Date: September 18, 2011
Hosted by Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski
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We're a slightly beleaguered crew of tech reporters this week; Scott and Geoff have just returned on the red-eye from IDF, Cyril has been cranking away at his Windows 8 blog post, and Jordan is recording from home with tonsillitis (we apologize in advance for the lack of pop-filter and over-abundant room noise). Nevertheless, we kick things off on this episode with three listener tweets, ranging from API overhead to the best sound card for classical music. Then, it's straight into IDF as Scott and Geoff dissect the keynote speeches, the product demos, and the sneak peeks at everything from Ivy Bridge to the sexy new ultrabooks. After that, it's a deep dive into Scott's mammoth look at why frames-per-second isn't necessarily really the measure of graphical performance, from his article, "Inside the Second: A new look at game benchmarking." Finally, Cyril has spent some quality time with Windows 8 and gives us the scoop.
Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. - firstname.lastname@example.org
API overhead (0:01:52) - from Michael:
"Hi Scott. John Carmack recently discussed API overhead. Do you think AMD/Nvidia will address this? Or is the current PC software pipeline a necessary evil considering the huge amounts of possible hardware configurations? "
Sound cards for around $100 (0:07:09) - from Rahul:
"Question for podcast. Any sound card recommendations for listening to music (classical mostly) over headphones? Budget $100.
Bulldozer (0:08:29) - from Daniel:
"What do you guys feel about the Bulldozer architecture with the paired core elements?
IDF 2011 Paul Otellini keynote (Ivy Bridge and Haswell) - (0:11:00) - Read more
IDF 2011 Mooly Eden keynote (Ultrabooks) - (0:22:29) - Read more
Ultra-slim Ultrabooks strut down the catwalk - (0:31:02) - Read more
Cherry MX switches take root in Corsair gaming keyboards - (0:43:23) - Read more
Intel confirms 25-nm NAND for Cherryville, Hawley Creek SSDs - (0:53:34) - Read more
AMD demos working 28-nm GPU, Trinity APU - (0:55:36) - Read more
Inside the second: A new look at game benchmarking - (1:00:31) - Read more
Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks - (1:32:37) - Read more
That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.