Why not 1.25 GHz on iMac?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by IngoB, Dec 22, 2002.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Lots of people predict a speed bump to 1 GHz for the top of the line iMAC at MWSF'03. Why not bump it to 1.25 GHz? Is the heat a major issue? Or would that bring the iMac to close to the PowerMacs? Is the slow bus the problem?

    I'm itching to buy my first Apple since the Apple IIe I had when I was 14... (BTW, anyone remember the game "Aztec" on the Apple IIe? I want a port of that, pretty please... :D ) That Apple has moved to a Unix backbone goes a long way in convincing me to switch (back). I've done lots of number crunching at Uni on multi-user Unix systems, so I've grown used to that OS.

    But I also used to be a heavy PC gamer (competing in the German LM-CTF Quake national league...), so wondering how many fps you can squeeze out of the machine is kind of second nature, even though I play Nethack mostly these days... :rolleyes: An additional .25 GHz may mean little in terms of everyday use, but it sure would make me feel better about buying the machine...

    Cheers,
    Ingo
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    What about...

    Sure a 1Gig iMac would be nice, but on a 100MHZ bus. THats a joke. I would rather have an 800 @ 133, then a 1 gig @ 100.
     
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    Falleron

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    Not if the PowerMacs are updated as well. However, I doubt they will jump from 700/800Mhz to 1.25Ghz somehow.
     
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    Machead III

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    Theyll bump the 7c to a 733 and leave the 8c, and top will be like, 900mhz, realisticly, but a Gig would be sweeet! :D
     
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    Rajj

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    The iMac’s bus will more than likely be increased to 133Mhz @ MWSF, so 1 Ghz is more probable not 1.25!!!! ;) ;) :D
     
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    Billicus

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    1.25 Ghz might run a bit hot inside the iMacs. The PowerMacs have umpteen fans to cool off the innards. Does the iMac even have a fan?
     
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    Rajj

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    Yes the iMac has a fan!!:rolleyes: :rolleyes: ;) :p
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    It looks to me like we might see the ending of Motorola chips in Apple machines at MWSF and a new bread of RapidIO IBM chips, if these chips support Altivec as well.

    If we see an all IBM lineup berfore the 970 arrives it would undoubtly mean a re-hash of the specs accross the board. Apple could easily take the brakes of the iMac and I bet anything that an IMB G3 with Altivec would run a lot cooler than the G4, so yes we could easily see a 1.33 or 1.66 iMac with 1.25ghz.

    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
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    jefhatfield

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    macs are slow compared to pcs these days

    it would be fine to bring imac to 1.25 ghz

    the powermac has all the expandability so it distinguishes itself as more pro than the imac
     

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