AMD to Push Lower Price Ultrabook Alternatives in $599 to $899 Range

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vrmlbasic

According to the AMD link, these laptops will only support up to DDR3-1333Mhz. I thought AMD would be going for the 2000+ MHz "gold" as they're saying, and benchmarks around the internet show, that the graphics of these Fusion APUs is dramatically affected by RAM speed.

The article says to expect quad core processors, yet the AMD site lists only dual-core processors with an abysmal 1 MB of L2 cache to boot.

What am I missing?

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Happy

E series? I'm not content with that. I'd rather have Trinity. I might settle for E series if I absolutely had to but if I had any choice at all I'd go with Trinity.

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Philippe Lemay

Poor AMD... I really hope they manage to pull some successes this year. They've been getting pounded on so hard on both ends. Sandy AND Ivy have dominated huge swaths of the CPU market, and now Nvidia has just crushed the high end GPU market for them. All they have left now is low-end and mobile.

Even if I never plan on getting a laptop... and I'm perfectly happy with my Ivy Bridge under the hood. I want to say: Don't give up AMD! We need you to continue maintaining the balance of healthy capitalist competition! No one wants a monopoly.

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Happy

"pounded so hard on both ends" LOLOLOLOL!!! :P

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vrmlbasic

Crushed? Last Kepler benchmarks I saw barely beat out both the previous NVidia generation and the current AMD Radeon, and unlike the Radeon, these Kepler cards were practically impossible to buy.

What did I miss?

Speaking of AMD and Nvidia, having an Ivy Bridge "under the hood" of a laptop is only going to leave you perfectly happy if it is paired with one of those 2 companies' graphics solutions, as only the epitome of masochists could be even remotely satisfied with Intel's abysmal graphics.

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livebriand

To be honest, this is good enough for most people. I wish them luck - competition never hurts.

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tekknyne

Props to AMD on this one. I bought a cheap $300 Compaq laptop from Walmart with the AMD c-50 and admittedly I'm very disappointed with the netbook-like-CPU horsepower in it. HOWEVER, $300 for a 15.6" screen fully functioning laptop that I put 8gb of ram and an SSD in is just a steal. I will always look at AMD for mobile computing needs because they are always very relevant.

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PCLinuxguy

I've got one better: a $400 HP 17.3" model with a quad core A8, 6 GB of ram and 750GB Hard drive out of the box at walmart since they were nolonger going to carry that model. it's a beast and definitely (to me) beats anything intel has to offer at that price range that's even remotely close in specs. I would rather go Trinity APU when it comes out but that will be my next box

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vrmlbasic

How much did the RAM and the SSD cost?

...To compare even the crappiest AMD mobile processor on the market to the Intel Atom is to give the Atom WAY too much credit.

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tekknyne

The RAM was $40 for 8gb and the 60gb SSD was $50 after mail in rebate. I guess I didn't really know what I was buying. It boots up fast thanks to the SSD, but I can't really do enough with it to saturate 4gb of memory let alone 8. The SSD is great, but I'm struggling to see it's value in the mobile space, specially when I want more storage. The c-50 can barely do a few tabs in firefox if even one of those is a low-quality youtube video. If I'm even torenting, the video gets choppy with only one tab open. These E and A-series APU's are a totally different class. The battery life is still pretty amazing all the same.

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Slurpy

"The c-50 can barely do a few tabs in firefox if even one of those is a low-quality youtube video."

That's because Flash is so terrible. Run Firefox with Flashblock, avoid Youtube, and it will seem like a new machine.

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bigrigross

I understand why Intel has standards for what is to be called an Ultrabook. They want to make sure that the name ultra book isnt tarnished with crap hardware. But on the other side of it, Intel needs to reduce the price of their hardware so manufactures can produce them cheaper.

I am glad AMD is getting into the ultrabook market and using an APU makes it very appealing to me since I would be able to game and have a good laptop to do school work with without breaking the bank. I dont use my laptop as my main computer since I have a gaming machine so I dont need a powerhouse. Just a mobile device I can use on the road, play all or most of my games, and have plenty of battery power.

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vrmlbasic

Don't ultrabooks that are already on the market come with Intel HD graphics? It's already too late for the Ultrabook name to remain untarnished by crap hardware. If graphics cards were artists, Intel's graphics "solution" would be the toddler painting on our wall with its feces.

I second your stance on the laptop's purpose. C'mon AMD.

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Neufeldt2002

For most people when buying this type of form factor they are not looking at high processing needs. If it runs some kind of office suite, browses the web, and can do email everything else is a bonus, plus it has to be priced right. Cheaper is better here. I think AMD could take this market away from Intel. The only thing I see Intel making ubiquitous is the name Ultrabook, even Ultrathins will be called Ultrabook. But then I could be wrong on the naming and it could go the other way.

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