There's been a whole lot of talk about codename, "Ivy Bridge." I should know, it's been my job to talk about it over at HP's blog, TheNexBench.com. The time for codenames, though, is over. What was once referred to as Ivy Bridge is now the 3rd generation Intel CoreProcessor. If you aren't aware of its significance, let's break it down. If you do know why this is kind of a big deal, Skip to the bottom, because I'm about to give you the skinny on a couple sweet deals happening over at HP.com right now.
Ivy Bridge / 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors Explained
In plain English: You'll find faster CPUs that can do more and cost less.
Something that really matters to me though, is the upgraded graphics on-board the motherboard. We're talking DirectX 11 support with Intel processor graphics. That is a big deal. It means that while discrete GPUs will remain king, you'll be able to find svelte systems (even small laptops) that could potentially keep better pace.Translation: GAMES ON SMALL PCs! Personal biases aside, that extra horsepower will mean more machines can edit and convert video – or stream 1080pcontent (and did I mention, "play games?") with ease.
If you want a more precise breakdown where I can dig into the nitty gritty on these new processors, head over to this blog post. Now that you know the score in short-form, let's look at some deals you can score right now (while supplies last).
HP Deals on 3rd Gen Core Processor-based PCs
The people behind the scenes have told me that there are a couple good deals brewing on the new computers just announced this week. Crazy. Anyhow, here's the deals and what details currently available.
Save $350 instantly plus FREE shipping using coupon code NBT6631 for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion dv6t Quad ordv7t Quad laptop at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offer limited to the first 1000 coupons redeemed. I've been playing with one of the new tricked-out dv7s and I have to say that it kicks out some pretty solid performance – if you're a gamer looking to get by on a budget, check out this deal.
Save $400 instantly plus FREE shipping using coupon code NBNV7752 for the purchase of acustomized HP Envy laptop at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offers excludes the HP ENVY 14 Spectre. Offer limited to the first 500 coupons redeemed. The ENVY 15 and 17 are a couple stylish, powerful pieces. I use an ENVY 17 for video editing – a very capable beast of a PC (And it looks sweet).
Save $250 instantly plus FREE shipping using coupon code NBH6423 for the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion dv7t ordv6t Select laptop at the HP Home & Home Office Store. Offer limited to the first 500 coupons redeemed.
Oh, and here's the rest of the fine print for all the deals: 1 redemption per person or address. Not valid with other promotions, HP Academy, or HP Friends &Family. Restrictions apply. Not combinable with instant rebates. Products and support acquired by Customer under these Terms aresolely for Customer's personal use and not for immediate resale or sub-licensing. For complete conditions, see "CouponInformation" in the "Customer Service" section at hpshopping.com