The TR Podcast 110: The lowdown on Ivy Bridge and her mobos

The Tech Report Podcast Date: April 23, 2012

Time: 1:26:46

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

Intel’s long-awaited Ivy Bridge processors (and our review) come out in concert with this latest episode of the TR Podcast. Before diving into the new Intel gear, our hosts discuss the beautiful CryEngine 3, our trepidation about the teased Crysis 3, and an upcoming title that Geoff is very excited about.

Then, it’s right on to the scoop on Ivy Bridge. Scott and Geoff discuss the performance of the new chips (in both stock and overclocked configurations), and Geoff evaluates the new array of Z77 motherboards with unpronounceable names. To round out the episode, we have pricing updates on AMD’s Radeon HD 7900-series GPUs, a look at two mechanical keyboards from Corsair, and a 10,000 RPM hard drive from Western Digital. Finally, Cyril and the gang talk about how TR gets its beautiful product photos.

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

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Listener mail/tweets:

Should I upgrade?(0:37:68) – from Phil:

“Question for Scott for next podcast: “Yes or No? My newegg cart will
be ready – that’s all I need to know. I re-listened to Ep 79,
the Sandy Bridge episode. I actually asked a very similar question
then, but at that time it was whether I should wait for Bulldozer or
not. As it stands, I waited for Bulldozer, then decided to wait for
Ivy Bridge after I saw how poor Bulldozer was. Short of Ivy Bridge
being a disaster, I’ll be upgrading my PC in a fortnight!”

Tech discussion:

    Crytek shows latest CryEngine features – (0:01:16) – Read moreCrysis 3

    Dishonored trailer sneaks onto the web – (0:10:10) – Read more

    Ivy Bridge – (0:11:38) – Read more

    Overclocking Ivy Bridge – (0:17:40) – Read more

    Ivy Bridge Z77 motherboards – (0:26:54) – IntelAsus, Gigabyte and MSI

    AMD cuts 7900-series prices, throws in free games – (0:48:20) – Read more

    Corsair’s Vengeance K60 and K90 mechanical keyboards – (0:53:40) – Read more

    Western Digital’s VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive – (1:07:18) – Read more

    How TR gets (some of) its squeaky-clean product photos – (1:13:05) – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    I liked the intro to this episode. Had a lot of “pep” to it, as if you guys actually *enjoy* making a podcast.

    • Farting Bob
    • 8 years ago

    Good episode, i dont get around to listening to them all, but i likes this one. The conclusion that “IB is good, but if you own any SB-based CPU its not worth the upgrade” is spot on. Lower power consumption but everything else is largely the same. This is the first time that a die shrink from Intel hasnt led to an increase is clock speeds and overclocking wonders for a while. I plan on holding my 2500k until the next round at least, i probably wont upgrade until there is something new for the motherboards like DDR4 or a new SATA spec or something.

    • DancinJack
    • 8 years ago

    I fear the two IB articles have covered up the podcast pretty well.

    Great episode!

    • egon
    • 8 years ago

    It’s a ‘she’, is it? I suppose in the LGA era, that makes sense 🙂

    Anyone know what gender the French have given to CPUs?

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      I don’t know about French but in German CPUs are feminine (die Zentraleinheit)

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    Bundled mobo software was, is, and probably always will be totally awful.

    Interesting to hear Scott go semi-fanboy for MSI. Scott – I can ship you my spare firewire card if you find yourself in need. I’ve never had an MSI mobo. Something always has me avoiding them. Gigabyte has lost my favor due to lacking fan speed controls and their snail’s pace in developing their EFI firmware. Not to mention I’ve had two Gigabyte boards in a row now with whining inductors.

    I’m surprised that none of you have mentioned the various ownership problems that seem to plague Intel’s enthusiast motherboards – BIOS issues, lack of BIOS updates, and such. I’ve read some alarming reviews on Newegg and I am honestly very nervous about the prospect of buying an Intel board. It’s not the hardware, it’s the BIOS support that appears to be the issue.

    [s<]So, here's a more nuanced question of to upgrade or not to upgrade: If you already have a Z68 mobo and you decide to upgrade your CPU to, say, a 2600K - do you get a 2600K or is it worth upgrading the mobo and getting a 3770K? Seems to me that the answer to that would usually be no - the 3770K may have a bit lower power consumption, but that's about the only advantage for someone who is going to have a discrete video card.[/s<] Ugh! Dumb question stricken from the record.

      • Damage
      • 8 years ago

      Semi-fanboy, really? They have the best PCIe slot layout, the only Firewire ports, and, for the money, the best combination of NIC and audio–and the lowest power draw. Geoff marked them down for being $20 too expensive in the roundup, and the price since dropped. I’m not pleased with their fan speed controls, but with Sandy/Ivy, the “auto” setup works well enough to not annoy me. Seemed weird to me for Geoff to be considering that board the least of the three.

      As for Intel mobos, I’ve said my bit here:

      [url<][/url<] They scare me, even though I appreciate the fan control software for Windows. Your question is moot. Put the 3770K in the Z68 board. That is all.

        • flip-mode
        • 8 years ago

        It was tongue-in-cheek! LOL. And big DUH for me – I inexplicably forgot that Ivy will drop into current motherboard. Crazy.

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