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Intel releases fastest laptop chips to date

Agam Shah | Sept. 24, 2009
Intel launches the first chips based on the Nehalem microarchitecture

PC makers including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Asustek Computer started shipping laptops with the latest Nehalem chips on Wednesday.

Dell has already started putting the new Core i7 chips in multimedia laptops. The new Studio 17 will come with the Core i7-720QM and include the 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium OS, which is eligible for a Windows 7 upgrade. It also offers ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics, supports up to 4GB of DDR3 memory and includes two 1.5-watt speakers and a 6-watt subwoofer in the case. It includes a 17.3-inch display, comes with a 2-megapixel webcam and supports up to 250GB of storage. It comes with a 9-cell battery, though Dell didn't immediately comment on battery life. Its prices start at $1,099.

Dell's laptops with 15.6-inch screens -- the Studio 15 and Studio XPS 16 laptops -- will also include new processors. Studio 15 prices start at $999, while the Studio XPS 16 starts at $1,249. Dell's Alienware gaming unit also launched the new Alienware M15x laptop with the Core i7-920XM laptop, which has a 15-inch screen and Nvidia's GeForce graphics card.

Toshiba on Wednesday launched the Qosmio X505-Q850 laptop, which has a hulking 18.4-inch display and includes Intel's Core i7-720QM processor. It supports up to 6GB of memory and 320GB of storage. It will include Nvidia's GeForce GTX graphics card. Pricing for the product hasn't been set, and it will be available next month.


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