Single-core Athlon II Neo gets some love from Gateway

You know that $550, AMD-powered Acer ultraportable we talked about last month? Acer subsidiary Gateway has now announced a similar-looking laptop that boasts a single-core Athlon II Neo processor and a lower price tag: just $450.

The Gateway LT32 trades its Acer cousin’s dual-core Turion II Neo for a 1.7GHz Athlon II Neo K125, and it packs half the RAM (two gigs) and a little less storage capacity (250GB). Gateway still includes Radeon HD 4225 integrated graphics with an HDMI port, though, and Wi-Fi connectivity goes up to 802.11n speeds.

Those more spartan internals translate into 30 minutes of extra rated battery life and a lighter weight (2.76 lbs). If Gateway’s 5.5-hour rating is any indication, however, the LT32 isn’t even close to the same playing field as Intel-based ultraportables. Yes, we know we keep bringing up Acer’s Aspire 1810TZ, but with a similar form factor and a dual-core Intel CPU, that system can stay up and running for eight hours—and Acer advertises it as such.

Nevertheless, the Gateway LT32 sounds like a nice little laptop for the money. $450 is within spitting distance of some of the higher-end netbooks out there, but those machines have smaller displays, slower processors, and much poorer graphics capability. (They might still offer better battery life, though.)

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    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    Is this right?

    In order of faster to slower..
    Phenom (Mobile) >Turion> Athlon > Neo

    I’m a bit confused about Turion positioning actually.. and there’s one more mobile cpu that doesnt have a name, just letters n numbers… forgot what it was, it came out a few weeks ago.. I hope TR can do an article covering these different mobile CPU.. It’ll help when i’m looking for a laptop soon..

    • scpulp
    • 10 years ago

    And it looks like it still has that godawful Acer keyboard! Hooray!

    Seriously, Acer, STOP. Just STOP. If you’re going to have a Gateway brand, at least let THEM have a halfway decent keyboard.

    • cygnus1
    • 10 years ago

    Anybody know of any laptop with decent nvidia or ati graphics that gets 8hrs of battery life?

    oh, and that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. i get about 4 or 5 hrs out of my HP dm3, which is a slick little laptop.

    • Duck
    • 10 years ago

    My god how many years ago was the 1.2GHz pentium M released? Had a 5W TDP and gobs of cache. After all this time you think AMD could at least match it. AMD’s V105 is 1.2GHz with a 9W TDP. You would think going from 130nm to 45nm could mean some sort of improvement over tech that has long been outdated. I love AMD but this battery life issue is just lame.

      • Farting Bob
      • 10 years ago

      You should run benchmarks on the 1.2Ghz Pentium v this AMD. I have a feeling that the pentium will be crushed. Also, the AMD chip has alot more stuff on die than the pentium.

      • pogsnet
      • 10 years ago
        • Duck
        • 10 years ago

        I have a feeling pentium M will do ok. This is nothing like P4, it is much closer to core / core 2 solo. Pentium M is efficient chip. I expect it will be on par with AMD Neo. Don’t forget at 65nm, you could fit 4 pentium Ms worth of stuff in the same die area as a a single 130nm pentium M.

        AMD has less cache, 45nm instead of 130nm. I still don’t see why you can’t fit the onboard memory controller on there and still really easily match the 1.2GHz and 5W TDP given the die size advantage.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 10 years ago

          There is no “die size advantage.” All of those additional parts crammed into the AMD chip are running significantly faster clock speeds, in some cases, about an order of magnitude higher, than the parts that made up the Pentium M platform.

          TDP is a product of clock speeds and has nothing to do with how much power the design of the computer saves or wastes in general use.

          I have a Pentium M laptop right here and it idles at 10w with the screen off, but if you so much as move the mouse around, it starts jumping up several watts. While the CPU itself was very low power, it was only one small piece of the puzzle. The Pentium M *[

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    Even though the absolute difference isn’t much if this was under $400, and thus within psychological spitting distance of Atom netbooks, it would be much more appealing. Buying a single core for this much nowadays doesn’t sound too great to me.

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