The TR Podcast 100: The big 1-0-0

The Tech Report Podcast Date: November 14, 2011

Time: 1:50:11

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Sponsored by Nvidia GeForce GTX. To help us celebrate 100 episodes of the TR Podcast, Nvidia has donated five copies of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to give away to listeners of the podcast. For a chance to win a free Skyrim Steam download code, simply leave a comment below before Monday, November 21 at noon CST. We’ll randomly select five winners from the commenters. In the meantime, make sure your PC is ready for Skyrim by using Nvidia’s free GPU analyzer tool. Experience everything. Sacrifice nothing. Gear up with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX graphics cards. NOTE: Submissions for this giveaway are now closed – look for the winners announcement in the TR Podcast blog.

 

Show notes

Three years, nine months and five days from the release of episode one of the TR Podcast, we have arrived at episode 100! We kick off this momentous show with a look back at our first episode published in February of 2008. We also read commentary and thoughts contributed by our loyal listeners. As we round out the rest of 2011, you can expect a few other milestone celebration extras, but for now, we’re very happy to be at the big 1-0-0. We’re also excited to include a giveaway with this episode: five copies of Skyrim will go to randomly selected commenters courtesy of our sponsor, Nvidia.

Moving into the rest of the show, we start with an updated discussion of Battlefield 3, prompted by our latest reader poll. Then, it’s a sobering report from the recent layoffs at AMD that have hugely impacted the company’s PR staff. AMD isn’t the only firm cutting back; Adobe is also getting rid of Flash for mobile, and we can’t say that we’re entirely upset by this decision. In a break of agenda, Jordan brings up the new Steve Jobs biography, and we spend a few minutes commenting on the detailed vision author Walter Issacson gives us of the brilliant yet troubled former Apple CEO.

In other news, the PC hardware world has been hugely affected by the flooding in Thailand, and Geoff breaks down what the supply chain problems mean for HDD prices. We then look at Cyril’s analysis of mid-range GPUs in Battlefield 3, which utilizes our new frame-time measurement technique, after which Scott and Geoff dissectSandy Bridge-E and its accompanying X79 chipset. Finally, Cyril gives us the scoop on Asus’ first ultrabook.

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

Follow us on Twitter – ScottJordanGeoffCyrilThe Tech Report

Tech discussion:

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

Skyrim giveaway rules and regulations:
NOTE: Submissions for this giveaway are now closed – look for the winners announcement in the TR Podcast blog. This contest is open to anyone with a copy of Steam.

To enter, simply leave a comment below. Only one comment allowed per person, household, or e-mail address. Multiple entries per person, household or address are not permitted. Please don’t try to game the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, kids or pets. We’ll probably disqualify you if you do.

We will be accepting giveaway entries between the time the podcast goes up (on November 14) and November 21 at noon CST. We’ll then choose five winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries. The winners will be announced in a TR podcast blog. Each winner must claim his prize by the end of the day on Friday, November 25, 2011, or he will forfeit his prize and we will draw a new winner.

The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.

No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. Neither TR nor Nvidia is responsible for any taxes on the prize, damage in shipping, damage caused by using the prize with other products, or health issues such as RSI, eye strain, or chemical addictions that may result from prolonged use of the prize. We may answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in this comments thread.

Comments closed
    • supercomp
    • 8 years ago

    No podcast 101, or is the teenager taking more than the usual blazing fast 4 full days to post edit the show?

      • Steel
      • 8 years ago

      If you had listened to the podcast, you’d already know that they’re taking a week off for Thanksgiving and will have a new show next week.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    … ummm. I think you guys were supposed to announce the winners today?

      • Inkling
      • 8 years ago

      We did… see here:
      [url<]https://techreport.com/articles.x/22042[/url<] πŸ™‚

    • Teh Silk
    • 8 years ago

    Hey,

    It’s good to see that we’ve made it to 100! Here’s to many more!

    The guides you guys put on here really helped when I built my system a few months ago, and I run most games flawlessly! Thanks again!

    • abcdethan
    • 8 years ago

    Hope its not too late to get a free skyrim game! Built my system with the help of this website. Thanks

    • arthur31686
    • 8 years ago

    Long time reader and listener, first time poster. Skyrim would be great. I built my current system based on your system guides from a year ago. To the next 100!

    • S3nt
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100!
    Debating disappearing from the world for a while for Skyrim or Mass Effect 3 first :).

