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Its so hot it stings

WidowPC has announced its Socket AM2 powered Sting 917X2 notebook. The Sting 917X2 is powered by AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 and FX dual-core processors. Sting 917X2 systems can be ordered with up to 2GB of DDR2-667 memory and two hard drives.

Powering the graphics portion of the Sting 917X2 is an unnamed 512MB graphics card, though WidowPC claims the Sting 917X2 can be ordered with the fastest graphics cards available. Backing the 512MB graphics card is a large 17” wide screen display capable of 1920x1200. Widow PC hasn’t published weight numbers, though DailyTech expects it to be no less than 10lbs.  Considering the Sting is a desktop-replacement (DTR) rather than a thin and light laptop, we are willing to give a little slack on the weight specifications. 

The WidowPC Sting 917X2 also has Reverse Hyper Threading technology according to the product page, though this is likely a typo as RHT has been largely disproven as a component of the K8 architecture.

WidowPC has gotten a few headlines this year as the company also claimed to be the first manufacturer of SLI notebooks when in fact a other manufacturers began to rebadge the Clevo white books too.


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RE: AMD... why bother?
By nerdye on 8/28/2006 10:14:09 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that performance wise the am2 now is similar to what the a64 did to the p4. I love amd, but I agree, one would be a fool to not buy a low end conroe than buy an am2 4200, or 4600 for slightly less money. I would say that a 939 x2 would be the bargain bet, but conroe with an asrock ddr1/ddr2 has made that a non issue. I'm not celebrating, yet admiting, its currently a conroe world.


RE: AMD... why bother?
By Missing Ghost on 8/28/2006 11:42:38 PM , Rating: 2
laptops with merom won't have good availability until some time.


RE: AMD... why bother?
By rmaharaj on 8/29/2006 2:13:29 AM , Rating: 2
Can't the current-available Yonah match Athlon64 clock-for-clock? Let's face it, Intel has always owned the mobile CPU market, even when AMD was trouncing them on the desktop and server. Buying a ultra-high-end machine like this with an AMD chip is bizarre.


RE: AMD... why bother?
By StevoLincolnite on 8/29/2006 4:35:08 AM , Rating: 3
I have a 1.6ghz Yonah Processor, Overclocked to 2.4ghz. And CPU benchmarks have shown its slightly faster than an Athlon 64 clock for clock.

16ghz Pentium M @ 2.4ghz
Radeon 9700 Mobility (Upgraded to a 9800).
2gb of DDR
100GB 7200 RPM HDD. (Its a fast drive for a laptop!).


RE: AMD... why bother?
By peternelson on 8/29/2006 1:04:03 PM , Rating: 1
The YONAH can't match the AMD laptops AT ALL when trying to run 64 BIT INSTRUCTIONS (it can't!)

Personally I LIKE desktop replacement systems.

Conventional and ultra notebooks have keys that are too small and screens that are too small.

The weight of a DTR system is not a big issue. I regularly carry around much more weight.

The DTR has the advantage you can just put down your DTR on a desk and there is your whole work environment. No fiddling with monitor cables, speakers etc. You can set it up in a cafe or Starbucks and nobody will care. Try doing that with your desktop pc!

Also the bigger screen means more than one person can watch it comfortably eg you are showing work to a colleague or doing a sales presentation.

DTR systems rock. If you don't like the weight, go to a gym and do some weight training.

AMD laptop processor is AROUND THE SAME performance as the latest Intel rivals.

AMD lacks the branding of "Centrino" ie chipset/cpu/wireless but there are plenty other components that do the same job.

The 64 bit AMD alternative is WAY better than Yonah.


RE: AMD... why bother?
By OrSin on 8/29/2006 8:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
I can see getting AM2 if they are getting the lowwalts ones. 35W is sweet for a notebook CPU. And currently for power vs performances its the best. But if power draw is not an issue Conroe is the way to go.

I currently have a amd 939 (single core) on the low end. Ifi get upgrade in the next 6 months it will be an X2. After that it still might not be a Conroe. The reason why is I dont need another motherboard or memory so an X2 in the near terms is very cheap. In six months AMD might (big if) be should something i want to see. And since they am2 will work with AM3 chips yopu have long upgrade path. But thats only if AMD comes with something. Right now Conroe is my choose after six months.


"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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