As some of you know, Intel has just released their next mobile processor – Penryn. In a nutshell, the Penryn processor is similar to the current Core 2 Duo (aka Merom) processor – the biggest change was the size reduction from 65nm –> 45nm and the increase in L2 cache from 4MB –> 6MB. This yields better battery life, less heat emitted from the CPU, and a slight improvement in performance.
Anwyays, check out the great performance review from AnandTech’s Intel mobile Penryn benchmarks.
Some findings worth highlighting:
- Increase of 23 – 55 minutes in battery life (depending on the load on the CPU)
- Battery life increased 18 minutes during DVD playback
- Overall performance increase was around 4.5%
Personally, with all of the rumors of an updated MacBook Pro coming soon, it’s worth the wait. Although, I almost cracked since I’ve been waiting to buy a MBP since Jan/Feb 2007.
For you PC-buyers, fret not, Dell/HP/Sony have already announced release dates for Penryn-based laptops (shipping in February 2008).