Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:24 UTC
AMD "Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation." Woah. Bad news for competition in the x86 space.
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RE[9]: Thom
by Kivada on Thu 15th Nov 2012 18:37 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Thom"
Kivada
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2010-07-07

The AMD APU line that makes up their mid to bottom end lineup are actually very competitive with performance per watt due to having rolled the GPU and northbridge chips into the CPU, so the rated power draw for those chips has to take that into account.

As for those that need more oomph, take a look at the new stuff stating to filter out now, like the MSI GX60 laptop. They are taking AMD's fastest mobile APU and pairing it up with AMD's fastest mobile dedicated GPU, it's getting you plenty of CPU power for anything you might be CPU bound in as well as giving you a ton of GPU performance when you need it as well as still being able to have good battery life as t can turn off the HD7970m and just use the APU. On the flip side when you need that performance the APU's GPU can be used for GPGPU physics in the same way that Nvidia uses PhysX in games or as just another GPGPU in your GPGPU capable software.

More AMD laptops are just now filtering to the market as well, Everything kind of died off with AMD launching new chips either due to chip shortages, companies holding off on orders till the new chip dropped and whatnot. But now that the new stuff is starting to hit the shelves it should be picking up again from the low end tablet and netbooks with the Z-60 to the mid range laptops with the A10-4600m to the upper mid range desktops with the FX-3850.

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RE[10]: Thom
by Neolander on Fri 16th Nov 2012 06:43 in reply to "RE[9]: Thom"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

The AMD APU line that makes up their mid to bottom end lineup are actually very competitive with performance per watt due to having rolled the GPU and northbridge chips into the CPU, so the rated power draw for those chips has to take that into account.

As for those that need more oomph, take a look at the new stuff stating to filter out now, like the MSI GX60 laptop. They are taking AMD's fastest mobile APU and pairing it up with AMD's fastest mobile dedicated GPU, it's getting you plenty of CPU power for anything you might be CPU bound in as well as giving you a ton of GPU performance when you need it as well as still being able to have good battery life as t can turn off the HD7970m and just use the APU. On the flip side when you need that performance the APU's GPU can be used for GPGPU physics in the same way that Nvidia uses PhysX in games or as just another GPGPU in your GPGPU capable software.

More AMD laptops are just now filtering to the market as well, Everything kind of died off with AMD launching new chips either due to chip shortages, companies holding off on orders till the new chip dropped and whatnot. But now that the new stuff is starting to hit the shelves it should be picking up again from the low end tablet and netbooks with the Z-60 to the mid range laptops with the A10-4600m to the upper mid range desktops with the FX-3850.

Well, let's see how it pans out then. I'd be happy to see AMD back into the game, having the Intel name written everywhere on new computers is kind of depressing.

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RE[11]: Thom
by moondevil on Fri 16th Nov 2012 17:18 in reply to "RE[10]: Thom"
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2005-07-08

It all depends where you look for stuff.

I want to do graphics programming on the move, as such I took the time to research where I could buy netbooks with proper hardware.

In Germany there are plenty of shops that will sell you one.

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RE[11]: Thom
by Kivada on Fri 16th Nov 2012 17:33 in reply to "RE[10]: Thom"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

I'm fairly certain they ship internationally http://www.xoticpc.com/

The Asus N56DP-DH11 or MSI GX60 both have the fastest A10 APUs in them, the GX60 though has an HD7970m as well as a few bits that may not play well with non windows OSs, but it can be fitted with 3 HDDs in only a 15" laptop.

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