damage Labs, and TR blogger and reviewer Matt Butrovich fills in to talk about everything from Mirror's Edge PhysX performance to a possible $99 iPhone. We also hear Geoff's thoughts on the 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green drive and his favorite musical rhythm game.

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Sat, 14 Feb 2009 18:20:36 -0500 the-tr-podcast-34-headaches-our-anniversary-and techreport.com Plus Intel's latest plans, the largest hard drive on the market, and more Scott starts off this week's tech discussion with tales of his recent trip to Oregon, where he talked with Intel executives about the newly announced 32nm Westmere processors. Our editors are skeptical about Intel's motives for making Westmere into a CPU/GPU chimera, especially since—as Geoff points out—current Intel integrated graphics are still considerably slower than competition. Scott then leaves our show early to continue his work in Damage Labs, and TR blogger and reviewer Matt Butrovich fills in to talk about everything from Mirror's Edge PhysX performance to a possible $99 iPhone. We also hear Geoff's thoughts on the 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green drive and his favorite musical rhythm game. no 1:17:20
The TR Podcast 34: Headaches, our anniversary, and meeting an Intel engineer http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep033.m4a Our longest episode ever brings the thunder with a combination of great news and reviews and one of our most interesting interviews to date. Before our foray into the tech world begins, Jordan informs us that this episode marks the TR Podcast's one year anniversary, we pause for a quick celebration and then start into our discussion. Geoff begins with review of Nvidia's ION platform, followed by our concern over bandwidth caps and a look into the future for the curious NIC card maker Bigfoot. Our editors also debate the wisdom of another extensive sku list for Windows 7, Scott gives us an interesting perspective on the recent purchase of Shacknews, and Cyril thinks Mirrors Edge for the PC is worth a second look. Finally, Scott evaluates Nvidia's new 3D vision scheme and is only able to conclude that 3D zombies are cool, 3D women are hot.... and the rest kinda goes down hill from there.

The second half of our episode contains an interview with Intel engineer Matthew Hiltner. Scott and Geoff ask him a mix of editor and user submitted questions and Matthew talks about everything from silicon testing and bios emulation, to what happens when someone in the workplace fries an expensive testing motherboard.... don't miss this interview.

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Sun, 08 Feb 2009 15:00:19 -0500 the-tr-podcast-33-facebooking-ssds-on-steroids techreport.com Plus a look at the Ion platform, concern over potential bandwidth caps, a second look at Mirror's Edge, and more Our longest episode ever brings the thunder with a combination of great news and reviews and one of our most interesting interviews to date. Before our foray into the tech world begins, Jordan informs us that this episode marks the TR Podcast's one year anniversary, we pause for a quick celebration and then start into our discussion. Geoff begins with review of Nvidia's ION platform, followed by our concern over bandwidth caps and a look into the future for the curious NIC card maker Bigfoot. Our editors also debate the wisdom of another extensive sku list for Windows 7, Scott gives us an interesting perspective on the recent purchase of Shacknews, and Cyril thinks Mirrors Edge for the PC is worth a second look. Finally, Scott evaluates Nvidia's new 3D vision scheme and is only able to conclude that 3D zombies are cool, 3D women are hot.... and the rest kinda goes down hill from there. The second half of our episode contains an interview with Intel engineer Matthew Hiltner. Scott and Geoff ask him a mix of editor and user submitted questions and Matthew talks about everything from silicon testing and bios emulation, to what happens when someone in the workplace fries an expensive testing motherboard.... don't miss this interview. no 2:04:05
The TR Podcast 33: Facebooking, SSDs on steroids, and the bacon explosion http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep033.m4a Sun, 01 Feb 2009 23:55:47 -0500 the-tr-podcast-32-troubled-times-scary-storage techreport.com Plus Lian Li makes a truly unique ATX case, Western Digital makes a 2TB hard drive, and more This week really has it all. We start with listener mail, as Scott and Geoff answer questions about solid-state storage and the future of AMD. Our recent escapade into the wacky world of Facebook generates buzz both in the comments and among our panelists, Josh Buss joins us to talk about a very unusual ATX case design, and we talk about Gmail getting better for the corporate world. Lastly, the Kansas City original "Bacon Explosion" has our editors drooling on mic... and Damage promises to benchmark the BBQ beauty this weekend. no 1:28:28 The TR Podcast 32: Troubled times, scary storage, and the dark oscar http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep032.m4a Sat, 24 Jan 2009 17:57:05 -0500 the-tr-podcast-31-liberated-music-faster-for-les techreport.com Plus the 64-bit tipping point, why Circuit City killed itself, website updates, and more Listen to this week's episode as we dive into the tech economy, the Seagate debacle, disappointing Oscar nominations, and more. no 1:10:23 The TR Podcast 31: Liberated music, faster for less, and clicky keyboards http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep031.m4a Sat, 17 Jan 2009 12:08:06 -0500 the-tr-podcast-30-the-ces-2009-edition techreport.com Plus the Windows 7 beta, Steve Jobs' future at Apple, cheaper X58 mobos, and more Our first regular podcast of the year covers everything from CES and Macworld news to the latest processors and graphics cards, the Windows 7 beta, and clicky keyboards. no 1:17:24 The TR Podcast 30: The CES 2009 edition http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep030.m4a Sun, 11 Jan 2009 16:13:15 -0500 the-tr-podcast-29-2008-a-year-in-review techreport.com In which we compile and discuss the hardware highlights from CES 2009 In this special edition of the TR Podcast, Jordan and Scott summarize TR's coverage of CES 2009. Scott (on the phone with us from the airport in Las Vegas) talks about the markedly different mood for the new year, the unusual bevy of product releases for the event, highlights from the show floor, and more. no 38:01 The TR Podcast 29: 2008, a year in review http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep029.m4a After almost of year of vocal tech reporting, our panelists sit down with hindsight 20/20 to dissect this past year of tech. Scott starts us off with an overview of the three tech trends he believes have outlined the industry in 2008. In brief, these are the solidification of the "productivity" usage model, the stagnation of graphical requirements for games, and the inevitable collision of CPUs and GPUs.

