Hardware 23 - Socket to 'em

Posted on 9th May 2011 at 11:49 by Podcast with 5 comments

This week, Clive, Harry, Paul and Antony discuss Folding@home, going through what it's all about and what hardware you should be using to generate the most points per day.

Also on the agenda are some of our thoughts about factory-overclocked graphics cards. We discuss where in the market these provide real value, and when you’d be better of trading up to a better GPU altogether.

Harry also treats us all to a very long comprehensive run down of the current state of the SSD market, and what developments we can expect to see there over the next few months.

Finally, we take a look at AMD’s soon to be retired Phenom brand, and discuss what AMD got right and wrong with this chip-generation. We also take a look back at the conclusions we drew from our first experiences with Phenom-branded processors, and how our thoughts back then compare to our thoughts now.

Hardware 23 - Socket to 'em

As always, we've also set up our weekly competition, the lucky winner of which will walk away with a Speedlink Strike FX wireless gamepad. This gamepad is compatible with both the PC and PlayStation 3, and functions at distances of up to 10m.

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. Also, be sure to let us know your thoughts about the discussion in the forums.


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j_jay4 9th May 2011, 16:52 Quote
hip hip hooray for the SSD labs test coming up :)
Lamebot 9th May 2011, 20:40 Quote
Originally Posted by j_jay4
hip hip hooray for the SSD labs test coming up :)

It'd more likely be a online guide like the last one we did as there isn't likely to be much difference between drives with the same controller chip making a full CPC labs potentially a little dry.
WildThing 10th May 2011, 11:11 Quote
Another great podcast imo. Please don't edit out any SSD talk! I find SSD tech very interesting, and Harry is the SSD king!
wuyanxu 10th May 2011, 16:34 Quote
can't wait for the cool name competition :D

original Pentium had the maths problem.

speaking of fail processors, Netburst used in Pentium 4 are awful, very long pipeline with bad branch prediction. great retail success due to the Intel marketing machine, but they are huge fail in terms of performance/heat against AMD's Athlon, that is also when Athlon gained its name.

that is why Intel decided to go back to Pentium 3 architecture as base model for it's winning Core 2 Duo architecture and all that greatness followed.
runadumb 12th May 2011, 20:07 Quote
Needs more SSD's!!!

I hope Antony didn't say anything important/interesting as I couldn't hear him most of the time while listening in the car. Whenever I turned up the volume Clive tried to DESTROY MY SPEAKERS WITH HIS MASSIVE VOCALS!
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