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    New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Title says it all. Well almost, there is the new Lightning Bolt I/O port also. There should be big performance improvement with the new i7.

    You can check the typical review sites or Apple

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Nice release. I'm personally on a 1.5-year upgrade cycle. Have to wait a few months :-(.

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Guy, Jack are your orders in yet? LOL Who will be the first to report on these beauties. David

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    I want one trying to find money. I want quad core.
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    I want one trying to find money. I want quad core.
    Just put 8Gb Ram and a 256GB ssd in my 17", so this one will have to wait for a while! To be honest, it's quick enough anyway.

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by dseelig View Post
    Guy, Jack are your orders in yet? LOL Who will be the first to report on these beauties. David
    My existing MBP is just over a year old. I usually try and run them at least 2 or even 3 before upgrading, so I'm a ways off. Guy always is the first to move on anything new that promises to be faster, so suspect he'll have one of the first. A year from now we'll have 4x2.66 or 4x2.8 i7's that will be even faster, and by then the whole thunderbolt I/O will be more common-place...
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    well I am not you turkey with a Macpro sitting next to ya. I'm just a very lonely laptop user
    Your damn right I want the fastest boat on the water.
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    3k with tax

    $2,799.00
    6 or 12 month special financing options
    Ships: 1-3 business days
    Free Shipping

    Specifications
    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVDR DL/DVDRW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide


    I would rip out the optical and drop my 2 OWC Raid 0 SSD Drives in. Now that may just give it some wings
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    3k with tax

    $2,799.00
    6 or 12 month special financing options
    Ships: 1-3 business days
    Free Shipping

    Specifications
    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    SuperDrive 8x (DVDR DL/DVDRW/CD-RW)
    MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide

    Hi Guy
    What's wrong with the 512Gb SSD? It's a snip

    I did a little price excercise in the UK:



    sounds like about $5400

    Not this month I'm afraid

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Well I already have 2 200gb SSD drives from OWC extreme Pros so I won't need anything like that from Apple. So the basic drive is fine
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Were any laptop boards effected by the defective Sandy bridge componenets?

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    My poor Macbook Pro is over 3 1/2 years old so I am past due for an update. The bad thing is my desktop computer is considerably older and can't handle S2 files. I had planned to update the desktop computer as soon as the Sandy Bridge chipset issue is resolved. Now I am rethinking my approach to do the new Macbook Pro and not bother with the desktop. I've got a little while to think about it since all my funds are allocated to new Leica S 35mm and 180mm lenses.

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Anyone know if these new MBP use SATA 3 with 6GB/s vs. the current 3GB/s? The new crop of SSDs based on the SandForce 2500 controller like the Vertex 3 Pro are much faster than current SATA buses can support. Instead of Thunderbolt, I'd rather have an internal SSD that can read/write 500MB/s.

    And what happened to the 1680x1050 15"? Seems the 15" only comes with 1440x900. I have the hi-res anti-glare and the extra resolution makes a big difference.

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by dfarkas View Post
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    And what happened to the 1680x1050 15"? Seems the 15" only comes with 1440x900. I have the hi-res anti-glare and the extra resolution makes a big difference.

    David
    It is available when you configure a laptop on the Apple store +$100 for glossy and +150 for matte.

    http://store.apple.com/us/configure/...co=MjEyOTY4OTQ

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    http://barefeats.com/mbpp34.html

    OK, I'm paying attention now. That is in the realm of low end Mac Pro's from a generation or two ago.

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Ordered

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    PROCESSOR 065-0097 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7

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    HARD DRIVE 065-0549 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200

    OPTICAL DRIVE 065-0102 8x Double-Layer SuperDrive

    DISPLAY 065-0105 MBP 15"HR Antiglare WS Display

    I will rip the optical drive out and replace with my 2 existing OWC extreme 200gb drives running in Raid 0 and than sell my current unit here on the forum. 15 inch anti galre 8gb of ram I7 core with a 500gb 7200 drive. Still has warranty until April 19th if anyones is interested let me know. Going at a very fair price
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by dfarkas View Post
    Anyone know if these new MBP use SATA 3 with 6GB/s vs. the current 3GB/s? The new crop of SSDs based on the SandForce 2500 controller like the Vertex 3 Pro are much faster than current SATA buses can support. Instead of Thunderbolt, I'd rather have an internal SSD that can read/write 500MB/s.
    It appears they are 6gb, so I assume a device as you mentioned would be supported. Here's the spec from system profiler on my new one that arrived today

