It's the calm before the storm. The coming weeks are full of big announcements from smartphones to PC components, leaving us to talk about everything we can before the onslaught. We discuss Intel's TV strategy, Microsoft's Surface Pro, the Pebble smartwatch, the removal of unofficial LTE support from the Nexus 4 and Broadcom's LTE baseband. We also set expectations for performance and power consumption on Haswell. Finally, we touch on the recent controversy surrounding range testing Tesla's Model S.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 16
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug & Dr. Ian Cutress

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Total Time: 1 hour 29 minutes

Outline - hh:mm

Microsoft's Surface Pro - 00:00
Setting Haswell Expectations - 00:24
Intel's TV Initiative - 00:31
The Pebble Smartwatch- 00:51
Nexus 4 Removal of LTE - 1:04
Broadcom LTE Baseband - 1:06
Controvery Surrounding Range Testing Tesla's Model S - 1:13

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. 

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  • Kevin G - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    I got my six core Core i7 3930k for $400 from MicroCenter when they were running a sale. If the applications scale from 4 to 6 cores, then the price/performance ratio is swings in favor of the 3930k for the price I paid.

    Nothing not mention is that the 3770k has Quick Sync and using an accelerated encoder, it could out run the 3930k even with its extra cores. It is all about picking the best tool for the job and it may not be that clear.
  • noblemo - Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - link

    Video production is an interesting example because it requires a balanced system where processor, memory, storage, and gpu work together. It is not uncommon to see bottlenecks shift from one component to the other depending on application load. I concede that many hardware configurations have excess memory capacity, but I am not sure how much excess bandwidth is available. Please provide a link with more information regarding practical benefits/constraints of memory bandwidth, especially as it applies to running Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • ImSpartacus - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    I doubt Anandtech will be able to confidently verify the TIM until they have a retail unit in their labs. We'll likely hear from enthusiasts that delid their CPUs long before that.
  • IanCutress - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    We have labs?!? :D
  • Krysto - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    You were really trying to oversell Intel TV to us there, Anand. Good thing Brian was there to push some reality into the discussion.

    I don't know why the media is even writing so much about Intel TV. Just because it's Intel and they said they want to enter the market? And...?

    I haven't heard anything interesting from Intel that made me think "game-changer" in the TV space. If anything I expect Intel to be LESS disruptive than more disruptive to the cable companies, because they have nothing to offer really, unlike Google and Apple who at least have other content. So my guess is they will get desperate and accept whatever deal the cable companies want.

    Also, I don't see people buying their $300+ kit, which is probably what's going to cost, the set top box and the camera.
  • cj100570 - Monday, March 4, 2013 - link

    Anand, he ya go buddy

    Car and Driver

    Motor Trend
  • cj100570 - Monday, March 4, 2013 - link

    Oops, here's the Motor Trend review

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