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Addressing demand for even faster notebook computers, Intel Corp. said Monday it has begun shipping its first Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile dual-core processor and expects to announce battery-friendly quad-core processors for notebooks next year.

The world's largest chipmaker billed its new Core 2 Extreme X7800 the "world's highest-performing mobile processor," explaining that each of the unit's two cores operates at a brisk 2.6 GHz and bundles mobile-specific power-saving features to help system designers deliver more energy-efficient and higher-performing designs.

For example, the new chip offers up to 28 percent more performance than Intel's previous-generation mobile processor, the company said. Additionally, the new chips ship without bus ratio restrictions, meaning system designers can unleash even more performance from the chips through overclocking.

"Laptops are the fastest-growing computing market segment, and there is increasing demand from those who crave the ultimate in video, gaming and design computing performance yet want the freedom and flexibility that a laptop brings," said Mooly Eden, Intel vice president and general manager, Mobile Platforms Group.

Simultaneously on Monday, Intel introduced a robust set of new processors for desktop-based systems, including the flagship Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 quad-core processor. Clocked at 3.0 GHz with a new, faster 1333 MHz system bus speed, the QX6850 is expected to be a particular draw amongst game developers looking to deliver new features and performance levels. The Santa Clara-based chipmaker also announced new Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors.

"Thanks to the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad core processor, the PC version of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 raises gaming to new heights," said Bo Anderson, CEO, GRIN Development Studio. "Intel's quad-core processor uses one core for physics, one for rendering, one for game logic and one for miscellaneous tasks, which can provide consistently higher and more stable frame rates."



Intel said its new Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile processor, running at 2.6 GHz with 4 MB of L2 cache, is available to OEMs now at a cost of $851. Notebook systems based on the chip should appear on the market within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, the new desktop processors are also shipping to OEMs now, with product available to end users within the next two weeks.

The new desktop chips range in price from $163 for an Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 running at 2.33 GHz with a 1333MHz front side bus and 4MB of L2 cache, to $999 for an Intel quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6850 running at 3.0GHz with a 1333MHz front side bus and 8MB of L2 cache.
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So we can soon have a lap top with 4 X3.0Ghz chips. The machines will be taking over in 2009!
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No, 3.0GHz won't be coming until next summer. (At least, I could swear I heard that somewhere... )
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No, 3.0GHz won't be coming until next summer. (At least, I could swear I heard that somewhere... )

Probably not. According to Wikipedia, X7900 is planned, and runs at 2.8 GHz. I wouldn't count on any quad core mobile chips until Nehalem. I think even two 45 Nm Penryn cores could be a bit too hot, at least for a Macbook Pro, despite any improvements to power management Intel brings.

/Adrian
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Probably not. According to Wikipedia, X7900 is planned, and runs at 2.8 GHz. I wouldn't count on any quad core mobile chips until Nehalem. I think even two 45 Nm Penryn cores could be a bit too hot, at least for a Macbook Pro, despite any improvements to power management Intel brings.

/Adrian

You missed the (not so) subtle sarcasm there re: the G5 delay. I agree with your Nehalem notion, however.
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How soon will this affect MacBook Pros? Specifically, the one I ordered last week

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How soon will this affect MacBook Pros? Specifically, the one I ordered last week

-robin

don't worry about the order you've placed, apple won't put Intel Extreme cpu's in their machines. thay heat up a lot more than regular chips. moreover, apple is so fast on updating stuff compared to other vendors, although that was the purpose of switching to Intel.
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Well, it's a given then: new iMacs next Tuesday!

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How soon will this affect MacBook Pros? Specifically, the one I ordered last week
-robin

As the article says, Intel doesn't plan to announce these until next year, so mobile quad-core chips aren't coming until about 8 - 12 months from now. So this in no way affects your order.
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Well, it's a given then: new iMacs next Tuesday!

where dos it say that?
It says nothing about imacs or tuesday
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I doubt they would put these in the new iMacs. $851 for the cheapest one. More than twice that of the current CPUs. This would make them too expensive.
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Well, it's a given then: new iMacs next Tuesday!

Yes, Quad Core at that!
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As the article says, Intel doesn't plan to announce these until next year, so mobile quad-core chips aren't coming until about 8 - 12 months from now. So this in no way affects your order.

No?

"Notebook systems based on the chip should appear on the market within the next two weeks."

It's the quad-cores that will ship next year.
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So we can soon have a lap top with 4 X3.0Ghz chips. The machines will be taking over in 2009!

All fine and well, but is it snappy?
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Guys... Wait.. G6 @ 5GHz are just around the corner for the new Macbook x-Pro
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No? "Notebook systems based on the chip should appear on the market within the next two weeks." It's the quad-cores that will ship next year.

The Core 2 Extreme X7800 will appear in the next two weeks but Apple is not using Extreme parts, they are expensive compared to a Core 2 Duo ($851 instead of $530 at launch for the 2.40GHz T7700), the TDP is higher (44W instead of 35W), the battery life would be shorter
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...moreover, apple is so fast on updating stuff compared to other vendors...

I about shot pepsi through my nose when I read that part.
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...moreover, apple is so fast on updating stuff compared to other vendors...

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I about shot pepsi through my nose when I read that part.


With only 10 posts to his credit, I thought maybe he was a little naive.

If he would have added another "So" then "...moreover, apple is so-so fast on updating stuff compared to other vendors..."
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