    Odd little side note, thought just occured to me that it would be interesting to see TR get together with a certain other gaming podcast and have a chat…

    • Ranger X
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on 100 episodes. Skyrim would be nice if I can stop playing BF3.

    • MidgetFinger
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on 100, I really enjoy your show. Keep up the great work!

    • crawling182
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100. Love the site and the Podcast, keep up the awesome job.

    • JoJoBoy
    • 8 years ago

    Love the Podcast…have listened to every episode. Thanks for making my drive across the country a good time.

    • rgraze
    • 8 years ago

    I would have to say cheese is better since there are hundreds of kinds and there are basically only 2 kinds of peanut butter, crunchy and smooth.

    • Darkmage
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on 100 podcasts! Like many others, I’ve been listening since the beginning. Oddly enough, I think my favorite parts were the case reviews. I don’t know why: I haven’t been in the market for a computer case in ages.

    What I would like to see, however, is for you guys to run a baseline series of your newfangled frame rendering measurements against some other games with a sample from each of the common 3d engines available. I’m really just wondering if different game engines tend to be more consistent than others. Obviously, each game developer will modify the engines, but I’m curious if the Unreal engine is more choppy than the Source engine and the like.

    Or you could explain to me why I’m barking up the wrong tree. That would also be useful. πŸ™‚

    • fent
    • 8 years ago

    Grats on the 100th. I can definitely tell there has been an improvement in quality since the beginning haha.

    • phwting
    • 8 years ago

    good podcast memory

    • Nocturin
    • 8 years ago

    w00t!

    • equivicus
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed listening… even though my wife can’t stomach the techno-speak! πŸ™‚

    • Suspenders
    • 8 years ago

    You guys have a great podcast, and I especially appreciate the time you take to answer questions/listener mail. I’ve sent some in myself over the years, and it’s always gratifying to hear them answered, so my thanks to you again for answering those πŸ˜‰

    • masterphu
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Let’s see if I’m lucky.

    • ApNw
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations and keep the good work.

    • Disco
    • 8 years ago

    Thanks guys for all your hard work over the years. It is appreciated. Congratulations on the 100th podcast!!

    Thank God this isn’t a facebook contest…

    • Umar
    • 8 years ago

    Awesome cast! Wow, 100 episodes! That’s crazy to think about isn’t it?

    • Shambles
    • 8 years ago

    Another great show, thanks.

    • jihadjoe
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations, TR!

    It was only very recently that I started listening to the podcasts as I’ve always preferred to read a transcript before, but I’ve been hooked since. Here’s to a hundred more.

    • 2cans
    • 8 years ago

    Great cast keep up the good work . another long time listner i rember when you did a weekly cast that be great if that came back . keep up the pc gaming talk. and thanks to ya all

    • mark84
    • 8 years ago

    Australian fan here, been listening to the podcast since episode 1. Great way to get my tech fix while commuting to work.

    Keep up the good work guys and grats on making it to 100!

    And you really should get the chap onto the podcast that does the daily shortbread for you. His shortbread is an essential part of my daily tech news browsing.

    Oh and Scott, I like the path you’re taking with the new time per frame measurements you’re taking. It’s a lot better at graphing the “experience” you’ll get with a card, not just the “performance” that FPS tells you.

      • jabro
      • 8 years ago

      I agree about the new approach with time per frame – I’m really interested to see where this goes.

    • From40zto5thz
    • 8 years ago

    I must say I stumbled upon your website back in 2008. I don’t even recall how I landed here but have been coming daily ever since and have enjoyed the podcast ever since. In fact you are one of the few websites where I disable ABP since you made such a good argument on one of the podcast. I must say the country porn music always threw me off but the content kept me coming back. No pun intended.

    Great show as always and Geoff, Scott, Jordan, and Cyril keep up the good work.

    • jangbanger
    • 8 years ago

    grats on the big centuary podcast big boys

    • exantrius
    • 8 years ago

    Good show. Just signed up. Perfect for my commute. Skyrim would be nice!

    • alannathanson
    • 8 years ago

    great podcast guys

    • jabro
    • 8 years ago

    Great episode! I laughed out loud at Jordan’s question to Cyril about whether working with Scott on the Battlefield 3 performance article was like working for Steve Jobs. Don’t worry, Cyril – you’re an A player.

