One of the big reasons why I'm holding out for a core ix laptop is that it should have better virtualization performance than the existing C2D laptops. But I'm beginning to wonder... how much better? Does anybody have benchmarks comparing virtualization performance between the ix and the C2D? On google I could only find a few benchmarks that compare the i7 virtualization against a native host... WTF is the point of that? I doubt many people are out there trying to decide whether to virtualize or run on bare metal. Anyway, I'm beginning to think about just buying a used C2D and being done with it. My obsession with Arrandale is just a huge distraction and my current laptop is an everyday annoyance. On the other hand, if the core ix has 10% better virutalization performance, than that changes the equation. Edit: This is the article I was referring to: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=intel_corei7_virt&num=2. Pointless measurements, IMO.