Which processor will Apple use in the 2011 13" MacBook Pro?

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  1. Tsurisuto macrumors 6502

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    Apple currently offer 2.4 Ghz and 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duos on the 13" MacBook Pro, and everyone seems to think that Apple will replace there with Intel's Sandy Bridge i3 processors. But as far as I can tell the new i3 processor only comes in at 2.1 Ghz.

    Do you think Apple will choose to go with an i5 or i7 processor instead for the 13" MacBook Pro?
     
  2. Tsurisuto thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But surely a 2.66 Ghz Core 2 Duo is faster than a 2.1 Ghz i3?
     
  3. vipergts2207 macrumors 65816

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    No, GHz aren't everything.
     
  4. Tsurisuto thread starter macrumors 6502

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    True, but the i3 only comes in 2.1 Ghz, so there will only be one 13" MacBook Pro option?
     
  5. Kauai macrumors 6502a

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    A non-SB i3 comes in at about 1954 benchmark wise, a 2.66ghz C2D is 1606.

    The only downside to using i3 is that it doesn't allow for turbo boost or virtual cores. I really hope that Apple offers an i5 option in the 13".
     
  6. Tsurisuto thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was hoping that they choose a 2.1 Ghz i7 instead, especially since it runs at 25w compared to the i3's 35w.
     
  7. ms.annette macrumors regular

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    That's the only reason I'm trying to wait is if they offer i3 or another if not I would have bought mine already. It's so hard waiting. Lol ;)
     
  8. skidmarc macrumors member

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    I'm thinking they'll definitely offer the i3, then maybe the lower end i5. Then again maybe the one of each C2D, i3, and i5. It would be a stupid move on Apple's part to low-ball the processors in the MBP 13" again. Not much sets it apart from the MB unless they plan on killing one or the other.
     
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    What do you recommend? I'm mainly wanting to use the Mac for the normal stuff, Internet, music, word processing. I also want to learn how to make nice home movies using iMovie and a flip cam.
     
  10. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    Low to mid i5 is my bet.

    Apple have to have SOMETHING to justify calling it "Pro".
     
  11. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure that Apple gets to sell the MBP 13" even with C2D. If selling with ix they have to sell them with a ****** graphics card too because of licensing issues with NVIDIA and Intel. As long as it doesn't come with discrete graphics, it will come with C2D.
     
  12. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    Personally I would be just fine with the i3. The 2.4GHz C2D can already perform the job I need it too. I am only waiting hoping for a 1440x900 display.
     

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