With these three tech themes serving as an outline, our editors dive into the top news and reviews from their areas of expertise. Geoff discusses the rise of netbooks, 780G and P45 chipsets, Xonar sound cards, and the advancement of solid-state storage technology. Cyril and Scott discuss some of 2008's biggest corporate news, including AMD's early CEO swap and Nvidia's acquisition of Ageia. Finally, Scott does a roundup of the CPU and GPU designs that made this year one of the busiest we've seen in TR's 9 year history.

Before signing off on our last episode of 2008, Jordan asks each of the editors what they're most looking forward to in 2009, and we all pick our favorite 2008 game.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2008 17:10:31 -0500 the-tr-podcast-28-graphical-eye-candy-the-nettab techreport.com What made 2008 the busiest, craziest, and fastest year we've seen in a while After almost of year of vocal tech reporting, our panelists sit down with hindsight 20/20 to dissect this past year of tech. Scott starts us off with an overview of the three tech trends he believes have outlined the industry in 2008. In brief, these are the solidification of the "productivity" usage model, the stagnation of graphical requirements for games, and the inevitable collision of CPUs and GPUs. With these three tech themes serving as an outline, our editors dive into the top news and reviews from their areas of expertise. Geoff discusses the rise of netbooks, 780G and P45 chipsets, Xonar sound cards, and the advancement of solid-state storage technology. Cyril and Scott discuss some of 2008's biggest corporate news, including AMD's early CEO swap and Nvidia's acquisition of Ageia. Finally, Scott does a roundup of the CPU and GPU designs that made this year one of the busiest we've seen in TR's 9 year history. Before signing off on our last episode of 2008, Jordan asks each of the editors what they're most looking forward to in 2009, and we all pick our favorite 2008 game. no 1:30:02
The TR Podcast 28: Graphical eye candy, the nettablet, and congratulations, it's a boy! http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep028.m4a Scott starts off the discussion this week with a scathing technical review of the recently released EA survival-horror game, Dead Space. After a brief cool down period, we deliver the news that TR's marketing maestro Adam Eiberger is the proud father of a newborn baby boy. (Daniel Micah Eiberger weighs in at 8 lbs, is in good health, and is consistently scoring 240 in WorldBench.)

