Core i9 on the way

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gentleman00, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. gentleman00 macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Before you get too excited about i7, the next imac update will have the core i9:D
  2. LondonGooner macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2006
    Well done for summing up how technology works.

    Enjoy your fictional imac for 6 months, while I enjoy my lovely i7 that exists.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Gulftown preliminaries here and it isn't coming to LGA 1156 anyways.

    This should be under the Mac Pro forum.
  4. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    Not only that, Gulftown is being branded as extreme edition CPU's (at least right now it is), which means it's going to be VERY expensive. It seems like it would even be cost prohibitive for all but the most expensive mac pro's. I think the current iMac's should be good until Sandy Bridge is released. They would be "good" after that of course, but they should be relatively top of the line for 12 months or so.
  5. Ross2000 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    NEWS FLASH the next iMac will have higher specs than the previous... :eek:
  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Core i9s are server CPUs, no way iMac could handle 130W processor.
  7. jonwd7 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    To the extent of current technology, iMacs can never have 6-core CPUs as this relies on more than 1156 pins to a socket and they will probably not (if ever) release an iMac with socket 1366. This is pretty obvious since Intel has branded their 1156 chips as "Mainstream" and iMacs are mainstream consumer computers.

    Also, anything above a 4-core CPU becomes bandwidth limited unless you're using QPI. I don't think Intel ever plans on having QPI be a "mainstream" feature.

    So I think it's safe to say that as long as Intel's current strategies remain the same, we may never see 6- or 8-core iMacs. What I see happening first is all iMac models eventually becoming 4-core standard, and eventually after a newer architecture comes out with a "mainstream" 8-core CPU solution, a high-end 8-core option. Maybe in a few years? :)

    I don't like non-2^N cores anyway... "Hexacore" sounds nice, but I think it has been shown that some multithreaded apps scale poorly with six as compared to four cores. I'll wait to make my next gaming rig once they come out with 8-core chips. :)
  8. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    You sound like Bill Gates when he said 640KB of RAM is everything that home user will ever need :rolleyes:

    Computing technology develops very rapidly so we can't even imagine what we will see in 2020. Haswell should be out in 2012 and it should provide 8-core mobile CPUs and +4GHz clock speeds.

    Something new is always "high-end only" for certain time because it's expensive but when time goes by and new techs are developed, it becomes a standard. When dual-cores came, I doubt anybody thought we will see dual-core iMac soon because they were so expensive and "new" but now we have QUAD-core iMacs..
  9. johnrs macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Nottingham - UK
    and before you get too excited about the i9 there is going to be abother bigger, faster chip on the way.... In fact why bother to buy anything knowing that there is always something better just around the corner....... :rolleyes:
  10. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    No way!!!! You mean CPU development will not stop with i7 .... must cancel my order for i7 imac... but how can i buy the latest and greatest if they keep bringing out new chips each year... aaarrghhhhh!!!!
  11. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    When is the projected release date of the Core i20? I think I'll wait for that. Maybe that iMac will come with a Blu-Ray drive too!
  12. johnrs macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Nottingham - UK
    but if you have waited that long you might as well wait for the CPU or perhaps the one after that just to make sure to bang up to date with the latest tech
  13. Jiten macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    One's lifetime is never enough for waiting for the latest and greatest. :)
  14. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...but by then since the world is coming to an end on 12/21/12, none of it will matter:p...
  15. fobfob macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    The iMac is completely IO bottlenecked. I would MUCH prefer an eSATA port today rather than a faster CPU, no matter how fast.
  16. Jpoon macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2008
    Los Angeles California
    Don't use / need FireWire? hehe..

    I don't think we need to be worrying ourselves about Core i9 ANY time soon on the Mac Pro... Much less on the iMac. Apple was what, at least six months behind getting the i7's into anything that wasn't a Mac Pro???

    I doubt few people on this forum actually need the i9 for anything unless you're doing high-end video / audio work..... or something with Photoshop :D

    The i7 iMacs are pretty nice machines, and will be for a long time.
  17. Goldie009 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Hang in there till 2040 (ish).

    If we follow moores law, and the laws set out by quantum mechanics, the rate of improvement wont slow down until about 2040.

    However, by that time I reckon that either:

    A). Biological computing will have been invented, leading to yet further massive boosts in speed.

    B). Optical computing will pave the way for even greater speeds.

    C). Robots will be in overall control of the earth, and as such a Personal Computer would not be needed / allowed.

    D). WW3 will have just ended, leaving the worlds supply of existing computer chips rendered useless, and computers will be the lest of your worries.

    E). We will have run out of reasons for a 'faster computer'. As the one we have will do anything we ever need it to whilst running pretty much at idle.

    Personally I hope for option E, B or A. Preferably E though, as that's the cheapest.
  18. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    At the current rate, the next few die shrinks will render silicon unable to semiconduct. The barrier was already hit by Seagate in flash memory density (IIRC). Biological computing won't happen unless scientists figure out a way to arrange carbon on an atomic level, which I don't see happening anytime in the near future.
  19. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    Sometime prior to the release of the i25.
  20. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    A little off topic, but this is why I love MR. People are smart as hell here. The typical trip to MR is: me laughing a someone funny, me laughing at some whiny complainer, then learning something on my way out.
  21. Goldie009 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2009

    Yep, that's a fair point. I was talking more in theoretical terms though rather than practical terms. There is a good chance that the practicality of fitting so many transistors into such a small space will far outweigh the advantages gained.

    We are beginning to see a general slowdown in market demand anyway. I mean, every day, thousands of computers are being sold new with processor speeds that have been around now for well over 4 years. Granted these are netbooks but for a lot of people this is now plenty fast enough. Hopefully in a few years time the latest tech then will be plenty fast enough even for those of us who are into heavy video editing or multimedia based work....

    Until then though, let's wait with excitement and start saving for the newer, faster, more powerful, more energy efficient, smaller and (probably more expensive) iMac 34 inch i12......
  22. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Where's the option for All The Above?

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