ASUS K42F Arrandale Notebook Review - Westmere meets mobile
Meet the other new guy
Mobility Westmere Unveiled
Today is a big day for Intel: not only are they releasing a new mobility platform but they also released a whole host of new desktop parts as well using the same architecture. Clarkdale is the codename for the desktop variant of the Westmere architecture that you can get all of the details on in our separate article. Arrandale is the codename for the product we are going to be looking at today for notebooks.
In almost every way, the new Arrandale processor is identical to that of the Clarkdale desktop component:
Turbo Graphics - but not that kind
While most of the features are the same, there is at least one feature unique to the mobile variant.
system with very tight thermal envelopes than they would otherwise be
able to. Much like we complimented Turbo Mode on Nehalem for bringing
the best of both many-core and high-frequency parts, Dynamic Frequency
attempts to do the same for the CPU/GPU combination.
Of course, the standard Turbo Mode for CPU clock speeds continues to operate as you would expect, increasing clock speeds when work loads are single threaded.
Audio and Video Features
Another feature that deserves a note here is the dramatically improved media features including native Blu-ray dual-stream support and lossless 7.1 channel audio output
that could turn any notebook that integrates these features into a killer mobile HTPC.