Intel just launched an Extreme Edition version of it’s Core 2 Duo line of mobile dual core processors. This coupled with the recent SLI notebook announcement from Alienware shows just how serious Intel is about upping mobile performance. Next year will also see battery friendly quad core CPU’s for notebooks, this news should excite Photoshopers everywhere.As we become more and more mobile, ‘good enough’ performance no longer is – sure, you may not need an extreme edition chip to power your email client (but it does run Outlook ever so well) but gamers demand more and more. Anecdotal evidence (ie: me asking my friends) shows that the shift to laptops is lagging among gamers in comparison to the average computer user. Up until only a year or two ago, mobile gaming was as scarce as a big technology IPO in 2002. This is because 50ms worth of lag at the wrong moment, or a sudden drop in frame rates can be the difference between winning or losing a game, and in pro-gaming circles this could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Nowadays even pro-gamers like the 4Kings regularly use laptops to practice and compete. Some members of the team don’t even have desktops now. Add this to the new unlocked Extreme Edition chips + quad core next year and there will be no more reasons to stick to desktops!
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