MacBook Pro Gets 2.8GHz Core i7 Option

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Apple quietly added a new build-to-order option on Wednesday for its 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro lineup that lets buyers bump up to a 2.8 GHz Core i7 processor. The new option rolled out on the same day Apple introduced new MacBook Air models sporting a decidedly slower Intel Core 2 Duo chip running at 1.4 GHz.

MacBook Pro, now even faster

The 2.8 GHz i7 build-to-order option adds an extra US$400 to the price of your 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro, which probably isn’t too steep for users that need as much horse power as they can get out of a portable machine.

The faster processor is available after users select a 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro at Apple’s online store.

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When I look this cpu up at intel it states it is a quad core? True? I would have thought it to be a dual core mobile?


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# of Cores, 4. # of Threads, 8. Clock Speed, 2.8 GHz. Max Turbo Frequency, 3.46 GHz. Intel? Smart Cache, 8 MB. Bus/Core Ratio, 21 ...


For clarification, if you start with a 17” MacBook Pro (standard: 2.53GHz i5) a processor upgrade to the 2.8GHz i7 is $400, which is $200 more than upgrading to a 2.66GHz i7.

Starting with a 15” MBP with a 2.66GHz i7, the upgrade to 2.8GHz is $200.


As far as i can tell, it concerns the i7-640M processor with 2 cores and 4 threads:

Can anybody confirm that?
I can’t find the proper specs on the apple website…


As far as i can tell, it concerns the i7-640M processor with 2 cores and 4 threads:

Can anybody confirm that?
I can?t find the proper specs on the apple website?

I can tell you that some software manufacturers, like Stata, who make 64-bit software for multicore processors will tell you that the i7 (and the i5) in the laptop performs as a 2-core processor, rather than quad core, as does the iMac. Both chip sets come in dual and quad core configurations. There is a nice review about these chips from Computerworld, and I recall that John Martellaro wrote about this as well, pointing out that the chipsets in the laptop are dual and not quad core.

As yes, the dual cores process along 4 threads.

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