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Hardware Podcast 7 - this time it's loud!

Posted on 23rd Oct 2009 at 17:37 by Podcast with 11 comments

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First off, apologies for not getting this up yesterday, and for it being so quiet the first time - the podcast fairy has been pretty slack this week. This is the seventh hardware podcast, and Rich, Harry and Tim are joined by Asus bod Iain Bristow. If any other manufacturers would like to join us for pod, please let us know and we'll try to organise it. Up for discussion are:

Sorry, that was a bit sneaky for you RSS people! Anyway, the chaps talked about such diverse topics as Kingston being the largest memory manufacturer, to Microsoft's iPod-killer, the Zune HD and AMD's latest quad-core CPU, the £80 Athlon II X4 620. This CPU might be cheap, but it's got no L3 cache, so is it actually worth getting? Listen in to find out!

Also talked about are the Western Digital TV HD and Xtreamer. Either of these two boxes will stream HD video and music, so Harry wonders if we even need big, noisy media PCs any more.

There's some discussion about whether Windows 7 and the DirectCompute component of DirectX 11 will mean that the GPU becomes the most important piece of silicon in your PC.

Also, apologies to Allan Barbour for trying to call him Allan Balboer or something. Maybe next time we should print a script rather than just scribble some notes on the back of a press release. Anyway, well done Allan for correctly guessing that we described a Sega Dreamcast last episode. Allan's won himself a copy of Zeno Clash, and if you can identify what hardware the guys talk about, you can bag yourself a new mystery prize... OOOooO!

Check the links below to see how to listen in!

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deltaworld 23rd October 2009, 17:53 Quote
Your podcast naming schemes sounds like the ever confusing nvidia naming schemes.
Jamie 23rd October 2009, 17:55 Quote
The podcast is so quiet!
-VK- 23rd October 2009, 18:02 Quote
Turn the volume up :D
Yoy0YO 23rd October 2009, 18:08 Quote
hardware ep 7 with talk about windows 7 ehh?
Claave 23rd October 2009, 18:17 Quote
Dammit Podcast fairy, get your act together!

She's sorting something out now... Or she'd better be, anyway!
Jamie 23rd October 2009, 18:48 Quote
Much better, thanks!
Cupboard 24th October 2009, 14:01 Quote
Good podcast IMO. It would be helpful if you were to write down the email address somewhere, I missed it and it was difficult to find again!
And did you want the title to be Episode 7, or Episode 7: Hardware Podcast?
I loved the extra little sound effects you added to cover stuff up :D
Bindibadgi 24th October 2009, 14:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cupboard
Good podcast IMO. It would be helpful if you were to write down the email address somewhere, I missed it and it was difficult to find again!
And did you want the title to be Episode 7, or Episode 7: Hardware Podcast?
I loved the extra little sound effects you added to cover stuff up :D

podcast@ custompc .co .uk ?
wuyanxu 24th October 2009, 14:19 Quote
loved this podcast, especially the part about Dx11, feels very informative.

but i wonder how do you break a graphics card by just taking off the cooler? it's not like you took off the GPU and then soldiered it back on.

about Zune HD and windows 7, the library is seen as a folder with sub folders being the included folders.
Ola.l 26th October 2009, 11:11 Quote
I liked this podcast aswell, though to me it seemed like you did digress a lot this time. I. Lost. The. Thread, when that did happen ;)
Cupboard 27th October 2009, 01:37 Quote
@Bindi: yes I did get there eventually :D
But thanks for responding though!
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