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« on: October 31, 2013, 07:01:11 pm »

What is Crystalwell?
   
      
      
         




   

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from Macworld UK. Visit Macworld UK’s blog page for the latest Mac news from across the Atlantic.


One of the interesting things to come out of Apple’s recent MacBook Pro refresh was the inclusion of something called Crystalwell to the components list of the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. What is Crystalwell?

Haswell quick study

The Haswell Core processor is, to date, Intel’s fastest ever consumer processor family, but speed is not Haswell’s main advantage. The biggest benefit Haswell offers is improved battery life over previous Core processors. Intel worked long and hard to reduce the impact of power performance on battery life, to the extent that in some powerful laptops Haswell chips can keep on computing for up to 10 hours while running on the battery. All of the new MacBooks Pro model have Haswell CPUs, which should mean they enjoy excellent battery life.


Haswell processors don’t require a separate graphics processor; they have an integrated graphics chipset, called Iris or Iris Pro. A discrete (separate from the CPU) graphics chip offers better performance than integrated graphics, but for almost all users the Iris or Iris Pro graphics included with the Intel Core CPU will suffice.
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