Episode 5 of the CPC and bit-tech Podcast
In keeping with our new strategy of rotating podcast topics, after last week's look at gaming, this week we're talking hardware. Clive, James, Mark and Harry took a break from testing Lynnfield
and SSDs to talk about the important happenings in the world of technology.
For the labs test in the most recent issue of Custom PC, James and Antony tested 47 different case fans, and the podcast starts off with some discussion about how you actually go about testing the humble case fan. Then it's on to Nvidia's single-PCB GeForce GTX 295
, and of course, a general discussion about how the company is fairing these days, something Tim covered in his recent feature on Nvidia's future
The panel also take the time to go over the moribund selection of Core i5, LGA 1156 coolers
we reviewed recently. The fastest Phenom II we've ever seen, the X4 965 Black Edition
also comes up for discussion. By default it's clocked at 3.4GHz, with 1.4v sizzling through it, compared to Intel's similarly clocked CPUs which can make do with 1.1v. Impressive stuff, especially when you consider that it's under £200, but why have they bothered - is it for overclockers? Is it really that fast? Is it just the last gasp of Phenom II?
Listen carefully and you can also win a copy of Zeno Clash
by guessing the game music we play, as well. Plus, the team attempt some spectacularly rubbish Irish accents.
Episodes are provided as MP3s, and you can download the files themselves, or subscribe to the podcast - either in iTunes, or in any other podcast program, feedreader or browser which supports RSS.
Alternatively, if you prefer or have missed out on the old style of podcast then you can catch up with the old-fashioned CPC and bit-tech
episodes using the links below.
- Series 3, Episode 1 - GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890, as well as the Radeon HD 4770.
- Series 3, Episode 1 Extra - The energy-drink-roundup and reality of caffeine addiction.
- Series 3, Episode 2 - Intel is fined £948 million, plus Duke Nukem Forever becomes Duke Nukem Never.
- Series 3, Episode 3 – Chrome OS, Monkey Island, Intel Branding and Joe’s Mum.
- Series 3, Episode 4 - A gaming podcast, featuring 50 Cent in Modern Warfare 2 and Raging on the PS3.
We'd like to thank Shure
for supplying microphones for us to use to record these podcasts. The podcast also features music from Brad Sucks
. Let us know your thoughts on the podcast in the forums