Before taking time off to prepare for the new baby gerbil, Adam and Scott worked to put together TR's 2008 Christmas Giveaway. Scott fills us in on the impressive specs of the giveaway PC, and he says he expects to post an article very soon with details on how to enter. The rest of our episode covers this past week's helping of TR news and articles. Our editors discuss SSD speeds in Windows 2000, the advancement of physics technology in games, the recent release of OpenCL 1.0, Gigabyte's new 'nettablet,' Intel's Core i7-940 and more.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2008 16:55:45 -0500 the-tr-podcast-27-attack-of-the-fanboys-the-crus techreport.com Plus: we revisit the Core i7-940, explore OpenCL 1.0, rant about Dead Space, and more! Scott starts off the discussion this week with a scathing technical review of the recently released EA survival-horror game, Dead Space. After a brief cool down period, we deliver the news that TR's marketing maestro Adam Eiberger is the proud father of a newborn baby boy. (Daniel Micah Eiberger weighs in at 8 lbs, is in good health, and is consistently scoring 240 in WorldBench.) Before taking time off to prepare for the new baby gerbil, Adam and Scott worked to put together TR's 2008 Christmas Giveaway. Scott fills us in on the impressive specs of the giveaway PC, and he says he expects to post an article very soon with details on how to enter. The rest of our episode covers this past week's helping of TR news and articles. Our editors discuss SSD speeds in Windows 2000, the advancement of physics technology in games, the recent release of OpenCL 1.0, Gigabyte's new 'nettablet,' Intel's Core i7-940 and more. no 1:26:54
The TR Podcast 27: Attack of the fanboys, the Crushinator, and crack... on crack http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep027.m4a After a brief Thanksgiving hiatus, the TR Podcast is back in action with one of our best sounding episodes yet (no really, it is). The holidays are fresh on our minds as we start the show, and Scott jokes about the geekiness himself and others display by using LED Christmas lights. We go on to talk about our latest TR poll, a sneak preview of Scott's super-high-end GPU benchmarks, this season's new games, and the Christmas TR system guide (which includes the infamous Crushinator configuration, inspired by the namesake robot in Futurama).

Moving on to the latest TR review articles, Scott and Geoff dive into our Core i7 memory speed analysis, and they discuss Intel's blazing fast X25-E Extreme solid-state drive. Finally, Cyril talks fondly of his new 24" LCD monitor, and the intriguing tale of AMD's RV770 GPU unfolds with colorful insight from Scott.

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Sun, 07 Dec 2008 09:51:53 -0500 the-tr-podcast-26-faith-revelations-and-explori techreport.com Plus: 24" displays, the RV770 story, gearing up for high end gaming, and more After a brief Thanksgiving hiatus, the TR Podcast is back in action with one of our best sounding episodes yet (no really, it is). The holidays are fresh on our minds as we start the show, and Scott jokes about the geekiness himself and others display by using LED Christmas lights. We go on to talk about our latest TR poll, a sneak preview of Scott's super-high-end GPU benchmarks, this season's new games, and the Christmas TR system guide (which includes the infamous Crushinator configuration, inspired by the namesake robot in Futurama). Moving on to the latest TR review articles, Scott and Geoff dive into our Core i7 memory speed analysis, and they discuss Intel's blazing fast X25-E Extreme solid-state drive. Finally, Cyril talks fondly of his new 24" LCD monitor, and the intriguing tale of AMD's RV770 GPU unfolds with colorful insight from Scott. no 1:27:01
The TR Podcast 26: Faith, revelations, and exploring Shanghai http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep026.m4a If you're in the market for a Core i7-based system, our episode starts off with some advice just for you. Geoff talks about a pair of X58 motherboards from Gigabyte and MSI and gives us his pick(s) out of the four he's reviewed so far. Other topics of discussion include the ForceWare "Big Bang II" drivers from Nvidia, our first impressions of Left 4 Dead and Mirror's Edge, a sneak preview of our 45nm Shanghai Opteron review (with a special guest), and the scoop on AMD's upcoming Phenom II processors.

This episode also continues our series of editor biographies. This time, Cyril joins us on Skype to talk about his early tech influences, writing tech articles at the age of 14, playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on the piano, and more.

