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Hardware 29 – We are not Server Admins

Posted on 29th Nov 2011 at 08:00 by Podcast with 29 comments

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Now that both Intel and AMD have released their next-gen, super-fast processors, James, Clive, Paul and Antony gather in a dingy room to discuss the fall-out. We should stress that this isn’t a server room, so they’re still a bit disappointed by what amounts to a pair of server CPUs in consumer guise.

They discuss Intel’s Sandy Bridge E processor, naturally there’s also plenty of discussion about AMD’s FX-8150 and a bit about its Opteron counterpart. Listen in to see if whether the Bulldozer architecture is any better as a 16-core Opteron.

The chaps also talk about the new LGA2011 socket, which has some excellent additions such as the standard backplate and screw-holes. Mounting LGA2011 coolers is dead-easy (read Issue 101 of Custom PC to see which are worth buying and which will limit your overclocking).

Hardware 29 – We are not Server Admins Hardware 29 – we are not server admins
You need to cool the VRMs when overclocking
a Sandy Bridge E processor

However, the podcasters are a little concerned by the small space left for VRMs between the two banks of DDR3 memory sockets. We had to upgrade our thermal test rig to blow air across the VRM heatsink when testing LGA2011 coolers – we hope a motherboard manufacturer will invent a way to solve this, but considered the limited appeal of LGA2011, we’re not holding our breath.

As usual, we’ve also got a competition for you, with the staggeringly amazingly brilliant prize of an IDF 2011 rucksack (sold rather better this time than Clive manages in the pod itself). It might even be filled with goodies, depending on how generous we’re feeling. And yes, the question is about pins (there’s a clue). To enter, email podcast [at] custompc.co.uk.

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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scott_chegg 29th November 2011, 09:16 Quote
I'm a server admin. :-)
Hustler 29th November 2011, 10:26 Quote
I Cant download the MP3....'0' byte size file
Claave 29th November 2011, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
I Cant download the MP3....'0' byte size file

We were having some FTP issues last night, it looks like the file's there but we'll give the server shake, bash the side of it and threaten it with violence. Just give us ten minutes or so and try again.
Jamie 29th November 2011, 10:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
I Cant download the MP3....'0' byte size file

I've cleared our CDN cache as it might have been incorrectly cached somewhere. Please try again in a few minutes.
Hustler 29th November 2011, 10:40 Quote
The violence directed at the FTP worked..:))

Happily downloading now..
MaverickWill 29th November 2011, 12:45 Quote
Wewt! Back to business!

At the risk of over-stepping the line as a reader/listener, it wasn't that long ago that you guys said the podcasts may be suspended indefinitely. Are you in much of a position to let us know anything about the behind-the-scenes issues at this time?
Trefarm 29th November 2011, 12:47 Quote
Word from Our Sponser... that was a joke right?
GravitySmacked 29th November 2011, 13:36 Quote
Excellent, something decent to listen to on the way home from work tonight.
MaverickWill 29th November 2011, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Trefarm
Word from Our Sponser... that was a joke right?

Sadly, I don't think so.

I wouldn't have minded so much if Clive had done the pimping, but the generic female voice sounded a bit jarring. Also would have been nice to talk about a specific range of TT gear, as opposed to just "We are Thermaltake. Buy our stuff!". There's been some good reviews of the Overseer chassis, and the Frio works wonders for many people.

Needless to say, the advert's already been edited out on this end.
Sutura 29th November 2011, 14:20 Quote
Hardware podcaaaast!!! Kaboom baby! :) In rear with the gear. It's about time :D Thank you. I want to be part of the podcast, PM to me if you have something that can be done online :)
Claave 29th November 2011, 14:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by MaverickWill
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trefarm
Word from Our Sponser... that was a joke right?

Sadly, I don't think so.

I wouldn't have minded so much if Clive had done the pimping, but the generic female voice sounded a bit jarring. Also would have been nice to talk about a specific range of TT gear, as opposed to just "We are Thermaltake. Buy our stuff!". There's been some good reviews of the Overseer chassis, and the Frio works wonders for many people.

Needless to say, the advert's already been edited out on this end.

you want us to blur the boundary between editorial and advertising? Nope, not happening.
John_T 29th November 2011, 16:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by MaverickWill
[RE: Advertising in the podcasts]

Adapt to survive, I don't see a problem with it. If having adverts ensures the podcasts keep getting made, fine by me.

