Monday, July 6, 2009

Because of the Nvidia Ion, Lenovo’s IdeaPad S12 will be halfway decent

Have you been following this Nvidia-Intel spat? Long story short: Nvidia suspects that Intel has been giving laptop manufacturers a sweet deal vis-à-vis Atom processors and Intel’s whole chipset+integrated graphics chip. This upsets Nvidia because its own laptop graphics platform, called Ion, hasn’t been able to find a way onto a laptop… until now! Yes, the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 will be the first laptop to use Nvidia’s Ion platform. It’ll be $449 when it launches in June. And yes, it’ll have a 12-inch screen (like my first PowerBook).

Now, why is this Ion thingamajig important to you? Well, as the owner of a pre-unibody MacBook, let me tell you that graphics performance, whether I’m playing World of Warcraft or trying to watch 1080p video—I just saw Valkyrie the other day, and I kinda liked it, to paraphrase that dumb song—is criminal. I’d be better off connecting a strawberry Pop-Tart to the motherboard, using that as the graphics processor instead of the on-board Intel nonsense.

In short, the Intel integrated graphics “solution” is trash. Rubbish of the highest order.

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