The TR Podcast 113: Asian Fusion at 220 PPI

The Tech Report Podcast Date: June 17, 2012

Time: 1:33:48

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, and Geoff Gasior

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Show notes

We waited a week to bring you this latest episode of the podcast, and the wait was well worth it! Fresh from a week at Computex in Tapei, Geoff brings us a selection of headlines from the international computing trade show. We cover Asus’ Transformer-inspired Windows 8 portables, Intel’s Next Unit of Computing, Lucid’s Dynamix, and more. Then, in Cyril’s absence (he’s recovering from a nasty travel/conference cold), Scott helps round up the latest AMD news from Computex and AMD’s Fusion Developer Summit. E3 is next, with an unusual story from Crytek (free games on the way), and two new tech demos from Epic and Square Enix. Finally, we wrap the show with the new Retina MacBook Pro, Apple’s finger to the pro users, and the next version of iOS.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. – [email protected]

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Listener mail/tweets:

Integrated graphics (0:02:09) – from Daniel:

“Scott referenced the large improvements in Intel’s Quick Sync from Sandy Bridge’s integrate GPU to Ivy Bridge. Would you mind discussing the differences in video/audio encoding comparing a dedicated AMD or nVidia graphics card to Intel’s Integrated GPU specifically in regards to performance. I know there is not a comparison in performance when it comes to gaming, but what about media? The differences are confusing. I recently purchased a new Macbook Pro 13′ knowing I was compromising on the graphics card but my budget was prohibitive.”

Keyboard question (0:07:03) – from Joe:

“I’m in the market for a new keyboard as my current logitech wireless bubble board is going on the fritz (the space key doesn’ always work – sigh). So I’ve started shopping around and I feel like would be up for moving to a newer mechanical unit. However, it seems that wireless mechanical boardsare difficult to source. A quick search on the Egg only turned up one unit – the QUMAX Xarmor U9W with Cherry MXbrown switches and I’m not sure I want brown switches. The other feature I’m looking for in my future keyboard is back lighting – my wife’s laptop has this and it is a lifesaver for work in darker places. The options on back lighting are more plentiful, but none of them seem to have wireless options. Am I looking in the wrong place for this type of unit? Is the slightly intermittent nature of wireless simply an anathema to mechanical board makers? Any other suggestions?”

Twitter questions (0:10:44)

Mason: Preductions: What’s the biggest trend in tech? And where do you see it headed?

Andrew: Are SSD reliability problems a think of the past now, or are there still specific brands/models to avoid?

Sean: I’m wondering what all your thoughts are on high-dpi displays driving (some) Windows 8 adoption (especially among enthusiasts)

Tom: What’s your thoughts on VRAM use at over 1080p? I have a U3011 and only 1.5gb on SLI 480 (don’t worry, they are under water!)

KJ: Availability of AMD laptops with trinity 17/25 watt. AMD win8 tablets. comparison of intel/amd in lower cost laptop sub $700″

Tech discussion:


    Asus’ Windows 8 tablets follow familiar Transformer theme – (0:24:37) – Read more

    Asus unveils dual-screen notebook/tablet hybrid – (0:28:59) – Read more

    Intel’s 4-inch Next Unit of Computing to cost $400 – (0:31:53) – Read more

    Lucid Dynamix increases gaming fluidity on notebook IGPs – (0:36:04) – Read more

    We catch up with Asus’ Xonar team – (0:40:09) – Read more

    Gigabyte puts server chipset on Sandy Bridge-E motherboard – (0:43:12) – Read more


    First AMD Brazos 2.0 APUs break cover – (0:45:22) – Read more

    Future AMD APUs to integrate ARM security tech – (0:47:33) – Read more

    AMD, ARM team up to push Heterogeneous Systems Architecture – (0:49:23) – Read more

    Desktop Trinity APU models revealed – (0:53:45) – Read more

    Motherboard makers say desktop Trinity delayed – (0:55:48) – Read more

    Papermaster details new AMD mobile, server roadmaps – (0:56:44) – Read more

    AMD shows upcoming dual-GPU card – (0:59:38) – Read more


    Crytek to concentrate on free-to-play titles – (1:01:56) – Read more

    Tech demos: Unreal Engine 4 and Square Enix Final Fantasy- (1:05:18) – Unreal EngineDirectX 11


    Apple unwraps 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display – (1:11:53) – Read more

    2010 calls Apple, wants its Mac Pro back – (1:23:18) – Read more

    Apple shows iOS 6, preps Mountain Lion for July – (1:27:17) – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • dashbarron
    • 10 years ago

    Hard choice between the new Windows 8 tablets* and Transformers, if they ever release the new ones. ASUS is loosing sales by holding off the Infinity vs the upcoming MS tablets.

