The TR Podcast 99: New PC builds for a new Battlefield


Plus listener mail and Bulldozer thread scheduling
— 10:27 PM on October 30, 2011

The Tech Report Podcast Date: October 30, 2011
Time: 1:15:41

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes
We kick off this episode of the TR Podcast with a slew of listener questions. Those inquiries prompt us to discuss DDR4 memory, new hardware coming next March, and how the next generation of consoles will affect PC gaming. Then, our panel talks at length about Battlefield 3, on which we've finally gotten our hands after months of anticipation. Finally, Cyril, Geoff and Scott break down our latest TR system guide, and Scott explains the Bulldozer thread scheduling story.

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

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Listener mail:

Dual-boot OS issues - from Ahad - (0:01:24):

"I have a dual-boot Ubuntu/Windows 7. I want to remove Ubuntu and I do not have a Windows 7 disc repair CD. What would be the simplest and safest way to remove Ubuntu?"

DDR4? - from Boris - (0:04:57):

"Could you please explain what point-to-point memory is, and why DDR4 will be using this instead of multi-channel memory? Also, any news, speculation, or gossip you have about DDR4 would be fun to hear."

New hardware in March, 2012? - from Craig - (0:08:52):

"I have a friend who is planning on doing basically a full system upgrade before Diablo 3 is released (so sometime early next year). What do you think we can expect in the way of new hardware that will be out by, say March 2012? Will AMD and Nvidia have a new generation of graphics cards anytime soon? And perhaps more importantly, do you think Ivy Bridge will be out by then? FYI, I know he won't need the latest and greatest tech to play Diablo 3, that's just the game he's most excited about right now, and it matches up to when he'll have the budget to do the upgrade."

Next-gen consoles? - from Michael - (0:10:42):

"There's rumours of a 2013 launch for the next consoles. How do you think this will affect PC gaming? Also, do you think developers will follow DICE (with BF3) and start developing on PC as lead platform?"

Tech discussion:

    Our thoughts on Battlefield 3 (0:20:47)

    TR's fall 2011 system guide (0:44:04)- Read more

    A quick look at Bulldozer thread scheduling (1:04:19)- Read more

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

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