    • g2knee
    • 8 years ago

    Skyrim is awesome! I’d LOVE a copy of my own to play…

    • crazybus
    • 8 years ago

    I appreciate all the work that goes into the podcast, I find that it adds a slightly different perspective to the written articles.

    • BeowulfSchaeffer
    • 8 years ago

    100 podcasts up on the web, 100 podcasts done
    you take one down view it with sound
    99 podcasts left on the web,
    99 podcasts up on the web, 99 podcasts left
    you take one down, view it with sound
    98 podcasts left on the web….

    • Husher2556
    • 8 years ago

    Love this show, keep it up!

    • ethame
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your 100th Podcast. Good luck in the future

    • enfemus
    • 8 years ago

    Grats on 100 episodes.

    • starkravingmad7
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100 episodes!

    • ludi
    • 8 years ago

    Kudos to TR for keeping up the good fight over all these years. Far too many great sites that started out like TR (CPU-Central, Ace’s Hardware) are pretty much gone from memory, and others never had the vision. Here’s to many more great years (*glass clink*)

    The Apple segment was pretty entertaining, although not too surprising. Nearly anyone with the type of vision and drive that Jobs possessed, is likewise possessed of a few personal demons.

    • zingmars
    • 8 years ago

    You sure have come a long way πŸ™‚
    Gratz on ep 100.

    • disc2k
    • 8 years ago

    Hope I win! Thanks for doing this.

    • jat15
    • 8 years ago

    Someone on reddit directed me to this podcast dont have time to listen to the whole thing but definitively looking forward to it once i get home

    • Aphasia
    • 8 years ago

    Big congrats on the 100th episode on the podcast. And thank you for turning me onto the path of podcasting. TR was the first podcast I started listening to, and I’ve heard all the episodes. And now I’m also a junkie for the stuff on TWiT-network.

    I also noticed that the beyond the 100th podcast… the forum will be 10 years the 27th december. Almost can’t belive its almost 10 years since I registered in the forums (2 jan 2002). TR has certainly come quite a ways since back then.

    Cheers for also letting us have chance for Skyrim πŸ˜‰

    • bastian.rasch
    • 8 years ago

    hello πŸ˜€ this is the best site evaa! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • d0g_p00p
    • 8 years ago

    I’m interested to read the Steve Jobs book now. I was just told by a friend how SJ used to put his feet in the toilets at Apple to relax. Hearing about all the other things about him def has me interested in reading the book.

    Congrats on the 100th Podcast as well TR!!!!!

      • odizzido
      • 8 years ago

      Steve Jobs: Master of Marketing. He put his feet in toilet water so you would buy his book when he died.

    • Dysthymia
    • 8 years ago

    W00t for Tech Report!

    • Hugh
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations. Just excellent talk, advice and conversation — and so valuable when building a new system. Thanks!

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. Neither TR nor Nvidia is responsible for any taxes on the prize, damage in shipping, damage caused by using the prize with other products, or health issues such as RSI, eye strain, or chemical addictions that may result from prolonged use of the prize. We may answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in this comments thread.[/quote<] *in a quiet really fast hard to hear voice*

    • kartel
    • 8 years ago

    congrats on 100 episodes!

    • Johnny5
    • 8 years ago

    With this we have 100 comments on 100 episodes.
    (Yeah that’s all I had to say, just noticed it, thought is was interesting)

    • Loch Ness Monster
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100 episodes! They’re very entertaining!

    • Krumm
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve not been listening long, but love the info. Keep them coming.

    Also I’m quite interested in the frame shuttering thing.

    • yuriylsh
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on #100 (I’ve been listening since probably #10 or #15)!

    Btw Scott, your voice is just fine πŸ˜‰

      • alphacheez
      • 8 years ago

      If Jordan’s mom digs Scott’s voice, that should be good enough for anyone πŸ˜‰

    • BerserkBen
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100! Keep them coming, love listening to them while driving.

    • Aussienerd
    • 8 years ago

    Great Job guys and congrats on number 100.

    Keep it up, this is still the best tech podcast around.

    • sironomus
    • 8 years ago

    wow 100 episodes. Nice job guys. I really enjoy listening!

    • dcasez
    • 8 years ago

    The Tech Report is the bees knees when it comes to learning about computer hardware. Love it.

