Toshiba Satellite A660-BT3N25 Review – i7-2630QM Processor
Toshiba Satellite A660-BT3N25 is a high end notebook powered by the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processor – The Intel core i7-2630QM. The Sandy Bridge processors may deliver 10 to 15% performance improvement over the similarly clocked previous generation Arrandale based core i7 processors. But the most important gain in the Sandy Bridge processor is in the area of the graphics. Unfortunately, many notebook manufactures are still not leveraging the graphics funtionality of the Sandy Bridge processor and are still using an additional discrete graphics.
Back to the notebook – The Satellite A660-BT3N25 is comes with 4 GB of RAM and 500GB of hard drive. With HDMI out put and webcam available, the notebook has pretty much everything that makes up a high end notebook. Toshibadirect is selling this notebook at a bargain price of just under $900 ( $899 to be exact) and starredreviews believe that this is a price that matches the performance it delivers. The only question is do you need that much of performance ? Let us take a look at the individual components of this Notebook.
Intel Core i7-2630QM that powers Satellite A660-BT3N25 is a quad core processor at a clock frequency of 2 GHz. The Processor does support the turbo function with which its frequency can temporarily increase to 2.8 GHz to cater for the increase in the demand of the processing power. The integrated memory controller in this Sandy Bridge processor has a much improved performance giving you a good gaming experience. As we had expected, the improved integrated graphics controller is expected to reduce the design complexity and the overall cost of the system. With today’s availability at $899, this stand seems to confirmed. You should be able to get a high performance with this notebook. The exact benchmark result is beyond the scope of this review, but you may like to look at other places to check the benchmark.
RAM and Hard Disk
Though , it could have been higher, 4 GB RAM is typically good enough for most of your moderate to high end application. Most applications running in parallel fit in the 4 GB footprints making it an optimal choice for the price that this notebook is offered. The Hard disk space of 500 GB is more than enough for most task. We do see more that 1TB of hard disks – but only for desktops.
Display and Graphics
The Toshiba A660-BT3N25 laptop graphics is driven by Integrated HD Graphics. But you can take an option of NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with 1GB GDDR3 memory at an addition $130. We do not recommend taking the additional discrete graphics, unless you know what you are getting it from. The additional graphics is only for the high end gamers. The Screen size is 16″, and the background is lit by LED, giving you a brighter display.
The laptop comes with wired and wireless connectivity options, that most of today’s notebooks come with. The Webcam and the HDMI output are other features that you may be delighted to know, if you are planning to buy this one.
We do not see any downside in this notebook. It is a powerful notebook with the latest Sandy Bridge processor. And I can not recall if a high end notebook with the lastest processor is launches at this low price. Starredreviews does recommend Toshiba Satellite A660-BT3N25 as a good buy.