It's been about a year since Intel launched its sixth generation of Core CPUs for desktop and laptop PCs; you might have already heard of them as the Skylake family. Today, Skylake is being succeeded by Kaby Lake — the seventh iteration of Core, with a bunch of optimisations to future-proof PCs of today for the 4K video and computing of tomorrow. First off the blocks are new energy-efficient mobile chips, with desktop and performance CPUs due in January of next year.
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Intel's new hardcore overclocking CPUs can hit some amazing core speeds with a cheap air or water-cooling system. They're built for speed, and unlocked to achieve those figures easily if you have the interest and technical know-how. One point of order, though — if you're buying a new top of the line Core i5 or Core i7, you won't get a cooler in the box.
Dell's Alienware M11x already offered up some potent graphics, especially for a laptop of its size. Now - just a few months after release - the M11x is getting a Core i7 CPU upgrade that makes it a powerhouse in every sense.
Toshiba's gone crazy with Intel's latest Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, adding them to the Blu-ray playin' Satellite A660, C650, L650 and L670. Sadly there's no 13-inch options with the new chips, a decision Apple made with the MacBook Pros.
The new 17- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Core i5/i7 processors are fast. Fast. Overall I'd say they're about 50 per cent faster than the last gen Core 2 Duos, which is about the same bump the iMacs got with Core i7.
With swirling rumours all but pointing to an April 13 refresh of Apple's MacBook Pro line, these new model numbers, spotted at MicroCenter, lend further credence to the belief that an update is imminent.
New MacBook Pros have been a long time coming, but Macworld Australia has apparently heard from sources that new MacBook Pro models will be announced next Tuesday, April 13. No further evidence has come to light suggesting this is true, apart from Best Buy magically disappearing away the 15-inch model on its site, but Macworld reckons their friend is "familiar with Apple product cycles and inventory levels."
I've got plenty of questions about this report (like, who the hell is Apple Daily?), but a lot of the pieces fit: rumour has it that Core i5 and i7 MacBooks are coming this month. This would be great news, for people who want MacBooks!
Two of the more interesting Core chips in the pipe from Intel, at least for gamers: The 32nm Core i5-655K (dual core), coming in June, and the 45nm Core i7-875K (quad core), coming in July, both have unlocked multipliers, meaning it's way easier to overclock the crap out of 'em. They will be expensive.
We've seen more than a few Core i5 notebooks recently, all of which have been hamstrung by Intel's weak integrated graphics. Now, Nvidia's Optimus enables their discrete GPUs to work in current-generation Intel PCs, whether Intel likes it or not.