Computer makers MSI and Gateway are rolling out laptops sporting new chip technologies from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.
MSI on July 8 unveiled the latest additions to its X-Slim Series of notebooks, including one the X460 that company officials are calling the lightest to offer Intel’s high-end quad-core Core i7 chip. The 14-inch ultraportable notebook and the X460DX are both less than an inch thick and weigh 4.4 pounds.
The X460 can come with either the Core i7 or i5 Intel chips, while the X460DX comes only with a Core i5 chip, as well as Nvidia’s GeForce GT540M discrete graphics card, which supports the DirectX 11 graphics technology. The laptop also includes MSI’s Boost technology, which enables the chip to shift to the discrete graphics card when more processing power is needed, or to the integrated Intel graphics technology when less power and more energy efficiency are required. A graphics card switch indicator light next to the power button lets the user know which mode the system is in.
Both the X460 and X460Dx come with a host of other features, including the option for a second internal hard drive, an optional SSD (solid-state drive) and up to eight hours of battery life.
There was no word on availability or pricing.
For its part, Gateway is revamping its ID Series and NV Series laptops with the latest Intel and AMD chips. The ID47, introduced July 7, is powered by an Intel Core i5 "Sandy Bridge" chip and offers 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner and integrated graphics.
With a new bevel design, Gateway designers were able to fit a 14-inch display into a 13.3-inch model chassis, with an edge-to-edge design over the screen. The ID47 system is covered in aluminum and comes in two designs, which the company has dubbed "Infinity Blue Liquid" and "Brushed Platinum."
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