Dell latest to embrace Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor

Monday, December 13, 2010, 11:55 by Tech Correspondent

Dell is all set to embrace Intel’s latest processor Sandy Bridge. The company will be incorporating Intel’s new processor into its Alienware M17X laptop.

The Dell Alienware M17x gaming notebook comes equipped with a 32nm Core i7-2000 series mobile chip, most likely the Core i7 2820QM. The laptop is said to bring multiple graphics options including the AMD Radeon HD 6900M series and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M GPU. The Dell Alienware features 4GB of RAM and would be announced for public in early 2011.

Sandy Bridge processor is part of Intel’s second-generation 32nm CPU family which is using high dielectric constant (high-k) and metal-gate transistor (metal gate). Also, the processor comes with an integrated graphics controller that offers increased performance and new opportunities to the machines that has adopted the processor.

dell alienware m17x photo

Photo: Dell Alienware M17x

Intel is planning to release the Sandy Bridge lineup including Core i3, i5, i7, and Pentium processor next month. And the key features of these chips would be that they will have two or four cores and their clock frequency will be from 2.2 to 3.4 GHz.

Recently, we carried a story on Apple courting Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook line of laptops. Sandy Bridge is special for Intel because for the first time in a mainstream product, the graphics chip is grafted directly onto the main processor. This means it will boost the product performance and also provide essential graphics function for free. So, we can expect most low-budget laptops to switch to Sandy Bridge.

Some notebooks have already signed-up for Intel Sandy Bridge, like HP Pavilion dv7-5000ea, Acer Aspire AS7741G6426, Lenovo Y560p and Gateway LX.R9702.036. And now with Dell embracing it, Sandy Bridge has become a hot property. And why not? After all, enhanced performance is the key focus for vendors in the PC market.

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