The TR Podcast 163: Windows goes to 10 and Maxwell does DSR

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: October 8, 2014
Duration: 1:16:28

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

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Show notes

Windows 10 is the headline of this week’s episode… so, naturally, none of our panelists have installed the preview build yet. But don’t you worry; that doesn’t stop us from engaging in a rousing discussion of all things Windows! Moving on, we cover a quick AMD story, and then we dive into the peculiar Gigabyte X99-UD4 motherboard—the mobo with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Finally, our new hardware survey and Scott’s hands-on experience with Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution bring our show to a close.

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Listener mail:

CPU/MOBO upgrade? – from Hilton:

“I’m replacing my x58 1366 board and cpu. I have everything else, the two 5850 cards, ect. I paid $350.00 for an i7 930 and an msi x58 pro-e combo in 2010. I’m thinking two hundred bucks ought to get me something better. Any ideas?”

AFR? – from Cannonaire:

“AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) seems broken to me from a latency standpoint. Even when two GPUs are rendering a solid 60fps, you are getting the latency of 30fps because it still takes twice as long for each GPU to deliver a frame to your screen. I know that other methods for teaming GPUs are more complicated and rarely yield the kind of improvements you see from AFR benchmarks, but considering latency, is AFR just an easy method for increasing benchmark scores without actually improving the response time over that of a single GPU?”

Tech discussion:

  • Microsoft shows Windows 10, preps public preview build for tomorrow – Read more

    Report: Samsung to produce 14-nm chips for AMD – Read more

    Gigabyte’s X99-UD4 motherboard reviewed – Read more

    Truly, this is the funkiest motherboard known to man – Read more

    The typical enthusiast PC is more decked-out than you might think – Read more

    Maxwell’s Dynamic Super Resolution explored – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • NTMBK
    • 6 years ago

    Not listened to the podcast yet, but Hilton- don’t bother replacing your MoBo. Just buy a second hand Xeon L5639 from eBay (<$100) and overclock it. It’s a 32nm 6-core Xeon and it overclocks like a mofo.

    EDIT: Or a X5650 is also a popular choice right now. There’s a >60 page thread of people overclocking these chips over at Anandtech [url<][/url<]

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 6 years ago

    I’m sorry, but I am not impressed with the command prompt improvement. I moved to PowerShell about two years ago and have not looked back. I’m a Linux guy and have no problem saying I love it and the ISE more than BASH/Python, it’s that good.

    • appaws
    • 6 years ago

    Just wanted to make a quick post to let you guys know how much I look forward to the podcast.

    You are the best around, no doubt!

    • Cannonaire
    • 6 years ago

    Thank you for answering my question!

    That makes a lot of sense that the extra latency from AFR wouldn’t make much of a difference when you factor in other sources. Still, it’s good to know NVIDIA is working on other methods in order to make VR better, and those methods may affect other situations positively.

    • aberrero
    • 6 years ago

    I downloaded it through both the MP3 feed and the enhanced feed and in both cases I got last week’s episode 162. This is my first time trying the feeds, and I am using Overcast on iOS (which hasn’t given me issues before).

      • Cyril
      • 6 years ago

      Should be fixed now. Apologies.

    • TwoEars
    • 6 years ago

    Ohh, very nice. Thanks guys!

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