The TR Podcast 140: Remaking the desktop PC

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: Aug 25, 2013
Duration: 1:09:54

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts:Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski, and Cyril’s seagull, Phineas

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We cover a lot of ground on this episode of the podcast. After a slew of listener mail questions, we digress from our PC hardware discussion to riff on Ben Affleck’s appointment as the next Batman. Then, announcements from Gamescom provide a series of gaming stories to discuss, including updates for Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Division, and more. Cyril’s controversial thought piece on the future of desktop PC hardware is fodder for further conversation, after which Geoff explains how we plan to test SSD endurance over the next few weeks.

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

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Listener mail/tweets:

TR BBQ X – from Dash – (0:00:52):

“Because I’m sure the BBQ will get a brief mention on the next podcast…. It was my first time at the BBQ and it was a fun, laid back event that noone should miss. There were a lot of names from the forums and I had a lot of good conversations with people who come from all corners of the tech world. Damage and Adam were nice, insightful guys and it great to meet them and I look forward to future events with them.

I should mention that Damage Jr. was a cool guy to talk to who had some interesting things to say about tablets; though it was odd he mentioned needing a new GPU for his home setup, *ahem.* I passed on taking GPU home as a prize, so there’s a karma GPU somewhere. But thanks to the community for hosting, TR for coming, and to the sponsors that provided the high-end loot. See you all next year.”

Card upgrade? – from Jay – (0:07:23):

“I just bought the EA humble bundle with games like Medal of Honor, Crysis 2, Burnout paradise, and mirrors edge. Medal of Honor only goes to medium settings. I run AMD 4170 Quad core 4.2, 8gig ram and an AMD 6570 card. Should I upgrade the card to something newer and what would be the lowest card I can look at to make a difference?”

GPU RAM? – from Sean – (0:09:43):

“I am upgrading from 2 460s to a new GTX 770(unless I wait for the new AMD launch) to power a 27″ Korean monitor. But I’m unsure how much VRAM I will need. Currently nothing seems to take advantage of VRAM over 2 GB, but with the new consoles having more memory available, and 4K becoming more prevalent will 2 GB limit me until my next upgrade in 2-3 years? Would I be safer springing for a 4 GB variant?”

Tech discussion:

  • TR BBQ X sets records for attendance, epic uses of fire – (0:00:52) – Read more

    Ben Affleck Is the New Batman – (0:13:29) – Read more

    Call of Duty: Ghosts will look best on PC – (0:18:44) – Read more

    Ubisoft: The Division is coming to the PC – (0:21:16) – Read more

    EVE: Valkyrie promises multiplayer dogfights in virtual reality – (0:24:58) – Read more

    Gamescom trailers reveal more of Titanfall, BF4, and Thief – (0:29:54) – Read more

    Crytek’s Warface lets you point gun at entire world for free – (0:35:02) – Read more

    Corsair’s Obsidian Series 350D case reviewed – (0:39:20) – Read more

    The desktop PC needs a makeover – (0:41:45) – Read more

    Introducing the SSD Endurance Experiment – (0:58:21) – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • Aphasia
    • 6 years ago

    Nice rundown of a few great games.

    Ohh, finally somebody besides me that liked 2142. I have some of my fondest pre BF3 memories from 2142 in the titan mode. I never did have the nostalgia from when BF2 came out since I started with 2142, but after BC2 came out, I moved over there easily from 2142 and BF2.

    What can I say, I have a hard time playing other shooter games that are PvP that doesn’t offer destruction of things. I actually loved playing CoD for some fast player quick action, problem there is, it never felt even remotely like a challenge. After hundreds of hours in MW2 alone, then when Blops came out, it just died for me after 30 hours or so, it was new maps, slightly different weapon, but still the same. That’s what I like with BF3, even after all this time, it can be so different from time to time.

    I cant help myself, I don’t want to start a flame war from this, because I actually liked CoD and wish activision would’ve done a ton to evolved it more, although Ghosts might be decent, it was long overdue for any sort of real upgrade. But there is something in these clips I just find pretty telling. These are a couple of the joke clips of BF4 vs. Ghost btw…
    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJIIgdSW6O4[/url<] [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRriF6Pu1kk[/url<] Also, Warframe, 4 player PvE game being space ninjas with big guns, throwing stars/knifes, swords and "biotic" powers, love it, easily went founder after I realized I had played 100+ hours of it. Go look it up at youtube if you haven't. Or better yet, try it out since it's Free-2-Play, or Ninjas play free as DE would have it.

    • redwood36
    • 6 years ago

    Hey what happened to the new intro music?

    • dashbarron
    • 6 years ago

    It seems Geoff isn’t in favor of Affleck, even if he’s going to be wearing a mask most of the time. When I think of Batman, I can’t really picture Affleck.

    I think Scott’s right about the dual-GPU/case scenario, but I think when PC builders get into the market of a PC…they always seem to want to leave themselves more room. It is a compulsion. I agree that the overall market is moving to smaller, and even PC builders can become more efficient, but I think we’ll hang onto our ATX for awhile.

    After the bird calls, I assume you all recorded this at about 3 am.

    • ClickClick5
    • 6 years ago

    It is ok Forge, move to Cali and you will win forever! Unless someone bikes from BC…

    Anyway, I really am curious about the results of the SSD test. This is something that has really kept me from moving to an SSD.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 6 years ago

    Yeah… I really ought to make it out to a BBQ one of these years.

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