    • blorbic5
    • 8 years ago

    Peanutbutter’s got nothing on cheese. Plus nutella is better then peanut butter.

      • molman
      • 8 years ago

      For me it’s like asking which tool is better – a hammer or drill. Different foods for different times. Though I must admit a nice cheese plate with a decent bottle of red wine sure is a treat. For the zombie apocalypse however a couple of jars of peanutbutter wouldn’t be a bad thing to have, keep well and a decent source of energy.

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      Yikes:

      “About half of the calories in Nutella come from fat (11 g in a 37 g serving, or 99 kcal out of 200 kcal) and about 40% of the calories come from sugar (20 g, 80 kcal).”

      At least PB (without Sugar) / Cheese has some redeeming nutritional content.

      Going to have to side with cheese on this, if only because there are hundreds of varieties and thousands of variations of ways to use it.

      • Darkmage
      • 8 years ago

      I would agree that cheese is the winner in the fight with peanut butter, for no other reason that sheer variety. I mean… peanut butter comes in crunchy or smooth and if you search hard enough, you can find specialty peanut butter with jam included, or maybe extra crunchy…

      But cheese! Cheddar, provolone, Gouda, American, blue, goat, havarti, jack, Limburger, etc. etc. etc. Crunchy, soft, spreadable, hard, stinky, mild, sharp, shredded, wheels, blocks, slices…

      It’s all about the cheese.

    • mxjcmxjc
    • 8 years ago

    Happy 100th… Love the podcast it’s my zen moment on the long bus ride to work. Keep up the good work!!!

    • gigadragon48
    • 8 years ago

    To answer Jordan’s question “Why you love the Tech Report Podcast so much” because of the little things like that. It is always the little things.

    So I’m not an active member. I have been following TR for a while but I’m a lurker. I only created my account to join the 560 Ti contest a while back and have only surfaced to enter contests.

    In the words of Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”

    I follow a few friends on their adventures through Skyrim and comment on their streams. Now this contest gives me the opportunity to show them how to play the game.

    Entry Submitted

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    wow the jobs talk got heated.

    • Thwomp
    • 8 years ago

    Been a long time listener but first time commenter. You guys have been doing great work, keep it up!

    Also, a little Skyrim wouldn’t be a terrible match for my new GTX 560.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    Yeah I remember being on “this music is really corny” camp. I can’t believe you guys paid money for it, hahaha! ;D

    Good job with the podcast and keep them coming.

    Edit: I should add that, at the time, I was thinking [i<]Well, yeah it's cheesy but it's probably some sort of royalty-free song they got from some database and didn't pay anything for it...[/i<] Also, wow I forget how young Jordan is! You're way ahead of the game at your age. GJ.

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      Corny music is the staple of good podcasts :p

      Been listening since around #20-30, and it’s really the best PC focused podcast by far. TR seems really knowledgeable/insightful compared to most others, and there’s nice balance of opinions, joking around (in a geeky way), and information. I look forward to the next 100. πŸ™‚

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 8 years ago

        Not sure if any of you out there remember that far back, but I used to post a lot more often. Ever since the podcast came out, I started posting less and less. Reason? Instead of reading the whole article–despite however well-written it undoubtedly is–I usually just think, “Sweet, can’t wait to hear Scott sum up this article for me on the Podcast.”

        If I read the whole article, I might have something to add/say unless [b<]flip-mode[/b<] beats me to it. Now I don't even bother.

      • Darkmage
      • 8 years ago

      I have met Jordan and yeah, he definitely is a lot younger than you’d think by just listening to him. He is a remarkably sharp guy (much brighter than I was at his age). He’ll go far.

    • cobr94
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100 episodes.

    • LawrenceofArabia
    • 8 years ago

    I started reading TR right at about episode 10, boy does time fly. Congrats on 100 episodes!

    • jsfetzik
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the big 100. One thing that I thought about too late for this pod cast was it would be nice to have a history of the Tech Report recap for those that haven’t been around as long as some folks. For example how did each staffer get involved with the site.

    Oh yeah, me want Skyrim. πŸ˜‰

    • LovermanOwens
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on the 100th podcast gents! Keep up the good work. I have been here since the first one and will continue to stay loyal.

    You guys have great narticles. (News + Articles)

    • Dposcorp
    • 8 years ago

    Hey, you guys mentioned my suggestions in the 100th Pod cast; I am truly touched.
    I was also chuckling at the flash back commentary; thanks for the laugh on my way to work, “Big Daddy.”

