Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor?? Explain?

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  1. patricem macrumors 6502

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    Is this processor worth more / does it actually improve the previous generation 2.8 significantly? Thanks!
     
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    No but there's a bug in the Apple store, (I don't know if it's present in the other stores, but it's definitely present in the Italian store), where if you put a high end iMac with the Radeon the name changes to iMac Intel Core 2 Extreme:

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    Weird. 2.8GHz and 3.06GHz are both "extreme" Intel C2Ds. I can't find the 2.93GHz from Intel's site. So is it overclocked 2.8GHz for just Apple?
     
  5. tobyg macrumors 6502a

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    I thought the 3.06 was the 'extreme' too.

    I know the 2.8 version had an extreme:

    2.0GHz or 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, or 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme processor

    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP16
     
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  7. patricem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme

    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    Listed Apple refurb store

    I read about the chip but I'm not sure what it means
     
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  9. tobyg macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe, but this time it's an Intel thing and not Apple.
     
  10. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    It is an Extreme chip, but it has an 800mhz FSB so the newer chips should have substantially more memory bandwidth and should run notably quicker depending on the application.
     
  11. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    The current iMac generation and the previous generation use slightly different Core 2 Duo ranges and they're given different names sometimes. There's not usually much difference between an "Extreme" chip and a normal Intel chip - usually the only difference is the "Extreme" chip is the top of the line model or at least close to it.
     
  12. patricem thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok thanks, doesn't sound like does that much more for the machine.
     
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    I'm sure Apple was quick to jump on it.
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The last Extreme chip was the X7900 in the original Aluminium iMacs. They're using E84xx variants right now.
     
  15. tobyg macrumors 6502a

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    AFAIK Extreme chips also usually come with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking. Not much good that does in an iMac, as your possibilities for overclocking are quite limited.
     
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    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core_2

    "Merom XE

    The Core 2 Extreme Mobile processor, based on the Merom XE core, is a mobile CPU designed for ultra-high end laptops. It was released in two models, the X7900 and the X7800. These feature an 800 MT/s FSB. The X7800, introduced on July 16, 2007,[26] is clocked at 2.6 GHz and costs around $851 for OEMs. The processor features a 44 W TDP and requires the new Intel Centrino (Santa Rosa) platform. The X7900, introduced on August 22, 2007, is clocked at 2.8 GHz.

    The X7900 processor was used in the top-end iMacs released in August 7, 2007."
     
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