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A fast netbook? I’d like to see it to believe it. Acer is claiming that its Ferrari One is that fast netbook. The Ferrari One sports a 11.6-inch LCD with a 1366 x 768 resolution and is powered by AMD’s new Congo platform that combines a 1.2GHz Athlon X2 L310 CPU and ATI‘s Radeon 3200 GPU. Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth, VGA and an additional XPG port for external graphics. Ship date is October 22 and the price is a heftyÂ Â£435 (about US$724).
Congo Pat Moorhead, VP of Advanced Marketing at AMD, explains Congo:
It’s real easy to describe the 2nd generation ultrathin design: Take the 1st generation, give it a second CPU core and take nearly the performance of the first generationâ€™s discrete card, shrink it and place it into the chipset decreasing energy consumption.
Graphics No Sweat Moorhead used a MSI notebook running a Congo chipset with an 1.6GHz Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L335 CPU with a Radeon HD 3200 GPU. The Ferrari One uses a considerably slower CPU. Moorhead’s demo machine flawlessly played YouTube HD and Hulu HD videos. Playing back Blu-ray via an external drive at 1080p did not pose a problem either. Major games that do not require hardcore GPU capabilities should run just fine, which is a great development for netbooks but you still need a fairly powerful notebook PC to run first person shooters at playable framerates.