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Half-power NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for smaller netbooks explains dreary benchmarking?

Half-power NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for smaller netbooks explains dreary benchmarking?

We've been all over NVIDIA's new next-generation Ion 2 today, but that excitement has now been tempered by a little small-print confusion over exactly what you're getting in your fancy new netbook.  According to a confidential NVIDIA slide posted by PC Watch, the graphics company will actually be pushing two versions of Ion 2: one for 12-inch netbooks and desktops, with 16 CUDA cores, and another for 10-inch netbooks with just 8 CUDA cores.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 benchmarked: moderate improvement

NVIDIA Ion 2 benchmarked: moderate improvement

Curious as to just how potent that new NVIDIA Ion second-generation chipset is?  After the disappointing benchmark results from the Acer Aspire One 532G demonstrated at MWC 2010 last month, NetbookItalia ran the new ASUS Eee PC 1201PN at CeBIT 2010 through 3DMark06to see how that fared.  Happily things seem a little healthier this time around.

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Early Ion 2 benchmarks suggest GPU slower than predecessor?

Early Ion 2 benchmarks suggest GPU slower than predecessor?

While we grabbed some hands-on time with Acer's Aspire One 532g netbook at MWC 2010 last week, what we didn't think to do was to sneakily attempt to benchmark it.  Being the first netbook to pack NVIDIA's second-gen Ion 2 GPU, the AO532g has many would-be buyers curious as to how it matches up to the first-gen Ion chipset; unfortunately, going by NetbookNews' testing,

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Core i7 MacBook Pro benchmark tips incoming Apple refresh?

Core i7 MacBook Pro benchmark tips incoming Apple refresh?

Benchmarking results for unannounced MacBook Pro models apparently running Intel Core i7 processors have reignited rumors that Apple intend to imminently update their flagship notebook range.  The Geekbench results were apparently recorded on February 4th 2010, and clearly indicate that the MacBook Pro (listed as a MacBookPro6,1) has a 2.66GHz Core i7-620M processor paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory.

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ASUS G73 Stealth Fighter gaming laptop

ASUS G73 Stealth Fighter gaming laptop

We're generally sceptical about laptops with design "inspired" by something else, but ASUS' G73 gaming laptop does at least make a good hack at channeling some of the Stealth Fighter elements it's apparently influenced by.  We stopped by to check out the mobile powerhouse at CES 2010; check out more live pictures after the cut.

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Google Nexus One: 3D Neocore Benchmark [Video]

Google Nexus One: 3D Neocore Benchmark [Video]

With the flurry of recent news reports surrounding the Google Nexus One phone: an apparent Google announcement on January 5th, a rumored pricing plan at $180, and tales of the Nexus One already being rooted, there’s finally some concrete viewable media out in the wild in the form of a 3D Neocore Benchmark of the Nexus One.

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Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 benchmarked and shows multitouch on video

Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 benchmarked and shows multitouch on video

Of all the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 details still to come clear, its performance and the responsiveness of its multitouch display were top of the list.  UMPC Fever have delivered on both counts, putting the UH900 through its paces in CrystalMark 2004 together with sharing a video of the 5.6-inch touchscreen in action.

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ASUS Eee PC 1201N gets graphics benchmarked

ASUS Eee PC 1201N gets graphics benchmarked

We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of ASUS' Eee PC 1201N, the 12.1-inch ultraportable packing Intel's dual-core Atom 330 processor and NVIDIA Ion graphics, so imagine our jealousy when SlashGear reader Vention got in touch to let us know he'd managed to acquire one.  Rather than gloat, Vention ran the benchmarks we've been waiting to see and compared the 1201N with the HP Mini 311.

Atom D510 and D410 CPUs get early benchmarks

Atom D510 and D410 CPUs get early benchmarks

Given the number of systems that you find Intel's Atom processors in these days, it's hardly surprising that expectations for the next-gen range are so high.  German site CarTFT have apparently had early access to some Atom D510 and D410 chips (the nettop versions), and have run the inevitable comparison benchmarks [pdf link] with some of the current models in the mixture too.  We're only partially surprised by the end-result: there's a small improvement over the current-gen chips, but an Atom 330 based 'board with NVIDIA's Ion still holds its own.

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Google Chrome OS benchmarked already: falls well short

Google Chrome OS benchmarked already: falls well short

Benchmarking the very earliest publicly-available code for Google Chrome OS seems destined to only highlight the platform's early stage of development, especially when you throw rivals such as Moblin 2.1, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10, Fedora 12 and openSUSE 11.2 into the mixture.  Still, that's just what Phoronix have done, and unsurprisingly the new Google netbook OS came in last position.

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Nokia Booklet 3G review

Nokia Booklet 3G review

While many scoffed at the idea of Nokia building a netbook, the idea does have its share of merits. After all, the Finnish company knows a few things about eking out runtimes from compact batteries, and with netbooks being perhaps the most likely of computing devices to be in search of mobile connectivity, stuffing them with the sort of wireless access your high-end Nokia boasts certainly makes sense. Throw in eye-catching design and you're onto a winner, right? Unfortunately, we've found the Nokia Booklet 3G falls short in other areas; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sony VAIO X benchmarked: mediocre media playback, almost 10hr battery

Sony VAIO X benchmarked: mediocre media playback, almost 10hr battery

We've looked at other reviews of Sony's VAIO X ultraportable, but while they've waxed lyrical over the notebook's styling we've yet to see the hard performance stats that the X's frequent-flyer target audience will demand.  Thankfully LaptopMag's review covers not just processor benchmarking but battery testing, pitting Sony's claims of "a full day's use" against a harsh, stopwatch-toting reality.

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