The TR Podcast 142: Intel intros everything at IDF and we react

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: Sept 22, 2013
Duration: 1:22:49

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Scott is back from Intel’s Developer Forum, and he has many stories to tell. In this episode of the podcast, we cover everything from Intel’s Bay Trail SoC to new-and-improved NUCs to DDR4 memory (which was hidden away in Kingston’s booth at the show). Also in this episode, four podcast listeners have their questions answered, and we discuss the new iPhones from Apple.

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

Follow us on Twitter – ScottJordanGeoffCyrilThe Tech Report

Listener mail/tweets:

8 Cores? – from Nia – (0:01:40):

“Hey guys, love the show, started reading the site back when Scott exposed the frame latency controversy and the podcasts got me hooked. My question is: Since the XBOX One and Playstation 4 both have 8 CPU cores, is it a safe move to buy a 4 core AMD or Intel CPU for a gaming rig? Will games in the near future suffer a significant performance penalty for not having 8 (real or virtual) CPU cores?”

Star Citizen? – from Tom – (0:04:06):

“Alright lads! Star Citizen – I deeply believe this game is going to be the holy grail of PC gaming in year or two, and I wanted to hear your opinion on it. Crowd funded, PC only, Cryengine 3 toting, Oculus supporting, multiplayer mayhem, in a massive universe. Utter bliss! Keep up the great work.”

Windows 7 or Windows 8? – from Keanan – (0:06:52):

“Hello guys, I’m in the process of upgrading my system from the P55 platform and i7 875K and mechanical HDD with windows 7 x64 pro to the Z77 platform with a i7 3770k and SSD which requires a clean install. Should I give windows 8 a try? I noticed the guides say use windows 8 yet some of reviews are still using Windows 7..such as the GTX 760. I’m just curious as to what OS Scott and the gang are using as their daily driver and why? Jordan you can chime in if you like but I know you’re using meerkats, mavericks or some version of a large cat with some fruit on its back.”

A10 and FirePro – from Keanan – (0:12:05):

“Hi guys, big fan of the podcast. Why aren’t laptop OEM/ODM’s all over AMD’s iterative offerings like white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snowstorm? It seems like a no-brainer to take the biggest A10 they can get their hands on, stick it into a thin chassis, with a good amount of memory and an SSD, and Bob’s your uncle for a thin-and-light with good CPU and GPU performance, for a lower BoM than the equivalent Intel product. Are they all just waiting for Kaveri, like I am, (or whatever the Excavator-based successor is called,) when AMD finally gets full 100% unified memory access between the CPU and the GPU? Or is there something else that I’m not seeing as a consumer and IT semi-pro? (Para-IT? What I’m saying is I have IT duties on top of the rest of my duties at my day job.)

And, for that matter, where the heck are all the FirePro laptops? The way it stands now, I can’t seem to find any workstation laptops that aren’t nVidia Quadro-based, which makes the extortionate prices that professional cards command feel like a monopoly in action. Weren’t the FirePro cards supposed to be cheaper than the competition?”

Tech discussion:

  • Join us for a TR meetup in Vancouver, Canada on September 28 – (0:21:36) – Read more

    Intel’s Atom Z3000 ‘Bay Trail’ SoC revealed – (0:23:05) – Read more

    Asus Transformer Book T100 convertible has quad-core Bay Trail SoC, starts at $349 – (0:34:33) – Read moreHands on

    Report: Bay Trail NUC to cost $139, support 2.5-inch drives – (0:40:16) – Read moreHaswell NUC

    Gigabyte Brix crams gaming PC into, well…. – (0:45:56) – Read more

    14-nm Broadwell chip cuts power draw 30% vs. 4.5W Haswell – (0:49:34) – Read more

    NEC shoehorns 368 Avoton cores and 1472GB of RAM into one box – (0:51:46) – Read more

    Is this DDR4 demo box Haswell-EP in action? – (0:55:36) – Read more

    Apple unveils colorful iPhone 5C, 64-bit iPhone 5S with fingerprint sensor – (0:59:02) – Read moreNokia is flattered

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

Comments closed
    • fango
    • 9 years ago

    Can we have the option to download the podcast via torrents?

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    Bravo Cyril and Jordan for the bit about how the 5s isn’t for people with a 5, it’s for people with the 4s. I was a 4s user and the upgrade from 4s to 5s is awesome.

    Jordan quick question: Are you able to get your TouchID to work with App Store purchases? I can’t seem to get mine to do that.

    • chuckula
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]A10 and FirePro - from Keanan - (0:12:05):[/quote<] Whoa... that question sounded like it came from the depths of Spigzone's subconcious. While AMD has not seen fit to send out all that many notebook review samples to TR, here's the takeaway from a recent Anand review of an MSI notebook that includes both the highest-end A10 chip AND a high-end mobile AMD GPU: [quote<]The AMD model of the GX60 is cute in concept, but in practice has problems. The single biggest reason not to buy it is that for the same price, MSI will sell you a Haswell-based system with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M. While that GPU is most definitely slower than the AMD Radeon HD 7970M, the brakes the A10-5750M APU puts on the 7970M keep it from hitting its true performance potential, and as a result I suspect the more well-rounded GE60 will ultimately make a lot of end users much happier. While $1,199 is a fantastic deal for an AMD Radeon HD 7970M, you're not really getting one. Looks fantastic in marketing material, though, no doubt.[/quote<] Source: [url<][/url<] Yeah... despite all the whining about "monopolies" there are real reasons that AMD doesn't own the notebook space.

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago


    • CampinCarl
    • 9 years ago

    Edit: Nevermind, must have been a problem on my end.

    Good stuff to listen to today!

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