The TR Podcast 76: Black Ops, Brazos, and the GTX 580

The Tech Report Podcast Date: November 14, 2010

Time: 1:16:55

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

This episode is all about gaming, graphics, and mobile computing. Jordan and Geoff kick things off with listener mail, with Geoff delivering some sound SSD advice to a listener and Jordan recommending his favorite iPhone earbuds. Then, as Call of Duty: Black Ops rocks the entertainment industry with a record $360-million release day, so does it rock the podcast, with Scott talking at length about his take on the new shooter.

Cyril, who’s back from AMD’s Austin campus, chats with Scott about the ins and outs of AMD’s new Brazos ultraportable platform. Scott goes on to give us a detailed rundown of the surprise release from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 580. The podcast finishes with a whirlwind of other GPU news, including an overclocking report about the Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 460 and a look at the availability and pricing of AMD’s new Radeons.

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

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Listener mail:

Earbuds? – from Chris – (0:03:16):

“I recall at one point on the TR podcast you mentioned that you had the Dr. Beats earbuds for your iphone — do I recall this correctly? If this is right, I was wondering if you could give me the lowdown on them. I’m interested in your opinion as you work with audio *a lot*! I listen to primarily electronic/metal but also classical. I keep reading reviews saying they are amazing for the first, but either great or garbage for classical :/ If you don’t have time to answer this, no worries, but if you do I’d be interested in your thoughts/experience.”

An SSD quandry – from Grantmeaname- (0:04:50):

“I’ve got a laptop with a 2.8GHz C2D, DDR2-800, and the Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Black that was king three or so years back; currently I’m running Ubuntu on it. I think I decided that I can live with not having a ton of drive space, and that my next upgrade will be an SSD. I’m amazed, of course, by the RealSSD C300 256GB, which blows everything away. Unfortunately, I’m on a budget. The C300 64GB reads comparably but drags on writes; given the predominance of reads in desktop usage patterns, will it still be fine? Should I spring for the 128GB, to get the best of both worlds? Or is something better about to come along for Black Friday or in the winter trade show season?”

Tech discussion:

    Black Ops becomes ‘biggest entertainment launch ever’ (0:09:27)- Read more

    A closer look at AMD’s Brazos platform (0:21:33)- Read more

    Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 580 graphics processor (0:33:47)- Read more

    Quick take: 6850 and GTX 460 overclocking (0:59:25)- Read more

    Radeon HD 6850, 6870 prices climb skyward (1:03:57)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    what the heck? did you guys nuke my post? it was legit!

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    YOU’RE ALL INSANE. THEY SPECIFICALLY SAID THAT BLACK OPS WAS GOING TO BE BUILT FOR PC GAMERS. YOU’RE ALL JUST HATERS. WHY HATE COD? IT’S THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AND THE SALES CONFIRM THAT.

    • mi1stormilst
    • 9 years ago

    You know it is a bad sign for a game when the pc version has video from the 360 on STEAM!!!

    • Darkmage
    • 9 years ago

    Dude, you’re going to make me blush. 🙂

    We both had a great time meeting you. Next time you’re in town we’ll do it again.

    • urbain
    • 9 years ago

    A waste of time podcast…

      • _Sigma
      • 9 years ago

      Why not give real feedback?

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      Ya, that’s kind of a dick post.

      • travbrad
      • 9 years ago

      A waste of time comment

    • ShadowTiger
    • 9 years ago

    Just a comment to the TR crew… If you end up with too many laptops lying around… because you want to get the newest stuff to test out… well you could always give them away in a contest : D

      • Cyril
      • 9 years ago

      Little chance of that, unfortunately. The laptops we receive as review samples always have to go back.

    • The Ripper
    • 9 years ago

    I have to admit that I was not going to buy Black ops in the first place but wow this game just lost so many points in my books. And guys you say that the remembering is original? Have you ever played Assassins creed? How about Prince of Persia sands of time? I like the rest of the podcast I really love AMD but this black ops is sounding terrible I am a sniper as well the shaking just sounds horrible. Thanks for the review I think that I will suggest my friend who was going to buy it not to. Thanks guys!

    • grantmeaname
    • 9 years ago

    Thanks!

    • Silus
    • 9 years ago

    I haven’t played Black Ops yet (nor do I think I will, got fed up with Call of Duty after the first Modern Warfare), but I have to say that the way the story flows, seems to actually be original. The cinematic experience is becoming the “defacto” standard for all these multi-million $ game productions.

    Also, it would be interesting if at the end of this week, another price check could be done on both GTX 460s and HD 6800s, to see if AMD was just spewing some PR BS…
    That bit about the TR article actually increasing demand, was just hilarious! PR at its best 🙂

    Good podcast as usual!

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      Reality check: AMD has not changed the MSRP for Radeon 6000s. Thanks for listening.

        • Silus
        • 9 years ago

        And…?
        Does your “reality” disregard the fact that they ARE above MSRP and that AMD’s comments say that it’s because of demand and that it would be fixed in a “few days” ?

        So, to be sure that that wasn’t another PR stunt of theirs, a price re-check in a “few days” would be nice.

          • flip-mode
          • 9 years ago

          That’d be fine by me.

      • Fighterpilot
      • 9 years ago

      Wow!…I wondered whether you could get through a whole post without an NVidia cheerleader trash comment.
      Nope…

        • Silus
        • 9 years ago

        Heh, wanting to know if AMD is truthful is “cheerleading for NVIDIA”.

        Sorry about that, I forgot that AMD can say whatever they want, without anyone actually checking if they indeed kept their word!

          • ChangWang
          • 9 years ago

          I my be in the dark here, but I don’t recall reading about AMD raising the MSRP on any of the 6800’s. Until that happens (or we hear otherwise), how can anyone point the finger directly at AMD for it?

    • mslowe7187
    • 9 years ago

    great episode! very informative and it’s awesome to hear scott’s thoughts on black ops from a pc perspective. I thought it was interesting that it was difficult for you during the first level, and maybe that was inherent in the “console port” feeling you got from it, but i honestly had no problems aiming and taking down enemies accurately and efficiently while playing that level on the xbox version.

    It’s definitely depressing that such a great game is such an obvious console port. I wish developers would develop these multi-platform games for each platform concurrently, rather than developing it for consoles, and then porting it to PC. I know its a matter of limited time and resources, and i guess it makes sense from the perspective that if a developer has to choose 1 platform to develop for, then it should be initially developed for the platform that is most popular with the customer base. but its still a shame nonetheless, because i love pc gaming as much as the next TR geek and i hate to see it stagnating so bad recently

    • DancinJack
    • 9 years ago

    Haha. Raptorclawkill! Great episode guys. Does Cyril have a heater or something on in the background? You can barely hear it during his recordings.

      • Cyril
      • 9 years ago

      Not a heater… someone down the street was using a pressure washer or lawnmower or some similar contraption. Couldn’t do anything about it, unfortunately.

        • bdwilcox
        • 9 years ago

        I thought you had a cicada or locust buzzing in the apartment. Damn things always go silent when you get near ’em.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    Sweet. Work will be more tolerable tomorrow.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      Sweet. sweatshopking will (hopefully) be more tolerable now.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        noooooooooooooo, I thought we were bff’s. you’re breaking my heart 🙁

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