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Intel to unveil faster Core Duo chip

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Thu April 13, 2006

Faster Intel Core Duo chip

Intel is planning to introduce a new Core Duo chip with a 2.33GHz clock speed per core, sharing 2MB of cache. The company also plans to follow the launch with price reductions to encourage demand, according to Geek.com. The move will take place within the next six weeks, and though the chip is 32-bit like its predecessors, the 64-bit Merom processor is slated for shipment in the third quarter. Apple is likely to adopt the faster chip once it arrives, along with rival notebook makers such as Dell. When the new chip launches, Intel will slash the price of its 2.16GHz Core Duo CPU by over $200, according to the report. Apple currently offers 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo chips in its latest high-end iMacs and MacBook Pro notebook systems.




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  1. RyanG3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    2.16 In Mac Book Pro

    Apple currently offers the 2.16 in it's Mac Book Pro.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    But..

    Currently the 2.16 is $300 extra. Hopefully with the new slashed prices, the 2.16Ghz will be standard on the MacBook Pro. But then again, the 2.33Ghz will be just too tempting and hence we're back to the $300 extra dilemma :D

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hahahahahaha

    Oh, that's funny. You people thinking that Apple's going to upgrade their notebooks and/or imacs with these faster processors! Man, I'll believe it when I see it. Personally, I think they're still in their fixed-price 6-9 month upgrade cycle, not the Dell "Let's change prices weekly based on actual costs" model.

    And if they do upgrade, let's then watch all those MBP pro owners whining to the high heavens about paying more money for less of a computer then what they got now, and how apple should show loyalty and all that other c*** people usually espouse when they did someething stupid like buy a new compuer right before a MW expo.

  1. camerachris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    of course they'll upgrad

    apple upgraded their intel processors in the time between the initial macbookpro product announcement and the first shipments!

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    testudo

    The h*** are you on man? :-)

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    testudo

    This is a good one. I'm going to save this little gem of a commentary so that when Apple does upgrade their CPUs in sync with all other suppliers, I will paste it everywhere a testudo sighting is reported on these boards.

  1. minimansion

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    another reason...

    ..why the intel switch was good!!!!

    :-D

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What Apple will do...

    The prices for the MacBook Pros will stay the same. They will just slide the scale.

    The low end will come with the 2.0Ghz processor. Middle with the 2.16Ghz. And, the 2.33GHz will be BTO.

    Also, it wouldn't surpise me if Apple is waiting for this change to release the MacBooks (iBook replacement) with Duo 1.66Ghz and and 1.83Ghz (not even chosing to use the solo processor).

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Buy your mini now ...

    ... and upgrade it in the near future for peanuts.

  1. spyinthesky1

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    Crystal balls or what

    '... Dell "Let's change prices weekly based on actual costs" model.'

    Wow you mean they can actually work out how many of their staff are on maternity leave any one week and then decide what extra costs that entails. Even better perhaps they are using their new Alien super desktops to read their staff's menstruation cycles and changing prices accordingly.

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