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Like the previous T2 series model, the Sony VAIO VGN-TX1XRP uses the most power-economical processor from Intel, Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage 753 (Dothan core, 1.2GHz clock rate), but contrary to the VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S, the new TX series feature the Sonoma platform. The 915GMS chipset is designed specifically for small form-factor notebooks and supports a number of new-generation technologies including DDR2 SDRAM, Serial ATA hard disk drives, PCI Express bus, Intel High-Definition Audio, and Express Card. The chipset’s North Bridge incorporates Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator 900. This new integrated graphics core is faster, has four pixel pipelines, and supports DirectX 9, Pixel Shader 2.0, core frequencies from 133 to 200MHz and up to 214 megabytes of graphics memory.

i915GMS chipset

The hard drive is the same as in the T2 series: it is a 1.8” Toshiba MK6006GAH model (4200rpm, 60GB capacity).

The optical drive is a little different, but like the one employed in the T2 series it can burn dual-layer media. The speed characteristics of the Matshita UJ-832D are as follows:

  • 24x CD-R write speed
  • 24x CD-ROM read speed
  • 12x CD-RW read speed
  • 10x CD-RW write speed
  • 8x DVD-ROM read speed
  • 8x DVD+R read speed
  • 4x DVD+RW read speed
  • 4x DVD-R read speed
  • 5x DVD-RW read speed
  • 4x DVD+R write speed
  • 2.4x DVD+RW write speed
  • 4x DVD-R write speed
  • 2.4x DVD-RW write speed
  • 2.4x DVD+RW DL write speed

As for the memory subsystem, the notebook’s mainboard carries one 512MB module and there are also two memory slots on board one of which is occupied with another 512MB module and another is empty (it is located on the reverse side of the mainboard). So you can upgrade the memory subsystem at an authorized service center or with your own hands, following the instructions included with the notebook or downloaded from the manufacturer’s website .

The communicational options offered by the VGN-TX1XRP are extensive enough: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (TX Bluetooth features a lower power consumption and a triple speed increase over the previous version of the standard) modules are implemented in every VAIO TX notebook.

The notebook is silent and cool at work. We measured the temperature of the hottest spots on the notebook’s surfaces with an infrared thermometer after it had worked for half an hour in the Classic test mode of Battery Eater Pro 2.60 (the ambient temperature remained at 22°C during this test) and got the following numbers:

  • LCD panel – 32°C
  • Keyboard – 32°C
  • Bottom panel – 36°C

The next table summarizes the technical characteristics of the VAIO VGN-TX1XRP and compares them to those of the VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S.

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