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Intel Core i7-2860QM

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 05:46 AM PST

The Core i7-2860QM is a high-end quad core processor made by Intel for notebook computers. The Intel Core i7-2860QM quad core processor is based on the Sandy Bridge structural design and provides HyperThreading technology that is capable of handling 8 threads at the same time thereby icreasing the performance by about 20% more.


This quad core processor has a clock speed of 2.5 GHz and is capable of overclocking up to 3.6 GHz because of TurboBoost technology. The Intel Core i7-2860QM quad core processor has an integrated graphics controller and AES functions. The integrated GPU in Intel Core i7-2860QM quad core processor is called as Intel HD Graphics 3000 and said to be as good as entry level discreet graphics card like Nvidia Geforce 310M, and shares the fast L3 cache. The HD Graphics 3000 is clocked between 650 MHz and 1300 MHz because of TurboBoost in the GPU side.

Furthermore, this Core i7-2860QM has Level 1 Cache of about 256 KB, Level 2 Cache of 1024 KB and Level 3 Cache of 8192 KB. The Intel Core i7-2860QM quad core processor has a thermal design power of about 45 watts which makes it best suited for laptops with 15 inch screen size or above. This Core i7-2860QM processor has a PassMark rating of 7912.

Below is a table showing the PassMark rating of Intel Core i7-2860QM compared to other processor. The higher the rating the better the performance.

Processors Passmark Rating
Intel Atom N435 246
Intel Atom N280 315
AMD E-240 317
Intel Atom N450 318
Intel Atom N455 321
AMD C-50 453
Intel Atom N550 567
AMD C-60 592
AMD E-300 595
Intel Atom N570 646
AMD E-350 APU 725
AMD E-450 768
Intel Core i3 380UM 1305
Intel Celeron B815 1346
AMD Athlon II P360 1348
Celeron B800 1379
AMD A4-3310MX 1417
AMD Turion II P540 1497
Pentium T4500 1546
Pentium P6200 1624
Pentium P6300 1679
Intel Core i3-2367M 1842
AMD E2-3000M 1857
Intel Core i3-2367M 1884
Intel Pentium B950 1976
AMD A8-3520M 2014
AMD A4-3300M 2196
intel Core i3-370M 2220
Pentium B960 2282
Intel Core i3 380M 2313
AMD A6-3420M 2321
Core i5-2467M 2371
Intel Core i5-2557M 2590
Intel Core i5 460M 2612
Intel Core i3 2310M 2619
Intel Core i5 560M 2671
Intel Core i7 620M 2794
Intel Core i3 2330M 2803
Intel Core i3-2350M 3084
AMD A6-3410MX APU 3157
AMD A8-3500M 3166
Intel Core i7-2677M 3176
Intel Core i7 720QM 3294
Intel Core i5 2410M 3350
AMD A8-3510MX 3359
AMD A8-3530MX 3431
Intel Core i5 2430M 3484
AMD A6-3400M 3539
Intel Core i5 2520M 3586
Intel Core i5 2450M 3827
Intel Core i7 2620M 3907
Intel Core i7 2640M 4209
Intel Core i7 2675QM 6128
Intel Core i7 2630QM 6334
Intel Core i7 2635QM 6574
Intel Core i7 2670QM 6804
Intel Core i7 2720QM 7040
Intel Core i7 2820QM 7495
Intel Core i7 2760QM 7586
Intel Core i7 2920XM 7680
Intel Core i7 2860QM 7912
Intel Core i7 2960XM 8861


LG Optimus L3 E400, An Android Smartphone for People with Tight Budget

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 04:59 AM PST

The LG Optimus L3 E400 is a smartphone that features 3.2" QVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen with 240 x 320 resolution; a 3MP rear-facing camera; HTML browser; Stereo FM radio; A-GPS support; and SMS (threaded view).



This LG Optimus L3 E400 also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP; microUSB; 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus; HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps; and Accelerometer, proximity, compass. The processor was not yet known until this day.

This LG Optimus L3 E400 runs on Android Operating System, v2.3 (Gingerbread). It will be available in Sweden with a price tag of $190 or 145Euro.


