The TR Podcast 49.5: Tales from Beijing

The Tech Report Podcast Date: September 10, 2009

Time: 0:45:20

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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Sponsored by MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena 2009. Visit the official website or follow TR’s sponsored coverage for more.


Show notes

In this special edition of the podcast, Jordan brings the show microphones to the final event of MSI’s Master Overclocking Arena 2009 in Beijing, China. Keep a lookout for pictures on the TR Podcast blog this weekend.

Special thanks to:

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

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    • glynor
    • 11 years ago

    This really reminded me of “This American Life” on NPR. I loved the style. Absolutely excellent job, Jordan.

    It wouldn’t really “work” for your average weekly “discussion” podcast, but it worked EXTREMELY well for this type of thing.

    I look forward to seeing what you do with this next…

    Also, I wanted to comment briefly on the MSI support of the podcast, and the creative way you did all of this… Absolutely fantastic.

    I listen to the weekly PC Perspective podcast, which was also sponsored by MSI throughout this same time period. However, I feel that Tech Report handled the MSI sponsorship in a much more “acceptable” manner. While PC Perspective allowed MSI to more generally sponsor the show, TR seemed to limit the sponsorship messages to the Overclocking championship topic. On PC Perspective, it did seem to seep into their editorial content more, and made me roll my eyes more than once as they shamelessly hyped some MSI product in a section of their podcast not clearly defined as “advertising”.

    TR never fell down this trap. All of the MSI-sponsored messaging was clearly separated from editorial content, and never seemed to exert undue influence on the “regular” podcast content.

    That said… I also think this was a clear win for MSI. I greatly enjoyed the extra MSI-sponsored content in the series of podcasts, and I must say… It also made me reconsider MSI for future system purchases in a few small ways. I had honestly written them off quite a while ago as a serious contender for most of my motherboard purchases (concentrating mostly on ASUS vs. Gigabyte). But this was very nice, and showed in a very tangible way that they have a real interest in cultivating the enthusiast market again.

    So, even though this time I ended up picking up a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P for my first Lynnfield build… I considered a few MSI boards strongly for the first time in years, and I will continue to do so for my future purchases.

    So… For at least this one customer, they can call this project a success.

      • jdrake
      • 11 years ago

      Thanks for the comment – I’m actually a big This American Life fan – listen to the podcast every week – and I wanted to model their format when I put this together… guess I was successful!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 11 years ago

    Those guys all look like they just saw their first alien.

    • wingless
    • 11 years ago

    If a cute girl asks you what kind of massage you like, that should be viewed as an opportunity!

    Great podcast. I loved the music.

    • _Sigma
    • 11 years ago

    This podcast = win

    • Inkling
    • 11 years ago

    Totally different format from the usual, but his podcast was great. It was so descriptive, makes me really wish I could’ve gone. Kudos to MSI for making this possible.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    Nice work. I like the way you laid out the chain of events.
    Podcast this weekend yes? 🙂

    • Freon
    • 11 years ago

    Listened to this on the way into work today. Very cool, I like the story telling theme. Sounds like you had fun!

    • Jeffery
    • 11 years ago

    啊,我真喜欢北京! 哈哈,Chinese massages are great. great podcast!

    • FubbHead
    • 11 years ago

    I didn’t quite get what memory mod some other teams were using? But yay to my winning compatriots I guess is in order. 🙂

      • Freon
      • 11 years ago

      I’m curious as well. Perhaps there is a voltage mod for the memory. I’ve never dived into such mods on a computer, but if you know where the regulator is it may be as easy as changing the pull down resistor value or something.

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