Explain to me why an i3 would be so much better in the 13"

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  1. tonedef407 macrumors regular

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    In the simplest words possible because I seem to be seeing conflicting arguments. Why would it be so much better?
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    It's the Latest Technology™, for maximum ep3nis.
     
  3. greg400 macrumors 6502

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    It wouldn't have been. There was no way in hell Apple was about to put Intel's integrated graphics into their laptops again with Steam for Mac right around the corner.
     
  4. tonedef407 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That seems to be the only justification I can find, because based off what I am reading the gains are minimal. I'm not trying to troll, I am actually trying to justify whether saving the extra cash for the 15" is worth it.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Hyperthreading gives a massive boost in Handbrake. You get a small boost clock per clock over Core 2 Duo otherwise.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Hyperthreading is a plus.

    But then you'd have Intel graphics.

    Nvidia is in litigation with Intel, so they cannot make i3/i5/i7 chipsets; as such, the 13" cannot use i3/i5/i7 processors or they would have to use Intel graphics as well. If you note the 15" and 17" notebooks, they don't have Nvidia chipsets; they have Intel integrated graphics paired with a dedicated Nvidia GPU.
     
  7. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    i3 doesn't hyper thread or turbo if I am not mistaken.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    All Core i3 products have Hyperthreading.
     
  9. tonedef407 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Without searching through all the posts, have their been any true benchmarks of the refreshed 13"?
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The processors are identical to those used in the previous generation. I've heard of rumored benchmarks where the newer machines are faster though.
     
  11. BothBarsOn macrumors regular

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    Are you sure? I thought I read somewhere that they got a bump in clock speed. But I've read so much about this in the last 36 hours, I could well be imagining things. :eek:
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The Core 2 Duo 2.4 and 2.66 GHz processors were used in the previous generation of Macbook (Pro) models. Given the battery life, it's more than likely another round with the 25W P8600 (2.4) and P8800 (2.66).

    http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=40380,35568,
     
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  14. BothBarsOn macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that link. The 2.4 was launched in Q3 '08, I see. That's not as long ago as I thought.
     

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