Coby Kyros MID7014-4G

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 04:28 AM PST

The Coby Kyros MID7014-4G sports Telechips ARM11 processor that runs at a clock speed of 800MHz. It also offers 256MB of physical memory, a storage capacity of 4 GB on-board, Digital media card reader that supports microSD cards up to 16GB for storing or transferring media.



This Coby Kyros MID7014-4G also features 7-inch LCD capacitive touch-screen display, built-in Wi-Fi, High-speed USB 2.0 port, Lithium-polymer battery and preloaded with applications such as Aldiko eReader, eMusic and more.

This Coby Kyros MID7014-4G tablet weighs only 11.4 oz. and measures just 0.6 inch thin. It is powered by Android 2.3 operating system. It has a price tag of $130.

bad: minimal storage, plastic construction


Intel Celeron B815 Dual Core Processor

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 12:47 AM PST

The Celeron B815 is a dual core processor made by Intel designed for entry level notebook computers. The Intel Celeron B815 is based on the Sandy Bridge structural design also called Second Generation Core that runs at a clock speed of 1.60GHz.


The Intel Celeron B815 dual core processor features an integrated graphics card controller named Intel HD Graphics that has a clock speed of 650-1050MHz. This processor does not support features that are usually present in core iSeries processors like HyperThreading, Virtualization and TurboBoost technologies.

The integrated dual channel DDR3-1066/1333 memory controller of the Intel Celeron B815 dual core processor supports up to 16GB. Furthermore, this processor offers a L3 cache of 2048 KB. It has Thermal Design Power of 35 watts. It has a PassMark rating of 1346.

The table below shows the PassMark rating of Intel Celeron B815 compared to other processors.

Processors Passmark Rating
Intel Atom N435 246
Intel Atom N280 315
AMD E-240 317
Intel Atom N450 318
Intel Atom N455 321
AMD C-50 453
Intel Atom N550 567
AMD C-60 592
AMD E-300 595
Intel Atom N570 646
AMD E-350 APU 725
AMD E-450 768
Intel Core i3 380UM 1305
Intel Celeron B815 1346
AMD Athlon II P360 1348
Celeron B800 1379
AMD A4-3310MX 1417
AMD Turion II P540 1497
Pentium T4500 1546
Pentium P6200 1624
Pentium P6300 1679
Intel Core i3-2367M 1842
AMD E2-3000M 1857
Intel Core i3-2367M 1884
Intel Pentium B950 1976
AMD A8-3520M 2014
AMD A4-3300M 2196
intel Core i3-370M 2220
Pentium B960 2282
Intel Core i3 380M 2313
AMD A6-3420M 2321
Core i5-2467M 2371
Intel Core i5-2557M 2590
Intel Core i5 460M 2612
Intel Core i3 2310M 2619
Intel Core i5 560M 2671
Intel Core i7 620M 2794
Intel Core i3 2330M 2803
Intel Core i3-2350M 3084
AMD A6-3410MX APU 3157
AMD A8-3500M 3166
Intel Core i7-2677M 3176
Intel Core i7 720QM 3294
Intel Core i5 2410M 3350
AMD A8-3510MX 3359
AMD A8-3530MX 3431
Intel Core i5 2430M 3484
AMD A6-3400M 3539
Intel Core i5 2520M 3586
Intel Core i5 2450M 3827
Intel Core i7 2620M 3907
Intel Core i7 2640M 4209
Intel Core i7 2675QM 6128
Intel Core i7 2630QM 6334
Intel Core i7 2635QM 6574
Intel Core i7 2670QM 6804
Intel Core i7 2720QM 7040
Intel Core i7 2820QM 7495
Intel Core i7 2760QM 7586
Intel Core i7 2920XM 7680
Intel Core i7 2860QM 8012
Intel Core i7 2960XM 8861


Dell Inspiron I15RN-3882BK

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 12:26 AM PST

This Dell Inspiron I15RN-3882BK laptop boasts with Second Generation Intel Core i5-2450M dual core processor that features a 3MB cache and 2.5GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz and smart 4-way processing performance because of HyperThreading technology. It has discreet-class GPU dubbed Intel HD Graphics 3000 capable of rendering high definition movies with ease.






The Dell Inspiron I15RN-3882BK notebook comes with 15.6 inch LEDbacklit high-definition display with TrueLife technology and 720p resolution; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM (1 DIMM); 750GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm); 1.0MP high-definition webcam; Digital media card reader; Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support and 6-cell lithium-ion battery.

