The Sony VAIO VGN-AR11SR represents Intel’s Viiv platform. In other words, it is oriented at home multimedia systems that are not supposed to be portable. However, the notebook from Sony is indeed a portable computer.
The notebook is based on a Core Duo T2500 processor (2.00GHz clock rate, 65nm Yonah core, shared 2MB L2 cache). Besides the time-tested Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology (it allows lowering the CPU clock rate at low loads by reducing its multiplier), the processor supports Dynamic Power Coordination (the power consumption of the cores can be varied separately depending on the current load) and Dynamic Cache Sizing (unused cache segments are turned off to save power). For more information about the new processor, check out our Centrino Duo Mobile Platform Review.
The notebook is equipped with an Intel Calistoga 945PM chipset and a wireless adapter Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG. The 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 and 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 this platform, refer to this article on our site or visit the website of its developer.
Being an implementation of the Viiv platform, the notebook is also equipped with a network adapter Intel PRO/100 VE Network Connection.
Besides a future-oriented optical drive, the VAIO VGN-AR11SR just couldn’t do without some other special feature. Here it is – a discrete graphics adapter NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT. It doesn’t support TurboCache technology just because it doesn’t need it, having as much as 256MB of dedicated graphics memory. The graphics core is manufactured on 0.09-micron tech process and has reduced power consumption. It supports Shader Model 3.0 and HDR and thus allows running all the newest game titles. Nvidia’s PureVideo technology provides high-quality HD video playback while PowerMizer 6.0 manages the power consumption of the core to save power and reduce heat dissipation. The GeForce Go 7600 specifications are listed below (you can also refer to the manufacturer’s website):
The VAIO VGN-AR11SR is equipped with two 2.5” Toshiba MK1032GSX hard disk drives (5400rpm, 100GB, Serial ATA). The two drives are united into a RAID array using Intel’s Matrix Storage technology.
It may seem strange, but this notebook from Sony is equipped with a Blu-ray burner from Panasonic. It’s the BD-MLT UJ210S model that supports dual-layer media. The manufacturer of the drive did a good job as it put two lenses into it while keeping the size of the tray intact: the red laser is for CD and DVD media and the blue laser is for Blu-ray.