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Sandy Bridge Laptops Start to Show Their Faces

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Eye spy with my little Core-i...

Though Intel only confirmed its Consumer Electronics Show debut very recently, the company's Sandy Bridge processors have been a long time coming. And, with CES just a few months away, it's getting harder and harder for partners to keep a lid on products that utilize the next generation CPUs.

While poking around looking for more information on AMD's Mobility Radeon HD 6550M card, Laptoping.com has discovered several laptops that appear to boast the new Intel CPUs. The site uncovered an Acer Aspire 17.3-inch laptop, which has the Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor alongisde the 6550M graphics. The same CPU was also found to be present in a Gateway machine, as well as in the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560P. Engadget also points to an HP gaming laptop, the dv7, which includes the 2GHz quad-core.

And you thought Santa couldn't come fast enough … Roll on January!

Source: Laptoping, Engadget

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    bdcrlsn , November 30, 2010 1:43 AM
    otacon72Bulldozer if it ever comes out doesn't have a chance against Sandy Bridge.


    Pretty bold statement considering we know very little about it.
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    bison88 , November 29, 2010 10:07 PM
    All we need is one holiday leak benchmark and I'll be a happy camper waiting until January :) . Preferably a desktop benchie of course.
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    aznshinobi , November 30, 2010 12:37 AM
    Bulldozer = Desktop.

    AMD is taking a more power saving approach with Llano and I think Ontario. Both of which are CPU/IGPUs. Saves a lot more power, but we'll see if SB saves power like Llano and Ontario. Oh, those are out already in benches if ya didn't know.

    Correct if I'm wrong though, I don't really mind Laptop stuff.
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    aznshinobi , November 30, 2010 12:38 AM
    bison88All we need is one holiday leak benchmark and I'll be a happy camper waiting until January . Preferably a desktop benchie of course.


    Desktop Bench preview (It's a i5 2400S, no pricing out yet though): http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-preview-three-wins-in-a-row
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    oz73942 , November 30, 2010 1:23 AM
    Ahhhhh.....one step closer to the dream machine :) .....sandybridge + 580m + optimus = BA gaming laptop, + 3-4 hours of normal use. so close yet so far away.
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    bdcrlsn , November 30, 2010 1:43 AM
    otacon72Bulldozer if it ever comes out doesn't have a chance against Sandy Bridge.


    Pretty bold statement considering we know very little about it.
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    brennon7 , November 30, 2010 2:08 AM
    Laptops are a thing of the past. Tablets and powerful desktops are the future!!!!!!!! Love my i7 custom built by me desktop and my ipad. Converted my dell laptop to a desktop (for the wife) by attaching a 24 inch monitor. Ipad controls my desktop through splashtop.... ipad controls dvr through dish remote access..htc evo does it all...LOL
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    dertechie , November 30, 2010 2:36 AM
    Am I the only one noticing a Sandy Bridge CPU paired with an HM55 (current gen) mainboard? Not just a leak, but a half-baked leak at that.
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    dalauder , November 30, 2010 2:39 AM
    I'm glad the Sandy Bridges are getting called i5's & i7's--that way my Nehalem doesn't sound obsolete. Although I don't expect Sandy Bridge or Bulldozer to kick my i7-930's butt too badly--at least for the $600 I built it for.

    I do really want to see some more top-of-the-line benchmarks though.
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    jimmysmitty , November 30, 2010 3:47 AM
    aznshinobiBulldozer = Desktop.AMD is taking a more power saving approach with Llano and I think Ontario. Both of which are CPU/IGPUs. Saves a lot more power, but we'll see if SB saves power like Llano and Ontario. Oh, those are out already in benches if ya didn't know.Correct if I'm wrong though, I don't really mind Laptop stuff.


    SB also has a GPU on die. If the laptop has a discrete GPU then it will probably use SBs GPU for 2D and the discrete GPU for 3D.

    I am pretty sure that SB will lower power usage compared to Nehalem and Westmere. It will be produced on the most optimal to date 32nm that Intel has until 22nm arrives in 2011.

    As for the HM55 chipset, there is no news on the socket and the chipset itself has near no bearing on a CPU and mobo compatability these days since everything is pretty much on die including the PCIe controller. I would guess its either 1. a typo, 2. SB mobile might use the same socket as Arrandale (PGA-988) or its a new socket but can still use HM55.

    We might have a bit to wait since I can't find any info on the mobile SB socket.
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    dEAne , November 30, 2010 4:07 AM
    very nice, I wait till January.
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    Stardude82 , November 30, 2010 7:02 AM
    This is sort of amazing seeing how there are still a lot of Core based laptops on the market. Even more odd is that the 775 socket will soldier on for Intel in the Sub-$100 range until Q2 2011. (775 is still more than half of Intel's desktop market!)
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    theholylancer , November 30, 2010 12:19 PM
    why the hell are you people getting happy about warmed over graphics parts? Look up the specifications of the HD 6500M series and compare it to that of the 5600/5700 series...

    It stinks of rebrand, or at least very minor tweaks...
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    dalta centauri , November 30, 2010 12:26 PM
    brennon7Laptops are a thing of the past. Tablets and powerful desktops are the future!!!!!!!! Love my i7 custom built by me desktop and my ipad. Converted my dell laptop to a desktop (for the wife) by attaching a 24 inch monitor. Ipad controls my desktop through splashtop.... ipad controls dvr through dish remote access..htc evo does it all...LOL

    So you attached a 24" monitor to a laptop and renamed it into a desktop? I don't understand the logic, but whatever floats your tablet.
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    Dirtman73 , November 30, 2010 5:08 PM
    How...underwhelming. This whole Sandy Bridge thing has been a bad case of style over substance so far. Color me unimpressed.
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    Stardude82 , November 30, 2010 6:53 PM
    Dirtman73How...underwhelming. This whole Sandy Bridge thing has been a bad case of style over substance so far. Color me unimpressed.

    Transition of to full 32nm with the associated power savings and a 10% increase performance per clock (per Anandtech) is progress. With no reputable leaked Bulldozer benchmarks so far, it's not like Intel has been particularly coy about Sandy Bridge's performance.
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    WR2 , December 1, 2010 11:01 AM
    brennon7Laptops are a thing of the past. Tablets and powerful desktops are the future!!!!!!!!
    Not everyone would agree with you.
    US Personal Computer Consumer Market in 2015
    http://dataplusinsight.com/general/the-us-personal-computer-consumer-market-in-2015/


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    eddieroolz , December 1, 2010 8:18 PM
    They just had to make the i7 processor number four digits. More ways to confuse people for the win...
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2010 2:15 PM
    Why are all Sandy Bridge laptops coming with ATI graphics? I thought Sandy has its own on-chip graphics processor?
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    Dirtman73 , December 2, 2010 2:30 PM
    Stardude82Transition of to full 32nm with the associated power savings and a 10% increase performance per clock (per Anandtech) is progress. With no reputable leaked Bulldozer benchmarks so far, it's not like Intel has been particularly coy about Sandy Bridge's performance.


    Meh, I suppose I'll wait for actual post-release tests before I make a real judgment. Intel has been touting SB as the next technological coming of Christ, and so far this hasn't been the case. Not even close.