In terms of connectivity, this Dell Inspiron I15RN-3882BK offers; 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port; Wi-Fi Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n); VGA port; HDMI output port; Bluetooth interface and Ethernet LAN. It measures 1.4 inch thin and weighs 5.4 pounds. It comes in diamond black style.

This Dell Inspiron I15RN-3882BK laptop runs on 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system. It has a price tag of about $630.


HP Pavilion g7-1355dx with AMD A6-3420M APU

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 12:03 AM PST

This HP Pavilion g7-1355dx laptop sports AMD Quad-Core A6-3420M Accelerated Processor with a 1.4 GHz base clock speed and capable of automatically overclocking up to 2.4 GHz with the help of TurboCore technology, this depends on the thermal and electrical aspects of the cores. It is packed with an integrated DirectX 11 capable graphics controller with a maximum of 400 cores called as AMD Radeon HD 6520G.





The HP Pavilion g7-1355dx notebook comes with 17.3 inch LED-backlit high-definition display with BrightView technology and 1600 x 900 resolution; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (1 DIMM); 500GB HDD (5400rpm); HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone; Digital media card reader for Secure Digital and Multimedia cards; SRS Premium Sound with Altec Lansing speakers; SuperMulti DVD burner and 6-cell 47WHr lithium-ion battery.

In terms of connectivity, this HP Pavilion g7-1355dx offers; 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0; Wi-Fi Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n); VGA port; HDMI output port and Ethernet LAN. It measures 16.22" (L) x 10.55" (W) x 1.22" (min H)/1.44" (max H) and weighs 6.05 pounds. It comes in HP Imprint finish in pewter style.

This HP Pavilion g7-1355dx laptop is powered by 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system. It has a price tag of about $450.


Toshiba Satellite PSC0YU-03202D ( C655D-S5330 )

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 11:38 PM PST

This Toshiba Satellite PSC0YU-03202D ( C655D-S5330 ) laptop packs with AMD E-Series E-300 accelerated processor with a clock speed of 1.3GHz. It has an integrated graphics controller called Radeon HD 6310 GPU that features 384MB-1459MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory that can play high-definition videos with ease.




The Toshiba Satellite PSC0YU-03202D ( C655D-S5330 ) notebook comes with 15.6 inch HD TruBrite with LED Backlit 16:9 aspect ratio, supports 720p content and 1366x768 (HD) resolution; 3GB DDR3 memory; 320GB HDD (5400rpm); webcam and microphone; media reader; DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer) and 48Wh, 6-Cell lithium-ion battery.

In terms of connectivity, this Toshiba Satellite PSC0YU-03202D ( C655D-S5330 ) offers; 2-USB (2.0) ports; Wi-Fi Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n); VGA port and Ethernet LAN. It measures 1.5 inch thin and weighs 5.5 pounds. It comes in Trax Texture in Black style.

This Toshiba Satellite PSC0YU-03202D ( C655D-S5330 ) laptop is powered by 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system. It has a price tag of about $380.


Asus U46E-BAL7 with Core i7-2640M Processor

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 11:18 PM PST

This Asus U46E-BAL7 laptop sports 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2640M dual core processor that offers a 4MB L3 cache and 2.8GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't. It has an integrated graphics controller called Intel HD graphics that features 64- to 696MB shared video memory.






The Asus U46E-BAL7 notebook is equipped with 14 inch LED-backlit widescreen display; 8GB DDR3 memory; 750GB hard drive (5400 rpm); 0.3MP webcam and microphone; facial recognition; media reader that supports Supports SDXC, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card formats; Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support and 8-cell lithium-ion battery.

In terms of connectivity, this Asus U46E-BAL7 offers HDMI output port; Intel Wireless Display; 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports; Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology; high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n); VGA port and Ethernet LAN. It measures 1.1 inch thin and weighs 4.9 pounds.

This Asus U46E-BAL7 laptop is powered by 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system. It has a price tag of about $850.


Asus G74SX-BBK9

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 11:19 PM PST

This Asus G74SX-BBK9 laptop comes equipped with 2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM quad core processor that features a 6MB L3 cache and 2.2GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz and 8-way processing for extra performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't. It has an integrated graphics controller called Intel HD graphics that features 64- to 696MB shared video memory. Aside from the integrated GPU it also has a dedicated GPU called NVIDIA GTX 560M graphics that features up to 2GB video memory.







