Interesting stuff from Ivy Bridge

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mark28, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010

    At the same clock speed, Ivy Bridge offers around 20% performance increase. At 22 nm, it produces less heat and energy than Sandy Bridge.

    So if Apple uses Ivy Bridge CPU's with the same clock speeds as the current Sandy Bridge CPU's, it can make a new MBP that is thinner with also longer battery life while offering also a 20% power increase. Maybe Apple can manage to fit regular Ivy Bridge CPU's in the MBA :p ( and thus killing off the 13" MBP )
  2. psykick5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
    Please no. No thinner and no killing 13". It's not going to happen (the latter, at least)
  3. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Why not thinner? I would think that would be a good thing, given that Apple increases the power of the computer at the same time...
  4. Gillespie81 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2011
    i would not want thinner, its one of the main reasons i bought the mbp instead of the mba. the mbp is perfectly proportional. and look how many ports the pro has to the air. any thinner and you'll lose firewire and i use that everyday. I've read many threads that say the pro doesn't have enough ports so why remove just to make it thinner. i believe thats why apple made the air
  5. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Lol at thinking changing the processor is what's keeping the MBP from being thinner.
  6. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    The difference between the MBA and the 13" MBP is an underclocked CPU. The rest is the same ( except that the MBA uses a SSD )
  7. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    Um no. It's also missing an optical drive, a FW800 port, and an ethernet port. Also, the MBA's SSD is a fraction of the size of the MBP's HD.
  8. cirus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011

    You do know that the screen uses by far the most power in a laptop (assuming a light workload). Making the processor 20% more efficient might get you 5-10% better battery life (get better saving if you went to SSD from spinning hard drive).

    Unless the TDP changes down from 35 watts its not going in the MBA.
  9. SandboxGeneral, Dec 5, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011

    SandboxGeneral Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    Someone (not me) wrote a really good article on Ivy Bridge over the weekend on
  10. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    You'll lose Ethernet before FW800, and you've got about .25" to .375" to go before an Ethernet port becomes absolutely impossible. I'd say the MBP can get quite a bit thinner before you lose FW800.

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