The TR Podcast 111: Spandex, SLI, and a snap-together tablet


Plus listener mail, Ridley Scott is back, and more...
— 10:56 PM on May 6, 2012

The Tech Report Podcast Date: May 6, 2012
Time: 1:10:10

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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We're back with a short but sweet episode that kicks off with listener mail. After answering questions about GPU upgrades and CPU/RAM pairings, Jordan polls the panel on their expectations for two upcoming (or just released) summer geek action films: The Avengers and Prometheus. Then it's on to the award-winning Asus Transformer Pad 300, followed by the ceiling-shattering Nvidia GeForce GTX 690.

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

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Listener mail/tweets:

GTX 680?(0:01:29) - from Jordan:

"I'm a huge fan of the podcast. I started listening at episode 75(ish) and I enjoyed it a lot. So much so that I listened to all the previous episodes even though it wasn't relevant anymore. Anyways, back on track, I am going to get a GTX 680 for my 16th birthday (April 30) and I was wondering if I should wait for a price drop before I get one? My parents were going to pay for half and I was wondering if the price drop worth be waiting for or should I get one now if I can find one? Thanks again for the great website and podcast. From the Great White North, Jordan"

CPU/RAM combo question (0:06:54) - from JMC:

"I WAS planning on overclocking my Corsair ram with my new Asus Sabertooth X79/3930K but after reading this I am not so sure. Would really love to hear your thoughts on the comments below.
(from Newegg product comments):
***
Pros: NOTE: Contact Intel if you'd like, this CPU should be coupled with 1600 @ 1.5v RAM and NO higher to ensure stability and CPU life.
***
Cons: Not really a con. However I just got off of the phone with Intel as I needed to RMA this product. A lot of questions were asked and answered. I found out that this CPU will NOT work, at least for very long, if you use ram that runs over 1600 MHZ and 1.5 volts. I WAS running GSkill 2133 at 1.65 volts. This, based on tech support probably killed the cpu. The ram controller is built into the CPU and will not work properly over 1600 MHZ. Also I run a system with an intel 990x. The ram required for this CPU is 1066. At $1000 you can bet I will comply no matter what my Asus mobo says I can use"

Tech discussion:

    Summer movie expectations - (0:11:08)

    Asus' Transformer Pad 300 tablet - (0:23:52) - Read more

    Nvidia's GTX 690 - (0:41:10)

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

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