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Intel Launches New Core i5, i7 Haswell Processors Possibly Slated for Retina MacBook Pro Refresh

Intel yesterday launched new Haswell processors designed for high-end notebooks, which could be slated for use in an upcoming refresh of the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models.

As detailed by CPU World, Intel has released three new Core i5 chips and three new Core i7 chips that are all successors to the chips currently used in the 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. The new processors provide a modest 200 MHz speed boost over existing Haswell chips.

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The Core i7-4770HQ chip at 2.2 GHz is a direct replacement for the Core i7-4750 used in the lower-end 2.0 GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, while the Core i7-4870HQ chip at 2.5 GHz is a direct replacement for the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro's existing Core i7-4850 chip at 2.3 GHz. The Core i7-4980HQ chip at 2.8 GHz replaces the high-end build-to-order Core-i7 4960 processor at 2.6 GHz.

As for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros, the Core-i5 4278U, the Core i5-4308U, and the Core i7-4578U all offer the same 200 MHz jump over the existing Core i5-4258, Core i5-4288, and Core i7-4558 used in the three processors available for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, bringing the low-end up to 2.6 GHz, the mid tier to 2.8 GHz, and the high-end build-to-order option to 3.0 GHz.

Earlier this year, an Intel roadmap revealed direct Haswell successors for the MacBook Air and the iMac, but at the time, there did not appear to be any chips available for a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro update. The chips in the roadmap designed for the MacBook Air were used in the April refresh as we expected, and the newly released chips are likely destined for an upcoming Retina MacBook Pro update.

As these chips only offer a small 200MHz boost over existing chips, the fall Retina MacBook Pro refresh that has been previously rumored is likely to be only a minor update. A major Retina MacBook Pro update is unlikely until Intel's Broadwell chips are ready in 2015.

Last week, a rumor suggested redesigned 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models were slated to enter production in August, but it is unclear what chips those machines might utilize as Intel has not yet released another set of Haswell chips suitable for a MacBook Air refresh.

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10 weeks ago
Waiting for Broadwell is a waste of time and money.

If you need a machine now, just buy it. If you don't need one now, don't buy one.

But whatever, enough of the "Should I wait for the 'Xxxxx' chip" nonsense. If you're in a position to where the next generation will be meaningfully better enough, you're in a position to buy a current model RIGHT NOW. If not, then you generally don't NEED the next generation.
Rating: 16 Votes
10 weeks ago
Maybe a Haswell Mini?
Rating: 13 Votes
10 weeks ago

Just slight meaningless clock boosts as always.


They add up over a few years, enough time for your previous computer to live a decent lifespan.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 weeks ago
Ah yes, this is perfect. I'm looking to get a 15" MBP this fall, and I'll certainly take an extra 200MHz. Broadwell won't provide much of a performance boost anyways (~6% (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1960567/intel-broadwell-upgrade-worth.html)). Now let's hope they update the GPU and put DDR4 RAM in it.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 weeks ago

Waiting for Broadwell is a waste of time and money.

If you need a machine now, just buy it. If you don't need one now, don't buy one.

But whatever, enough of the "Should I wait for the 'Xxxxx' chip" nonsense. If you're in a position to where the next generation will be meaningfully better enough, you're in a position to buy a current model RIGHT NOW. If not, then you generally don't NEED the next generation.


I'm glad that I didn't listen to people like you when I chose between buying Core Duo v.s. waiting for Core 2 Duo... ... Or 9400m v.s. 3100...

People who did their homework will likely to buy a machine that last a little longer thus save money.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 weeks ago
"A major Retina MacBook Pro update is unlikely until Intel's Broadwell chips are ready in 2015."


*****...

Not so hood for me. Want the major upgrade this time...
Rating: 3 Votes
10 weeks ago
Let's hope Apple drops a GeForce 850M into the higher specced ones.

The 850M is showing huge increases in performance, between 70% and 100% faster and consumes around 50% less power. nVidia's Maxwell tech is pretty impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e933iIyIgMQ
Rating: 3 Votes
10 weeks ago
oh lord if your listening, MAC MINI!!!
Rating: 3 Votes
10 weeks ago

Meanwhile, Apple significantly advances their ARM-based AX chips every year.
Lookin' at YOU, Intel.

It's easier to show improvements when you are starting from a low base. By all accounts it's the fabrication process technology and the challenges of being first to 14 nm that's holding Broadwell back rather than problems with the CPU architecture. Apple and their fabrication partners haven't even shipped an SoC on 20 nm yet. Apple is great at a good many things, but they aren't likely any better at fighting physics than Intel is.
Rating: 3 Votes
9 weeks ago
haha...my crystal ball has worked well :)
:cool: ;)
Rating: 2 Votes

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