Sony Vaio S Series Free Upgrade to Core i7 620M 2.66GHz/3.333GHz Turbo (Normally a £230 option) @ Sony.co.uk
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Sony Vaio S Series Free Upgrade to Core i7 620M 2.66GHz/3.333GHz Turbo (Normally a £230 option) @ Sony.co.uk

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Found 1st Aug 2010Made hot 1st Aug 2010
Intel® CoreTM i7-620M, 2.66GHz [+ £ 230.0] [ FREE , you save £ 230.0 with 4 MB L2/L3 Cache
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Free CPU upgrade - Offer ends on 9 August 2010

Normally you only get the i3 350M without paying to upgrade. Great price for a 13.3" Vaio with the top CPU.

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Original Poster

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I'm on my phone so can't check but how much will laptop work out at then? Bet its still more than I would want to pay! Good deal though

Smuggling Pnuts

I'm on my phone so can't check but how much will laptop work out at then? … I'm on my phone so can't check but how much will laptop work out at then? Bet its still more than I would want to pay! Good deal though


£828.99

£788

798 actually incl del for the cheapest one

Good deal in about a year when it's fallen to bit's you can make a few quid flogging the cpu on ebay.

It's a shame there's no screen upgrades available as that's a good amount of CPU horsepower for a 13in machine.

John

Hi,

How are you managed to get for 788 or 798?

Any coupon codes which could bring down the price?

tsktsk123

Hi,How are you managed to get for 788 or 798?

Downgrade the memory to 2GB instead of 4

Original Poster

The cheapest price is £746 inc Vat & Del (you must choose one of the colours without backlit keyboard and drop ram to 2GB for this price). Personally I wold keep the 4GB and backlit keyboard for the difference.

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graphics as standard is gma HD and the best graphics you can get is nvidia 310M which is placed behind the 8600M GT on notebookcheck. I had a 8600M GT with a 1.8Ghz core2duo and the cpu didn't hold the graphics back at all, so I don't get what you would need such a powerful cpu for, maybe video editing, but I wouldn't want to do that on a 13" screen!

Adidas Addict

you must choose one of the colours without backlit keyboard


so weird, because it says any choice of colour/keyboard combo is free for me, but if I do select a backlit one it adds about £30 onto the price! even tho it says free in orange!

Original Poster

MIDURIX

graphics as standard is gma HD and the best graphics you can get is … graphics as standard is gma HD and the best graphics you can get is nvidia 310M which is placed behind the 8600M GT on notebookcheck. I had a 8600M GT with a 1.8Ghz core2duo and the cpu didn't hold the graphics back at all, so I don't get what you would need such a powerful cpu for, maybe video editing, but I wouldn't want to do that on a 13" screen!



I see where you're coming from but I posted this deal as for people that would buy an S series anyway they are getting a very high end CPU for the same price as a mid-low end one. Its actually a lovely 13" notebook, the screen although not the highest res is very good quality and the 310M is fine for user that game casually a friend has the Violet one with backlit keyboard and its a fantastic looking and performing machine. (He's a bit gutted that he only has the i3 for the same money after I sent him a link to this lol)

apart from ghz, is there any other difference between an i3 and an i7 processor?

The S series is more business orientated hence coming with integrated graphics. As for screen upgrade, I really can't see why people would want 1080p on a 13.3 screen, I have that on Studio 15 and that takes getting used to.

Adidas Addict

I see where you're coming from but I posted this deal as for people that … I see where you're coming from but I posted this deal as for people that would buy an S series anyway they are getting a very high end CPU for the same price as a mid-low end one. Its actually a lovely 13" notebook, the screen although not the highest res is very good quality and the 310M is fine for user that game casually a friend has the Violet one with backlit keyboard and its a fantastic looking and performing machine. (He's a bit gutted that he only has the i3 for the same money after I sent him a link to this lol)


It is a hot deal if you want an s series, i get that. I would get one of the new(refreshed) cw series tho, with a basic i3 and 330M (6083 points in 3dmark06 and 310M gets 3154!)

fps_d0minat0r

apart from ghz, is there any other difference between an i3 and an i7 … apart from ghz, is there any other difference between an i3 and an i7 processor?

many differences, all i7's are not equal and all i3's are not equal, different cores/threads, cache and not just Ghz. go here notebookcheck.net/Mob…tml

would be so temepted to buy this! but not at £800, i7 would be great for development and running vmware.

