Dell is always very quick to provide its customers with the latest in CPU technology for their computing products, and this month it continues that trend by incorporating Intel’s newest Pentium M CPU into its Latitude D600 notebook.
Codenamed Dothan, this mobile CPU is built using a 90nm (nanometre) manufacturing process, just like the new Prescott Pentium 4s, and promises performance benefits over the previous Pentium M chips via an improved 533MHz front side bus speed, in addition to a whopping 2MB Level 2 cache.
The model Dell supplied with the D600 runs at a speed of 1.8GHz. It is surrounded by 512MB of 266MHz DDR SDRAM, an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 AGP graphics adapter with 32MB of memory, and a 60GB hard drive. The screen size is a portable 14.1in with a resolution of 1400x1050.
A modular drive bay accommodates a DVD+RW burner. Wireless networking is built in and supports 802.11b and 802.11g standards, and 10/100/1000 networking, modem and Bluetooth adapters complete the gamut of communications facilities on this model.
During performance testing with SYSMark 2001 the 1.8GHz Dothan-equipped D600 scored an impressive 251, and 3DMark 2001 managed a score of 4339. This is approximately 15 per cent faster than a comparably configured notebook using the previous fastest 130nm-manufactured Pentium M 1.6GHz CPU.