Intel Core i5 could power Apple’s next iMac upgrade

“Before the last upgrade of iMac models, several rumors were already indicating the potential use of Intel Core i7, as a Quad Core CPU in an iMac would have been much desired. Unfortunately, as Intel only released a limited number of Quad Core models, its usage was limited not only for Apple but also other manufacturers as high TDP [Thermal Design Power] limit its integration in compact enclosure as the iMac,” HardMac reports.

“However, Core iX CPUs might not be lost forever for the iMac,” HardMac reports. “The web is reporting more and more about the Intel Core i5 which should arrive in couple of months.”

“This CPU features 4 cores based on the Nehalem architecture and clocked at 2.66 GHz, with 4×256 KB of cache L1 and a large common cache of 8 MB. It will support hyperthreading, giving birth to 8 logical cores,” HardMac reports.

“If Intel can offer Core i5 with reasonably low TDP, Apple could easily integrate it in the future iMac revision as the release date of the Core i5 is expected to fit with the future iMac upgrade. For sure Leopard and Snow Leopard benefit from such CPU,” HardMac reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jen” for the heads up.]

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