    • grantmeaname
    • 10 years ago

    How is the progress on getting a new player button going? Leaving the page and then coming back is totally miserable, because you have to sit and drag the slide over about sixty times to get to where you left off (at least in chrome and firefox on XP and ubuntu, can’t speak for other platforms)…

    • bhtooefr
    • 10 years ago

    2.7 *inch* Ivy Bridge? 😛

    • Aphasia
    • 10 years ago

    Why settle for external displays. Integral displays that are projected/shown. not on say glasses, but preferably on contacts or even with implants. A real true HUD. Probably quite far away, although there is contacts and even eye-nerve interfaces that are in development so who knows.

    The problems with large displays like that is one thing that is premium today, and that is space. For a dedicated room it works, for a livingroom, you need something better.

    That said, especially for living room projectors that have a relatively large screen… 96″ at 3.5 meters or so, extra resolution is still a step up.

    • alphacheez
    • 10 years ago

    If we take human visual acuity to be 1 arcminute of angular resolution then that works out to be about 0.017 degrees. So if you put a 4k display at the proper distance, by my calculation that should take up 64 degrees of horizontal and 36 vertical field of view (using 3840×2160 px since I’m guessing display makers will go for Quad full HD rather than actual 4000 pixel wide displays). This basically means you can either get a 4k TV that’s twice as big as your current Full HD set, or as you suggested moved to half the distance away. I like the additional immersive feeling you get by being able to move closer to a display without losing sharpness (moving closer to a window doesn’t make the outside blurrier, so why should it with a TV???), so that could be a reason to push to higher resolutions than “necessary”.

    If you want to make a completely immersive heads-up display goggle system that completely fills the field of vision (160 by 175 degrees) with imperceptible pixels you’d need 9600 x 10500 px. So I won’t be fully satisfied until we have such a display 😛 You’ll probably want some really good headphones or surround sound to go with that as well.

    • Dygear
    • 10 years ago

    About the same as a rent … for the next year.

    • Airmantharp
    • 10 years ago

    What’s the principal and interest on a RED projector these days?

    • Cyril
    • 10 years ago

    Vocal fry!


    • Shambles
    • 10 years ago

    Great episode but the frog voice is starting to get bad lately. Putting a little more energy into your speech goes a long way to making it less uncomfortable to listen to. People with higher end headphones are probably affected more by this. It’s hard to pay attention to the words when i’m more distracted by it sounding like a loud dirt bike revving low RPMs. Thanks for the podcast!

    Reference around 9:30 to see what I mean. I have a deep voice myself and catch myself doing this as well at times.

    • mcnabney
    • 10 years ago

    When you talk about DPI you really need to include viewing distance. For example, a 300dpi display would have an ideal viewing distance of 11.5″ to see the maximum amount of detail. Sit further away from the screen and you are losing the benefit of that resolution.

    For example, a 55″ 1080p HDTV has a dpi of 40 with an ideal viewing distance of 7’2″.

    My own 100″ 1080p screen is 22dpi and I sit 15′ away from it and the image is perfect. I can’t wait to install a RED projector and move the seating up to enjoy 4K at 8′ from the screen. That segues to the fact that 4K is the perfect resolution since it almost completely fills the field of vision when viewed from the correct distance.

    • grantmeaname
    • 10 years ago

    Fantastic! This is exactly what I was hoping for!

    • alphacheez
    • 10 years ago

    Really glad Scott understood my question about hi-dpi displays and Windows 8; that’s exactly what I was thinking about. As TVs start to move to 4k displays (or quad 1080p resolution) in the next few years I can see those moving down to desktop PCs as well. For example there are currently what I would call low-dpi (for lack of a better term) displays like 27″ 1080p displays which I assume only exist because there are TVs of that size and so these panels exist and they get made into PC monitors. I’d love to see the same kind of thing happen, but with 4k displays at arouhd the 20-27″ range which would give you 220 to 163 dpi. I also wouldn’t mind even higher resolutions going up to as high as 300 dpi, but that’s probably overkill on the desktop and even laptop space. Another option would be 40″ 4k TVs which would have 110 dpi, about the same dpi as current monitors. At that point I think the vastness of the screen starts to become an issue and you have to hunt around for a while to find your mouse cursor though 😛

    I think GPU makers like AMD and nVidia would really like to see these high resolution screens catch on so that the demand for powerful GPUs remains strong but I don’t know if it’s enough to convince them to help push the industry in this direction. Even intel might be interested since they are pushing more and more transistors at GPU hardware with Ivy Bridge and upcoming Haswell. The current trends GPU makers seem to be hoping will catch on are multiple display gaming setups and 120 Hz 3D gaming. I think higher dpi and larger single screens would be better than either of these so I hope we’ll see the hi-dpi trend take off beyond just niche displays and Apple’s iPad and new Macbook Pro moels.

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