Merom XE(1st Core 2 Extreme confirmed)

Butthead

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I wonder if the next LED backlit MBP 17in revision will have this as an option?

http://www.electronista.com/articles/07/07/13/first.core.2.extreme.cpu/

if this X7800 is on schedule as rumored for release this month (heh, runnint out of time ;) ), could the next MBP 17in carry the X7900 which is standard rated @2.8Ghz and due out in Sept., or will it be as hot as the X7800 @44w for 2.6Ghz? Either one can easily be overclocked to 3Ghz- except for the huge price differential, and potential over heating problems; it sure would be nice to have a Apple supported and implemented variable speed CPU as an option for the high-end power user. Even if you only got just an hours or so of near parity power of a desktop, some would love to have that option.
 

Butthead

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130 views and not a single comment, must be all the MB owners reading the thread then. 17in power users busy doing work???

Well Asus makes some of the Apple laptops, so given that this prototype is made by Asus...it's not unfeasable that Apple also has a prototype in the skunk works program.

But I kind of think Dell/Alienware will come out with these user CPU adjustable laptops long before Apple does. Apple seems to be a technological follower since the switch to Intel (at least as far as the laptops go- yes that is partly the problem with the thinner form factor, but still).
 

Dreamer2go

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given that Apple's 17inch is pretty damn expensive already, I highly doubt Apple will include this chip to it's MBP line. Intel extreme is really for high end gaming, and Apple's MBP line isn't strictly target in that area.
 

BlueArctos

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This chip seems like such the gamer option. I don't understand why we keep getting increases in mobile processor performance without an equivalent increase in mainstream mobile ram speeds! We are all sitting here with DDR2-667 ram and Intel decides to come out with a faster processor! Bah, I suppose it'll be awhile before we see DDR2-800 speeds. Maybe it'll be completely skipped and the market will rush straight toward DDR3.

Anyway, Apple isn't the type to go for an extreme mobile chip. The cooling issues aren't too radical, but the overclocking lends itself to the enthusiast market. Thus, the gaming market will see the biggest interest in such a processor. I imagine we will see Alienware, Dell, and ASUS models that include this sort of chip in the near future. Although I assume Alienware is waiting for their board and case supplier to get going with a Santa Rosa compliant setup and Dell is waiting to see how Alienware fares with said setup.

It is sort of the same idea as putting an 8800m (yet to exist) into a MBP. Apple doesn't cater to gamers.

Lets see some DDR2-800 ram in these laptops people!!

Anyway, it'd be cool, I admit.