The TR Podcast 129: PlayStation 4, Titan, and more

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: February 24, 2013
Duration: 1:07:44

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

Between Sony’s AMD-centered bid for next-gen gaming, Nvidia’s monster GeForce GTX Titan GPU, Mini-ITX motherboards, and listener mail… our latest episode has a lot to offer.

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

Follow us on Twitter – ScottJordanGeoffCyrilThe Tech Report

Listener mail/tweets:

AMD or Nvidia? – from Jay – (0:00:53):

“I am looking at a new video card, and have the AMD 6570 right now and it does what I need it to do. I just got Battlefield 3 for 12.99 on sale. What is better based on drivers and other factors. I know Nvidia has Phys X but do I really need that to enjoy games? AMD is backing up BioShock and Crysis 3, so does AMD have something like Phys X? love the show and keep up the good work.”

Where does CPU power go from here? – from Unknown Avenger – (0:05:29):

“I have a question about where you think cpu processing power will go from here. Since 2008 I’ve upgraded my graphics card three times and my hard drive once but believe it or not I’m still using a slightly overclocked Nehalem i7 920 processor since when it first came out in late 2008. I’ve thought about upgrading but since I run both Skyrim and Far Cry 3 at +60 FPS, and everything else I do on my computer is more than fast enough, I haven’t really felt the need. I might be tempted to upgrade to the new haswell architecture once it comes out later this year but even then I don’t really foresee noticing any huge performance increase in everyday use. Do you think we’re coming closer to a point when CPU computing power is becoming a non-issue? Or do you believe that next-gen games and consoles will reignite the need for more computing power? Or do you perhaps believe that future 3d applications and virtual worlds – like the ones made possible by the Oculus Rift – is what will be driving computing power in the future? Basically my question is if you think that the cpu performance race still is on or that we’re going to be focusing on price and power consumption from here on out.”

System upgrade advice? – from Jon – (0:12:24):

“Right off the bat, I’d like to say thanks to The Tech Report and more importantly Scott Wasson, whom pointed out that my hard drives were most likely failing due to heat. It does get pretty damn hot in Austin, Texas. I’ve got another question for the crew. I’m running an aging AMD Phenom II X2 550, and HD5770 on a MSI 785GM-E6 AM3 motherboard with 4GB of RAM. I’ve been patient, but after Battlefield 3, Cliffs of Dover, and Skyrim, it’s time for an upgrade. I was hoping I could save some money by upgrading the processor, but am unsure if the new AMD processors were compatible with my AM3 board. The 5770 would be replaced by either an HD7870 or a GTX660, along with a 650 or 750w power supply and another 4GB of RAM. Here is the trick. I’m a first time father as of January 23rd, and have only $500 to get the most out of an upgrade. Help?”

Tech discussion:

  • Sony confirms PlayStation 4’s PC guts – (0:19:01) – Read more

    Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan reviewed – (0:32:08) – Read more

    A trio of Mini-ITX motherboard reviews – (1:00:18) – ASRockZotacAsus

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

Comments closed
    • stephaniej3xoxx
    • 10 years ago
    • chelseyhartz4xxo
    • 10 years ago
    • njenabnit
    • 10 years ago

    you can always download the MP3 and listen that way.

    • njenabnit
    • 10 years ago

    I would say my experiences are the opposite. Playing BL2 at 2560×1440 with things turned up pretty high, switching physx on will slow my system down when my party does certain things (such as throwing one of the pull-towards-the-center grenades and when our siren did her effect that pulls everythng in).

    • d0g_p00p
    • 10 years ago

    Great podcast as usual but I do have to disagree with Scott about BL2 and the use of PhysX. I did the first playthough with it turned off (I always turn off PhysX) but decided to enable it for the second playthough and I have not noticed any performance difference and make some effects really cool (fire, electric, etc)

    I have a GTX 560Ti running at 1920×1200 and it’s still perfectly smooth. I am sure there is some frame loss but again I have yet to notice it. I figure I would post this to encourage people to check it out if the are still playing BL2.

    • kellybboxo32
    • 10 years ago
    • DancinJack
    • 10 years ago

    Mine’s great.

    Chrome 25 beta
    Windows 7 x64

    • Damage
    • 10 years ago

    What OS are you using?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 10 years ago

    this plays like crap in my chrome browser, what should I do??? it sounds scratchy and skips allot even when buffered. plays fine in IE.

    • Narishma
    • 10 years ago

    According to [url=<]this[/url<], most developers seem to like it very much so far but most seemed to be talking about the ease of development rather than the technical specs.

    • mocliamtoh
    • 10 years ago

    One of you mentioned in your response to Jon that the i3 3220 would be a good upgrade, and cited it’s turbo boost as one reason why. Isn’t one of the defining differences between an i5 and i3 that the former has a turbo boost, and the latter does not? I agree with the upgrade path (hyper-threading, lower power consumption, better single threaded performance), but that was one mistake I felt was worth pointing out.

    • codedivine
    • 10 years ago

    Listened to the PS4 discussion. Looking forward to see what you dig up at GDC about the reaction of gamedevs to the PS4 specs, especially on the CPU front.

    Also, can you elaborate more on the issue of memory latency wrt GDDR5 on the CPU side? My back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest somewhere north of 300ns latency on GDDR5 compared to 10-20ns typical on DDR3 but I am not at all sure of those figures.

    Some unknowns:
    a) Wondering if there is also some sort of large cache involved in the chip.
    b) The system memory is unified, but not sure if the GPU is also cache coherent with the CPU

    • jdrake
    • 10 years ago

    Oscars? Oscars? Who cares about the Oscars when you could be listening to a review of Nvidia’s Titan GPU?

    • UberGerbil
    • 10 years ago

    Nice end to the weekend. No other comments — sneaky of you to release it when all the other gerbils are comparing the gowns on the Oscars.

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