Processors for potential new imacs

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  1. celi8071 macrumors newbie

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    If apple is indeed releasing new imacs soon what processors do you guys think they are going to use. How many different variants of the core 2 duo are available. They are already pushing 2.93, 3.06 ghz. I think core 2 may have come to the end of its life. Is it possible it may have a processor from the core series? Core I7, or I5?
     
  2. thermodynamic Suspended

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    As a dual core, likely. Even Dell has consumer-end machines sticking with 2 cores.

    Xeons would not be used.

    I'm skeptical about quad cores in iMacs; the Mac Pros would be faster anyway but that would be a conflict of interest and most high-end consumer PCs with that sort of set-up are $2000 -- nearly Mac Pro level, though not Xeon - to say the least.
     
  3. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    High end core 2 duos for now since arrandale was not released yet. Maybe Clarksfield.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    There are no faster Core 2 Duos available, so unless Intel makes a special ~3.5GHz C2D, I think C2D is at the end of its life. Arrandale is now in production so Apple may get them earlier and use them in next gen iMacs. I can't see Clarksfield because it's expensive and low clock speed may confuse buyers when there are 3GH C2Ds and 1.8GHz Core i7s (Megahertz Myth)
     
  5. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    I don't see Apple going into the Core i7 line yet, as the mobile variant is still to new. Unfortunately we probably won't be seeing quads in the iMacs until 8 core becomes standard in the Mac Pro; Apple doesn't like cannibalistic sales.
     
  6. yanquis macrumors regular

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    the PCs are probably faster, since the i7s run at higher clockspeeds than those available for the mac pro's. they might suffer in reliability or something, but ive never had a processor burn out on me & i do pretty intensive stuff. running @ 100% overnight, etc.

    this is why we will definitely not see desktop i7s in imac even if it were possible. the machine wouldn't be upgradable like a pro is, but it would be just as fast at the base level. can u imagine apple selling an imac i7 for $2499 when a quad pro costs that without the display? but mobile i7s are quite a bit slower, & would make for a very nice mid-range machine, so i'm still hopeful we'll see quad mobiles.
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Apple is going to stick with Core Duo 2 until the Mac Pro's get better processors :D
     
  8. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    I meant like 2.8GHz, 2.93GHz, and 3.06GHz standard.
     
  9. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    I agree, but there are apparently some new Xeon chips that are similar to the Clarksfield in terms of speed and heat requirements isn't there? I know there have been threads about them.
     
  10. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    why does it have to be a intel processor


    i mean ...ibm`s still there

    and the power 6 sounds good to me dual-core design, reaching 5.0 GHz at 65 nm

    or the still in development power 7 with 4 ,6 or 8core and clock speed of 4.04ghz at 45nm

    amd does also produce quiet good processors

    top end is i think now Phenom II 42 TWKR black edition overclocking potentials to 7ghz :D for all the mhz myth fans :D

    sorry never been and never will be a intel fan
     
  11. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That would mean no difference again

    The newest rumors are saying it will be thinner, so Xeons are not possible. BTW Xeons are server CPUs so I can't see them in AIO

    Because Apple has contract with Intel and I haven't seen IBM CPUs in consumer level computers for years.
     
  12. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    a contrakt yes ..but does that mean its a liftime contract ,even if there may be better options , i dont know if the ibm, or the amd`s are really better :confused:
    i just did want to mention that there are some other`s out there , and some , not the above mentioned, could be used for a mid range/low range mac ,
    in business i was never ideal to rely only on one supplier for parts ;)
     

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