How soon until we will see quad cores in the MBP?

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  1. pianodude123 macrumors 6502a

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    I am quite fuzzy about this, but I have been told that a processor with quad cores, kentsfield? will be coming out later 2007. Do you think they will make a mobile version of this processor to fit laptops like the MBP? I think they would upgrade the 17 inch first, because most people use that as a desktop replacement anyway.
     
  2. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    It's dodgy, a quad-core system would drink electricity like god knows! Would be awesome to see it, but like I said, you're gonna need some major advances in battery and heat-dissapation technology...

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  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    i'd say another year at the absolute minimum. battery life is already pretty lousy with 2 cores.
     
  4. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    Probably not in our lifetime, imagine all the fans required for a quad core MBP.
     
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    I hope you're joking. Or maybe not which would be quite sad
     
  6. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

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    I'm 23, and in my lifetime I'v owned a "top of the line Packard Bell" equipped with a 500MB harddrive! you never know, technology develops so fast :)
     
  7. jaxstate macrumors 6502a

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    A quad core is pretty powerful. Most people lay off the power for battery life for portability. I say in about about 10 years. I octal core workstations and quad core laptops/notebooks.
     
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    Oh you remember those computers that required floppy discs to save and for apps? What was that like about 12 years ago??? lol
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Prediction: Much sooner than that if we are still using multi core chops at the time

    Give it 3 years

    Heck 10 years ago or about the first imac came out at a whopping 233mhz single core chip and look at where we are now
     
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    i thought oregon trail and number munchers were the most innovative and creative ideas ever... then again i was in 2nd grade
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Bringing back 800 lbs of buffalo meat from Oregon trail was MUCH more rewarding than winning number munchers...
     
  12. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Quad core from Intel is due by the end of this year. AMD by Q2 2007. Mobile? Not soon, and I wouldn't bother for a couple years. As said above, battery is the issue - plus getting Apps that are written (multi-threaded) well enough to actually make use of 4 cores. A lot of the Mac Pro benchmarks are not showing much performance gain between a single dual core and dual dual cores.
     
  13. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

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    Alright, maybe 'not in our lifetime' is a little over the top but i think it's still a VERYY long ways away. I'm sure apple still wants to make a thin and powerful laptop so it's going to take many many many many many many years to develop a quad core chip that is cool enough and doesn't use battery power like it's toilet paper. Also we're having problems now with having long lasting laptop batteries that don't explode or catch on fire so it's a variety of factors that are going to slow down the introduction of quad core notebooks (at least notebooks that are as thin as the MBP).
     
  14. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    Makinng sure apps are multi-threaded isn't as big of a deal when talking about your everyday apps. This is much more important when talking about apps like Final Cut Sutdio, Adobe Creative Suite, Mathematica, etc.

    Since OS X is quite good at allocating processor time across multiple processors/cores, inidividual application support becomes less important.
     
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    Haha no kidding. I always shot like 3000 lbs of buffalo,deer,elk and those awesome squirrles and could only bring back 800 jeeze
     
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    Hah! My first computer saved to a tape recorder.
     
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    I totally agree. From some of the recent benchmarks that have been posted on the mermon core 2 duo (quad core )that is supposed to be 20% faster and have even better battery life. The benchmarks show that it really only averages around a 10-12% increase and sucks WAY more power. Making it virtually useless in a notebook cause it sucks more power and gives off more heat. Not something that would market well in Apples top of the line notebooks. :p Give it a few years and they will hopefully work out the kinks
     
  18. bucho macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure what you're speaking of. If you meant the dual core merom chip, clock for clock it is essentially on par in terms of power consumption (source: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2808&p=14). The fact that it's the same price and performs better (depending on what you're doing it is no worse than yonah and substantially faster for video encoding) makes it quite useful in a notebook.

    If I misunderstood you and you are indeed speaking of a 4 core 'mermon', oops (and link please).
     
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  20. adamyoshida macrumors regular

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    Given Apple's track record, probably too soon.

    I had to give up on the MacBook because, frankly, it was just too damned hot for my purposes.

    I already have a damned workstation type desktop, for a laptop (especially a consumer one), I want something that I can set with on my lap in bed, etc.

    I'll go with Christmas 2007 too.
     
  21. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    The Merom Core 2 Duo is not a quad core processor. The term "Core 2 Duo) simply means it is the second iteration of the original Core Duo.
     
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    I thought once you hit, like, 200 lbs, it said there was more than you can carry and you had to leave the rest behind?
     

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