The TR Podcast 71: Bulldozer, Bobcat, and bamboo

The Tech Report Podcast Date: August 29, 2010

Time: 1:30:36

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

We’re back in our classic panel format with this episode, and we’ve got a lot to cover. After answering the mailbag and a few quick TR community notes, the panel wants to know why Cyril loves his iPhone 4 so much, why Scott still hates his, and what iPhone games we’re all skipping work to play. Later, Scott gives us an in-depth look at two very exciting processor platforms from AMD: Bulldozer and Bobcat.

Then, it’s on to the reviews. Cyril isn’t all that impressed with Samsung’s newest 14″ notebook, and Geoff has bestowed the Editor’s Choice award upon Zotac’s newest barebones nettop. Finally, Geoff takes a look at the sexy, bamboo-clad U33Jc 13″ notebook from Asus.

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Listener mail:

Non-gaming GPU reviews? – from Bernhard – (0:01:44):

“I have a question for the TR crew that has been bugging me for quite a while, concerning hardware benchmarking, particularly graphics cards. I do know that the consumer type cards TR tests are mostly used for games and that most of the regulars on TR are gamers but I have the feeling that there are a lot of people out there that may whip up a game from time to time (I play roughly one or two games per year) but mostly use their machines for work. While I really do love the high quality testing and writing of the TR, I feel that the “pro enthusiast” is a little bit underappreciated as an audience here and really by most tech sites online. While it is possible to find benchmarks and general recommendations for stuff like Adobe’s content creation package (which has been using GPU acceleration for quite some time now, but how do different cards stack up?) or transcoders like Mediaespresso (CUDA and Stream compatible), this information is more often than not scattered across forums and vendor sites and hardly conclusive. Long story short, I’d love to know whether TR is considering a wider testing protocol for graphics cards that looks at consumer boards (and perhaps even the pro lines?) also in non-gaming applications. This may prove to be challenging (driver versions, software evolution, testing scenarios, etc.), but I feel that there is a real vacuum waiting to be filled…”

Tech discussion:

    Community update: Get ready for a new season of fantasy football (0:09:43)- Read more

    Win one of six Metro 2033 copies or an MSI Big Bang mobo (0:10:50)- Read more

    My iPhone 4 is awesome (0:12:29)- Read more

    The wild and wonderful world of iOS gaming (0:20:48)- Read more

    Carmack shows Rage running at 60 FPS… on an iPhone (0:28:32)- Read more

    AMD’s Bulldozer architecture revealed (0:31:39)- Read more

    Advanced look at AMD’s Bobcat architecture (0:50:34)

    Samsung’s R480 14-inch notebook (1:04:16)- Read more

    Zotac’s Zbox HD-ND22 barebones mini PC (1:11:27)- Read more

    Asus’ bamboo-infused U33Jc 13-inch notebook (1:17:06)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • mcnabney
    • 9 years ago

    Apple has no reason to bother fixing the phone.

    People may whine and complain, but it isn’t like they are losing customers. If you won’t return the device and take your business elsewhere they have no reason to do anything to help you.

    The key advantage when you sell a product that is more like a religion. You don’t have to care about your customer.

    • clone
    • 9 years ago

    no facebook for me….. yeah I’m one of them, get poked about on occasion don’t care totally not interested, don’t really see the appeal … this is the generation of self expression but how long until they realize Facebook is no more than a photo album…… and lastly facebook is going to be a fad that will fade just like MySpace.

      • d0g_p00p
      • 9 years ago

      Facebook will definitely not fade way like Friendster or Myspace. looks like it’s here for the long term. Not that I really care since i don’t use “social networking sites” but I too thought the same thing until I talked to a couple of people that I know who develop for FB and they gave me the info on what makes it different. My dev buddies don’t think of FB as a social networking site but more of a “social utility” with an open platform that is friendly for developers. Plus FB is being intertwined with all different websites. It’s already apparent with many sites that you can login with your FB account.

      Something will come along and supplant FB at some point but FB has made a pretty big impact. I mean they are makign a Hollywood movie about the damn thing, lol!

    • d0g_p00p
    • 9 years ago

    The Podcast sounded a little “bassy” to me. I thought my EQ was screwed up or something. That is really the only thing I noticed on this Podcast. I always thought it sounded fine before.

      • esterhasz
      • 9 years ago

      true, the sound had more bass but I felt that voices actually sounded a lot more natural this way ( on a pair of shure in ear plugs ) – loved it…

      Cyrils fascination with inertial scrolling was positively endearing…

    • axeman
    • 9 years ago

    Facebook? The future? The future looks bleak.

      • codedivine
      • 9 years ago

      I wish I could “like” your comment 😛

    • jstern
    • 9 years ago

    I was actually trying to pay attention to the sound right when I clicked the file. It sounds pretty good. Very clear, perhaps better than past podcast.

    • RtFusion
    • 9 years ago

    Might want to get some tissues on set. Don’t want snot flying around.

    • codedivine
    • 9 years ago

    Really nice episode!

    Side rant: You can’t use Nvidia graphics on Optimus enabled laptops under Linux. As it so happens, most of my work related stuff is on Linux and requires good GPUs so that makes most Optimus enabled laptops not very useful for me currently 🙁

    Anyone have any news/info about Optimus on Linux? I just want the Nvidia GPU to work on Linux (even if without switchable) while retaining switchable graphics on the Windows side.

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