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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JJLT76, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. JJLT76 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2007
    sorry for making a new thread, but i just wanted to ask what exactly the santa rosa chips will do when they are included in the macbooks? I ask this because at my local Comp USA they have the 10% off closing sale, and i wana take advantage of the small but good savings. I just went to the store and test drived my first mac, and all i got to say is :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: they are lighting fast, even the standard Mac Mini is faster than my current PC. I honestly cant see how faster these beasts can get. so this is why im asking what exactly they will do, because if its just a speed boost, then i think ill just buy one of the current models because those seem fast enough for me.
  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    I think it is not so much of a speed bump as a power usage reduction (better battery life).
  3. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    While Santa Rosa is a "chip," chipset is a better term as it encompasses a multiple of new features and "chips."

    A chipset is a collection of things, and thus Santa rosa brings a multitude of things such as a faster FSB, GMA3000 graphics, newer wireless card, NAND memory caching which is all the rage. HSDPA, etc.

    It will most likely has a faster memory controller, new instructions sets etc. Overall performance should increase and power usage will decrease.

    Also coming is Penryn which takes us from a 65nm transistors to 45nm, decreasing heat and power usage while also increase speed yields.

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