The TR Podcast: Episode 4

Round 4 is here with listener mail, tech news, and more!
— 10:55 PM on April 5, 2008

Date: April 5, 2008
Time: 1:26:25

Hosted by Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Geoff Gasior

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Show Notes
In this episode, we start off with lots of great listener mail covering Nvidia's GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card 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.

Send in listener mail and we'll answer on the podcast. -

Listener Mail:

Is GX2 the new SLI? (0:02:11) - from Deren (Malebolgia on the forums):

"I plan on using Nvidia SLI graphic cards for my next Gaming rig (3 months or less). This will be my first gaming pc using any kind of SLI technology. My question is; is the Nvidia's GX2 technology going to be replacing the older 8800GT card setup that's common today. If so how long should I hold for better performance from the GX2?"

What technology has us giddy? (0:07:59) - From Cliff (Hoser on the forums)

"What technology do you think will have the biggest impact in computers in the next 5 years. Will it be SSD technology, single card dual GPU technology, or something else? Also, what kind of computer technology do you really look forward to reading new information about? New motherboards & chipsets, new processors & die shrinks, higher aureal density on HDD platters, new gadgets for the USB header in your system? What technology gets you all giddy like a school girl. ;-)”

Freeware (0:16:25) - From Garret

"I think it would be really cool to have a podcast based completely on Freeware or at least have a section on it. It still shocks me how many people think they have to pay for AntiVirus, Firewalls and the like."

Staff freeware picks:

Cyril (0:17:25) - InfraRecorder (CD/DVD burner)

Scott (0:19:13) - CDXP (another CD/DVD burner)

Geoff (0:20:26) - VirtualDub (basic video editor)

Jordan (0:21:08) - Audacity (audio editor)

Tech News:

    Asus, Creative clash over Xonar EAX support (0:27:20) - Read more

    Creative goes after custom Vista drivers (0:31:15) - Read more - Update

Tech Topics:

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB review (0:47:19) - Read more

    AMD's Phenom X4 9750 and 9850 processors (0:56:00) - Read more

    Vista Service Pack 1 is benchmarked (1:01:55) - Read more

    Intel's Atom processor unveiled (1:06:21) - Read more

That's all, folks! Check back on April 19 for the next TR podcast.TR

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