PCs

The Full Nerd episode 41: Nvidia rumors, Spectre updates, and will Ryzen APUs stay relevant?

In this episode of the Full Nerd, the crew mulls whether Ryzen APUs even matter, pick apart the Nvidia Volta / Ampere / Turing / Kardassian rumors, and update you on Meltdown and Spectre.

Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off by talking about AMD’s hot new Ryzen APUs and whether they’ll even be relevant if graphics card prices settle down. If you're a PC gamer without a graphics card, should you buy one of these or a cheap Xbox One? The debate gets heated!

Read more »

0

PCs

The Full Nerd episode 39: Meltdown, Spectre, and astronomical graphics card prices

In this episode of the Full Nerd, it’s doom, gloom, and trying to make the best decisions when all your options are bad. But you know, in a fun way.

Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosMelissa Riofrio, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off with a topic requested by you, the viewers, at the end of Full Nerd’s CES wrap-up: Meltdown and Spectre. We explain why these CPU exploits are so dangerous, how the computer industry is scrambling to plug the holes, potential PC performance nerfs, and what you can do to stay safe. For more info, be sure to check out PCWorld’s Meltdown and Spectre FAQ and our guide on how to protect your PC against the CPU exploits.

Read more »

0

PCs

The Full Nerd episode 38: Kaby Lake G, Zen+, and the best of CES

Consumer Electronics Show? Maybe call it the “PC Show” instead. This week Gordon, Melissa, Adam, and Brad go full nerd on the big reveals at CES 2018 and pick our favorites.

So yeah, if you want to hear what the crew thinks of Intel’s Vega-infused Kaby Lake G, AMD’s Zen+, and the BFG of Displays, tune into the the Full Nerd here or on YouTube.

If you prefer the audio version, you can get that right here:

Read more »

0

PCs

The Full Nerd episode 37: 2018 PC predictions and eating our words

Now that the crew’s picks for the best PC hardware of 2017 are out of the way, it’s time to gaze into the crystal ball. In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray make bold predictions about what to expect from the world of computing in 2018.

But first, the day of reckoning is here. We kick off the show by revisiting our PC predictions for 2017, which we made all the way back in December of last year—before Ryzen, before Optane SSDs, before Radeon Vega, before the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. We got a lot right! But predictions aren’t any fun without consequences. For the ones we got wrong, we literally eat the paper our words are written on. Gordon winds up chowing down on damned near an entire footlong sub stuffed with scraps. Fiber’s good for you, right?

Read more »

0

PCs

The Full Nerd episode 36: The best PC hardware of 2017

It’s that time of year yet again, and what an amazing year it’s been for computer enthusiasts. In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray name the best PC hardware of 2017.

These aren’t PCWorld’s formal picks—they’re the opinions of the Full Nerd podcast group alone. We didn’t hold staff-wide meetings or create elaborate Excel spreadsheets full of information about every gizmo reviewed in 2017. Instead, each member of the Full Nerd crew walked into the studio armed with their personal lists of the best hardware in each category, ready to cajole and convince the others to their cause. No one leaves until we’ve named every winner. And in the cases where we couldn’t break a deadlock, we turned to the live audience as the tiebreaker.  

The joy of this award show lies in passionate debate, in the group discussion—in the journey. But if you’re interested in the destination alone, here’s a list of Full Nerd’s favorite PC hardware of 2017:

Read more »

0

PCs

The Full Nerd episode 33: Intel Core i7-8700K review, fall gaming preview, and loot boxes suck

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosHayden Dingman, and Adam Patrick Murray dive deep into the Core i7-8700K ($370 on Amazon)—Intel’s furious 6-core, 12-thread response to AMD’s disruptive Ryzen processors. This beast games like a champ and even challenges 8-core Ryzen processors in some productivity tasks. But beyond the "Coffee Lake" flagship, what’s up with Z370 motherboards and the newly 6-core Core i5 chips? We talk all that and more.

After that we shift from hardware to software. A flood of great PC games released in September, and that’s just the start of the fall gaming deluge. Since game guru Hayden was around, we picked his brain on some of the best releases so far. Then we spent a long time chatting about how greedy loot boxes like the ones found in Star Wars Battlefront II, Forza Motorsport 7, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War are ruining gaming. (Spoiler alert: Hayden has an article on loot boxes going live tomorrow.)

Read more »

0

PCs

The Full Nerd episode 31: The state of 4K gaming, Intel's 4-way VR PC, upcoming PC builds

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Dan Ma…er, Adam Patrick Murray dive deep into the state of 4K gaming. How much do 4K monitors cost these days? What sort of graphics card do you need to power a 4K gaming rig? Should you splurge on a FreeSync or G-Sync monitor? Heck, is 4K gaming even worthwhile? The live viewers had some strong opinions, too.

Then we switched gears to another high-end topic: Intel’s proof-of-concept gaming PC, which can power four—count them, four—HTC Vive headsets in a single rig. It’s wild. Listen to the gang chat about it on Full Nerd and then check out our 4-way VR gaming PC article for a deeper dive into the tech specs.

Read more »

0