Haswell Chips

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by blast87, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. blast87 macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I keep reading about the future intel Haswell chips. And now with today's rumor that the new macbook airs will use them. I was wondering if someone could explain the big deal. Are they going to be that much faster than current intel chips or just another spec bump?

    I was thinking of buying a new rMBP soon, but if these chips are as good as theyre hyped up to be I think I'll probably wait than
  2. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    They're supposed to increase battery life and graphical performance on the integrated GPU. Nothing major.
  3. vatter69 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2013
    Crystal balls reports, roughly 5-10% increased performance for CPU while lower energy consumption/heat generation.

    GPU performance goes up by around 50%. Basically the same as we saw going from Sandy to Ivy bridge.
  4. blast87 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    50% GPU increase sounds like a lot. And probably mandatory for a retina display macbook air.
  5. e²Studios macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    It sounds like a lot but 50% doesn't equal out all the time. It won't be the end all be all like some on this board seem to make it out to be. It's still a integrated video card and will likely in real world applications net far less than 50% increases.

    If you wait for Haswell then the same people will be screaming to wait for Broadwell, then Skywell, its never ending. If you went by their logic you would never buy a device and be in a constant state of "which one is next".

    I don't see Haswell as being that much of a increase in real world usage over Ivy Bridge, its more of a stop gap for Broadwell when they go 14nm. Broadwell is when we will see significant gains, but thats maybe 2014 and quite honestly if you need a laptop now you'd be daft to keep waiting.
  6. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Yeah but it wont have much effect on the performance of the 15in rMBP because of the discreet graphics card.

    At most it will save battery because the need to switch to the discreet graphics wont be as much.
  7. Michason macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    I still don't understand how a CPU can improve the GPU by that much. Does the Ivy Brigde do the same?
  8. maratus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    Because iGPU is on the same die and scales well? :rolleyes:
  9. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Isnt that the truth, sad really.
  10. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Going from HD3000 to HD4000 was a huge boost.
  11. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    True, but while intel may say 50%, the real world result is likely to be 20-30% which is still huge, but not as their stated benchmark.
  12. walkie macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    A lot of people keep asking about the next rMBP launch day because they think the current rMBP have an immature technology and think the hardware is not really ready or they think the rMBP is plagued with issues, graphic cards in fact have been capable to handle lots of pixels since few times ago (just check the specs sheet nvidia provides in its website about it), the futures GPUs will be faster that's for sure as happens with CPUs, we only need more software that catches up with rMBP, not only compatible but optimized, and this can take more than one year to happen...
  13. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Well, on my rmbp, 15" base model, I do occasionally see some UI lag and some web pages don't scroll perfectly well. Nevertheless, this is the best machine I have ever owned. My sister asked me recently if she should get one. I told her to wait for Haswell if she can, because if it fixes these problems while adding a tiny bit better battery and overall speed, why the heck not? Plus, with h265 rolling out soon, having a gpu that does hardware acceleration of it would be huge. Will Ivy Bridge or Haswell do that? I don't know but I'd bet Haswell has a really good chance of doing so.
  14. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    This is true of course, but if you want the best bang for your buck it doesn't hurt to keep an eye on the refresh cycle. June is only a few months away, so if the OP doesn't need a new computer right now then it's probably a good idea to wait IMO. I have a feeling Haswell's significant power savings and improved GPU will cause a bit of a shakeup in Apple's notebook lineup. We could possssibly see retina Airs, the discontinuation of the cMBP's, and perhaps cheaper prices for the rMBP's. it's hard to say, but since it isn't very far away I've decided to wait (I'm not in dire need of a new MBP just yet, although my AppleCare had run out which makes me anxious.
  15. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    The way people talk about Haswell, it's as if there is some type of new Alien technology in it that Intel obtained last year from a crashed spaceship, and will make Crysis run on ultra on the Air 11".
  16. Kushp14 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2010
    When can we expect another upgrade In the MacBooks ?
  17. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    It is for a Macbook Air/Ultrabook.

    The GPU is going to be a major deal for these smaller notebooks (including the 13' Macbook Pro)

    CPU wise it's not a big jump just the typical speed bump (unless you're coming from something from pre-2010).

    It won't matter that much for the 15' due to the fact that it has it's own separate GPU from the integrated graphics card.
  18. adjeff8, Feb 19, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013

    adjeff8 macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2012

    Yes, well, I'm one of those people screaming about waiting for the next one. But it has less to do with Haswell as it is that I will never buy first generation anything. Especially when I'll be spending $2,600. I've been waiting since June and I'm not going to give in now. I'm sure the first gen retina is great, I've been playing with it in the store, but I prefere to take the one without the freshman kinks
  19. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Same. With the SMU graphics issue, image retention, and a glued in battery, there is plenty to wait for in a new revision.

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