When will iMac be quad-core?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pablol, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. pablol macrumors member

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    I'd really like to get an iMac, but I don't wanna buy one until it's quad-core. Do you think the next revision will be, and if not, when?
     
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    What do you do on your computer? I really doubt most people need quad core power. In fact, I have a feeling most don't even use dual core processors
     
  3. electroshock macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt it. Quad core iMacs may be feasible when Intel brings out mobile (laptop) quad-core processor chips as the iMac uses a tweaked version that's somewhat closer to a laptop than a desktop processor.

    I suspect part of the issue is in keeping it cool enough so that it doesn't require a monster PSU or fan setup. So for now, it's dual core processors.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Late 2010 or early 2011 depending on Intel. Seriously, there are dozens of threads about this...
     
  5. wesleyh macrumors 6502

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    They'll be quad core before years' end. People saying 2011 are delusional, apple cannot afford to wait that long to make the switch to quad core. There are now sub $800-$1000 core i7/i5 machines available that absolutely destroy the imac. Apple cannot stand by idly any more. Mobile cpu's are not advancing fast enough to keep up with desktop cpu's. The imac is a desktop computer.

    They will use the core i5 together with a redesign.
     
  6. NintendoFan macrumors regular

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    That is not very likely at all.

    So you're guessing Sandy Bridge?
     
  7. pablol thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm actually using it for Logic Pro and Ableton Live, so yes, I do need as much CPU as possible. And no, I don't want to buy a Mac Pro. Don't need PCI slots and prefer the small footprint of the iMac.
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Stop spreading that crap to innocent people. You know that's not going to happen or the possibility is very tiny, almost none. While I would love iMac with desktop CPU, it's just not likely. OS X is the thing which sells Macs, not hardware...

    Yup or 32nm Clarksfield which is likely coming in mid 2010. Sandy Bridge concentrates in mobile CPUs if I remember correctly.
     
  9. thatdarnfish macrumors regular

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    Why do you believe that there is little to no chance that Apple will redesign the iMac so as to allow for desktop CPUs?
     
  10. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

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    It'd be feasible by the end of the year or early 2010, but it would be made a lot easier if apple let the iMac put a little weight on to help with cooling, even the current chassis has had a few issues with inadequate cooling.

    Some high end gaming notebooks have managed to make use of the i7, which is particularly insane but goes to show that cooling a CPU like that in a imac like chassis isn't absolutely impossible.

    A little bit of "apple can't do any wrong, YOUR the ones that have the wrong ideas" perhaps?
     
  11. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Because:

    - Heat; This is the most important thing. No way iMac could handle over 65W unless the make it three times bigger than it is now
    - Power consumption; Apple advertises Macs as "green computers" so that would ruin the idea
    - People would want desktop GPUs, more RAM slots and HD bays as well because iMac wouldn't be a "real desktop" without them

    I'm not saying I wouldn't like iMac with desktop parts but I'm not hoping for one because I don't see it coming... :(



    Has Apple been an extreme computer manufacturer? No. Dell or other big manufacturers don't make extreme computers. Those laptops have like 8 fans, are 10cm tall and weight almost same as desktop.
     

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