Hey everyone just posting a quick note. Due to a combination of health reasons and a couple of unplanned business trips Doug and I have decided to not do a new show for this weekend or next. We have been fighting this ands up until just moments ago our plans where to make this happen but in the end we decided that show quality was to important for us to rush something out for you.
With this in mind the next show we will do will air the weekend of November 23rd and will be our first show for our holiday giveaway.
I cannot tell you how much this decision is eating at me. Yes I know it is just a couple of weeks but you, our listeners mean a great deal to me and I hate let anyone down. I ask your patience with this and promise we will make this up to you with the Holiday giveaway…
Thank to all of your for your support and patience.
Well the time has come. I need a couple of weeks to recharge and get some new material together. It seems I have a half a dozen projects working right now and all of them are partially finished. With this in mind I am taking two weeks off the blog entries to work through these projects and get proper write-ups done. The show itself will continue as it is without a break for right now.
During this time of catching up, it would be great to hear from our listeners with show ideas. Things you want to hear more about, or even stuff you want us to talk about less. Drop us an email; email@example.com and we will look these suggestions.
In the meantime I am going to take this weekend and play some games, let the batteries recharge a bit. Next weekend I am in Van Wert, Ohio for the LANOC event and then 100% back to the grind stone. So keep watching the Facebook page for show notes and updates as well as listen to the show each week and I will see you back here on the blog in two weeks.
Our Golden Mic Awards awards for 2013 are now posted, click the link at the top of the page to check them out.
Special congratulations to our return winners, the Deck Legend, Corsair Vengeance 1500 and Thermaltake TR2 600 Watt PSU. Of course congratulations to all our other winners as well. We would like to thank all the companies that have supported the show this last year by sending us product we can review for our listeners and look forward to telling you about amazing new products over the next year.
Also in interest of full disclosure the category of Video Cards has been removed from our Golden Mic Awards. My position at Sapphire creates the potential for the appearance of a bias. The integrity of our show is paramount to Doug and myself and after much deliberation we thought it best to remove the category. While we have no doubt we could maintain our objectivity the fact remains that any choices or decisions made might be taken in the wrong light and thus create the impression of bias on our part in one form or another. With this in mind we felt this move was the best way to protect the shows integrity.
If you agree or disagree with any of our choices for the Golden Mic we would love to hear from you, send us you comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hey everyone, I am in the final stages of getting ready for our 2nd Golden Mic Awards next week so I am swamped. With that in mind we will not be doing a blog post this week. However be sure to tune in next week for the Golden Mic Awards.
I am sitting here this morning beginning the weekend and looking around the lab. I have computer cases, everywhere, motherboards, power supplies and more. I am still knee deep in our build a PC series as I test, retest and then tweak and test again various build ideas and components. Add to this our field trip out to Cyber Security Day and you get the idea, my weekend is full. This however has had an unintended side effect, my brain is overflwoing with ideas to put on the blog and I cannot get a clear article put together, just to many ideas.
With that in mind this week I am going to skip a blog entry and concentrate on the work. However I promise next week we will have a blog entry for you plus a lot of cool stuff on the show. Until then, where the crap did my screw driver go?
Just a reminder that there is a weekend edition of Computer Ed Radio this week but there will be no Digital Briefs post today. Also there will be no blog article this weekend for the show but next weekend things return to normal. Also a heads up that on the weekend edition of Computer Ed Radio this week we will have our first in 4 weeks of our Holiday Giveaway. Be sure to check out the weekend edition to find out what is up for grabs and who we interviewed.
If you cannot hear Computer Ed Radio locally be sure to contact your local NPR or community radio station and let them know they can get Computer Ed Radio at the Public Radio Exchange. You can also hear our weekend edition every Monday here on the blog.
Be sure to check out the contest rules link on the right to find out how you can win.
See you next week.
