The Full Nerd ep. 67: Inside Nvidia's futuristic Turing GPU, GeForce RTX overclocking made easy

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deep into the beast at the heart of the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti.

We kick things off with more details about Nvidia’s radical new Turing architecture, pulling the most pertinent details from Brad’s massive Turing GPU deep-dive. (And we do mean massive.) What makes it faster in traditional games? How can it handle ray tracing? What the heck are tensor cores? We explain it all.

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The Full Nerd ep. 66: Threadripper 2990WX memory bandwidth, Athlon with Radeon, and more

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray are joined by games guru Hayden Dingman once again—though games aren’t up for discussion.

Instead, Gordon covers his investigation into the Threadripper 2990WX’s memory bandwidth performance, sparked by the unusual configuration of the four dies connected within the 32-core (!!!) CPU. It’s complicated, and doubly so thanks to some quirky Windows behavior. Bottom line: If you can put all those cores and threads to work, the Threadripper 2990WX is still a very worthwhile purchase, though you might want to consider alternatives if your workload is especially memory intensive.

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The Full Nerd ep. 65: GeForce RTX Q&A, 4K G-Sync HDR review, AMD's PC chief leaves

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deeper into some seriously fast gaming hardware. And, uh, Gordon dodges bees.

Now that Brad’s back stateside, we caught up on everything we know about the GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards so far, from pricing to performance and everything in between. Live viewers had an absolute ton of questions, and we answered as many as possible. A bit later, we also dived into Brad’s review of the Acer Predator X27, a 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR monitor that truly feels like it’s advancing the state of the art. And it better for $2,000! The forthcoming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti looks poised to push this ultra-fast monitor to its fullest, something that today’s GPUs simply can’t do.

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The Full Nerd Episode 64: GeForce RTX Arrives!

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray nerd out over Nvidia's new GeForce RTX!

After what feels like an eon, Nvidia finally releases its new GeForce RTX, which promises the Holy Grail of gaming graphics: real-time ray tracing. The new card brings some controversy, though, as many are concerned the new world of ray tracing will sacrifice performance in existing rasterized games.

Brad breaks the details live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, and also details the coolest PCs on the show floor. 

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The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD's 32-core Threadripper reviewed

In  this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray geek out over a monstrous new class of desktop processor and the future of graphics cards…which could arrive in less than a week!

Yes, Nvidia formally unveiled its Turing GPU and Quadro RTX hardware this week, and they provide a glimpse of what PC gamers can expect in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards. We won’t need to wait long, it seems. Not-so-cryptic secrets in a recent Nvidia video strongly hint that the GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week at Gamescom. You read that right: RTX not GTX. R is for raytracing! We dig into the specs revealed so far.

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The Full Nerd special episode: Diving deep into 2nd-gen Threadripper with AMD's Jim Anderson

In this special episode of The Full Nerd, AMD senior VP of computing Jim Anderson joins Gordon Mah Ung to dig into the details and backstory of the newly launched 2nd-gen Threadripper CPUs, spearheaded by the monstrous 32-core, 64-thread Threadripper 2990WX ($1,800 on Amazon).

“Before we launched Threadripper, if you go back in time, the best you could get in this part of the market was a 10-core processor for around the same price—$1,700 to $1,800. That was from our competitor,” Anderson says, throwing down the gauntlet in the opening minutes of the interview. “We launched Threadripper, and a year-and-a-half later, around that same price point, you’re now seeing 32-cores from AMD. I think that’s pretty good.”

And think that's a pretty good start to an interview.

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The Full Nerd ep. 62: 2nd-gen Threadripper details, Intel 9000-series leaked, first QLC SSD reviewed

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray get geeky over unprecedented PC gear and a fresh wave of processors.

Things start off with a robust discussion about the speeds, feeds, and pricing of AMD’s 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, which were announced this week. A whopping 64 CPU threads and 64 PCI-E lanes for $1,800 seems awfully competitive when Intel’s rival chip tops out at 18-cores for $200 more. Look for a full review soon, and be sure to check out our Full Nerd special episode with AMD computing chief Jim Anderson to dive deeper into the backstory of 2nd-gen Threadripper.

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