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Gigabyte Centrino 2 laptop months ahead of schedule

by Tarinder Sandhu on 2 June 2008, 11:28

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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The battle for the uptake of next-generation laptop platforms will reach a crescendo when AMD's Puma and Intel's Centrino 2 are officially released.

Puma will arrive first, we reckon, with Centrino 2 following in August, after unexpected delays due to certification problems.

Centrino 2's later-than-expected showing to market didn't deter Gigabyte from demonstrating its W576V laptop on pre-show day at COMPUTEX 2008, held in Taipei, Taiwan.






Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 Penryn-based CPU - clocked in at 2.4GHz - with graphics support from an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M discrete GPU, the Gigabyte notebook isn't quite a fully-fledged Centrino 2; it utilises a Realtek WiFi card rather than Intel's, whose certification appears to be the main culprit in delaying the launch of the platform.

The laptop's 15.4in screen ships with a lowly 1,280x800 resolution, so the GeForce graphics card should have enough grunt to enable high-quality gaming at the native resolution.

Ubiquitous DDR2 is used instead of expensive DDR3, which is also supported by the Montevina platform. No word on pricing or availability, but Centrino 2 should be a straightforward upgrade from most laptop manufacturers currently producing Centrino (Santa Rosa refresh) SKUs.


The new PM45 chipset, sans integrated graphics in this case, is the beating heart of Centrino 2.




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Looks very nice. But 1280x800 on a 15" laptop beast liek this? Thats just plain wrong.
And the GPU/gaming is not justification for that screen size.
Shame, may well have bought one of these if the res was better.