MSI HAS SWITCHED from Intel to AMD processors in its unannounced x610 ultra slim-line Airbook-alike laptop, with diminished performance as a direct result.
Of course, switching from Intel to AMD is quite normal for PC makers when they want to introduce a budget machine. But we think it's unusual in a netbook, where Intel's CPUs have ruled the roost.
Russian tech site 3DNews review has reviewed the x610 X-Slim series laptop even before it's been officially announced by MSI. The reviewers discovered that the CPU change has put a dent in performance and driven down battery life to two hours for the sake of a cost saving.
CPU and PCMark05 benchmarks from the review shows the real loss in performance from the Intel switch to AMD, as seen here.
MSI has replaced the Intel 1.4GHz Core2 Solo SU3500 processor, as used in the current x600, with the AMD 1.6GHz Athlon MV-40.
At the time of writing, MSI was unable to comment on this, or whether it will be repeated in other MSI devices. µ
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