New 11" Airs ... 1.33Ghz Max?

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  1. OSMac, Jul 2, 2011
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    Would the new 11.6" Airs use the
    Intel Core i3-2357M 1.33Ghz CPU/GPU @17W
    as Samsung decided for the 11" Series 9?

    If so would be interesting to see how it is received by users
    vs the current max 1.6Ghz 10W CPU being used...

    Are their any other low power SB choices?
     
  2. The-Pro, Jul 2, 2011
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  3. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    If they get an i3, I'm going to be getting a base Pro. I think it's incredibly unlikely, however.
     
  4. OSMac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Guess we will find out soon don't want to give up silence for speed...
     
  5. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    I think so yes. They're a lot faster than the SU9400 / 9600 used now.
     
  6. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    I would say the i3 2357M is highly unlikely to be chosen. Looking at its specs, it doesn't handle AES instructions (for hardware accelerated disk encryption) and doesn't even have Turbo Boost.
     
  7. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    If they used that i3 then virtually no one would want the newer model.

    i5 & i7 help sway the disadvantage of having the HD3000 for those who intend to use the machine in a Windows partition.
     
  8. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    I think most consumers would pick "Core i3" over "Core 2 Duo", regardless if it's really better or not.
     
  9. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    Everything else being equal, between a Sandy Bridge i3 ~1.3 GHz with no Turbo Boost + IGP vs C2D ~1.4 GHz + nVidia 320M, I'd go with the older model. The average Joe, though, would certainly pick the shiny new i3.
     
  10. OSMac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm surprised Samsung picked those i3's,
    maybe heat was be an issue with the i7 mobile?

    Putting a 17W CPU/GPU in one place
    vs a physically separated 10W CPU and GPU might make a difference
    in how often the fan needs to ramp up.

    A current model 11 Ultimate for $999 sounds very tempting, will decide soon...
     
  11. Duke15 macrumors 6502

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    I cant seem them using i3's probably i5s in the 11" or i5 and i7 and then i7's in the 13"
     
  12. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a

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    Yes there have been lots of discussions but then we didn't know that the i3 was also available (at the time the lowest-end one was the i2537M core i5 1.4Ghz).

    I also really really hope Apple is not going for the i3 and it was the first thing I thought of when I heard of its existence through the Samsung Series 9 news.

    I'd really need Turbo Boost and AES-NI (filevault is a must-have on a portable for me, and to have it accelerated is super great with the relatively slow ULV cpus).

    However I think there is only one ULV i3, so even if Apple does go for that one for the low-end model, there is a good chance the $100 upgrade CPU will be the i5 2537m. It will also force more users to upgrade the CPU so I wouldn't put it past them.

    I'm still hoping for an i5-base, i7-upgraded option however!
     
  13. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    choosing between the 13" and 11" and all these options, and getting one on release is going to be........taxing :D
     
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    I absolutely doubt that this will be the case. You won't see lines round the block for a computer release.
     
  16. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Negative.

    The IGP in the i3 would be just awful.

    No one would take such a graphics hit for a little bit of cpu performance.
     
  17. Duke15 macrumors 6502

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    The average consumer would see i3 and probably think "wow its newer tech than the c2d, I should get that one instead of the c2d model" and not realize that although it is newer it is not necessarily better. I know my parents would mostlikly do that at least...anyways i cant see them going with the i3, I would put my money on i5s and i7s for the 11" and hopefully i7's for the 13"
     

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