The TR Podcast 51: New theme music, high-end graphics, and the Intel roadmap


Plus a six-core desktop processor from AMD, GPU load-balancing, and more
— 10:50 PM on September 27, 2009

The Tech Report Podcast Date: September 27, 2009
Time: 1:25:36

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes
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.

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

Tech discussion:

    AMD's Radeon HD 5870 graphics processor (0:02:37)- Read more

    Juniper-based Radeons may outpace the 4800 series (0:37:59)- Read more

    Pat Gelsinger leaves Intel for EMC (0:47:51)- Read more

    Nehalem goes mobile with new Core i7 processors (0:52:44)- Read more

    Working Sandy Bridge system demoed (0:58:06)- Read more

    Intel demos first working 22-nm silicon (1:01:23)- Read more

    Intel shows Larrabee doing real-time ray tracing (1:03:09)- Read more

    Lucid's Hydra: coming soon to a motherboard near you (1:07:48)- Read more

    AMD makes Athlon II X4 official, intros two models (1:16:07)- Read more

    AMD confirms six-core desktop CPU (1:20:21)- Read more

That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.
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