Conroe's mobile sibling tested
Ronald already nabbed this for the 'bread, but it deserves a little
more exposure. PC Perspective has published a review of Merom, Conroe's mobile sibling. Conveniently,
Merom seems to be a drop-in upgrade for some existing laptops, and PC
Perspective had no trouble running its sample 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo
T7400 in an i945PM-powered Asus Z96 notebook. That said, the BIOS wasn't
entirely up to date, and battery life suffered as a result.
Performance, on the other hand, seems to be right where it should be;
the Core 2 Duo is consistently faster clock-for-clock than an
equivalent Core Duo. However, as PC Perspective notes, the overall
performance jump from the Core Duo to the Core 2 Duo is more of a step
compared to the leap from the Pentium D to the Core 2 Duo on the desktop.