Dell's XPS M1730, Core 2 Extreme X9000 Juiced
Intel continues to drive their 45nm process technology down through a larger cross-section of their Core 2 lineup, not only on the desktop side of their offering but also with their mobile CPUs. If you recall, recently we put Dell's XPS M1730 gaming notebook through its paces and came away impressed. At the time, the new Dell gaming dream machine came equipped with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 CPU, built on a 65nm fab process, that clocked in at 2.8GHz with 4MB of L2 cache. So, what would you call a Core 2 mobile processor at 2.8GHz, with a larger 6MB of L2 cache and built on a smaller, cooler 45nm process? We're actually not sure what you'd call it but Intel calls it the Core 2 Extreme X9000 and it's what's powering Dell's M1730 in this little sneak-peek. And we should also mention, in this incarnation, Intel's new mobile gaming beast CPU is flanked by a pair of NVIDIA Geforce 8800M GTX GPUs in SLI. Two words -- "bring it".
BIOS Overclocking Support
Core 2 Extreme X9000 Overclocked To 3.2GHz
We're still working with the machine but wanted to give you this early look at the new processor in action. More details, a full evaluation and showcase will follow in the months ahead. In the meantime, here's a quick look at some numbers...
With 6MB of L2 cache, this CPU is bound to perform well in gaming scenarios. In addition, though we're still exploring the edges of stability, as you can see, the chip does have some headroom for overclocking as well. Stay tuned for more detail in the days ahead! In the mean time, word is Lenovo and HP have machines in the works for this new Intel mobile CPU as well, if you want to get your hands on one early.