Will Macbooks in 2 Years support the Core i7

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Winter Charm, Nov 7, 2008.


Do you think that macbooks in two years will have the Core i7 and 6GB RAM?

  1. Yes

    21 vote(s)
  2. No

    5 vote(s)
  1. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    Intel has just last week released its new Core i7 Nehalem Chip

    It requires a new type of motherboard port and runs ONLY DDR3 RAM in multiples of 3 (3 GB, 6GB, 9GB, 12GB)

    Do you think macbooks in two years (after about 4 updates or so) will have them?

    btw they are blazing fast - pulling off a full 60 Frames Per second on Crysis in High!!!!

    I'm willing to bet "yes" and that the macbook will have 6GB of RAM in that amount of time... and that Snow Leopard will use this chip!

    BTW for those that dont believe it's out... read this:
  2. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Crysis is a fair bit more dependent on graphics cards though so it's not just the processor.

    In any case I would expect that once Intel gets their mobile Core i7 versions out they'll start appearing in Macbooks. Since the consumer level desktop Core i7s are only coming next summer or fall, I'd expect the mobile versions will take longer and finally it usually takes a good while before Apple hops on the bandwagon. So maybe 2-3 years.

    It remains to be seen what the real benefits are since at the moment the only programs that truly utilize the i7s are stuff like rendering software, compression etc. For the average user I don't see them making a massive difference in performance just yet. Likewise the average user has absolutely no use for 6GB of RAM.

    If the mobile versions can run cooler and require less power, then they'll be a great thing for the laptops but as it stands, I don't think the actual computing power of the current Macbooks is an issue at all. The less than stellar screens and limited/needlessly complicated (why can't the Dual-Link DVI and VGA adapter be the same damn thing?) connections on the other hand are.
  3. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
  4. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
  5. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Sooner than I expected. Since Apple has never been an early adopter afaik, I'd guess that they'll update the models maybe mid-2010ish.
  6. Winter Charm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    i see, so basically due to the slight delay when apple adopts processors... i guess it will be 2 years... that's good.

    i plan to get a new macbook as soon as the Core i7 comes out in them...

    cuz right now i have a used 2.0 Ghz Macbook Black =/ it's okay... not a bad machine.. but i do some heavy video/photo editing... and game frequeently... and while the new Alu Macbooks have decent graphics... the one i have is using the GM 950 :(
  7. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    As the poll question asks wether the MacBooks will have both a Core i7 and 6GB of RAM, I selected 'no'. While I certainly do think the MacBooks will have the Core i7 a year from now (maybe even sooner than that), don't think 6GB of RAM will be standard in 2 years. I think we'll be at the point where 4GB will be standard, and 8GB will be the next step up the upgrade/CTO ladder.
  8. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Not Core i7, but maybe 32 nm shrinks of Clarksfield/Auburndale

    Core i7 is for the high-end desktop lines. Other Nehalem CPUs are for mobile segments, where the MacBooks are. They are dual-channel DDR3 (so 2/4/8 GB) and do not have some of the benefits of the Core i7.

    Clarksfield - 4 cores, Q3 2009 (MacBook Pro?)
    Auburndale - 2 cores, January 2010 (MacBook Pro?, MacBook)

    So about 9~15 months from now, we'll see Nehalem.

    Two years from now, I would expect notebooks to use the 32 nm revisions of Clarksfield and Auburndale. These shrinks are supposedly coming in H2 2010.

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