The TR Podcast 83: High-end excess and low-end laptops

Plus hyper-realistic gaming, iPad 2 shopping, and much more
— 3:52 PM on March 13, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: March 13, 2011
Time: 1:30:24

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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


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Show notes
After kicking off this episode with a RAM-related listener question, we dive into the land of fruits and nuts as we debate the merits of Apple's new iPad 2. Scott and Jordan see marked improvement in Apple's newest tablet, while Geoff still has plans to picket 1 Infinite Loop over the summer. Moving on to gaming news, we have an impressive look at Epic's next-gen Unreal Engine, a hands-on review of the Crysis 2 mulitplayer demo from Scott and Cyril, and a no-holds-barred gameplay trailer of Battlefield 3 that has us all drooling.

After tablets and gaming news, Scott offers an in-depth look at the world's current fastest graphics card: AMD's $700 Radeon HD 6990. Also in the luxury PC hardware category, Intel's Core i7-990X Extreme managed to write its own review, and Scott and Geoff explain the origins of our most peculiar CPU evaluation in years. Finally, we have a few Sandy Bridge motherboards popping up at retailers across the web, and Cyril explains why HP's Pavilion dm1z Fusion-powered ultraportable received an Editor's Choice award.

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Listener mail:

ECC Ram? - from Suspenders - (0:01:40):

"I was recently intrigued by the ECC Ram support on the new AMD motherboard I bought, so I did some research. Apparently, ECC RAM is a special kind of memory, mostly found in servers, which can detect and correct data errors that can occur during storage and transmission of data in RAM. The ability to detect and correct random memory errors seems like a pretty important feature, especially if it can help prevent random crashes and inexplicable data corruption. It's obviously important for servers, and even ARM processors have ECC memory support. Is it time that we PC enthusiasts also start using ECC RAM in our builds?"

Will you buy the iPad 2? - from @ChangWizzle - (0:37:13)

Tech discussion:

    Jordan's trip the magical B&H Photo Video Superstore (0:05:32)

    Thinner, faster iPad 2 to arrive on March 11 at $499 (0:09:35)- Read more

    Poll: Are you going to buy an iPad 2? (0:35:38)- Read more

    Epic shows next-gen Unreal Engine 3 effects at GDC (0:38:02)- Read more

    The Crysis 2 demo is now available (0:46:59)- Read more

    Trailer shows two minutes of Battlefield 3 gameplay (0:53:10)- Read more

    AMD's Radeon HD 6990 graphics card (0:56:20)- Read more

    Intel's Core i7-990X Extreme processor (1:09:39)- Read more

    B3 Sandy Bridge mobos start showing up at Newegg (1:15:22)- Read more

    HP's Pavilion dm1z Fusion-powered ultraportable (1:17:27)- Read more

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

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