Between Sony's AMD-centered bid for next-gen gaming, Nvidia's monster GeForce GTX Titan GPU, Mini-ITX motherboards, and listener mail... our latest episode has a lot to offer.
Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. - firstname.lastname@example.org
AMD or Nvidia? - from Jay - (0:00:53):
"I am looking at a new video card, and have the AMD 6570 right now and it does what I need it to do. I just got Battlefield 3 for 12.99 on sale. What is better based on drivers and other factors. I know Nvidia has Phys X but do I really need that to enjoy games? AMD is backing up BioShock and Crysis 3, so does AMD have something like Phys X? love the show and keep up the good work."
Where does CPU power go from here? - from Unknown Avenger - (0:05:29):
"I have a question about where you think cpu processing power will go from here. Since 2008 I've upgraded my graphics card three times and my hard drive once but believe it or not I'm still using a slightly overclocked Nehalem i7 920 processor since when it first came out in late 2008. I've thought about upgrading but since I run both Skyrim and Far Cry 3 at +60 FPS, and everything else I do on my computer is more than fast enough, I haven't really felt the need. I might be tempted to upgrade to the new haswell architecture once it comes out later this year but even then I don't really foresee noticing any huge performance increase in everyday use. Do you think we're coming closer to a point when CPU computing power is becoming a non-issue? Or do you believe that next-gen games and consoles will reignite the need for more computing power? Or do you perhaps believe that future 3d applications and virtual worlds - like the ones made possible by the Oculus Rift - is what will be driving computing power in the future? Basically my question is if you think that the cpu performance race still is on or that we're going to be focusing on price and power consumption from here on out."
System upgrade advice? - from Jon - (0:12:24):
"Right off the bat, I'd like to say thanks to The Tech Report and more importantly Scott Wasson, whom pointed out that my hard drives were most likely failing due to heat. It does get pretty damn hot in Austin, Texas. I've got another question for the crew. I'm running an aging AMD Phenom II X2 550, and HD5770 on a MSI 785GM-E6 AM3 motherboard with 4GB of RAM. I've been patient, but after Battlefield 3, Cliffs of Dover, and Skyrim, it's time for an upgrade. I was hoping I could save some money by upgrading the processor, but am unsure if the new AMD processors were compatible with my AM3 board. The 5770 would be replaced by either an HD7870 or a GTX660, along with a 650 or 750w power supply and another 4GB of RAM. Here is the trick. I'm a first time father as of January 23rd, and have only $500 to get the most out of an upgrade. Help?"
Sony confirms PlayStation 4's PC guts - (0:19:01) - Read more
Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan reviewed - (0:32:08) - Read more
That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.
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