Originally Posted by IamtheGTIguy
Sometimes I forget how ignorant most of you apple geeks are about hardware. This update was AMAZING technology-wise, and most of you missed it because of your anal-retentive gawkings over the glossy screen.
Heh. Ain't that the truth. But it ain't going to change either.
It's very similar to the craziness when Snow Leopard's "features" were announced. Potentially gigantic changes to the OS X are announced and people are babbling about it being a bug fix release.
However, Apple is extremely targeted in their hardware, so all this complaining comes with the territory as they don't try to target everyone's needs.
1) The processor speed is pegged at 2.53Ghz. Why is this significant? Because the only mathematical way this works out is if the quad-pumped front side bus runs at 1066 Mhz. (i.e. 1066/4 = 266. 266 * 9.5 = 2533 = 2.53Ghz). THIS IS THE FIRST MASS PRODUCED NOTEBOOK WITH A 1066 FSB!
Actually, DDR3 is an octo-pumped bus, while DDR2 is a quad-pumped bus. It's operating at half the bus clock as DDR2-1066 SDRAM is. DDR2 should give more performance (~5%) at equivalent transfer rates due to lower latency, while DDR3 has less power consumption.
Since the older MBP has 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM while the new MBP has 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, there's probably slight increase in performance at equal CPU clock. So, the new 2.53 GHz MPB should be about 5%, maybe 10%, faster than the old 2.50 GHz MBP due to the higher bandwidth memory and slightly better CPU clock.
2) THIS IS THE FIRST MASS PRODUCED NOTEBOOK WITH DDR3 MEMORY! And not just any DDR3, but DDR3 1066 (more evidence of the 1066 FSB)
Doubtful as there are a lot of laptops out there that use desktop components. It's probably first to actually use laptop components. I'll try to check.
3) This is the first mass produced notebook, and Nvidia's first release of, a combined discrete GPU (the 9400m) and integrated chipset. This provides the power of a mid-level graphics card with the energy efficiency of integrated graphics.
Yes. This is a big plus. Most comparative laptops will be using Intel integrated graphics. It's interesting that Apple is beginning to use the "16/32 graphics cores" marketing speak. It'll be interesting to see much it is ratcheted up when Snow Leopard comes.
In short, what we saw today was a hardware revolution.
Yet, most of you people can't get over glossy screens.
Well it's an evolution at most. It could also be a short one as next Fall (2009), mobile Nehalem based systems come out. Basically, everything changes then. This is more of taking advantage of Nvidia core logic when the opportunity presented itself. It may be Nvidia's last ever chipset as who knows if they can move to a next generation.
I think the main thing you have to realize is that Apple is getting big enough and popular enough that they'll have to start addressing niches in the market. They won't go down market ($600 to $800 laptops) for awhile or if ever, but they can still go upmarket. They are pretty much ignoring the "extreme" top end with the 45 Watt TDP CPUs. 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duos and 2.53 GHz Quads are available in the 45 Watt TDP envelope. Maybe they are too much oriented towards the mobile gamer, but many Apple customers would go for the horsepower to encode/decode video.
Also, the restrictions between screen size and price points can get frustrating. That's being too targeted. Ie, we should be able to get a 15" screen at a $1499 price point with the appropriate components, but Apple doesn't do that as they reserve price points for one machine only, which in the case of the $1499 price point, is the 13" MB. Also would like to see more screen resolution options.
So, these are old frustrations you are seeing, not really new ones.