MacBook Pro laptops upgraded with Core 2 Duo

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  1. Laserbeak

    Laserbeak Remember kids! Be like Billy! BEHAVE YOURSELVES!

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    By Caroline McCarthy
    Published: October 24, 2006, 7:28 AM PDT

    Apple Computer has revved up its MacBook Pro notebooks with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, double the memory and a faster FireWire peripheral connection.

    Unlike some of Apple's computer announcements--like last month's unveiling of Core 2 Duo-equipped iMac desktops--the new MacBook Pros look just like their predecessors. The high-end laptops, geared toward business and creative professionals, are still available in 15-inch and 17-inch models in the familiar brushed aluminum.

    But inside, Apple has made some changes. Now equipped with Core 2 Duo processors, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz varieties. The 17-incher comes with a 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo.


    With the souped-up chips, Apple estimates that the 2.33GHz dual-core model is up to 39 percent speedier than the previous the MacBook Pro with 2.16GHz Intel single-core processors--and seven times faster than the older PowerBook G4 laptops with 1.67GHz IBM PowerPC processors.

    In addition, a new FireWire 800 port now complements the existing FireWire 400 port so that MacBook Pro users can connect to higher-end peripheral devices.

    With the improved processors, Apple hopes that its MacBook Pro laptops will be more appealing to customers who run memory-heavy applications like its own Aperture photo-editing software.

    Ever since Apple's mid-2005 announcement that it would switch to Intel processors, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has been gradually releasing machines with the new chips. Apple's transition to Intel was complete with the unveiling of the Mac Pro desktop in August.

    The new 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops, which Apple said are available Tuesday, cost $1,999 for the 2.16GHz model and $2,499 for the 2.33GHz version. The 17-inch MacBook Pro is set for release next week at $2,799.

    Source: http://news.com.com/MacBook+Pro+laptops+upgraded+with+Core+2+Duo/2100-1044_3-6128924.html
     
  2. dorkultra

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    hopefully they upgrade the macbooks also

    how come the mac pro has two Dual-Core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors
     
  3. Chadder007

    Chadder007 OG Diamond Member

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    Wooo Hooo!!! Fucking Finally.
     
  4. HardTech

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    Umm... how is 2.33GHz 39% faster than 2.16GHz?
     
  5. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Because clock per clock Core 2 is faster than Core
     
  6. LooneyTuned

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    fuck im so in!!!! this is good news.
     
  7. CarRamRod

    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Not really. One of the biggest differences is the 4MB L2 Cache.
     
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    Swak Artificially known as ObsoleteAsian

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  9. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    will be on 64bit apps

    EDIT: wrong quote
     
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  10. HardTech

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    ooooh, ok. I must have misread it. I thought the C2D 2.33 was 39% faster than the C2D 2.16
     
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    Apple are saying that Tiger has been updated to take advantage of the core 2 duo architecture for certain applications which is where the 39% comes from.
     
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    Wow.... I want one... my MBP is jealous... :mamoru: I want the bigger HDD...
     
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    I don't necessarily NEED a MBP right now, but fuck this is tempting
     
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    Finally. Gonna wait for some reviews on the new hardware than pick one up within the month. This might be trivial for some, but I hope they figured out a way to keep it running cooler than the Core Duo models. It just got too damn hot.
     
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    Trying to get my company to order myself one.
     
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  18. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Meh. I'll think about selling my mbp and getting a new one when they start putting quad-core chips in them and 4 gb of ram.
     
  19. Swak

    Swak Artificially known as ObsoleteAsian

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    :rofl: I know. Today was actually order day for the MacBook if this didn't happen. Thank god... Now trying to get the company to order me it out of there pocket.
     
  20. violator

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    hmm i was debating whether or not my first laptop should be 15" or 17" but since you can't get a 7200 rpm drive on a 15", i've narrowed it down to the 17"
     
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    I would think this would cause the price of the Macbooks to fall.... But no. Also, why did they kill the option of a 7200 RPM HD? Heat I assume... :dunno:
     
  22. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Probably to force people to spend more and buy the 17" since 5400 rpm is just barely fast enought to play dv, but it's not like you can't just put a 7200 rpm drive in your 15" mbp yourself.
     
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    Now to just wait and see how the heat issues are with this upgrade..... :noes:
    HURRY!!! :hyper:
     
  24. HardTech

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    why can't you?
     
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    Huh?....He means you can switch it out.
     

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