Originally Posted by virtualmark
Anyone got any informed ideas of when Intel will have a quad-core processor suitable for the iMac form-factor? I gather that the Penryn family, which has just been released, will soon include a quad-core processor targeted at desktop-replacement notebooks and I figure Apple could drop that in an iMac.
I'm aiming to buy a 24" iMac in the next 2-3 months, but would hang on a bit longer than that if there was a real likelihood of a quad-core.
Intel announced a mobile quad-core for Q3 (july-sept) 2008. Add a few weeks for an Apple release.
Speed is yet to be revealed, but MY guess (according to the other models being released at that time) would be 2.53GHz.
This cpu will not be cheap (expect $999 or higher each if you buy them by 1,000). More expensive than the current 2.8GHz option on the 24" iMac. It will also be hot (45W TDP).
Since Apple is already using 44W cpus in the iMac, I guess they can put the upcoming mobile quad in a future 24" iMac. Can they put it elsewhere? What about the 17" MBP or even the 20" iMac?
Next wave (may-sept 2008) of mobile penryn chips (from Reg Harware
Core 2 Extreme X9300 - 12MB of L2, core speed unknown, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 45W this should be the quad
, for the 24" iMac
Core 2 Extreme X9100 - 6MB of L2, 3.06GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 44W, for the 24" iMac
Core 2 Duo T9600 - 6MB of L2, 2.80GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 35W, for MBP, iMacs
Core 2 Duo T9400 - 6MB of L2, 2.53GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 35W, for MBP, iMacs
Core 2 Duo P9500 - 6MB of L2, 2.53GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 25W made from two of these
Core 2 Duo P8600 - 3MB of L2, 2.40GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 25W, for MacBooks, Mac mini
Core 2 Duo P8400 - 3MB of L2, 2.26GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 25W, for MacBooks, Mac mini
Core 2 Duo SP9400 - 6MB of L2, 2.40GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 25W, or those for a smaller Mac nano or iMac Air
Core 2 Duo SP9300 - 6MB of L2, 2.26GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 25W, or those for a smaller Mac nano or iMac Air
Core 2 Duo SL9400 - 6MB of L2, 1.86GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 17W, for MBAir refresh
Core 2 Duo SL9300 - 6MB of L2, 1.60GHz, FSB 1066MHz, TDP 17W, for MBAir refresh
Core 2 Duo SU9400 - 3MB of L2, 1.40GHz, FSB 800MHz, TDP 10W
Core 2 Duo SU9300 - 3MB of L2, 1.20GHz, FSB 800MHz, TDP 10W
Core 2 Duo U3300 - 3MB of L2, 1.20GHz, FSB 800MHz, TDP 5.5W
Celeron 723 - 1MB of L2, 1.2GHz, FSB 800MHz, TDP 10W
= speculation of a tiny/thin/smaller iMac based on the MB AIr "electronics": just a thin (notebook-type) small display, with Air electronics and a harddrive, very few ports. 0.76" thin. 13-17" display, to replace the Mac mini and the defunt 17" iMac. More details as soon as I figure them out.
Everybody and their sister is asking for penryn MBP/iMacs/MBs now, but I prefer to wait for the second wave of penryns and their associated chipsets (montevina family).