Merom / Core 2 Duo runs on the XPS M1710! (Almost)

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  1. Jon_H

    Jon_H Newbie

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    I did not test battery life / speed step because of concerns over the heat of the CPU. Battery benchmarks take a while to run and it loads the CPU at 100% (Battery Eater pro does anyway), so I didn't want to risk destroying the M1710 and T7400 I'm experimenting with. I hope to revisit power/battery soon once there's a proper BIOS release from Dell.

    Upgrading CPU voids warranty, but the M1710 I have doesn't have any tamper-proof sticker over the CPU socket/retention lock. However, the threads of the screws may give you away if silver shows instead of the factory black.

    In the article I stated Arctic Silver 5 and a Core 2 Duo T7400. Someone else at NotebookForums reports a similar problem (67c Idle) but it went away when he swapped with another Core 2 Duo. Could be some instability with the BIOS or problems with Engineering Samples.

    - Jon.
     
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    Zero The Random Guy

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    Have you noticed any real speed difference. From that I mean, so programs load up faster, is Windows more responsive. We know that Merom will perform better than Yonah in processor intensive apps, but an insight into normal usage would be helpful.
     
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    Nope. I haven't noticed a real difference in performance. Games and my general activities all feel the same. I suppose if you're doing real intensive operations (like zipping big files) you will save time, but saving 5 minutes in a 25 minute operation doesn't change anything -- it still feels like a long time. :D

    Since the first Merom article I posted, I've maintained the position that the new Core 2 Duos isn't about speed, but about the improved feature set like a larger cache, power consumption (supposedly), and 64-bit support.

    I think it's a bit early to be buying these new processors. I'd at least wait for Vista.
     
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    Zero The Random Guy

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    You say wait for Vista, but ironically enough, Intel plans yet another revolution to the laptop market, with the new Centrino platform and a whole new Merom based processor in 2007. Its getting to the point of annoyance, deciding on when to buy processors these days. Yes, i know the rule of if you need it now, buy it now is the one to stick with, but Intel plans on this Merom processor lasting 6/7 months, which for a mobile processor is very short.
     
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    Mark_J_Fletcher Notebook Enthusiast

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    By the time Vista comes out, buying a Merom processor will be a lot cheaper... I think I'll wait for that. Id imagin the Quad core processors probably wont be compatible with the current generation of laptops
     
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    I agree 100%. I was pretty shocked at how quickly the Core Duo / Yonah was replaced. I supposed I'm more accustomed to AMD CPUs where the product cycles are a bit longer.

    Intel really is milking the mobile CPU market for all it's worth it appears. I suppose it works out well for late adopters since older tech is cheaper sooner.

    Vista + Core 2 Duo is still debated. I've been reading bits about how poorly it runs Vista, but I'll reserve my opinions once Vista is finally released.
     
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