Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

Summary: AMD has been trying to claw its way back into the laptop processor game -- it's had better luck with its mobile GPUs -- and it's found a willing partner in Dell, which has been slowly adding AMD-powered notebooks to its Inspiron lineup. Tally up two more in the Inspiron M501R and M5030 models, both of which come with starting prices below $1,000.

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AMD has been trying to claw its way back into the laptop processor game -- it's had better luck with its mobile GPUs -- and it's found a willing partner in Dell, which has been slowly adding AMD-powered notebooks to its Inspiron lineup. Tally up two more in the Inspiron M501R and M5030 models, both of which come with starting prices below $1,000.

Dell offers two configurations for each Inspiron, and you can't customize much from those base models. The $529.99 flavor of the M5030 comes with an Athlon II P320 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics, while the $599.99 version just bumps the hard drive size to 500GB.

For $749.99, the M501R comes with a Phenom N930 processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and Mobility Radeon HD 550 graphics for some light gaming. Oddly, you only need to pay $50 extra to get a 500GB hard drive on this line. Each series is based around a 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen.

The N930 hasn't found its way into many systems yet to have hands-on editorial reviews, though some benchmark comparisons to Intel's comparable offerings would be useful to make a buying decision (for example, matching them up to the similarly priced and configured Dell Inspiron 15R laptops with Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs). I can't imagine there are many AMD mobile fanboys who would purchase a budget laptop with an Athlon or Phenom inside without knowing how it stacks up to the competition.

[Via Engadget]

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Hardware, Mobility, Processors

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  • RE: Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

    Because people are willing to buy this with an AMD processor, they must be "fanboys"?<br>Glad the article was originally from Engadget, your concience can remain clear about allegations of bias.
    And upon further reading, it seems it is a Phenom X4 processor so comparisons to the meagre i3 processor would be futile, maybe the i5 would be a fairer comparison
    I Hate Malware
  • Dell must have got a deal

    Dell tries to sell its buyers on AMD every so often. But most still have Intel inside burned into their memory. So I doubt they will do well. But I am sure Dell is looking for that cost advantage.
    jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
  • With the Phenom, this'll be very responsive.

    A combination of Phenom CPU and I hope a nice quick 2.5" hard drive we can rest assured it'll be a nice machine. One param you haven't given is the no. of pixels vertically - the more the merrier as no-one likes the "content" to be squashed into a squat rectangle between toolbars and status bars.
    It WOULD be nice to see a benchtest and price comparison versus the comparable Intels - you're right.
    peter_erskine@...
  • RE: Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

    ill take amd laptops anyday over intels crippled i3/i5 onboard graphics. specially that gpu-acceleration is now the standard for html5 browsers(firefox, internet explorer 9, chrome).
    zxxc
  • RE: Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

    Frinds i have a AMD phenom -II 930 quad- core processor but it's heated up a lot, I tried to use cooling pad but all in vein. This is because of inspiron laptop design. AMD heated up easily and ventilation port of inspiron is tiny.
    Now I am trying to get rid of it and go for intel i7.
    royhere
  • RE: Dell chooses AMD CPUs for Inspiron M501R, M5030 laptops

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