Podcast #227 - Golden Z77 Motherboard from ECS, High Powered WiFi from Amped Wireless, Supercomputing GPUs and more!

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2012 - 02:10 PM |
Tagged: titan, thor, tesla, s1000, podcast, nvidia, k20x, Intel, golden board, firepro, ECS, dust, Amped Wireless, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #227 - 11/15/2012

Join us this week as we talk about a Golden Z77 Motherboard from ECS, High Powered WiFi from Amped Wireless, Supercomputing GPUs and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!

Program length: 1:07:04

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Join us for the Hitman: Absolution Game Stream
  2. Week in Reviews:
    1. 0:02:00 ECS Z77H2-AX Golden Board Motherboard
    2. 0:07:00 Amped Wireless R20000G Router and Adapter
    3. 0:12:20 Intel says USB 3.0 and 2.4 GHz don't get along
  3. 0:18:00 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!
  4. News items of interest:
    1. 0:19:00 A renaissance of game types that have been sadly missing
    2. 0:24:00 You missed our live Medal of Honor Game Stream - loser!
    3. 0:26:12 NVIDIA launches Tesla K20X Card, Powers Titan Supercomputer
    4. 0:30:15 AMD Launches Dual Tahiti FirePro S10000
    5. 0:38:00 Some guy leaves Microsoft - is the Start Menu on its way back??
    6. 0:41:40 AMD is apparently not for sale
    7. 0:46:05 ECS joins the Thunderbolt family with a new Z77 motherboard
  5. Closing:
    1. 0:54:00 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
      1. Ryan: Corsair Hydro Series H60 for $75
      2. Jeremy: Form over function or vice versa?
      3. Josh: A foundation worth donating to
      4. Allyn: ArmorSuit Military Shields
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  4. Closing/outro

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November 15, 2012 | 04:22 PM - Posted by razor512

To find the transmit power of your router, look for the FCC ID of the router, you can use that info to look up the transmit power. (600mw is nothing special since many routers are within that range now. (most commonly 350-500mw

They also provide graphs of the noise and for most wifi radios, they don't start pushign noise that degrades the signal quality until you start getting close to around 800mw

To find the highest stable transmit power, you need to look at the amplifiers of the wifi radio and then look for the datasheet which will give you an idea of what the max transmit power it was designed to handle.

For many smartphones, your transmit power will be around 25-50mw. (you can check the designed transmit power by looking at the chip model and finding a data sheet. (though that ma not be the true power you get as many companies will run the wifi radios at a lower transmit power to save battery.)

For my WNDR3700 was able almost double my performance at a long range by opening it up, then drilling some 0.25 inch holes and adding a few U.fl to RP-sma connectors then installing external 5dbi antennas. (and I didn't even boost the transmit power)

I feel that the biggest thing that is wrong with newer routers, is the use of internal PCB antennas.

November 15, 2012 | 05:06 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Hey man, thanks for the comment!!

November 15, 2012 | 04:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

FirePro S10000 is "only" a two 8 pins power connectors card.

November 15, 2012 | 05:07 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Thanks, noted.

November 15, 2012 | 06:00 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

Haha, that 'ADS' man, what the hell I don't even...

November 15, 2012 | 07:27 PM - Posted by Thedarklord

I forgot to ask after the Podcast, is PCPer still working on a possible write up on a "hackntosh" setup?

November 16, 2012 | 03:30 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

Great podcast as always, especially when tuning in live , its lot of fun and informative.

The part that Ryan twitted out was freaking hilarious, I had tears coming out , It was epic!

November 19, 2012 | 03:45 PM - Posted by YTech (not verified)

Is the ArmorSuit Military Shield the same as the Zag Protector Shield (advertised as Military Grade)?

If so, long-term, it collects grim/lint around seams and edges and looks disgusting. If the area is humid (air/palm of hand), it slowly slips/slide, then becomes gummy. Then, good luck cleaning it and re-applying it.

Short-term, it's great (2-4 months), but long-term, it's not worth it.

I'd prefer to try the nail polish liquid paint product (don't remember the real product name). Or other variants.

November 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Even Clippy the paperclip finds the windows 8 metro/modern UI irritating! Clippy, " sometmes the Metro/modern UI just pops up for no particular reason like now when I am trying to use the desktop!"

December 3, 2012 | 10:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Fan of Dungeon Keeper, Evil Genius or Overlord? - support War for the Overworld http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/subterraneangames/war-for-the-overworld

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