Today, Toshiba announced that both the popular Satellite X205 gaming notebook and lightweight Satellite U305 will now be available with Intel’s latest Penryn Core 2 Duo processors.
The Satellite X205-SLi is one of the most popular gaming notebooks for consumers who need high performance without a ridiculously high price tag. The new Penryn 45nm platform generates less heat while providing a faster, more powerful CPU for greater gaming performance. The Penryn update to the X205 ($1,999.99) also incorporates NVIDIA’s SLI graphics with dual NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics cards for fluid frame rates at high-definition resolutions.
We were impressed by both of the previous releases of the Satellite X205 and we acknowledged that the original X205 offered great performance, reasonably low temperatures, and great battery life for a gaming machine. Consumers will likely be blown away by the level of performance added by the latest generation of Intel processors.
The Satellite U305-S2816 ($1,349.99) incorporates 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk drive, a starting weight of 4.6-pounds and features a 13.3-inch widescreen TruBrite display. We praised the original release of the U305 as "an impressive portable notebook" but the criticized the old Intel Santa Rosa T7100 processor for delivering "average performance." The update to the U305 should solve those performance issues thanks to the new Penryn T8100 processor.
As we found in our review of the Penryn update to the Toshiba Qosmio G45, the addition of Intel’s new Penryn processor means a significant improvement in overall system performance and a modest increase in battery life. Consumers should see some impressive options as more and more notebook manufacturers begin releasing Penryn updates to their laptops in 2008.