The TR Podcast 78: The GPUs pair up, avoiding RSIs, and a special sneak preview

The Tech Report Podcast Date: December 12, 2010

Time: 1:15:28

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

This episode starts with two listener mail questions: KJ has a follow-up question about AMD’s Zacate accelerated processing unit, and Suspenders wonders if our hours and hours of computer usage ever result in repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). After going through the mail bag, Scott and Cyril discuss what TR version 3.0 means for the design and operation of our site. Geoff is up next with a roundup of 7,200-RPM laptop drives, which addresses value for money, performance, and capacity. Finally, Scott pairs up the latest GPUs, Geoff interviews Western Digital Program Manager Kevin Kalvert, and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 570 gets a quick and to-the-point evaluation from Damage Labs.

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Listener mail:

Zacate followup question – from KJ – (0:01:43):

“Great review of the Zacate platform. I have two questions: 1. So how does the Zacate preform against the SU4100, SU7300 line of the Core2
line. The Celeron based SU2X00 is slow compared to the SU4100 or SU7300. 2. Is the only laptop with SU processor and discrete GPU the new AIR?”
RSI’s? – from Suspenders- (0:09:48):

“I’ve had to deal with mild and not so mild RSI’s (repetitive strain injuries) due to computer use in my hands from time to time. For those who aren’t aware, this can sometimes be quite a debilitating problem, and one that can take a long time to recover from. Since you guys are heavy computer users, I was wondering if you’ve ever had to deal with RSI’s, and what, if anything, you’ve done to make your computer use less prone to injury and more ergonomic, comfortable, etc. An update on your chair, Cyril, would be nice as well. Does your back still love it after a few years?”

Tech discussion:

    Scott teases TR version 3.0 (0:18:31)- Read more

    Notebook hard drives square off at 7,200 RPM (0:32:38)- Read more

    Paired up: The latest GPUs (0:38:53)- Read more

    Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 570 graphics processor (0:56:09)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago


    • Suspenders
    • 9 years ago

    Thanks guys, for a really great answer to my question. I’ll definitely be taking a look at Deborah Quilter’s book.

    My RSI was bad enough that I could barely use my hand for a while, and I just plain stopped using the computer for 2 months, which really helped to heal my hands (although not completely, I still get pain from time to time). Ever since, it really has been a case of “managing” things, as Scott says, trying not to put too much strain on the hands and wrists. If you’re hands are hurting, do yourself a favour and please listen to them!

      • jdrake
      • 9 years ago

      Glad we could answer your question:-)

    • Aphasia
    • 9 years ago

    Posture and good ergonomics are as scott say, the most important. Most of the wrist splint things arent for computing, what they are is a way to let some of the muscles relax fully in a “default” state of the wrist. They work kindof like a removable cast. I.e. not for use during heavy computing since it will most probably strain a whole set of different muscles that you shouldnt strain.. It’s also one of those things that are usually used by advice from your physican. There are other types av wrist supports made for limiting movement during exercise if you have stretched ligaments, or just support roles if you are missing ligaments, etc.

    • LawrenceofArabia
    • 9 years ago

    GTX 580 still the fastest gpu on the planet eh? Tells us something about Cayman methinks 😉

    Perhaps 6970 at ~$425 and 6950 at ~$325 given that potential context.

    • travbrad
    • 9 years ago

    Good episode as always.

    I don’t use the home row keys and stuff for typing but I do sort of touch type because it’s still by muscle memory. I even retried to learn the ‘normal’ way of typing about a year ago, but after a month of practice I was still slower than my way (about 60wpm vs 85wpm), mainly because I made more errors oddly enough.

    • merkill
    • 9 years ago

    I have a normal office chair from ikea but im sitting straight in my back so no problem but i agree in the circulations to the legs problem so i aded a nice chair cushion.

    Hmm you guys seems to sit strange if you hands are high up.

    I have my arms on the desk aligned as an L shape from my shoulder relaxing on the desk but that could be due to me sitting up straight , that means i sit close to the desk ofc and that could be a problem if you have the monitor on the desk as that gets to close.

    But i have my monitor on another smaller corner table behind my main desk that is 10 cm higher .

    Sweet to have the monitor on another desk behind , gets the monitor at a nice height and distance from me and frees up space on the main desk.
    Also have the speakers on the monitor desk so only a keyboard and mice on the main desk 🙂

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      I sit in various positions throughout the day, with my shoulders between 3″ to 8″ above the desk. So, I ride low. I _[

        • travbrad
        • 9 years ago

        Wow, I’d literally have to sit on the floor to get down to 3″. Is your desk really high or something?

        Admittedly I’m pretty tall (6’5″), but still…I also have an above average height desk.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    LOL @ summer camp Jordan. I was wondering where you were going with pairing up at an all boy’s summer camp, Chester; glad you pulled out of that nose dive.

      • jdrake
      • 9 years ago

      That’s that kind of comedic finesse that you can always expect from yours truly;-)

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        Lol; it was quite endearing, really.

    • DancinJack
    • 9 years ago

    Wooohooo! I’m excited to see 3.0. By the way, sound quality of this cast seemed better than a lot of others. Probably just me.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    First? I may have to listen to this cast. Dunno. Yeah, I will. Off to heat my lunch first.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      first. about time! you’ve been missing many!

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