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Sun, 23 Nov 2008 10:27:10 -0500 the-tr-podcast-25-all-about-amd-fixing-the-shift techreport.com Wherein we discuss Mirror's Edge, X58 chipsets, 45nm Opterons, Cyril's secrets, and more... If you're in the market for a Core i7-based system, our episode starts off with some advice just for you. Geoff talks about a pair of X58 motherboards from Gigabyte and MSI and gives us his pick(s) out of the four he's reviewed so far. Other topics of discussion include the ForceWare "Big Bang II" drivers from Nvidia, our first impressions of Left 4 Dead and Mirror's Edge, a sneak preview of our 45nm Shanghai Opteron review (with a special guest), and the scoop on AMD's upcoming Phenom II processors. This episode also continues our series of editor biographies. This time, Cyril joins us on Skype to talk about his early tech influences, writing tech articles at the age of 14, playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on the piano, and more. no 1:27:01
The TR Podcast 25: All about AMD, fixing the shift key, and a new season of TV http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep025.m4a In the aftermath of Intel's Core i7 processor launch, everyone wants to know: what's AMD going to do to compete? This week on the TR podcast, we examine a flurry of news fresh from AMD's Financial Analyst Day presentation in order to answer that question. Future desktop and mobile processors, foundry spinoff plans, and even an overview of how Radeon GPUs are doing in the marketplace—we cover it all.

After AMD news marathon, Geoff gets very practical with his unruly Eee PC shift key, and our panel reveals what's on their DVRs for this new season of TV shows. Our favorites include: The Office, Fringe, Top Gear, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and a few others. As always, our show finishes with a sneak peek at what's coming up on the site and our podcast.

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Sat, 15 Nov 2008 17:04:47 -0500 the-tr-podcast-24-core-i7-where-motherboards-com techreport.com Hey... that title rhymes! In the aftermath of Intel's Core i7 processor launch, everyone wants to know: what's AMD going to do to compete? This week on the TR podcast, we examine a flurry of news fresh from AMD's Financial Analyst Day presentation in order to answer that question. Future desktop and mobile processors, foundry spinoff plans, and even an overview of how Radeon GPUs are doing in the marketplace—we cover it all. After AMD news marathon, Geoff gets very practical with his unruly Eee PC shift key, and our panel reveals what's on their DVRs for this new season of TV shows. Our favorites include: The Office, Fringe, Top Gear, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and a few others. As always, our show finishes with a sneak peek at what's coming up on the site and our podcast. no 1:34:06
The TR Podcast 24: Core i7, where motherboards come from, and driving around Far Cry 2 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep024.m4a Our episode starts on a light note as Scott, Cyril, and Jordan have a round-table discussion about Ubisoft's Far Cry 2. Has the game held Scott's attention? Does the driving bother Cyril? And how many weapon sound effects can Jordan imitate? Scott also explains how the upcoming Steam Cloud feature, while great for the average gamer, might interfere with our benchmarking here at TR.

After that, we dive into the meat of the episode as Scott and Geoff discuss the intricate details of Intel's Core i7 processors and their companion X58 Express chipset. We also discuss the possible rollouts of cheaper derivatives and how much you'll have to spend to get the latest and greatest over the next few months. Finally, before our habitual teaser of upcoming TR content, Joshua Buss gives us a vocal walkthrough of his Gigabyte motherboard factory tour. This is certainly one of our most packed episodes in a long while.

