Yesterday, Intel unveiled its Sandy Bridge based processors and today HP has announced a refresh of a few of their laptop at the CES sporting these new processors. The Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 laptops have been updated to sport the new generation of Core processors from Intel. Along with this, the Envy 17 GPU has been upgraded to an AMD Radeon 6850M.
The laptop also sports Intel’s Wireless Display technology along with HP CoolSense cooling. The Intel Wireless Display technology will allow users to stream HD videos directly to their HDTVs from their laptop.
The Envy 17 also has the ability to switch between the integrated GPU and the 6850M GPU under different workloads so as to maximize performance and battery life. Other specs of the Envy 17 include a 17.6-inch screen, up to 2TB of storage, a USB 3.0 port and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Readers can find the full specs of Envy 17 here.
The dv6 and d7 laptops have only got a processor bump to the Sandy Bridge processors and nothing else. HP did not mention anything about the pricing of these laptops but looking at the monstrous Envy 17 I can safely say that it’s not going to be cheap.
The dv6 and dv7 laptops will cost $899 and $999 respectively and will hit the shelves on January 9.
Intel has finally unveiled its next generation of Core architecture based micro-processors. This new generation of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel promise to be faster and more power efficient as well. These new CPUs also feature a new integrated graphics core dubbed as processor graphics. They are capable of providing up to 2x the performance boost compared to the GMA4500 IGP from Intel.
In all, Intel has released 29 brand new CPUs across the Core ix range including the mobile processors. All these new CPUs are manufactured on the 32nm fabrication process thus helping in reducing power consumption. With this refresh, Intel has also improved its Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading technologies. These new CPUs also include new features from Intel like WiDi 2.0, Intel InTru 3D and Quick Sync Video. Readers can read more about these new CPUs here.
The sad part is that these new Core CPU’s from Intel requires an all new LGA-1155 socket based motherboards. Intel could have easily maintained backward compatibility with the older LGA-1156 socket based motherboards. Sadly, the company did not do so.
Ironically, these CPUs have been on sale even before Intel announced them. In fact, many consumers have already got new systems based on these new generation Core processors.