    Intel 6 Series Chipset:

    Vendor: Intel
    Product: 6 Series Chipset
    Link Speed: 6 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed: 3 Gigabit
    Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supp

    I assume the negotiated link speed is because my internal drive is a 3gb sata drive.

    I bought the 15" quad core i7/2.3ghz with 8 gigs of ram, 7200 500 gig internal drive HiRes screen (glossy ... my personal preference). This was an upgrade from the top of the line i7 dual core.

    A couple of surprises, though it definitely runs faster, it also seems to run cooler. (my acid test on that is loading up a tough video game for an hour or so ... definitely cooler, and fan running slower, even though game FPS was faster).

    Battery life for things like web browsing etc, looks to be maybe as long as 7 hours, based on that it looks like about a 10-15% increase over the previous one.

    I'll get a better feel for Photoshop, LR, and C1 tomorrow when I put it through some tests, but I'd be surprised not to see a noticeable improvement. Photoshop actually scales pretty good up to 4 cores then falls off pretty fast, so the two extra cores should help despite the slower clock speed.

    Hopefully Thunderbolt aka LightPeak shows up in cameras (how sweet would it be in a Phase IQ180 back?) and external hard drives soon. The specs on this small port are amazing (10gbs dual channel) and apparently Intel thinks it will eventually be 10 times faster than it is now. I know one video camera maker that has already announced plans for it, hopefully Apple will let some vendors start using it now despite the one year exclusive for designing the actual connector - kind of pointless if they don't. I'm guessing firewire and USB may be headed to the museum in a few years to join floppy disks and dial up modems.
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Fox View Post
    I'll get a better feel for Photoshop, LR, and C1 tomorrow when I put it through some tests, but I'd be surprised not to see a noticeable improvement. Photoshop actually scales pretty good up to 4 cores then falls off pretty fast, so the two extra cores should help despite the slower clock speed.
    i look forward to your updates, Wayne (and anybody else's)!

    i am working on a 5 year old 17" maxed with 2gig RAM so anything will be an improvement

    after drowning my new MBA, i decided to wait and get one of these new ones... i'm leaning towards a new 15" but a little confused about the hi-res screen. whilst i would love seeing more whilst working on images, i'm not sure how pleasant it will be for email and internet...

    unfortunately because it costs so much more here, i think it also means i will be working without an external monitor for quite a while -- which means i should consider the hi-res, non? or maybe even the 17", sigh...

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Mine is for sale in B&S you should get it.
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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by dfarkas View Post
    Anyone know if these new MBP use SATA 3 with 6GB/s vs. the current 3GB/s? The new crop of SSDs based on the SandForce 2500 controller like the Vertex 3 Pro are much faster than current SATA buses can support. Instead of Thunderbolt, I'd rather have an internal SSD that can read/write 500MB/s.

    David
    No, not really. This was discussed heavily on the macrumors forum. Real world testing seems to show that it is limited to 3Gb/s even though it is SATA 3, however it seems to be a software/firmware issue. In theory your should be able to get 6Gb/s from the main drive (SATA port 0) and probably 3Gb/s from the optical drive bay (SATA port 1). SATA plugs 2-5 are disabled. There is also some speculation that the early machines are using the defective SATA controllers, but that they are not an issue since the MBP doesn't use ports 2-5.

    The thread is at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1102430 but there are a lot of rat holes to wade through.

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Mine is for sale in B&S you should get it.
    Guy -- if you or anyone you knew, could deliver it over here, i'd get it in a heartbeat!

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    Re: New Sandy Bridge Equipped MacBook Pro Laptops Released

    Wish i could just jump on a plane my dear. Need a long get away from it all trip. LOL

    If you really want it I can ship it USPS Priority on me.
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