The TR Podcast 122: Windows 8, VivoTab RT, and FX-8350

The Tech Report Podcast
Date: October 28, 2012

Time: 1:34:38

Hosted by Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

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. – jdrake@techreport.com

Follow us on Twitter – ScottJordanGeoffCyrilThe Tech Report

Listener mail:

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?”

Tech discussion:

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

Comments closed
    • d0g_p00p
    • 7 years ago

    Jordan, care to post the name of that pistol you got in BL2 for us players? Exact stats would be nice as well. As usual great podcast and good work guys.

      • jdrake
      • 7 years ago

      It’s called the Win-Win Fibber. 126×1 Damage – 98.5 Accuracy – 27.5 Fire Rate – 0.7 Reload Speed – 64 Magazine Size – 245.1 Corrosive Dmg/Sec – 12% Chance to Corrode. All this isn’t much on the face of it – but then it’s + 50% love (huh?) and + 3000% damage. Which makes it killer.

    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    You guys really need a tablet roundup, or at least a soundoff on a podcast on what is your favorite tablet to buy. Bang for the buck. Or low-price/high-price bang for the buck.

    And I’m a little ashamed neither Geoff or Cyril claimed they didn’t have the iPad and work out some deal later. I need to work for this place!

    • travbrad
    • 7 years ago

    If you’re looking for a new game to use for GPU testing Natural Selection 2 might work (although I don’t know how easy it would be since it’s multi-player only).

    It’s pretty much the only game I’ve played where my GTX460 feels inadequate. I’ve had to turn off most of the graphics options (AA, Bloom, Ambient Occlusion, “Atmospherics”, and “Infestation”) just to get 35-60FPS. Looking around closely at the maps I can understand why to some extent too. Every wall/floor/model/etc has a lot of geometric detail.

    [url=http://www.unknownworlds.com/ns2/forums/index.php?showtopic=119506&st=20<]People have done FPS plots with various system configs in this thread[/url<], and the only systems that can really run it above 60FPS are systems with 7970/680s and overclocked Sandy/Ivy Bridge.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 7 years ago

      Lol disregard my comment. I read that totally wrong. I need to sleep.

    • mjaybird
    • 7 years ago

    I want to say I love AMD and i use there new FX chips for gaming and other applications. I want to say the games I play mau not be really new but they do preform very well with it. I have noticed a change going from an AMD 64 socket 939 chip. I am pleased with the 4170 and what it does for me and my needs and for the price it was hard to beat. Good podcast, still not sure about Windows 8 for gaming. What do you see companies like Valve talking about with windows 8?

    • AlumarX
    • 7 years ago

    I love the podcast, but the guy with the ridiculously low voice annoys me and I end up skipping most of the stuff he says.

      • dashbarron
      • 7 years ago

      Psht, you should hear Fox….

    • theadder
    • 7 years ago

    That’s a lot of paid Windows 8 sponsorship in conjunction with Windows 8 discussion there!

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      How about AMD’s sponsorship during TR’s rant regarding Trinity’s preview?

        • theadder
        • 7 years ago

        Assuming it continues, yes.

          • Arclight
          • 7 years ago

          It will continue and you clearly didn’t get what i was insinuating. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet but i presume it wasn’t very caustic regaring Windows 8, thus you think they were bought, but how about the poadcast during the Trinity preview? They were sponsored by AMD and yet they didn’t hesitate to criticize them……

            • theadder
            • 7 years ago

            It’s not the podcast I’m referring to particularly; just the prominent placement of the logos and so on.

            I wouldn’t feel all that negatively towards Windows 8 if it was possible to de-Metro it via the options. The presentation of the webpage just looks a bit weird; that’s all.

            • nanoflower
            • 7 years ago

            It is odd because they are specifically building ads into the web page for Windows 8. I guess that’s to get around any ad blockers that people might be running and to make sure they get credit (financial) for any purchases that come from anyone following the link. While it does seem a bit odd this push for Win 8 won’t go on much longer on TR I suspect.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you guys are crazy.

            • DancinJack
            • 7 years ago

            I agree with you SSK.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            And again, the AMD Evolved/Sleeping Dogs banners were all over TR during the Trinity hissy fit.

            Then again, AMD is in potentially a weaker position than MS.

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