Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Wed 16th Jul 2008 22:22 UTC
Intel After a few delays and tons of rumors, Intel's fifth generation notebook platform has arrived. Centrino 2, previously known as Montevina, comes with with it a line of new Core 2 Duo processors, upgraded graphics and Wi-Fi, and DDR3 RAM. One of the first notebooks to be released with Centrino 2 is Lenovo's newest ThinkPad, the X200. This is the update to the X61 which not only had all the new Centrino gear, but moves to a widescreen display.
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by kaiwai on Thu 17th Jul 2008 08:12 UTC
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I was tempted to wait for Apple to upgrade their laptops, but given the problems the last time around when they moved tom x3100 and the graphics performance issues - I guess the old adage still stands that one is better to go with the tried and tested than the bleeding edge.

It will be interesting to see, however, how well this will go. Although this is this the tick in the tick/tock cycle of Intel; the more interesting technology will come next year with the new processor that will make use QuickPath (formally known as CSI) and have an integrated memory controller.

As as side issue, its truly amazing how far processors have come in the last several years. I remember hype when the 1ghz barrier was broken; even further back, when 500Mhz was considered 'really fast' and 'more than enough for most people'.

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RE: Hmm
by rain on Thu 17th Jul 2008 09:56 in reply to "Hmm"
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when 500Mhz was considered 'really fast' and 'more than enough for most people'.

I would actually still agree that it's more than enough for most people.

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RE[2]: Hmm
by zlynx on Thu 17th Jul 2008 14:53 in reply to "RE: Hmm"
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I also agree. My laptop spends most of its time with the CPU down at 800 MHz. What makes applications feel slow is hard disk speed in my experience.

Look at the Eee PC. With its 4 GB of fairly fast flash, it feels like a pretty fast machine even though it isn't.

A speedy display is also important. Whatever visual effects are enabled, they need to be smooth and snappy.

Now, if only developers would avoid doing things like rendering help files through XSL processors on demand instead of ahead of time, things would work well.

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