AMD & Intel Delay Full DDR3 Transition

"Both AMD and Intel have chosen to delay the movement of their DDR3-only platforms for different reasons"

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AMD & Intel Delay Full DDR3 Transition

Originally, both Intel and AMD were planning to make DDR3-only CPU/motherboard combos their main platforms sometime this year.  However, it seems that both may delay this action until 2010, though for different reasons.

On Intel's side of things, DDR3 prices have not fallen as much as they had believed they would.  In addition to this, due to the current economic climate, demand for their i7/X58 platform has not reached the levels they had hoped for.  Thus, the Lynnfield i5/P55 platform will be delayed from the original end of July release until September at the earliest, perhaps even later.

AMD issue is perhaps a bit more serious.  It seems that they are experiencing difficulties in achieving stability and compatibility with the built-in DDR3 memory controller of the AM3 CPUs.  Thus, AMD will be forced to delay their DDR3 transition until they develop a workable BIOS.

For some, this DDR3 transition delay may come as a relief considering the current ridiculously low prices of DDR2.  However, it's never really a good thing when progress is impeded.

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12-01-2009, 12:12:35

monkey7
Ever since my ol' crappy laptop's power supply decided to die I have been looking for a few new portable. My main requirement was portability (I hated the hernia the 4kg crappyness got me) and a little CAD performance, just to view files and do minor edits. My original budget was around €500 but that got bashed into the ground as soon as I started surfing shops. My real max. is around €800. Also, battery time is quite important to me as I have to travel 2-3 hours a day.

Currently I have my eye on three laptops, all in dutch shops but you should be able to read the specs.

#1: 13.3" LeNovo Thinkpad SL300
Price: €550 incl.
Pros: Price
Cons: Performance (2GB and lesser cpu) and possible battery time.
EDIT: also pre installed OS as I have a Vista lying around unused.

#2: 13.3" FCB XNi730t Manually added: 4GB RAM, additional 8cells battery, pixel warranty, luxury sleeve and extended warranty to 1year P&R.
Price: €737 excl.
Pros: Brushed aluminium :D 4GB ram and 8cells battery.
Cons: 8cells battery might be quite heavy

#3: 12.2" FCB (Clevo) Xni TN120R Manually added: 4GB RAM, pixel warranty, luxury sleeve and extended warranty to 1year P&R
Price: €757 excl.
Pros: Touchscreen :D All way turnable screen :D
Cons: 4cells battery.

Which of these would you guys recommend? At the moment I'm leaning towards the second laptop because of its battery and probably durability. The third is has a cool screen but I'm afraid the lifetime of the screen/system joint will not be very good, and I also think 12.2" might be a little too small.

12-01-2009, 12:19:53

Youngie1337
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=acer&cid=5202452354375192326#ps-sellers

I myself have:

[url]http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=samsung+r70&btnG=Search+Products&hl=en&show=dd&cid=3397482885090133783#ps-sellers[/url]

12-01-2009, 12:27:57

monkey7
Hmm it's an interesting one, but I found a few cons:
- 2GB ram (not a disaster, but I'd prefer 3-4)
- Pre installed OS, I still have a Vista license here
- UK located, I'm in the Netherlands so warranty and shipping will be more complicated.
- Price gets around €770,- Excl. I could have the second laptop in my post for that which I really prefer when looking at the specs.

I do appreciate your suggestion :) The CPU is more powerful than the ones I proposed but I just do not think it's worth the cons.

12-01-2009, 12:30:33

Youngie1337

Hmm it's an interesting one, but I found a few cons:
- 2GB ram (not a disaster, but I'd prefer 3-4)
- Pre installed OS, I still have a Vista license here
- UK located, I'm in the Netherlands so warranty and shipping will be more complicated.
- Price gets around €770,- Excl. I could have the second laptop in my post for that which I really prefer when looking at the specs.

I do appreciate your suggestion :) The CPU is more powerful than the ones I proposed but I just do not think it's worth the cons.



True, does screen size really matter to you? Never go for a Samsung laptop :P, the keys tend to vanish lol.

12-01-2009, 12:34:35

monkey7
Well it quite does. When I'm a full day at school (which I should be 4 days/week) I have to carry it around in my backpack for 8-9 hours. I also work a lot in the train where you do not have a lot of room for your laptop if you still want to fit in the seat yourself.

Also, a lower screen size generally means a longer battery time. And as my school seems to be incapable of installing a proper amount of wall power sockets in the classrooms I will need some serious battery time at those long days :p
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