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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:22 PM

Drool at THIS!

Assuming the site can bear the additional traffic...

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:52 PM

1337, on January 10th 2006, 01:22 PM, said:

Drool at THIS!

Assuming the site can bear the additional traffic...

:D

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This is the link you want MacBook Pro.  Your link has a session id that will expire.  :)

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 02:13 PM

FortranDragon, on January 10th 2006, 12:52 PM, said:

This is the link you want MacBook Pro.  Your link has a session id that will expire.  :)

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d'oh!

I was so excited that I didn't even realize what I did!

Anyway, my order's in and I'm in line!  Now to wait until Febtober...

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 03:08 PM

So, battery time - Cant find anything, but people speculates on ~4 hours at best unfortunately. its probably running pretty hot too!

And does anyone have a good review on the x1600 mobility?
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 03:11 PM

Is the MacBook Pro going to overheat like the previous PowerBooks? I plug in my LaCie burner for watching movies ever since my PowerBook warped a disk.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 03:18 PM

Just ordered new MacBook Pro and iMac. I told myself there was no way I was going to jump the gun on this one but hey, I'm only human. FEBRUARY! AAAARGH!!!

I'm buying these computers for the newspaper. On the tax forms its going to say, "Next generation technology investments for higher efficiency and better output."
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 03:45 PM

Forgive my ignorance, I haven't been keeping up on processors lately. Is this Intel Duo CPU that Apple is using a 65nm Pentium D?
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 03:49 PM

Fourth Horseman, on January 10th 2006, 02:45 PM, said:

Forgive my ignorance, I haven't been keeping up on processors lately. Is this Intel Duo CPU that Apple is using a 65nm Pentium D?

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No, it's Intel's "Core Duo" which is completely new and separate from the D. It's basically the sucessor to the Pentium M, I think. Check it out here: http://intel.com/pro...duct_Processors

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 03:58 PM

ringlord, on January 10th 2006, 02:49 PM, said:

No, it's Intel's "Core Duo" which is completely new and separate from the D. It's basically the sucessor to the Pentium M, I think. Check it out here: http://intel.com/pro...duct_Processors

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Ah, ok. That makes sense. Thanks for the link. I notice from that page that the Core Duo comes in 2.0 GHz and 2.16 GHz flavors. Any thoughts on why the iMac would get the 2.0 GHz chip but the Powe---uhhh---MacBook wouldn't? Perhaps a 17" version will be coming at some future point with the faster CPU?
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 05:36 PM

Blackshawk, on January 10th 2006, 01:18 PM, said:

...I'm only human. FEBRUARY! AAAARGH!!!...
It's crazy! I was trying to access the site from a T1 line during 4th period in my Web Page class. The site took 4 minutes to load because of the traffic.

I think I'd be lucky if to get it by May if I ordered on by this hour.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:00 PM

For those of you who were wondering about the ATI Mobility X1600, I scoured the web for relevant benchmarks, and found a Doom 3 benchmark that we should be able to use for comparison against our current Macs.  If you want the full article, click here. Otherwise, keep reading!   :happy:

The system that they were using was a 9 lb (!!) 2.3 GHz Pentium M laptop, with 1 GB of DDR2-533 SDRAM, a 100GB DMA100 HD, and the same 128MB Mobility X1600 that's in the low-end "Macbook Pro" (does anyone else think that name is absolutely stupid?).  Basically, those specs should tell you that this PC laptop should be significantly slower than the "Macbook Pro," given the new Mac's twin processors and an additional 128MB of VRAM in the high-end version.

In Doom 3 on "High" @ 1024x768 with 4xAA and 8xAF enabled, the X1600 pulled an average of 46 fps on the default timedemo.  At 1600x1200 with the same settings, it achieved a 31.9 fps average.

That's good news, considering my G5 (see my signature below) averaged about 32 fps on the timedemo on "High" at 1344x1008 with 4xMSAA and 16xAF.  We finally have a laptop that can play games at its native resolution!  However, the really interesting question is going to be whether or not the Intel-OS X is going to incur some sort of performance penalty, and whether or not it's significant enough to merit buying Windows games and deal with the 1-2 minute reboot rather than deal with Mac games.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:04 PM

so...uh...any word on whether we can run windows on it?

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:21 PM

Quicksilver, on January 10th 2006, 06:00 PM, said:

[...] "Macbook Pro" (does anyone else think that name is absolutely stupid?) [...] 

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No dumber than, say, iPod or Powerbook[1].  In time MacBook will be as normal as iMac, Mac mini, and iPod nano.  :)




[1] Given the Powerbook 100 was using a 68000 CPU which was old in 1991 and the desktops were using 68030s and 68040s 'Power' was a bit of optimism for an otherwise groundbreaking device.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:27 PM

totallywhacked, on January 10th 2006, 04:04 PM, said:

so...uh...any word on whether we can run windows on it?

Given that the computer was announced today, and won't ship until February, I doubt anyone has had a chance to try it.  I'm sure this will be answered soon, though, since the iMacs are available immediately.

By the way, where is DaveyJJ?  Shouldn't he be laughing it up and yelling "Booyah!" and all that at the doubters right about now?  :D
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 07:05 PM

FortranDragon, on January 11th 2006, 01:21 AM, said:

No dumber than, say, iPod or Powerbook[1].  In time MacBook will be as normal as iMac, Mac mini, and iPod nano.  :)
[1] Given the Powerbook 100 was using a 68000 CPU which was old in 1991 and the desktops were using 68030s and 68040s 'Power' was a bit of optimism for an otherwise groundbreaking device.

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I'd say it's a lot dumber actually. I've never had much distaste for any new mac model ever. Be they Quadras, Performas, iMacs, eMacs, PowerMacs. The name has always seemed like a step up or sideways in power... bug going from PowerBook to MacBook just doesn't cut it. What will be next? PowerMac to MacTower? That actually has a better ring to it though... MacBook doesn't sound good phonetically. It's too sharp, two short cutting syllables, instead of the previous rolling dual syllable before the ending cut. All other mac names seem to have at least one soft syllable (comes for free with the "i") and it does make the names sounds smoother.

Now that's over-analyzing a name if I ever saw it....

I suggest a new name for such a sweet machine. The Mac Lollipop Pro.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 07:07 PM

Ah, the replacement for my 1.8GHz x 2 G5 has arrived. :D

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 08:11 PM

Whaleman, on January 10th 2006, 08:05 PM, said:

I'd say it's a lot dumber actually. I've never had much distaste for any new mac model ever. Be they Quadras, Performas, iMacs, eMacs, PowerMacs. The name has always seemed like a step up or sideways in power... bug going from PowerBook to MacBook just doesn't cut it. What will be next? PowerMac to MacTower?

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I suspect the Intel PowerMacs are going to be called simply "Mac Pro."

Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
iMac and iBook.

I guess I'll get used to it.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 08:38 PM

Tomatocow, on January 10th 2006, 09:07 PM, said:

Ah, the replacement for my 1.8GHz x 2 G5 has arrived. :D

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I agree friend but I think I am going to wait to see what the system req. for Quake 4 and COD2 are first before I by a MacBook Pro......God thats a dumb name! A sweet system indeed but I might wait until the 2.0. Then again maybe not  :D
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 08:55 PM

The Mail Man, on January 10th 2006, 07:38 PM, said:

I agree friend but I think I am going to wait to see what the system req. for Quake 4 and COD2 are first before I by a MacBook Pro.....

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This thing could probably run them with everything on full.  :happy:
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:05 PM

SpaceMonkey, on January 10th 2006, 08:11 PM, said:

I suspect the Intel PowerMacs are going to be called simply "Mac Pro."

Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
iMac and iBook.

I guess I'll get used to it.

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I wouldn't be surprised to see the iBook morph into the plain-jane, non-Pro MacBook.  That would would fit with pushing the Mac brand name onto all the models.  That way when a casual passerby asks someone what sort of laptop a Mac user is working on the word "Mac" is uttered.  Many, many people unfamiliar with Apple don't realize that an iBook or a Powerbook is a Mac, after all.

I could be completely wrong about the possible name, though.  :)