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Sat, 08 Nov 2008 21:23:00 -0500 the-tr-podcast-23-windows-7-the-end-of-the-givea-1 techreport.com Plus: will Steam Cloud interfere with our benchmarking? Our episode starts on a light note as Scott, Cyril, and Jordan have a round-table discussion about Ubisoft's Far Cry 2. Has the game held Scott's attention? Does the driving bother Cyril? And how many weapon sound effects can Jordan imitate? Scott also explains how the upcoming Steam Cloud feature, while great for the average gamer, might interfere with our benchmarking here at TR. After that, we dive into the meat of the episode as Scott and Geoff discuss the intricate details of Intel's Core i7 processors and their companion X58 Express chipset. We also discuss the possible rollouts of cheaper derivatives and how much you'll have to spend to get the latest and greatest over the next few months. Finally, before our habitual teaser of upcoming TR content, Joshua Buss gives us a vocal walkthrough of his Gigabyte motherboard factory tour. This is certainly one of our most packed episodes in a long while. no 1:23:36
The TR Podcast 23: Windows 7, the end of the giveaway, and the real Geoff Gasior http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep023.m4a Sat, 01 Nov 2008 19:09:40 -0400 the-tr-podcast-22-a-product-opportunity-speedy-v-1 techreport.com Plus Cyril's thoughts on his new MacBook, and the latest WD Caviar Green hard drive Clocking in at under an hour, our shortest episode ever still manages to pack a punch. TR biz guy Adam Eiberger starts us off with a quick recap of our recent Acer Aspire One netbook giveaway. We reveal both the winner (for those that haven't read the news) and the official answers to our three entry questions. Geoff, Cyril, Jordan, and Matt have a little round-table chat about the fresh Windows 7 news coming from PDC2008. Cyril follows up by sharing first impressions of his new MacBook, after which Geoff summarizes his thoughts on Western Digital's latest Caviar Green hard drive. Finally, the podcast gets up close and personal as Jordan quizzes Geoff about his childhood, likes and dislikes, and non-tech hobbies. no 58:08 The TR Podcast 22: A product opportunity, speedy video encodes, and bringing SLI up to snuff http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep022.m4a Sat, 25 Oct 2008 19:50:52 -0400 the-tr-podcast-22-a-product-opportunity-speedy-v techreport.com Plus the highest-capacity hard drive you can buy and some gaming talk We have a nice cross-section of topics for you this week. We kick off this episode of the podcast with a question from an inebriated reader, then we delve behind the scenes of our new, overhauled system guide. After a look at the "product opportunity" AMD filled with its Radeon HD 4830 graphics card, we go over Seagate's new 1.5TB monster hard drive, and we chat about two new goodies awaiting GeForce users: the upcoming ForceWare 180 driver release and Elemental's Badaboom video transcoder. The episode closes with a discussion of the latest games, where Geoff explains what makes Dead Space so scary and Scott gives his impressions of Far Cry 2 no 1:17:22 The TR Podcast 21: Of macbooks, tech peer pressure, and an awesome giveaway http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep021.m4a This week on the show, we start with a frank discussion of Apple's latest laptop release, in which Scott and the gang (including new TR blogger Matt Butrovich) talk about the pros and the cons of the new MacBooks. The discussion explores the industry trends affecting today's operating systems and should interest even Mac-hating PC hardware enthusiasts. Joshua Buss talks about the Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship he covered from Taiwan. Geoff and Scott follow up with Nvidia's GeForce 9300 chipset, and we finish the episode with a discussion of tech peer pressure, the best netbook yet, and grandma's computer.

Also in this episode, we announce and begin our first-ever TR Podcast giveaway. Jordan starts the show with a quick explanation of the contest and rules, but you should check out our official giveaway post here. Thanks to NCIX for providing the Acer Aspire One that we're giving away to a lucky podcast listener.

