Many will have heard the news that Intel has announced its new Core 2 Duo 64-bit dual-core notebook processor, code name Merom, will be available and shipping in August. Meaning manufacturers should be able to start pumping out notebooks with the Core 2 Duo by the end of August or beginning of September. There are some hints on the web and in our forums as to which notebooks will be offered with the Core 2 Duo and which existing notebooks might be upgradeable if you want to buy just the processor and upgrade.
A NotebookReview.com forum user noticed that the Dell e1405 was briefly listed on the Dell.com website last week with the T7200 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processor as an option. The leak was taken down however and now the only evidence of this being on the Dell website is via a Google search that finds the cached page:
Dell Inspiron e1405 with Core 2 Duo processor appears on Google but is now removed from the Dell site(view large image)
A modified Dell e1705 with an Intel T7400 dual core 64-bit processor is up for sale in the NotebookReview.com forums:
This looks just like a regular old Dell e1705 (view large image)
But a closer inspection reveals a Core 2 Duo T7400 processor inside (view large image)
Screen shots of the notebook the seller provides indicates that the Super Pi calculation time for 1-million digits was 24-seconds, it’s about 35-seconds for current Core Duo notebooks.
Given we know the Inspiron e1405 will have the Core 2 Duo and the e1705 is obviously upgradeable, you can expect Dell will soon (mid to end of August) have the Inspiron e1505, e1405 and e1705 with Core 2 Duo configurable for purchase.
A Japanese blog shows the VAIO SZ with the Intel Merom processor running inside:
Discussion in the NotebookReview.com forums for the Sony VAIO SZ Merom processor upgrade is here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=66151
Link to the Japanese blog with guide for upgrading to the Merom processor is here: http://www.vaioethics.com/blog/archives/2006/06/sz_3.html
A NotebookReview.com forum user called HP and confirmed with them the current HP offerings for Intel processor notebooks will support upgrades to the Core 2 Duo Merom processor with a bios update. The HP dv2000t, dv5000t and dv8000t should all be upgradeable to the Merom processor — but at the cost of voiding your warranty (most likely)
You can fully expect that HP will offer all of these notebooks with the Merom processor soon for those that don’t want to do the upgrade themselves.
Asus explicitly says on its website that all current Core Duo notebook offerings will soon be available with the Core 2 Duo processor:
The Clevo M570U notebook will soon be available with the Core Duo T7200, T7400 or T7600 processor:
NotebookReview.com user Justin@XoticPC who is a reseller of Sager notebooks posted some benchmark scores of the Sager 5760 (same notebook as the Clevo M570) with the Merom processor inside:
Screenshot of Sager 5760 with Merom T7400 inside (view large image)
Fujitsu has announced that its 17-inch widescreen LifeBook N6400 notebook will be available with the Core 2 Duo processor at the end of August.
Of course you can expect a lot of notebook announcements in the next few weeks as manufacturers adopt the Core 2 Duo. Stay tuned as these announcements roll in, and post in the forums if you notice anything new out there.