Because a laptop with dual-core is sooo 2008…

  • December 30, 2008 9:19 pm

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So, you thought having a dual-core was cutting edge…Not anymore. Dual-core is old news and last year in the mobile world. The new hotness is quad-core processors. The time has come for them to finally trickle into the laptop arena. Acer was so excited, they couldn’t wait to release a laptop featuring Intel’s latest and greatest. The Aspire 8930G-7665 can claim to be the first laptop to market to use Intel’s new Q9000 mobile quad core processor. While being first to market with the new chip is certainly a great accomplishment, the Q9000 runs at a kind of pokey 2.0GHz. While this is a momentous step towards the future, those not using fairly high end software that takes advantage of multiple cores won’t notice a whole lot of difference in speeds at all. For those more “casual” users, a higher clocked dual-core would garner greater results. It just so happens that Intel is also releasing a few upgraded mobile dual cores as well. This mad push rush of new chips early in ’09 is certainly a welcome addition to Intel’s current crop of chips, however the real excitement comes with the i7 chips. Once the mobile versions of those chips are released, (hopefully late ’09) laptops will really become “mobile desktops”.
For the tech nerds below is a quick list of the new mobile dual and quad cores hitting early next year.

Duals:

  • P8700 2.53GHz (3MB cache) $241
  • T9550 2.66GHz (6MB cache) $316
  • P9600 2.66GHz (6MB cache) $348
  • T9800 2.93GHz (6MB cache) $530

Quads:

  • Q9000 2.0GHz (6MB cache) $348
  • Q9100 2.26GHz (12MB cache) $851
  • QX9300 2.53GHz (12MB cache) $1,038

Source: Macworld , Softpedia



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