Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th May 2010 16:14 UTC
AMD "If you're looking for notebook power on the cheap and you're not too keen on either using Intel's integrated graphics or paying for a higher-performing, NVIDIA-made workaround (i.e., Optimus), then there's an obvious alternative mobile platform for you: AMD/ATI. AMD is gaining steam in the mobile space due to a combination of low cost and its ATI Radeon graphics solution, with Reuters reporting that the company will better than double the number of design wins this back-to-school season compared to a year ago."
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by DrillSgt on Mon 10th May 2010 01:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
DrillSgt
Member since:
2005-12-02

I want to see Apple switch to AMDs in their laptops. Intel chips have proven too hot and the i*’s are turning into a joke. Apple must realise that just as with PowerPC before they’re become trapped by a power/heat problem that it doesn’t look like Intel are going to solve anytime soon.


Actually in my experience the AMD chips run hotter. Apple's issue is poor design in the cooling portion of the laptops, and they would have the same issue if they had AMD chips instead. Of course I have no numbers or anything, just my personal experience.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by kaiwai on Mon 10th May 2010 02:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually in my experience the AMD chips run hotter. Apple's issue is poor design in the cooling portion of the laptops, and they would have the same issue if they had AMD chips instead. Of course I have no numbers or anything, just my personal experience.


Personally I wouldn't label what they do as 'poor design'. Poor design denotes either ignorance or sloppiness - a lapse in judgement and/or human error. I would call Apple a pack of idiots because what it shows is that they're more concerned with looks than practicality. They have thin fetish where they would sooner cripple their devices or ignore the downside of the design than make the device maybe a couple of millimetres thicker. I've got a MacBook Pro 13.3 inch, when I compress a video the CPU gets up to around 100 degree's celsius - one can't honestly expect me to believe that such a high temperature isn't causing long term damage if such a temperature is held for a long period of time.

As I noted previously due to a combination of ignoring Mac OS X on the desktop in favour of an almost fixation on developing i-devices (at the expense of their laptops/desktops), their attitude as so far as refusing to work with partners (they would sooner screw over the partners and in turn their customers simply to make a political point), the impractical designs that result in 'great balls of fire' if the laptop is rested on ones lap and so on and so on. Good bye Apple, hello - well, who ever provides a better Windows 7 powered laptop on the PC side of the market.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by nt_jerkface on Mon 10th May 2010 19:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Stay the hell away from Sony then since they do the same thing with their VAIOs. Some of their laptops have inadequate cooling systems and they compensate by throttling the cpu in Windows power settings. I watched a 1 year old Sony VAIO overheat and turn off after 25 minutes because its power settings had been reset to default. Sony sucks.

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If MBP sucks... what's the alternative?
by sergio on Tue 11th May 2010 00:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

I've got a MBP 13.3 myself, It's an incredible machine c'mon! Yeah, It gets hot when the CPU is at 100% for a long time... but that happens with every notebook out there!! (even old sub-Ghz PowerPCs used to get hot)

MBPs are incredible machines, the best you can buy. I have a 2x price Lenovo Thinkpad for work and It sucks. It's as hot as any Macbook, It's heavy, It's horrible and really expensive!!

If you know a notebook better than Apple ones, please let me know (I don't care about the price). Really.

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