Intel Core 2 Duo ‘Merom’ notebooks benchmarked

“Every few months computer technology moves forward. Usually it’s only a small jump, such as a latest iteration of a graphics architecture, but sometimes it’s a significant one, such as the recent introduction of Intel’s Core 2 Duo desktop processor, known internally by Intel as Conroe,” Benny Har-Even reports for TrustedReviews.

“To test we employed our new in house 2D SpodeMark benchmarks, which run a series of demanding tasks such as audio and video compression and image manipulation, both singly and at the same time to test multi-tasking performance, which dual-core CPUs are designed for,” Har-Even reports.

TrustedReviews benchmarks Intel Core 2 Duo processor-based notebooks: one from AJP and one from Rock vs. a ThinkPad T60P with an Intel Core Duo “Yonah” processor to gauge the performance difference.

Earlier this month, the Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial Times reported that Apple will not only ship Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pro notebooks, but also versions of its consumer-oriented MacBook, in September.

Full article here.

Intel Press Release: Cool-Looking—and Running—Laptops Get Performance Boost from Intel® Core™2 Duo Processors

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Report: MacBook Pro, MacBook to both go Core 2 Duo ‘Merom’ as soon as next month – August 11, 2006
Intel Core 2 Duo vs. Core Duo – August 05, 2006
Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors officially released – July 27, 2006
Intel Core 2 Duo ‘Conroe’ vs. AMD Athlon FX62 – July 17, 2006


  1. I didn’t know de Rock was making computers now. I once met up with that fat loser at de Spider Club in L.A. after de MTV Movie & Integrity Awards. Guy had a gut bigger than a pregnant bassett hound and stiffed de whole table for $300 bucks in drinks.

    When he went to de men’s room for de fifth time with his “male friend”, I took a whiz in his Appletini.

    It didn’t matter — like all wrestlers he was too stupid to know de difference.

  2. Does anyone know, or have any sources that indicate when apple will move to Merom (core 2 duo) processors in the macbook pro? I am looking to buy, but want to wait until these come out.

  3. db, the MacBook Pro’s will have Core 2 duo approximately 10 microseconds before Intel introduces the Core 3 Duo.

    Hang in there!

    BTW, I bought a MacBook Pro 15″ (Core [1] Duo) and am extremely happy with it.

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  4. The MacBook Pro will get them first, since there will not be enough of them during Merom production ramp up to supply them for the MacBook. I am waiting to buy a MacBook when Leopard ships. There are still a lot of problems that are being flushed out — like the going to sleep problem on the MacBooks. I expect that by that time, the bulk of the important bugs will be remedied.

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