The TR Podcast 142: Intel intros everything at IDF and we react

Plus iPhone 5S and 5C, listener mail, and more
— 8:23 PM on September 22, 2013

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: Sept 22, 2013
Duration: 1:22:49

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes
Scott is back from Intel's Developer Forum, and he has many stories to tell. In this episode of the podcast, we cover everything from Intel's Bay Trail SoC to new-and-improved NUCs to DDR4 memory (which was hidden away in Kingston's booth at the show). Also in this episode, four podcast listeners have their questions answered, and we discuss the new iPhones from Apple.

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Listener mail/tweets:

8 Cores? - from Nia - (0:01:40):

"Hey guys, love the show, started reading the site back when Scott exposed the frame latency controversy and the podcasts got me hooked. My question is: Since the XBOX One and Playstation 4 both have 8 CPU cores, is it a safe move to buy a 4 core AMD or Intel CPU for a gaming rig? Will games in the near future suffer a significant performance penalty for not having 8 (real or virtual) CPU cores?"

Star Citizen? - from Tom - (0:04:06):

"Alright lads! Star Citizen - I deeply believe this game is going to be the holy grail of PC gaming in year or two, and I wanted to hear your opinion on it. Crowd funded, PC only, Cryengine 3 toting, Oculus supporting, multiplayer mayhem, in a massive universe. Utter bliss! Keep up the great work."

Windows 7 or Windows 8? - from Keanan - (0:06:52):

"Hello guys, I'm in the process of upgrading my system from the P55 platform and i7 875K and mechanical HDD with windows 7 x64 pro to the Z77 platform with a i7 3770k and SSD which requires a clean install. Should I give windows 8 a try? I noticed the guides say use windows 8 yet some of reviews are still using Windows 7..such as the GTX 760. I'm just curious as to what OS Scott and the gang are using as their daily driver and why? Jordan you can chime in if you like but I know you're using meerkats, mavericks or some version of a large cat with some fruit on its back."

A10 and FirePro - from Keanan - (0:12:05):

"Hi guys, big fan of the podcast. Why aren't laptop OEM/ODM's all over AMD's iterative offerings like white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snowstorm? It seems like a no-brainer to take the biggest A10 they can get their hands on, stick it into a thin chassis, with a good amount of memory and an SSD, and Bob's your uncle for a thin-and-light with good CPU and GPU performance, for a lower BoM than the equivalent Intel product. Are they all just waiting for Kaveri, like I am, (or whatever the Excavator-based successor is called,) when AMD finally gets full 100% unified memory access between the CPU and the GPU? Or is there something else that I'm not seeing as a consumer and IT semi-pro? (Para-IT? What I'm saying is I have IT duties on top of the rest of my duties at my day job.)

And, for that matter, where the heck are all the FirePro laptops? The way it stands now, I can't seem to find any workstation laptops that aren't nVidia Quadro-based, which makes the extortionate prices that professional cards command feel like a monopoly in action. Weren't the FirePro cards supposed to be cheaper than the competition?"

Tech discussion:

  • Join us for a TR meetup in Vancouver, Canada on September 28 - (0:21:36) - Read more

    Intel's Atom Z3000 'Bay Trail' SoC revealed - (0:23:05) - Read more

    Asus Transformer Book T100 convertible has quad-core Bay Trail SoC, starts at $349 - (0:34:33) - Read more - Hands on

    Report: Bay Trail NUC to cost $139, support 2.5-inch drives - (0:40:16) - Read more - Haswell NUC

    Gigabyte Brix crams gaming PC into, well.... - (0:45:56) - Read more

    14-nm Broadwell chip cuts power draw 30% vs. 4.5W Haswell - (0:49:34) - Read more

    NEC shoehorns 368 Avoton cores and 1472GB of RAM into one box - (0:51:46) - Read more

    Is this DDR4 demo box Haswell-EP in action? - (0:55:36) - Read more

    Apple unveils colorful iPhone 5C, 64-bit iPhone 5S with fingerprint sensor - (0:59:02) - Read more - Nokia is flattered

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

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