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Sat, 25 Oct 2008 19:47:14 -0400 the-tr-podcast-21-overclocking-in-taiwan-macbook techreport.com Plus extreme overclocking, the GeForce 9300, and listener mail This week on the show, we start with a frank discussion of Apple's latest laptop release, in which Scott and the gang (including new TR blogger Matt Butrovich) talk about the pros and the cons of the new MacBooks. The discussion explores the industry trends affecting today's operating systems and should interest even Mac-hating PC hardware enthusiasts. Joshua Buss talks about the Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship he covered from Taiwan. Geoff and Scott follow up with Nvidia's GeForce 9300 chipset, and we finish the episode with a discussion of tech peer pressure, the best netbook yet, and grandma's computer. Also in this episode, we announce and begin our first-ever TR Podcast giveaway. Jordan starts the show with a quick explanation of the contest and rules, but you should check out our official giveaway post here. Thanks to NCIX for providing the Acer Aspire One that we're giving away to a lucky podcast listener. no 1:18:33
The TR Podcast 20: The biggest story of the year, screaming CPUs, and a $1600 chair from the 70s http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep020.m4a Sun, 12 Oct 2008 08:36:27 -0400 the-tr-podcast-19-android-is-open-microsoft-is-c techreport.com Plus, head to head graphics, and the most exciting forum member you've ever met Coming to you in this special time of year, when the leaves are turning color, cute little woodland creatures are preparing to hibernate, and large microprocessor companies sell their fabs, this episode of the TR Podcast continues to bring home the proverbial tech bacon. Following a short listener Q and A, our editors discuss the biggest story of the year – AMD spins off their fabrication business. Following this look at the past, present, and future of the industry, we prognosticate and pontificate over the latest Core i7 rumors (all of which come from Asian rumor sites….). In the middle of the episode, Jordan interviews The Perfect Creation (as he is know in the pro wrestling world) – aka PerfectCr (on the forums) – aka Rich Criado (as he is known on his driver’s license). Rich talks about tech, wrestling, and gaming tattoos. To finish things up, our editors discuss the controversy surrounding our latest GPU review, Intels G45 Express Chipset, and of course, what you can expect in the following week on front page and on our podcast. no 1:29:01 The TR Podcast 19: Android is open, Microsoft is confusing, and the Tech Share has shipped! http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep019.m4a Sat, 04 Oct 2008 00:47:17 -0400 the-tr-podcast-18-netbooks-bargainbin-graphics techreport.com In which we catch up on some stuff... This episodes spends some quality time catching up on some major tech and TR topics. We start the show by introducing our marketing manager extraordinaire, Adam Eiberger. He talks about his work here at TR and then teams up with Scott to cover the latest TR Tech Share news. If you haven’t been following TR’s latest philanthropic endeavors – you’ll enjoy hearing about the cool tech stuff we are doing in Uganda! Continuing down the road of vocal tech reporting, our editors answer listener mail, talk about Google’s Android platform, discuss one of the latest case reviews, and more. no 1:09:59 The TR Podcast 18: Netbooks, bargain-bin graphics, and consoles ruining PC games.... again http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep018.m4a Sat, 27 Sep 2008 20:16:08 -0400 the-tr-podcast-17-moores-law-versus-whatchamacal techreport.com Ultraportable computing, cheap GPUs, game reviews, and corporate rumors, all in one episode! Join us this week as we try making sense of the netbook market, cast judgment on a surprisingly capable low-end GPU, complain about console-PC warfare, review two of the hottest games, and more! no 1:26:52 The TR Podcast 17: Moore's Law versus whatchamacallit's law and the fight for the future http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep017.m4a Sat, 13 Sep 2008 17:39:21 -0400 the-tr-podcast-16-amd-roadmappery-and-gpus-suss techreport.com Cheap GPUs, costly SSDs, headache-inducing 3D, and stuff that's not acronyms Put on your favorite 3D glasses and hop aboard the TR Podcast's train of geekiness. In this episode, we cover Scott's shiny new Eee PC, a shareholder's lawsuit against Nvidia, AMD's compelling sub-$100 Radeons, Mirror's Edge, that one law we forgot the name of... and much more. no 1:08:19 The TR Podcast 16: AMD roadmappery, and GPUs suss out Sasquatch http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep016.m4a Sat, 06 Sep 2008 20:03:30 -0400 the-tr-podcast-15-of-conferences-cores-case-rev techreport.com We dive deep into AMD's long-term plans, reveal more from Nvision 08, and take a shine to