What happened to the "special Haswell chips"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by timsaxman, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. timsaxman macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2013
  2. Ghinzu macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2011
    We should wait for Anandtech's thorough review of the machine(s), so we'll know for sure then.

    Actually, I'm amazed (in a bad way) at the way The Verge and co did their reviews: "it's thinner, it has this awesome new Iris Pro chip, go get 'em while it's hot!". Disgusting and truly a kick in the butt to the tech journalism.
  3. Polymorphic macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2010
    Yep. They might as well have just written "FIRST!" and ended it there.

    I'm looking forward to Anand weighing in.
  4. Hypathia macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2013
    I think the 4960HQ is that "special" chip. It is clocked higher than the 4950HQ, indicating that those chips are those with the highest silicon quality. They are also apparently not available to any other manufacturer. At least, there is no price on Intel's website.
  5. hova macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    The review made me switch my theverge bookmark to an anandtech bookmark. It's really bad, the thing that got me over the edge was calling it a "gaming pc".
  6. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2013
    Agreed. I think there are about five "professional" reviews out on the Haswell MBPs, and every one of them reads like a paid advertisement.

    It's possible my brain has become too specs/performance-obsessed from frequenting these forums for too long, or that all five reviewers just genuinely love the new MacBook Pros enough to overlook the fact that they're basically the same as last year's, only $200 cheaper... but I chalk it up to lazy journalism.

    And yes, the "First!" factor counts too--think of how many easy hits those websites are getting from people eager to read ANYTHING they can get their hands on about the Haswell MBPs. Kinda makes sense, when you think about it.
  7. tecknik1 macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2011
    HCM Vietnam
    According to reports only the top of the line 15 MBPR well receive the 4960 special chip.
  8. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010
    That caught my eye as well. "Gaming" was probably the most frequently used word of the article.
  9. tmiw macrumors 68000

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    It shouldn't be a surprise that they're seriously pro-Apple, though. Almost every Apple product rates 9.0 or above, while almost every non-Apple product consistently gets below 9.0.
  10. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    I hope there is no hidden reference to that special 2.6 GHz chip being "hot". The reviews by LaptopMag and Verge make the 2.3 sound pretty hot... :/
  11. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Do you mean the 2.3/750 or the 2.6/750 BTO?
  12. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    I also noticed this. The reviewer was constantly trying to push it as a gaming device. Generally The Verge's reviews are ok and more often than not should often be taken with a pinch of salt, but I am amazed that the review was approved to be published. It was embarrassingly poor.
  13. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    Intel 4960 HQ is the bto 2.6ghz chip (you can get it with every ssd)

    Imo semiaccurate (where the special chip rumor is from) either thought that Iris pro is build especially for apple (apple pushed intel to do better graphics) or they thought that maybe a beefed up iris peo is coming
  14. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    I think that's The Verge in general. Many articles I've read there seem as it's only an introduction to the true article. I keep thinking, "great! You have my attention" :) Then I hit article credits and am left with a "Where's the rest of the article?" Feeling.
  15. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Yes, I meant 750M as in the models with the dGPU, not SSD ;).

    I read that the Crystalwell 5100 was a special build for Apple but wasn't aware that there might be differences associated wight the processor speeds on the higher end 15" models.
  16. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    lets be clear here, there never was a special custom cpu only for apple.

    iris pro is something that apple asked intel to do. intel has this kind of relationship with the OEMs, they gather and ask away things and features that they want

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