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Friday, 01 October 2010 11:25

Sandy Bridge battery life comparable to Calpella

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Huron River 32nm platform
Most Sandy Bridge CPUs will be quad-core, and quad-cores are traditionally not that great for notebooks. This is about to change with Huron River as it looks like that the quad-core Sandy Bridge can get almost identical battery life to dual-core Calpella based systems.

This is something that we’ve learned and seen with out own eyes and even big 15-inch workstation class notebooks with-quad cores should run for about four to five hours. Naturally there will be a dual-core version of Sandy Bridge that will be even more power aware, so you will see some great battery life from dual-cores, more than eight hours is definitely possible on select configurations.

The Huron River platform looks like a great notebook alternative that can even let you do some casual gaming.
Last modified on Friday, 01 October 2010 13:56
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+19 #1 guideX 2010-10-01 12:56
I would really love to see an Intel quad core play a 1080P movie for 4-5 hours straight. What 'should run for 4 to 5 hours' means is that you can stress it for 30 minutes, watch youtube for 30 mins and then use MS Word/browse files for the other 3 hours whilst the computer is only utilizing two cores via turbo boost.
 
 
+22 #2 thetruth 2010-10-01 14:02
Quote:
This is something that we’ve learned and seen with out own eyes


Typo fail, this one left me wondering for a quite a while.
 
 
+16 #3 redisnidma 2010-10-01 22:03
If playing solitaire and mine sweeper is what you call "casual gaming", then yeah, I agree. ;-)
 
 
-2 #4 Alereon 2010-10-05 01:05
Quoting redisnidma:
If playing solitaire and mine sweeper is what you call "casual gaming", then yeah, I agree. ;-)
Sandy Bridge's integrated graphics is faster than a low-end dedicated GPU, beating out a Radeon HD 5450/Geforce G310 quite handily. It's not fast, but it will run games at low resolution and quality settings. The best side-effect of this is that the Geforce 400M-series and Radeon HD 6000-series won't have any uselessly slow cards. nVidia will bottom out with a Geforce GT 420M with 48 shaders, and AMD will likely offer a 480SP card at the bottom-end (especially since their on-die graphics has ~400 shaders and offers Radeon HD 5500-class performance).
 

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