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INTEL - Should We Wait for Centrino Pro?

by xzn / April 8, 2007 6:20 AM PDT

With the launch of Intel's new processor, Centrino Pro, I was wondering if it's even worth buying a laptop right now, if there is a potential to get better performance. This new processor promises better speeds with less energy use, which is geared towards the laptop market. I'm not an expert, so I'd recommend researching the issue:

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9704805-1.html?tag=blog

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20070404comp.htm

The former article brings up the issue of price and how we?re not sure about the cost of Centrino Pro yet. The latter article says that this processor will be available in the second quarter of this year, so we should be seeing more of it soon. I talked with the manager of one of the big technology retailers and he said that the price of Core Duo?s have dropped over the past few months, but they haven?t heard anything about laptops with the new processors being sent in yet.

Should we wait for Centrino Pro, or stay content with the Core Duos?

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What will you do when...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 6:31 AM PDT

Centrino Pro is here and you learn that Centrino Pro Plus is soon to arrive?

Bob

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Thats a good point
by StargateFan / April 8, 2007 12:41 PM PDT

One that really is optimistic, it shows how fast technology advancement is moving. However we are in such short reach of Centrino Pro, that I would suggest waiting for it.

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Actually it also means...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 12:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Thats a good point

And it's true that you can get C2D today at fair prices.

Nothing to sneeze at. What would be news is a C4D laptop.

Bob

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A couple of other options...
by steve749 / April 8, 2007 7:04 AM PDT

There are Core 2 Duos in laptops as well as AMD options that I'm not sure why these are omitted.

IIRC, Centrino Pro is known as "Santa Rosa" which doesn't feature new processors but will use the Core 2 Duo, a.k.a. "Merom," processors in laptops. There are chip set differences in "Santa Rosa" that may bring better performance but then every 6 months there is usually something new to see or use.

Regards,
JB

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