Intel talks CPUs and overclocking on the ASUS Straight Edge podcast

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The ASUS Straight Edge podcast is a relatively new endeavor that digs into the truth behind the technologies in the PC space. Our latest episode features a couple of Intel veterans: longtime PR manager Dan Snyder and enthusiast strategic marketing lead Aaron McGavock. They answer a stack of questions on everything from CPUs to overclocking to platforms. We also get deeper insight into several hot topics, including overclocking support on non-K processors and the thermal interface material sandwiched between the processor die and heat spreader.

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ASUS Straight Edge – Episode 3 – Intel’s Dan Snyder and Aaron McGavock

Intro and guest bios  0:00~2:04

History
Conroe, Intel’s game changing architecture  2:04~5:25
Changes in tech media/PR  5:25~8:18

Future
Where does Intel see the desktop market going over the next 5 years?  8:18~10:56
What’s the long-term outlook for HEDT product line?  10:56~13:30

Chipset release cadence
Why are enthusiast platforms updated slower than desktop platforms?  13:30~15:40

Overclocking
Intel’s changing stance on overclocking  15:40~18:30
Why are Xeon CPUs locked?  18:30~21:20
Why did Intel remove overclocking from non-K CPUs?  21:20~24:05
What’s the best way to stress test a CPU?  24:05~26:30
What determines the choice of thermal interface material for various CPUs?  26:30~29:40
What determines the gap between the CPU die and IHS?  29:40~34:21
Outside of silicon design, what can be done to improve CPU performance?  34:22~35:39
Why are 6700K overclocking yields so good?  35:39~37:21

VR and gaming
Why do K-series CPUs have an IGP?  37:25~40:33
How can Intel help improve VR performance?  40:33~43:20

Mobile
Intel’s Speed Shift versus SpeedStep – what’s the difference?  43:21~47:20
Will there be a Skylake phone?  Is one possible given the Core M compute stick?  47:21~48:40

This is our third episode of ASUS Straight Edge. Be sure to check out our earlier shows if you haven’t listened to them already. Episode two features an in-depth discussion of fan controls and other cooling-related topics with Mike Chin of Silent PC Review, while our first episode digs into what’s behind ASUS’ Z170 motherboard lineup.

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