Originally Posted by ignigena
is there any chance that we would see any of these chips in a mac mini?, if so, when will apple launch them?
Im considering purchasing a mac mini, being my first mac, but I dont know if waiting is a good option.
Factors to consider:
(a) last Mac mini release was July 2011. And typically they get refreshed about once a year. Sometimes more sometimes less.
(b) the July Mini low end used Core i5-2415M chip, at 2.3 GHz with 35W TDP.
So that corresponding new 3rd gen Ivy Bridge chip would -presumably- be the i5-3320M at 2.6 GHz and 35W. (Though, it sometimes seems Apple gets special not-off-the-shelf chips runs from Intel.)
And this series of chips is projected to be released in early June.
That would fit pretty well with a potential refresh to the Mac mini line in June or July timeframe.
So my suggestion would be :
If you gotta have a Mac mini now, go for it. It will have a second gen Sandy Bridge i5 chip which is no slouch. (or even an i7 if you spring extra $$ for high-end BTO upgrade).
(compare to my own Mac mini late-2009 which has a Core2Duo dual core at 2.26 GHz. ... sniff...)
But if you can wait, then we are guessing there will be a refreshed Mac mini using the Ivy Bridge around mid year (end 2nd quarter or early third).
One further FYI, some early sample testing results show that the Ivy Bridge chips have about 5-15 % CPU improvement and 10-25% GPU (on-chip graphics) improvement over their corresponding Sandy Bridge chip.
So this all may help you to decide on a 'now' or 'later'.
Again the caveat: this is based on leaks of data from Intel, industry analysis and testing, historical trends and best-guess. So no guarantees, but looks reasonable based on what is publicly known so far.