The TR Podcast 76: Black Ops, Brazos, and the GTX 580

Plus overclocking the GTX 460 and 6850, listener mail, and more...
— 11:21 PM on November 14, 2010

The Tech Report Podcast Date: November 14, 2010
Time: 1:16:55

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes
This episode is all about gaming, graphics, and mobile computing. Jordan and Geoff kick things off with listener mail, with Geoff delivering some sound SSD advice to a listener and Jordan recommending his favorite iPhone earbuds. Then, as Call of Duty: Black Ops rocks the entertainment industry with a record $360-million release day, so does it rock the podcast, with Scott talking at length about his take on the new shooter.

Cyril, who's back from AMD's Austin campus, chats with Scott about the ins and outs of AMD's new Brazos ultraportable platform. Scott goes on to give us a detailed rundown of the surprise release from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 580. The podcast finishes with a whirlwind of other GPU news, including an overclocking report about the Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 and a look at the availability and pricing of AMD's new Radeons.

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Listener mail:

Earbuds? - from Chris - (0:03:16):

"I recall at one point on the TR podcast you mentioned that you had the Dr. Beats earbuds for your iphone -- do I recall this correctly? If this is right, I was wondering if you could give me the lowdown on them. I'm interested in your opinion as you work with audio *a lot*! I listen to primarily electronic/metal but also classical. I keep reading reviews saying they are amazing for the first, but either great or garbage for classical :/ If you don't have time to answer this, no worries, but if you do I'd be interested in your thoughts/experience."

An SSD quandry - from Grantmeaname- (0:04:50):

"I've got a laptop with a 2.8GHz C2D, DDR2-800, and the Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Black that was king three or so years back; currently I'm running Ubuntu on it. I think I decided that I can live with not having a ton of drive space, and that my next upgrade will be an SSD. I'm amazed, of course, by the RealSSD C300 256GB, which blows everything away. Unfortunately, I'm on a budget. The C300 64GB reads comparably but drags on writes; given the predominance of reads in desktop usage patterns, will it still be fine? Should I spring for the 128GB, to get the best of both worlds? Or is something better about to come along for Black Friday or in the winter trade show season?"

Tech discussion:

    Black Ops becomes 'biggest entertainment launch ever' (0:09:27)- Read more

    A closer look at AMD's Brazos platform (0:21:33)- Read more

    Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 graphics processor (0:33:47)- Read more

    Quick take: 6850 and GTX 460 overclocking (0:59:25)- Read more

    Radeon HD 6850, 6870 prices climb skyward (1:03:57)- Read more

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

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