The TR Podcast 78: The GPUs pair up, avoiding RSIs, and a special sneak preview


Plus fast and affordable laptop storage, extra thoughts on Zacate, and more...
— 10:03 AM on December 13, 2010

The Tech Report Podcast Date: December 12, 2010
Time: 1:15:28

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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This episode starts with two listener mail questions: KJ has a follow-up question about AMD's Zacate accelerated processing unit, and Suspenders wonders if our hours and hours of computer usage ever result in repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). After going through the mail bag, Scott and Cyril discuss what TR version 3.0 means for the design and operation of our site. Geoff is up next with a roundup of 7,200-RPM laptop drives, which addresses value for money, performance, and capacity. Finally, Scott pairs up the latest GPUs, Geoff interviews Western Digital Program Manager Kevin Kalvert, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570 gets a quick and to-the-point evaluation from Damage Labs.

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Listener mail:

Zacate followup question - from KJ - (0:01:43):

"Great review of the Zacate platform. I have two questions: 1. So how does the Zacate preform against the SU4100, SU7300 line of the Core2 line. The Celeron based SU2X00 is slow compared to the SU4100 or SU7300. 2. Is the only laptop with SU processor and discrete GPU the new AIR?"

RSI's? - from Suspenders- (0:09:48):

"I've had to deal with mild and not so mild RSI's (repetitive strain injuries) due to computer use in my hands from time to time. For those who aren't aware, this can sometimes be quite a debilitating problem, and one that can take a long time to recover from. Since you guys are heavy computer users, I was wondering if you've ever had to deal with RSI's, and what, if anything, you've done to make your computer use less prone to injury and more ergonomic, comfortable, etc. An update on your chair, Cyril, would be nice as well. Does your back still love it after a few years?"

Tech discussion:

    Scott teases TR version 3.0 (0:18:31)- Read more

    Notebook hard drives square off at 7,200 RPM (0:32:38)- Read more

    Paired up: The latest GPUs (0:38:53)- Read more

    Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570 graphics processor (0:56:09)- Read more

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

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