Posting this for the 1000th time: MODERN GAMES ARE GPU-LIMITED, WHICH MEANS THE GPUS ARE THE WEAK LINK AND A FASTER CPU DOESN'T MATTER. IF INTEL SHIPPED A NEW PROCESSOR 100 TIMES FASTER THAN YONAH, THERE WOULD BE LITTLE IF ANY INCREASE IN MODERN GAMES.
Run Unreal Tournament 2004
or Quake 3
and you'll see a substantial difference between Yonah and Merom. 5150 Joker hit it right on the head. Read his post.
Originally Posted by dman22
Merom is a great chip for buying a new notebook, but makes absolutely no sense for upgrading, unless you're one of those people that just has to have the latest and greatest of everything.
Assuming all you do is game (with modern, 2006 games) on your laptop, yes. But for those who actually use them for other CPU-intensive activities, like video encoding, it is worthwhile. 20% increase in video encoding is 24 minutes off of a two hour MPEG encode. And for someone like myself who purposely got the slowest Yonah (1.66) in anticipation of replacing it with a 2.0 Merom, that's an even bigger improvement in encoding speed.