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The dual-core engine of the ASUS Lamborghini VX1 is an Intel Core Duo T2500 processor with a default clock rate of 2.00GHz (a 65nm Yonah core with a shared 2MB L2 cache).

Besides Intel’s traditional Enhanced SpeedStep technology that gives the notebook’s software and BIOS control over the CPU frequency multiplier (to reduce it under low loads), this CPU supports Dynamic Power Coordination (the power consumption of the cores can be independently adjusted depending on the current load; one core may even slip into Deep Sleep mode with the lowest power consumption possible) and Dynamic Cache Sizing (unused segments of the CPU cache can be turned off to reduce power consumption). For more information about Intel’s Core Duo processors refer to our review of the Centrino Duo platform.

This implementation of the Napa platform also incorporates an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG adapter and an Intel Calistoga 945PM chipset. This chipset supports DDR2 SO-DIMMs, thus offering more memory bandwidth at lower power consumption, and a PCI Express x16 interface for an external graphics card. The ICH7-M chip is used as the chipset’s South Bridge. It is connected to the North Bridge via a special-purpose Direct Media Interface. The South Bridge supports one Parallel ATA port, two Serial ATA ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and Intel High Definition Audio. It also offers six PCI Express x1 lanes to connect external devices. For more information about the platform, visit the manufacturer’s website.

Besides the ragingly fast computing engine, the ASUS Lamborghini is equipped with a powerful discrete graphics core Nvidia GeForce Go 7400VX that has 128MB of dedicated graphics memory and supports TurboCache technology. This 0.09-micron chip features low power consumption and is intended especially for light and ultra-portable computers. TurboCache technology allows the GPU to use some portion of system memory in addition to the dedicated memory to ensure higher performance in 3D applications. The notebook comes with 2GB of system RAM and the GeForce Go 7400VX can be allotted up to 512 megabytes of it.

The GeForce Go 7400VX also features Nvidia PureVideo technology for high-quality HD video playback and PowerMizer 6.0 technology that helps use power in the most optimal way to lower heat dissipation. The specifications of the Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 are listed in the following table. You can also learn more about it at the developer’s website.

The notebook is equipped with a 2.5” Seagate Momentus ST9160821A hard disk drive (a spindle rotation speed of 5400rpm and a storage capacity of 160GB) and a Matshita UJ-832S DVD-burner with the following speed characteristics:

Writing:

  • CD-R/RW (24x/10x)
  • DVD-R/RW (4x/2x)
  • DVD+ R/RW (4x/2.4x)
  • DVD+ R DL (2.4x)
  • DVD-RAM (2x)
  • CD-R/RW (24x/10x)
  • DVD-ROM (8x)
  • DVD-R/RW (4x/4x)
  • DVD+ R/RW (4x/4x)
  • DVD+ R DL (4x)
  • DVD-RAM (2x)
 
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