New iMac Using Special Made Penryn Chips (Overclocked) not Next Generation Montevina Chips

Submitted by lalit on April 28, 2008 - 10:57pm.

Speculation about the chips used in the new iMac have been rampant and many believed that Apple got special treatment and received the next generation Montevina chips that have 1066MHz front side bus and speeds up to 3.06GHz. The reason for this speculation was that present generation Penryn chips have 800MHz front side bus and processor speed range from 2.0GHz to 2.8GHz. Well Apple did get special treatment in form of special made 45nm Penryn with clock speeds up to 3.06GHz and 1066MHz front side bus. So the processors are not the next generation Montevina or Centrino 2 chips that Intel will release in June but they are the faster (overclocked) versions of the existing Penryn processors. The specially designed chips consume more power than the present generation Penryn processors as well as upcoming Montevina processors. The 3.06GHz chip will have a TDP of 55W compared to 44W of present and upcoming Core 2 Duo Extreme processors. This is the second processor Intel has designed specially for Apple that might be making Dell and other competitors really jealous.