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ASUS A8Jr brings ATI's Mobility Radeon X2300 to the forefront

ASUS today announced the latest addition to its popular A8J family: the A8Jr. The A8Jr takes advantage of Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processors and makes use of ATI's new Mobility Radeon X2300 GPU.

"There is an ever-increasing demand for higher graphic processing power and crisper graphics for entertainment and applications alike," said AMD's David Cummings. "Our answer to that demand is the X2300 GPU. This GPU utilizes patented technology to increase processing power and provide the user with smooth, realistic hi-resolution graphics."

The press release doesn't mention much about the Mobility Radeon X2300 GPU but it does note that it will feature ATI HyperMemory and will provide a superior "performance-per-watt" than competing solutions. The new GPU is also fully certified for use in Windows Vista.

When it comes to the A8Jr's other specs, it looks just like the rest of its brethren. The Intel 945PM Express chipset is used along with an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945AGP 802.11a/b/g adapter. A 14.1" WXGA+ (1440x900) display is included along with five USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard slot, VGA and DVI connectors and an optional Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

The 5.27 pound notebook should be available for purchase within the next two weeks, but pricing is not yet available.

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RE: confused about ati
By Ard on 1/22/2007 1:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know if their general naming scheme is all that difficult (X1800, X1900, X2000, etc.). I think the bigger problem is all the damn suffixes (XTX, XT, GT, SE, Pro, GTO, GTO2, etc., etc.).

RE: confused about ati
By slashbinslashbash on 1/22/2007 5:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. ATI is practically the same as Nvidia with respect to the naming system. With Nvidia, we had the following generations:

GeForce 2
GeForce 3
GeForce 4
GeForce 5xxx
GeForce 6xxx
GeForce 7xxx
GeForce 8xxx

With ATI, it's been

Radeon 8xxx
Radeon 9xxx
Radeon Xxxx
Radeon X1xxx
Radeon X2xxx

Is that so hard to follow? 8, 9, X, X1, X2. Yes, things get screwed up when they bump a last-gen card to have a current-gen name, but don't forget the king of this kind of thing, the dreaded Nvidia GeForce 4 MX, which had absolutely nothing to do with the actual GeForce 4.

Similarly, both parties are equally at fault with the damn suffixes. I wish they would just change the number rather than add a suffix. Kind of like ATI did with the X1950 (although of course they added prefixes there as well). There are two extra zeroes there at the end of the number, just waiting to be changed. C'mon Nvidia, why not an 8820 and an 8850 instead of GTS and GTX?

RE: confused about ati
By StevoLincolnite on 1/23/2007 4:39:21 AM , Rating: 3
Had nothing to do with the Geforce 4? Your wrong there.
The Geforce MX440, Was Indeed based on the Geforce 2, But with some tweaks and added technology's such as: Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA), Z compression, occlusion detection, anti aliasing and display units from the GF4 Ti, full MPEG2 decoder (Something that the Geforce 4 Ti Lacked).
The MX440 Is most of the time a little slower than the Geforce 3 Ti200. And Lacks Pixel shading, And Vertex shading has to be done in software.

" but don't forget the king of this kind of thing, the dreaded Nvidia GeForce 4 MX, which had absolutely nothing to do with the actual GeForce 4. "
Did you forget about the Radeon 9200 Series? That based on the Radeon 8500, The Radeon VE was also renamed to the Radeon 7000.

And the First "Geforce" Wasn't called "Geforce" But rather called the "Geforce 256".

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