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  • Six-Core Mac Pro in Early 2010?

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    Apple is testing Intel's as-yet unreleased hexacore "Gulftown" processor - reported to be 22% faster than the current Core i7 Xeon - according to the French site MacBidouille.com. Since the unit is said to be compatible with the current Mac Pro motherboard used with the "Nehalem" Xeon processor, it's believed that the high-end desktop is slated for the upgrade, possibly as soon as the beginning of next year.

    What's more, MacBidouille's source indicates that Apple will have exclusive use of the new chip when it's released, making the future Mac Pro - temporarily at least - a power leader in the industry.

    The chip is based on Intel's "Westmere" microarchitecture - a 32nm die shrink of the 45 nm "Nehalem" architecture - and actually has a total of 12 cores: six physical and six virtual. It's reported to share the Nehalem's 130W thermal design point and have 12MB of Level 3 cache. Gulftown will feature QuickPath Interconnect with 25.6 GB/s processor-to-processor bandwidth, and will support tri-channel memory. The fact that it will fit the LGA 1366 socket on existing X58 motherboards will likely make it popular with power-hungry users of the current "Nehalem" Core i7 chip.

    Though there has been no announcement as yet from Intel, the chip is widely rumored to be called Core i9.

    The report also asserts that the new Mac Pro's motherboard will be fitted with a 10Gbit/second Ethernet port and will support 8GB and 16GB RAM modules, giving it a potential max of 128GB of physical memory.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Six-Core Mac Pro in Early 2010? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      ^^ i wouldnt expect a quad core 2 make alot of heat unless ur over clocking

      or doing extreme tasks
    1. hungquocle's Avatar
      hungquocle -
      idiot question. if you do HD rendering or anything related to graphic stuffs.this mac pro is nothing.....
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Wowza, that's ridiculous!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That Mac Pro gonna be fast.
    1. mk12's Avatar
      mk12 -
      That thing is beast!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Winterboarder View Post
      The only reason to spend money on a mac is to make apps and make money. The college computers are brand new macs and I run Adobe CS 4 applications and Quark 8. They don't run any better than my 2 year old Dell xps, and on top of that the keyboard layout sucks.
      Those might be only two reasons YOU would buy a Mac but it's definitely not the only two that others would or have. There's tons of reasons to buy a Mac....the best reason of all though?..it's a MAC

      That's really sexy! I'll take it!
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      I have to say that the better technology there is the better things will get for everyone because this advancements will lead up to even more advancements and new things...It might seem like a whole lot right now but hey, we don't know what this could lead up to, i'm really looking forward for what's next!
    1. dr.stevil's Avatar
      dr.stevil -
      Been waiting for intel to release this chip, it will be a good upgrade from my q6600. Should see some impressive gains with vray and such. I wanted to wait for an 8 core, but it might be a while.

      What's more, MacBidouille's source indicates that Apple will have exclusive use of the new chip when it's released, making the future Mac Pro - temporarily at least - a power leader in the industry.
      that's a pretty ridiculous claim. The market for high end processors is MUCH MUCH larger in the enthusiest and server PC crowd. While I'm sure apple would move a few of them in future mac pros, Intel would be shooting themselfs in the foot by making it an exclusive chip... especially since AMD already has a 6core processor avalible to the public
    1. qrsvideos's Avatar
      qrsvideos -
      This is going to be one fast computer, haha. Does anyone know how many Ghz each processor is?
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      I'd buy a Macbook Pro that offers an Intel 6 core 64-bit processor, dual SLI NVIDIA Geforce GTX 280M 2GB RAM, 1 TB 10,000 RPM hard drive and Blu-Ray RW drive.