Intel price cuts

sdhollman

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Hey aren't there a bunch of price cuts heading toward the Intel chips next week? Maybe that is when we will see the bump? Would make sense for them to
hold out, even with the iMac they could stop using the mobile chip set and get it up to the Conroe line.
 

suneohair

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About 2 weeks, July 29th. I don't expect an update until August. We should be seeing an all octo Mac Pro line.
 

sdhollman

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suneohair you and I have been waiting for the refresh for about the same amount of time, I am getting more than a little antsy at this point. I hope everyone is enjoying their iPhones, because the rest of us are waiting patiently.
 

Gav

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Hey aren't there a bunch of price cuts heading toward the Intel chips next week? Maybe that is when we will see the bump? Would make sense for them to
hold out, even with the iMac they could stop using the mobile chip set and get it up to the Conroe line.
They use Mobile chips for a reason. Seriously, you'd have a heap of melting plastic if they shoved a desktop processor in there.

Whats wrong with the current Core 2 Duos anyway? They are still pretty high-end (unless you count the 'Extreme' range)

Although saying that, they could do with going up to the 2.4Ghz ones...
 

SolidShadow

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I realize memories might be a tad short but the base imac case design can handle a desktop chip without melting down. The G5 imac was practically the same and it was a desktop chip. The intel mobile processor is the exception in the imac line.

I'm not saying they will or won't Re-introduce a desktop processor in a future imac but i will say that is is most certainly possible.
 

Cromulent

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I realize memories might be a tad short but the base imac case design can handle a desktop chip without melting down. The G5 imac was practically the same and it was a desktop chip. The intel mobile processor is the exception in the imac line.

I'm not saying they will or won't Re-introduce a desktop processor in a future imac but i will say that is is most certainly possible.
Yeah I remember something about someone putting a desktop Core 2 Duo in an iMac and it working fine. Might have to do some Googling unless you have a link?
 

suneohair

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Different socket. You can't put a Conroe in a Merom board.

I sure hope you are right. But I don't think so.
I am prepared to wait til the end of the year. Everyday it gets easier to not have a computer. I get more reading done and what not. Plus, I am a Philosophy major so when uni starts back up I will be a star if they wait a while to update :)
 

SolidShadow

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Yeah I'm having serious issues with being patient. I almost put in an order for a Macpro today. It was easy waiting while I was saving up for one and counting on WWDC, but it's harder now that I can pull the trigger when I choose.
I'm waiting to hear about the intel price drop and it's possible effects. Beyond that I may not wait despite the outcome. CS3 is sitting on my desk whispering ideas to me every day.
A creative man can only take so much temptation.
 

sdhollman

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I was being a dork. I have been chomping at the bit flip-flopping on whether to buy or hold off, I am usually patient but it is being tested. I do not think there has been a wait this long for a pro refresh since the second revision of the G5. That was when we were all waiting for 3ghz to come out and all we got was dual 2.5! That was when we all started to feel duped by the G5 promise.
 

suneohair

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As a designer myself as well, it is EXTREMELY tough to wait. I have so many sketches and so much pseudo-code written down waiting to be used and played with. Seriously, everyday I want to pull the trigger. At this point for a stock Mac Pro with bluetooth I am only paying $1900 flat. Which makes it more tempting to buy. My mother might donate to the fund as well, bringing it to about $1650.

$500 off for ACD
$276 saved by buying a gift card here
$250 for my mom

$826 saved in total. Pretty substantial. But, I can hold out and get a better machine and upgrade even better than I had planned. Which would be a better use of the money as opposed to buying the year old machine. Yeah I am waiting.
 

sdhollman

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As a designer myself as well, it is EXTREMELY tough to wait. I have so many sketches and so much pseudo-code written down waiting to be used and played with. Seriously, everyday I want to pull the trigger. At this point for a stock Mac Pro with bluetooth I am only paying $1900 flat. Which makes it more tempting to buy. My mother might donate to the fund as well, bringing it to about $1650.

$500 off for ACD
$276 saved by buying a gift card here
$250 for my mom

$826 saved in total. Pretty substantial. But, I can hold out and get a better machine and upgrade even better than I had planned. Which would be a better use of the money as opposed to buying the year old machine. Yeah I am waiting.
Hey nice deal, can I borrow some gift cards. ;P
I need way better video cards than they are offering for my 3D apps!
 

newportmac

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At this point for a stock Mac Pro with bluetooth I am only paying $1900 flat. Which makes it more tempting to buy. My mother might donate to the fund as well, bringing it to about $1650.
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Man.. I would buy today.. when the updates come you could list it on eBay and make money at the price your getting it at.. A no brainer man.
 

Umbongo

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I realize memories might be a tad short but the base imac case design can handle a desktop chip without melting down. The G5 imac was practically the same and it was a desktop chip. The intel mobile processor is the exception in the imac line.

I'm not saying they will or won't Re-introduce a desktop processor in a future imac but i will say that is is most certainly possible.
The G5 chips in iMacs had a TDP of around 40-45W I think, Merom C2D is 35W and Conroe is 65W.
 

slughead

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Time to buy is when you need it. Guess you guys don't need a fast computer. :rolleyes:
You don't need a fast computer to post troll comments on MacRumors, either... Well apparently, you do. ;)

Personally, I want a new video card. The X1900's heat issues are really annoying.
 

sdhollman

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I would like it it if they even just kept the same processors and updated the base video card little so that I do not have to upgrade it, and maybe put that extra money towards the RAM upgrade.