Error
  • JUser::_load: Unable to load user with id: 67

Featured Articles

IHS teardown reveals Galaxy S5 BOM

IHS teardown reveals Galaxy S5 BOM

Research firm IHS got hold of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone and took it apart to the last bolt to figure out…

More...
Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 available selling well

Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 available selling well

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has finally gone on sale and it can be yours for €699, which is quite a lot of…

More...
Intel lists Haswell refresh parts

Intel lists Haswell refresh parts

Intel has added a load of Haswell refresh parts to its official price list and there really aren’t any surprises to…

More...
Respawn confirms Titanfall DLC for May

Respawn confirms Titanfall DLC for May

During his appearance at PAX East panel and confirmed on Twitter, Titanfall developer Respawn confirmed that the first DLC pack for…

More...
KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 GTX 780 Ti Hall Of Fame reviewed

KFA2 gained a lot of overclocking experience with the GTX 780 Hall of Fame (HOF), which we had a chance to…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:53

AMD offers strong back to school notebook lineup

Written by


Vendors embrace affordable mobile parts
AMD has been doing quite well lately and the company seems keen to recover some ground in the mobile market as well. Traditionally AMD lagged behind Intel in the mobile segment due to a variety of factors, both technical and PR-related.

However, AMD has managed to secure quite a few significant design wins in recent weeks and months, so there are already a number of very tempting offers to choose from. Major players like Acer, HP, Lenovo and Asus have all introduced new AMD-based notebooks based on a variety of processors.

Most vendors use AMD parts in mid range and entry level notebooks, as they offer somewhat better value for money than Intel processors. In fact, the vast majority of new AMD-based notebooks is based on the Athlon II P320, a 2.1GHz part with 1MB of L2 cache and a 25W TDP. This is a no-thrills processor, but it’s available in €350 machines and you also get integrated HD 4200 graphics to boot. Check out the Lenovo G555 or HP625 for the best bargains. The single core V120 is also available, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of value for money. For more performance you can turn to Turion II and Phenom II dual-cores, with 2MB of L2 cache and higher clocks. The downside is higher pricing and limited choice, as fewer vendors offer them on fewer models.

Despite the focus on mainstream products, demanding users can also take a peek at AMD’s mobile lineup. There is more than a dozen triple-core notebooks to chose and with prices starting at around €600 they offer quite good value. Nearly all of them feature DirectX 11 discrete graphics in the form of HD 5400, and 5600 series mobile Radeons. This should be enough to sweeten the deal.

Of course, Intel does not offer tri-core processors, but it still dominates the quad market with its pricey Core i7 series parts. Although notebooks based on AMD’s quad-cores are few and far between, they are much better priced than anything Intel has to offer. Basically a notebook based on AMD’s Phenom II X4 N930 at 2GHz costs around €100 less than an Intel-based rig.

Although AMD is still a long way behind Intel in the mobile market, the company is doing much better than in 2009 or 2008. AMD’s new 45nm mobile CPUs have managed to gain back some ground and the outfit has scored quite a few potentially very lucrative design wins. A year ago we would have had a very hard time recommending any AMD mobile part, but the company has managed to make quite a bit of progress since then and it’s always good to see some healthy competition.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Comments  

 
+5 #1 Xenon_aniki 2010-08-04 04:43
yes!! waiting for mobile competition has ended. consumer wins
 
 
+1 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-04 19:42
Consumer wins unless major OEM's make deals behind closed curtains and price-fix the entire market. It's not like it didn't happen before.

Anyway, I'm happy AMD will be more competitive in the ultra low to useless (for me, eg ATOM) segment. At least now I can seriously consider buying a proper notebook without worrying about crappy-this or crappy-that.

Thank God I've avoided the nvidia bumpgate mess last time when the only models I could choose were 2 xpress and intel and 6 nforce ones.
 

To be able to post comments please log-in with Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments