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    Default The New HP dv2 laptop

    As you probably AMD's Neo mobile platform isn't really doing all that well, and statistically you probably stand a better chance of running into a pig in downtown Kabul than running into a Neo-based notebook. In fact HP is the only major vendor to offer Neo in its notebooks. Well, one notebook actually, the DV2.

    However, in spite of that, AMD has revamped the platform with a dual-core CPU, the Neo L626. Of course, we're still talking about a 5-year-old K8 design, but at least it ships with a decent chipset and a nice IGP, or even Radeon HD3410 discrete graphics.

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    HP has embraced the new dual-core and it's offering it in the DV2. Along with the 1.6GHz Neo L625 you get 4GB of memory and 320GB of storage, as well as Radeon HD3410 graphics with 512MB of memory. This all sounds rather nice, but at 730 the new DV2 SKU is simply too pricey.

    You can easily get a 13-inch dual-core CULV for that kind of money, and you can even get Radeon HD4330 graphics on it if you think you need more than an IGP on an ultraportable. Sadly, we don't think AMD can do much to match Intel in this market segment, and things won't get much better any time soon.

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    There are a lot of discussions on the net comparing the Yukon platform with that of Intel Atom based netbook platform. There's no direct comparison possible. The two are completely different segments. It is like comparing Tata Nano with Maruti Alto. The Tata Nano would obviously win in the price factor but what do you get for the price? Similarly, the Yukon platform is for the new segment of laptops called the ultra-thins.This is similar to the ultra-portables but not as powerful but not as costly either. This is a segment that tries to bring power with the portability together. This platform aims at being able to play HD videos on a large scale, play Graphics intensive games at a decent resolution, not at the highest settings. So, this platform, now with a dual core chip is similar to a mainstream laptop and being extremely portable at the same time.

    Now for the comparison of the Yukon platform with the CULV (Consumer ultra-low voltage) processors. The Yukon platform which includes the AMD Athlon Neo processor beats the Intel's hands down in the graphics department. A much stronger graphics chip automatically results in better performance in gaming, video content, HD content, with more of it becoming mainstream these days. So, if it is ultrathins you're looking at, you need to look at AMD's Yukon. Also, AMD is the only company with a platform solution as against ony the processor and Motherboard solution of Intel. This makes AMD a great choice. It is similar to getting your shirt stitched. Would you get the sleeves stitched by one tailor and the body by another. Though it is possible, it is not a good idea. It is better to get everything from the same tailor. Similarly, having a complete platform from a single manufacturer makes all the components work in sync thus giving an overall better performance.

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