Originally Posted by Multimedia
When I look at that list of Nehalem
improvements, and I realize it that won't be until around this time next year or even Spring 2009 before the Nehalem Quad Mobile MBP
becomes a reality, something I've known for quite a while already, I think of not pulling the trigger on the Santa Rosa Penryn
- was hoping for a 2.8GHz option - like I had planned to do as soon as that next refresh arrived. Now that year doesn't seem so far off - especially if the Montevina Penryn
arrives this Summer at WWDC like it looks like it might.
Are any others here conflicted about this like me? I'm up to 8 cores now in the Mac Pro and I don't want to drop back down to less than 4 because I do use a lot of cores most of the time and I find all the Dual Core Macs to be quite confining. On the other hand, perhaps a pair of 2.8 GHz Penryn Santa Rosa
cores with 4GB of ram wouldn't be so bad. But when I look at even the Montevina
platform improvements that makes me want to wait 'til Summer and then it will be only 6 months 'til the Nehalem Quad Mobile MBP
. So I'm feeling very conflicted. I guess the only logic for buying now would be to roll each model over as soon as the next update hits the market. But that's a lot of hassle I'm not sure I want to deal with.
What I've read in several sites, including ARs, Anandtech, and others, we might see Nehalem sometime the 3rd quarter, and the latest, the 4th quarter, this year. The mobile versions would be moved out afterwards.
Intel has been pushing its chips out early, though there's no way to know if that will happen here as well. I'm chancing it will be early enough for Apple to get a new Mac Pro out this year, sooner rather than later. I passed on the 8 core one now because of that.
Hopefully, it will be a big machine upgrade with Nehalem, not just a processor bump.
This is a very important upgrade. I'm hoping for E-SATA, a full Express 2 mobo, fast DDR-3 rather than DDR2 FB-DIMMS, as the chipset for the Nehalem supports that, and finally, a new case design. Not that I dislike the old one, but it's been some time, and a new one is due. Nehalem figures to be a good time for that to happen. This would also allow for the upgrade to the chips succeeding the Nehalen, as the Penyrn can be put into the older machines now.
Buy a Penyrn machine, and you are stuck with it.
I always dislike buying the last of a design generation, either for what's inside, or outside. The two should coincide.