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  • Intel's Leaked Upcoming Broadwell-EP Xeon Chip Hints at Future Specs of the Mac Pro

    Another leaked engineering sample which is said to be from Intel’s upcoming Broadwell-EP Xeon family points toward future specifications for the Mac Pro which was previously updated back in December 2013. The chip was posted for sale at the Chinese website, Taobao for 15,500 yuan (roughly $2,415) according to WCCF Tech. The vendor ended up posting alleged benchmarks indicating that the processor is a 20-core/40-thread Xeon E5-2698 V4 clocked at 2.1 GHz. The cores are said to boost up to 3.5 GHz and offer a combined 50 MB of L3 cache. The memory speed was identified as 2,400 MHz, which is faster than the 2,133/1,866 MHz on present Xeons.

    The current E5-2698 V3 by contrast touts 16 cores, 40 MB of cache space and a 2.3/3.6 GHz clock speed. In CineBench, the leaked chip ended up scoring 4980 points in a multi-threaded test which easily beats out its predecessor. The 2013 Mac Pro offers a choice of quad-, 6-, 9-, or 12-core Xeon E5 processors with clock speeds that ranged from 2.7 and 3.7 GHz, an inverse to the number of cores. No model had more than 30 MBs of L3 cache though.

    As of right now, the Xeon E5 V4 series is due to ship in either Q1 or Q2 of 2016 with support for configurations that go as high as 22 cores. It’s unknown what ranges Apple might be offering in a new Mac Pro (if any) but Intel should be offering scaled-back Broadwell-E chips that range from 6 to 10 cores.

    If you weren’t already aware of this, the Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful computer and is aimed at professionals in high-end video and 3D graphics. This particular piece of hardware has taken a backseat in terms of the company’s priorities though. The product is one of the few that isn’t a part of Apple’s annual update cycle.

    We’ll have to wait and see if these leaked specs turn out to be the real deal – we’ll find out when more concrete evidence is revealed.

    Source: WCCF Tech via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Intel's Leaked Upcoming Broadwell-EP Xeon Chip Hints at Future Specs of the Mac Pro started by Akshay Masand View original post