Intel Arrandale: 32nm for Notebooks, Core i5 540M Reviewedby Anand Lal Shimpi on January 4, 2010 12:00 AM EST
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ASUS and Intel partnered up to send us an Arrandale system to test. It's a pre-production K42 notebook.
I won't comment on the build quality because honestly it's not very good. From what ASUS has told me it's already a lot better and we simply have very rough pre-production samples.
As far as I'm concerned, it served its purpose as it gave me a great platform for measuring Arrandale performance.
I compared its performance to an HP Montevina system. Both systems used 4GB of DDR3-1066 and had CPUs running at 2.53GHz. The Core 2 Duo P8700 was our sample from the previous generation and we compared it to the Core i5-540M.