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Thread: New Six-Core Mac Pro in Weeks?
02-02-2010, 12:37 PM #1
New Six-Core Mac Pro in Weeks?
Apple hasn't upgraded its top of the line Mac Pro desktop system since March of last year, when the Intel quad-core Xeon 3500 equipped model was introduced. Apple had the first desktop to use the new processor, and intel and Apple are believed to have an arrangement allowing Apple first use of their new Core i7-980X and 970X Extreme Edition when it is released. According the the French site HardMac, that release is imminent, with Mac Pro systems featuring the new six-core chip to begin rolling off the assembly line within weeks.
HardMac has been following the new chip's development closely and its sources have been saying consistently that the hexacore processor, based on the 32-nm Gulftown platform, would be coming to Apple's high-end desktop. While it was originally thought that the chip would carry the "Core i9" nameplate, the Chinese site PCOnline revealed it as the "Core i7 Extreme Edition" back in December.
The name of this hexacore CPU is now know[n], Core i7-980X, another cheaper (and slower) model should also be available, Core i7-970. According to [different] sources, this new CPU should become available in March. So, if Apple and Intel are still engaged in a tight partnership, Apple might have the exclusivity of such CPU (as for the Nehalem Xeon) for a couple of days or weeks.
HardMac also asserts that the new Mac Pros will ship with Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards. Macs had been using NVIDIA graphics processors in its iMacs and Mac Pros, but Apple and NVIDIA reportedly came into conflict over hardware defects in NVIDIA's boards. For its part, Intel filed suit against the graphics hardware manufacturer last year to keep it from developing chipsets for its Core processors with integrated memory functionality.
02-02-2010, 12:42 PM #2
02-02-2010, 12:56 PM #3
^ yes this is very doopekillall Terminal
02-02-2010, 01:12 PM #4
Rather than make a six core, Why not stick with quad core and upgrade the cpu to 7 or higher... I don't understand 6 cores running at 2.8 speeds?
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02-02-2010, 02:28 PM #5
Computers have officially reached the point of - "why?" Buying a 1.6GHz dual core is like buying a Civic Type S and buying this new 6 core is like buying a Lambo.
There really is no point. Both get you from a to b pretty quickly but the 1.6 dual core costs a heck of a lot less.
I love that we are still pressing forward and that PC and Apples' war is still raging. But come on! How many horses do we really need? LOL!
Cool technology... but in terms of practicality... last year's bottom of the line Mac or PC is plenty powerful enough for what I do. (hence the 1.6 dual core computer I bought for $600 brand new)
ps: I'm not hating - I'm just being practical.
02-02-2010, 03:15 PM #6Because of heat...
Running a faster clock speed means more heat...and since heat is the enemy of all things electronic, running more cores with lower clock speeds gets you the same or better performance with less of the bad stuff. And with the multi-core optimization of new OS', it's just going to make more sense to have more cores.
02-02-2010, 04:09 PM #7
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02-02-2010, 04:53 PM #8
Why haven't we heard anything about Apple upgrading their Macbook Pros?
I'm getting really impatient. Can anyone shed some light; please?If I've been helpful, please take the time to press the "Thanks" button.
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02-02-2010, 04:55 PM #9Yeah, you'll be the coolest person in the room when you pull one out and show it around, but that gets old fast when three other people have them and one person somehow has one that glows in the dark.
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02-02-2010, 07:15 PM #10
I need a Mac Pro.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
02-02-2010, 07:16 PM #11
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02-02-2010, 09:25 PM #15
The most overpriced Mac! Windows 7 with them specs would be awesome.
02-02-2010, 09:31 PM #16
Anyway, that's awesome, very very fast
02-02-2010, 10:16 PM #17
I spent so much less building my comp.
Motherboard: Asus P6t v2 deluxe
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.2GHz
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Graphics Cards: bft tech GTX 260 OC & PNY GTX 260 212 cores
Memory: 6GB Corsair dominator DDR3 1600fsb
Sound Card:X-Fi Xtremegamer
Harddrives: 150gb velociraprtor.
Case: Haf 922
Os: windows 7 x64 + Snow leopard
It is also going to support the six core gpu on the lga 1366 socket. I'm just not going to have to spend so much.
02-02-2010, 11:40 PM #18Awesomeness
I don't understand the complaining...really? If it's going to be too much money, don't buy it...if it's too much for you too comprehend, don't buy it. Why so much processing? I don't know...maybe because some people actually use their mac pros for business purposes other than personal reasons. Entertainment business especially. Try running several programs at once working on footage/soundtrack/etc. for a feature length film and you'll quickly understand why this is obviously a big deal. It's a multitasking beast.
This is a businessman's obvious choice. If you plan on running basic programs then this is not your cup of tea. But seriously, there's no point in complaining about the technology. If you have the money, and a career dealing with this type of technology, there's really not much to complain about.
OMG something NEW is out that's going to outdate what I have and it cost money?!
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02-03-2010, 02:50 AM #19
the only proble is what apple will charge for these, because if the street price is well over 1k i can't imagine what apple will charge