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We're back with another podcast. This time we start out with a discussion of Borderlands 2 and philosophies on sidequests in games. We briefly talk about TI defocusing its smartphone/tablet SoC business, Brian also gives us a look at the role of the PMIC in a modern ultra mobile platform. AMD's desktop Trinity GPU launch is discussed as well as some of the behind the scenes politics we deal with on a regular basis here.

We mention Samsung's new SSD 840/840 Pro and what the 840 means for driving SSD prices down in the future, and conclude the discussion with more about the iPhone 5 from Brian.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 7
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug & Dr. Ian Cutress

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Total Time: 1 hour 49 minutes

Outline

Borderlands 2 - 00:00
TI - 19:00
PMIC - 23:00
AMD Trinity GPU launch - 29:00
Ratings Systems - 50:00
Samsung SSD 840/840 Pro - 01:05:00
iPhone 5 - 01:10:00
Audience - 01:20:00
What's the phone with the best voice quality? - 01:25:00
Purple Haze on the iPhone 5 - 01:28:00

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. Let us know what you liked, hated and want to hear more of.

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  • Aikouka - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    I would actually recommend against Ian's advice for side-quests in Borderlands 2. Borderlands has a weird way of determining your reward for a quest... it's purely based on what level you were when you picked up the quest. Even if the enemies have leveled up with you, you will still get an old award. So, people highly recommend to *avoid* side-quests in play-through 2 until you beat the game the second time.

    I was a bit interested in the purple haze iPhone 5 talk, but I came away rather disappointed. I've noticed the odd purple hue to all lens flares when compared to my other mobile devices (iPad 2, ASUS TF300), and I've been hoping that someone would explain what about the iPhone 5 would cause it to have a purple hue to its lens flares. Brian, would you mind ringing in on this? There are some Anandtech forum users that would certainly appreciate a good explanation!
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  • IanCutress - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    Interesting on that. I'm still on playthrough one, so I'll probably take your advice on playthrough two!

    For that 'worst game ever', the game is Big Rigs: http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/big-rigs-over-th... - "YOU'RE WINNER!" (there was actually a patch to fix this typo I believe...).

    Ian
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  • Aikouka - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    I think it's good to keep in mind that it also depends on whether you care about the reward as well. Some rewards don't really change, so it might not matter. For example, I don't care if the Bane SMG is level 40 or 50... I'm NEVER going to use that gun.

    If you haven't had the "pleasure" of seeing that gun yet, here's a video of it from some random YouTube person:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB1CJ0l8kAc

    As a warning, you may want to ensure your speakers are at a suitable volume. ;)

    Also, some quests don't have an item reward, and it might be easier to complete then with the mobs below your level. Since you played the original Borderlands, I'm sure you remember how difficult the Circle of Duty quest line was in play-through 2.

    In regard to the play-through mechanic portion of the podcast, I'm becoming a bit tired of the whole play-through aspect of gaming. In some ways, I think Diablo III really ruined it with requiring the players to go play through the game three times just to reach the "true difficulty." Although, I've honestly never been the player that plays a game more than once just for fun. Fortunately for me, Runic Games was kind enough to simply allow us to specify the difficulty in Torchlight II.
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  • fusrodah - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    Your podcasts are very well done as far as not talking over each other much and the flow of the conversations. It would be cool if we could get some video as well, otherwise you guys do a great job. I appreciate all the hard work you have to do in order for all of this to come together. However, could you link to podcasts on your main links up top, your header I guess. Reply
  • Kevin G - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    I loved the sections about reviews and rating systems. If you bring back a numerical system, just be sure to start writing the reviews as if you were playing Halo 2 multiplayer.

    Also your Samsung 840 died? Got any details on what happened there?

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Windows 8.
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  • DerPuppy - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6867454450/quick-...

    they make a pretty good case for the pixel binning-> upscale case with photos. Want throw some "engineering textbook" comments this way?
    Reply
  • LeftSide - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    Thank you so much for your photography rant. There is so much FUD out there. It is good to hear the truth every once in a while. Reply
  • cj100570 - Sunday, October 07, 2012 - link

    To me it came across like a rant from an iPhone fan. I'm no professional photographer but I've taken thousands of photos and have never had any photos, using a cellphone or point and shoot, come out with a purple tinge no matter how I hold the camera. Reply
  • runner50783 - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    I really enjoy your podcast guys, you know your audience and deliver!, There are other sites with tech podcast too but compared to this, those are more like entertainment shows really like The Verge cast or Engadget podcast. I like that you put out some very good arguments and we learn a thing or two.

    It will be awesome if you could have some kind of segments within the podcast dedicated to cover stuff in details, kind of what we have on TWiT where they add things like the enterprise pick of the week, recommended reading, etc, so that your audience can learn even more.

    I really liked the chat about the situation with PR relationships, no wonder why positiveness of reviews starts decreasing as days pass. It always seems like those with early access to devices like the iPhone tend to give better scores.

    All in all, great stuff :)
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  • BradCube - Monday, October 01, 2012 - link

    Running off the idea of using accelerometers to embed vector motion metadata for smartphone cameras, I thought Brian might be interested to know that the RED Epic and Scarlet camera's in their latest beta firmware builds have had their internal gyro's enabled for metadata recording. Should be some interesting results once software developers work out how to best use this data for stabilization, 3D tracking etc. Reply

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