Well it has taken most of the year but nVidia has finally given us the complete Kepler lineup of GPUs with the release of the GTX 650Ti. Our look at the GTX650TI is a reference card provided by nVidia, this is the baseline that various companies will work from to release their models of this video card. The base design comes with a very simple cooler, 1 gig of memory and 2xDVI and an HDMI connection. This is a basic budget gaming card, the target price for this series is around $140. This places it squarely between the GTX 650 and the GTX 660 cards.
The original target for this card was aimed to be in direct competition with the HD 7770 but recent price drops have put that card at a slightly lower price. Further price cuts have moved the 7850 to within striking distance of that price point and has changed the dynamic of this cards launch.
The $140 price point places the GTX 650Ti squarely in the mainstream card segment and at the upper end of the budget gaming card range. This is shown in the breakdown of the nVidia GTX 600 series cards. In our review of the GTX 650 we referred to that card as a gateway gaming card. The GTX 650Ti is a step up in gaming performance that is aimed at people wanting to taking their gaming a bit farther or for the budget gaming DIY build.
In the briefing we got from nVidia the 650Ti was referred to as the 650 turbo charged, the naming may also give this impression. This impression however is not correct, the 650Ti is built on the same chip as the 660 and then toned down a bit. The result is a pretty solid chip for the price point.
For purposes of our testing we put this board on our test rig with an Intel i5 3450 and 8 Gigs of Kingston HyperX. This build represents a solid build for a lower cost, mainstream gaming rig; a likely target for someone looking at this card. For our testing we used some of todays popular games such as Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, Mechwarrior Online and Civilization V. All tests were run with the goal of achieving great playback with the modest detail we could add. From a frame rate point of view we shot for 60 FPS with the settings as high as we could get. We tested at resolutions of 1920×1080, 1600×900 and 1280×720. Nvidia made clear the goal of this card was to attain 1080 resolutions with medium to high settings and some AA enabled.
The performance difference over the GTX 650 was obvious from the start. With the straight 650 we had been forced to lower settings quite a bit to get good playback at 1080, with the 650Ti the settings were able to give much more detail and still be very playable. In fact our testing showed a nice frame rate boost, on average from all our testing we got about 75% above the lower priced 650.
When we compared to the competition with the 7770 we again see the 650Ti offering a nice boost in performance. However there was little difference in the actual gaming experience, that is until we started turning on features. When a game makes use of nVidia PhysX the 650Ti steps up and the game experience is improved over that of the 7770 from a visual perspective.
With the price drop of the 7850 we felt that we needed to compare it to the 650Ti as well. The 7850 has an obvious advantage in the case of raw horsepower but again the actual gaming experience did not change drastically until you turn on various nVidia features in games.
As we lowered the resolution the 650Ti was able to max out details and deliver some really exceptional play performance, pegging our vsynced setup at 60 FPS. At 1080 this was not always the case but we did see some very smooth playback, even with high settings.
The 650Ti is a strong card for the price point but hit the market with a bit of a limp. If AMD had not done the price cuts they did then this card would rule the price point, as it stands it is just a strong contender. Also it’s price point represents an in-between area that can create some confusion for the new gamer.
The straight 650 comes in for less money and IF you are going to run your gaming at lower than 1080 resolution, is a strong buy for the price. The 650Ti allows the ability to bump to that 1080 resolution for a price jump with a nice performance boost but for another $50 to $60 you can jump to the 660 and get a nice jump again over the 650Ti.
The 650Ti delivers on the target nVidia claimed to be aiming for, giving a solid card that delivers a GOOD 1080 experience at under $200. When put against the original target, the 7770, the 650Ti is a clear win but the recent price cuts have muddy the water. When put up against the new prices of the 7850 there is no clear winner but instead a very competitive setup were you can choose between raw horsepower or features in some specific game titles.
At the end of the day the 650Ti is a solid card and worth the cost. It is a worth candidate for the new gamers or budget DIYers to consider.
