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Acer launches AMD-based netbooks

Acer launches AMD-based netbooks

Acer's new Aspire One netbooks use AMD V-series CPUs and Radeon HD 4225 graphics.

Acer has announced two new netbooks to add to its successful Aspire One line, but with a twist: they use AMD CPUs and Radeon graphics. The 521 will be an 10in screen model and the 721 is a slightly larger 11.6in panel which will overlap the CULV Timeline series slightly.

Acer claims the systems use Radeon HD 4225 graphics for "flawless 3D computing [and] mainstream gaming." It's likely a derivative of the 785G/880G chipset which also features Radeon HD 4000-based graphics, but whether AMD has made a new part, we're unsure yet.

Despite AMD stating it wouldn't focus on the netbook market, the new V-105 CPU is a 1.2GHz, single cored 9W part based on AMD's 45nm technology - different to the older generation of ultra-thin AMD machines that used antiquated 65nm recycled K8 CPUs.

Acer will offer up to 4GB of DDR3 and a 1,366 x 768 screen resolution on the 11.6in 721 model, but the PR cunningly leaves out the information for the 10in. Other features include LED backlit 16:9 displays, WiFi (no specifics whether 802.11n or -g only), Ethernet (again, no specifics whether 10/100 or Gigabit), webcam and microphone and optional 3G and Bluetooth. Finally we're also waiting on estimated prices and battery life figures too.

We contacted Acer to ask about the missing information above, but were told that it was unavailable at the time of writing. We'll update this when we receive new information.

Either way though, these new macines should mix up the netbook market and hopefully offer more performance than what Atom offers, which can only be a good thing, providing there's enough battery life to compensate.

Are you after a new netbook? Fancy something AMD instead of Atom? Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

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proxess 17th May 2010, 12:39 Quote
It's overkill for a netbook and underkill for a notebook. What is it?

And that GPU, it's a rebrand of which GPU?
hyper_somniac 17th May 2010, 12:45 Quote
As long as the price stays within netbooks prices, I'd say its a very good netbook.
MSHunter 17th May 2010, 14:28 Quote
"Mainstream gaming" ......

So will it play Crysis?

All kidding aside if it can manage to play flash without killing the battery then AMD will have a winner on their hands.

Just found this through Google:

http://www.liliputing.com/2010/05/acer-aspire-one-521-with-amd-v105-cpu-hd-video-test.html

So it can not even handle 720i flash......

BOX OF FAIL!
HTPCJunkie 17th May 2010, 15:35 Quote
The HD4225 is the standard IGP for the 880G chipset, it's not a "rebrand" of anything. The BS at Lilliputing is pathetic. I can play 720P Flash full screen on my 3 yr old 14" Acer with the old Mobile Radeon 1250 IGP, any issue the HD4225 has will be driver/browser related. They didn't even say what browser or OS they were using. There were known issues with Adobe Flash with Win 7 / Firefox 3.x because of a missing plugin. The HD 4225 has the capability to run 1080p video no problem, you just have to make sure everything is setup correctly.

I hate reviewers that only do a half-a**ed job.
Lockon Stratos 17th May 2010, 15:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MSHunter
"Mainstream gaming" ......

So will it play Crysis?

crysis is a very poor example of mainsteam gaming purely for the fact that not everyone can run it & those that can probably struggle to run it at decent frames & the only people that can run it are probably those with significantly more cash then your average working class citizen probably between the ranges of 35-50k+ a year that can afford 4 GTX480s or 5970's & extreme edition CPUs & £300+ motherboards. that have a room with airconditioning & a drinks machine, 6way eyefinity dedicated to his pc/technology with a wife that actually does as shes told & stays in the kitchen....
javaman 17th May 2010, 17:23 Quote
if its better than my atom netbook i might "upgrade" that depends on 6+ hr batter life min and the actual ability to play films smoothly. ATM the ion is still a more attractive option.
knownballer 17th May 2010, 21:44 Quote
Well, considering the dv2 with the older processors and similar gpu performed really well I imagine this will be just as powerful, minus the heat and power issues of the old neo cpu. My lil bro has the dv2 only with the dual core neo and yeah you can watch hd movies and play light games on it, it just never leaves his cooling pad.

With a better marketing and more oems buying in and amd will definitely have a real gem in their hands.
HourBeforeDawn 18th May 2010, 20:53 Quote
if the price stays around the $400 mark and can get around 8-9hrs of battery life then its worth it, if not then I will pass.
tank_rider 18th May 2010, 22:28 Quote
As others have said, I'm awaiting a proper set of testing (basically a bit-tech review :) ) and some proper battery life and pricing figures. May well be tempted though if it can run flash sites etc properly.
MSHunter 19th May 2010, 16:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lockon Stratos
crysis is a very poor example of mainsteam gaming purely for the fact that not everyone can run it & those that can probably struggle to run it at decent frames & the only people that can run it are probably those with significantly more cash then your average working class citizen probably between the ranges of 35-50k+ a year that can afford 4 GTX480s or 5970's & extreme edition CPUs & £300+ motherboards. that have a room with airconditioning & a drinks machine, 6way eyefinity dedicated to his pc/technology with a wife that actually does as shes told & stays in the kitchen....

Next time read the whole comment...... the following line said

"all kidding aside" as in the crysis line was not to be taken seriously.....

Any way Crysis plays quite decently on a 8800GTX card (22" TFT) not at the highest setting but high enough to enjoy some of the "new" graphics.

Besides the set up you claim is needed to play Crysis is complete overkill as one 5970 or 480 GTX can play Crysis and I quote CPM "like a Pixar Movie"
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