Hardware 18 - 46 Different Flavours

Posted on 5th Feb 2011 at 12:53 by Podcast with 10 comments

This week's hardware podcast involves Paul, Harry, Clive and Antony and starts out on a fairly serious note as we talk about the current problems surrounding Intel's P67 and H67 chipsets. We offer advice to those of you who've purchased an affected board and discuss what those of you who are in the market for an upgrade should be doing.

Harry then fills us in on the latest happenings from the labs while also giving a sneak peak on what he's been testing for the last couple of days. It’s worth having a listen if you’ve got your eye on a new graphics card purchase sometime soon.

Hardware 18 - 46 Different Flavours Hardware 18 - Available in 47 Different Flavours

We also set our usual Guess the Hardware competition, with a limited edition Steel Series Starcraft II mouse mat and a 13in Brenthaven laptop case up for grabs. All you have to do is identify the piece of hardware that we describe and email your answer to

As ever, the bit-tech hardware podcast features music by Brad Sucks and was recorded on Shure microphones. You can download the podcast direct, listen in-browser or subscribe through iTunes using the links below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the forums.


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CDomville 5th February 2011, 13:56 Quote
Dyspraxia (of which I have a mild form) is a motor control problem, not a mathematical problem. The ACTUAL term you're looking for is dyscalculia, derived from calculus.

With that out of the way....

I'm going to be taking up the offer of buying now and replace it in May. I have to take the risk, as I'm a student, and currently haven't got a machine as it's slowly died. I'm OK with the replacement timeframe, as the time of RMA will be when I am at home for Easter. For legal cases,. I will be print screening the press release on the day of my purchase, but that's me being paranoid.

In addition, now that GB has released this utility I'll test (assuming it's reliable) and RMA at some point to reduce risk.
maximus09 5th February 2011, 14:10 Quote
not up on itunes yet? does this take longer than the others?
Material 5th February 2011, 14:51 Quote
It's up now. It always seems to take ten or fifteen mins from when the article goes live for it to be registered by iTunes.
Naphtha 5th February 2011, 16:02 Quote
Good podcast guys, and TY for the headset!
WildThing 5th February 2011, 19:39 Quote
Great podcast.


I ain't been playing no Sims fool!!!
wuyanxu 5th February 2011, 20:14 Quote
thanks for the compliments :D

the Lucid guys who made Hydra multi-GPU chip had managed to enable Quick-sync encoding offload on H67 motherboard. imagine if they manage to enable it on Z67 motherboard and nvidia also enable Optimus on it. 50w idling gaming rig!

that's why i am really looking forward to this. possibility of totally awesome overclocked machines with low power consumption by using existing laptop technologies. the possibility is there, unlike H67/P67.
Tokukachi 5th February 2011, 21:09 Quote
My dad's after a Z67 chipset mobo, simply because while hes fine with the Sandy bridge level of integrated graphics, Intel decided to put the good version only on the k series??

And if you've forking out extra money for a k series chip, well than you might as well overclock it.
SoulRider 6th February 2011, 10:04 Quote
Maybe 570 chips don't overclock so well as they are chips that don't meet 580 requirements and then have features disabled to cut them down to 570 levels?
oasked 6th February 2011, 19:24 Quote
Entertaining podcast as usual, good work folks!

Having said that, you guys really need to work on your audio setup - the volume of the people talking was all over the place - especially as some people seemed a lot closer to the microphones than others - it makes it difficult to hear sometimes unless you really turn the volume up! :)
Publ!c Enemy 7th February 2011, 17:39 Quote
^ and if you do turn the volume up Harry shouts in you ear and deafens you:)
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