Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $199, the iPhone 3GS is twice as expensive as the basic 3G model and from AnandTech's testing it seems be about 50% faster. Part of that reason is because the ARM chip that they are using runs at 600MHz as opposed to 412MHz, but the speed bump is not the only reason. The ARM Cortex A8 sports twice the L1 cache and also has a 256KB L2 cache, something that is completely missing from the ARM11 chip that the 3G uses. It also manages to beat out the Pre.
Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2009 - 06:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week I posted a short preview of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 200M mobile GPUs. At the time (and in reality still today) we don't have a lot of information about the GPUs themselves, the technology on them, changes in architecture, etc. We have been able to gather some more information in the last few days though about the power consumption and performance these parts will offer and how appealing they may or may not before system builders.
Subject: Mobile | June 17, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP and AMD are working together to give people who want a mobile computer just a smidgen
larger than a netbook with their dv2 series. Three different Pavilion dv2s exist, all are powered by the Athlon Neo MV-40 processor,
the differences lie in the maximum amount of memory available, drive size, GPU and a few bundled features. The low end 1010ea model utilizes an onboard X1250 the two more expensive models sport a Mobility Radeon HD 3410 512MB
card. How do they fare against the Intel Atom N270
powered MSI Wind?
Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U. Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose. You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to.
Mobility Gaming update
NVIDIA is announcing the newest addition to its mobility line of GPUs today - the GeForce 200M series. With what NVIDIA is calling basically a new architecture designed around the desktop GT200, this marks the first move for NVIDIA mobility parts away from the aged G92 specifications. Not only that but these are the first NVIDIA GPUs to offer GDDR5 memory support, DX10.1 and are the first built on a 40nm process.
Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs. According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has
"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"
Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has a quick peek at the new Pre as well as the iPhone 3G, though not the new 3GS as those are fairly difficult to get a hold of right now. They talk you through the internals of these devices and how they differ. They also take a close look at battery life, as that is one of the most important things to a user on the road, topping even speed in many cases. Drop by for a brief look at the brand new Pre and how it stacks up to the competition.
Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
I know Lenovo has been making a big deal about the new S12 netbook that implemented the ION chipset with the Atom processor just this past month, but there was another revision of the S12 on display at Computex. VIA was proudly showing this model of the S12, that has been looked over almost entirely, that uses all VIA-based chips.
Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 12:29 AM | Ryan Shrout