The TR Podcast 90: Retro gaming and future Fusion


Walking down memory lane and examining AMD's latest APU
— 11:05 PM on June 26, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: June 26, 2011
Time: 1:25:00

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes
After answering two listener mail questions, we walk down memory lane as our editors recall their first encounters with id Software's Quake, a game that has just recently celebrated it's 15th anniversary. On the topic of gaming nostalgia, we question whether or not the newly released Duke Nukem Forever lives up to its 15-year-old predecessor. Then, based on a recent TR Friday Night Topic, we round out our gaming discussion by reveling in some of our favorite video game scores.

We spend the second half of this show diving deep into AMD's new Llano accelerated processing unit. Scott and Geoff examine the hardware and its performance, giving everyone the low-down on how AMD's latest bid for mobile processor dominance fairs.

Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. - jdrake@techreport.com

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Listener mail:

The pronunciation of Llano? - from Jim - (0:01:06):

"You guys all seemed to be pronouncing it LAN-O instead of "lah-noh" or the spanish "yah-naw" (Which is actually the more coming use in the southwest US which has an area called the Llano Estcado). It appears AMD is going with the "lah-noh" pronouncing as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdPi4GPEI74 I hate people who are technical (I can't spell for crap) but I wanted to I say something because I get pretty embarrassed being in meetings when I find out I have been saying a new technology's name wrong for 6 months an no one told me until then. Like the podcast a lot!"

Best GPU for $200? - from Craig - (0:04:22):

"I'm looking to buy a new video card for my PC soon, but with all the different versions of the same GPUs I'm wondering what the best move is. I'm interested in overclocking my GPU, but I don't know if I should just get a stock-clocked card with a decent cooler, or a factory overclocked one. In your experience, do the factory overclocked cards come with enough additional OC headroom to justify the extra price? FYI, my budget is around $200 after rebates, so I'm looking at the GTX 560 and some of the lower priced 560 Ti's. From what I've seen the Nvidia cards look like they overclock better, but if there are any Radeons in that price range that are good overclockers, I'd love to hear it as well."

Tech discussion:

    15th Quake-iversary triggers a bundle of memories, nerve fibers (0:10:08)- Read more

    Lipstick on a pigcop: My take on Duke Nukem Forever (0:22:56)- Read more

    Friday night topic: video game theme music (0:34:53)- Read more

    AMD's A8-3500M Fusion APU (0:42:29)- Read more

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

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