Podcast #232 - Our picks for Best Products of 2012!

Subject: General Tech | December 27, 2012 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: video, ssd, podcast, picks of the year, memory, gpu, editors choice, cpu, case, best of the year

PC Perspective Podcast #232 - 12/27/2012

Join us this week as we discuss our picks for Best Products of 2012!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano and Scott Michaud

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!

Program length: 1:40:13

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Welcome to our Best Of 2012 Episode!
  2. Rules explanation: there are no rules!!
  3. 0:07:30 Best CPU
    1. AMD Trinity A10 APU
    2. Intel Core i7-3770K
    3. Intel Ultrabook mobile CPU
    4. Qualcomm Krait Mobile CPU
  4. 0:20:00 Best Motherboard
    1. MSI Z77 MPower
    2. ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
    3. ASUS Z77 Mini ITX
    4. EVGA dual Xeon board
    5. Asus Crosshair Formula Z
  5. 0:31:20 Best GPU
    1. GeForce GTX 680 2GB
    2. GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
    3. Radeon HD 7970 3GB
    4. Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  6. 0:44:00 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!
  7.  0:45:00 Best Storage
    1. Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    2. OCZ Vector SSD
    3. WD Red HDD
    4. WD 4TB Enterprise
  8. 1:05:00 Best Case
    1. Corsair Carbide 300R
    2. Corsair Obsidian 550D
    3. Cooler Master Cosmos II
    4. Mineral Oil Case
  9. 1:12:00 Best Price Drop
    1. SSDs
    2. AMD Radeon 7000 GPUs
    3. Good IPS displays ($199 - $400)
    4. 2560x1440 27-in panels
    5. System Memory
  10. 1:22:00 Best Newly Popular Technology
    1. Thunderbolt
    2. High-res monitors (Korean or otherwise)
    3. Cherry style keyboards
    4. Mini ITX Motherboards
    5. Touch screen?
  11. 1:35:00 Best Lenovo Laptop on my Desk
    1. Thinkpad Twist
    2. Thinkpad X1 Carbon
    3. Thinkpad X230
    4. Yoga 13
  12. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
  13. http://pcper.com/podcast
  14. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  15. Closing/outro

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December 27, 2012 | 04:41 PM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Ill be honest, this is the best podcast out there in my opinion and I listen to em all. Anan dosen't do his enough, you guys toss around the actual hardware discussion like NOBODY does and its not even like its that tough, on the video podcast when you guys pull out actual hardware its like nerd porn lol, everybodys dynamic works, that's the key, you guys know how to actually speak and have real conversations that other people, other podcasts feel pieced together, you guys feel organic.

The reason this all came about is because I watched the podcast and was the best "year" review I'v listened to/watched because I didn't even know I was listening to a "year" episode, was the normal podcast, no matter what the theme of the show is or the goal, it just works. Keep it up, you guys give us all info and entertainment.

December 28, 2012 | 02:53 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Hey, thank *you* for watching! This is why we do it.

December 27, 2012 | 07:56 PM - Posted by BoseEinstein

Enjoyed the show! Being new at this, I felt SSD's were the story of the year, by SSD's becoming more affordable and thus more mainstream. The price of memory today is amazing. Thanks guys for a great show!

December 27, 2012 | 08:14 PM - Posted by ThorAxe

Awesome podcast as always and my favourite tech podcast. TWICH is great too.

I only have one bone to pick and that is your GPU choice. I am no fanboy, I have 2x HD6870s and 2 GTX 680s. I am not sure if you are aware of the micro stutter problems inherent in the 7xxx series cards as illustrated by the TechReport, it is a deal breaker to me. I'd rather have smoother frame rates over troughs and spikes, of course that is just my opinion. :)

December 27, 2012 | 08:46 PM - Posted by HrcoFromOs

Great podcast,really enjoyed!

December 27, 2012 | 08:51 PM - Posted by Chefbenito (not verified)

happy holidays to you all! Another fine year in hardware coverage. I know it's newer and uses a little less power but for high end gaming pc's (where one could almost assume some over clocking) the much matured revisions of the 2600k and 2700k CPU's will almost always beat a 3770k at best oc. Due to the thermal limits, vcore limits and power hungry nature (compared to IB) of these SB i7 parts they are IMHO a better choice for best CPU. The ivy bridge parts cost more and tend to oc not as well and thus, come in 2nd for the best i7 for a gaming build. I'll humbly point to the current [H]ard test system for benchmarking games and testing image quality- which uses a z77 mono paired w a heavily oc'd 2600k. I promise I'm not playing favorites because my 2600k will do 5.2ghz+ on air @ 1.5vcore. In fact most b3/c2 revisions tend to have this same potential. Thanks again for another great years guys!

December 27, 2012 | 10:10 PM - Posted by king

Nice podcast, hehe, Josh ROCK!!
tnx Ryan

December 29, 2012 | 01:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Other point on why REDs maybe fail more could be that people use them in desktop or software raid without TLER support.

REDs are meant to be used in a hardware raid environment, and not meant for the desktop or software raid, the wrong use of the drives will give a lot of problems over time i think.

December 29, 2012 | 06:00 PM - Posted by ezjohny

Nice Podcast, very educational. AMD should get there technology up and better than it is because I've been reading some reviews that show AMD is going down!!!

When is AMD going to bring out a processor for the 2011 socket!

P.S AMD Compete, I'm a PC gamer!

February 5, 2013 | 03:22 PM - Posted by James Lacy Kamuf (not verified)

This video stops at the approx. 11 min mark; I would really like to watch it, and it doesn't play correctly.

Just wanted to let someone know that this video isn't working properly. I would really like to have watched this video.

Jimmy Kamuf

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