I am a long time Tom's reader, it is the first place I go when I find out about new technology to see what Tom's has done with it. That is why I was shocked to see that Tom's hardware has no reference to the already shipped chips. All I found was one old news article concerning the new AMD Danube line entering the market, from back in January. I really expected to see something on Tom's laying out and explaining these processors with a promise of benchmarks to come, or even better, completed benchmarks. It would be great to see how these stack up against intels line of mobile i3/i5/i7. But instead all I find is a 8 page or so article about Moorestown/atom. Interesting read, but where are some mobile tech reviews. Or is Tom's hardware only about desktops and gaming?
Maybe I missed it but I searched for Phenom P920 and N930, and didn't find what I was looking for. Neweggs got a sale on a laptop with one of those components. I can only imagine this influx of competing mobile CPUs will bring down the prices of fast performance laptops. But I don't feels competent to make a value assessment until I get a clearer picture of these new AMD chips. Especially in regards to their processing power, heat issues, and batter life compared to intel's current line.
Indeed. I was expecting at least a mention of the new mobile chips, but nothing to date. However, I would expect a review or 2 as our labs get their hands on a few laptops powered by the chips. When that will be, I do not know. Keep an eye out though. If you want to get an idea of how they stack up in comparison to Intel's chips, check this link out:
Tom's seems to no longer care about the mobile world. They do the odd laptop review every once in a while, but not very often. Ever since they attempted to make the mobile CPU list which got outdated in about a month, they seem to have given up.
The N930 only competes with the outdated Q9000 according to Notebook Check. That's a little disappointing to me. Hoping to see better.
It is apparent that AMD is lagging a bit behind with CPU processing/performance and from spec sheets, even thermal efficiency. About that old Q9000, it still runs for around $300(stand alone), 200 on ebay, and is a very hot chip, sometimes running as hot as 85°C. Also it is a little more power hungry than the N930. 45W TDP vs 35W TDP. I am not looking to see AMD beat intel in performance specs. But budget/value wise, AMD has a better integrated graphics platform and a more dedicated over-clocking enthusiast group. I'm curious to see if they cannot win overall in dollar vs. performance ratio for laptops, which is a bit of a different game than desktops. Where energy efficiency heat generation/dissipation are much bigger concerns.