[UPDATED 08 October 2011]
This is a brand new coupon and an amazing deal on the 15.6-inch dv6t Select Edition (not valid for other models) It’s worth a full 30% off including a free Blu-ray player and free shipping!
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- The 30%off coupon code is NBSL6756 (expired)
This one is only valid for 500 units, so it’s first come–first served. If you are not yet acquainted with the dv6t Select Edition, it’s a step above the regular dv6t and allows for more configuration options, except for quad-core CPUs, which is a feature reserved for the Quad Edition laptops. This, on the other hand, facilitates a lower starting price–and 30% lower still with this coupon. It ships with a variety of 2nd-gen dual core Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs with Hyperthreading, so the core count is four as far as your task manager is concerned.
Just make sure to add the optional $25 upgrade to the 6770M–this GPU is vastly more powerful than the HD 6490M that comes with the standard configuration of this laptop. The 6490M has 160 stream processors compared to 480 in the 6770M’s.
The deal also includes a free upgrade to 6GB of RAM and another free upgrade to a 640GB hard drive. Otherwise, the base configuration includes a Core i5 2410M clocked at 2.3GHz (2.9GHz with Turbo Boost). It is upgradeable to a Core i7 2620M (2.7GHz, 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost).
All of the processors are dual core, so the choice of CPU has a very small effect on the frame rates in your 3D games, although it obviously affects overall performance in other areas. If you want a quad-core version, check the latest dv6t Quad Edition coupon. Other optional upgrades are 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB or 1TB hard drives or a 160GB SSD, as well as a 9-cell battery (the 6-cell is rated at 5.5 hours).
The main difference between the Select Edition and other versions of the dv6 is that this one is available in more powerful configurations than the standard dv6t, but unlike the Quad edition it is not configurable with quad-core processors. The dv6z, on the other hand, is based on AMD platforms. Purely from a gaming perspective, the quad-core processors do not have a major effect on frame rates–only on other aspects of system performance. The GPU is what handles all the important calculations in your games.