The TR Podcast 110: The lowdown on Ivy Bridge and her mobos


Plus behind-the-scenes photography, mechanical keyboards, and more
— 11:32 AM on April 23, 2012

The Tech Report Podcast Date: April 23, 2012
Time: 1:26:46

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Intel's long-awaited Ivy Bridge processors (and our review) come out in concert with this latest episode of the TR Podcast. Before diving into the new Intel gear, our hosts discuss the beautiful CryEngine 3, our trepidation about the teased Crysis 3, and an upcoming title that Geoff is very excited about.

Then, it's right on to the scoop on Ivy Bridge. Scott and Geoff discuss the performance of the new chips (in both stock and overclocked configurations), and Geoff evaluates the new array of Z77 motherboards with unpronounceable names. To round out the episode, we have pricing updates on AMD's Radeon HD 7900-series GPUs, a look at two mechanical keyboards from Corsair, and a 10,000 RPM hard drive from Western Digital. Finally, Cyril and the gang talk about how TR gets its beautiful product photos.

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

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Listener mail/tweets:

Should I upgrade?(0:37:68) - from Phil:

"Question for Scott for next podcast: "Yes or No? My newegg cart will be ready - that's all I need to know. I re-listened to Ep 79, the Sandy Bridge episode. I actually asked a very similar question then, but at that time it was whether I should wait for Bulldozer or not. As it stands, I waited for Bulldozer, then decided to wait for Ivy Bridge after I saw how poor Bulldozer was. Short of Ivy Bridge being a disaster, I'll be upgrading my PC in a fortnight!"

Tech discussion:

    Crytek shows latest CryEngine features - (0:01:16) - Read more - Crysis 3

    Dishonored trailer sneaks onto the web - (0:10:10) - Read more

    Ivy Bridge - (0:11:38) - Read more

    Overclocking Ivy Bridge - (0:17:40) - Read more

    Ivy Bridge Z77 motherboards - (0:26:54) - Intel - Asus, Gigabyte and MSI

    AMD cuts 7900-series prices, throws in free games - (0:48:20) - Read more

    Corsair's Vengeance K60 and K90 mechanical keyboards - (0:53:40) - Read more

    Western Digital's VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive - (1:07:18) - Read more

    How TR gets (some of) its squeaky-clean product photos - (1:13:05) - Read more

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

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