    Jordan, I usually think of my handle as sounding like DPO -Scorp, just in case you mention me in the future.

    For example, DPO-Scorp, congratulations on winning a copy of skyrim. πŸ˜‰

    • Brion
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on number 100!

    • dashbarron
    • 8 years ago

    We usually only have like 15-20 comments. Hope I win because I actually listen to these podcasts!

    • Umbragen
    • 8 years ago

    I won an FX-8150 from AMD. It arrived yesterday, I don’t really know what to do with it. It will cost me around $200 to set up a system or I could likely sell it for about the same amount. The real tragedy here is that the processor is only better than my 5 year old intel chip in heavily multi-threaded applications. I’m mostly a gamer, I don’t run heavily multi-threaded apps. ehhh

    • ThorAxe
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats to one of the best podcasts on the web. I’ve listened from #1 and it has been a steady improvement.

    Well done Jordan, not only for the great podcasts but also for seeing Jobs for what he was. However, we all need to remember that nobody is perfect.

    As for the Metacritic Scores, as it stands today BF3 89, MW3 82.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 8 years ago

    Enjoy your well deserved time off!

    I have a bad memory but the thing that stands out to me most about the podcast was the times when you describe that actual stuff that goes on.

    One example is when you had that gigantic PC case sitting in your doorway for a long time until you finally got around to reviewing it.

    • SunC
    • 8 years ago

    Can’t wait to see what you give out for you 1000th podcast

    • Dizik
    • 8 years ago

    100 already? Damn.

    • Jambe
    • 8 years ago

    I kneel before the deities of stochastically-award gifts (may some quantum perturbations permeate to the macro scale in my favor, etc).

    I enjoyed the giveaway disclaimer. There’s a sort of Poe’s Law thing going on β€” I can’t tell if it’s real or satirical. Perhaps it’s both.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 8 years ago

    100 podcasts, wow. Crazy to think I have listened to every single ep you all put out. Good jobs guys and keep it up. Best tech news and review site on the series of tubes….

    • Jive
    • 8 years ago

    To 100 more! Cheers guys, and thanks for all the great work!

    • mocliamtoh
    • 8 years ago

    I was looking at the frame time graphs when you were talking about them, and I have a concern with the 6870 vs 560 frame times. I’m definitely in the minority here, but as someone who is partially red-green colourblind, it’s typically a crapshoot for whether or not I can see them. It was better than some red and green graphs, but I’d rather see graphs with different colours. Maybe purple and orange would be a good alternative, as there’s the colour contrast as well as the brightness contrast.

    To reiterate, these graphs were alright for me, but I just want you to be aware of the colour choices in the future.

    • jstern
    • 8 years ago

    Wow, on the 100th episode, Jordan Drake is not that into Steve Jobs anymore. And the things that he seems to find disturbing about Jobs makes me see Jordan in a better light, because it seems that he cares about integrity, etc.

    I see Steve more as a person with connections. When you have CNN, FOX, and all the networks promoting a firmware upgrade that allowed I think video to be played on a one inch screen as big breaking news, promoted as the biggest revolution since the beginning of color television, when for years there were these beautiful PSP type screen portable mp3 like movie players, and getting that type of press for free, over and over then that company is going to be ultra successful. Huge advantage. Perhaps he met some good friends thanks to Pixar.

    And the book also kind of makes me see him as a cult leader in a sense. Those tendencies. When I 1st heard him say that Adobe was lazy, I knew exactly what he was doing. I knew that his Apple fans were going to now flood the message boards and repeat that over and over and over again, and that’s what happened. Now I understand the reality distortion field. That book was a good read.

    Anyway, it was nice listening to the techreport podcast’s former theme music.

    • tavidian.1
    • 8 years ago

    Scott you have a great radio voice. You guys are great. Though I must say every time I hear how old Jordon is, I think “What the hell am I doing with my life!”.
    Work days with a new TechReport go by so much faster. Keep up the good work.

    • RobbyBob
    • 8 years ago

    Here’s to another 100 podcasts. *Raises glass* Cheers!

    • irvinenomore
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on the first 100 podcasts. The micro-stutter stuff has been one of the most illuminating and innovative set of articles seen on the web in the last couple of years.

    Keep up the good work, now all you have to do is turn the microscope on Skyrim and Witcher 2!

