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Intel 6 Series Laptop Chipset Overview

Posted February 17, 2011 12:00 AM by Kaplin

If you think desktop chipsets are an under-utilized consideration when looking for a new PC, then I really feel bad for their mobile brethren. While desktops have a build-it-yourself community that focuses on individual components, the same cannot be said of laptops. The sad truth is that most laptop manufacturers don't even list the chipset in their specifications at all, and the ones that do have it buried in only the most detailed spec sheets.

Below are Intel's Series 6 chipsets for mobile Second Generation Core processors:

The Intel HM65 Mobile Chipset is the low-end consumer chipset for notebooks. HM65-based motherboards are the only 6 Series chipset that only supports 12 USB ports; all others support up to 14.

The Intel HM67 Mobile Chipset is the high-end consumer chipset for notebooks. The main advantages of the HM67 over the HM65 is the addition of RAID support and overclocking ability, which Intel is now calling their Extreme Tuning Utility. One thing to note is that to make use of overclocking on these new mobile platforms, an Extreme Edition CPU is required.

Intel's QM67 motherboards are the main chipset used for business laptops. Specs for the QM67 platform are very similar to the HM67 chipset with the addition of Intel vPro and AMT 7.0, which helps system administrators manage a large network of computers remotely.

Motherboards built around the QS67 chipset might not measure up to the rest of the family. That's because these mainboards are 22x22mm, while the rest of the boards are 25x25mm. These motherboards are designed for small laptops and netbooks with screen sizes of 12 inches or less. QS67 boards also only draw 3.4W of Thermal Design Power (TDP), compared to 3.9W for most of the others.

Laptops built with the UM67 platform are made to conserve battery life. UM67 chipsets keep the low 3.4W TDP of the QS67 boards, but in the normal 25x25mm form factor. Besides the lower power draw, the UM67 platform has the same features as the low- end HM65 except with a total of 14 USB ports.

Feel free to continue your PC purchasing without really knowing what lies under the hood, but I would rather know exactly what I'm buying.

More Info:
Compare Intel Products
Core i Series Mobile Chipsets (Wikipedia)
Intel Launches its Mobile Platform Huron River with Sandy Bridge Processors


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