The TR Podcast 73: Diving into IDF and GTC

In which Scott recaps two weeks of conference hopping...
— 12:56 AM on September 27, 2010

The Tech Report Podcast Date: September 26, 2010
Time: 1:17:35

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski

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After two weeks of conference hopping, first at Intel's Developer Forum then at Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference, Scott has the scoop on next-generation silicon from both companies. We'll find out why next year is the "golden age" of CPU design, what makes Sandy Bridge a complete departure from Intel's previous architectures, and what Nvidia has planned for the long term.

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Listener mail:

Component recommendation and what about Sandy Bridge? - from Sean - (0:00:24):

"With the recent price reduction in the Intel Core i7 950 processor to the $300 price range, as well as other Intel pricing tweaks, the value proposition for high end processors is likely looking a little different. I will soon be building a new system during the next three months and using the $1300 Sweeter Spot system build from the latest system guide as a basis. With the i7 950 now faster and cheaper then the i7 875K and including triple channel memory support does it become the better deal, or would you say the smaller thermal envelope and increased overclocking support on the 875K still reigns supreme?

And on a slightly related note, should I just hold out for Sandy Bridge? The biggest selling point seems to be lower TDP because of the 32nm production, and on die graphics which I would be replacing with an discrete graphics card like any respectable gamer likely will. So is Sandy bridge something that has you excited, or is it just a smart business move for the low and mid range processor market without having much to show for high end system builders?"

Tech discussion:

    A quick primer on Sandy Bridge (0:00:24)- Read more

    18W Fusion APU goes head to head with Core i5 (0:36:30)- Read more

    Dell demos convertible tablet/netbook onstage at IDF (0:43:13)- Read more

    Light Peak prototypes on display at IDF (0:46:32)- Read more

    Nvidia prepping Kepler in 2011, Maxwell in 2013 (0:51:59)- Read more

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

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