The TR Podcast 96: IDF and Inside the second

Plus crazy keyboards, Windows 8, listener tweets, and more...
— 10:01 PM on September 18, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: September 18, 2011
Time: 1:42:12

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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


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We're a slightly beleaguered crew of tech reporters this week; Scott and Geoff have just returned on the red-eye from IDF, Cyril has been cranking away at his Windows 8 blog post, and Jordan is recording from home with tonsillitis (we apologize in advance for the lack of pop-filter and over-abundant room noise). Nevertheless, we kick things off on this episode with three listener tweets, ranging from API overhead to the best sound card for classical music. Then, it's straight into IDF as Scott and Geoff dissect the keynote speeches, the product demos, and the sneak peeks at everything from Ivy Bridge to the sexy new ultrabooks. After that, it's a deep dive into Scott's mammoth look at why frames-per-second isn't necessarily really the measure of graphical performance, from his article, "Inside the Second: A new look at game benchmarking." Finally, Cyril has spent some quality time with Windows 8 and gives us the scoop.

Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. -

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Listener mail/tweets:

API overhead (0:01:52) - from Michael:

"Hi Scott. John Carmack recently discussed API overhead. Do you think AMD/Nvidia will address this? Or is the current PC software pipeline a necessary evil considering the huge amounts of possible hardware configurations? "

Sound cards for around $100 (0:07:09) - from Rahul:

"Question for podcast. Any sound card recommendations for listening to music (classical mostly) over headphones? Budget $100.

Bulldozer (0:08:29) - from Daniel:

"What do you guys feel about the Bulldozer architecture with the paired core elements?

Tech discussion:

    IDF 2011 Paul Otellini keynote (Ivy Bridge and Haswell) - (0:11:00) - Read more

    IDF 2011 Mooly Eden keynote (Ultrabooks) - (0:22:29) - Read more

    Ultra-slim Ultrabooks strut down the catwalk - (0:31:02) - Read more

    Geoff talks about X79 - (0:36:47) - MSI - Read more - MSI UEFI - Gigabyte UEFI

    Cherry MX switches take root in Corsair gaming keyboards - (0:43:23) - Read more

    Intel confirms 25-nm NAND for Cherryville, Hawley Creek SSDs - (0:53:34) - Read more

    AMD demos working 28-nm GPU, Trinity APU - (0:55:36) - Read more

    Inside the second: A new look at game benchmarking - (1:00:31) - Read more

    Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks - (1:32:37) - Read more

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

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