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Intel's new Z68 chipset is slated to arrive in the first half of May as a hybrid between the P67 and the H67 for the LGA 1155 platform. Besides allowing better CPU overclocking and enabling the Quick Sync transcoding technology that is embedded into Sandy Bridge processors, the high-end chipset is introducing something called 'Smart Response Technology'. Its official debut is expected within a week, but apparently Apple has been granted early access.
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Image of motherboard (courtesy of iFixit teardown)

Red is 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-2400S CPU
Orange is Intel BD82Z68 Platform Controller Hub
Edited by alwang17 - 5/7/11 at 8:51am
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Wait I thought Apple was was dumping Intel for good? Or was that just a rumor?
     
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Wait I thought Apple was was dumping Intel for good? Or was that just a rumor?
It is listed under rumors.

Of course we have such a lovely system that our rumors get shown with the 100% factual news so I understand the confusion.

If you want some advice, don't use OCN as a news feed.
    
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Ooo, black pcb!
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Hey, apple might actually being showing up to play!
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That has to be the strangest looking motherboard form factor/shape I've ever seen.
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Apple knows how to design a main board. Since the whole unibody transition, all of their main boards have been very well built. Makes repairs and such very easy, considering that all I have to do is take off the back panel, take out a few screws, unplug a few things and the main board comes right out.

I'm currently repairing a Toshiba for someone and that thing is just a mess between several daughterboards and all sorts of compartment doors that I have to keep track of the screws go to what. Really is quite a pain.
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Ooo, black pcb!
Lawl,it doesn't even have solid metal phase chokes.
For a $1,500+ computer I'd expect it to have some quality components.
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That has to be the strangest looking motherboard form factor/shape I've ever seen.
Laptop form factor in a "desktop" ftw?
Edited by Heavy MG - 5/7/11 at 10:10am
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It's not like it's seen, it's buried beneath a large slab of aluminum and, in this case, a 21.5" screen.

Also having the replaceable processor makes upgrading them a heck of a lot easier. If Ivy Bridge uses the LGA1155 socket, that'll be nice for folks who would want to upgrade.
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That has to be the strangest looking motherboard form factor/shape I've ever seen.
I know eh? Where's the PCI-E slot? I'd love to have a iMac with a 8" deep LCD.
    
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