Benefits of waiting for Merom chip?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mark43, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. Mark43 macrumors newbie

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    I have been waiting for the Merom chip to arrrive before buying a new MBP. Now I'm having second thoughts though and want to check what benefits the new chip will bring other than increased speed and battery life. Will there also be lower operating temperatures? Any other reason to wait?
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Face it, the Merom chip-powered Mac is a legend. A myth. It doesn't yet exist. If and when it happens, we will then know how powerful/hot/battery conserving/expensive/able to leap tall buildings it is. Not before.

    If you want uninformed speculation, Search the forums for Merom, you'll find plenty.

    Givens:
    1) Apple will continue to release new machines based on the latest available technologies - and they will continue to not preannounce products before the launch dates
    2) Apple will make product specification decisions that many people with disagree, argue about and second guess, ad nauseum. "They should have included (xx) in the machine, but kept it at the same price."
    3) People who bought a machine within (1 - 2 - 4 - 8 - 16) weeks of the announcement will whinge and complain that it isn't fair that THEY bought a machine that is now obsolete.
     
  3. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    If you leave the money in your bank account, it'll make you a tiny bit of interest. (Not much of a benefit, but it is one).
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    http://www.misterbg.org/AppleProductCycle/

    Repeat ad nauseam.

    Otherwise, everyone seems to WANT the 64-bit "power" of Merom. I just like the identical thermal characteristics to Yonah and improved performance at the same clock speed. At least that's what Intel says.

    Get back to me when Apple announces a Merom based Mac with more then 4 GB of RAM.
     
  5. fewture macrumors regular

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    - 64 bit (yes I think next few year 64bit will be much bigger with 64 bit Intels coming out in mass and Vista etc)

    - New architecture - suppose to be 20% better than current dual core

    - Hopefully will run cooler and if not Apple will hopefully have worked out solutions to the hot Macbook Pros/ Macbooks

    - And well, if you are waiting for Macbook, then it might have the next integrated graphics chip (but thats not on point for this thread)

    So basically its waiting for new architecture that is 64bit dual core which might run cooler.. and have ironed out problems of current batch

    Plus throwing in a new CPU/Mb isn't like bringing out an entirely new model, so its more of a revision. And Rev B does kick Rev A...


    Saw a blackbook today for first time in person. Sooo sexy
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's not supposed to run cooler. It's supposed to have the same thermal characteristics as Yonah. It's pin-compatible as well.
     
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Isn't everyone saying it's supposed to be 20% cooler? That's what I've been hearing from everyone...
     
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  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've never heard that. I've seen something along the lines of "similar thermal envelope" when Merom is compared to Yonah.

    I'm considering making a Merom thread to end all Merom threads...
     
  10. fewture macrumors regular

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    Not supposed to run cooler? Well at least apple might have attempted some novel ideas to cool down these laptops, especially the Pro.

    Isn't it suppose to have better control of CPU to run it slow when idle etc than current one?

    I thought it was 20% faster at same clock speeds. Not cooler
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Merom is pin compatible with Yonah sockets. So with that being said, Merom chips are more or less designed to fit where Yonah currently does now.
     
  12. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly... Merom will have the same thermal characteristics as Yonah, but run 20% faster... not cooler, not hotter, but faster
     

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