The TR Podcast 143: Steamy news from Hawaii


Plus listener mail, a roomy case review, and more
— 12:37 AM on October 8, 2013

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: October 8, 2013
Duration: 1:29:38

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes
Prior to the recording of this episode, Scott survived Hawaii, Geoff and Cyril orchestrated a Canadian TR meetup, and Jordan moved to Manhattan. With so much adventure under our belts, we have a lively episode for you to enjoy this time. After listener mail and a recap of our Canadian meetup, we dive right into Valve's recent, industry rattling announcements. Next, Cyril discusses a new Corsair enclosure that aims to replace our go-to 650D, and Scott gives us the low-down on AMD's latest announcements—and the company's issues with CrossFire configs and 4K monitors.

Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. - jdrake@techreport.com

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Listener mail/tweets:

Consoles affect Nvidia? - from Nia - (0:06:26):

"With the XBOX One and PS4 both using AMD graphics, is it safe to purchase a next gen GPU from Nvidia? With developers optimizing primarily for Radeon, will the lifespan of Nvidia GPUs be cut prematurely short?"

AMD on deathwatch? - from Nalty - (0:11:01):

"Maybe I should hold off on this question until after APU13 in November, but I'm at least writing the draft of this now. Okay, so IDF13 had me feeling suicidal, but AMD GPU14 had me optimistic. At least if AMD the company goes under, AMD the GPU business looks to remain strong throughout, even if Mantle doesn't *quite* pan out and goes the way of Glide. (Based on John Carmack speculating that Microsoft and Sony might be hostile, and Nvidia not playing ball even though Mantle is supposed to be open.) Here's the question: If, like you guys were saying last time, that AMD is having to pick through the leftovers for scraps as far as design wins, at what point is AMD written-off as a failure in the CPU market? (I point to the two sell-and-lease-back transactions in Singapore and Austin this year that AMD has done to make cash, now. That's not a transaction you do if you're a healthy company.)"

Tech discussion:

  • TR's first Vancouver, Canada meetup a success - (0:01:43) - Read more

    A trio of Valve announcements - (0:20:32) - SteamOS - Steam Hardware - Steam Controller

    Corsair's Obsidian Series 750D case reviewed - (0:37:28) - Read more

    AMD reveals Radeon R9 290X with TrueAudio, Battlefield 4 bundle - (0:46:05) - Read more

    Here's why the CrossFire Eyefinity/4K story matters - (1:14:21) - Read more

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

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