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Intel yesterday introduced at its Intel Developer Forum its new line of quad-core Core i7 processors, previously code-named "Clarksfield", for mobile computers. The two processors, manufactured using quad-core dies based on Intel's 45 nm Nehalem microarchitecture, take advantage of Intel's Turbo Boost technology to run at baseline frequencies of 1.6 GHz and 1.73 GHz with the ability ramp to 2.8 GHz and 3.06 GHz respectively when conditions warrant. An "Extreme Edition" processor running at 2.0 GHz and capable of ramping to 3.20 GHz was also released.
Intel Corporation introduced its revolutionary Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor and Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor Extreme Edition today, bringing Intel's award-winning and super-fast Nehalem microarchitecture to the mobile market.

These processors in addition to the new Intel PM55 Express Chipset, provide the best laptop experience for intense gaming, digital media, photos, music, business applications and other multi-threaded software that hungers for faster processing speed. The chips also boost overall performance when using several of these applications simultaneously.
Apple may be more likely, however, to wait until the release of the 32 nm die shrink of the Nehalem microarchitecture, scheduled to appear as the dual-core "Arrandale" processors early next year, to revamp its MacBook Pro line. Arrandale, which was also briefly previewed at the Intel Developer Forum, should offer considerably lower power consumption than Clarksfield processors and better fit into Apple's design constraints for its notebook computers.

Article Link: Intel Introduces Core i7 Quad-Core Mobile Processors
 

tibi08

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It's about time Intel got these out of the way, they need to get busy on Arrandale so that I can buy a new Macbook.

Oh and i'll be expecting USB 3.0 also.
 
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Ambrose Chapel

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i had been holding out for a Clarksfield-powered iMac to replace my G5, but it died earlier this year and I got the currently shipping model. Think Clarksfield will ever make it to the iMac, or does it run too hot, and the iMac will have to wait for Arrandale like the MacBook Pros?
 
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With GCD these processors will be great. Can't wait.
 
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tibi08

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i had been holding out for a Clarksfield-powered iMac to replace my G5, but it died earlier this year and I got the currently shipping model. Think Clarksfield will ever make it to the iMac, or does it run too hot, and the iMac will have to wait for Arrandale like the MacBook Pros?

Looking at the recent iMac releases... April 2008, March 2009.... I'm thinking the timing is looking good for an Arrandale refresh in Q1 2010.
 
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mr_matalino

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Have they already released the i7 for desktops? It would be really nice to have one in an iMac!!
 
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guzhogi

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Looking at the baseline speeds, 2.0 GHz as the fastest, I know some people will wonder why they should get MBPs with these (if they come) when their old MBPs had a higher speed (my current MBP has a 2.5 GHz CPU). However, going from 2 cores -> 4 cores, that should make up for it, especially w/ apps that use Grand Central/OpenCL.
 
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mgargan1

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I doubt we'll see these in the iMac's. One would think that one of the reasons why we see mobile chips in the iMac line is not only for engineering sake, but for economic reasons as well. Apple probably gets a bigger discount for buying 2 million of the same processor than buying 1 million of version "A" and 1 million of verion "B"
 
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guzhogi

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i had been holding out for a Clarksfield-powered iMac to replace my G5, but it died earlier this year and I got the currently shipping model. Think Clarksfield will ever make it to the iMac, or does it run too hot, and the iMac will have to wait for Arrandale like the MacBook Pros?

Have they already released the i7 for desktops? It would be really nice to have one in an iMac!!

Not sure about the mobile versions in the iMac. If it's too hot for an iMac, it'll be even more so in a MBP. Would be nice to have the desktop version of this in an iMac, since it IS a desktop computer!
 
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Eidorian

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There's a chance to see it in the iMac. I still don't think it'll ever see the light of day in an Apple computer though.
 
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mgargan1

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I do wonder; however, if the Turbo Boost is a hardware thing, or does the OS need to recognize it? In other-words, will turbo boost work as intended for OS X?
 
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Dwalls90

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iMac? Probably.

Macbook/MBP? Seriously doubt it .. it's much more draining than Peryn, and would go against Apple's latest campaign of being the greenest notebooks with long battery lives. I sure would pick one up though ..
 
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sschwar4

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Looking at the baseline speeds, 2.0 GHz as the fastest, I know some people will wonder why they should get MBPs with these (if they come) when their old MBPs had a higher speed (my current MBP has a 2.5 GHz CPU). However, going from 2 cores -> 4 cores, that should make up for it, especially w/ apps that use Grand Central/OpenCL.

Did you read the part about turbo...
Turbo Boost technology to run at baseline frequencies of 1.6 GHz and 1.73 GHz with the ability ramp to 2.8 GHz and 3.06 GHz respectively when conditions warrant. An "Extreme Edition" processor running at 2.0 GHz and capable of ramping to 3.20 GHz.
 
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CyberBob859

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Timing for rumored iMac/Macbook event

Does anybody think that the mobile Core i7 launch makes the rumor of an iMac and MacBook refresh "within weeks" more credible?
 
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