Google's Chrome Amidst all the recent Intel news, one listener asks what AMD is up to and gets a comprehensive AMD roadmap update from our own Scott Wasson. Then we chat about how SoftKinetic plans to one-up the Wiimote and how MotionDSP may help find Sasquatch—all podcast exclusives. no 1:28:28 The TR Podcast 15: Of conferences, cores, case reviews, and cannabis http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep015.m4a Sat, 30 Aug 2008 20:19:43 -0400 the-tr-podcast-14-x2s-x3s-and-why-more-is-less-1 techreport.com Scott returns from IDF and Nvision 08 with a full report, we review a high end case, and wonder about gamers and pot... Gather round the table for a discussion of the latest and greatest from IDF and Nvision 08. Scott, Geoff, Cyril, and Jordan talk about the x58 chipset - the core of core i7 technology - a new way to use multi-gpu's - "turbo mode" and more. Plus, TR case reviewer Joshua Buss talks about his first review for our website, the Hyper Osiris enclosure. no 1:35:30 The TR Podcast 14: X2s, X3s, and why more is less http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep014.m4a Sat, 16 Aug 2008 19:59:07 -0400 the-tr-podcast-14-x2s-x3s-and-why-more-is-less techreport.com The fastest graphics card on the market, the latest Eee product, backing up your stuff, and how to do Folding@home Join us in this episode as we dive into the top of the line graphics offering from ATI, Nvidia's financial and technical woes, Asus's latest Eee product, and how the TR people backup... or don't backup... their data. If last week's Folding@Home segment caught your interest, our 'how to' on folding in this episode is just for you. no 1:31:28 The TR Podcast 13: Deconstructing Larrabee and the strange art of CPU naming http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep013.m4a Sat, 09 Aug 2008 22:39:29 -0400 the-tr-podcast-12-the-$700-chair-and-the-$69-atom-1 techreport.com A new GPU architecture from Intel, the beast attacks more PSUs, Rage looks cool, Grabthar's hammer, and a F@H roundtable Gather 'round the water cooler as TR's editors consider Intel's Larrabee architecture, the weird science of CPU naming, the week's tech news, and a bundle of recent reviews. Then listen as we invite some of our top Team TR members in to talk about Folding@home. no 1:47:42 The TR Podcast 12: The $700 chair and the $69 Atom http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep012.m4a Sat, 02 Aug 2008 15:52:40 -0400 the-tr-podcast-12-the-$700-chair-and-the-$69-atom techreport.com Tech news, tech topics, coming soon, and chasing number 6 This episode keeps the tech news coming, pits two brand new CPU architectures against each other, solves your back pain, and erases the need for built in bluetooth. We discuss Asus's exclusive audio chip dealings, the move towards 16:9, Newegg coming to Canada, and the Mojave Experiment videos. no 1:14:14 The TR Podcast 11: The system guide to knols and rants http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep011.m4a Sat, 26 Jul 2008 11:50:14 -0400 the-tr-podcast-11-the-system-guide-to-knols-and-r Cooling a 4800 series card, AMD's new CEO, Google's Wikipedia? and much more! In this episode, we cover a ton of recent tech news, answer listener questions, and talk about two great tech topic articles. What is AMD up to with fab spin-offs? How should Microsoft fix the Vista image problem? What wisdom can be found in our latest system guide? And much more! no The TR Podcast 10: The dark barbecue headband fantasy http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep010.m4a Sat, 19 Jul 2008 23:25:19 -0400 the-tr-podcast-10-the-dark-barbecue-headband-fant techreport.com Fantasy sports, tech reviews, BBQ, and a movie review... all in one episode! In this episode, we chat with TR forum members Kevin and idchafee, discuss the latest TR reviews (including our exclusive 4870 X2 preview), and do our first TR Podcast movie review. Does the Dark Knight live up to the hype? no 1:16:32 The TR Podcast 9: The big announcement http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep009.m4a Sat, 12 Jul 2008 18:49:04 -0400 the-tr-podcast-9-the-big-announcement techreport.com The latest from Nvidia and AMD, tech news, and a big announcement In this episode, we discuss the Radeon HD 4800 series from AMD and the GeForce GTX 200 series from Nvidia. The editors also talk about the latest tech news from companies like Apple, Nvidia, and Asus, and our host makes a big announcement. no 1:20:06 The TR Podcast 8: The Mini-Note and the zune http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep008.m4a Sat, 14 Jun 2008 12:04:17 -0400 the-tr-podcast-8-the-mininote-and-the-zune techreport.com A post-Computex trio of ultra-portable news and reviews (again:-), the P45 Express Chipset, and the Microsoft Zune Cyril, Jordan, and Geoff hold down the fort in this latest podcast episode. We include a complete Computex overview, two product reviews