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Gateway 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i3-2310m, 4GB memory, 640GB HD, HDMI, Wireless N - $450 Free In Store Pick Up @ Best Buy
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Intel® Core™ i3-2310M processor
Features a 3MB L3 cache and 2.1GHz processor speed 4GB DDR3 memory expandable to 8GB Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support 15.6" LED-backlit LCD high-definition widescreen display
With Ultrabright technology and 1366 x 768 resolution 640GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm) Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Feature 128MB dedicated video memory. Support for Microsoft DirectX 10.1. HDMI output Built-in 1.3MP HD webcam and microphone Multi-in-1 digital media reader
Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats. 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Weighs 5.7 lbs. and measures just 1.3" thin
Dedicated numeric keypad for easy data entry. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled 6-cell lithium-ion battery
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Competition is a good thing. AMD's new Llanos are targeted at Intel's Core-i3 Sandybridge pricepoints and markets.
It really depends on what you're looking for. These prices are pretty good deals for a Sandybridge. Personally, I'm waiting for Llano to hit stores to see what their prices are like, and if they force Intel to lower the Sandybridges more.
Regardless, I'm probably going to try to get a Llano, for the ability to play games on on a budget laptop.
You have to decide for yourself whether you want a Llano or a Sandybridge. The Llano and Sandybridge both employ a combined "cpu+gpu" architecture on a single chip, unlike the pre-Sandybridge Core-i's or the previous AMD phenoms. Their advantages are flipped around. Sandybridge = good CPU + crappy graphics. Llano = weaker cpu + discrete level graphics for a budget price.
The Sandybridge's cpu architecture is far ahead of the Llano's cpu-core (AMD was using the older CPU-cores from the Phenoms in designing Llano, you'll have to wait for Bulldozer/Trinity to get AMD's newest core, while Sandybridge is the current Intel top core design). But AMD went out and bought ATI in order to integrate cutting edge Radeon graphics design into the Llanos, while Intel had to start for scratch and have barely adequate graphics in the Sandybridge that have very little ability to play games.
The llano gpu-core wipes the floor with the sandy's gpu-core to the same extent that the sandybridge's cpu-core wipes the floor with the llano's cpu-core.
Your choice should be influenced by the way you use your computer. If you're doing a lot of major cpu-intensive tasks like running climate-change simulations or debugging and compiling programs, editing and encoding things in different formats, compressing or decompressing large data files, running a server off your computer, you'll want the Sandybridge. If you want to be able to play games, or have several graphic-intensive windows open at the same time (say watching an HD-movie in one, while playing a 3-D game in another, and browsing a bunch of high-rez photos on a website all at the same time), you'll want the Llano.
The SandyBridge will cut down the time you need to unzip a file, while the Llano will increase the framerate of a 3D game to a playable level. But for most ordinary tasks, like writing something in Microsoft Word, or watching a youtube clip, users won't notice much difference, since neither the cpu-cores nor gpu-cores are taxed to any great amount. Intel has more raw number-crunching power, and AMD has better graphics.
Best case scenario would be to wait for Trinity, which combines AMD's modern Bulldozer-class cpu-core with Radeon gpu-cores -- but that won't be out till next year, since Bulldozer is coming this year. And by then, Intel will have IvyBridge out, the successor to SandyBridge, but hopefully with a better gpu-core. But my guess is that Trinity improves AMD's cpu-cores at a faster rate than Intel is able to improve the gpu-core on IvyBridge -- since AMD basically bought an entire graphics company in ATI, and AMD is already a cpu-design company on their own, while Intel has to start their GPU-designs from zilch, eventhough they have a tremendous CPU-design advantage over AMD due to Intel's more mature manufacture processing ability.
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