Desktop computers have long been the preferred systems of gamers, but that is starting to change, thanks to the introduction of more powerful mobile processors and mobile graphics chips."For a long time, we\u2019ve been trying to convince gamers to use notebooks to game, either when they\u2019re actually doing tournaments or traveling," said Wesley DeKlotz, Intel\u2019s Asia-Pacific mobile marketing manager. "We\u2019ve never been very successful at doing that when we were offering them Pentium M notebooks." Gamers have tended to prefer desktops because they typically offer higher-performance components and the ability to easily customize and upgrade components. But notebook computers are closing the gap, thanks in part to the rollout of powerful dual-core mobile processors."When we came around and started offering [gamers] dual-core notebooks and said, \u2018Hey, try these out,\u2019 the response has just been overwhelming," DeKlotz said. Professional gamers haven\u2019t yet replaced their main desktop gaming systems with notebooks, but the latest laptops are "good enough" and are making inroads as practice machines, he said.The latest boost in notebook performance came with last week\u2019s introduction of Intel\u2019s Core 2 Duo mobile processor, previously known by the code name Merom. The chip is the third processor based on Intel\u2019s new Core microarchitecture, and joins server and desktop variants known as Woodcrest and Conroe, respectively.At the high-end of the Core 2 Duo lineup, the 2.33GHz T7600 chip has 4MB of cache and offers a 139 percent increase in floating-point performance over the fastest single-core Pentium M processor, DeKlotz said. "Not only are you getting higher performance, but you\u2019re getting that higher performance at overall lower power consumption," he said.The introduction of dual-core chips like the Core 2 Duo, as well as the expected introduction of Nvidia\u2019s SLI graphics system, which uses twin graphics cards, will mean more high-performance systems from vendors such as Dell and Clevo."Clevo has done some really innovative work," DeKlotz said, noting the Taiwanese hardware maker uses large screens, lots of input\/output ports and high-quality sound systems in its gaming notebooks. "They are targeting very high-end users," he said.-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service (Singapore Bureau)Related Link:\n\nSony PlayStation 3 Site Launches in JapanCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.