The TR Podcast 106: New Radeons and a new AMD

The Tech Report Podcast Date: February 19, 2012

Time: 1:19:41

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

This episode kicks off with an unusual news update from Jordan, who has some odd neighbors moving in next door in the coming week. Keeping in the domestic update theme, Scott describes the tech involved in a Damage Labs upgrade he’s currently undergoing. Then, our panel tackles a roundup of gaming news, our latest graphics card review, AMD’s new plans for the future, and Geoff’s latest two SSDs.

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Tech discussion:

    Jordan’s new neighbors – (0:01:06)

    Scott upgrades Damage Labs – (0:03:07)

    Far Cry 3 trailer sets mature tone – (0:20:06) – Read more

    The Mass Effect 3 demo is up for grabs – (0:24:45) – Read more

    Game studio raises $1M in a day from fans – (0:26:40) – Read more

    AMD’s Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition – (0:32:26) – Read more

    A closer look at the new AMD – (0:48:51) – Read moreEric Demers leaves AMD

    Two new SSDs from Intel and OCZ – (1:11:08) – IntelOCZ

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

Comments closed
    • ghjtdge
    • 9 years ago
    • bluepiranha
    • 9 years ago

    Scott, I listened to your talk about plans of upgrading Damage Labs with great interest. All that kick-ass hardware in your basement with all them sockets just turned on my inner geek.

    One question though. If you’re running everything at the same time – say, for a processor benchmarking test/article – does your basement feel like it already has its own space heater? 🙂

      • Damage
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, you have to be judicious about what you’re running, or it can heat up really quickly. Not a problem in the winter and usually not the summer (since the A/C is on), but spring and fall are tough.

      I have tripped circuit breakers with high-end SLI and CrossFire rigs running alongside the four CPU systems. However, really such problems are rare. It’s also nice that PC power consumption has been dropping over time, especially at idle. Makes such problems easier to manage.

    • mcnabney
    • 9 years ago

    All the excitement about SSDs still doesn’t make sense to me. Until one can hold my OS and Steam/GOG directories (and cost less than $300) I’m not going to even consider one. Current 640GB SSDs cost as much as a decent used car.

      • Welch
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t know about a decent used car… try a commuter/beater.

      • Krogoth
      • 9 years ago

      SSDs are good as system disk since their superior access speed makes your system more “snappy” and able to cope more easily with multi-tasking on the I/O end.

      SSDs aren’t going to improve game load and cold start time by any significant amount since they are mostly bound by the CPU in question.

      • ludi
      • 9 years ago

      Obviously you’ve never used one, then 🙂

      Removing most of the disk subsystem latency from the OS operations (as well as any general applications that you might want to have on the SSD along with it, like office, email, Internet, graphics utilities…) makes a huge difference in how the system responds, even when using mechanical storage for the larger stuff (such as a Steam installation).

      • ew
      • 9 years ago

      I want to see more hybrid drives. There is no reason we can’t have affordable large drives that automatically keeps frequently used things in flash and also uses flash to buffer writes.

        • axeman
        • 9 years ago

        If you read the reviews of the ones that do exist, you would see that a hybrid solution that relies on firmware to try and manage such things doesn’t really work that well. Just installing two drives and doing it yourself works better for now.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    I loved the first Far Cry and played through it several times. I played Far Cry 2 for one or two hours and never played it again.

      • CuttinHobo
      • 9 years ago

      Exactly the same with me. I loved the first Far Cry, and was enthralled with the massive environment. The second didn’t grab me at all. I got as far as driving to a gun shop, did a couple missions and haven’t touched it since.

    • odizzido
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t think “geeks” are quite the same anymore for kids. When we grew up computers were rare and were only for geeky things. Now everyone and their dogs use computers, and girls love them too. Not so much the inner workings, but the things you can do with them.

    While building and benching PC hardware might be slightly geeky these days, it is nowhere near as geeky as it was. Perhaps it might even be cool to a decent number of young girls.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    This will be worth a listen…

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