Also the i5/i7's are meant to have some more battery saving tech than the i3's, but that could be marketing hype.

£800 is WAAAAYYY too pricey for me.
Sony Vaio are about £200 added for the name, and I haven't a clue why
The only Vaio Ive had was absolte tripe. Wouldn't have another again.
Of course, i may have just been unlucky, and it was a few years ago.

I used a similar offer last week to upgrade a Z series from i5 to i7

Description : Laptop VPC-Z12X - Configurable
Hard drive : 192 GB Ultra SATA Flash SSD
Processor : Intel® CoreTM i7-620M, 2.66GHz
Display : 33.3 cm LCD, 1600x900 + webcam
Graphics : NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M 1GB
Memory : 8 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAM
Price : 2.206,06

About 1 week for delivery - can't wait. The Z series is only 1.4 kg - great for travelling.

markovka

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markovka

I used a similar offer last week to upgrade a Z series from i5 to … I used a similar offer last week to upgrade a Z series from i5 to i7Description : Laptop VPC-Z12X - ConfigurableHard drive : 192 GB Ultra SATA Flash SSDProcessor : Intel® CoreTM i7-620M, 2.66GHzDisplay : 33.3 cm LCD, 1600x900 + webcamGraphics : NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M 1GBMemory : 8 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAMPrice : 2.206,06About 1 week for delivery - can't wait. The Z series is only 1.4 kg - great for travelling.markovka



The Z pricing is crazy IMO, although it has no competition in the market. Nobody else makes a small laptop with such high spec. Enjoy.

i have this vaio!! i love it....i got the vpc-s11v9e with i5 processor which i love...kinda of wish i wouldve waited =( i7 would've been the icing on the cake. as for people trying to get it cheapest....why would you want an i7 processor with intel graphics and 2gb ram?? surely you'd want more power....especially as its not much more to upgrade to the next level!

The £230 saving is totally inflated since there is no way the i7-620 is £110 better than the i5-540, let alone £190 better than the i5-450. At the end of the day they are all dual-core.

It's a nice upgrade but it's still not really value for money. To get it for £750 you are stripping down all it's components to the bare-minimum.

The F11 series starting at £750 is superior. Alot of it's standard feature's are the same as - if not better than - the optional extras on the S series. You can get a free upgrade to 6gb ram with it too.
Edited by: "MorningStar" 1st Aug 2010

PhilK

£800 is WAAAAYYY too pricey for me.Sony Vaio are about £200 added for the … £800 is WAAAAYYY too pricey for me.Sony Vaio are about £200 added for the name, and I haven't a clue whyThe only Vaio Ive had was absolte tripe. Wouldn't have another again.Of course, i may have just been unlucky, and it was a few years ago.



stick with ACER then

markovka

I used a similar offer last week to upgrade a Z series from i5 to … I used a similar offer last week to upgrade a Z series from i5 to i7Description : Laptop VPC-Z12X - ConfigurableHard drive : 192 GB Ultra SATA Flash SSDProcessor : Intel® CoreTM i7-620M, 2.66GHzDisplay : 33.3 cm LCD, 1600x900 + webcamGraphics : NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M 1GBMemory : 8 GB 1066MHz DDR3-SDRAMPrice : 2.206,06About 1 week for delivery - can't wait. The Z series is only 1.4 kg - great for travelling.markovka



I'm annoyed I missed out on the free i7 upgrade (was away on holiday) as that's the main upgrade I want plus the 256GB upgrade. I'm not too bothered about their free 8GB ram upgrade so I'm thinking of waiting to see if they offer any deals on the quad SSD next.

