The TR Podcast 21: Of MacBooks, tech peer pressure, and an excellent giveaway

Date: Oct 19, 2008

Time: 1:18:33

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski, Joshua Buss, Matt Butrovich

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Show notes

This week on the show, we start with a frank discussion of Apple’s latest laptop release, in which Scott and the gang (including new TR blogger Matt Butrovich) talk about the pros and the cons of the new MacBooks. The discussion explores the industry trends affecting today’s operating systems and should interest even Mac-hating PC hardware enthusiasts. Joshua Buss talks about the Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship he covered from Taiwan. Geoff and Scott follow up with Nvidia’s GeForce 9300 chipset, and we finish the episode with a discussion of tech peer pressure, the best netbook yet, and grandma’s computer.

Also in this episode, we announce and begin our first-ever TR Podcast giveaway. Jordan starts the show with a quick explanation of the contest and rules, but you should check out our official giveaway post here. Thanks to NCIX for providing the Acer Aspire One that we’re giving away to a lucky podcast listener.

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

Listener mail:

Integrated graphics on an HTPC? (0:03:52) – from Renoir:

“I was very interested in Scott’s comments in the latest podcast that related to possible downfalls of using integrated graphics for a media PC (690G was mentioned in the podcast). Specifically, the issues with dropped frames despite sub 100% cpu utilization and slow menu performance in Windows Media Centre. I was wondering what he felt was the cause for these issues especially considering the CPU is not maxed out? My guess would be that inadequate memory bandwidth/latency is at fault and if that is the case I’d be interested to hear his comments on whether he feels that the integration of the GPU on to the CPU package in future AMD CPUs will solve those issues given that the GPU will have less ‘hops’ to go through to get to main memory than it does in the current 690G/780G topology?”

Tech discussion:

    New MacBooks have aluminum enclosures, Nvidia graphics (0:11:19)- Read more

    Gigabyte’s Open Overclocking Championship 2008 (0:38:13)- Read more

    Nvidia’s GeForce 9300 chipset (0:56:28)- Read more

    Geoff gives in: buys a new netbook (1:07:51)- Read more

That’s all, folks! Check back on October 25 for the next TR podcast.

Comments closed
    • timbits
    • 11 years ago

    without even listening to the podcast, i guarantee the tech peer pressure segement relates to the asus eee pc

    • Prototyped
    • 11 years ago

    By the way, Gary Key posted an update [1] over at Anandtech about their GeForce 9300 review. It turns out that the -[http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=508<]§ . . . have the Sunday price cuts (Q6600, Q8200, E7300, E2220, E2200) and product introduction (E7400) gone into effect yet? :p

    • PerfectCr
    • 11 years ago

    I like the Apple coverage! 🙂 What can I say I am an Apple convert!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      it’s poison! put down the fruit!

    • republicofpepsi
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve been a fan of techreport for a few years now, just want to say that the Techreport podcast continues to be the best source of tech information in podcast form. All content and no fluff.

    • Pax-UX
    • 11 years ago

    The Mac stuff was interesting, I hope you guys start to cover it.

    Overclocking Championship, LoL this is less about skill and more about being lucky to get the right OC’ing chips.

    Wow, after listening to all these podcasts it’s amazing now little actually happens on a week to week basis.

      • Tamale
      • 11 years ago

      I dunno about that.. guys with lower performing parts sometimes got better scores ’cause they had better temperatures or better software tweaks. The skill really was there in spades.

    • Prototyped
    • 11 years ago

    Re the listener question: It doesn’t seem to me that memory bandwidth would be a limiting factor in 1080p WMV playback, given that a fast Core 2 Duo with /[http://www.costcentral.com/proddetail/Lenovo_ThinkPlus_USB_Keyboard_with_UltraNav/31P8950/857569/froogle/<]§ Re cables: Perhaps Monoprice.com will have better pricing on the mini-DisplayPort to dual-link DVI adapter? They certainly have the best pricing on HDMI cables among other things. They won't be Apple(R) branded, but do you really need Apple(R) branded cables? :p *[

      • adisor19
      • 11 years ago

      While the entire desktop on OS X is being run by the Graphics card, it is done selectively so. QuartzGL is what you are probably referring to and it is GLOBALLY disabled even in OS X 10.5. The reason is that most Carbon based apps do not work with it properly and have glitches. One example is Firefox. When you enable QuartzGL through the Quartz Debug tool, you will notice that the tool tips in Firefox are corrupted.

      QuartzGL is currently only activated per application ONLY IF the application requests it. Otherwise, it’s still disabled. It’s sad that to this day Apple has NOT yet managed to fix it and finally get OS X to have the entire graphics part being offloaded to the GPU.

      And don’t get me started about Resolution Indepence again.. 10.6 better fix those 2 issues..

      Adi

        • Prototyped
        • 11 years ago

        I thought the desktop composition was all via OpenGL or equivalent (that’s what I meant by Quartz Extreme)? I know that most apps render their contents using CPU power (presumably to an offscreen texture that is then composited using Quartz Extreme).

          • adisor19
          • 11 years ago

          It is done via OpenGL but it is not accelerated by the GPU but rather done in software via the CPU. :s

          Adi

            • Prototyped
            • 11 years ago

            That’s rather alarming!

    • Nitrodist
    • 11 years ago

    Who’s that handsome devil behind that stylish computer!

    • _Sigma
    • 11 years ago

    I was starting to think this wasn’t coming! I was all pumped to have a podcast for the dentist on Saturday but alas no dice!

    • SecretMaster
    • 11 years ago

    Eh, I’m not a fan of this episode so much. Nothing too much of interest for me IMO. However, it is still a fine podcast (as usual). I’m also glad to see our sponsor return (where did they go last episode?).

    I can’t wait for the podcasts when Nehalem and Deneb/Shanghai arrive.

      • srg86
      • 11 years ago

      Agreed, to me Apple = meh.

      I’m much more waiting for Nahalem and Deneb/Shanghai stuff too, stil they’re not yet.

        • A_Pickle
        • 11 years ago

        Apple inspires PC OEMs. About the only company to challenge this convention is ASUS, who beyond a shadow of a doubt invented the netbook concept.

        I don’t really mind the coverage of Apple stuff, so long as it doesn’t get too ridiculous. Scott seems resistant enough to the RDF.

    • dragmor
    • 11 years ago

    mp3 download from TR stops at 14mb.

      • Pax-UX
      • 11 years ago

      Haha, don’t worry you didn’t miss anything. The highlight of the show was Cyril typing. 😛

        • Prototyped
        • 11 years ago

        It was Geoff typing. So Jordan said anyway.

          • Pax-UX
          • 11 years ago

          Doh! :

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    You know I liked the last episode, although I skipped the section about PerfectCr (no offense.)

    Edit 1 : Drake, Scott has been dropping out a /[

      • jdrake
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah – we had a lot of connection issues this time – and I cut out a LOT of connection drops but didn’t get all of them

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