As we march towards our review of the iPhone 5 (and some other really cool stuff you'll be seeing later this month), episode 8 of our weekly podcast got pushed back a bit - but here it is. Ian shares some of his latest test data on reducing POST times for newer motherboards in anticipation of Windows 8. We recap some of the Haswell Architecture piece that went live last week. Vivek joins us to talk about the 2nd gen Razer Blade as well as his perspective on anodizing thin aluminum surfaces. Brian talks about the T-Mobile acquisition and new phones from HTC.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 8
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug, Vivek Gowri & Dr. Ian Cutress

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Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Outline - hh:mm

Ian On Reducing POST Times - 00:02
Smartphone Boot Times - 00:10
The Haswell Architecture Article - 00:20
Virtualized Cellphone Base Stations - 00:30
2nd gen Razer Blade - 00:40
NGFF SSDs - 1:02
Need for SFF Upgradable DRAM - 1:07
New Kindles/Nook  - 1:14
T-Mobile Acquisition - 1:38
HTC One X+/One VX - 1:46
Vivek on Scuffgate - 1:51

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

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  • Peanutsrevenge - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    I used to be the returns manager for a PC build and distribution company who had all the mats on the desks, floors and shelves, but I was getting a silly amount of RMAs.

    Having looked into it for a bit and ruling many things out and accepting that we were using crap components (PC Chips mobos), I found that all the ESD stuff was eventually running into the main floor mat, which was then not plugged in anywhere.
    Once that was connected to the earth on a power socket (UK here), the failures dropped immediately.

    Hence, I'm still a believer, although the sensitivity seems to have been massively reduced over the past decade, I still tough something earthed before working on my stuff, or strap myself when working on other peoples stuff.
  • moep - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    I really enjoy your podcast, but could you please look into the download speeds of your CDN?

    I’m downloading at 48 KB/s on my 100 Mbit connection and all of my other Podcast downloads are usually capped by my WiFi. (Austria, Europe)

  • ImSpartacus - Saturday, October 13, 2012 - link

    I stream it with Android's Podkicker over LTE and I can't think of any times that it has stopped to buffer except at the beginning. Could something else be causing problems?
  • Fiercé - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    Just wanted to point out that having a "Podcast" tag would be very useful for organizing these. Plenty of sites use it as standard.

    Is it too late to retroactively add this?
  • sp3x0ps - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    Could you please give me an idea of when to look for the iPhone 5 review? really looking forward to it! Great podcast btw keep it up!
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    My info points to Friday some time, but don't quote me on that. LOL
  • tipoo - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    "My info points to Friday some time, but don't quote me on that."

    -Jarred Walton
  • momoX52 - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - link

    Please keep letting Brian go on tangents. These are often really entertaining and informative. As a side note, with the bare aluminum, it does react very quickly with air. The reason why it doesn't cause any structural issues is because the oxidized layer is extremely thin and seals out any further oxidization beneath the surface.
  • B - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    I completely agree, Brian's tangets are funny and I really learn a lot from them. These Podcasts are fantastic.
  • ImSpartacus - Saturday, October 13, 2012 - link

    Yeah, it's amazing how I can't tell the personalities of any of the writers from their writing, but it's easy to figure out the temperaments of Mr Klug and Mr Shimpi from a few podcasts.

    And I, too, love to hear Mr Klug get all engineer-y. I wish there was a transcript (am I getting spoiled?); there's a lot of goldmine quotes that I can't write down because I'm usually exercising. The beryllium telescope quip was hilarious.

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