The TR Podcast 86: A portal to raw potatoes and hot graphics

Plus gaming goodness, a lightning round of stories, and much more...
— 12:19 AM on April 25, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: April 24, 2011
Time: 1:25:54

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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


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Show notes
We've got an eclectic mix of topics in this episode of the TR Podcast, starting with some listener mail. Hoping to enter the DirectX 11 world, Mike wonders if a simple graphics upgrade or an entire system overhaul is necessary to get him ready for the fall gaming season. After Mike's question is answered, Jordan digresses from the agenda to crow about his newly built gaming PC based on the latest TR system guide's Utility Player configuration. Then, it's on to the latest in PC gaming, including a panel discussion of Portal 2, another round of excited Battlefield 3 chatter, and debate about id Software's upcoming Rage.

Our gaming talk behind us, we move on to the latest reader poll, which queries TR visitors about the "rawest" deal in the tech world right now. We wrap things up with a showdown of two mid-range GPUs, followed by a lightning round of miscellaneous tech stories.

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Listener mail:

Upgrading to Direct X 11 - from Mike - (0:01:33):

"My current pc rig is built off of one of your utility player builds from a couple years ago, it has a Phenom II X4 940, 4 gbs of DDR2, a 4890 gpu, and a 1 tb caviar black system drive. I also have a 650 watt modular Corsair PSU. I'm gaming on a 46" HD tv at 1080p via HDMI. I want to dive into the direct X 11 pool by upgrading my gpu later this year to something like a 6870 or a gtx 560 ti when they hopefully drop below the $200 price point. My question is: will upgrading just my gpu and keeping all of my other current hardware give me enough horsepower to play newer games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim with smooth frame rates and high graphics settings? Or will my older hardware like the DDR2 hold my system back on these games and does it warrant an entire system upgrade to a sandy bridge rig?"

Tech discussion:

    Jordan's new gaming PC (0:07:56)

    A roundtable discussion of Portal 2 (0:14:25)

    12 minutes of Battlefield 3 gameplay (0:24:38)- Read more

    Rage previews reveal new details (0:27:13)- Read more

    Prey 2 to feature open-world bounty hunting (0:35:52)- Read more

    Poll: Rawest tech deal? (0:40:03)-The poll - GLaDOS@home ARG - Z68 chipset

    XFX's Radeon HD 6950 1GB takes on Zotac's GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP (0:57:45)- Read more

    Razer Switchblade to be commercialized in China (1:10:00)- Read more

    Razer motion controller gets release schedule, price (1:11:19)- Read more

    Apple sues Samsung for 'copying' the iPhone and the iPad (1:14:03)- Read more

    ARM: Smartphones, tablets may become our main computers (1:18:40)- Read more

    New touchscreen tech promises pressure sensitivity (1:21:19)- Read more

    Unfazed by Sandy Bridge setback, Intel posts record revenue (1:23:47)- Read more

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

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