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    Default News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    Intel Pentium Dual-Core?

    No, I'm not talking about the Pentium D. The Intel Pentium Dual Core T2060 is a new and unannounced Intel chip that has been mysteriously showing up in budget notebooks offered by mainstream resellers such as Best Buy and Circuit City. The T2060 is not on Intel's roadmap; similarly, neither were the budget Core Duos (T2050, T2250) and Core 2 Duo (T5200).

    The T2060 has the following specifications:

    • 1.6GHz clockspeed
    • 533MHz Front Side Bus (FSB)
    • 1MB L2 cache

    Despite the resurrection of the Pentium naming, it is this author's belief that the "Pentium Dual Core T2060" is little more than a budget Core Duo T2050 with half the L2 cache (the T2050 has 2MB). I would estimate performance to be less than that of the T2050, and on par with the AMD Turion X2 TL-50 (1.6GHz/2x256kb L2). How much of a performance loss the reduction of the L2 cache will incur I do not know. However, I do believe that the the performance difference between a 1MB and 2MB L2 cache would be more drastic than that between a 2MB and 4MB L2. Either way, considering that the T2060 is a budget notebook processor, I doubt the customer buying it will be too concerned with performance; it should have plenty of power for a regular users's needs.

    With dual core is becoming more affordable than ever, the days of the single-core processor are becoming more limited in PCs, and the widespread availability of cheap dual core computers will speed up the process.

    See current Vista Notebook with T2060 processor Deals here

    Retailers to offer special promotions for Vista launch

    In typical Microsoft fashion, there will be a number of promotions to push a new operating system out the door. On Tuesday, January 30, retailers will offer customers freebies with the purchase of Windows Vista.

    DailyTech has a list of retailers and deals offered by them here.

    In addition, you can see current deals on Vista loaded notebooks, some of which cost less than $700, here. And don't forget, those with Vista laptops get free WiFi at Starbucks until April 30th, see details on that here.

    Suppliers increase notebook component inventory in preparation for Vista

    Suppliers are increasing their stock of notebook components to be ready for the potential increase in demand from clients after the launch of Windows Vista. Inventory of the end-user market remains at normal levels however.

    Read More (DigiTimes)

    Windows Vista graphics drivers for ATI cards released

    ATI on Monday posted the final release versions of its first Windows Vista certified graphics driver on its website, Catalyst 7.1.

    ATI says that the driver includes native support for OpenGL under Vista, which will result in a performance gain over its previous RTM driver. Users will also be able to playback Blu-ray and HD DVD media in the 32-bit version of Vista. A third-party media player is still required for playback though, along with an HD LCD with an HDCP chip and a Radeon graphics card with an HDCP chip.

    Nvidia is preparing a Vista driver for release on January 30, Vista's launch date. It will replace the Nforce RC1 driver package.

    Read More (TGDaily)


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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    Well, I'd rather take the Gateway if I were to snatch a Vista deal:
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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    Sweet, good catch Chaz!
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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    When I click the deals link in the other post to Amazon, it says: Sony VAIO VGN-N220E/B 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium D T2060 1.6 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD RW Drive, Vista Premium) Black . Typo?

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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    No...just a new budget processor. They are reviving the Pentium name...now it'll be the new Celeron of the Core (1/2) Duo.
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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    yep, this thing should be called "celeron duo"

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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    I think the pentium brand name sounds better then core 2 duo and more people will identify with it. I also noticed at intel they have a celeron M 520 that runs a 1.6 ghz but has EMT64 support they also just released the celeron M 450 @ 2 ghz previously only availiable to europeon markets celeron M rocks WOOT!!
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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    Thx for the news bits Chaz

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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    Ah, the mystery of the Pentium Dual core is revealed. Thanks for that, Chaz.

    I was just at my local Best Buy the other day. They have a large area just waiting to be filled with copies of Vista. Not really front and center though, come to think of it.
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    Default Re: News Bits: New Intel T2060 Pentium Dual Core, Vista Promotions, ATI Vista Drivers

    You know, considering the Pentium Dual-core has a quarter of the L2 cache of a Core 2 Duo, its performance may be kind of meh, but I imagine its power consumption and heat output are probably pretty stellar. Cache can contribute a lot to heat; how do you think the old Celeron A's overclocked so fast?

 

 
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