The TR Podcast 87: The Tri-fecta: 3D transistors, Z68, and Level 10 GT

The Tech Report Podcast Date: May 15, 2011

Time: 1:25:54

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Cyril Kowaliski, Geoff Gasior, and special guest David Kanter

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Show notes

This episode is all about quality over quantity. We kick things off by introducing our special guest, semiconductor industry analyst David Kanter. David gives us the low-down on the intricacies of Intel’s new 3D transistor technology, including practical thoughts about what 3D transistors mean for the rest of the industry.

Our geeky fab process discussion over, we switch gears with a quick round of listener mail, before diving into the highly anticipated “deluxe” Z68 Express chipset from Intel. Geoff outlines all of the features that make this chipset unique, including the new and peculiar SSD caching system. Finally, Cyril discusses the Thermaltake Level 10 GT, a revamp of one of the most expensive and unusual cases we’ve ever tested.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. –

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Listener mail:

Email clients? – from Matt – (0:24:28):

“It’s been a while since you all have talked about email clients. I am currently using Thunderbird, but I am thinking about switching it up. Do you have any suggestions for applications that are easy to set up and migrate about 5,000 emails? Or should I consider going with something web based like Gmail?”

Graphics question – from Richard – (0:28:08):

“Would a HD6950 1GB be a reasonable graphics card for your basic Econobox build or would a card like that be overkill? I will be using a 1080p monitor & an Antec Truepower New 550W PSU, all other components as per the basic AMD Econobox.”

SSD Caching in Z68 – from Rahul – (0:42:15):

“I have four questions about the SSD caching in the Z68 chipset:

1. Is the caching scheme dependant upon the file system or will it
work with any file system?

2. Can I use any SSD or do I need to use Intel SSD?

3. Can I change the caching settings in the BIOS or do I need to
install specific drivers? I want to use Linux and would prefer if the
settings can be changed irrespective of OS used.

4. I plan on running virtual machines using either Virtualbox or
VMWare. Will the SSD cache benefit virtual machine performance?”

Tech discussion:

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

Comments closed
    • jabro
    • 8 years ago

    Very good podcast. I really liked the guest appearance by David Kanter. RWT is a great site, and getting someone like Kanter to participate in the discussion gave listeners a unique treat.

    Thank you, and keep up the good work!

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    That coughing bit made me lol. Nice job. 😀

    Also, way cool/informative guest. Please keep those coming!

    • clone
    • 8 years ago

    I enjoyed the discussion on 3d transistors but had to shut it off soon after.


    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    Great podcast as usual. David Kanter as a guest was a really nice idea for the 22nm tri-gate discussion. And thanks for answering my questions about SSD caching.

      • Dissonance
      • 8 years ago

      One more answer for you:

      “Intel(r) Smart Response Technology works at the block level and does not impose any dependencies or restrictions on file system mechanisms.

      Intel(r) Smart Response Technology requires Windows. Windows 7 requires NTFS. While other file systems are supported on Windows Vista, the boot volume can only be NTFS.

      NTFS is the recommended file system for the volume that you choose to accelerate with Intel(r) Smart Response Technology.”

        • codedivine
        • 8 years ago

        Thank you!

        • abos
        • 8 years ago

        If someone’s looking for a Smart Response like thing on Linux then bcache might be the answer. It’s not in the upstream kernel yet so you will probably need to compile your own, but that’ll hopefully change in time. You won’t need a Z68 to use it.


    • solo_clipper
    • 8 years ago

    Geoff, you are Canadian and it is zed not zee. We don’t want to be Americans and we will never be Americans. No matter how much they moan and groan never ever say zee.

      • calvindog717
      • 8 years ago

      I live in the US, and I’ve never heard a compliant about this. I don’t see why we should care about differences in pronunciation.

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    I enjoyed the podcast today, listening to it while I work. I really need to do it more often.

    • DancinJack
    • 8 years ago

    I thought this was one of the best ones we’ve ever had. The talk with Kanter about 22nm Intel process and the compeitions competing processes was really good. I was waiting for Jordan to jump in and blow us away with his knowledge of integrated circuits.

    Even without a new micro arch Intel should be able to increase single threaded performance pretty easily with IB just by bumping the frequencies. Hopefully there are a few added tweaks. I’m excited about the power consumption and about the IB chipsets to see what Intel has FINALLY put into the chipset. And a little to see IB top-of-the-line graphics.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 8 years ago

    I thought it was funny that you introduce yourselves and your one word “hi” and “hey” all sound very similar… not a great way to differentiate yourselves.

    But the best way to learn people’s voices is to watch all of the TR podcasts…. it worked for me 😛

    Anway’s will edit with comments once later 🙂

      • Johnny5
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah, especially the last two sounded the same.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      How does one watch this podcast?

      Not a bad podcast, shame i read TR too much to find out much new from them though. Some things though that are more subjective its nice to hear a discussion about them. Cases, peripherals etc etc benefit more from podcasts than CPU’s for instance.

        • ShadowTiger
        • 8 years ago

        Ever since Jordan interviewed Leo Laporte I have been watching the TWiT network where you can watch podcasts recorded live… I got into the habit of “watching” podcasts

        listening to podcasts is pretty old fashioned… maybe some day Jordan will invest in program like vidblaster and then he can record all of the skype streams.

          • Aphasia
          • 8 years ago

          Do you have a link to that interview, I would like to see that. Or was that in one of the podcasts here ?
          I got hooked on TWiT this past february and got stuck there, both in the live chat and the videos.

          TNT, Security Now, Frame Rate, Home Theater Geeks and Mostly Photo are what does it for me. Its my work, and all my hobbies rolled onto one plattform. Although I also read Ars, where TNT gets a good bunch of news from so…

          But I would like to give a nod to Techreport, which is what got me into listening to podcasts at all. But then, theres so much more to TR than the podcasts so I’ve been stuck here for …hmm, almost 10 years…(come january)

            • ShadowTiger
            • 8 years ago

            [url<][/url<] just googled Jordan Drake Leo Laporte... cmon now dont be lazy

            • Aphasia
            • 8 years ago

            Yeah, already did that yesterday when I had some time over to listen to it 😛

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