PC World: Notebook Core 2 Duo Only 7 Percent Faster; Same Battery Life

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2006, 11:32
Category: Intel

PC World tests indicate that you shouldn’t sweat it too much. Whereas Core 2 Duo desktops racked up dramatically higher test scores than their Pentium D-based counterparts, notebooks got only a small performance boost from the mobile Core 2 Duo… The biggest performance increase over laptops with same-speed Core Duo CPUs was 7 percent — enough to shave a few seconds off day-to-day business operations, but nothing more. PC World didn’t find any boost in battery life either. So, maybe Apple’s saving all those early adopters from a healthy does of holiday grief.

Spymac.com :: Waiting for Pro: This one goes past ‘2’

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Intel’s 80 Core Processor

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 21:10
Category: Intel

Intel’s CEO (pictured at right) told the audience that the chipmaker has already built a prototype with 80 processing cores on a single chip that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second — that’s a teraflop to the layman — and is aiming to ready commercial versions within five years.

Otellini also teased everyone with announcements of the new 45nm-based architecture, code-named “Nehalem”, which will ship in 2008, and the new “Gesher” 32nm chips by 2010, which would allow for a 310 percent increase in Intel processors’ performance-per-Watt by that time…

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Merom MacBooks Delayed/Not Delayed?

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2006, 23:40
Category: Intel

The Inquirer.net originally reported that Apple’s Core 2 Duo notebooks would be delayed until 2007, but then updated their post claiming that MeromBooks would indeed arrive in 2006. Maybe they’ll arrive… tomorrow?

Unless you have had your head buried in the sand, you know that Woodcrest is getting the lion’s share of production, over 70% of Xeons will be new. Conroe is next in line with 20+%, followed by a syphilitic trickle of Meroms. The keen among you will notice that these proportions are in relation to the pain Intel feels from AMD.

Apple to delay Merom notebooks

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Core 2 Duo Notebooks Available From Dell, Toshiba, Samsung and Alienware

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:35
Category: Intel

Intel yesterday announced their new Core 2 Duo mobile processor (a.k.a. Merom) and PC notebook manufacturers are already out of the gate with models utilizing the new chip. Suspiciously absent from the list is Apple, who may rev the MacBook and MBP as soon as 12 September (at Apple-Expo in Paris) or in the October/November time frame.

Now that Intel has officially launched its Core 2 Duo processors for mobile platforms, notebook manufacturers are scrambling to release new products based on the chip. Core 2 Duo processors bring 64-bit functionality to Intel’s mobile platform and all Core 2 Duo processors will feature virtualization technology.

Dell announced today that it is adding Core 2 Duo processor options to all of its mobile XPS systems and Precision mobile workstations. Dell will also make Core 2 Duo processors available on select Inspiron and Latitude models. The Core 2 Duo processors will be available in the low-end starting with the Inspiron E1705 at $1,124 going on up to the XPS M2010 which will start at $3,500 when configured with a Core 2 Duo processor.

DailyTech – Core 2 Notebooks on the Way

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Rumor of a Merom Refresh at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 06:25
Category: Intel

They’re not sure if it’s going to be a new iMac or MacBook Pro but MacRumors has a page 2 story indicating that we could see a Merom refreshed Mac as soon as next week’s WWDC:

Also mentioned was a slight design update and Merom (Core 2 Duo Mobile) upgrade for one of Apple’s products. Currently, MacRumors believes this to be in reference to the MacBook Pro, however with iMac supplies dwindling at many retail locations, the possibility exists that it could also be the target of an upgrade.

Mac Rumors: WWDC Keynote Info? XServe, Mac Pro, Displays?

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Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 22:31
Category: Intel

I missed this when it made the rounds about a month ago, but if you’re considering a MacBook this video is a good example of how Windows Vista Beta 2 performs on the MacBook’s shared GMA 950 graphics. (Spoiler: it runs pretty darned good!)

In previous articles, I said that Vista should run fine on the MacBook, even with its poor GMA 950 graphics. The Vista Beta 2 download was made public last week, and I finally got around to installing it on my MacBook. The full Aero Glass indeed does work fine on my 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook. Below is an H.264 Quicktime video (in two sizes) demonstating what Aero Glass looks like:

Everything Apple: Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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Startup key Combinations for Intel-based Macs

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Date: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 09:10
Category: Intel

 Although you probably know most of these already, it’s always good to review…

These are the startup key combinations you can use on Intel-based Macs:

Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs

(Thanks Neal) 

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Intel Leaks New PowerMac Desktop Plans

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Intel

Intel’s Asia Pacific sales and marketing group general manager (John Antone) appears to have leaked that Apple’s Intel PowerMac desktopswill be launched in Q3 2006:

In the face of increased competition, not just from arch-rival AMD but also from upstarts like Nvidia and ATi, Intel has been forced into a complete turnabout regarding micro- processors.

The about-turn message was hammered home by Asia Pacific sales and marketing group general manager John Antone. It’s time Taiwanese manufacturers moved away from hot CPUs, running at multi-Gigahertz clock speeds, to the more computationally and power efficient designs developed in Israel that debuted in Intel’s Centrino notebook range, he says.

That transformation is now complete, and Intel wants the Taiwanese OEMs that dominate world electronics production to get ready for the Merom (mobile), Woodcrest (server) and Conroe (desktop) CPUs, which are all scheduled for commercial release this year…

Apple customers may be the first to enjoy Intel’s new CPU goodies, with the Woodcrest family of processors making it into Macintosh workstations as early as the third quarter. Woodcrest systems will be symmetric multi processing (SMP), with dual processors with up to four cores each. One such machine was demonstrated at IDF, running benchmarks under Windows XP 64-bit edition, showing eight active cores.

Computerworld > Forget hot and heavy, Intel’s new mantra is lean and mean

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Triple Booting a MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, April 16th, 2006, 20:25
Category: Intel

 TUAW has posted a link on how to triple boot a MacBook Pro into OS X, WinXP and Linux.

 Booting only two OSs on your MacBook Pro is, like, totally so last week.Aside from earlier reports, it apparently is possible to bring a third OS to the party, as OnMac.net has posted a how-to wiki for booting WinXP, Mac OS X and Linux on a MacBook Pro via Boot Camp (so far, this is untested on other Intel Macs).

Triple boot your MacBook Pro – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Intel iMacs have Socketed CPUs

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Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2006, 10:09
Category: Intel

intel-core-duo-chip.jpgOne of the most exciting developments in the announcement of the Intel Core Duo iMac (and it’s subsequent dissection) is that the CPU is socketed. This means that it isn’t soldered to the logic board like most Macintosh CPUs have been for years and can be upgraded.
In an article in the Japanese magazine MacFan a reader claims to have upgraded the processor in a 17-inch Intel iMac from 1.83GHz to 2.0GHz without issue.
Although it’s not yet cost effective to upgrade (the 2GHz T2500 chip costs over US$700 and the 2.16GHz T2600 chip costs almost US$800) it looks promising that Mac users will finally be able to buy CPU upgrades in the future.
The real question is whether or not the MacBook Pro will also ship with a socketed CPU? Please Apple, tell us it’s true!

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