The TR Podcast 80: Titanium graphics and Sandy Bridge goes mobile

The Tech Report Podcast Date: February 1, 2011

Time: 1:24:16

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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This episode of the podcast is rife with Sandy Bridge talk. Our panel spends a good chunk of the podcast responding to Sandy Bridge-related listener questions, studying the results from our latest poll, and discussing our review of Intel’s Core i7-2820QM-powered desktop replacement notebook. (Because we recorded last week, however, we weren’t able to address the chipset bug Intel announced on Monday.)

Taking a break from the Intel coverage, Scott and Geoff pick apart Nvidia’s newly released GeForce GTX 560 Ti, comparing it to the competition from AMD and going over the various implementations from different vendors. The panel also delves into some game coverage, talking about the upcoming releases of Portal 2 and Duke Nukem Forever. Other discussion topics include our CES experiences in Las Vegas and, to round off the episode, a debate about the merits of stereoscopic 3D in movies and games.

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

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Listener mail/comments/tweets:

Notion Ink Adam? – Comment from Demalion – (0:01:37):

“I was puzzled by the tablet discussion not mentioning the Notion Ink Adam, using Android with a custom interface, which AFAIK was shown at CES along with other tablets. It is something I was keeping an eye on due to its promise of the low power/sunlight readable PixelQi display, for one thing, as well as an announced plan for supporting an upgrade to Honeycomb later in the year. Am I out of the loop as far as there needing to be quotation marks around the “promise” and “announced” in the above, missing something about why it isn’t a potential “iPad killer”, or was it just overlooked? Been wondering ever since the podcast, but no one else brought it up so I figured I might as well ask.”

Hating the new chipset… – Mail from Garrett aka mi1stormlist- (0:07:14):

“I am freaking out here after listening to your last podcast, why is no one pissing and moaning about the fact that we are already looking at a new INTEL socket? It seems I upgraded just over a year ago to an i920 and a x58 motherboard, did I miss something? Where are the better CPU’s for the x58 chipset? I guess I made the mistake of overclocking my i920 to 3.6GHZ I never saw any reason to upgrade. Now I have to upgrade my motherboard and cpu again, ugh I must be getting old”

Sandy Bridge and AVX? – Mail from Michael – (0:16:12):

“Sandy Bridge was supposed to introduce AVX, the next gen SSE which would accelerate all kinds of multimedia. Where is it? Where are the demos, benchmarks etc?”

SSD roadmaps? – Tweet from @codedevine – (0:17:35):

“Question for podcast. What do SSD roadmaps look like from various companies over next few months?”

Tech discussion:

    Poll: Are you upgrading to Sandy Bridge? (0:18:43)- Read more

    Don’t go to Vegas—tales of a journalist’s first CES (0:21:19)- Read more

    Portal 2 to offer cross-platform multiplayer (0:29:01)- Read more

    It’s official: Duke Forever is coming out on May 3 (0:34:33)- Read more

    Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics processor (0:38:24)- Read more

    Sandy Bridge: The mobile perspective (0:55:54)- Read more

    Famous film editor makes case against 3D (1:09:01)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    That was probably your best broadcast yet, Jordan. Didn’t step on anyone, or get in the way. You made a profound and apt analogy of Vegas ([i<]which felt very Carolla-ish to me in your manner[/i<]) No awkward bad jokes. Good job!

    • demalion
    • 9 years ago

    Really appreciate you guys taking the time to talk about the Notion Ink Adam in such depth! I look forward to future evaluations on their progress, and maybe that of any other similar tablets if any latecomers pop up this year around Honeycomb’s launch.

    • codedivine
    • 9 years ago

    Thanks for the SSD tip. I guess I will hold off the purchase for a few months.

    • clone
    • 9 years ago

    lol, thanks a lot, I waited and waited and finally I bought a Corsair Force 120gb last week.

    • mi1stormilst
    • 9 years ago

    Haha you guys always butcher my user name …it reads like a license plate…AM I FIRST OR AM I LAST. Anyway I appreciate the comments on my feelings about the new socket…but I still hate it…lol I guess I can take some comfort in the recall…terrible I know. Oh and I do read everything on your site and I have for years…does not change the fact that I invested in the x58 just 16 months ago. The only thing this experiance has tought me is to never buy high end. BTW your site runs great on my 3G Kindle

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      1) A computer is never an ‘investment’ unless it’s used to make money, then it’s a business expense, otherwise it’s just a consumer purchase.

      2) Quit yer crying about a new socket, you don’t ‘have to’ buy the newest stuff.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    3D… Everyone keeps sighting avatar as the perfect 3D, it isn’t and I’ll sight the reason for my thoughts.

    The major issue with 3D you see in good films is depth of feild present in the focal length of the film as directed. So typical to film is the guidence of the eye by focal length, the example of that being cameras shifting focus from the foreground to the background. Deep focus is the only way to shoot a 3D film and avatar rarely uses deep focus(meaning everything in the shot is in focus) The reason you want deep focus is because the viewer should then naturally create the focal length as determined by the subject matter he’s focusing on in the frame. I found the major issue in avatar is that if your eye explores the frame during a scene that isn’t in deep focus your eye trys to sharpen things that are out of focus but it can’t this makes you want to puke and really quickly cheapens the 3D effect.

    I still can’t stand 3D it makes me sick I can see it and it actually cheapens the viewing experience rather than improving it and I have perfect vision. I think using deep focus habitually and taking away a powerful directorial tool such as focal length/depth of field we sacrifice to much in the film.

      • mi1stormilst
      • 9 years ago

      3D is a gimmick to entice people to see movies they would not otherwise see. It has failed before and if it doesnt again we willl all be off worse for it.

        • clone
        • 9 years ago

        fully agree, Avatar’s 3d was great at showing why I’ve no interest in 3d, I just don’t feel like it’s an improvement so much as a gimmick.

        • Game_boy
        • 9 years ago

        How do you feel about 3D games (3DS/3D Vision)? The 3D effect can make it easier to make sense of and control a 3D game world (look at how hard Super Mario 64 was to someone unfamiliar with games).

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Good lord, did I just see you spell “cite” as “sight”?

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        Did you just Blaspheme!?

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          yes. yes she did.

    • Silus
    • 9 years ago

    LOL Jordan, your movie trailer voice is pretty good 🙂

    Nice podcast as usual!

      • mi1stormilst
      • 9 years ago

      Podcast gets better with every edition….

    • codedivine
    • 9 years ago

    Not showing up in podcast RSS (mp3) feed 🙁

      • codedivine
      • 9 years ago

      Working now. Thanks.

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