MSI is updating its X-Slim line with a new AMD-bearing model, the X610
. Closely resembling its cousin, the X-Slim X600, the X610 ditches Intel's CULV goods in favor of those from AMD. Instead of Intel's 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo SU3500 processor, MSI's new X-Slim packs a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon MV-40. Chipset aside, all other specs have remained virtually untouched.
The X610 ships with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD, HDMI-out, Wi-Fi connectivity and Microsoft Windows Vista. Russian review site 3DNews
got their hands on a unit and put it through its paces. In their tests, 3DNews found that both the X610's performance and battery life was subpar to its Intel counterpart.
The review concluded that while the AMD chip's slightly lower performance shouldn't be noticeable to most, the X610 managed less than two hours of battery life under heavy load. Less than two hours is a bit rough, being a low-powered ultra-portable device. Hopefully MSI will make up for the X-Slim X610's lackluster offer by substantially undercutting the X600's $800 asking price.