Nehalem processors?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WickedSick, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. WickedSick macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    So I'm a little confused about Nehalem processors. I plan on buying on buying a new computer some time next year( definitely an iMac) and some users have told me to wait until the Nehalem processors are out for the iMac. Are they supposed to be amazing super fast as compared to what the machines currently have in them? Can someone describe them to me in stupid person language, Im a little confused :p Thanks!
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Well I just read a preliminary review on Tomshardwareguide the Nehelam 2.93Ghz ran between 11% and 29% faster clock for clock compared to a previous Generation Core 2 Conroe depending on the test, though the current Yorkfield is not mentioned.

    Remember this is still an unfinished Nehelam and using synthetic benchmarks. As tomshardware did not get enough time with the test unit for more thorough benchmarks. The final product will likely show a slightly better increase when comparing Ghz to Ghz as Nehelem is polished for mass production. One of the biggest advances though is a more efficient lower latency memory controller, more similar to what AMD has.

    Nehelam also has the potential for higher clock frequencies and more cores which is where the real performance boost comes from. However, if you need a Mac I wouldn't bother waiting. Intel has plans for faster processors and new architectures down the line and will continue to do so.

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