This notebook features the Intel Core i5 CPU (520M) running at 2.4 GHz (up to 2.93 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology). The 520M is a 64-bit dual-core processor with 4 processing threads. It has 3 MB of L3 cache and was built using a 32 nm process for higher efficiency. The cores are based on the Nehalem microarchitecture.
The 14″ LED-backlit widescreen display has a resolution of 1600 x 900. The display is driven by the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M GPU with 512MB dedicated video memory and total available graphics memory of 2263MB. This chip has 48 CUDA cores and runs at speeds up to 1265 MHz. It has support for Microsoft DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1 for gaming compatibility. Dedicated memory means your system can handle more intense graphical processing operations without slowing down the whole system.
If this screen isn’t big enough you can use the HDMI output for connection to an HDTV or HD monitor and Intel High Definition Audio support. For that HDTV output you’ve got a Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive which features read support for Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE). Double-layer support using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media. Also supports DVD-RAM.
A 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive provides the storage space on this system. It’s only a 5400 RPM drive, but this is a mid-range laptop so that’s to be expected. Since this is a Sony machine it of course features a Multiformat media reader which supports Memory Stick PRO and Memory Stick PRO Duo with MagicGate functionality. It also features a Secure Digital media slot.
Connectivity comes from Built-in stereo A2DP Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) interface, the built-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Gigabit Fast Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector and the built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n) adapter.
External ports include, 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack, 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 (eSATA) port, 1 VGA output, 1 4-pin i.LINK® connection (IEEE 1394), 1 S/PDIF output and 1 internal microphone to use with the Built-in MOTION EYE webcamwith face tracking technology which makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
Microsoft Windows Home Premium 64-bit is the preinstalled operating system. Other software includes Microsoft Works SE 9.0, 60-day trial version of Microsoft Home and Student 2007, Norton Internet Security 2010 30-day trial, VAIO Care, Sony® Creativity Suite: PMB – VAIO® Edition – Import, VAIO® Media Gallery, and VAIO® Media plus.
The Sony VAIO laptop with an Intel Core i5 Processor (VPCCW27FX/L) can be found for around $950.
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