Any thoughts on Quad-Core iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by FlintAlt2, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. FlintAlt2 macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    As the tittle says.

    As the Mac Pro's have been moving towards 8 Cores and im guessing with this Nahalem thing next year 16 Cores will the iMacs get a 4 Core soon?

    Im thinking about buying an 3.06 iMac but Im worried that a month later a Quad core will come out and take advantage of that Snow Leopard :(. Can you upgrade your CPU in your iMac ( im guessing strictly not ) ?

    So yeah thoughts on Quad Core and when abouts they might get intro'd.
  2. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2008
    United States of America

    Post WWDC next year i'd reckon.

    I'm not too worried - my new iMac is plentyyyy powerful as is.
  3. Dartholomew macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    With the way CPUs have been advancing lately, next year you'll be saying the same thing about the ~30nm shrink of Nehalem, which is of course a way of saying that there's always something better around the corner.

    Strictly speaking, the CPU *IS* upgradable, in the sense that it lies in a socket and is removeable. However, I doubt you will have anything worth upgrading to stick in there, unless a new CPU that uses the same pin-out, voltage and FSB is released. Nehalem doesn't qualify, and I doubt we'll see Penryns faster than 3.06Ghz, unless a super-overpriced extreme edition comes out, and that probably won't present enough of an increase to justify the cost and trouble (and warranty voiding) of upgrading.

    Just my $0.02 (after going through the same thing with a 1.8Ghz Dothan).
  4. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    As if 8 cores isn't enough...

    First the developers were too fast for their hardware. Now it's vice versa, who is going to write an app to take advantage of 16 cores. Although OSX can handle it, thank goodness!

    I really doubt a quad core iMac is coming. That would persuade people to purchase it over the Mac Pro.

    I just don't see the iMac being in that kind of market, the iMac is aimed towards normal/slightly power users, and four cores is more than necessary. I'm not saying it isn't happening, but I do doubt it...
  5. Bwilky macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    The Imac is more of a consumer product, thus we wouldn't need that much power (At this time). If you really need the quad core just go for the Mac pro. You'll enjoy it.
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Don't worry about a quad-core coming out next month.

    The new Nehalem powered MP's aren't expected (I think) until the earliest of late this year. Then there will in all likelihood be at least a few months before the iMac gets a quad-core. You could very well be looking at summer next year before this happens.

    If you want an iMac now, get one now.
  7. Bwilky macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Agreed, they did just get a nice upgrade.
  8. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    quad core iMacs and MacBook Pros should come with nehalem...but not be released until WWDC '09 at the earliest

    the current iMacs have just been upgraded and are fast as
  9. FlintAlt2 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    Thanks to all.

    Im a PC user and I have no idea about the Mac upgrade/update cycles.. I come from a place were your computer is obselete in 4 monthd :eek:
  10. Tastannin macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2003
    Quad core iMacs probably will be available around the time Snow Leopard is released, if not earlier.

    For the time being, build your own. That's my plan next week! :D Newegg here I come! LOL
  11. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I say a good year, and it will first be an option in the 24" before it is standard. As others have said, Snow Leopard will help Quad-Core performance, so it might get released around that time.
  12. FlintAlt2 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    Would the current 3.06 count as multicore? So Snow Leopard improves its performance.

    Im just very worried that there is a big CPU revamp. All this hyperthread talk.
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    What socket P quad-core processor is available? None that I know of.

    It is nice to have, for sure.
  14. RichardI macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Yes, it is multi-core. The timing on Nehalem (the next generation processor from Intel) is likely what the guys above said - more than a year away at the soonest. If you need a new PC now, get your iMac now. If you don't really need one now, wait. That's all there is to it.
    If you are nervous about switching to a Mac - don't be. I am a long-time PC user and builder who switched a year ago and I'm glad I did. I bought my iMac with a 750 Gb hard drive specifically for allowing 250 Gb as a Windows partition. I installed XP (Bootcamp) on the 250 Gb partition. I can't remember when I booted into Windows last.....;)

    Rich :cool:
  15. Dartholomew macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    I installed Vista on Boot Camp and VMWare Fusion as well, but I rarely boot into it. Mostly it's nice to have in case I stumble across some PC software I just have to use, but even as a new Mac owner I haven't found much need for that outside of Starcraft :)
  16. tuxtpenguin macrumors regular

    May 19, 2007
    A quad core iMac could be a possibility soon, but we'll just have to wait and see.
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Hopefully, the QX9300 will be socket P; otherwise the iMacs will have to undergo a platform change.

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