New MacBook Pro: Predict the Specs

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  1. MetBook macrumors member

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    Well... What do you think the specifications for the upcoming MacBook Pro will be?

    On an important side note: I am the biggest Apple fan who doesn`t own a MAC. I`ve been waiting almost 2 years to buy a Mac for myself and I finally will be able to on Tuesday with the new MacBook Pro. My current computer is an HP Pavilion dv1000. It`s 3 years, 2 months old, it has a 1.7GHz processor, 990MB of memory, 90GB of hard drive, and it`s battery life is 16 minutes. I can`t tell you how happy I am. I just wanted to tell you. That`s all.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Ooh, fun.

    2.4, 2.53, 2.8GHz
    2GB RAM in the 15"s, MAYBE 4GB in the 17"; both upgradable to 8GB
    250GB HDD with 320 and 500 as BTO; MAYBE 128GB SSD for an arm and two ears
    NO CARD BETTER THAN THE 9650M GT from nVidia or a comparable card from ATI
    16:10 screens, 15" gets 1680x1050, 17" keeps both
    No Blu-ray. Done and done.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You just copy and paste this don't you? :rolleyes:
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Hmm... that WOULD work better than writing it out every time... :D

    I do keep the same idea, though. Do you think they'll do differently, Eidorian?

    If the $3,200 price point is true, then we can probably expect Blu-ray on the 17" as the highest-end 17" option, even though the alternative–a quad-core processor–is equally outlandish due to their similar impact on battery life.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I do not think they'll do any differently.
     
  6. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502

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    They just have to add BluRay this time out... The time is right.
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    :p:D

    I'd better get to copy-pasting, then.;)
     
  8. Amethyst macrumors 6502

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    4 configure for MBP

    Spec 1
    15" Widescreen Display
    Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 Penryn 2.8GHz 1066MHz 6MB 35W
    2 GB DDRII So-Dimm (1GB*2)
    nVidia GeForce 9600M GT 256 MB
    250 GB HDD @5200RPM
    Superdrive

    1799 usd

    Spec 2
    15" Widescreen Display
    Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 Penryn 2.93GHz 1066MHz 6MB 35W
    2 GB DDRII So-Dimm (2GB*1)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
    320 GB HDD @5200RPM
    Superdrive

    2299 usd

    Spec 3
    17" Widescreen Display
    Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 Penryn 2.93GHz 1066MHz 6MB 35W
    2 GB DDRII So-Dimm (2GB*1)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
    320 GB HDD @5200RPM
    Superdrive

    2599 usd

    Spec 4
    17" Widescreen Display
    Custom Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn 3.06GHz 1066MHz 6MB 35W
    4 GB DDRII So-Dimm (2GB*2)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
    128GB Solid State Drive
    Superdrive

    3199 usd
     
  9. ManWithhat macrumors regular

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    2.4, 2.53, 2.8GHz
    2GB RAM in the 15"s, MAYBE 4GB in the 17"; both upgradable to 8GB
    250GB HDD with 320 and 500 as BTO; MAYBE 128GB SSD for an arm and two ears
    15" Nvidia 9600m 17" Nvidia 9650m
    16:10 screens, 15" gets 1680x1050, 17" keeps both
    17" Blue Ray BTO. Done and done.

    Almost agree with Skil.
     
  10. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    Is it even possible to fit a 4850 in a ~1" notebook?
     
  11. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    nope, nor a 2.93 or 3.06 cpu

    heat wise anyway, of course it would "fit"

    on the 17" maybe a 2.93
     
  12. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    You're probably right, probably, but nobody actually knows the heat output or power draw of a 4850 do they?
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Mobility HD46xx or 96xxM is the best you're going to get.

    Get a 17" Gateway if you want something more.
     
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  15. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    I'm hoping for a 9650M GT, a 9600M GT would be shockingly poor show.
     