Show segment as aired live 13 October 2012
The term NOOB is one every game is aware of, it is used in a manner to insult another. It refers to someone that is displaying a lack of skill or experience in a particular game or event. It however is also considering a term that is insulting and is used in a manner meant to be insulting most of the time. It is not limited to just games, I have seen the term used in many “enthusiast” tech forums when someone posts something someone lese disagrees with.
The use of this term to insult or demean a person in my opinion not just bad form, it is actually a dumb way to deal with things. You see we need to realize that our hobby cannot thrive and grown without the influx of new people. The new gamer or new hardware enthusiast brings fresh blood and many times fresh ideas to our hobby, this is important for it’s growth. because without that fresh blood our hobby with grow stagnant and eventually die off.
Instead of insulting and belittle these people would should be embracing them. We should reach out a helping hand and offer to show them some of what we have learned from our experiences. It is when we share the passion we have for our hobby that new people will begin to develop that same passion and becoming a thriving and productive member of our community.
So the next time you are playing a game and you see a new player fumbling their way along, send them a private message, ask if they could use to some help. Invite them to talk to people in your gaming group, include them in your game sessions and help them find the passion you have for the game. As tech enthusiasts we need to do something similar. When a new guy asks for first time build advice we should not bomb them with a simple laundry list of parts and tell him these are his best choices. We need to take the time to talk to him about what he is hoping to accomplish. What he wants to do with the PC. Once we have this we can share our build experiences and tricks, help him make the first build something he has a lot of fun out.
At some point we have all been NOOBs and wish someone had taken the time to help us along. Lets make sure we help our hobby and ourselves by helping others find the passion for our hobby that we all share and do it without calling each other names.
Well the day is here and on this weeks show we will announce the first ever Computer Ed Golden Mic Awards. These awards are for the products we have looked at over the last year and picking the one in each category we think is most deserving of recognition. Notice I said recognition and not performance or price. The reason for this is while performance and price are important considerations we think a lot of these parts have a quality that sets them above the others we have seen.
Now let me be clear we are not saying that this list is a definitive bets of the best. However over the last year we have seen a lot of hardware and some have really impressed us. With this in mind we felt these products deserved some recognition and thus the awards were born.
Because of the prep and time we have put into going over these products for the show I will not be doing a full blog entry this week. The awards will be announced live on the show this Saturday and the page for the awards will be updated with the winners later on Saturday.
Many people will agree and disagree with our choices, but that is okay. We pride ourselves and never backing down and bringing you the opinions we truly have and this awards program will be no different. There will be more than one surprise, I promise.
We will also do something no other award system I have seen has ever done, we will open our phone lines and email for comments. That’s right as we go through our list, you our faithful listeners can agree, disagree, ask questions or just make general comments about our choices and we will integrate them live into our show.
So be sure to tune in this week and we hope you enjoy.
The Golden Mic winners for 2012 have been announced be sure to click on the Awards page at the top of this page to see the winners as well as listen to the awards as we aired them live on the air.
Hey everyone, if you missed the announcement on the Facebook page, we will not be having a Computer Ed radio show this Saturday. Our home station has a scheduling conflict due to a couple of local teams doing well in the tournaments. Doug and I have discussed this with the station management and while we could do a show, it would be moved to some strange hours and we would likely have other limitations as well.
With this in mind, for us the quality of our show is always first and foremost, so rather than risk not being able to do the show right we have decided it is better to take this Saturday off. What that means for you is we will have no blog entry or show this Saturday. However we will be back full tilt June 2nd with some great material. Just a quick tease of what will for sure be on the show on the 2nd.
- Corsair M90/K90 MMORPG Keyboard and Mouse Set Review
- A look at the Game of Thrones RPG
- Announcement of our next contest
- A discussion on the new trend of having players pay to beta test games
So there you have a little teaser for the next show. Again we are sorry about having to take this week off but we want to ensure the best quality possible on the show. We appreciate all of you that tune in and are grateful for your understanding in this.
See you all soon!