Date: October 28, 2012
Hosted by Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, and Cyril Kowaliski
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Despite the impending East Coast monster hurricane, we're pushing through with another episode of The Tech Report Podcast. We kick things off with listener mail, including a question about the less-discussed merits of Windows 8. Then, Borderlands 2 gets another moment in the spotlight before Cyril shares his thoughts on Dishonored. Next, Scott gives us the lowdown on the new FX-series chips from AMD, and the panel rounds out the episode with a roundup of recent AMD news.
Send in listener mail, and we'll answer on the podcast. - firstname.lastname@example.org
GPU temps - from Mohsen - (0:01:15):
"Hi Jordan. I'm a new listener to your podcasts and I love it. Just love you guys! I have a GTX 260 55nm from zotac. it's reference clock is 576/1242/999. it easily overclocks up to 720/1550/1150 without any modification or voltmods. and it fan speed is also at default setting. I have a cooler master 334U with one intake and one exhasut fan and there is decent airflow inside it. the intake is right next to the GPU. it maxes st 83 degrees celsius while I'm gaming but hits 86 at furmark. should I hold back a bit? are temperatures very high? I'm not planning on upgrading it yet becasue i don't really need it and do you think it's safe on the long run?"
What's great about Windows 8? - from Silent J - (0:04:32):
"I've read a lot of hate about Windows 8, how it is the end of Microsoft, and how the user-interface is the worst thing since the evolution of bacteria. I've also heard the defense for it, and how they need to innovate in new ways even if consumers don't feel ready, and how a unified platform is the only way. I'm tired of the hate. At this point, I don't care. I have a hard time believing that three years from today, consumers will by buying new computers with 8 and then installing 7 on them. And I have a hard time believing I would be happier on 7 three years from today. My question is, GUI hate aside, what is there in Windows 8 for hardware enthusiasts to be excited about? What innovations are they bringing that we haven't seen before? And what can we look forward to in terms of performance, tweaks, and advancements?"
Dishonored: A nice change of pace (0:14:38)- Read more
First impressions of Asus' VivoTab RT convertible tablet (0:31:29)- Read more
AMD's FX-8350 processor reviewed (1:02:22)- Read more
AMD news roundup (1:19:03)- AMD doubles down on GPU game bundles - UPDATE: New Catalyst betas boost 7000-series performance - AMD ramps up its Gaming Evolved program - AMD posts Q3 loss, announces 15% layoffs
That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.