No BS Podcast #221: R9 295X2, Enhanced DX11 Drivers and Haswell-E

18

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

btdog

Thanks, Josh, for all you've done at MPC and specifically with the podcast. Prior to you signing on the podcast had fallen into disarray and it would be months between new episodes. While I would always love to have more podcasts, you tried to keep a relatively steady 2 week routine and it was greatly appreciated.

And best of luck with you endeavor. When you think about it, it's a pretty nice position to be in when you have two jobs you enjoy and you have to choose one.

And congrats to Gordon though he was always EIC in my mind. Please keep up the good work and podcast.

avatar

Bustout

Thanks for answering my questions. One thing that I would like to still know about my setup is how much more GPU power am I using up with my BenQ XL2420T when I play games in 3D.

avatar

joshnorem

You are welcome. Can you clarify your question more? What exactly do you want to know? 

avatar

gc

@joshnorem

who's gonna keep the other guys on topic during the podcast? >.<

seriously, thank you for sharing your passion in computer tech during the past 10++ years.

but its really awesome you're putting more attention on photo. visited your site and enjoyed the captures a lot and I not even a pet person.

GL Bro

avatar

joshnorem

Thanks GC! It's been a lot of fun, but I'm sure the podcast (and the magazine) will be pretty awesome still :)

avatar

praetor_alpha

Wow, this sounded so different with Gordon hosting.

For triple monitors, I've been playing Borderlands 2 on 3 24"-ers (5760x1200) on a single GTX 680. With some tweaking, I've been at 60 FPS most of the time.

Nice on being EIC, Gordon. Back when the podcasts started in 2006, I wondered what would happen first: Gordon being MaxPC EIC, or DJ Stapleton being PCG EIC. Good job winning that one. Don't let it go to your head and leave after a few months!

avatar

Upyourbucket

First Katherine(crafting)respectively, now Josh(pet photos) respectively...

Take care Josh. Will miss you in the audio/video podcasts. You were always upbeat and your passion for all things technology showed when you spoke.

I hope Gordon isn't next. Who knows what Gordon's future holds? Apple computers PR guy? Windows charms bar tutor? Star Wars sequel writer? Stay put Gordon.

avatar

joshnorem

Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it! I will miss the podcast and the magazine too.

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

The Furrtograper.com

I thought you were joking at first but those are really good photo's

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

I meant Furrtographer

avatar

joshnorem

Thanks :)

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

Is there a market for Video cards without the heavy compute capability and graphics processing power?

Cards that can do 4K Video playback @ 60 - 120Hz at minimal power consumption for around $100?

I'd like to see some cards that are NOT for gaming or heavy number crunching and don't use 500 Watts of power or cost over $1000

Would you ever consider such a card to upgrade an older machine?

I would think there would be a market for a card that concentrates on just max rez at lowest power ratings without the gaming potential or cost associated with the current crop of cards

A card just for 4K consumption without the processing power?

or am I wrong again?

I wouldn't mind one for an older box that is not used for gaming or serious graphical processing but for just watching 4K - 3D Movies and such

avatar

vrmlbasic

Aren't all ~$100 discrete GPUs capable of these things?

Even if the Intel iGPU can do these things, and I have my doubts, as MPC found out the hard way you have to make sure that your intel motherboard supports these features. That there exists an intel board w/o DL-DVI doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that there will be budget Intel boards with "super" HDMI or DP in the future.

http://www.maximumpc.com/build_cheap_haswell_PC_2014?page=0,1

avatar

JosephColt

Sub $100 dollar discrete graphics cards are capable of these things, but with integrated you can have a small package to fill your needs for non-gaming/non-computational tasks.

DL-DVI going away is fine with me since it can only do 3,840 × 2,400 @ 33 Hz when DP 1.3 and HDMI 2.0 offers much more, and easier to plug in. DP is the way to go now, we don't need DVI anymore.

avatar

JosephColt

I didn't listen to the podcast yet, but Intel integrated graphics is what you're thinking about. Unless your need computational power, or a gaming card, integrated will handle 4k movies easily.

HDMI was updated to 2.0, and will support 4k at 60hz if I remember correctly.

Display port will soon be updated to 1.3 this year and support 8k or two 4k streams too which will nullify the need for a MST(Multi Stream Transport) to get 4k.

4K will be semi-standard within the next 4 years. Give it a year and then grab an Intel HD5000 enabled processor, or similar, with Display port v1.3. There should be better 4k monitor or TV choices by then as well.

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

That's.....just.....Wow!

I figured integrated graphics would scream in pain as it struggled to maintain 0.3 frames a second with any output at that rez

Correct me if I'm wrong but, don't the specs for HDMI and Display Port "allow" up to those resolutions and frequencies regardless of what the graphics hardware can actually support?

Or is graphics hardware irrelevant when outputting digital content?

avatar

JosephColt

They should now, especially with Display Port 1.3 soon to provide 32.4 Gbit/s (8.1Gbit's per lane).

Haswell 4200+ and Iris can support 30hz/4k easily, but HD5000 processors should be 4k/60hz capable with Display Port 1.2(3840 × 2160 × 30 bpp @ 60 Hz).

Let me also add in this which is pretty neat device, but expensive:
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/13/intels-haswell-core-i5-nuc-overclocking-hd5000/

avatar

Bullwinkle J Moose

Thanks