The TR Podcast 105: Eye candy and SSD scaling

The Tech Report Podcast Date: February 5, 2012

Time: 1:13:20

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

We’ve got a short and sweet episode of tech reporting this week, featuring Scott’s scratchy Bluetooth headset, Jordan’s favorite podcasts, and Geoff’s sexy SSD roundup. We also answer some listener mail, pore over Scott’s review of the Radeon HD 7950, and hear Cyril’s critique of the two leading stereo 3D solutions from AMD and Nvidia.

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

Follow us on Twitter – ScottJordanGeoffCyrilThe Tech Report

Listener mail/tweets:

What’s after SATA III??(0:04:17) – from Admiral Winstel Greelanx:

“It seems SSDs have, for some time, been pushing the limits of SATA III’s bandwidth. Did you see or hear anything at CES about a replacement in development?quot;

Podcasts and a new system (0:01:11) – from Phil:

“I have two
questions for the next podcast. First: thank you for mentioning the
Totally Rad Show a few podcasts ago. I have been watching ever since –
it’s great! Could you and the team recommend a few more podcasts that
you enjoy?

Second: I’m looking at purchasing a new system this year (likely just
after ME3 ships). I have a 6950 2GB with flashed rom (it thinks it is
a 6970) in my current machine, but I have started to notice slow down
in games like BF3 at 1920×1200. I’m wondering if this is due to my
aging Core 2 Duo E7200 from 2008 (it’s overclocked to 3.5GHz) and 4GB
of ram? If I purchased an Ivy Bridge i5 CPU would you buy a second
6950 2GB to crossfire or a new 7950? I may purchase a 30” Dell or HP
to go with my existing two 24”s. I have never run dual monitors for
gaming due to the thick IPS bezels, so I’m not sure if the 30″ is the
best decision (I have one at work and it is awesome) or if a third 24″
would make more sense.”

Tech discussion:

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

Comments closed
    • mi1stormilst
    • 8 years ago

    Just to revisit the whole eyefinity discussion I finally went to (3) 23″ 1920×1080 monitors in portrait mode and after the initial fun wears off I really think the best sensible and usable direction is to get a single large monitor. I really think I would prefer the 27″ Dell for everyday computing and gaming. Don’t get me wrong games look impressive at high resolutions and seeing more top to bottom and side to side is great. The bezels eventually do seem to just disappear. Ha and as I am typing this Scott just said the same thing…all done.

    • ghjtdge
    • 8 years ago
    • sdghjyukty
    • 8 years ago


    • safghtjrtj
    • 8 years ago
    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    Ugh. 3D displays. I *really* don’t want to get a new display or wear expensive, stupid glasses just to enjoy something gimmicky and, yes as you guys put it, puts additional strain on the brain.

    I’d rather someone like ATi figure out a head-tracking based “pseudo 3d” that works with your pre-existing monitor (doesn’t require 120hz).

    • bcronce
    • 8 years ago

    “I have a 6950 2GB with flashed rom (it thinks it is a 6970) in my current machine, but I have started to notice slow down in games like BF3 at 1920×1200.”

    This guy needs to look at his GPU load. If he’s getting slow downs and his load is sub 90% at the time, it’s probably his CPU.

      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      If he plays at ultra presets, even if he has SB-E and a unlocked 6970 at times the fps CAN drop under 30 fps. Srsly the guy need a OCed 7950 if he wants 60 or more fps at that res.

        • NarwhaleAu
        • 8 years ago

        That’s really what the question was about – I’m getting a new CPU (Ivy Bridge) in a few months which will remove the CPU bottleneck. The question is whether to go with the crossfired 6950 or a single 7950/7970. I’m leaning towards the crossfire setup as it will be cheaper and should be faster when games have crossfire support.

          • Firestarter
          • 8 years ago

          Look at this graph: [url<][/url<] Then ask yourself the question: Do I really want that?

            • Aphasia
            • 8 years ago

            below 20ms is still over 50 fps, but if it goes from much higher to 50 too often then it would be something not to be too comfortable with. Still, the full article on time based measurements that Scott wrote is definitely something everybody should read that have even a remote interest in viewing benchmarks.

    • bluepiranha
    • 8 years ago

    Agreed on This Week in Tech, I’ve been regularly listening to that too for quite a few months now. Great podcast and very entertaining.

    • mocliamtoh
    • 8 years ago

    The SSD scaling talk starts at 0:49:39, not 0:40:39.

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