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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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  • kylewat - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    I love what you talked about with the conflict of interests in the reviews. I used to read audiophile, hi-if, reviews regularly. They deal terribly with the conflict of interests, everyone knows it and the publications suffer. In the hi-if space, first of all reviews are not very scientific, second they are all so positive. They never say anything negative, you have to read between the lines, less things they have to 'swap out' or 'balance out' the better. Basically, they are awful. You know it is because there is product, and they need to review it, and also get adds. Anyway, they have lost the war and there are no objective reviews.

    On the other side, the lack thereof of good reviews has kept the brick and mortar retail business alive.
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  • crypticsaga - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    Write any number on a check and I will sign it in exchange for a book by Anand on the inner workings of technology journalism. Reply
  • ssj3gohan - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    I'm sorry for spamming my blog post again, but I've done some power analysis on IVB a while ago, with the Core i5-3570K. At full load (OCCT+Furmark), I'm seeing 14.79W going into the IGP and 41.28W going into the CPU side of things, with a very slight undervolt.

    blog post:
    http://ssj3gohan.tweakblogs.net/blog/8217/fluffy2-...

    power breakdown:
    https://secure.tweakers.net/my.tnet/fotoalbum?acti...

    This is on a modded system, so that power breakdown is an absolute best-case scenario, but suffice it to say that HD 4000 graphics definitely don't fit into Haswell power envelopes, so I'm expecting at least a 2X power efficiency increase with the Haswell ultrabook parts.

    AMD power efficiency is well-publicized, they get around 10-12 GFLOPS/W with their 32nm parts (just behind southern islands):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Islands_(GPU...
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  • sp3x0ps - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    Great job guys, really enjoyed listening, keep up the great work, looking forward to the iPhone 5 review, hopefully you go into the small details that haven't been discussed yet by other websites. Reply
  • scavio - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - link

    Had some audio issues with this one, but still very entertaining. It's nice to listen to a podcast where to participants actually know what they are talking about and don't try to talk over each other in the name of entertainment.

    I also wanted to throw in a thank you to Brian for saying that antennagate was in fact real and not pretending like it never happened like some other sites/podcasts out there.
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  • dishayu - Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - link

    I think you should get Kristian on board and do an SSD episode discussing how different types of NANDs work, real life implications of different NAND types. The performance parameters of SSDs that matter in a real life context. How to pick an SSD (or a hard drive for that matter) while looking at just the benchmarks and theoretical data, etc etc.

    And the sound issues from episode 6 seem to have disappeared. So an enjoyable podcast, this one.
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  • SeleniumGlow - Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - link

    I could follow Brian and his rants despite being a telecom guy with only basic knowledge of optics... I look forward to his rants in future podcasts too, though I wonder if it would be welcome by the rest of the audience... Reply
  • TrackSmart - Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - link

    You guys really need to do an article on Smartphone Battery Life & Performance Myths. As this podcast really showed, there are so many tech savvy people doing non-nonsensical things in their attempts to improve battery life, or performance, under Android or iOS. It's because the way these functions really work are a mystery to most of us - and mostly based on bad information gleaned on internet forums.

    That's my recommendation for piece. Thanks for the enlightening podcast.
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  • dmaclaren - Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - link

    I loved your sections on the pressures from companies to alter reviews, and Brian's bit on purplehaze-gate. His knowledge comes through nicely. This was your best podcast. Reply
  • noblemo - Thursday, October 04, 2012 - link

    Thank you for the great podcasts and thorough, well-written articles and reviews. I sincerely appreciate the everyone's insights and professionalism. Reply

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