The TR Podcast 132: BioShock, bundles and big SSDs

Plus listener mail, the next version of Windows, and more
— 8:44 PM on April 21, 2013

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: April 21, 2013
Duration: 1:13:30

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes
Spring is finally in the air, and we're back with another episode of your favorite PC hardware podcast. After answering some listener mail, we discuss the rumored changes in Windows 8.1—including the long-awaited return of the start menu. Then, we launch into a series of gaming discussions. Geoff kicks things off with Antichamber, after which Scott and Cyril debate the merits of BioShock Infinite, the problems with modern shooters, and the latest game bundles from AMD and Nvidia. Finally, Geoff gives us the low-down on Crucial's M500 SSD, Seagate's Laptop Thin SSHD, and the challenges associated with SSD benchmarking.

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Listener mail/tweets:

High capacity SSDs? - from Matt - (0:01:51):

"I would like my next system to contain all flash storage, and I have time to wait. I have just under 3TB of data. Will 2TB or 3TB SSDs be released at reasonable prices in the next few years, or is the technology not there yet?"

Tech discussion:

  • Windows 8.1 may boot to desktop, resurrect Start menu - (0:05:30) - Read more

    Antichamber just blew my mind - (0:13:17) - Read more

    Modern shooters and the atrophy of fun - (0:17:09) - Read more

    Today's mid-range graphics cards in BioShock Infinite - (0:32:55) - Read more

    Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon joining AMD's Radeon bundles - (0:43:06) - Read more

    Nvidia bundles Metro: Last Light with GeForce GTX 660 and higher - (0:45:34) - Read more

    Crucial's M500 SSD reviewed - (0:50:08) - Read more

    Seagate's Laptop Thin SSHD 500GB hybrid drive reviewed - (1:03:15) - Read more

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

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