Originally Posted by Monkton
But the 9262 had the desktop i7, not the mobile i7. Does the Calpella with Clarksfield chipset generate significantly more heat than, say, a core 2 Quad Extreme, which was in the 9260 and is currently in the 9850? Both have a max TDP of 45W.
Including the chipset, the mobile Core 2 quads have a total TDP of 54.5W. The most powerful mobile Core i7 quad has a higher total TDP - 58.5W, but the other two mobile Core i7 quads have a total TDP of 48.5W, which is less than the total TDP for Core 2 CPUs. There should be no reason limiting the placement of a Core i7 CPU and Calpella chipset into a chassis design that could handle the heat output of a Core 2 quad CPU.
In regard to when Nvidia's 300 series graphics cards are due out, they have released some of the specifications for their new "Fermi" architecture but have no cards currently being sold, leading me to think that you won't see the new series in notebooks until sometime next spring, unless Nvidia does what it has done before and simply rebadges old tech with new numbers. ATI's new mobile cards are expected to launch close to Intel's dual-core mobile i7 CPUs in January or so. We shall see if Nvidia can keep that schedule or not.