The TR Podcast 138: Samsung’s snazzy SSD and Intel’s automagical data center

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: July 28, 2013
Duration: 1:45:54

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

We kick off this newest episode of the TR Podcast with a collection of listener email and tweets. Among other topics, the six queries relate to DirectX, cheap monitors, and the nature of the next game-changing mobile device. After answering the readers, we discuss EA’s sales, which suggest the PC gaming industry is healthier than snarky critics would have you believe. Then, Samsung’s newest SSD impresses with an approachable cost-per-gigabyte and solid performance. Finally, Scott shares big server news from Intel, and Cyril’s blog post about the NSA prompts a roundtable discussion about the current state of government surveillance.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. –

Follow us on Twitter – ScottJordanGeoffCyrilThe Tech Report

Listener mail/tweets:

DirectX? – from James – (0:06:42):

“I read the other day that Sony licensed DirectX 11.1 from Microsoft to run on the Playstation 4. I thought at first that this offered a great way to develop games across the next-gen consoles and also bring those games to PC. After a bit of research, though, I found some problems. First of all, DirectX 11.1 requires Windows 8. Also, the only graphics hardware to fully support it is AMD’s GCN architecture. nVidia hardware doesn’t support all the features of DirectX 11.1, even in the new 700 series cards. Next, there’s DirectX 11.2. The next batch of hardware from AMD and nVidia should support it, along with the XBox One. It requires Windows 8.1, and probably doesn’t work on the Playstation 4. So, if a developer decides to go with DirectX 11 and bring their game to PC, they have several distinct flavors of the API to choose from. If they go above plain old DirectX 11, they can program for feature level 11_0 to make it work on nVidia hardware. Any guesses on how this will all work out? Will nVidia’s lack of full support for DX 11.1 save us all from upgrading to Windows 8?”

Shield? – from Ben – (0:14:21):

“Who’s going to volunteer to buy a Shield and do a writeup on it? Interested in stream performance and lag.”

Cheap monitors? – from Canageek – (0:18:45):

“How do you find a decent cheap monitor? All the review sites I’ve found focus on giant 27″ and super expensive ones. (Cheap being in the $200-300 range, and the review sites I tried include Xbitlabs, TFTCentral, Anandtech)”

Asus’ 4K monitor? – from Adam – (0:27:29):

“Is TR going to be able to get their hands on an ASUS PQ321 to play around with/review?”

Game changer? – from Dan – (0:27:54):

“What’s the next big game-changing mobile device? Or is it now just a case of segmenting into incrementally different sizes.”

P55 and Trim? – from Adrian – (0:29:57):

“Does Intel’s P55 platform support Trim?”

Tech discussion:

  • We’re gearing up for TR BBQ X on August 17- (0:00:50) – Read moreKansas City meetup

    EA financials show growing PC game revenue – (0:30:24) – Read more

    Samsung’s 840 EVO solid-state drive reviewed – (0:43:28) – Read more

    Scott at Intel’s Data Center Day – (1:11:53)

    I choose to be spied on – (1:26:57) – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • anubis44
    • 8 years ago

    I was absolutely blown away while listening to the lastest podcast. I never expected to hear such prescient political observations in a tech-oriented podcast. Scott hit the nail on the head when he said there “seems to be a lack of granularity” to the US political system. Of course there is!

    I wrote my MA thesis on voting systems, and they are NOT all the same. Proportional voting systems are much more granular, provide more real choice to voters, and are far more accurate in providing party representation in parliament/congress. What’s kind of interesting to me is that, having one foot in the PoliSci world, and my other foot in the tech sector, I find tech people hear the detailed comparison of our current plurality voting system in the US, Canada and the UK, versus a proportional voting system, and they get it immediately that plurality is an obsolete technology for voting that has long since been superceded by proportional representation. PoliSci people often haggle and bicker about semantics that have long ago been addressed by numerous studies and research to show that proportional systems are far more effective and democratic. What’s the proof? Well, for example, no country in a position to choose a new voting system ever chooses a plurality like ours. They nearly always choose some form of proportional representation. That alone should tell you something.