    • Halnerd
    • 8 years ago

    I am new to the Podcast. Great program and website. Thanks Guys.

    • molman
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations guy’s on a 100 shows. Been a fan of the site and now podcast for a long time. It was so interesting to hear your voices in those early days having only seen your words on a screen.

    Indeed I’ve been a lurker for many years. In fact I tried to sign up to post just now but found my handle/username was already taken. Some digging and looking at dusty email accounts revealed that I had indeed signed up back in 2004 and was thus able to breathe new life into this handle. How things have changed over the years from the pre- .com url days πŸ™‚

    Also I should say I’d love to be in the running for Skyrim as it is not something I can afford right now but would dearly love to play, so thank you Nvidia for giving me a crack at a copy.

    Anyway all the best and here is to 100 more.

    • heyal256
    • 8 years ago

    YAY contest giveaways. πŸ™‚

    It’s hard to believe that the podcast has been around for this long.

    • gecko575
    • 8 years ago

    Awesome Podcast. Keep it up TR! Your quality is appreciated.

    • jounin
    • 8 years ago

    anything special needed for this game? oh and congrats guys

    • DrDillyBar
    • 8 years ago

    100 fantastic episodes! Keep them coming guys! πŸ™‚

    • otherstuff
    • 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the great work you’re guys are doing! And a great reason to finally signup:-)

    Love the Inside the second article, and the new stuff you’re doing in benchmarking! (as well as the cpu reviews, system guides, tech stories and everything else..) One suggestion: how about using fps instead of millisecs in those new, very useful frame rendering graphs? They convert just fine (you know like 16.7ms == 60 fps) and makes the graphs easier to read. Just a thought.

    Keep it up!
    Regards
    otherstuff

    • colinstu
    • 8 years ago

    LOL! You guys sound all the same even 3 years earlier xD

    • ucisilentbob
    • 8 years ago

    The podcasts are great!!

    • glacius555
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats TR, I’ve been enjoying them all along! πŸ™‚

    • euricog
    • 8 years ago

    Happy 100! Hope we’ll see 1000!

    • blitzy
    • 8 years ago

    damn 3 years already, time is flying past!! well done TR

    • Hawkins
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats guys! Great site, great podcast. I’ve been a fan since you published one of the more technical articles on the GTX 8800 in 2006. System guides are great to read, and I was psyched that the build I did in July is pretty much in your latest guide.

    • redwood36
    • 8 years ago

    great podcast keep em coming! lets hear comments on skyrim that being said, I hope i have a copy before the next one haha!

    • wingless
    • 8 years ago

    This was a great podcast. Thank you for the contest! I need some Skyrim lovin’…

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    When I win, you will all know it’s because me and Jordan are in love

      • Jason181
      • 8 years ago

      Wow, and I thought I was desparate for a copy of Skyrim! +1 to you sir.

    • Kamisaki
    • 8 years ago

    100! Congrats guys!

    I’ve been a listener since you started doing the podcast, and you’re still awesome. Here’s to another 100!

    • NarwhaleAu
    • 8 years ago

    Favorite moment(s) – Jordan’s comedy. Anytime Jordan makes or attempts to make a joke I seem to find it hilariously funny. I’ve gone so far as to go through years of podcasts to find his non-PC joke about China and rice. Close second – playing the podcast of my first question being read and answered on the podcast to my wife. She didn’t seem to appreciate it to the same extent that I did.

    Favorite segments – Technology overviews, whether CPU or GPU. I love it when you guys dig into the technology or discuss the developmental decisions made by each company. Your system guides long ago replaced the Sharky Extreme guides I used.

    Favorite development – Cyril moving to Canada and then talking about how he couldn’t finish eating an American sized salad.

    Things I love to hate – website changes. I’ve been through 2 of them I think, and each time I initially disliked the change only to have it grow on me and then resent any suggestion of inadequacies of the current site or of future changes… Repeat cycle.

    • Price0331
    • 8 years ago

    Fus thu’um ra!

    • janhunter
    • 8 years ago

    Conratulations making the 100.

    Love to try out The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    Malapropism. That is all.

    • -Kosh-
    • 8 years ago

    Nice job getting to 100!

    • Tubby
    • 8 years ago

    am I too late?

      • nanoflower
      • 8 years ago

      Not at all. Congrats on 100 episodes. Looking forward to the next 100.

