YESTERDAY IT WAS Dell; today it’s Acer’s turn to have its upcoming notebooks leaked ahead of the launch, although this time around it doesn’t appear to be any fault of Acer. Amazon.de has helpfully posted a couple of new mobile Phenom II powered models with various configuration options. The models we’re looking at are the Aspire 5551G, 5553G and 7551G.
The 555xG models feature a 15.6-inch display while the 7551G models have 17.3-inch displays, so these are not machines you’d want to carry around with you on a long business trip. The most basic models are the 5551G-N834G64Mn and the 7551G-N834G32Mn and both share the same AMD Phenom II X3 N830 CPU which is clocked at 2.1GHz. We can’t offer you much more detail on the CPU at the moment, but all should hopefully become clear once AMD actually launches the mobile Phenom II processors.
These two machines also share the same ATI Mobility Radeon HD5470 GPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and built-in optical drive. The 15.6-inch model comes with a 640GB hard drive, while the 17.3-inch model has to make do with a 320GB drive. Both models are available in silver and have a numerical keybpad as well as an off-centre touchpad.
Next up we have the 5553G-N934G64Mn, the 7551G-N934G32Mn and the 7551G-N934G64Bn. These three models are all built around the AMD Phenom II X4 N930 CPU which has a clock speed of 2GHz. Again, all four models come with 4GB of DDR3 memory, but the graphics card has been upgraded to an ATI Mobility Radeon HD5650. The 7551G-N934G32Mn gets stuck with the 320GB hard drive, while the other two models come with a 640GB drive. The 7551G-N934G64Bn also gets the added bonus of a Blu-ray drive. The 5553G-N934G64Mn comes in black while the other two models are available in silver.
In terms of ports you’re looking at a D-sub and an HDMI connector, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a pair of audio jacks for a headset and a mic, a memory card reader and three USB 2.0 ports. You do of course also get a webcam, unspecified 802.11b/g/n WiFi connectivity and a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium thrown in for good measures. The 15.6-inch models feature 1366×768 displays and weight in at 2.6kg, while the 17.3-inch models offer a higher screen resolution of 1600×900 and appear to weigh about 3.3kg. The battery life isn’t anything to write home about, as it’ll be sub 3 hours which is pretty pathetic, although we should hopefully see some good performance from AMD’s new mobile processors, especially in threaded applications.
As far as pricing is concerned, the 5551G-N834G64Mn will set you back €668.50 ($871), with the higher specced 5553G-N934G64Mn going for €764.50 ($996). The 7551G-N834G32Mn is also priced at €668.50 ($871), while the 7551G-N934G32Mn again comes in at €764.50 ($996). This leaves the 7551G-N934G64Bn, which is the most expensive model on offer and is set to retail at €860.50 ($1,122). As far as triple-core and quad-core mobile CPU’s are concerned, these are some pretty attractive price points, despite the lacklustre battery life.
Update: We’ve managed to dig out the cache and the TDP for these new CPU’s as well. The X3’s will have 1.5MB of cache, while the X4’s gets 2MB, in other words you’re looking at 512KB of cache per CPU core. We were surprised at the TDP, if it’s indeed correct, as both the X3’s and X4’s are meant to have a mere 35W TDP. This puts them on equal level as Intel’s dual core mobile Core i3, i5 and i5 processors with integrated graphics. You do of course have to add the TDP of AMD’s M880G chipset, since AMD doesn’t have the IGP built into the CPU as yet. This leads us to think that Acer have put fairly basic batteries with a low Watt hour rating which is at least one of the reasons why the battery life won’t exceed 3h.S|A
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