Wednesday, March 28th 2012

ASUS Unveils the U82U AMD-Powered Ultra-Thin Laptop

While it's certainly dedicated to the ultrabook 'cause', ASUS is not ignoring AMD's own slim mobile PC offering and is in fact prepping a new ultra thin machine powered by the E-450 APU (dual Bobcat cores @ 1.65 GHz, Radeon HD 6320 graphics).

Named U82U, ASUS' new ultra thin has a 14-inch display, 2 GB of RAM (up to 8 GB are supported), a 500 GB hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI output, and an 8-cell battery. ASUS has yet to reveal the machine's release date or price tag.

Source: Netbooknews
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14 Comments on ASUS Unveils the U82U AMD-Powered Ultra-Thin Laptop

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
IMO they could have put something with a little more grunt then E-450 in there.
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Vulpesveritas
by: FreedomEclipse
IMO they could have put something with a little more grunt then E-450 in there.
Well there won't be an AMD APU with low enough TDP for an ultrathin until Trinity comes out I believe save for a C-series or an E-series. Of which the E-450 is the fastest until Trinity.

On the plus side, if they price this under $600, it will be a rather nice school computer.
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Rylan
by: Vulpesveritas
Well there won't be an AMD APU with low enough TDP for an ultrathin until Trinity comes out I believe save for a C-series or an E-series. Of which the E-450 is the fastest until Trinity.

On the plus side, if they price this under $600, it will be a rather nice school computer.
I have an Ideapad with an E-350, SSD, and 8GB RAM that I use for studying on almost daily basis. The E-350 is annoyingly slow. I thought that replacing the stock 750GB 5400RPM hard drive with a SSD would make things snappy. It did for a few things, but I can definitely tell the E-350 is struggling in this thing. Granted, I'm spoiled by the speed of my desktop, but I get frustrated with the sluggishness of this laptop frequently.
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#4
bogie
How is the Radeon HD 6320 graphics? Is it powerful enough for Minecraft/BF3/Black Ops/Skyrim/L4D2?
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#5
dzero
If this is priced decently I might pick it up for a work laptop.
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#6
Vulpesveritas
by: bogie
How is the Radeon HD 6320 graphics? Is it powerful enough for Minecraft/BF3/Black Ops/Skyrim/L4D2?
Minecraft yes. BF3 at bare most minimum settings and resolution most likely. blackops/skyrim/L4D2 at low-medium probably.
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#7
devguy
by: bogie
How is the Radeon HD 6320 graphics? Is it powerful enough for Minecraft/BF3/Black Ops/Skyrim/L4D2?
I've tried the HD 6310 (e350), and it does alright with Halo, Half Life 2, RTCW, COD2, COD4:MW (low). This is typically at 720p resolutions (1366x768). Doom 3 was pretty sluggish.
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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Rylan
I have an Ideapad with an E-350, SSD, and 8GB RAM that I use for studying on almost daily basis. The E-350 is annoyingly slow. I thought that replacing the stock 750GB 5400RPM hard drive with a SSD would make things snappy. It did for a few things, but I can definitely tell the E-350 is struggling in this thing. Granted, I'm spoiled by the speed of my desktop, but I get frustrated with the sluggishness of this laptop frequently.
do you have the S205? but yeah, I do understand what you are getting at since i own a smilar spec'd laptop. but it is what it is, I dont exactly use it everyday but i can see why something like that would drive you mad if you were to use it on a regular basis. i.e for school/uni etc etc.
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#9
Alvy Ibn Feroz
by: bogie
How is the Radeon HD 6320 graphics? Is it powerful enough for Minecraft/BF3/Black Ops/Skyrim/L4D2?
Lol!!!!! its only a 18 watt tdp netbook
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#10
Rylan
by: FreedomEclipse
do you have the S205? but yeah, I do understand what you are getting at since i own a smilar spec'd laptop. but it is what it is, I dont exactly use it everyday but i can see why something like that would drive you mad if you were to use it on a regular basis. i.e for school/uni etc etc.
Yes, I have the S205. I think what happened is that I didn't know how bad Atom really was, and when the reviews came out for Zacate saying that it was a significant step up from Atom, I didn't have a baseline for comparison.

by: Alvy Ibn Feroz
Lol!!!!! its only a 18 watt tdp netbook
Brazos does quite well given its TDP, but yeah, it's not an APU that you want to be using for gaming.
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#11
Baum
i don't get why many people just go out and buy netbooks and this kind of "ultra portables" for so much money??

i recently bought a HP 2510p for 120€ and use it as my work machine at uni, and yes it can't play anything but counter strike 1.6 and maybe cs:s.

but the core su7600 rocks with only 2x1,2Ghz ( o.c. to 1,4 possible ) it runs everything else fine!
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#12
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Rylan
when the reviews came out for Zacate saying that it was a significant step up from Atom, I didn't have a baseline for comparison.
Atom is just as slow. both platforms has its advantages and disadvantages, but they are both in the ULV class of CPUs so performance is obviously not going to be earth shattering.

the AMD is ahead in terms of gaming/media performance. I have no problems hooking my DM1 to a 40" LCD and watching a 1080p video with no stuttering. Im not sure about the newer atoms but i know the previous generations wouldnt of been able to do that. same goes for gaming. Unless the netbook/laptop was an ION or ION2 platform, there would be no way in hell that games like L4D, MW3 or Batman:AA are even remotely playable compared to the E-350/450 and thats why Zecate is the more popular option for netbooks - its like a mini media center PC
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#13
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
newer atoms still cant play 1080p smoothly.
e350s are nice. not the best, but they are ok enough for day to day stuff.
no serious gaming possible.

at this price you can get a better A6 powered one. that wont be ultra thing though.
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