The Asus G74SX-BBK9 notebook is packed with 17.3" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display; 8GB DDR3 memory; 1TB hard drive capacity (500GB x 2; 7200 rpm); 1.0MP webcam and microphone; facial recognition; media reader that supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, SmartMedia and xD-Picture Card formats; Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support and 8-cell lithium-ion battery.

In terms of connectivity, this Asus G74SX-BBK9 offers HDMI output port; Intel Wireless Display; 1 USB 3.0 and 3 USB 2.0 ports; Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology; high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n); and Ethernet LAN. It measures 2.4 inch thin and weighs 9.4 pounds.

This Asus G74SX-BBK9 laptop is powered by 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system. It has a price tag of about $1250.


Toshiba Satellite P755-S5120

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 10:32 PM PST

The Toshiba Satellite P755-S5120 notebook is equipped with 15.6 inch LED-backlit TFT-LCD high-definition widescreen display with TruBrite technology and 1366 x 768 resolution; 8GB DDR3 memory; 750GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm); webcam and microphone; media reader that supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card formats; Media buttons; Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support and 6-cell lithium-ion battery.







This Toshiba Satellite P755-S5120 laptop comes packed with 2nd Gen Intel Core i7-2670QM quad core processor that features a 6MB L3 cache and 2.2GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz and 8-way processing for ultimate smart performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers extra performance when you need it and increased energy efficiency when you don't. It has an integrated GPU called Intel HD graphics that features 64- to 696MB shared video memory.

In terms of connectivity, this Toshiba Satellite P755-S5120 offers HDMI output port; Intel Wireless Display; 1 USB 3.0 port and 3 USB 2.0 ports; Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology; high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n); and Ethernet LAN. It measures 1.4 inch thin and weighs 5.8 pounds. This comes in Textured Fusion X2 finish in platinum style.

This Toshiba Satellite P755-S5120 laptop is powered by 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system. It has a price tag of about $750.


Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7107

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 10:16 PM PST

The Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7107 notebook is packed with 17.3 inch LED-backlit TFT high-definition widescreen display with TruBrite technology and 1600 x 900 resolution; 4GB DDR3 memory; 500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm); 0.3MP webcam and microphone; media reader that supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, miniSD, microSD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and MultiMediaCard formats; Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support and 6-cell lithium-ion battery.

This Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7107 laptop comes with AMD Quad-Core A6-3420M Accelerated Processor with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz base clock speed and capable of automatically overclock up to 2.4 GHz with the help of TurboCore technology, this depends on the thermal and electrical aspects of the cores. It has an integrated GPU packed with an integrated DirectX 11 capable graphics controller with a maximum of 400 cores called as AMD Radeon HD 6520G.

With regards to connectivity, this Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7107 offers HDMI output port; 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports; high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n); and Ethernet LAN. It measures 1.5" thin and weighs 6.2 pounds. This comes in Fusion finish in matrix graphite style.

This Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7107 laptop is powered by 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition operating system. It has a price tag of about $430.


Samsung NP-QX411-W02UB

Posted: 29 Jan 2012 10:00 PM PST

The Samsung NP-QX411-W02UB notebook is packed with the following features: 14 inch LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display with 1366 x 768 resolution; 6GB DDR3 memory; 1TB SATA hard drive; 0.3MP webcam and microphone; 4-in-1 media reader that supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC and MultiMediaCard formats; Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support and 6-cell lithium-polymer battery.





This Samsung NP-QX411-W02UB laptop boasts with 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2450M dual core processor that features a 3MB L3 cache and 2.45GHz processor speed and 3MB l3 cache. It has an integrated GPU called Intel GMA HD 3000 which is said to be as powerful as entry level graphics card. But compared to the integrated GPU in the AMD APUs, it is less powerful.

With regards to connectivity, this Samsung NP-QX411-W02UB offers Intel Wireless Display; HDMI output port; 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port; high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n); Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology; and Gigabit Ethernet LAN. It measures 1.1" thin and weighs 5 pounds.

This Samsung NP-QX411-W02UB laptop is powered by Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system. It has a price tag of about $800.