I think Apple made the right choice to use Lynnfield in the quad core Imacs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JimKirk, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. JimKirk macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2009
    Since the Imac is not their Pro desktop I think they made the right choice (except for their graphics card choice).

    The Lynnfield I7860 is really a middle of the road performer as far as the I7 line goes.

    The chipset is P55 as opposed to X58 and uses DMI instead of the better QPI. It also uses DMI and has dual channel memory as opposed to triple channel memory.

    I fail to see why Intel has chosen to cripple Bloomfield this way. The chipset cannot be that expensive.

    AMD has had the advantage of their superior chipset for years:


    That is why most supercomputers use AMD chips not because the chips are faster but because the interconnecting chipset is superior.

    I just hope that Apple does not drink the Intel Kool-aid that is being shoved down their throats by Intel.

    For the Imac, an all-in one design I suppose it does not matter since Apple chooses to use mobile parts (4850, memory) anyway.

    Even the Mac Pro is gimped by lack of support for Crossfire and other multi-GPU technologies.

    Please no integrated Intel graphics in any future product.

    I am really going to enjoy my I7 Imac :)
  2. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    The answer is found in "Marketing 101", the up-sell.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Lynnfield is an entirely different Nehalem based platform compared to Bloomfield. The core and cache components are the same for performance but the markets they service are different.

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