Last week Intel had a gathering/press conference for the European media in regards to its upcoming Core 2 Duo CPUs, slated to come out later this year. Reg Hardware ran a few benchmarks. on the “Conroe” (desktop) version of the Core 2 Duo, although “Merom”, the mobile/notebook version was also demonstrated by Intel (no benchmarks were allowed of the notebook version). Nonetheless, the notebook version should parallel the desktop version when compared to the original Core Duo released earlier this year.
The CPU tested was the E6700, a 2.67GHz CPU with a 1066MHz Front-Side Bus, and it compared very favorably to the AMD Athlon 64 FX-62. Intel and others have claimed the notebook version of the Core 2 Du0 will be 20-25% faster than current Core Duo offerings, while using the same amount of power and generating the same heat (something that’s impressive in and of itself), and if the desktop benchmarks hold up, there’s no reason to believe the notebook version won’t offer a major increase in performance when it rolls out.