Intel® Core™2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz (3MB Cache) vs. the new i3 series. Should I wait? I am looking at the new alienwarre M11x.
There will not be an i3 upgrade to Alienware m11x anytime soon.
Guys at Alienware aren't dumb.They didn't put Core 2 Duo SU7300 in m11x to make you buy older technology but due to power consumption.The new CPUs, even the Ultra Low Voltage ones, are much more power hungrier than Core 2 Duo.To be specific, Core 2 Duo SU7300 has a max TDP of 10W, while the most energy efficient i3,i5 and i7 chips have a max TDP of 18W.
So, Alienware won't upgrade its m11x until the release of new, more energy efficient Intel chips.
Actually the new i3,i5, and i7 are much more effiecient:
"Like Clarkdale, Arrandale includes two die on a single package—the 32nm silicon consists of the dual-core, Hyper-Threading-equipped processor, while the 45nm die includes graphics, memory control, and PCI Express. Integrating all of that functionality into the CPU negates the need for a traditional northbridge. So, again, we’re presented with a two-chip platform, akin to Lynnfield/P55 and Clarkdale/H55/H57. Axing the middle chip—the GM45 graphics and memory controller hub, in the Montevina platform—eliminates a component that uses up to 12W. So, while Arrandale itself doesn’t represent a huge power savings, the platform it enables has the potential to both outperform and outlast any comparably-equipped notebook today." Source -
I would wait a while on buying a new small gaming capable laptop. These new processors are awesome and paired with the nVidia’s Optimus technology it would be the bomb.
I would hope that one or more of the major vendors would make a 13.3” or smaller laptop that has the dual personality of long battery life like a netbook and a productivity/Gaming like a traditional laptop.
My wish would be:
Size: 11”-13.3” (W12.5”xD9.5”H1.25” or smaller)
Weight: under 4.5lbs with 6-8 cell battery. Should be about 3.5-4.5 hours in gaming/performance mode and 7-9 hours in power saving mode.
Full function Keyboard (not chicklet) with full size right shift key (I hate the small ones; I keep hitting the up arrow)
Display: 1366x768 (720p) LCD minimum display
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M (or similar) with NVIDIA Optimus
CPU options: (25W/18W) Core i7-640LM/UM, Core i7-620LM/UM, Core i5-520UM
Optical drive: DVD/CD/RW with a Blue Ray option (internal on 13.3”, could go with external on smaller laptops)
RAM: 4-8 GB of DDR3 1066 or better
HD options: SSD and regular 7200/5400 HD options.
OS: Windows 7
External ports: USB 3 or more, E-SATA, 1394a, HDMI, DVI, RJ45, Audio/Mic, 3n1 card reader.
Network: GigaBit Lan port, Wireless – 801b/g/n.
What Tom's article says, applies generally for Arrandale.However, we are now talking about the ULV segment.I am pretty sure that not including the new processors in the m11x as an option is due to the higher power consumption.This is why not only Dell but Asus too hasn't yet upgraded its line of UL laptops.
About your wish jerreddredd: There is such a laptop with one difference, a better screen.It is Sony Vaio Z and in Europe it's available with 1920x1080 resolution (first ever full-hd 13.3 inch notebook screen).In the US it is only available with a 1600x900 resolution, which isn't pretty bad either.All other specs are the ones you aforementioned.
I was just looking at the Vaio Z's a few days ago on the Sony site. Other than the use of the more powerfull (and power hungry 35w processers), I do like all the specs especially the better LCD screen. The sore spot with me is the Chicklet keyboard... I have a ASUS eeePC 1000HE and I hate the Chicklet keyboard with a passion.
I may look to see if I can find a local retailer that has one on display so I can "test drive" the keyboard to see if I can live with it. Maybe all chicklet KB's aren't the same... JD
the Alienware MX11 is a netbook, so you really need to compare it to other netbooks, which there is no compition for. I am typing this from an MX11 right now and I love it. It can pretty much play most of the games out there and is a very convenient little compact device. Paired with the Razer bluetooth mouse, it's the best ultra portable gaming machine out there.