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  • Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Mobile Processors Released

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    Intel unveiled its Core i7 Mobile Processor this week at Intel Developer Forum 2009. The quad-core processors, Intel's first offering of the Nehalem technology for laptop use, boasts "Turbo Boost Technology" to accelerate processor clock speed up to 75% when needed, and better performance on multi-threaded applications. There is no currently known roadmap for adoption of the new chips on Apple hardware, but it seems a natural fit to leverage Grand Central Dispatch and OpenCL under Snow Leopard.

    The Core i7-720 processor with a base frequency of 1.60 GHz base frequency can ramp dynamically to a maximum Turbo frequency of 2.80 GHz, and the 1.73 GHz Core i7-820 can boost up to 3.06GHz. Intel claims "up to 81% faster video encoding" based on the HDXPRT 2009 test, which also benchmarks music encoding, photo and video editing, and High Definition video playback.

    The chip is also touted as a major improvement for game technology, with "31% improvement in artificial intelligence for game characters" and more "realistic physics for game worlds," according to the 3DMark Vantage CPU test.

    Major manufacturers like ASUS and Dell have already announced laptops with the new processor.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Mobile Processors Released started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      2.8 ghz 13" MBP Quad-Core baby!
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      i want one! where can i sign up?!
    1. NOCSUCOW's Avatar
      NOCSUCOW -
      31% closer to Skynet
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ lmfao
    1. iphonefreakify's Avatar
      iphonefreakify -
      This is crazy
    1. stevosince82's Avatar
      stevosince82 -
      Alienware M15x and M17x ... simply the best

      Alienware Computers - Custom-Built Gaming Desktops and Laptops
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      Oh mobile as in laptop... not mobile as in... iPhone... too bad.
      i7 iPhone would've been nice to say the least.
    1. dangerousandre's Avatar
      dangerousandre -
      Quote Originally Posted by NOCSUCOW View Post
      31% closer to Skynet
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Miles Bennett Dyson - need i say more, keep your eye on this!!!
    1. ron4543's Avatar
      ron4543 -
      My xps m1730 @ 4.5ghz is fine for me now. 1 gig video 4 gig ram, although the price is much steeper than most would pay...
    1. eremeya's Avatar
      eremeya -
      Quote Originally Posted by jiniej View Post
      Oh mobile as in laptop... not mobile as in... iPhone... too bad.
      i7 iPhone would've been nice to say the least.
      Yes, but don't the 3GS' get hot enough as it is?

      It would be nice to have in a Macbook, but then of course so would a few other things. Oh well....
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      to bad the socket wont fit the upcoming hexacore processors
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Can you say BAD *****?!?
    1. nickname0695's Avatar
      nickname0695 -
      The only part that worries me is the Intel IGP. I hope they manage to fit a dedicated graphics solution within the 13" MBP.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      haha skynet