A Sony notebook with a AMD Fusion APU for about $550? You bet. It’s the new YB series, and Sony’s packing in AMD’s 1.6Ghz E-350, Radeon HD 6310 graphics, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, HDMI output, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR+, 3 USB ports, and a backlit keyboard.

The Sony YB Series will also sport an 11.6″ display and weighs in at just over 3.2 pounds. An extended capacity battery will be available as an option, and Sony expects to start selling the laptop in mid-February 2011.

The AMD Fusion chipset combines the graphics and CPU cores onto a single chip in an energy-saving design. Computers with the AMD E-350 processor are expected to offer better-than-netbook performance while still providing five hours or more of battery life when paired with a reasonably large battery.

via Laptop Mag

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11 replies on “Sony unveils AMD Fusion-powered YB series notebook”

  1. Can’t wait to see some benchmarks (especially GPU benchmarks) on the new AMD processors.

        1. that’s because of the CPU part
          you’re comparing a high-end desktop sandy bridge CPU with a ultra-portable netbook/notebook CPU

          1. Technically I was looking at high end LAPTOP part.
            Still, I don’t think the CPU alone accounts for the large discrenpancy.
            Are the high end AMD laptop parts out yet? It seems like all the new fusion parts are used in netbooks.

          2. The Intel GPU on the Sandy Bridge is still DX10. Microsoft has stopped support for DX10. So i dont think this GPU will be better than the Fusion because there are many new features on DX11.

          3. I don’t know about that. MS still supports even DX 9 because I got win 7 running on GMA950.
            It’s mostly a matter of the games. If a game requires DX11 GPU, then the new Intel GPU would be out.

          4. Yeah, i just found out that all new games are DX11. Also if your GPU does not support DX11, then some of the features will not be enabled. So what could end up happening is that the game won’t visually appear as the game artist intended it.

          5. You can still play older games. I’d imagine that those people who play newer games are mostly likely to shell out more money to get discrete graphics anyway.

        2. I really dont care about Synthetic benchmarks anymore after i found out that the Intel compiler deliberately crippled competitors CPUs and was used for compiling most of these benchmarks.

          1. True. Synthetic benchmarks is certainly not indicative of real world performance.
            However, both the AMD and Intel GPUs were tested using their own CPUs, so I don’t think Intel could have crippled AMD’s own Fusion GPU’s performance.

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