    What the US needs is a modern electoral system and modern party system like Germany and New Zealand have: Mixed Member Proportional. In that system, parties win power in direct proportion to their popular vote (i.e. 19% of the vote=19% of the seats in Congress, and therefore 19% of the power). In Germany’s version, there are 5-6 significant parties to choose from, not only two, and the parties have to publically declare in the newspapers what they will work on with another party if they form government together (which usually happens, because it’s very seldom that one party wins a majority of votes, so parties must form coalitions in order to form government. This keeps them both honest, since they’re sharing power, which is a mechnism completely missing from Canada, the UK and the US’s antiquated ‘First Past the Post voting systems.)

    Please look into this further, Scott! I promise, you’ll find the most promising way forward for ultimately dealing with all of these issues of lack of citizen engagement and governmental accountability!! Electoral reform is the most potent form of political overhaul there is, since it radically changes the array of incentives/disincentives for parties, the media and the people (voters)!

    • Silus
    • 8 years ago

    I was just reading the question made by a reader, about the DirectX feature level and the problems a developer might have. But they are not problems at all.
    Hardware is certified for the OpenGL and DirectX feature support. When this support is available, drivers provide the “path to hardware” to allow those features to be used. If there is no path, the feature can’t be used, which means that even if a game supports the use of said feature, it simply will not be enabled for that particular hardware. This is nothing new and brings absolutely no problems for developers.

      • jihadjoe
      • 8 years ago

      Plus with the practice of coding for the lowest common denominator, chances are those extra paths in 11.1 and 11.2 will see likely see ZERO use at all, except maybe for manufacturer-sponsored titles.

      It’s just not worth it for a developer to optimize a render path to make use of 11.1 or 11.2 when only a small portion of the market will even be able to make use of those optimizations.

        • travbrad
        • 8 years ago

        Yep not only do only a small number of players have the cards to support it, but they also need to have Win8 and a lot of people/gamers have stuck with Win7.

        The development time on games is pretty long too. Even in the past when DX versions did matter it usually took a couple years after the GPUs supported them before more than a couple games started supporting them.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    Good on ya jdrake for the Ron Paul reference. That guy is alright. (I don’t agree with him on abortion but everything else is much better.)

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago


        • ssidbroadcast
        • 8 years ago

        [quote<]The foundation of Paul's political philosophy is the conviction that "the proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud, and little else."[/quote<] Check. This is in-line with the Constitution and what the founding fathers had in mind. [quote<]Paul is a proponent of Austrian School economics; he has authored six books on the subject, and displays pictures of Austrian School economists Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, and Ludwig von Mises (as well as of Grover Cleveland)[143] on his office wall.[/quote<] Hayek was a really smart dude. More people should pay attention to him. He makes Keynes look like a sophomoric jackass. With Ron Paul in office, the government would be much more fiscally responsible and sustainable. [quote<]Paul's foreign policy of nonintervention[154] made him the only 2008 Republican presidential candidate to have voted against the Iraq War Resolution in 2002. [/quote<] Which, in retrospect, would have been the morally correct course of action given the utter lack of justification for going to war. [quote<]Paul endorses constitutional rights, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and habeas corpus for political detainees. [b<]He opposes the Patriot Act,[/b<] federal use of torture, presidential autonomy, a national identification card, [b<]warrantless domestic surveillance,[/b<] and the draft.[/quote<] Given the record on our past 2 presidents regarding our rights to personal privacy, I don't see anything wrong with this stance. People think Ron Paul is some sort of radical. I guess he is. He's a refreshingly radical change from the "good enough" or (unsustainable) status quo. People agree that the way things are going can't keep going this way, but are dumbfounded when they try to come up with an answer that makes sense. This is because they don't have a philosophical principle to guide them. I believe Ron Paul is the *only* candidate who has exhibited a consistent, understandable principle and why they are appropriate for proper governance. If you're asking "really?" it might be because you've let yourself think what everyone else has been (essentially) brainwashed to think. [url<][/url<]

    • danny e.
    • 8 years ago

    the built in player is to ep 137.

      • Cyril
      • 8 years ago

      Should be fixed now.

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