Santa Rosa...Whats the Big Deal?

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  1. freestyleguy128 macrumors regular

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    I am personally waiting for merom come august-september...but what is this buzz about Santa Rosa and what will it improve on over the Napa platform that the Core 2 Duo's (merom conroe) will be based on. And is it at all worth waiting for (meaning absolute outperformance and putting the merom on the Napa platform to shame)?
     
  2. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    Everything new is better. By how much? Nobody knows til it's here. If you want to wait, wait. If not, get on the Meroms before the end of the year.

    Santa Rosa improvements:
    Improved graphics capabilities: GMA X3000 or dual intergrated
    FSB: 800Mhz
    More HD support: HDMI, HDCP, UDI, HD-DVD, BDR, etc.
    Vista premium capable
    Probably Cooler

    And probably much more.
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I think it supports Intel's "Robson" NAND Flash hard drive caching too.
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    All very nice things (except for integrated graphics- yuck)! :)
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The X3000 isn't that bad actually. It competes rather well with the budget X1xxx and 6xxx series cards.
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    You have a point Eidorian- the X3000 is a big step up over the current line-up of onboard graphics. But I still am weary of buying a computer without a dedicated graphics card. :)
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Agreed, just making sure the peoples know.
     
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  9. generik macrumors 601

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    That too? Wow...
     
  10. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Yes. It's a nice step up from what is currently on the market. I wouldn't call it revolutionary, but it's certainly better. Like the OP, I'm more interested in the Merom since I need a computer by late August/September.
     
  11. cb31 macrumors member

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    For me it is the 802.11n and the Robson cache. Having some data stored in fast nand flash to speed things up and reduce power is a winner in a laptop, especially if they can get the instant on working well.

    It should dovetail nicely with Leopard which will be great.
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I agree, the Robson cache will be a nice feature cb31. :)
     
  13. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    but will it have 802.11n final version? it didn't pass this past time so it isn't slated to be ratified until after SR ships if i remember my dates correctly?
     
  14. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    Well, I was kind of waiting fo rthe Merom processors, but I don't neccessarily need a Macbook Pro jsut yet, I can wait untill next year, at least then i can save more....

    But I'm not too sure about integrated graphics, or is that how it is now? Because, I had an integrated chipset on a Samsung laptop before which was pathetic.... Maybe Apple could put 256Mb as standard...

    Lastly, if this were to come out, when do you think it might, becuase if it comes out say next April, and the WWDC is in August, whats the point...

    HELP ME DECIDE?!?!?

    Cheers:confused:
     
  15. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    C'mon people, if you oculd just exlpain what exactly it is?

    Cheers
     
  16. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

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    I did a few googles for intel roadmaps on the Santa Rosa chip, and there is no release date yet, but expecting ship dates of h1 2007 or early 2007 according to a few different sites.

    That chip, wireless N standard, Leopard, and iLife 07 are what i'm waiting on for my next mac purchase.
     
  17. tim2006 macrumors 6502

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    something better will always come out. a few years ago I purchased a g4 imac and returned it for a g5 after I heard the g5s were announced. they are both outdated now. would not matter which i had now as long as it meets your power needs who cares.
     
  18. BWhaler macrumors 68020

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    Me too. I figure I will upgrade with Merom.

    For me, it's not because I need to, but just that I want to, and I appreciate the speed (but again, my 1.67 PB17 is fast enough.)

    I know the practical thing for me is to wait for Santa Rosa and for Apple to work out all of the quality problems. I suspect by the time Santa Rosa comes out with Leopard, there will be material improvements to the laptop (battery life, instant on, etc.)

    But screw it. I'm not that patient or practical. I waited out the rev a mainly because of the horrific quality issues, but once Merom is out, as long as Apple fixes the quality issues, I'll upgrade.
     
  19. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    It is a chipset...
     
  20. HardLine macrumors member

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    incorrect, it's a platform

    Information:
    Source: http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20060307corp_b.htm

    Moral of the story?

    1. www.google.com
    2. intel santa rosa
    3. 3rd freaking link
     

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