updated 04:15 pm EDT, Thu August 30, 2007
HP AMD dvX500 and Compaq
HP on Thursday quietly launched a new set of notebooks based on its dvX500 platform that switch from Intel's Core 2 processors to AMD's Turion 64 platform. The 15.4-inch dv6500z and 17-inch dv9500z both run dual-core Turion 64 X2 chips and use NVIDIA's GeForce 7150M for integrated graphics in place of Intel's GMA X3100. HP largely keeps options on an equal footing with the Intel systems by offering GeForce 8400M GS video with HDMI output, HD DVD combo drives, and mobile broadband with Verizon through a V740 ExpressCard. The dv9500z continues to hold up to 500GB of storage spread across two drives.
A stock dv6500z starts at $750 with a 1.8GHz Turion 64 X2, 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, and Vista Home Premium. Stepping up to the larger dv9500z boosts the price to $1,000 but adds a faster 1.9GHz processor and a 120GB disk alongside the larger screen. HP takes orders today and estimates that both systems will be in customers' hands by mid-September.
A third system under HP's budget Compaq label, the Presario V6500Z, also receives an AMD foundation. Identical in size to the dv6500z, the system drops its price even lower to $699 through the use of a single-core 2GHz Sempron, 512MB of RAM, and Vista Home Basic. It also comes with a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and should be delivered within the same timeframe as the HP-branded systems.