John

Original Poster

MorningStar

The £230 saving is totally inflated since there is no way the i7-620 is … The £230 saving is totally inflated since there is no way the i7-620 is £110 better than the i5-540, let alone £190 better than the i5-450. At the end of the day they are all dual-core.It's a nice upgrade but it's still not really value for money. To get it for £750 you are stripping down all it's components to the bare-minimum.The F11 series starting at £750 is superior. Alot of it's standard feature's are the same as - if not better than - the optional extras on the S series. You can get a free upgrade to 6gb ram with it too.



You can't really compare the F11 to the S, the F11 is MASSIVE, your comparing a desktop replacement with a 13" notebook totally different product.

Well you'll probably be using the S in a similar environment as an F since it's meaty i7-620 cpu lends itself to office use - hence my comparison! I kinda see it in a "similar" bracket since it's battery life gets owned by it's i7-620 & owned even harder if you use WLAN, so it's really not very portable if you need to plug it in all the time.

It's definitely a good all-rounder though & the £230 saving is a really nice find.

To be honest for a sony vaio £800 is not too bad, It's hard to find a similar spec (i7, 4gb ram etc) that much cheaper, most are around £750, so its a great saving.

MorningStar

Well you'll probably be using the S in a similar environment as an F … Well you'll probably be using the S in a similar environment as an F since it's meaty i7-620 cpu lends itself to office use - hence my comparison! I kinda see it in a "similar" bracket since it's battery life gets owned by it's i7-620 & owned even harder if you use WLAN, so it's really not very portable if you need to plug it in all the time.



I don't agree at all, my use of a 13in machine is very different to a 15in machine - just because I want a powerful processor doesn't mean it's going to be office based.

John

grouch666

better for gaming and … better for gaming and cheaperhttp://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukbsdt1&kc=N4X37003&l=en&oc=N0737S08&rbc=N0737S08&s=bsd



That's a 17in machine, the deal here is for a far more portable 13in machine - you can't compare the two.

John

or this tiny beast

configure.euro.dell.com/del…627

has the new optimus graphics card which turns the onboard on and off when you aint doing alot and when you start to game. though you have to get a optical drive still an awesome laptop. if i wasnt going to oz for 2 years i would have snapped one up!!

...which is more expensive and nowhere near the CPU performance of the i7 deal here.

John

Original Poster

grouch666

or this tiny beast … or this tiny beast :Dhttp://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=N00W1X05&dgc=AF&cid=5212&lid=122756&acd=2c4345f76119668eca80ef51b8f00627has the new optimus graphics card which turns the onboard on and off when you aint doing alot and when you start to game. though you have to get a optical drive still an awesome laptop. if i wasnt going to oz for 2 years i would have snapped one up!!



As good as the M11 is for gaming (thats what its designed for) it only has ULV processor. Plus its hideous looking. Its really a netbook with a decent graphics card bolted on.

To be honest, I have the CW2 series and it balances power/value, I think this is a bit overpriced. Granted its a good deal for the 'free' processor. But I think its just to subsidise the over inflated price on this tbh.

there is no point in this... high end processor with low end everything else

Priced this bad boy up with the 310M gfx chip and 8Gb RAM and comes in under 1k. Which tbh for a Sony i7 w/8Gb RAM and a half-decent gfx card is, at least to me, a bit of a steal, frankly.

I know it's comparing apples to oranges but how much would you - if you could get an i7 in a 13.3" Macbook Pro - pay for its Apple 'almost' equivalent? About another £800?

jnm21

Also the i5/i7's are meant to have some more battery saving tech than the … Also the i5/i7's are meant to have some more battery saving tech than the i3's, but that could be marketing hype.


I don’t think so. They have Turbo Boost which i3 doesn’t but that’s for improved performance.
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