The TR Podcast 80: Titanium graphics and Sandy Bridge goes mobile

Plus listener mail, the problem with 3D movies, and more..
— 2:01 AM on February 1, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: February 1, 2011
Time: 1:24:16

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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


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This episode of the podcast is rife with Sandy Bridge talk. Our panel spends a good chunk of the podcast responding to Sandy Bridge-related listener questions, studying the results from our latest poll, and discussing our review of Intel's Core i7-2820QM-powered desktop replacement notebook. (Because we recorded last week, however, we weren't able to address the chipset bug Intel announced on Monday.)

Taking a break from the Intel coverage, Scott and Geoff pick apart Nvidia's newly released GeForce GTX 560 Ti, comparing it to the competition from AMD and going over the various implementations from different vendors. The panel also delves into some game coverage, talking about the upcoming releases of Portal 2 and Duke Nukem Forever. Other discussion topics include our CES experiences in Las Vegas and, to round off the episode, a debate about the merits of stereoscopic 3D in movies and games.

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Listener mail/comments/tweets:

Notion Ink Adam? - Comment from Demalion - (0:01:37):

"I was puzzled by the tablet discussion not mentioning the Notion Ink Adam, using Android with a custom interface, which AFAIK was shown at CES along with other tablets. It is something I was keeping an eye on due to its promise of the low power/sunlight readable PixelQi display, for one thing, as well as an announced plan for supporting an upgrade to Honeycomb later in the year. Am I out of the loop as far as there needing to be quotation marks around the "promise" and "announced" in the above, missing something about why it isn't a potential "iPad killer", or was it just overlooked? Been wondering ever since the podcast, but no one else brought it up so I figured I might as well ask."

Hating the new chipset... - Mail from Garrett aka mi1stormlist- (0:07:14):

"I am freaking out here after listening to your last podcast, why is no one pissing and moaning about the fact that we are already looking at a new INTEL socket? It seems I upgraded just over a year ago to an i920 and a x58 motherboard, did I miss something? Where are the better CPU's for the x58 chipset? I guess I made the mistake of overclocking my i920 to 3.6GHZ I never saw any reason to upgrade. Now I have to upgrade my motherboard and cpu again, ugh I must be getting old"

Sandy Bridge and AVX? - Mail from Michael - (0:16:12):

"Sandy Bridge was supposed to introduce AVX, the next gen SSE which would accelerate all kinds of multimedia. Where is it? Where are the demos, benchmarks etc?"

SSD roadmaps? - Tweet from @codedevine - (0:17:35):

"Question for podcast. What do SSD roadmaps look like from various companies over next few months?"

Tech discussion:

    Poll: Are you upgrading to Sandy Bridge? (0:18:43)- Read more

    Don't go to Vegas—tales of a journalist's first CES (0:21:19)- Read more

    Portal 2 to offer cross-platform multiplayer (0:29:01)- Read more

    It's official: Duke Forever is coming out on May 3 (0:34:33)- Read more

    Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics processor (0:38:24)- Read more

    Sandy Bridge: The mobile perspective (0:55:54)- Read more

    Famous film editor makes case against 3D (1:09:01)- Read more

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

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