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OEMs stick Core i7 in laptops

Warming the groin
Thu May 28 2009, 12:37

SMB OEMS are apparently rushing to put Chipzilla's Core i7 chips into laptops.

According to PC World, retailers AVADirect and the Canadian firm Eurocom are offering variants of Clevo's D900F laptop with the Core i7 processor.

The chips were the "world's fastest chips" until Intel released the company's Xeon server processors at the beginning of the year. And the funny thing about them is that they are politically incorrect when it comes to power use.

The laptops being flogged by AVADirect seem to chew through 130 watts of juice but they have more features than you can poke a stick at, which does not help battery life either.

The laptops come with Core i7 920, 940 and 965 quad-core processors running at speeds from 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz and include 8MB of L3 cache. There is an X58 chipset and an Nvidia GPU.

The price tag is also a bit heavy with a starting price of around $2,500 and getting to $6,000 for the more-money-than-sense configuration. µ


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