from Geoff, and a word from Jordan on his review of the Microsoft Zune. no 1:03:52 The TR Podcast 7: Of chicks and chips http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep007.m4a Sat, 31 May 2008 18:05:51 -0400 the-tr-podcast-7-of-chicks-and-chips techreport.com A pre-Computex bonanza of ultraportables, GPU sorcery, and hardware value Episode 7 returns to our classic podcast format. Listener mail takes us all the way from portable media to geeks looking for a spouse or partner. In tech news, we take a look at the ultraportable market, as well as a cornucopia of the latest Nvidia news, direct from Santa Clara. We wrap things up with discusions of our CPU and GPU value articles and the P45 chipset from Intel. no 1:25:32 The TR Podcast 6: Optimized and home-brewed http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep006.m4a Sat, 03 May 2008 12:07:17 -0400 episode-6 techreport.com Its everything from talking optimized PC's and Hybrid SLI with Nvidia - to discussing the state of the PC gaming industry and our favorite TV shows. Its all right here on the latest episode of the Tech Report Podcast! We kick off episode 6 by talking to Drew Henry of Nvidia about the optimized PC initiative and hybrid SLI. Our editors answer your emails covering everything from PC gaming to our favorite TV shows. To wrap up the episode, Geoff and Jordan talk to long time forum member and new TR blogger Mike “Just Brew It” Uchima about the stone age of computers, building “The Beast”, brewing mead, and much more. no 1:36:00 The TR Podcast 5: CPU-GPU balance considered http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep005.m4a Sat, 19 Apr 2008 14:32:19 -0400 episode-5 techreport.com We talk with AMD VP Pat Moorhead about striking the right CPU-GPU balance and the future of the PC market. After the interview, TR editors hold a short roundtable discussion offering their own views. For too long, pre-built PC configurations have been CPU-heavy, with too little emphasis on things like GPU power and adequate amounts of memory. Recently, Nvidia has taken aim at this problem, pushing the concept of PC balance. As a supplier of both CPUs and GPUs, AMD has its own take on this issue. We talked with AMD VP Pat Moorhead about striking the right balance and the future of the PC market. What he said may surprise you. After the interview, our editors held a short roundtable discussion about who's right, who's wrong, and why. no 1:24:16 The TR Podcast 4 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep004.m4a Sat, 05 Apr 2008 22:55:28 -0400 episode-4 techreport.com Round 4 is here with listener mail, tech news, and more! In this episode, we start off with lots of great listener mail covering GX2 and SLI, future technology that makes us giddy, and our favorite freeware. Asus and Creative dominate the tech news section, and in the tech topics, we go from the fastest hard drives to mobile processor technology no 1:26:24 The TR Podcast 3 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep003.m4a Sat, 22 Mar 2008 22:45:29 -0400 episode-2-1 Jordan Drake In this episode, we talk about Nvidia and VIA, Vista and XP, the 790i and X48 and much more! We’re back with episode 3! Geoff gives us the skinny on the 790i and X48 chipsets, Scott and Cyril discuss tech news, Cyril plugs the 40 euro iPhone, and Scott reviews the 9800 GX2. no 1:11:30 The TR Podcast 2 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep002.m4a Sat, 08 Mar 2008 16:20:51 -0500 episode-2 Jordan Drake In this episode, we read listener mail, discuss the latest Eee PC upgrades, talk about three-way SLI vs. CrossFire X, review the AMD 780G chipset, and much more! Episode 2 features a new segment, listener mail! Jordan, Cyril, Scott, and Geoff answer emails about everything from Nvidia and ATI to guilty web pleasures. We discuss the latest Eee PC news, the TR hardware survey, the GeForce 9600 GT graphics card from Nvidia, the Samsung Spinpoint F1 hard drive, and much more! no 1:11:02 The TR Podcast 1 http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep001.m4a Sat, 09 Feb 2008 16:06:50 -0500 Tech News http://traffic.libsyn.com/techreport/trpodcast_ep001.mp3 Jordan Drake The premier episode of the Tech Report Podcast! Join our host Jordan Drake, and editors Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, and Geoff Gaissor as we talk the latest tech news and reviews from techreport.com Our debut episode features all of your favorite Tech Report staffers! Scott starts of by introducing Geoff, Cyril and Jordan (host of the OCF Podcast). Our editors talk about all of the latest tech news including Nvidia's buyout of Ageia, Microsoft's bid for Yahoo and more! Geoff and Scott talk about the latest PSU roundup and Skulltrail, and Cyril explains the pricing between the 3870 and the 8800gt. Future episodes will be released every other Saturday right here on the front page. tech news, hardware, technology, no 1:09:38