AnandTech Podcast #35: The summer season has been busier than usual. Microsoft released Windows 10, it’s latest operating system, as a free upgrade to current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, promising it to be the latest and greatest from Microsoft, but also why it might be the last full release of an operating system from them. Brett’s indepth review of Windows 10’s features is now available on the AnandTech website, with a link below.  Hot on the heels of Windows 10 was Intel’s launch of its new Skylake processor microarchitecture, which came in two desktop processors only to begin with. This was followed up by a more in-depth discussion of what Skylake actually does at Intel’s Developer Forum, and in this podcast we discuss what Skylake brings to the table as well as the performance and our interpretation of how Intel’s vision is set to develop in the coming years.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 35

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Total Time:  1 hour 49 minutes 25 seconds

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0:00 - Intro
0:20 - Microsoft Windows 10 (
2:50 - Free Upgrade and install base
10:00 - Windows Media Center removed
13:30 - Windows 10 First Use, Start Menu
15:00 - Windows as a Service
21:00 - Universal Windows Apps and the Windows Store
25:20 - Privacy Concerns
30:00 - Family Safety
33:30 - WDDM 2.0 and DirectX 12
44:30 - Intel’s 6th Generation Processor, Skylake (
47:00 - Skylake performance compared to previous generations
53:10 - What processors were launched
55:00 - Gaming Performance
58:10 - Z170 Chipset
1:03:00 - USB 3.1 ports from chipset
1:04:30 - Windows 7 support with Z170
1:07:30 - DDR4 Support
1:12:40 - Gen 9 GPU, Media Capabilities (
1:19:20 - Overclocking
1:25:25 - Skylake Packaging and thermal compound (
1:27:30 - Overclocking and iGPU ramifications
1:30:30 - Architecture
1:39:10 - eDRAM changes
1:42:00 - Mobile Parts - Where are Skylake Y/U/H?
1:43:00 - Skylake Xeon Mobile
1:45:40 - Kaby Lake (
1:49:25 - FIN



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  • plopke - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    Windows 10 :
    -So far the most angry people , are people that state windows 10 would log p2p traffic and can remove software it deams illegal. Alltough i presonally beleive they added the latest in their term of services to be able to remove spyware/addware. Has anyone actually have examples of this happening , I am very sceptical about all this windows 10 paranoia.

    Z170 :
    The only downside to upgrading to Z170 for me is the hard disk controller mess . it feels M.2 , stata-express are already obsolete ,... anything you buy of that now feels like it will not be backwards compatible with what comes maby standard out within the year , U.2 ,....

    DDR4 : if you are a high end gamer you might want to recouperate your dd3 , but for new builds i would just skip ddr3 compatible issues all together , DDR4 -16gb = 100 dollars / DDR4 8GB =60 already. DDR4 is cheap enough at launch and prices of DDR3 probably will go up in the futher.
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    Personally I feel M.2 is here to stay. It makes sense on all the mobile an SFF platforms, and any common SSD will typically have an M.2 counterpart if the company also licences a PCIe controller. The fact that it's now part of Intel RST on more than one drive helps as well.

    U.2, for the time being, will only be on the high end, most likely until more drives come out.

    SATA Express is for all bar one purpose, dead. The only usefulness it has right now is in the USB 3.1 breakout boxes that comes with some motherboards.
  • Impulses - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    Many boards support a little M.2 to U.2 adapter anyway, so if you wanna go high end with a 750 or w/e and you don't wanna occupy a PCI-E slot you can just use that. I imagine at some point there'll be boards with U.2 connectors built in... Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - link

    There are going to be a few, such as the ASUS ROG Extreme. Check our Z170 motherboard preview:
  • Shadow7037932 - Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - link

    The DDR3 prices have been dropping over the last two to three weeks. Around $30-35 for a 8GB DDR3 kit right now. Reply
  • repoman27 - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    Any more color on the issues Intel is having with Alpine Ridge? I hadn't seen that reported elsewhere... Is this coming from partners such as Gigabyte or directly from Intel? Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    Best we can ascertain is that when it's ready it's ready. From the motherboard manufacturers perspective it seems Z170 was a little rushed in terms of time scale, along with Alpine Ridge sampling, hence why there are so few boards with the 1st revisions of Alpine Ridge and they're only using it as a USB 3.1 controller because at least that part is verified. Once we start seeing TB3 enabled Skylake systems, then AR should be good to go and we'll see what (if any) problem is/was. Reply
  • MrBowmore - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    Any <u>written</u> post on the Skylake Arch coming up? Kind of starting to loose hope here. .:/ Reply
  • MrBowmore - Monday, August 31, 2015 - link

    Like this one: Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - link

    On the cards :) Just want to get it right Reply

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