Buy at "Tick" or "Tock"?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lwcoffer2, Nov 1, 2007.


Tick or Tock?

  1. Tick

    0 vote(s)
  2. Tock

    8 vote(s)
  1. lwcoffer2 macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2007
    Given Intel's roadmap, which is the best time to buy? I'm leaning towards tock...
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    For those who aren't familiar with Intel's "tick-tock" strategy, here is a detailed discussion of it, while here is a much briefer summary.
  4. lwcoffer2 thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2007
    Thanks for the Expert advice:rolleyes:
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    All depends on when you need the machine ...

    Waiting 2-3 months for the next machine revision is one thing, waiting a year or more for the next architecture change may be silly.
  6. lwcoffer2 thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2007
    I'm not saying wait for more than a year. For example Santa Rosa just came out for the MBP and Penryn is expected in January. I think the SR (tock) would be the better buy over waiting a couple more months. Fast forward. Now if Penryn was out and Nehalem due in 4 months. I would say wait till Nehalem. I am just asking if you all feel the same? Or different?
  7. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Penryn-based Macs in January? Sure...
    Anyway, I got fed up playing the waiting game. Buy whenever suits you.
    If you wait 4 months, you've lost 4 months of use and you've pushed your next purchase further away too.
  8. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Both have their merits. I think it's worth it to upgrade at both if they're going to be soon available in comparison to when you buy. A die shrink means less power and heat, which means more clock speed headroom (and this isn't all, the penryn has SSE4 additions), while the tock provides you with a more powerful architecture at the same process size. Nehalem is going to kick butt with its integrated memory controller, but it's much too long to wait for.
  9. Mundy macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    I voted "tock," and probably won't upgrade again until a couple more rounds of "tick-tock" (i.e. sometime well after Nehalem). But even then, after reading the Tom's Hardware review of Penryn, I can easily understand why some people might decide to upgrade on this "tick." The power savings are incredible, especially when you consider that the transistor count has gone up by several hundred million.

    So even though I say "tock," I can see why some people will be jumping on the Penryn bandwagon.

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