The TR Podcast 24: Core i7, where motherboards come from, and driving around Far Cry 2


Plus: will Steam Cloud interfere with our benchmarking?
— 9:42 AM on November 8, 2008

Date: Nov 8, 2008
Time: 1:23:35

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

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Show notes
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.

Send in listener mail, and we'll answer it on the podcast. - jdrake@techreport.com

Tech discussion:

    Scott, Cyril, and Jordan discuss their impressions of Far Cry 2 (0:02:08)

    What does Steam Cloud mean for TR benchmarking? (0:17:56)- Read more

    Intel's Core i7 processors (0:23:54)- Read more

    A couple of Core i7 motherboards compared (0:47:33)- Read more

    A tour of a Gigabyte factory (1:05:15)- Read more

That's all, folks! Check back on November 15 for the next TR podcast.

Update: The MP3 version of the podcast that went up initially had a lower bitrate than intended. We've uploaded a new, higher-bitrate version. The file size for the new version is 57.4MB.TR

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