WidowPC Announces Socket AM2 Notebooks
Anh Tuan Huynh
August 28, 2006 6:47 PM
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Its so hot it stings
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
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
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RE: AMD... why bother?
8/29/2006 2:13:29 AM
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?
8/29/2006 4:35:08 AM
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?
8/29/2006 1:04:03 PM
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.
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