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Two and a Half Geeks 4/23/14: AMD Radeon R9 295X2, GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round-Up, Das Keyboard 4, Gigabyte BRIX Pro and MoreIn this episode of Two and A Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz discuss AMD's new low power Beema and Mullins processors for mobile devices, the HTC One (M8), Samsung's Galaxy S5, Micron's new M500DC SSD for enterprise applications, and the Alienware 17 and Samsung ATIV 9 Plus notebooks. We also reveal some of the components that'll be used in our next high-end gaming rig giveaway!

Show Notes:
02:15 - AMD Beema and Mullins Low Power 2014 APUs Tested
09:30 - HTC One (M8) Android Smartphone Review
17:30 - Micron M500DC Enterprise Class SSD Review
22:10 - Alienware 17: AMD's R9 M290X Goes Mobile
28:45 - Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Review
31:06 - Upcoming contest hints. (Wow, we've got a good one coming!)


Gratefully glad to see the whole crew is back fully kicking 🙂!


Thanks! Sorry for the lower production quality on this one. We hope to be back to full snuff next week.


Sweet, I can't wait to see some pics of the gaming rig. Sounds like its a monster! Gonna try my hardest!!!!!(please make it also available for Canadians!).


Great show as always guys, ,and welcome back Iyaz!

I know the AMD tablet isn't going to be for sale, but I wondered about your impression on battery usage. Did you play the games long enough that you could tell the battery level dropped?

Also you briefly mentioned that it stayed cool. Could you feel it getting warmer during your gaming sessions?

Marco C

I have no real impression of battery life--I don't know the size of the battery that was in the tablet and it was plugged in to power for the vast majority of testing, so I would only be guessing.

As for the heat, there was a warm spot on the tablet after extended use, but when AMD built the platform, it was strictly for testing purposes, and as such, some design decisions were made that would never happen in a retail product. For example, the SoC and backlight transformer were right next to each other in the Discovery tablet--two of the warmest running components. So yeah, I could feel a warm spot, but both the SoC and backlight were contributing to the warmth.


Nice show Guys!

Do you think Nvidia will ever try to make a ARM and x86/64 compatible cpu/gpu chip? The Tegra 4 is Great but besides the Surface 2, Nvidia Shield and various Tegra Note 7's I haven't seen it in many devices. AMD has the Next Gen Consoles, PC Offerings and now Beema and Mullins. Intel has Baytrail, Haswell and the PC/Server Market. It appears Nvidia needs to do something because their competition all seem to have a way to stay relevant going forward. I was hoping for a Tegra 4 based phone, nothing is available because of the US LTE compatibility thing, I think.


Thanks Marco!

Glad to hear the temps didn't get too warm. Some warmth is to be expected, but it sounds like AMD has a good handle on heat, especially since you mentioned that it's passively cooled design.


Interesting concept of Nvidia doing x86. One hurdle for them is Intel would have to grant them a license as they did with AMD. Would Intel be willing to do that is the $64,000 question. Maybe they would, to put more pressure on AMD, but I think more likely they wouldn't want another competitor on the field.