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Sep 21, 2006, 04:30 PM
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Link: AMD CEO: Apple will eventually use AMD processors (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060921173034)
Description:: In a recent speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Advanced Micro Devices CEO Hector Ruiz says Apple Computer Inc. will eventually buy its processors as an alternative to Intel brand chips.

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WildCowboy
Sep 21, 2006, 04:36 PM
Active discussion on this topic going on in this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=236159).

ChrisA
Sep 21, 2006, 06:29 PM
The only AMD chip the Apple could use right now would be the Opteron. They could offer a "Mac Utra-Pro" with performance maybe 15x the curent Mac Pro. Sun sells a "Sun Fire X4600" with 8 dual core Opteron CPUs (16 core machine) and up to 128GB of RAM. The Sun Fire can run either Solaris, or Linux . In theory there is no reason t could not run Mac OSX.
With four PCI-E slots there is room fo good graphic cards

There is simply no way to build a machine like this using Intel CPUs But how many people would pay the $80K price.

Pressure
Sep 21, 2006, 06:43 PM
The only AMD chip the Apple could use right now would be the Opteron. They could offer a "Mac Utra-Pro" with performance maybe 15x the curent Mac Pro. Sun sells a "Sun Fire X4600" with 8 dual core Opteron CPUs (16 core machine) and up to 128GB of RAM. The Sun Fire can run either Solaris, or Linux . In theory there is no reason t could not run Mac OSX.
With four PCI-E slots there is room fo good graphic cards

There is simply no way to build a machine like this using Intel CPUs But how many people would pay the $80K price.

They could do that with only 4 Intel processors (16 cores) in 3 months with a much lower Thermal Design Power.

yellow
Sep 21, 2006, 06:52 PM
Apple is NOT about choice. iPod? iTunes. iTunes? iPod. OS X? Mac. Mac? OS X. Etc..

I doubt they're going to AMD ever.

generik
Sep 21, 2006, 07:40 PM
Apple is NOT about choice. iPod? iTunes. iTunes? iPod. OS X? Mac. Mac? OS X. Etc..

I doubt they're going to AMD ever.

Apple is about $, if AMD cuts them a good deal why not?

WildPalms
Sep 21, 2006, 08:04 PM
Look! Up in the sky! Its a bird! Its a plane! No its.....flying pigs!

p0intblank
Sep 21, 2006, 08:40 PM
Look! Up in the sky! Its a bird! Its a plane! No its.....flying pigs!

Been there, done that... several times. :p

SPUY767
Sep 22, 2006, 04:20 AM
“Knowing Apple, why would they want to be held hostage like everyone else has been?'’

Well Hector, it could be because the Intel chips are beating the piss out of yours right now. . .

Also, I really don't see apple pissing away more R & D money on the maintenance of two motherboard architectures.

rdowns
Sep 22, 2006, 04:33 AM
Wishful thinking on the part of the AMD chief. Do you think Intel entered into this agreement with Apple, providing them all kinds of resources without some agreement on Intel processor usage? Let's face it, Dell and HP buy more processors in a quarter than Apple does in a year.

Lollypop
Sep 22, 2006, 04:42 AM
A while back nobody hard core would go Intel, it was all about the Athlon64, while I dont think apple will go the AMD route, the option is always there and Intel knows it, most importantly Apple knows it, IF intel drops the ball again Apple can go AMD... either way the competition is good for us as comsumers. :D

SPUY767
Sep 22, 2006, 05:42 AM
A while back nobody hard core would go Intel, it was all about the Athlon64, while I dont think apple will go the AMD route, the option is always there and Intel knows it, most importantly Apple knows it, IF intel drops the ball again Apple can go AMD... either way the competition is good for us as comsumers. :D


Yeah, except, it won't happen again. Intel made the mistake that every market leader makes at least once in its corporate lifetime, it rested too heavily on its laurels. Intel is now in overdrive, with one of the best roadmaps any chipmaker has ever had. I don't foresee Intel losing the lead in the chip market any time soon.