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 8 years ago

    I really enjoy the show, keep it up. It’s a great mix of computer hardware, technology and video games.

    I usually get to the TR podcast on Wednesday or Thursday, so I can’t comment on this week’s show yet.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    Been enjoying your site since it had a Dash in it ! Go TR

    • Peldor
    • 8 years ago

    I could play a little Skyrim. Wouldn’t mind that at all.

    • aggies11
    • 8 years ago

    With regards to the topic of frametimes:

    When Cyril is trying to describe the less then smooth/even movement, I would propose to try and come up with some new terminology. For example:

    Hitching: a momentary spike in the frametime, makes the game/motion appear to hitch/stop ever so briefly

    Jitter: What Cyril was talking about in the podcast. A change in the frametime, not necessary a latency spike, but just a change. The motion does not occur at a consistent rate, the speed changes. Often jittering back and forth. Eg, slow,fast,slow. When you have inconsistent frametimes, the motion does not appear smooth, it is fluid, but just not at an even rate. This doesn’ trequire 50ms spikes, but eg osculating back and forth 10ms.

    One thing I wonder: moving to frametimes is a tough change for people to swallor, these numbers are hard to understand. But frametimes have always been a way to measure FPS (they are of course related). One can extrapolate a given frametime (eg 33.3ms) to a rate of 30FPS. So why not just talk about single frame FPS rates? Technically a bit of a fudge, but the logic is pretty much the same and the numbers end up being much more relatable to the readers. Eg. the 50ms frame now becomes a “20FPS frame”. So frametime spikes become “Sub-second FPS drops”.

    Could be slightly confusing, and I can understand the desire to put some distance between the old methodology, but it can also make it more approachable, and the numbers are pretty much the same.

    Just some thoughts, and I love hearing you guys hash it out in the discussion πŸ™‚

      • Jason181
      • 8 years ago

      I think that there was some awareness that framerates that hovered right at or near the refresh rate didn’t feel “smooth” while having extra horsepower actually made the same framerate feel “better” than before. They just never looked at it in this quantibiable way before. That is not to discount Scott’s insight; it was a great flash of brilliance and he deserves kudos for being the first to show it in a meaningful way, rather than someone complaining “it just doesn’t feel smooth.”

      Perhaps putting the framerate on the index on the right side of the graph would help; for the > 40ms frames you could put “25 fps” on the right side as a coversion, or perhaps have a table of some sort. I tend to do the math in my head, but then I’m a numbers guy πŸ™‚

      By the way, I have 6970s in crossfire, but only a 1680×1050, 120 hz monitor, but I don’t have a licensed copy of fraps yet. If people were interested (honestly I am interested as well), I may get a full copy of fraps and do some testing to see if having the video cards work less hard at the low resolutions significantly decreases those spikes in frametime.

      It would also be an interesting idea for an article; which affects frametime more: resolution or quality settings? The people that are obsessive about frametimes are probably running at much lower resolutions than you’d expect to achieve smoother gameplay.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    I only have a copy of Steam, I lost my original installation media.

    • diesavagenation
    • 8 years ago
    • aggies11
    • 8 years ago

    Another great show, only been listening since the summer, but you’ve already skyrocketed to become my #1 source for computer hardware info. And the best part is, you guys do it while still remaining interesting and charismatic, which is no guarantee in the tech biz…

    • njenabnit
    • 8 years ago

    It is hard to believe it is 100 already! I remember listening to the first one and it doesn’t seem that long ago!

    • thill9
    • 8 years ago

    I was going to hold my comment until I listened to the whole thing, but I’ll get in while I remember. Nonetheless, I’m sure it’ll be podcast gold. Thanks for making my commutes far more enjoyable!!

    • Dposcorp
    • 8 years ago

    Downloading now. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for great podcasts and keep them coming.

    Also, thanks Bethesda Game Studios and Nvidia for another Elder Scrolls game.

    Morrowind was my first, and I had a blast playing it. When my brother helped me find the jumping scroll and I jumped into the middle of the ocean, it was a hoot. πŸ™‚

    • novacatz
    • 8 years ago

    I’m a bit surprised that with the giveaway there is only 25 comments so far… I guess I have advantage of being in asia (GMT+8) 10:58PM – so a bit quicker to see the podcast being put up.

    anyway – my post/entry!

