The TR Podcast 134: Xbone, Kabini, and not quite a Titan

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: May 27, 2013
Duration: 1:33:43

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Just in time for your post-Memorial-day Tuesday commute, it’s another episode of the TR Podcast. After answering two listener questions, we discuss the Xbox One (lovingly referred to as the Xbone) and debate the merits of a TV-centric gaming console. Then, following a quick digression into the correct pronunciation of the “.gif” file format, Geoff introduces us to a variety of fabulous Haswell motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. The last half of our episode features Scott’s review of the Titan’s little brother, the GeForce GTX 780, as well as Cyril and Scott’s detailed look at the new AMD A4-5000 “Kabini” APU.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. – jdrake@techreport.com

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Listener mail/tweets:

Beta drivers? – from Mohi – (0:02:53):

“The other day I Installed the older HD 5870 that I had, with the
latest beta drivers. Surprisingly, I found that even relatively
undemanding games stutter and jitter all over the place such as COD:
Black Ops that would only give 45-50 fps with HUGE hiccups. Then I
tried the somewhat older 12.1 WHQL. In the same game and the same
settings, frame rates jumped to 90’s and stayed there (FPS Cap). It
was the same story with some other older games and even some new ones.

My question is, when AMD releases a new catalyst driver, do they only
optimize for new products? You might think it’s a stupid question, but
why did I get such a performance boost going to an older driver? And
if AMD’s drivers for GCN parts ruin performance on older cards, why
don’t they un-unify their drivers? I know that HD4000 and previous
generations are at legacy state in terms of driver support, but as far
as I know, the 5000 series still get drivers.”

Build now or wait for consoles? – from Laurent – (0:07:44):

“Love your website! Here’s my question. I built a nice PC in 2007 and now I’m thinking of buying/building a new epic gaming pc. In what way, do you guys think, should I anticipate on the movement that is going on with the PS4 coming out. How will it affect gaming pc’s? I know it’s AMD tech and has 8 processor cores. What will be important for my new PC? Will using AMD tech be the best move for processor and graphic card(s) or will Intel/Nvidia be just as good/better? Do I need to get a processor with 6 or 8 cores, or will 4 cores be enough (wil hyper threading be of any use in gaming)? I want my gaming pc to be way better than the PS4, and a want it to last a “long” time. Do I need to wait for new generations of hardware? What should I do?”

Tech discussion:

  • Microsoft reveals next-generation Xbox One console – (0:17:40) – Read more

    Gif or Jif? – (0:28:50) – Read more

    Z87 Haswell motherboard roundup – (0:31:02) – AsusGigabyteMSI

    Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 780 graphics card reviewed – (0:44:33) – Read more

    AMD’s A4-5000 ‘Kabini’ APU reviewed – (0:58:34) – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • BoilerGamer
    • 7 years ago

    For some reason the thumbnail for this podcast is not displaying in BeyondPod or Pocket Casts, Jordan could you look into this issue?

    • DancinJack
    • 7 years ago

    Really liked this podcast. Jordan was a bit loopy though. Moar coffee, Jordan.

      • jessterman21
      • 7 years ago

      IKR, Jordan will make a joke and no one will respond for one reason or another – happens like every other podcast.

        • nanoflower
        • 7 years ago

        I am starting to think that’s intentional to get a reaction from Jordan. 😉

    • piesquared
    • 7 years ago
      • Damage
      • 7 years ago

      Hmm. I thought we were comparing to the console chips, not Tahiti. Mostly because we were. 😉

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    I fully agree that the “you need all AMD parts to play games” is overplayed as you say.

    Having said that, I think that Kabini is a very interesting architecture and your review brings up some potentially interesting points about Kabini. I’d really be interested in seeing Kabini in some weird & wacky form factors that can take advantage of its capabilities.

      • jessterman21
      • 7 years ago

      Like a Dunder-Mifflin Sabre Pyramid tablet?

    • nanoflower
    • 7 years ago

    Ah, guys, I’m disappointed. You should have read what the EA CTO actually said before making fun of it (what? read before commenting? Never!) He was comparing the new gen consoles to the Xbox 360 when talking about the 8-10 times increase in performance. That’s apparently a real measurement that they’ve made in their own offices.

    He did talk about the new consoles being more advanced than current gen PCs but that was only in terms of the underlying architecture with the use of HUMA and embedded DRAM. I don’t believe he made any suggestion that the new gen consoles will be faster than the current gen PCs.

    • odizzido
    • 7 years ago

    The mac air laptops look alright and the weight is the same as my current laptop, but they are too big. And I will have problems with mac OS with software compatibility, and power management in windows last time I looked was not so great. And I wish they used ATI graphics instead of intel. And I wish they dropped the processor to something that uses less power.

    Other than that though.

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