The TR Podcast 119: GTX 660, Haswell, Sleeping Dogs and iPhone 5

Plus listener mail and a sexy Asus ultraportable
— 12:01 AM on September 17, 2012

The Tech Report Podcast Date: September 16, 2012
Time: 1:35:48

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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


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Show notes
It's another mega episode of the TR Podcast this week—hence our straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get title. We kick things off with Scott's recap of the Intel Developer Forum, including a look at Haswell and exciting Intel R&D. Then it's on to the latest from AMD, which set up camp just down the road. Geoff, Cyril, and Jordan follow up by discussing the iPhone 5. Kicking off a series of reviews, Scott tells the familiar tale of Nvidia's latest GPU, the GeForce GTX 660, while Geoff shares his thoughts on the violent and addictive Sleeping Dogs. Cyril rounds out the episode with a look at Asus' IPS-infused Zenbook Prime notebook.

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Listener mail:

Testing 120hz? - from Hector - (0:01:27):

"Ever given thought to doing 120Hz GPU/CPU testing to see what hardware is required to stay above 120Hz 95 percent of the time, etc. I like your testing methodology a lot, but you guys seem to be running into games that basically are always above 60fps. Now that I use a 120Hz monitor on a daily basis, the frame drop into sub 120hz is noticeable as stutter the same way people notice going sub 60hz and it gets laggy or stuttering. For most game it isn't an issue, but in fast paced FPS, even older ones like TF2, I find my 6950 doesn't keep up at 120Hz, even with the settings turned down somewhat. I find locking it to a lower framerate that's consistent is preferable."

Tech discussion:

    Scott recaps Haswell and advanced R&D from Intel at IDF (0:10:38)

    Scott's meeting with AMD at the AMD bunker during IDF (0:41:41)

    Apple introduces the iPhone 5 (0:47:54)- Read more

    Nvidia's GeForce GTX 660 graphics card (1:01:07)- Read more

    Sleeping Dogs will keep you up at night (1:17:55)- Read more

    Cyril reviews the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A (1:24:59)

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

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