The TR Podcast 166: Reader questions, Asus answers, and our mobile recs

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: November 26, 2014
Duration: 1:26:20

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

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

Special Guests: JJ from Asus and Jeff Kampman

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Show notes

It’s a power-packed episode we’ve put together for your listening pleasure. We introduce two guests, JJ from Asus and our own Jeff Kampman, and discuss a wide variety listener questions, news and reviews—including the woes of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Corsair’s Carbide Series Air 240 case, and more.

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

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Listener mail:

K80? – from Philip-John:

“Now that we have seen the GM210 in the Tesla K80, when do you think we will see it in a consumer graphics card? Will they initially fill demand for the K80 and then in about 6 months time transition it to the consumer market?”

Sub $300 peripherals? – from Peter:

“Hey TR Team (and Mr. No BBQ for Vancouver aka Geoff Gasior)

I enjoyed reading your TR August peripheral staff picks article but noticed that the cheapest monitor you picked out was barely sub $400.00 . Any chance we could see some staff picks in the future that (or a similar article) for those of us who can’t drop $400.00 plus tax (and likely shipping) on a monitor?”

Tech discussion:

  • Reports: Assassin’s Creed Unity is a glitchy performance hog – Read more

    Corsair’s Carbide Series Air 240 reviewed – Read more

    TR’s November 2014 mobile staff picks – Read more

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

Comments closed
    • d0g_p00p
    • 5 years ago

    Scott what was the name of that Android game you were talking about with the Asus rep? Thanks in advance.

    • Geonerd
    • 5 years ago

    A little disappointed that you guys let JJ skate away with a hand-waving non-answer to the question about the extra pins Asus added to their X99 ‘OC socket.’ Hiding behind the ‘It’s proprietary’ line is little more than an excuse to not tell the customer anything substantive. (Buzzwords and hype are apparently easier to spew, and work much better at swaying the masses.) Looking at the ASUS page “Extra pins, extra performance!” it looks like the pads are extra power and ground contacts. Why not just say so, JJ? This can’t be rocket science, and it’s not like Asus’ competitors, MSI, Gigabyte, etc., are going to have any trouble dissecting their little hack.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 5 years ago

      If it’s proprietary, he’s not going to answer any follow-up questions, either. Obviously they don’t want Gigabyte or MSI or whoever to know what they’re doing so they’re going to be tight-lipped. Better to let it go than waste so much time asking the same question over and over and not getting an answer. They’ve never answered that question so it’s reasonable to assume they’re not going to answer it now.

    • The Dark One
    • 5 years ago

    The guy in Vancouver and the guy in New York competing over who has the smallest, most cramped apartment. 😛

      • d0g_p00p
      • 5 years ago

      You should see prices in the Bay Area in California. I have a studio so small that I cannot even have a couch and table for my guests they sit on my fold-able futon bed/couch, Monthly rent : $1650.
      Granted I live a few blocks away from UCB (so it’s prime real estate for students) but yeah the housing market is completely bonkers here, New York, Vancouver and other places that I am not familiar with in big cities with overpriced housing.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 5 years ago

    [quote<] [i<]Now that we have seen the GM210 in the Tesla K80[/i<] [/quote<] I guess this was answered in the podcast, but the K80 got G[b<]K[/b<]210. Even I had got confused when the initial announcement was made.

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