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HP Pavilion dv2 Entertainment Notebook PC

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AMD announces a new ultrathin notebook platform

Intel has been hogging all of the limelight with its Atom processor. The tiny, 45nm processor has found its way into the majority of netbooks on the market and power devices ranging from $300 on up to $900+ range.

While Intel initially had the market cornered with the Atom processor and 945GM chipset, NVIDIA is now stepping into the market to provide its own IGP for the Atom. The NVIDIA Ion platform provides a single-chip solution and incorporates a GeForce 9400 GPU which completely obliterates anything Intel can currently offer with the Atom's chipset in graphics performance.

While NVIDIA is looking to simply shove Intel partly aside with its Ion offerings, AMD is looking to take on Intel its own with the new Yukon platform for "ultrathin" notebooks. Yukon incorporates a new Athlon Neo processor and ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics processor -- an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics processor is available as an option.

AMD says that the new platform is a nice balance between the bargain basement netbooks that have flooded the market and more functional (and higher priced) ultraportables. "Before today, there was a compromise associated with selecting a highly portable notebook, forcing consumers to choose either the full PC experience of an ultraportable at a high price or the limited PC experience of a mininotebook at a low price," stated Chris Cloran, AMD's Corporate VP of the Client Division.

"In introducing the AMD ultrathin notebook platform, AMD enables balanced PC performance, including the option of advanced graphics and video for true HD entertainment, all in an affordable, ultrathin notebook, bringing consumers uncompromised mobility."

AMD's poster child for the Yukon platform is the new HP Pavilion dv2 Entertainment Notebook PC. The dv2 incorporates the aforementioned 1.6GHz Athlon Neo MV-40 processor and the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3140 graphics processor. The notebooks includes a 12.1" LED backlit display (1280x800), 802.11n, WWAN support, support for up to a 500GB HDD, HDMI-out, near full-size keyboard, and an optional external Blu-ray drive.

Pricing for HP's Pavilion dv2 starts at $699.

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By obiwankenobi on 1/6/2009 7:39:11 PM , Rating: 1
You can get an Inspiron 13 from Dell for the same price, but with a C2D processor

yeah right, but with an ultracrap intel graphics included.

RE: untracrap
By hadifa on 1/6/2009 8:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
There is no bound to my contempt for Intel's on board graphic solution. It can play DVDs and that's all.

I have a decent desktop but I have a lenovo T61 for work and I travel so I get stuck with this wonderful on board solution.

Do yourself a favor and don't touch one with a ten feet pole unless you are using it for MS office or such thing only.

Not being able to run even many 2D games or the simplest of 3D indie game is a joke.

Many online flash clips stutter in full screen mode.

My brother's ancient laptop with an Athlon 1.4Ghz, a Radeon 9400 and just 512 ram easily outperforms my Centrino pro with a c2d 2Ghz processor, 965 graphic and over 3gb RAM.

Maybe I'm over reacting because it CAN play Baldura's gate or old 2D adventure games(though stuttering) so it's not that bad.

Installed Galactic civ2 for a test run. When the game starts, in a small map and in the tactical view (2D), I get about 20fps, Zooming in to earth (3D) I get about 10fps! I was happy at first since 20 is still playable, then a few turns later when I explored a few more planets, the tactical view went down to less than 10fps.
Do I need to SLI two 965 chips to get acceptable performance?!

Just thought to share my experience. Anyone knows any decent games that can run on Intel onboard graphics?
( apart from Tetris and snake game)

RE: untracrap
By ShaolinSoccer on 1/6/2009 11:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
I have an Inspiron 1525 with the g965 chipset. It plays many games fine. Including counterstrike source, hellgate london, trackmania and a few others. You need to use the chipset drivers from Dell and not from Intel. I tried the latest one from Intel and it made things worse lol. I don't know why yours has problems. I have no problems whatsoever with flash videos or any video for that matter.

RE: untracrap
By hadifa on 1/7/2009 12:17:00 AM , Rating: 2
Playing hellgate! Probably we are talking about two different chips. Mine says:
Adapter Type: Intel 965 express chipset family

Adapter String: Mobile GMA X3100

And I got the drivers from lenovo website.

If it could play counter strike then I wouldn't complain. It doesn't have a problem with all flash videos, but there are many flash videos that slow down and lag in full screen.

RE: untracrap
By Radnor on 1/7/2009 5:11:18 AM , Rating: 2
Hellgate London plays nice on a X3100 ?

I recommend you to check your eyes and your brains. Playing at 800x600 with everything off at a slide show speed, isn't playing. It is powerpoint.

Another thing, Intel IGPs still don't do TnL natively. And it was implemented in 1999.

Of course your C2D become crap. They have to pull stuff that is not made for them, and they don't like to pull.
If this idea from AMD is good, but the price needs to be lower.

RE: untracrap
By luseferous on 1/7/2009 7:30:20 AM , Rating: 1
It won't play Crysis so netbooks are crap !

When are preople going to realise these are not designed as gaming rigs. Go buy a desktop or wait a few years.

RE: untracrap
By therealnickdanger on 1/7/2009 8:24:34 AM , Rating: 3
Here are the specs of the ATI 3410... not bad:

It's in Deutsch, so ja=yes, nein=no. LOL

RE: untracrap
By theapparition on 1/7/09, Rating: -1
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