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ASUS Straight Edge podcast - What should we cover?

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The first episode of the ASUS Straight Edge podcast is in the bag. We have some ideas for future episode themes--and guests--but we're also interested in your input. What would you like us to cover on Straight Edge?

This thread is for general discussion rather than specific technical questions. Q&A will be a big part of the show, but we'd like the questions to be related to the theme of each episode. You'll be able to pose technical questions in dedicated threads for upcoming episodes.
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Your first two episodes were absolute gold. You could just talk about more of the same and I'd happily listen. But it would be great if guys talked about the causes of stutter in games. For example, when I watch Eurogamer's Digital Foundry CPU comparison for most games, I see a similar number of random frame time spikes above 16/33ms, whether it's an older 32nm CPU or an overclocked Skylake, and even when it's paired with a 980 Ti at 1080p. This is also reflected in The Tech Report's "time spent beyond" charts: for some games, it seems like most of the processors have a few beyond-16.7ms frames, and sometimes it's only the 3-year-old CPU that maintains a flawless 60 FPS.

Am I misunderstanding these reviews? It seems like in situations where, for example, the 2500K / 6700K / 5690K all have a 99th-percentile frame time under 16.7ms, it's a crap shoot for which ones will stay under 16.7ms at the 100th-percentile, and not a guaranteed win for the CPU with the highest peak performance.

If I'm way off-base, then ignore my leading question. Maybe Raja can instead continue his digression about why he feels the X99 platform is less prone to stutter in VR than the Z170?
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Could you talk about the paths you guys took in your careers to get where you are now?
( Maybe even some general info on education pathways to get into various careers in the industry (ie. certificates and types of work experience that are better to have than sitting through 5-7 yrs of uni, only to come out with no real world experience tongue.gif ) )
Some general info on the main obstacles in the industry that you guys face daily/regularly?

edit: or is that all a bit off topic for the asus podcast?

edit2: just listened to the first podcast in the series, great work, v.interesting - and you pretty much answered my question above with the quick outline of your career.
Edited by anti-clockwize - 1/11/16 at 6:23pm
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Topic 1:

Could you guys talk about the challenges in balancing aesthetic design and functional performance? The fight between designers and engineers is one that will likely continue until the sun explodes. What does this relationship look like at Asus (and Asus ROG?) If there was a score card, who would be "winning"? How do design and engineer communicate and work together?

Expanding on that, I think we can see a clear demand for motherboard shrouds given the popularity of the Tuff and Formula lines with the modding and custom build communities (very happy Formula VII owner here). What are the technical/engineering implications of putting a "shroud" on a motherboard? Just a suggestion... an Intel HEDT (X99, etc) Asus Formula line motherboard. MSI's offering is gaudy-like and over priced.

Topic 2:

I hope I am not the only one... but the high end flagship GPU offerings of every brand (Matrix Platinum, K|NGP|N, Lightning, HOF, etc) confuse me. Out of all the GPUs sold, you would think (I don't have the stats) that these GPUs are pushed the hardest (IE a smaller % leave them at stock clocks). And yet, they still come with air coolers out of the box. Well engineered as they are, they all leave LOAD performance (clocks, noise, temps) on the table compared to water cooling (AIO and custom). As a result the air coolers, IMO, serve more as a "bling" piece vs a true "performance maximizer". Can Asus please lead the charge and produce flagship cards that are as good as they can be (IE some level of water cooling) in every category (save LN2) out of the box? If this is not feasible, why?

Expanding on that, with the more power saving focused architecture of Maxwell on team green, we have seen that true performance is determined by silicon lottery and temps vs voltage... a trend that is unlikely to change. I've seen Strix cards beat Plats (on air) in benchmarks. Out of the box, there is little to no tangible benefit (other than bling and bragging rights) to these cards vs their cheaper custom PCB/cooler breatherin. Is silicon lottery pretty much the biggest determining factor now? Please note, I am more than willing to accept as an answer (to this paragraph and the above one) that getting binned chips from Nvidia or AMD is a challenge (or my assumptions are totally wrong).

My ideal flagship GPU. Matrix Platinum PCB, binned silicon, Ares III style block, fittings (barb or compression) with quick release, Swiftech H140-X rad/pump or EK Predator (to avoid Asatek BS and go single slot) and Noiseblocker Eloop fan. $850-1000 out of the box. Lets make this happen for Pascal XX80 Ti.
    
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Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor Asus MAXIMUS VII FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Classified ACX 2.0+... EK-FC780 GTX Classy - Acetal+Nickel 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Klevv Genuine 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM... Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Har... Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM I... Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 950 Pro Swiftech H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling Kit HardwareLabs Black Ice Nemesis GTS X-Flow 280mm Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM ... 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
CooLaboratory Liquid Ultra Windows 10 Professional 64-bit Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020FD 50-Inch Class (49.85'' ... Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 
PowerCaseMouseOther
EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX ... Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Editio... Logitech G400 Professional Gaming Mouse MX518 Fanatec ClubSport Wheel Base V2 US 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel BMW M3 GT2 US Fanatec ClubSport Steering Wheel Formula US Fanatec ClubSport Shifter SQ US Fanatec ClubSport Pedals V2 US 
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