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Get ready for quad-cores laptops in 2008


Intel Core2 Extreme Quad-Core ProcessorAccording to PC World, at the recent Intel Developer Forum conference in Beijing, Intel revealed that it is working on quad-core processing for laptops.

Set for release in 2008, the quad-core mobile processor is aimed at high-level gaming and mobie computers, where users will trade battery life for more performance.

Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of Intel's mobile platform group was quoted as saying, "You'll see it at the high-end, but I don't see it running so fast into the mainstream because I don't believe there will be enough threaded applications that will justify the trade-offs"

If you have been keeping abreast of server hardware, you would know that current desktop and server quad-core chips actually strap together two dual-core dies inside a single-chip package. Well, this will not be the case for the quad-core mobile chips.

So will you consider getting a quad-core laptop when it hits the market in 2008? Join the discussion.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

11 comments
jo_ellenberg
jo_ellenberg

We have to continually upgrade PCs, because my son needs a high-performance PC for playing games. He got one with a quad processor a while ago. We???ll get him a quad notebook if a manufacturer can offer selectable/configuration options with high-performance motherboards, video cards, etc. It would be great if we could buy a high-performance notebook from a manufacturer instead of searching for individual components to build a desktop. Then he could also use the notebook at school. It seems more middle school and high school kids are using notebooks at school. Let us know when you find a manufacturer that provides a high-performance quad notebook for gamers. Thanks.

Java Guru
Java Guru

It has been proven that multi-core computers are slower than single-core computers for games. I do not know of any major game that is written for multiple threads yet. He would be better off with a machine with multiple video cards. I would say for a gaming laptop, stick with a single core if you can convince him, else do not go above dual core. Then look for a 7200rpm hard drive and put 2gb of ram in it. The video cards will make the biggest difference after that. Find out what resolution he plays his games at. Then try to find a screen that has that as the native resolution. LCD's look better at their native resolution. Have fun spending your money!

Java Guru
Java Guru

I am a developer and I can't wait till 4-cores come along. Dual-cores really made a difference for me. Eventually someone will squeeze enough SSD into a laptop without breaking the bank. If that ever happens, I can relegate my workstation to a headless server in a closet.

paulmah
paulmah

I do developing work myself, but not having the benefit of using a dual-core setup yet (still using a Centrino 'solo'). Personally, I don't do much Java, generally I use the likes of Visual Studio, Ultra Edit, Winamp (for music), MSDN library etc. Could you share more with us about how you benefited from it? Better multi-tasking? I'm sure other developers will be able to benefit from your advice. :)

Java Guru
Java Guru

I specialize in java web development. Java web containers are all multi-threaded. My editor is also designed to work with multiple cores (in fact, it runs noticeably slower on one core - doh). Throw in a web server, an application server and a database server and you need multiple execution threads. Multiple cores will help with multi-tasking and also with the applications that I have that are designed to utilize multiple execution threads.

doc-cafein
doc-cafein

You're right. Very few applications are well written (i.e. multi threaded) for modern OSes. The sole major player I can think of doing very good (and pricy) software is Adobe who has been developing excellent products (such as Premiere) for a while. Even Microsoft does not provide multi threaded (or even worst multiple occurence capability) tools (e.g. disk defrag) within is own OSes. Multi threading capability is teached only in good IT sessions and/but also could be a disaster if wrongly used.

Java Guru
Java Guru

Other than windows (or your choice of OS) sucking up the CPU cycles, there isn't much need for a quad-core or even a dual-core machine for the average PC user. How much horse power do you need to surf the web, read/write a cd/dvd? Most machines are already under-utilized.

paulmah
paulmah

Argh, and I've just succeeded convincing myself that I DON'T need a new laptop for the immediate future...

paulmah
paulmah

So will you consider getting a quad-core laptop when it hits the market in 2008?

vizwhiz
vizwhiz

yes i will definately get a quad core laptop i have a quad core at home and it would be great To get away for a weekend and go out into The great nature and work on some more 3d arch viz work. quad core is hard core. i can run 2x simultaneous 3dsmax9 'rendering' sessions at The same Time = Totally awesome Thank you in advance for This advance. 'randy's rule of Thumb: upgrade = downtime'

paulmah
paulmah

Can see that you're definitely benefit from a quad-core setup! You know, just an idle thought. I wonder if they're build in features that will allow you to say, shutoff 2 of the 4 cores for when you are on the road and want to maximize the juice that you have.

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