The TR Podcast 98: Of Bulldozers and Rage


Plus Steve Jobs in memoriam, an interview with Asus, and more...
— 11:59 PM on October 16, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: October 16, 2011
Time: 2:09:59

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Geoff Gasior, and special guests Raja Gill and Juan J. Guerrero of Asus

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We've got a monster episode of the TR Podcast this week, starting with three listener mail questions that cover everything from Ubisoft game releases to GPU shopping on a budget. Scott and Cyril cover the pros and cons of id Software's newest game, Rage, and we briefly discuss the legacy of Steve Jobs. Then, Geoff interviews Raja Gill and Juan J. Guerrero of Asus, discussing the latest developments in EFI, digital power management, and more. Finally, Scott gives us the complete scoop on AMD's new Bulldozer processors.

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

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Listener mail:

Ubisoft delays - from Sean - (0:01:42):

"Heard you guys talking about the PC version delay of Batman Arkham City, and thought I could shed some light on the situation. Every PC version Ubisoft published games for the last few years has been delayed at the last minute, and the only logical reason people can find is it's to prevent piracy. If there's no PC version out, the rush of buyers upon first release can't just download the pirated version instead of buying the console one. Joystiq.com even has articles mentioning this fact.

It's not a cool practice, and I think if anything it hurts PC sales even more by making people who own both choose console just to not have to wait. It probably does slow piracy, and maybe that's worth the loss for Ubisoft."

GPUs on a budget - from Luke - (0:03:33):

"Hello to everyone on the podcast, I'm a big fan. I have a question about getting the most value for my money put into graphics cards, which ties in to their upgrade cycle. Long term, I can allot about $5 a month to save for a new graphics card. Do you think it be best to buy a $60 graphics card every year, a $120 graphics card every other year, $180 every three years, or $240 every four years? (Or on some other timeline based on the upgrade cycle, sticking to $5 a month.) Is this the best way to look at it from a poor enthusiast's perspective? "

SLI issues - from Dash - (0:09:54):

"Hey Jordan. I need a quick unbiased opinion. I came into a pair of GTX 570's which are running in SLI with my aging Penryn Q9450 @ 2.66GHz. I'm concerned my FPS might be bottlenecked by my CPU but I'm not entirely sure or how to find out; does this pair send off red flags and sound like an unlikely pair? Would a considerable overclock to 3-3.2GHz be a worthwhile adventure? I know this is a hard thing to ask but I'm looking for a broad unbiased opinion. Appreciate the feedback and keep doing these podcasts! "

Tech discussion:

    Rage update addresses PC issues (0:13:09)- Read more

    Steve Jobs dies (0:29:57)- Read more

    Interview with Raja Gill and Juan J. Guerrero of Asus (0:45:23)- Read more

    AMD's FX-8150 'Bulldozer' processor (1:16:58)- Read more

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

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