2.33GHz Intel Wolfdale Gets Benchmarked

This upcoming Intel processor won’t be out for another few months but HKEPC got a hold of one and benchmarked it.

The Wolfdale chip itself features a 2.33GHz clock speed with 6MB L2 cache and a 1333MHz FSB. Specs sound pretty amazing and the performance isn’t exactly a revolution in most tests however isn’t any slouch.

Many benchmarks were run but the most dramatic increase in speed is in the Divx 6.6 Alpha w/SSE4 1080p Mpeg2 to Mpeg4 test where it saw a 115.63% increase in performance over the Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33GHz/4MB L2/1333MHz FSB). In all of the other tests the new chip was getting about a 10% increase in performance over the E6550.

The temperatures and power consumption is gosh darn amazing as well consuming 59W of power at 37C under load compared to the E6550’s 83W at 49C.

You can see all of the benchmarks of the processor over at HKEPC. The website isn’t in English but you can still read the tables.

Apple Updates MacBook [Update]

The Store is still down but the apple.com homepage has changed.

Nothing very interesting here at all.

They upped the amount of memory in the standard configuration from 512MB to 1GB and in the low end configuration went from a 60GB HDD to a 80GB HDD.

They also removed the 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo option on the low end and now 2.0GHz and 2.16GHz are the only processor options.

You can also get a 200GB 4200RPM hard drive as an option now.

The new MacBooks will be available immediately. If anything else new comes out when the store is back I’ll let you all know.

Update: Apple Store is back up with MacBooks available


New Quad-Core Core 2 Extreme Chip Surfaces

The Inquirer has an article telling about an interesting upcoming processor from Intel. It will be similar to the current high end desktop chip except it will run at 2.93GHz.

The processor is said to be showing up in the 3rd quarter of this year and will be $999.

[via Inquirer]

What’s with the Core _ Duo in the Mac Mini

Why hasn’t Apple updated the Mac Mini yet to Core 2 Duo. They were able to do it in all of the other computers. I’m wondering why because I’ve been eying it as a better alternative to the AppleTV. For an extra $300 I can have a fully functional computer with a heck of a lot more options. The only thing that I wish I could get was the cool interface. I’m hoping that in the future, such as in Leopard, Apple will update Frontrow to the cool AppleTV interface. I’m not sure what to do. I might buy the Mac Mini I might buy the AppleTV, I’m just not sure.

Apple Releases 802.11n Enabler

If you have a Core 2 Duo mac and don’t plan on buying the Airport Extreme and you want the 802.11n capability you can now purchase it in the store for $1.99 however it’s a little tough to get to but I decided to make it a little easier for you by letting you click this link.