Intel Core 2 Extreme 2.6 GHz X7800 Announced

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Intel today introduced the first mobile "Extreme" branded processor, the X7800, clocked at 2.6 GHz. What's more, Intel has removed over-clocking restrictions, allowing OEM manufacturers or enthusiasts to eek additional power out of the chip if so desired.

Apple currently uses Intel's Core 2 Duo chips at speeds up to 2.4 GHz (the previous top speed) in its MacBook Pro, MacBook, and iMac computers. There is no hard evidence yet that Apple will use Intel's latest chip in its computers.

Intel also announced a new desktop processor today, however the announcement does not look to have much bearing on the Apple community, as Apple has continually eschewed Intel's Desktop products in favor of Intel's less power hungry mobile products or more powerful workstation/server Xeons.

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Caitlyn

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My thought was maybe that these will go into the MBPs and then the current SR processors will enter the MacBook. Thoughts on that?
 

P-Worm

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I wonder if all those people that were complaining that we didn't have new MacBooks are now upset that we got them before the new chips came out. It seems like people are never happy around here.

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mdntcallr

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It would be great for apple to start using some of Intel's desktop chips.

I am sick of laptop chips in Imacs. Yes they may be ok enough for Mac Minis, but Apple needs to offer up a mid sized tower or imac that has more power than a laptop.

To hold back on power just so they have a small form is very annoying.

Also, this chip would be a mobile chip, so i wouldn't believe they would hold back, instead probably offer it as an option on their highest end macbook pro's.

Apple, cmon, please offer desktop extreme chips in a mid sized upgradable tower!!
 

mashinhead

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i think its too much power
I think it is for mbp just because they're so bloody hot as is. Can't imagine more heat. But they were just updated so I don't see this happening so soon. But you might count them in the new iMacs if they're not already in production
 

longofest

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What does the "Extreme" mean? Is it just some arbitrary marketing that means "fast and cool so you want to buy it!"? Or does it actually reflect some type of change on the chip...
both. Its a marketing term that Intel has used on its desktop line, and is now using on the high-end of mobile line. There is some hardware distinction, mainly the higher clock speed and the ability to overclock.
 

k2k koos

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Great stuff....

Okay, okay, here it comes.... drumroll please!







...will this fit in an iPhone ? :eek:



........sorry, couldn't help it, I'd seen this kind of nonsense in so many of our threads here in the past, I thought it was becoming a cult of it's own.

There, now that the iThingy has been mentioned, lets swiftly move on.

I hope that Apple releases a system that fits between the Mac Pro and the iMac, sort of mini tower, that could use these processors. Or let's move the new iMac, revamped Mac mini away from Mobile components where ever possible, and squeeze some of these processors in where possible (granted, probably not in a Mac mini, but 'd love to see that updated, please Apple, DONT kill the Mac mini!:apple:
 

KindredMAC

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I too am getting tired of a weak mobile chip in an iMac.

Apple should layout the line with the following:

Dual Core mobile chip:
MacBook
MacBook Pro

Quad Core mobile or desktop chip:
iMac

Dual Quad Core desktop chips:
Mac Pro

Also, how is it that everyone is happy with Intel releasing chips with max speeds that are at the same number as 3 years ago? This chipset maxes out at 2.6??? I know that they are doing more with these chips by making them multi-cored and tweaking the FSB, but come on.... Imagine what someone would say if they could have looked into today's world from 5 years ago. They were peaking at 1.8-2.0 back then.

It's not always about performance, a lot of it has to do with simply how the numbers look from the outside.
 

KindredMAC

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Okay, okay, here it comes.... drumroll please!







...will this fit in an iPhone ? :eek:



........sorry, couldn't help it, I'd seen this kind of nonsense in so many of our threads here in the past, I thought it was becoming a cult of it's own.
SURE CAN!!!!

As long as you don't mind the fact that making a phone call will be the same as putting a hot iron against your face!
;)
 

cliffjumper68

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What does the "Extreme" mean? Is it just some arbitrary marketing that means "fast and cool so you want to buy it!"? Or does it actually reflect some type of change on the chip...
The extreme chips allow for manual over-clocking of the cpu core. They also usually run hotter and are less stable as a result of forcing the chip to the "extreme" of what it is capable of. I have played with a few of the extreme processors over the years, and they are faster, but in my experience far less stable. I would prefer that apple stay with more stable and reliable chips that operate well within there performance range.
 

longofest

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Probaby not, it'll get too hot and require too much power :(
You know... I was thinking that they wouldn't be able to fit the top of the line 3 GHz Xeons in the 1U XServe when they were released, but they did. Apple tends to surprise us.

That being said, it still would surprise me if this caliber of chip landed in an ultraportable. Definitely in a 17" and/or 15" though, or iMac.
 

cliffjumper68

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I too am getting tired of a weak mobile chip in an iMac.

Apple should layout the line with the following:

Dual Core mobile chip:
MacBook
MacBook Pro

Quad Core mobile or desktop chip:
iMac

Dual Quad Core desktop chips:
Mac Pro

Also, how is it that everyone is happy with Intel releasing chips with max speeds that are at the same number as 3 years ago? This chipset maxes out at 2.6??? I know that they are doing more with these chips by making them multi-cored and tweaking the FSB, but come on.... Imagine what someone would say if they could have looked into today's world from 5 years ago. They were peaking at 1.8-2.0 back then.

It's not always about performance, a lot of it has to do with simply how the numbers look from the outside.
With fewer bottle necks, less CPU cycles, and higher bus, and interface bandwidths these chips are far faster than chips from 5 years ago. A good analogy would be a lawnmower engine versus a truck engine. They may both operate at 4500 RPM (revolutions per minute) but you will achive far more power and flow through in the truck engine even though the engines turn at the same speed.
 

EagerDragon

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My thought was maybe that these will go into the MBPs and then the current SR processors will enter the MacBook. Thoughts on that?
I do not think that Apple uses any of the extreme chips (too hot), so I think it is unlikely.

Maybe in iMac.
 

roland.g

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I'd really like to see the 2.6 extreme go into the new iMacs. At the slight power consumption increase, that shouldn't mean much to a desktop or much in the way of heat. It would be nice to see these in 24" iMacs, at least as a BTO option, only problem is that if they are not pin-compatible to the SR C2Ds, then they can't offer 2.2 base and 2.4, 2.6 options. However, if they can ideally we would see:

20"iMac
2.2Ghz SR maybe with 2.4 option

24"iMac
2.4Ghz SR with 2.6Ghz Extreme option

and don't hold your breath, but a
27"iMac
same 2.4Ghz SR with 2.6Ghz Extreme options would be awesome.
 

Antares

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i think its too much power
I don't care what the question is...the answer is More Power!

Can I have one of these in my new iMac please?
If iMacs were released with this chip, then your new iMac would obsolete as it has the older chip. :D But are you asking if this would be swapable with the older SR chip? I'm actually wondering the same thing. Is this new chip pin compatible? How about with Core 2 Duos and Core Duos?