Low Volume #8: Render

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  • Today’s hosts: the full cast! James Schell (Aibohphobia), Jay Mattison (Tek Everything), John Morrison (confusis) and Joshua Ramirez (PlayfulPhoenix).
  • 1:01: The winner of the very first SFF Build Challenge is… Joshua’s Hitachi “Deathstar” build! Well played, well played.
  • 5:07: One of our longest podcasts yet, and almost all of it went into discussing the maelstrom of speculation, events, and developments surrounding NVIDIA’s hotly-anticipated release of the GTX 1070 and 1080, the first Pascal GPUs to arrive on the consumer market.
  • 1:10:10: NVIDIA’s not the only graphics manufacturer making news! Although they don’t have an imminent product announcement (that we know of), AMD’s upcoming Polaris has many (us included) on edge.
    • AMD lets loose on Twitter an upcoming Polaris event on 5/18. It’s only expected to explain the architecture in depth, however – no new parts quite yet.
    • Rumors, as well as public comments from AMD, indicate that Polaris is likely to focus exclusively on the bottom half of the market, or “sub-1070” in NVIDIA terms.
    • James, Jay and Joshua spend some time complaining about the current state of AMD’s lineup, and share fears of an uncontested high-end for the remainder of the year.
    • We also speculate as to what Polaris and Vega might look like, and talk through a “dream team” list of cards that would win our hearts, if only we could have them now.
  • 1:25:00: This episode’s Freaking Fully Favorite Forum Fread of the Fortnight (please clap): What did you do today? It’s an ongoing thread where community members can comment on… well, what they did today. For the episode, we focused on James’ trip to California, which included a visit to Riot Games, as well as a test drive of a certain electric vehicle

With our first SFF Build Challenge victor selected, we are in need of a new build for the next episode of Low Volume! Navigate to the official suggestion thread to put forth your ideas, and vote for the best community-generated one – the winner will be used in only two weeks’ time.