Llano, AMDs new APU for mainstream laptops and desktops is making lots of noise in the retail world just scant weeks after its launch it is in the guts of no less than 5 mobile Best Buy models ranging from $529-679.
Not to be outdone, online retailer Newegg is sporting 6 of these APU beauties from Toshiba ranging from the dual core A4 to the quad core A6, perfect systems for students, video enthusiasts and even light gamers as the 240 SP Radeon HD6400 series along with a high clocked A4 has shown to provide frame rates for games like WoW, Sims Online and others.
Notebooks of this power and price were impossible before Llano and its early appearance denotes a real push by the major OEMs to get these chips in their inventory. AMD though does plan an aggressive ramp of the A, C and E series APUs and phase out all AM3 processors by the middle of next year so we can expect to see more and more APU-based systems as the year progresses.
HP is up first with the A8-3500M-equipped DV6-6135dx, but following behind is the new Toshiba A6-3400M-equipped L775D-S7210. They both weigh in at under $700 with the HP model costing a svelte $679 and the Toshiba slims that price down to an admittedly anorexic $579. Both models come complete with Radeon HD 6000 graphics. The HP system has 6GB RAM, 400 SPs (Shader Processors) running at 444MHz while the Toshiba gets by with 4GB RAM and 320 SPs ticking away at 400MHz. The HP system truly ups the ante, providing a Radeon HD 6750 for Dual Graphics gaming goodness. Not to be outdone, Toshiba tosses in a 17.3” LCD up from the 15.6 of the HP model.