BTW, for James:

http://www.ebuyer.com/search?q=usb+to+ps2

Never chuck a good keyboard, even a yellowing beige one! :)
MaverickWill 29th November 2011, 17:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
you want us to blur the boundary between editorial and advertising? Nope, not happening.

Oh, I'm not necessarily saying that. More something along the lines of "This podcast was brought to you by our sponsors Thermaltake, so if you happen to buy a Frio online, tell them we sent you so we get more monies! Yay!"

Heck, even if you or one of the other guys read out the announcement verbatim, it'd be easier on the ears. The continuity in voices might help it sound more appropriate? Just a thought.
John_T 29th November 2011, 18:55 Quote
I can see what you're getting at, and doing it that way wouldn't infringe upon editorial impartiality (like the Shure microphones plug), but, I quite like the sound a woman's voice myself.

Just saying...
Trefarm 29th November 2011, 20:05 Quote
Just to clarify, I don't have a problem with the adverts.

Bit-tech's popularity is largely based upon how deeply contributors and staff interact with the community, maybe the financial types should consider 'Podcasts' to an aspect of this and not seek to monetize it, but that's an argument for another day.

If your going to have adverts at least try telling the companies involved they can't just give a script to the first girl they see and record what she says in one take.

It was soo amateurish I honestly though you were having a laugh and kept waiting for the punchline.
GravitySmacked 29th November 2011, 20:23 Quote
I have no problems with the advert, it was short and helps run the site.
Whindog 29th November 2011, 21:05 Quote
The add is fine....its only at the start and finish. Takes nothing away from the podcast whilst making sure we stil get podcast and Bit-Tech on a weekly (chuckle) and daily basis.

Keep up the good work guys.
javaman 1st December 2011, 09:24 Quote
I think we're not seeing more gpu's due to the increasing cost of manufacturing. Look how much trouble the current nodes have given especially in wasted wafers. Manufacturers need to recover some losses before trying to push boundries again. I also wouldn't be surprised if next gen consoles have take up some manufacturing space as well as AMD developing hardware for all the next gen. Both AMD and Nvidia are developing other products like tegra, Llano that not only take up space but other resources. Yes they probably have separate design teams but there's bound to be some overlap. I imagine the shareholders of AMD jumpy enough after bulldozer without the company trying to rush out another product just to meet an imaginary deadline.
Lizard 1st December 2011, 10:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by John_T
BTW, for James:

http://www.ebuyer.com/search?q=usb+to+ps2

Never chuck a good keyboard, even a yellowing beige one! :)

Thanks mate, have some rep :)
Claave 1st December 2011, 11:32 Quote
Paul is getting worried that no-one will win the amazing prize for this episode - listen very carefully to the question!

Hopefully those that have entered already with sarcastic 'the answer is obviously X' responses should have a d'oh! moment...
braincake 3rd December 2011, 13:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claave
Paul is getting worried that no-one will win the amazing prize for this episode - listen very carefully to the question!

Hopefully those that have entered already with sarcastic 'the answer is obviously X' responses should have a d'oh! moment...

now that is a sneaky question
Lockon Stratos 6th December 2011, 14:33 Quote
When do i claim my satchel??? :D Merry chistmas Bit-tech!!!
thehippoz 6th December 2011, 20:45 Quote
I'm kind of leaning towards doods voices.. and some prison lingo wouldn't hurt
TheDitherer 15th December 2011, 22:09 Quote
Oh, wow! I won a Corsair-branded bag. Thanks, guys!
TheDitherer 17th December 2011, 13:41 Quote
Who should I PM my address to?
cerbrus2 26th February 2012, 11:49 Quote
Any more podcast's coming or was this the last?
nuc13ar 3rd March 2012, 16:00 Quote
good point! guess i better go and download all of the old ones, before they remove them.
edit: consumer level cpus probably aren't making enough money for the companies these days? plus the consolification of PC games...
semiotic 10th March 2012, 12:32 Quote
I've been wondering if the podcasts will be coming back. Any news?
technogiant 6th April 2012, 10:36 Quote
^ yeah....please tell us either way if there's going to be anymore podcasts dudes.
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