the problem with putting a QUAD core is that its more powerful and thus will release more heat. i dont think the 13inch can disapate that much in such a small enclosure. it only uses one fan. the 15 and 17 macbook pro use 2 fans to vent the heat.Is there any chance of a quad-core 13" MBP this year? I think this would make for the perfect size mobile workstation. Light and ultra powerful.
I was wondering because from what I see, the new 2012 Intel chip dies are going to be shrunk down to 22nm from the 32nm die size used in 2011. This translates to less heat and less power consumption.the problem with putting a QUAD core is that its more powerful and thus will release more heat. i dont think the 13inch can disapate that much in such a small enclosure. it only uses one fan. the 15 and 17 macbook pro use 2 fans to vent the heat.
most people dont even need a quad core anyway.
Sandy Bridge is already on par with the 320M.There is absolutely a chance, because we KNOW Ivy Bridge comes out this year.
However, 13" MBP will certainly have no dedicated video option and will rely on Ivy Bridge's integrated GPU, faster than HD3000 but still not what Haswell promises. I'm betting it will be on par with last year's Nvidia 320M.
Result: Faster, cooler, longer battery life in similar (dual core) configurations. Expect quad core to negate heat and battery life advantages though.
Cons: Still fairly unusable graphics/gaming performance
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4205/the-macbook-pro-review-13-and-15-inch-2011-brings-sandy-bridge/8Sandy Bridge is definitely not on-par with 320M in gaming performance.
Under OS X, the new HD Graphics 3000 GPU is actually about the same performance or even faster than the 2010 13-inch's GeForce 320M. Remember that Apple does a lot of its own driver writing under OS X and the SNB GPU received some TLC from Apple in the form of very well optimized drivers.
From the same review:
I think how it performs on OS X is of more importance than under Windows.From the same review:
Despite the "TLC from Apple," in the SNB IGP drivers, under Windows, nVidia's driver optimizations pulls ahread..... even in many CPU limited games (Starcraft 2, for example), the old combo pulls ahead or matches the newer SandyBridge chip.
I haven't seen a low-power quad-core Ivy Bridge in Intel's roadmap yet. As far as I know, they have only announced 3-4 quad-core, which run at TDPs of 45W and 55W.Is there any chance of a quad-core 13" MBP this year? I think this would make for the perfect size mobile workstation. Light and ultra powerful.
If you are playing games, then how it performs under Windows is more important.I think how it performs on OS X is of more importance than under Windows.
No, not at all. Most games do not use more than one core, and are heavily dependant on your graphics card. You would not notice a difference going from dual to quad core for gaming. The 15"'s dedicated graphics card is what would make a difference.