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Intel Launches Cheap Quad Core Mobile Chip

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

During a recession people resign themselves to the fact that they’re going to have to cut down on some luxuries -- and more often than not, gadgets and hardware find themselves on the list of items people can’t afford to buy but can well afford to live without.

However, recessions are also a time of bargains and it seems the bigwigs at Intel and Acer are determined to keep selling hardware and notebooks, no matter what the economic climate. Sunday saw Intel launch the Q9000 quad core mobile chip and on Monday Acer launched a new quad core notebook with a pretty decent price tag.

The Q9000 is among five new mobile chips announced by Intel, with four chips dual core chips and just one quad core. It’s the price of the quad core and its inclusion in Acer's latest notebook than has everyone talking. Available for just $348 (in 1,000 unit quantities), the Q9000 boasts 6MB of level 2 cache, a 1.066GHz FSB and a core clock speed of 2GHz. First horse out of the gate is Acer's Aspire 8930G. The company yesterday launched the 8930G-7665 and is pushing the gaming side of the machine with emphasis on the Q9000 and the notebook's 18.4-inch HD widescreen (1920 x 1080) with 16:9 aspect ratio.

The 8930G comes with 4GB of DDR3, Nividia’s 9700M GT 512MB, a 500GB hard drive, a blu-ray disc drive and Windows Vista Premium. Retailing at about $1,800, the Aspire is an attractive option for anyone who’s feeling the credit crunch but can’t get their mind off of a quad core notebook. Alternative machines with similar specs from the likes of HP or Dell are available but at a much higher price.

If you're in the U.S., let us know if you pick one of these up and what you think. Unfortunately there's no word yet on availability anywhere else.

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    MrCommunistGen , December 30, 2008 6:32 PM
    Finally... Not as if I'm in the market for a qual laptop, but I've been looking to see a release eversince I saw the announcement a couple months ago.
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    MrCommunistGen , December 30, 2008 6:36 PM
    ugh... my inability to type is because for some reason my text isn't showing as I type... Firefox 3.0.ugh... my inability to type is because for some reason my text isn't showing as I type. I'm running Firefox 3.0.5. It's like it's right justified... the text types so that it "falls off" the left hand side of the input box.
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    Roland00 , December 30, 2008 7:25 PM
    HP also has launched an almost identical model for their x18 series (also known as their HDX line in the 18.4 size).

    HP HDX X18-1180US
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01634468&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

    Unfortunately it is using the 9600m gt graphic card which is an underclocked 9700m gt graphic card.
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    joex444 , December 30, 2008 8:31 PM
    Not exactly mobile computing. I mean, seriously, an 18.4" screen?

    Still cool, but for $1800 and this generous footprint to work in, I'm not so sure Acer had much design problems to overcome.
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    Anonymous , December 30, 2008 9:51 PM
    $1800 is not cheap and 18.4" is far from mobile.

    Why not put this CPU in a 15" laptop with the same amount of memory and HDD space? Put in a 9400m and I'd be happy and the cost would be much lower. Who really lugs around a gaming laptop?
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    Niva , December 30, 2008 9:52 PM
    hjkhljl

    Yeah, this is cute, apparently you can't see the text when you type in FF3...
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    jaragon13 , December 30, 2008 11:46 PM
    yup tomshardware loves to do this.
    as for right now,I can't tell shit for what I'm typing.
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    Anonymous , December 30, 2008 11:56 PM
    A 2000 toy i an attractive option for people feeling the credit crunch? Are you nuts? Sure it might not be high end laptop cost, but if you are feeling a credit crunch you arent going to go out and drop 2k on a laptop.
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    engrpiman , December 31, 2008 2:13 AM
    Whoa! your right!! I can't see the text as I type. I hope they fix this NEW problem fast because it make things hard. Using FF3.05

    Lets hope that there are not to many typos...
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    kelfen , December 31, 2008 2:30 AM
    MrCommunistGenugh... my inability to type is because for some reason my text isn't showing as I type... Firefox 3.0.ugh... my inability to type is because for some reason my text isn't showing as I type. I'm running Firefox 3.0.5. It's like it's right justified... the text types so that it "falls off" the left hand side of the input box.

    firefox sucks! all the dumb addons! that in Internet 7 works w/o any need of them plus if you want to run a program or install something such as a game it things it a an addon piece of @!$%# and so inconvient
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    zodiacfml , December 31, 2008 6:03 AM
    while google chrome has problems with deleting/editing words but now its gone. :) 
    anyways, that's a nice screen from acer but to big laptop to carry around. that laptop will be thicker and bigger than my 19" lcd screen!!
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    fastcx , December 31, 2008 6:00 PM
    weird that people complains about cant see a word when they r typing with firefox, im using firefox 3.1b2, doing fine here! ;)  anyway, if they can reduce the screen size to 15.1" wide screen would be great to bring around this baby