A New Breed of Laptops: The Intel Core 2 Duos
Review: The new Intel Core 2 Duos, code-named Merom, promise to be the fastest laptops money can buy. Here, PCMag.com rounds up six.If youre a student planning to take a new laptop back to school with you this fall, youve probably bought it already. But for those of you whove held out until now, a whole new breed of laptops is starting to ship. This year, theres a new kid in townand by new kid, I mean a processor transplant that will affect just about every notebook. The new Intel Core 2 Duos (code-named Merom) are just starting their freshman year, but theyre promising the fastest laptops money can buy. The mobile Intel Core 2 Duo processors are simply more powerful than their predecessor, the Intel Core Duo (code-named Yonah). Complete with a new Core Microarchitecture, Merom represents a total redesign of the original.
The Core 2 Duos come with a larger Level 2 cache (up to 4MB), 64-bit support, shorter pipelines (which means more speed), and improved SSE instructions, pushing performance to the brink. Intel will begin to ship five processor offerings in all, ranging from a 1.6GHz mobile Intel Core 2 DuoT5500 to the fastest, a 2.33GHz mobile Intel Core 2 Duo T7600.