90nm PowerPCs Arrive

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by MacRumors, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    As previously mentioned, Apple introduced the G5 Xserves today.

    Of interest, according to the Xserve Technical Overview PDF found on Apple's Xserve product page, the new systems utilize "single or dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 processors using 90-nanometer process technology".

    Up until this point, the PowerMac G5s have used 130nm PowerPC 970s. The new 90nm 970 PowerPC chips have reportedly been in production and more information should become available in February when IBM presents the 90nm PowerPCs at the 2004 ISSCC.

    While no PowerMac updates were announced today, readers are reminded that Apple has recently broken its pattern of releasing only at expos. Last year's January PowerMac revision came 2-3 weeks after MWSF. Indeed, PowerMacs are promised to reach 3GHz by late summer of 2004, which would place an interim update within the next couple of months.
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2003
  3. macrumors 68020

    Phil Of Mac

    Dec 6, 2002
    Washington State University
    90 nm, yet it still requires gaping air intakes at the front? Looks like there's quite a bit more work to be done before the G5 is ready for PowerBooks.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    Yeah, you won't be seeing dual 2 ghz PBs anytime soon. But what about solo, say 1.8 ghz???

    8 fans in the new Xserves:

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  5. macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    yay they deleted my post and replaced it with yay faster!! :rolleyes: . Good catch and it seems like you're the first to report this news which is huge.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    Gotta take my hat off to IBM on this one. Great news for Mac-lovers and the XBox Next:D
  7. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    I doubt the PB needs 2 processors to begin with and I believe the Xserves user 8 fans because they need to stay alot cooler then say your normal PB or PM since they are probably in use about 60+% of the time.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2002
    I'm willing to put my money on some kind of update on January 24th... Probably the G5s, but something bigger. I don't buy that their 20th anniversary product is a poster.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    Re: 90nm PowerPCs Arrive

    I seem to remember from the transcript of the braodcast that Steve mentioned 2004 would be an exciting year for hardware.

    We'll see if he keeps his promise!
  10. macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2003
    San Francisco
    So, does this mean in a few weeks to a month we get the speed bumps in the PowerMacs? How about 90nm G5s in the iMacs?
  11. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    So with the new 90nm procs we'll see new updated PowerMacs and hopefully (crosses fingers) G5 PowerBooks sometime very very soon.

    A G5 PB is what I've been waiting for so I can finally switch back to a mac full time.

    I mean, Jobs did say that this year was going to be an exciting year for Apple, what with all the new products that'll be announced.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Rustus Maximus

    Jan 15, 2003
    Well...he said within a year we'd see 3Ghz...but we can always be hopeful that it's sooner. At the very least some cool products announcements. GarageBand will be the app of discussion for the next little bit I'd say. Quite alot of power for basically 10 bucks.
  13. macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2003
    Oberlin, OH
    Woah! That machine is hot! Finally a G5 Xserve.

    Now...how bout some new Powermacs and a some bigger LCDs... I'm on the market for a new desktop machine!
  14. macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Can we please stop *crossing our fingers* for a G5 Powerbook until the summer?? There is at least a hope for that timeframe.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2003
    The Utah Alps
    I still think that Steve might wait until Fall for any PowerMac upgrades and go right to the 3 GHz as promised.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    Noticed the new 90mm G5's support hyper-transport protocol's now so this should help speed few things up since more and more apps are now using it.
  17. macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    cool. good to see something being made with the 90nm 970's! :D

    hopefully it will be an exciting year for hardware.... i can almost feel the new PowerBook G5!!! :D :)
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2003
    did i hear wrong or did he say that they license XServe out to Mac OS X Server, Windows XP Pro, Windows Server 2003, and Yellow Dog Linux? What exactly does this mean? Can you run all of these operating systems on this Server?????
  19. macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, I hope that is true. I was hoping to see new faster G5s today.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    AI is saying new products from Apple are expected on Jan 20th or just shortly thereafter. This could be new G5's in 90mm form??
  21. macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2003
    I think Powermac G5 updates are just around the corner. Remember, at a smaller process IBM can manufacture more processors at a lower cost so both IBM and Apple have an incentive to move to the smaller chips. This is a "good thing" indeed. I think the real question is whether or not we will see a G5 in a consumer level system in the near future.
  22. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Ooops, you're mixing this up with Intel's Hytperthreading.

    Hyper-transport is chip connect technology, similar to Rapid I/O, that is a lot like a packet switch network for the motherboard -- compared to the old parallel cables holding the chips together.
  23. macrumors 68020

    Phil Of Mac

    Dec 6, 2002
    Washington State University
    That's not the Xserve, that's the Xserve RAID.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    My mistake.
    But they do look similar...maybe they should start using a word other then hyper.
  25. macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2003
    Chicago suburbia
    Yeah, but do we not all remember "The Year of the Laptop" wasn't all that memorable, so "an exciting year for Apple" might now be so "exciting" in the end... Though I ALSO hope for Powerbook G5's by the fall semester, so I can replace this aging G4/667 TiBook I am using now (and have a REAL graphics chip -- 16 mb is nowhere NEAR enough anymore -- Radeon 9800 XT mobility anyone LOL!).

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