Intel Arrandale Reviews

Seems to be quite a few Arrandale reviews popping up around the ‘Net– most reviewers got their hands on the Arrandale Core i5-6XX units it seems. Early results are really promising; same power usage as the Core 2 Duo and insane gains in calculations per second. Just…nutty.

It’s almost a guarantee that Apple will announce new MacBook Pro’s at the end of the month. Most of the geeks I know and around the web seem to think that the Arrandale chips are destined to be in the next MBP’s. Based on what I’ve seen so far of package sizing, I’m projecting the following:

  • 17″ MacBook Pro Core i7-620M (2.66 Ghz -> 3.33 Ghz Burst) @ 35 watts in the rPGA pack
  • 15″ MacBook Pro Core i5-520M/540M (2.4/2.53 Ghz -> 2.93/3.06 Ghz Burst) @ 35 watts in the rPGA pack
  • 13″ MacBook Pro Core i3-350M (2.26 Ghz No Burst) @ 35 watts in the rPGA pack
  • I’m basing this on two theories: First, that Apple isn’t going to want to change their architecture around too much. I’m betting every MBP motherboard will support rPGA pin arrangement to make things easier. Considering there’s only one rPGA processor listed coming out this month in that pack, I’m assuming they’ll go the same way with the 15″ and 13″. Secondly, there are some lower powered (25 watts) processors that would be suitable for inclusion in a revised MacBook Air. My only problem with this theory is that the integrated IGP units that are now on the same die as the main processor apparently suck. Like, majorly suck. They get remotely close to the last gen’s Nvidia 9440GM chipset but apparently don’t exceed it. Not good news. No one wants to buy a “new” machine that has weaker graphics than the last one.

    CES is nearly upon us, with the Ballmer keynote kicking off tomorrow night at 6:30 PM PST. I’ll post my predictions of the coming show this year tomorrow before everything kicks off. The Net is abuzz with all kind of gadgets coming out this year…anyone see the hovering drone thing on Engadget?