The TR Podcast 52: Killing Inferi, finding the 5850, and all about Fermi

Plus who uses GPU computing, PhysX exclusivity, and more...
— 10:24 PM on October 11, 2009

The Tech Report Podcast Date: October 11, 2009
Time: 1:32:40

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes
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 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie.

As the episode winds down, we look at the possible demise of Nvidia's chipset business, the arrival and scarcity of AMD's Radeon HD 5850, and Nvidia disabling PhysX acceleration for folks running GeForces and Radeons together.

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Tech discussion:

    Nvidia's 'Fermi' GPU architecture revealed (0:01:52)- Read more

    Chipset development is on hold at Nvidia (0:32:17)- Read more

    Nvidia disables hardware PhysX for GeForce, Radeon tandems (1:11:37)- Read more

    AMD's Radeon HD 5850 (1:20:12)- Review - Availability check

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