Originally Posted by DJB503
I think I have fallen in love.
How is the current cpu and what future path should we expect for this machine?
I have the 2.4G turion 64 ML-44. It's noticeably faster than my 3.2 P4 desktop cpu.
As for the future path, AMD is introducing the turion 64 X2 dual core, and that will replace the turion line. The turion will be phased out this year but I expect many years of continued support and supplies by AMD. Unfortunately the X2 uses a different socket so it needs a different mobo. No word on whether Arima will be making a motherboard for this case that will accomodate the X2. I'm just planning to use this machine until it's time for a new machine. Upgrading laptops isn't the same as desktops IMO...
There are a few drawbacks with the X2 though, mainly heat and battery life, as well as clock speeds. The dual cores will be clocked slower due to the extra heat generation. Also I understand the cores can't be powered separately, so if one core is running at 100%, both will, even if the second isn't doing anything. I need to confirm that for sure, but I've read that in more than one place in AMD tech forums.
Games are all single thread now, but that will be starting to change soon, but it won't necessarily have a big impact on gaming performance. Dual core helps multi-threaded apps and multi taskers much more than games.
So far the pentium mobile line doesn't support SLI, so the turion was the only viable mobile option for the m9700.