The TR Podcast 77: iPhone Rage, special edition GPUs, and discrete audio

The Tech Report Podcast Date: November 28, 2010

Time: 1:28:45

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

We kick off this episode of the TR Podcast by discussing Netflix’s internet-streaming-only plan, Scott’s desire for an à la carte TV world, and Jordan’s record-breaking single DVD Netflix plan. We also look at the arrival of Rage on the iPhone, months before an actual console or PC release.

We then delve into some good old-fashioned hardware discussion. Geoff and Cyril play tag-team with our next story: Nvidia has released the GeForce GTX 460 SE into the wild, and Cyril has the card’s specs, while Geoff has the skinny on the benchmarking results. Speaking of benchmarks, Cyril goes on to bring us performance numbers from his excursion to Austin, where he got to test AMD’s next-gen Brazos mobile platform and Zacate accelerated processing unit. We also take the time to explore AMD’s mobile roadmap, detailing who will manufacture Zacate’s successor.

Later, Geoff gives us an in-depth look at two new Xonar sound cards from Asus. He details the hardware, our testing methods, the results, and declares a surprising (and very budget-friendly) favorite. Finally, Cyril gives us the low-down on BitFenix’s new Survivor enclosure, explaining what excited and disappointed him in this this compact, LAN-party-friendly case.

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Tech discussion:

    Internet braces for new Netflix unlimited-streaming plan (0:03:50)- Read more

    id’s Rage arrives on the iTunes Store (0:12:58)- Read more

    Nvidia quietly releases GeForce GTX 460 SE into the wild (0:19:50)- Read more

    GeForce GTX 460 SE scrutinized, performance revealed (0:22:41)- Read more

    AMD’s Brazos platform: The benchmarks (0:26:30)- Read more

    Who will manufacture AMD’s new 28-nm APUs? (0:39:46)- Global FoundriesTSMC

    Poll: How much did you spend on your best PC speakers or headset? (0:41:28)- Read more

    Asus’ Xonar DG and Xense sound cards (0:43:55)- Read more

    BitFenix’s Survivor enclosure (1:18:13)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • JustAnEngineer
    • 9 years ago

    At 1:25:
    “AMD’s GTX 460 Special Edition”
    That’s news to me!

    • Freon
    • 9 years ago

    *shrugs* My Logitech speakers have digital optical input. They weren’t cheap speakers (Z-5500), though.

    I can understand picking one of those cards up for headphone listening, but I never game with headphones. It’s cumbersome and uncomfortable. I greatly prefer 5.1. I have a Triton 720 set that I never even use. Wanted to try the whole headset (with mic) thing for PC gaming with comms but it is too much of a pain. Oh well.

    Wonder if there is a headphone amp out there with digital optical input… It seems like that is essentially what these cards really offer. I’m doubting you’ll notice on some $99 PC speakers over 1/8″ stereo jack outputs.

    If I want to do critical listening I do it on my stereo. Almost everything on my PC is compressed source as well. Not like I carefully listen to carefully mastered SACD sources on my PC on a regular basis. The best it gets is a 256kbps MP3 I ripped myself with the highest quality settings on LAME.

    • mcnabney
    • 9 years ago

    Proprietary tech and consoles killed positional audio.

    • LawrenceofArabia
    • 9 years ago

    I very much support your guys’ stance on sound cards, especially with the Xonar DG out in the marketplace. Go ahead and put the DG in the Econobox build, since it provides a measurable and noticeable difference in the performance of the machine. The system guides have always been about a balanced, multi-purpose, system, not just for gaming or any specific activity. If a sound card improves that overall ability it should by all means be an important part of the system. I’d rather shave 30$ off my cpu budget, loosing me a small bit of performance, and get a DG instead, gaining me markedly better audio performance.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    I did want to say, that whilst I appreciate that you read my email, I think you missed my question… Poll…?

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    RE: Interview Requests for the podcast.

    Yeah, more interviews would be great. Here’s the kind of people I’d like to hear from:

    (Tall orders)
    -Apple engineers or UI “Experience” professionals.
    -ANYONE from Google regarding the state of affairs on Android handsets
    -Game developer 3d-engine programmers.

    (More likely)
    -App developers for iPhone that make any games involving opengl-specific programming.

    Also: minor tidbit, but did you guys know that American Public Media’s /[<]ยง

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    Wooo shoutout to me!

    • esterhasz
    • 9 years ago

    “chicks dig shiny stuff” – I’ve heard Scott make smarter comments than that one…

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      He was making a (good) point about keyboards + trackpads being designed to attract attention of a market-segment that does not necessarily have /[

        • esterhasz
        • 9 years ago

        Sure, and TRs consumer behavior research division chipped in with some large-scale empirical data and a little SPSS magic…

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    RE: Scott’s vision of the future.

    You want content that you pay for on a cherry-pick basis, that can be enjoyed across multiple devices, and is paid for /[

      • jdrake
      • 9 years ago

      Wow – funny to hear you say that – for sake of time – I cut OUT a segment where I posed the question “what about the AppleTV/iTunes”. Maybe I’ll put it in as a bonus segment on a future episode.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 9 years ago

        My apprehension regarding the AppleTV is that I have no idea what it is. Is it just a box that runs “Front Row” ? Why bother with an AppleTV if I can just hook up a Mac Mini to the TV instead or my own custom HTPC and just enjoy my media that way?

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    FIRST !!! /downloading podcast.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      o. i get it. when it’s me, it’s juvenile, and when it’s you, it warrants three exclamation marks….

      Well done sir. Nice to see you’re joining the fun team. Even if you are a pokemon ๐Ÿ˜›

      Check out this sweet stash: :{) that’s what a real man looks like. I think i’m going to shave my beard, and just have a mustache.

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