    • kitsura
    • 8 years ago

    I like the new graphics benchmarking used. But kind of hard to wrap my head around it performance wise since other sites don’t offer similar comparisons.

    • Triviate
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100 episodes!

    Thank you for doing this amazing giveaway!

    • psboy2000
    • 8 years ago
    • psboy2000
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100! keep up the great work!

    • reeltrouble
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on #100; looking forward to the next 100 episodes. I know it will be a bit but I can’t wait to read your take on the next gen of cards from AMD and Nvidia.

    Oh yeah…bring back the porn music πŸ˜‰

    • odizzido
    • 8 years ago

    I am not skeptical at all about the importance of measuring frame times. It’s possibly the most important thing to happen to video card reviews ever.

    One thing I am wondering about is those spikes that seem to go above the max time of the graphs. If there were some sort “total time spent above 100ms” chart or something similar that may be useful as well.

    • Mike Hammock
    • 8 years ago

    I couldn’t get my old username to work! Some sort of error message about the software not being able to process my password, even after I reset it. Oh well. It was a decrepit account anyway, leftover from when Shacknews users came over to TR when the Shack went down.

    • GodsMadClown
    • 8 years ago

    I like listening to the podcast while I get stuff done around the house.

    • drfish
    • 8 years ago

    Woohoo! Congrats! Can’t wait to listen to this podcast, it’ll be nice for my trip to Toronto on Wednesday.

    • grantmeaname
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats TR!

    • merkill
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats on 100 eps !

    Nice to have a giveaway for everyone and not just us.

    Daggerfall was great and so was morrowind and then came the boring pile of wrongness that was oblivion it will be nice to play skyrim and see if it is as good as the older games.

    By the time this giveaway is done hopefully they will have fixed the gui for the pc in skyrim.

    • supercomp
    • 8 years ago

    Still no comment on why it takes ?Jordan? THREE FULL DAYS to put the recorded podcast online.
    Releasing it Monday morning is just lame timing. Please!

    • KamikaseRider
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats to TR. Great site, and the podcast is just amazing.

    • yeahi
    • 8 years ago

    first i just wanna say that i am a big fan of the podcast and congratulations on the 100th episode keep up the good work guys and thx for the giveaway , i’m in FTW

    • dragmor
    • 8 years ago

    I’m old enough to have played the first two games when they were released.

    I spent $100 (Oz) on the CD version of Elder Scrolls Arena when it came out to get the voices and CGI scenes. The trick was to keep reloading the game in the first dungeon until you got a few pieces of ebony armour, it made the early game so much easier.

    Daggerfall was a huge and buggy game, it also made me wish i had more than a single speed cdrom drive since it would stall on the cut scenes. You could make a character with an IQ low enough that the scripting system would break, and there was one quest with a location off the map that would crash / lock the game.

    Both were great games, maybe its time I played their sequels.

    • Simsim
    • 8 years ago

    Is Europe eligible for this giveaway?

      • irvinenomore
      • 8 years ago

      Yes, but all 2 billion of you have to register individually…

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 8 years ago

    Great podcast as always, looking forward to some more interviews!

    Skyrim FTW!

    • hammurabi
    • 8 years ago

    Nice podcast. Grats on 100.

    • dale77
    • 8 years ago

    Skyrim? Sounds interesting πŸ™‚

    And yeah, great podcast, thanks for those tech and gaming highlights.

    • Silus
    • 8 years ago

    Yay, a giveaway I can enter πŸ™‚

    I don’t miss a single TR podcast and Skyrim is a must!!

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]This contest is open to anyone with a copy of Steam[/quote<] So that means anyone with a Steam account right? This would imply that the giveaway can be done on every continent? I'm asking this because i'm ESL. If so, i'd love me some Skyrim action, got my GTX 560 Ti all prepped up and ready to go.

    • jodiuh
    • 8 years ago

    BANANANAFACE!!!ZZZ

    • Thorburn
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the 100th episode, keep up the good work πŸ™‚

    • DancinJack
    • 8 years ago

    I can’t believe none of you picked just cheese.

      • codedivine
      • 8 years ago

      The gerbil elders have disappointed us πŸ˜›

    • swampfox
    • 8 years ago

    First!
    Looking forward to another great episode. I’ve listened from the beginning!

    And if I win a copy of this game, I’m going to have to go GPU shopping πŸ™‚

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