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Friday, 28 January 2011 10:37

AMD mobile quad-cores are all the rage

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Very competitive pricing
In mid-2010 AMD managed to secure several major design wins for its mobile quad-core Phenoms and it appears that vendors are rather keen to embrace these affordable chips.

AMD has managed to carve out a small portion of the entry level market and looking at the prices it is easy to see why. The cheapest AMD-powered quad core notebooks sell for as little as €549 in major European markets, courtesy of Lenovo. However, Lenovo’s Z565 can hardly be described as an entry level notebook. This 15.6-incher packs a 2GHz Phenom N930, HD 5470 graphics, 4GB of memory and 500GB of storage.

Acer’s Aspire 5553 sells for just over €550 and it’s similarly spec’d, although it doesn’t have discrete graphics. HP and Asus are offering similar rigs in the €600 to €650 price range and several smaller vendors also carry AMD’s mobile quads.

Mind you, the cheapest Intel based quad-core notebook sells for €750. Granted, some users prefer Intel in the mobile market for a variety of reasons, but we beg to differ. The price difference is simply a bit too high. AMD quad-core lappies often cost as much as mid range models based on Intel dual-core parts, so they’re nothing short of a bargain for anyone who needs a lot of portable muscle.

In terms of design wins, Intel is still in a pretty big lead and notebooks based on Core i7 quad parts outnumber AMD designs by about eight to one. However, it’s worth noting that AMD also offers tri core processors and nearly all vendors who carry their quads have triple-core SKUs as well.
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+69 #1 63jax 2011-01-28 11:01
i just buyed an Acer with an AMD tri-core, and i am very pleased with the performance it's actually faster than a Core I3 in multitasking, i'm pleased with it...
it's a pity really that so many people are uneducated and only go for Intel. Now 8 years ago a girl of mine asked me to buy her a pc and she only wanted Pentium because that's what she saw on tv, on commercials and shit, and i struggled to convince her that there are other cpus better, but NOO only Pentium cuz' that's what she saw on TV. [censored]!
 
 
+27 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-01-28 12:24
It's no surprise, intel is shafting their customers while AMD proves thing don't need to be so costly, and look there, OEM's agree.

@63jax, probably this is a big issue that AMD needs to address. Right now they are known mostly to the people in the industry, and this won't get them far unless they attract the masses, even the [censored]!
 
 
+25 #3 63jax 2011-01-28 12:36
Blobb3r
you're right, they need some good marketing also, very good marketing!
 
 
-49 #4 Boomstick777 2011-01-28 13:17
Yeah I agree that AMD offer good budget cpu's as posted above, but it is still true to this day that if you want a performance cpu you go with Intel. AMD simply has not been able to offer anything as good as its direct competition form Intel. The new Sandybridge bridge cpu's are a prime example of how far Intel are ahead. The best cpu's bar none but at affordable prices. An intel 2500k and p67 motherboard costs the same as phenom II 1100t + 890gx/fx but Intels offers top level performance at the same price :/
 
 
+6 #5 Twister78 2011-01-28 13:35
Link to the webshop for the Quad-Core AMD for only 549 euro. Plz
 
 
+14 #6 nele 2011-01-28 14:14
Quoting Twister78:
Link to the webshop for the Quad-Core AMD for only 549 euro. Plz


http://www.notebooksbilliger.de/lenovo+z565+m39abge+quad+core+knaller?refcampaign_id=45c48cce2e2d7fbdea1afc51c7c6ad26
 
 
-49 #7 turingpest 2011-01-28 14:22
what is this article for exactly?
"AMD mobile quad-cores are all the rage" er, don't think they are. did you get paid by AMD for this?
 
 
+15 #8 Cartman 2011-01-28 14:55
Well AMD has also very affordable desktop quads like Athlon II X4 640, what can Intel offer for that sum of money?

Noughting thats what he can offer, i3 540 costs more but its Intel and thats what matters to people that know .... about hardware.
Not just that but good Athlon can be used with DDR 2 and if you have AM2+ MBO thats one very very cheap upgrade.
 
 
+30 #9 Super XP 2011-01-28 14:59
AMD's Quad-Core's in the mobile sector "ARE" all the rage because they are kicking ass with Price/Performance. Truthfully we should thank AMD for the competition, because of them we will be able to buy both AMD & Intel based mobile products at much cheaper costs.

Intel CPU's do a better job in some tasks and AMD does a better job in other tasks, so we have to oportunity to choose what suits your needs...
 
 
+15 #10 Super XP 2011-01-28 15:01
Thank you very much for proving you have no idea what you are talking about. "Price/Performance" plays the strongest factor in this industry for the average consumer that makes both AMD & Intel rich(er)...
Quoting Boomstick777:
Yeah I agree that AMD offer good budget cpu's as posted above, but it is still true to this day that if you want a performance cpu you go with Intel. AMD simply has not been able to offer anything as good as its direct competition form Intel. The new Sandybridge bridge cpu's are a prime example of how far Intel are ahead. The best cpu's bar none but at affordable prices. An intel 2500k and p67 motherboard costs the same as phenom II 1100t + 890gx/fx but Intels offers top level performance at the same price :/
 

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