12: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - February 28, 2011

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Building a PC, HotHardware and This Old Nerd StyleIn this latest episode of Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the upcoming OCZ Vertex 3 solid state drive based on SandForce’s SF-2000 series controller, the AMD Fusion-based Lenovo ThinkPad X120e ultraportable, Apple’s new Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Pros with Intel’s new ThunderBolt interconnect technology, and AMD’s recent disclosures regarding their upcoming 8-Core Bulldozer-based processors. We also pepper in a few reader questions and plug our current system giveaway, which is in its final days...


Show Notes:
00:49 – OCZ Vertex 3 SF-2000 based SSD
03:55 – Lenovo ThinkPad x120e AMD Fusion Based Ultraportable
06:50 – Apple’s new Macbook Pros with Sandy Bridge and Intel ThunderBolt Technology
10:48 – AMD Discloses More Detailed Regarding Bulldozer 8-Core Processors
14:03 - Chillin' Out With The HH Community Sweepstakes!

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coolice replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 3:59 PM

-FANTABULOUS!

-I dont get it.... the standard vertex 3 performace did better than the pro??? Waaahh, mind blowing!

-Yep, AMD really upped the scale on zacate, outperforming ion and all, that’s great.!

-Thunderbolt… YEAA I’m psyched about using the external features… like portable external gpu card? Oh man, that would be AWESOME!

-Annd Thank you Iyaz for bringing up my question and Dave for answering it! Now the wait begins! Oh maaannnn, I have to wait till Junne!!

-And Marco, ya killin me, Ya killin me, when can we get to see those pics.

-Oo, Iyaz, how are you liking your desktop?

-More like Ethernet LOL. Oh holy gods of Ethernet, help thyself stream some moving pictures across 30 feet of wood and concrete

Oo and voice sync issues were fixed. it sounded as if the voice recording was clarified when each individual person talked! can someone say,... Noice!

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Inspector replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 4:23 PM

LOL fruit company :P

thanks for those round up :)

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Like Iyaz, I'm also a Video Geek, the ThunderBolt interface is going to have a big impact next year, when Video and DSLR Cameras are outfitted with Light-peak connections, meaning no more having to invest in an expensive SDI solution, and at the same time not be limited in resolution, band-with, budget and costly setups.

I would be able to be on location, capture uncompressed video to my Thunderbolt enabled Laptop, and at the same time, make a quick back up to an external HD, saving me time and getting me ahead of schedule in a project. Thumbs Up.

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CDeeter replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 7:30 PM

Great job as always guys!

I liked that you included member questions from the article comments.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 9:53 PM

hahah! nice work

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Marco C replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 10:14 PM

Whoa! I'm a giant Italian from New York and you have me biting my pizza from the side with the slice unfolded? Shame on you, Sammy. Shame on you.

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Papapak replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 10:24 PM

great job guys, i love watching this and get to know new products :D!!!

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coolice replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 10:51 PM

You are a mans man sammy, i salute you! and Come on Marco! we all know new york pizzas the best no? but then what does a canuck like me know about pizza

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 11:06 PM

Great as always guys, I am used to these by now, always seems to be great coverage. That Vertex 3 standard Vs/ Pro was exactly the first thing I had noticed and commented on when you got the standard benches up. That is absolutely amazing at $249 to me. One of those in a laptop or a desktop would be like adding an easy grand (Cash/performance spectrum) performance wise at least.

As for the AMD news I am very happy to see it looking like the sleeping monster may wake. I am not saying any of the other processor's they've released are nothing, but they were always second class gear. Although on a value build they worked wonders period, you always knew the Intel was going to wipe with them generally. So I am glad to see AMD supposedly coming out the door with some bigger guns, of course we still have to wait and see, but I am glad to hear it's coming. That's also not to mention the Zacate/Fusion chips either they seem to really be firing on all cylinders.

As for The Intel Lightpeak/Thunderbolt equipment and them making a impact on the market I would say it looks like they will. USB3 has been out for a bit now, and while there are boards with USB3 and some peripherals etc it has been slow compared to what I am seeing with Lightpeak. They already seem to have several different hardware producers dropping things to the market. As far as it goes USB3 seems to just now beginning to be a standard on motherboards which of course really makes little sense to me, but is either way the truth.

Well we got a contest ending in I think about an hour which I am anxious to see who wins. This rig looks very nice all the way around kind of like 2n1/2 Geeks does.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 11:15 PM

Yeah, that's totally unauthentic form there. I'm from Boston and the pie has to be folded and chomped down on from front to back. That side chew stuff looks like some sort of earthy, crunchy, foo-foo California style of consumption. No way maaaan... no way.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 11:16 PM

I love that group. Can I be Earth? Earth rocks... Iyaz has to be wind cuz I don't think Marco would be ok with being wind.

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Inspector replied on Mon, Feb 28 2011 11:31 PM

LOL, i just love how we every topic can get this off... well topic :P But ya, pizza has to bee eating the New York way! I have never seen anyone eat it from the side though D:

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Mar 1 2011 12:06 PM

LOL too funny!

Iyaz looks like he wants a slice...

and Dave looks like he was left out..lol

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