Ivy Bridge Processors are here! (Update)

UPDATE

For those of you who want to get your hands on Intel’s latest and greatest processor at a great price, you’re in luck.  The new Samsung 17.3″ Ultrabook mentioned in the original post below is actually on sale at Best Buy for $1,199, that’s $200 off of the regular price until May 24.  As an added bonus you will get a Xbox 360 4 GB console absolutely free as part of Microsoft’s student bonus offer.  Of course you will have to present some academic credentials to take advantage of this but get their quick to avoid being disappointed.

Source: Best Buy

ORIGINAL POST

In the last couple of days there have been a slew of announcements of PC’s with Intel’s newest processor, Ivy Bridge. At least for now the only version of the processor that is available is the high end quad core i7 processors that are usually used in multimedia and gaming computers. Mainstream PC’s will not get upgraded with the new silicon until sometime in June when the less expensive dual core processors are released.

If you are a power user though you are now able to get a quad core i7 PC from several manufacturers. Even though Ivy Bridge processors provide significantly improved graphics over Sandy Bridge units, the computers that are now available also have separate powerful AMD or Nvidia graphics cards. Some of the manufacturers that feature these new 3rd generation quad core i7 processors include:

  • Dell: Alienware 14x, 17x and 18x; Inspiron 14R and 15R Special Edition; Vostro 470 Desktop and XPS 8500
  • Asus: G75VW and G55VW
  • MSI: GT60 and GT70
  • Samsung: Series 7 Gamer

The new Future Shop flyer and website features the Samsung NP550P7C which has just been released on April 30. This 17.3″ model features a SuperBright full HD monitor with 8 GB of RAM, a huge 1 TB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive and powerful JBL speakers with a Max Bass Boost Subwoofer. According to the website they are available on-line as well as at many of their stores. More details on this $1,299.99 laptop can be found on the Future Shop website by clicking here.

Source: PC World, PC Mag, CNET

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