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    Intel recently released a batch of new Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processors for high-end laptops such as Apple’s MacBook Pro, each boasting the usual speed bumps when compared to prior versions. The new chip lineup includes three Core i5 and four Core i7 CPUs ranging in clock speed from 2.2 GHz to 3.0 GHz according to CPU World. Apple usually launches spec-bumped MacBook Pros twice a year and the latest Intel processors are prime candidates for the next update.

    Beginning with the top-tier 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple’s current late-2013 models feature Intel’s powerful quad-core “HQ” chips, including the 2.0 GHz Core i7=4750HQ, 2.3 GHz Core i7-4850HQ and 2.6 GHz Core i7-4960HQ. Existing processors are expected to get a 200 MHz boost across the board with the replacement 2.2 GHz Core i7-4770HQ, 2.5 GHz Core i7-4870HQ and 2.8 GHz Core i7-4980HQ chips, respectively.

    As far as the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, current models sport dual-core CPUs with the 2.4 GHz Core i5-4258U, 2.6 GHz Core i5-4288U and 2.8 GHz Core i7-4558U, which are also likely to gain 200 MHz bumps with 2.6 GHz Core i5-4278U, 2.8 GHz Core i5-4308U and 3.0 GHz Core i7-4578U silicon.

    All of the “HQ” chips come with 6 MB of L3 cache and support up to 8 threads while the “U” series comes with 3 MB for all models except for the 4 MB on the 3.0 GHz Core i7.

    The Cupertino California company recently refreshed its MacBook Air products in April, bringing speed-bumped Intel CPUs to the thin-and-light laptop lineup. This launch also came with a price cut that brought sub-$1,000 configurations for both the 11-inch and 13-inch models. In fact, the base-level 11-inch version sells for $899, making it the most affordable Apple notebook ever made.

    It’s unclear when the more powerful and more expensive MacBook Pro with Retina display models will benefit from Intel’s latest CPUs though analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts an upgrade sometime before the end of the third quarter.

    Source: CPU World

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    2014-07-22 11:27 PM