The TR Podcast 65: Multi-display madness, super-fast storage, and bring your own OS

The Tech Report Podcast Date: May 21, 2010

Time: 1:22:55

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

This week is all about quality over quantity as we tackle TR’s latest three reviews. But before getting into Eyefinity, SSDs, and bring-your-own-OS laptops, our panel goes over the new TR site layout, puts out the call for TR interns, and answers a very technical listener question about Intel’s new Moorestown handheld platform.

Moving on to the heavy stuff, Scott has finally finished his opus on AMD’s Eyefinity system, and he runs through the various configurations, their pros and cons, and which setup he’d keep around to use on a regular basis. In the storage corner, Geoff has the scoop on new SandForce based solid-state drives from OCZ and Corsair, and he reveals how SandForce’s hotshot storage controller fares against popular Intel offerings. Finally, Cyril took Asus’s choose-your-own-adventure Eee PC for a spin, and he gives us the skinny on whether an OS-free system is worth the trouble.

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Listener mail:

Moorestown Questions – from Paul – (0:12:41):

“Hello. I am a big fan of the TR podcasts. I love the production. Good job!

I listened to Scott’s commentary on Intel’s Moorestown. I am surprised at his response. It sounds like he actually likes it! There were a couple big items I thought Scott missed to mention in the podcast. I have not read his actual editorial yet. Things I thought were missed:

Moorestown is a multichip solution. It still has a southbridge! All current SoC’s (Tegra, Snapdragon, OMAP3/4) are all highly integrated. A final Moorestown BOM could mean way more add-on chips than the competition. Moorestown does not come in a POP package. All the current SoC’s I mentioned above have a POP package. This means the DRAM can be on the same package as the SoC. Moorestown is not packaged this way which is really going to increase PCB real estate in smart phones. It may not be a problem on tablets but definietly eliminates them from any smartphone design.

X86. It is nice that Moorestown is X86. I am not sure if this is a good thing in the mobile space. I just don’t think X86 is the right architecture for the mobile world. X86 is a 20+ year old architecture. It is going to bring some desktop baggage. ARM rules the mobile space. 100k+ apps are already available for certain platforms (Ipad, Iphone, android). I don’t think developers are going to want to create a x86 path if they do not have to. Google is never going to let Intel fragment Android more than it is now. X86 may actually be a hindering factor for Intel.

Again, great podcast. I listen frequently. I was just surprised there was not more coverage on the points above.”

Tech discussion:

    Whoa… new look (0:01:43)- Read more

    Work at TR! Summer interns wanted (0:09:26)- Read more

    Eyefinity to the sixth degree (0:23:09)- Read more

    SandForce showdown: Corsair’s Force F100 and OCZ’s Agility 2 and Vertex 2 SSDs (0:49:12)- Read more

    Asus’ Eee PC 1201T ultraportable (1:08:25)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    I guess I’m a troll, then.

    – I have nothing against Jordan, but I just don’t like his voice and what he adds to the show. Would rather just hear Scott, Geoff, Cyril talk about their insights/behind the scenes stuff.

    – I’d rather have everything in a transcript for search/reference. I don’t think I’ve gotten through a complete podcast without skipping insignificant content.

    – Too much fluff, needs more content.

    The podcasts are more effort than useful for me personally. s[

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    I liked hearing Cyril’s basic subjective weigh-in on that new laptop. Reading the article, and seeing the ooh-flashy product pictures, I somehow overlooked the shortcomings.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    It’s a little-known fact that trolls have small ears, and can’t hear so well.

    • mi1stormilst
    • 13 years ago

    I am stunned that you are not getting more comments and these podcasts? I guess maybe there is just not as much detail to discuss as a fully fleshed out article?

    • RWAbacus
    • 13 years ago


    • clone
    • 13 years ago

    the first comment is to make fun of the viewer response…. that’s not really a concern but it’s noteworthy, then a quick look at the poll results and their is joking that “well it looks like the new layout is winning”.

    it’s not actually and fails by more than 60% if 3rd option count is factored.

    it doesn’t really matter, just moved to a new mainpage and when I do visit TechReport I use the ataglance link.

    • Freon
    • 13 years ago

    I think the new front page works well. I like it.

    Definitely not running out to get a 6x or even 3x Eyefinity setup. I have some hope that 3x setup may be practical at some point. I can completely understand the bezel issue. I think it would drive me nuts.

    • Damage
    • 13 years ago

    On the contrary, I thought the results were interesting enough to discuss on the show. Just wanted to be careful about explaining that we can’t really make every decision based on polling, for a whole lot of reasons. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about your feedback. Sorry if I came across as dismissive.

    • Cyril
    • 13 years ago

    The “latest blog posts” widget is right under the ads on the new front page, above the gallery items and poll.

    • Meadows
    • 13 years ago

    They’re on the “At a Glance” page.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 13 years ago

    Sorry you didn’t like the poll results re: “The new front page”.
    Much better to guess how the readers of TR like it I suppose…..

    • End User
    • 13 years ago

    I want to thank TR for reviewing the 1201T/Ubuntu combination.

    I find it rather odd that ASUS would release something like the 1201T and not offer alternate OS driver support. The Synaptics Gesture Suite Linux for TouchPads is only available to OEMs at the moment. It would be nice if ASUS made it available on their support site. Perhaps you could take the review of the 1201T and expand upon it by asking ASUS to follow up with tuned Linux distro for the 1201T.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 13 years ago

    Seriously, where are the blog posts? At least place it under hot forum threads box.

    • codedivine
    • 13 years ago

    Many (most?) systems sold in India at least dont come with an OS. Situation might be similar in other developing countries.

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