Haswell vs Crystalwell

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Rchawks, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Rchawks macrumors member

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    I thought Haswell referred to the new processor in the 13" and Crystalwell
    referred to the new processor for the 15" MacBook Pro w ret. But some vendor sites such as macmall are listing updated specs in the 15" mp as Haswell, why? Is this a typo on their part or a misunderstanding on my part.
     
  2. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 6502a

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    All MacBooks that were refreshed in 2013 contain Haswell processors. If everything goes normally, this years refreshes should Broadwell processors.
     
  3. Rchawks, Jan 21, 2014
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    Rchawks thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I found it.

    On Apple’s current Retina MacBook Pro line, both the $1999 and $2599 standard configuration models use the Iris Pro integrated graphics, equipped with Crystalwell. The $2599 model is the only one in the line that has both an integrated Iris Pro and a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The $2599 laptop can automatically switch between the integrated and discrete graphics, depending on the task at hand. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros do not offer Iris Pro/Crystalwell graphics, only Iris graphics.

    Btw Dj64Mk7 thank you for the heads up on Broadwell, because of your response I did some digging :D
     
  4. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    Haswell is the processor. Crystalwell works with Haswell in upgraded iris pro models.

    "Crystalwell is the codename of the L4 cache (eDRAM) featured in the Iris Pro-enabled Haswell CPUs."
    http://www.macworld.com/article/2059743/what-is-crystalwell-.html

    Here is the link to Intel's roadmap of processors ...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Tick-Tock

    There are two successors to Broadwell already in the works; Skylake and Cannonlake.
     

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