  16. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    (Un)realistically pessimistic predictions:

    All:
    • Merged with the MacBook with upper-MacBook-level specs*. For example, low-end GPUs for all, integrated NVIDIA GPUs, 1366*768 displays, dropping of 17"+ display option, etc.
    Pessimistic predictions (see my sig):

    Low-end:
    • 2.4 GHz 25 W, low-end GPU
    Midrange:
    • 2.53 GHz 25 W, lower-midrange GPU (9500M or so)
    High-end:
    • 2.53 GHz 25 W, lower-midrange GPU (9500M or so)
    Realistic predictions:

    Low-end:
    • 2.4 GHz, lower-midrange GPU
    Midrange:
    • 2.53 GHz, midrange GPU (9600M or so)
    High-end:
    • 2.53 GHz, 2.8 GHz BTO, midrange GPU (9600M or so)
    Optimistic predictions:

    Low-end:
    • 2.53 GHz, midrange GPU (9600M or so)
    Midrange:
    • 2.8 GHz, maybe faster Apple special BTO, midrange GPU (9600M or so)
    High-end:
    • 2.8 GHz, 3.07 GHz Apple special BTO, quad-core Apple special BTO, midrange GPU (9600M or so)
    Unrealistically optimistic predictions:

    All:
    • 2.8/3.07 GHz, quad-core 2.27/2.53 GHz BTO, upper-midrange GPU, high-end GPU BTO, 1.3"+ thick case, dual HDs, 4 RAM slots, etc.
    * Merging with the MacBooks by itself isn't a problem for me. My worry is that that would make the MacBook Pro come down rather than an in-between model coming in or the MacBooks moving up.

    Come on Apple! You can do it! It's possible! At least you can put that in just the 17"/18" MacBook Pro! I believe in you! Be positive!

    :p
     
  17. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502

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    I'm betting on a nVidia 9xxx variant across the Pro lines and integrated nVida across the MB line. I think nVidia and Apple are still working together. Especially with the nVidia chipset rumors floating around.

    CPU wise, I am betting on the Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Mobile in the MacBook Pro 17".

    http://www.intel.com/products/processor/core2xe/mobile/index.htm?iid=prod_laptopcore+body_core2ex
    http://www.intel.com/performance/mobile/extreme/index.htm?iid=perf_mobile+extreme

    If anyone can shoe-horn it in, Apple can.
     
  18. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    Why would they only put it in the 17"? :-/ It' about as hot and power consuming as the 8600M GT...

    And btw a 9500M GT would be a step backwards in performance.

    Can we get someone who knows about GPUs in here? xD
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    My prediction:

    "Ooh, fun.

    2.4, 2.53, 2.8GHz
    2GB RAM in the 15"s, MAYBE 4GB in the 17"; both upgradable to 8GB
    250GB HDD with 320 and 500 as BTO; MAYBE 128GB SSD for an arm and two ears
    NO CARD BETTER THAN THE 9650M GT from nVidia or a comparable card from ATI
    16:10 screens, 15" gets 1680x1050, 17" keeps both
    No Blu-ray. Done and done."

    Citations:
    New MacBook Pro: Predict the Specs Post #2, Tallest Skil; forums.macrumors.com, 2008; Accessed 10/9/2008.

    What about copy and pasting? :D
     
  20. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    Oh. So product differentiation then.

    :p

    Its specs (I meant the 9500M GS) are the same as the 8600M GT, is there something else that differentiates those two GPUs?

    Says the one who wants HD 4800 and other high-end GPUs in the MacBook Pros... :p
     
  21. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502

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    I think they would go that route because Apple likes to balance their higher end notebooks in the "Performance and Portability" category, not the enthusiast category. This would mean the 9500 and 9600 series. Not that I wouldn't want to see the 98 series, but I believe Apple will not go the enthusiast route... BUT! They could surprise us!
     
  22. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    I'd say power usage is a big factor.

    They'll put a 45 W CPU before that.
     
  23. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502

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    Hum... There is always the Mobility Radeon 3850, 3870 and respective X2's... 3870X2 and 3850X2... The field is ripe with possibilities...
     
  24. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502

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    True... True....
     
  25. Zorn macrumors 6502a

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    I'm really, REALLY, hoping for a 1680x1050 screen in the 15" MBP, it's honestly about time for a higher resolution. Other than that, I'd like to see a graphics card upgrade and a thinner form factor, that would make me really happy with the new MBP.
     

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