The TR Podcast 77: iPhone Rage, special edition GPUs, and discrete audio

Plus Brazos benchmark results, AMD after Zacate, and more...
— 3:37 PM on November 28, 2010

The Tech Report Podcast Date: November 28, 2010
Time: 1:28:45

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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We kick off this episode of the TR Podcast by discussing Netflix's internet-streaming-only plan, Scott's desire for an à la carte TV world, and Jordan's record-breaking single DVD Netflix plan. We also look at the arrival of Rage on the iPhone, months before an actual console or PC release.

We then delve into some good old-fashioned hardware discussion. Geoff and Cyril play tag-team with our next story: Nvidia has released the GeForce GTX 460 SE into the wild, and Cyril has the card's specs, while Geoff has the skinny on the benchmarking results. Speaking of benchmarks, Cyril goes on to bring us performance numbers from his excursion to Austin, where he got to test AMD's next-gen Brazos mobile platform and Zacate accelerated processing unit. We also take the time to explore AMD's mobile roadmap, detailing who will manufacture Zacate's successor.

Later, Geoff gives us an in-depth look at two new Xonar sound cards from Asus. He details the hardware, our testing methods, the results, and declares a surprising (and very budget-friendly) favorite. Finally, Cyril gives us the low-down on BitFenix's new Survivor enclosure, explaining what excited and disappointed him in this this compact, LAN-party-friendly case.

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Tech discussion:

    Internet braces for new Netflix unlimited-streaming plan (0:03:50)- Read more

    id's Rage arrives on the iTunes Store (0:12:58)- Read more

    Nvidia quietly releases GeForce GTX 460 SE into the wild (0:19:50)- Read more

    GeForce GTX 460 SE scrutinized, performance revealed (0:22:41)- Read more

    AMD's Brazos platform: The benchmarks (0:26:30)- Read more

    Who will manufacture AMD's new 28-nm APUs? (0:39:46)- Global Foundries - TSMC

    Poll: How much did you spend on your best PC speakers or headset? (0:41:28)- Read more

    Asus' Xonar DG and Xense sound cards (0:43:55)- Read more

    BitFenix's Survivor enclosure (1:18:13)- Read more

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

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