Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 10

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 08:40 PM PST

We've made it to 10 episodes of the AnandTech Podcast! As promised, this week's episode is a bit more PC focused as we discuss the future of AMD. Intel's SSD DC S3700 is up for discussion, as well as the HPC space including the launch of Intel's Xeon Phi (baesd on the architecture formerly known as Larrabee). 

There's a bit of mobile discussion in the second half of the podcast, addressing TI's exit from the market and some final thoughts on the Nexus 4 from Brian.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 10
featuring Anand Shimpi, Brian Klug, Ryan Smith & Dr. Ian Cutress

RSS - mp3m4a
Direct Links - mp3m4a

Total Time: 2 hours 3 minutes

Outline - hh:mm

Intel SSD DC S3700 and the Evolution of SSDs - 00:01
Intel's Xeon Phi - 00:16
AMD in the HPC Space - 00:41
AMD's Tough Times - 00:55
TI Exiting the Mobile SoC Business - 01:32
More on the Nexus 4 - 01:44

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. 

iPad mini Review

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 02:10 PM PST

Over the last two months, Apple has updated almost all of its core product lines, with the addition of a 13” model to the Retina MacBook Pro line and new silicon for the iPad and Mac mini to go with ground up redesigns for the iPhone, iMac, iPod touch, and iPod nano. But the biggest story from the “little more” event was definitely the introduction of the iPad mini, a 7.9” counterpart to the 9.7” tablet that started it all.

Read on for our full review of the second member of Apple's iPad family.

AOC's i2367fh: Thin, "Virtually Borderless", and IPS

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 07:05 AM PST

We've been waiting for affordable LCDs to start showing some clear improvements in performance, quality, features, and design for a while. AOC has potentially done exactly that with their new i2367fh monitor, delivering an IPS-based panel with virtually no left/right or top borders. The bezel measures 2mm thick, making it a potentially great option for multi-monitor users. It's currently available online starting at $189 (though it's also currently backordered).

Besides the thin bezel, the 23-inch i2367fh has WLED backlighting for the IPS panel, built-in speakers, VGA and two HDMI inputs to drive the 1080p display, and audio in/out ports. The stand doesn't appear to support any adjustments other than tilt, and there's no VESA mount, so this is definitely a niche product. However, it's a niche product that looks quite nice and should at least match what we've seen from TN panels for years at only a slight premium.

The display is so new AOC doesn't even list the i2367fh on their US/English sites yet, so the best information we can provide is via this ~7MB PDF, or if you prefer here's their Taiwan page. All we need now is for B&H to get more in stock (and for other resellers to show up). I don't know how others feel, but I'd love to see more displays ditch the 1" bezels—including on the bottom, please. There's nothing a thick bezel adds other than size, though obviously making a thin bezel does cost more.

Update: Some are questioning whether the content of the display goes to the edge (or 2mm from the edge), or if AOC is simply using glass over the main LCD to give a borderless appearance. I asked AOC for an answer, but all I had to go on initially is the press release stating it has a 2mm bezel. To me, the bezel means the area between the edge and the display content, so 2mm would be great. Unfortunately, this unboxing page indicates that AOC is mincing words and using the term bezel to mean the distance between the edge and the glass cover. I apologize for the confusion, though an 8-bit IPS panel for under $200 is still a nice change of pace.

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