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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  • flyingpants1 - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Actual excerpt from your podcast:

    Guy #1: Hey dude would you recommend the new $2500 Razer Blade notebook?
    Guy #2 *pauses* Yes.
    Guy #3 Well, I looked at the benchmarks and it can't even do 60fps @ 1080p in recent games.
    Guy #2 Oh... well it does 30fps.

    Here's a question. Why do you keep talking about a $2500 notebook (Razer Blade 2)? The Lenovo Y580 has almost identical specs (GeForce 660M and Core i7 Quad 35W) and costs just $800.
  • hulawafu77 - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Well not only that, the Clevo 11" machine with 650M has a solid 5-15 FPS lead on it. It's performance is quite disappointing for 660M. Cooling is not up to par for the hardware.
  • VivekGowri - Saturday, October 13, 2012 - link

    Since when? I tested both of them, the Clevo is 10-15fps slower, not faster. Perhaps you're mixing resolutions?
  • nevertell - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Aluminium is a pretty active metal, but just because of that, the oxidation process isn't really anything to worry about, since the oxide of it is pretty inert and uniform. The idea is that once aluminium reacts with oxygen, only the outer layer of the bare aluminium reacts and creates a layer of the oxide, it's almost as if aluminium creates an outer layer to protect itself from further oxidation.
  • Death666Angel - Saturday, October 13, 2012 - link

    Also known in material sciences as passivation. :-)
  • Krysto - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Apple should've done what HTC did with the One S, and they wouldn't see any scuffs:
  • Brian Klug - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Actually their MAO treatment also flakes off at the edges if subjected to similar stresses. For example the top and bottom where the One S make contact depending on how it sits on a table.

  • Visual - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Any chance for a transcript? I can't be bothered to listen to it, actually I don't even have audio on this computer, but I could skim through a transcript if there were one.
  • Krysto - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    By the way Anand, here's more proof that Apple is serious about building ARM SoC's for Macs:
  • ionis - Friday, October 12, 2012 - link

    Where are episodes 5-7?

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