Intel says Core 2 Duo will ‘enable breakthrough performance’

“During a speech at Computex today, Intel senior vice president Anand Chandrasekher introduced products and technologies in its upcoming Intel Core2 Duo processors. Saying that the company’s innovation will ‘redefine how PCs are used today and attract more buyers’ around the world, the Intel exec touted the new Intel 965 Express ‘Broadwater’ chipset, which it said would enable breakthrough PC performance, greater power efficiency, quieter systems and theatre-like sound quality when combined with the company’s Core2 Duo platform. Already benchmarks have shown that the new Core 2 Duo outperforms previous generation chips by a signficant margin. As previously disclosed, he also noted that Intel will introduce the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor at speeds of 2.93GHz in July, and a faster 3.2GHz version later in the year. The company’s revamped Core 2 Duo for mobile applications, code-named Merom, is due in August,” MacNN reports.

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“Intel wouldn’t confirm a launch date, but processors will be shipping to its partners some time this month, so one can only presume that the launch isn’t too far away. Yields are said to be very good and there shouldn’t be any shortages of processors, although officially Intel doesn’t comment on yields, so we’ll just have to wait and see,” Reg Hardware reports.

Reg Hardware has more in-depth information here: Intel Core 2 Duo performance preview.

“Conroe will be 40 percent faster than Intel’s best desktop chip today, but consume 40 percent less power, [said Anand Chandrasekher, an Intel senior vice president, in a speech at the start of Computex trade show in Taipei]. The Merom notebook chip will offer 20 percent better performance and about the same battery life. Woodcrest, the server chip, will offer an 80 percent lift in performance but use 35 percent less power, according to Chandrasekher,” James Niccolai reports for IDG News Service. “The boost comes partly from the new Core architecture, but also from a move to more advanced manufacturing techniques.”

“Chandrasekher likened the significance of the Core 2 Duo chips to the introduction of Intel’s first Pentium processor a decade ago,” Niccolai reports. “Perhaps ironically, he also announced a marketing shift in which Intel will relegate its Pentium line of processors to what the company calls its “value PC” segment, or those for cheaper PCs, alongside the Celeron. The Celeron brand in turn will be used for very low-end PCs, such as those sold in emerging markets, the executive said.”

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  1. You heard it here first. The mac books will remain with intel Core processors, The Mac Book pro’s will get the Core 2. The only reason the two machines are so closly matched now is because Apple had to bring the Powerbook replacement to market as soon as possible ,thus forcing them to go with the Core 1.

    Also, we as apple users will see a faster rate of improvment now that the intel switch has been made. Intel has come out with processor and mobo improvments much more rapidly then IBM did with the PPC.

    Thats my 2 cents.

  2. Does anyone else agree that these will make it in to Mac Book Pros soon? I ask as I’m about to purchase a MacBook Pro and if waiting a month or two would give me 4 processors, I’d hold.


  3. the future PowerMac aka Mac Pro will have Woodcrest … if you visit you will se the DC Xeons are listed both under Servers and Workstations … the Mac Pro are Workstations to the bone …

    We will most likely see iMac & Mac mini with Core 2 …

    regarding to the PowerMac series we will se 3 modells all featering Woodcrest … Apple needs to take it to the absolute extreme and the Woodcrest processor is the answer … its a Pro “top-of-the-line” and the processor inside will be the same …

    PowerMacs are NOT Desktop comuters its Profesional Workstations .. the iMac and Mac mini are Apples Desktop computers ..

    remember that the Quad G5 is still a extreamly fast computer and Apple and Intel are going to blow our minds with the performance ono there new colaberated PowerMacs .. aka Mac Pro … this is going to be a statement in the leap ahead in professional Workstation.

    also .

    if you check all the features regarding FSB and cache 2 in the PowerMac series you see the the feature of Conroe is lower but the Woodcrest are higher … and we want higher .. right ?

    the Mac Pro series will be about 2x-3x times faster that the current PowerMac series …

    once again .. the PowerMac is a pice of profesion equipment .. and so is Woodcrest …

    Apple 3Q-4Q:

    Mac mini (Core 2 Duo)
    iMac (Core 2 Duo)
    Mac Pro (Woodcrest)
    Xserver (Woodcrest)

    see you at the WWDC 2006

  4. Sounds like Conroe will go into the Mac Pro tower and Merom will go into the MacBook Pro. I agree with emax that the MacBook will keep the core 1 duo.

    I wonder whether the Mac Pro will debut at WWDC. Might as well get it out and keep the G5 PM available for those Adobe folks. I’m sure there are plenty of people waiting for the Mac Pro who use primarily universal apps.

  5. Core 2 Duo looks to be clock for clock faster than AMD’s current lineup, however the Intel “advantage” may be a little skewed because of the controlled environment. “The overall PCMark 2005 score is more than 1,100 points higher than the FX-62’s score which is nothing short of incredible as the FX-62 is a higher-clocked processor, although some of this has to be credited to the graphics cards.”

    The problem with benchmarking Conroe is that its always done in an Intel controlled environment. The POV benchmark above was noted to have Intel specific optimizations. Yet a benchmark like Cinebench shows roughly only a 100 point advantage over an Opteron 285. Factor in the fact by the time Core 2 Duo is released in July, AMD will have faster AM2 processors available (Opteron 290, 295 and FX variants), this looks like to be an interesting year of CPU’s.

    Too bad clueless idiots like “Sammy’s owner” aren’t intelligent enough to follow the industry.

  6. here is how i see the eventual Mac product line breaking down –

    first, a lexicon-

    Core Duo – Yonah
    Core 2 Duo (mobile) – Merom
    Core 2 Duo – Conroe
    Core 2 Duo Extreme – Woodcrest


    Mac mini and MacBook – Core Duo

    iMac and MacBook Pro – Core 2 Duo (mobile)

    “Mac Pro” – Core 2 Duo with Core 2 Duo Extreme option on the high end

    Xserve – Core 2 Duo Extreme

  7. Believe me, when Photoshop CS3 ships, every professional photographer in NYC will be maxing out their credit cards to buy quad- or octo-processor Mac Pros, CS3, and probably Aperture or Lightroom. I know I will, and I’m just a small fish in this big pond.

    Digital camera file sizes are rising fast, and the aging G4 and early G5 workhorses under most photographers’ desks just can’t keep up. When I was shooting 6-megapixel RAW files, my 12″ Powerbook was perfectly adequate. But, now that I’m working on 11-megapixel files and applying PhotoKit Sharpener actions and Smart Sharpen, Lens Correction and Noise Reduction filters in Photoshop, prepping a couple dozen images can take hours. Dual-core 2GHz processors are now the absolute minimum requirement in professional imaging. A quad-core machine for <$3,000 will fly out the doors at the Apple Stores in NYC faster than they can be trucked in.

    The anticipation is killing me, and I’m putting off every other discretionary purchase to save my pennies.

  8. “3.2GHz later in the year.”

    What the hell ever happened to all those “we’ve hit 10GHz in the lab” and “the G6 has already reached 4GHz in our testing” and “within 18 months a baseline configuration will be something like 6GHZ and 40megs of RAM” types of articles that we used to hear regularly from this industry?

    You know, the kind of stuff that the people making the statements SWORE were true . . . and coming next?

    The kind of stuff you also see in Popular Science all the time — like the 500GB of storage data on a platter the diameter of a dime?

    Where the hell IS all this neat stuff?

    “3.2GHz later in the year.”

    Big whoop.

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