The TR Podcast 138: Samsung's snazzy SSD and Intel's automagical data center

Plus listener mail and the freakin' NSA
— 11:15 PM on July 28, 2013

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: July 28, 2013
Duration: 1:45:54

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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We kick off this newest episode of the TR Podcast with a collection of listener email and tweets. Among other topics, the six queries relate to DirectX, cheap monitors, and the nature of the next game-changing mobile device. After answering the readers, we discuss EA's sales, which suggest the PC gaming industry is healthier than snarky critics would have you believe. Then, Samsung's newest SSD impresses with an approachable cost-per-gigabyte and solid performance. Finally, Scott shares big server news from Intel, and Cyril's blog post about the NSA prompts a roundtable discussion about the current state of government surveillance.

Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. -

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Listener mail/tweets:

DirectX? - from James - (0:06:42):

"I read the other day that Sony licensed DirectX 11.1 from Microsoft to run on the Playstation 4. I thought at first that this offered a great way to develop games across the next-gen consoles and also bring those games to PC. After a bit of research, though, I found some problems. First of all, DirectX 11.1 requires Windows 8. Also, the only graphics hardware to fully support it is AMD's GCN architecture. nVidia hardware doesn't support all the features of DirectX 11.1, even in the new 700 series cards. Next, there's DirectX 11.2. The next batch of hardware from AMD and nVidia should support it, along with the XBox One. It requires Windows 8.1, and probably doesn't work on the Playstation 4. So, if a developer decides to go with DirectX 11 and bring their game to PC, they have several distinct flavors of the API to choose from. If they go above plain old DirectX 11, they can program for feature level 11_0 to make it work on nVidia hardware. Any guesses on how this will all work out? Will nVidia's lack of full support for DX 11.1 save us all from upgrading to Windows 8?"

Shield? - from Ben - (0:14:21):

"Who's going to volunteer to buy a Shield and do a writeup on it? Interested in stream performance and lag."

Cheap monitors? - from Canageek - (0:18:45):

"How do you find a decent cheap monitor? All the review sites I've found focus on giant 27" and super expensive ones. (Cheap being in the $200-300 range, and the review sites I tried include Xbitlabs, TFTCentral, Anandtech)"

Asus' 4K monitor? - from Adam - (0:27:29):

"Is TR going to be able to get their hands on an ASUS PQ321 to play around with/review?"

Game changer? - from Dan - (0:27:54):

"What's the next big game-changing mobile device? Or is it now just a case of segmenting into incrementally different sizes."

P55 and Trim? - from Adrian - (0:29:57):

"Does Intel's P55 platform support Trim?"

Tech discussion:

  • We're gearing up for TR BBQ X on August 17- (0:00:50) - Read more - Kansas City meetup

    EA financials show growing PC game revenue - (0:30:24) - Read more

    Samsung's 840 EVO solid-state drive reviewed - (0:43:28) - Read more

    Scott at Intel's Data Center Day - (1:11:53)

    I choose to be spied on - (1:26:57) - Read more

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

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