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All posts tagged "intel sandy bridge"


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Quad-Core AMD Llano APUs Coming Soon to a Laptop Near You

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:39 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/quad-core...ile+Technology)

"AMD has started shipping its Llano APU (accelerated processing unit) to OEMs, which means we should start seeing it for sale in systems in the coming months. What makes Llano special is that it's one of the first quad-core processors from AMD to include both the processor and graphics chip on the same die."

At CES 2011, high-performance computing was all about Sandy Bridge - Intel's impressive second generation of Core i-series processors. AMD was showing off their APU chips as well, but they were only found in the low-power units such as the HP dm1z. Now the "APU big guns" are coming from AMD, and if the above video is accurate, it looks like Intel may have a few things to worry about. This is great news for anyone who's looking for a new laptop in 2011: there will be some excellent options to choose from!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Upgraded Dell XPS 15: The Perfect Notebook?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Dell Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/lap...dge.aspx?page=1

"When we last reviewed the Dell XPS 15, we praised the notebook's strong performance, best-in-class audio, and colorful screen. Now Dell has upgraded its premium 15-incher with Intel's second-generation Core Series processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 500 series graphics, which promise even better performance. We had a chance to test out a high-end $1,488 configuration of the XPS 15, complete with a 2-GHz quad-core Core i7, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p screen, and Nvidia GT540M graphics. These specs promise--and deliver--remarkable processing and media prowess, but is the whole package worth nearly $1,500?"

The upgraded XPS 15 starts at $799 for a basic configuration, but the system as tested at about $1500 scored well in almost every evaluation category. The biggest faults found were that it was a bit heavy and bulky. A 17-inch version is available for about the same price, if portability isn't needed. Dell has made an excellent notebook even better by upgrading to Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. Maybe not perfect, but awfully close!

 


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sandy Bridge for HP EliteBook and ProBook Laptops

Posted by Michael Knutson in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 12:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/23/...shed-elitebook/

"Two weeks ago "consumers" got totally redesigned HP Pavilion dv and g-series laptops, leaving those poor guys in the conference room with nothing but their "old" Calpella-based machines and sad Excel spreadsheets. Well, it's their turn now alright -- HP's been stirring up brand new EliteBook and ProBooks for the guys and gals in suits (though, we're really of the mind that these laptops are for anyone looking for some tough and powerful hardware). All ten of the new machines (yep, 10!) have been given new metal designs, Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors, facial recognition software, and an easy-access latch to get to the hard drive and RAM."

Expect Sandy Bridge product announcements to dominate over the coming weeks, and HP is right there with a refresh of their EliteBook and ProBook "business" product lines. Of course, Sandy Bridge is the centerpiece, with Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, up to 8GB of RAM, easy SSD capability, USB 3.0, AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics, and some configurations claiming 32-hours of battery life using an "ultra capacity" configuration. From mainstream business users starting at $799 to users needing a "business rugged" solution, starting at $999, to more basic business-class machines starting at $579, HP is serious about office computers. Anyone care to guess what a laptop with 32-hours of battery life will cost?


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ThinkPad T,W,L Series to Feature Intel's Sandy Bridge

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:30 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/lenovo-an...ile+Technology)

"Today, Lenovo announced updates to its popular ThinkPad T, W, and L series business notebooks, updating all models to Intel's 2nd Generation Core Series processors (Sandy Bridge) and adding faster boot times, longer battery life, and enhanced conferencing features. With model numbers each ending in "20," the new ThinkPad T420, T420s, T520, L420, L520, and W520 are due to ship at the end of March."

What's new here? Plenty: a faster BIOS promising 30-percent faster system start-up; SSD options; claimed battery life of 15-hours (!!) on the T420 with a 9-cell battery; 30-hours with a 9-cell battery slice added; "only" 10-hours on the slim T420S with a 6-cell battery and a bay battery instead of an optical drive; NVIDIA Optimus technology on several models; better wireless connectivity resumption; enhanced conferencing; and lots more. The T420S is expected to weigh less than 4-pounds, the T420 4.84-pounds, the T520 5.57-pounds, and their new "value-oriented" models, the L420 and L520 weigh 5.1-pounds and 5.75-pounds, respectively. There will also be a workstation-class model, the W520, offering higher resolution, more robust processors, up to 32GB DDR3 RAM, better graphics, and up to 10.7-hours of battery life. Quite an impressive new lineup from Lenovo.


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