Time-gap between "release date" and actual unit sales online/stores

Hi guys

I'll keep it brief

- I know absolutely NOTHING about computer's

- I'm in the market to buy a new laptop to play Diablo 3 (coming out may 14th)

- My budget is limited and I wanted to spend around $500-600

- After reading around forums (and getting a headache), I kept noticing recomendations to "wait until the AMD Trinity" releases. Apparently it will be very powerful and at very affordable prices

- After more googling, it turns out that the AMD Trinity APU for notebooks is releasing on May 15th

- After yet more googling I came across this article
The important line "We learned that AMD is currently briefing journalists in a dedicated event, but according to X-Bit Labs, AMD will only release premium mobile parts on May 15th - read quad-core processors."

-Even I know that quad cores are the most expensive :D

This leads me to my two questions

#1) How do these chip releases work? The trinity amd releases on May 15th. What does that actually mean? How long before I can buy a laptop with the trinity AMD technology and pricing?

#2) The trinity AMD is supposedly supposed to undercut intel's chips by upto $200 or more. They are targeting the $500 notebook price range. So how much more than that do you anticipate the Quad core version of the trinity AMD will cost?

Sorry for my shocking lack of knowledge :pfff: Would really appreciate any feedback
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  1. Hello MariaStalW;

    You could see some models available very soon after the announcement. Early June?

    I think you will be able to find a under $600 A8-4500M (2.1GHz/2.8GHz) & HD7640G graphics notebook. I just don't know how soon after launch you'll find those prices. Certainly before the end of the summer.
  2. Good lord =(

    I cant put off D3 for a whole summer. This is my only free time, and then it is back to the slave-pits of my university
  3. Can you hang in till next Wed the 15?
  4. Haha =)

    I dont mind waiting through most of May and upto early June

    But if the $500 or so models won't release till late in summer I might as well bite the bullet and buy a crappier $500 laptop that is currently on the market
  5. I don't agree with that philosophy - unless you really do have a NEED to get one sooner than mid-June. If nothing else - you'll have a lot more info to make an informed decision.

    How do you feel about refurb/reconditioned models?
  6. I dont mind refurbs/reconditioned if they carry a warranty.
    Did you have something in mind?

    Here are the Diablo 3 specs btw

    Bare minimum Specs
    Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c
    Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+
    NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
    1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7)
    12 GB available HD space
    DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only)
    Broadband* Internet connection
    1024x748 minimum resolution

    Recommended specs
    Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs)
    Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz
    2 GB RAM
    NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
  7. A8-4500M is one of the quad core mobile APUs I think will be first out of the gate.
    Along with the flagship mobile A10-4600M.

  8. WR2 said:
    A8-4500M is one of the quad core mobile APUs I think will be first out of the gate.
    Along with the flagship mobile A10-4600M.



    That is all gibberish to me sensei
  9. HP Pavilion dv6 Refurbished 15" Notebook $580 (90 day warranty and restrictive return policy)
    AMD A-Series A8-3510MX(1.8GHz) APU & Radeon HD HD 6750M graphics card.
  10. MariaStalW said:
    That is all gibberish to me sensei
    Hopefully, on May 15th they'll be some reviews available to explain how well they run games.
  11. At least I have a rough idea of some dates.

    I was worried the chip released, and then it took another 6 months or something before they started appearing in laptops.

    I can wait a few weeks after the chip release, see whats out there and make a decision from there

    Thanks for your prompt responses
  12. If nothing else the release date independent reviews should give you a pretty good idea if you want to wait - or just go ahead and look for a good sale on a Llano A6.
  13. When you're ready to shop around - stop by the Laptop and Notebook section of the THG forums.
  14. Will do, thanks
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