Core i7 Duo, or Core 2 Quad?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by raymondu999, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    Hi all. Just wondering, in the Intel roadmap, which are we more likely to see in MBPs first? Core i7 Duo? Or Core 2 Quad? My logic is that they wouldn't go Core 2 Quad -> Core i7 Duo, and would rather go Core i7 Quad if Core 2 Quad came out first. And they would go Core 2 Quad -> Core i7 Duo, as that's a downgrade in core numbers. Which do you think will be out first?
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    there is no Core i7 Duo. its a quad core processor. Apple will definitely use Core i7s as they are actively involved with Intel and are concentrating on their roadmap.
  3. raymondu999 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    Core i7 is an architecture, not a processor. You can say that Intel's not making dual-core i7s, but you can't say that Core i7 ISN'T a dual-core processor, because it's not a processor at all. I assume that's what you meant? But aren't there some i7 Duos meant to go for mobile processors in the Intel roadmap? No?
  4. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    You wont see Core i7 in Mobile chips for a very long time if ever. They are for desktop systems and servers not for Mobile computing. Their thermal envelopes are huge and the actual CPU itself is much larger then past chips. To miniaturise it would be difficult.

    It is more likely they will create a Core i7 derived mobile architecture under a different name with different performance and a much lower TDP. And I would not expect such processors for 12 months. It is much more likely that Intel will do another Die shrink to 32nm on current generation mobile CPU's to offer a Quad at <35 TDP which seems to be the highest amount that Apple are happy shipping in MBP's and iMacs
  5. ValkyrieLenneth macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2008
    Core i7 are CPUs, Nehalem is the architecture. :D
  6. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    No... Core i7 is a processor.

    Either way, I doubt we'll see quads in MBPs for a while.
  7. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Technically Core i7 is a Product series. Nehalem is the Architecture that the current Core i7 series is based upon.

    Nehalem may be reduced to fit a Dual Core Mobile strategy but not today.
  8. akbc macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    Actually.. Core i7 IS a type of processor branding from Intel.

    Architecture is Nehalem.. Just like Core 2 Duo's were based on Core microarchitecture and such...

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