Originally Posted by DJB503
Food for thought:
If you are concerned about what is coming around the corner, then you will never be happy with what is currently available.
The computer equivalent of Beckett's Waiting For Godot
I think Dell doesn't want us to know just how potentially upgradable these notebooks are. Chances are they'll stick with the XPS2's case for quite some time, which means they'll have to design their newer mobos and components around it as well.
A 19" display, like some idiots are ranting about, would possibly add a pound or two in liquid weight alone, and I don't think Dell would compromise the image of the "portable DTR" the XPS2 is being lauded for by putting a heavy ass display on there and making notebook case manufacturers hate them for having to design new bags. Not to mention, the 17" 16:10 is already a pain to fit on lecture hall minidesks and flipdown seatback trays on airplanes...a 19" screen would just exacerbate that. Not to mention, it's not CHEAP to design and build thousands of these cases. Look how much life Dell wrung out of the original XPS and 9100 cases.
I expect Intel to go two routes with Yonah - a dual-core version, and a potentially higher-clocked, but not necessarily cheaper, single core version (just as AMD is doing with its newer chips - the FX-57 is a single core E-stepping San Diego clocked higher than it's dual cored brethren).
If there's one thing Intel's known to do - it's hedge their bets - I can pretty much all but guarantee that Yonah will be available in single and dual core versions...but don't quote me on it as I don't work for Intel, I've just gotten the gist on how CPU companies are operating these days...not to mention I haven't heard Intel singing their praises from the highest peaks on how well their P-Ds are selling, so that's driving this "prediction" as well.
Seeing as they pretty much just released the 915PM (and it'd be in their best interests to give it an upgrade/usage path past 6 months), I expect said single-core version will be compatible with it, possibly giving the single-core P-M line legs up to about 2.8Ghz (if what I'm hearing about Yonah's power consumption and thermals are correct). It wouldn't be financially smart for Intel to make a whole new chipset necessary for Yonah, at least a single-cored one, as the Dothan and i915 can already handle DDR2 and PCIe x16. Having to buy a whole new slew of motherboards for the new chips will piss large OEMs like Dell off something fierce.
Besides, as much as I'm hearing the Yonah's capable of, I ALSO hear it's not a COMPLETELY different architecture than the current Dothan.