Kentsfield, Cloverton Quad-Core CPUs Arriving Early?

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    While Apple hasn't yet released its first Intel-based professional model desktop machine, many users are actively watching Intel's future roadmap for hints as to what may next appear in Apple's second revision Mac Pro and XServe machines. CNet News.com reported yesterday afternoon that Intel's quad-core desktop chip (Kentsfield) and Xeon-class chip (Cloverton) have been bumped up and should arrive before year's end.

    Educated speculation would therefore indicate that Apple's second revision Mac Pro workstation will feature 8 cores, and other models will all become "Quad" machines. Most recent rumors have indicated that the Mac Pro will use Apple's Xeon-class chips over "desktop" models such as Core 2 Duo "Conroe" and Kentsfield. With Conroe perhaps landing in a future iMac, further speculation would indicate that iMacs down the pipe will feature the 4-core Kentsfield processor.
     
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    heavy

    It looks like 2006 won't be like 1984
     
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    Hmm, would make for an awesome rev b. MacPro on or around MWSF (probably "around" as MWSF is really a big consumer event).

    Bring on the serious grunt!!
     
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    WOW! Octo cores:eek:
    Im due a new computer and every time I hear about whats in the pipeline I bump my purchase date ahead another 4 months:eek:
     
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    We just need most software to support that efficiently now.
     
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    seems the tragic days of the P4 are gone for intel, good for us! :p With all the high end stuff from intel thats apparently going into the mac im a bit worried about the price of the systems though!
     
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    I wonder what they're going to call them, Quad sounds cool but "Octa or Octo" just sounds a bit silly.

    MacPro8?

    The Mactopus??
     
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    Why not? Introduction of world's first commercial 8-core system. Live via webstream, with an awesome keynote, and a presentation of Final Cut Pro using all eight cores to maximum effiency with a live render at a geecktacular speed:)
     
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    ByteCore
     
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    Ive already trademarked "OctoCore" and "CoreOcto";)
    Just keep saying it to yourself. After about the 12th time it just starts rolling off your tongue...
     
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    Would be a very long keynote too:

    - release date of 10.5 revealed - possibly more stuff revealed
    - new software (considerable update to iWork if the rumours are true)
    - iMac/MacBook updates
    - iPod/iTunes stuff
     
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    THIS is why IBM was given the boot.
     
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    Strike:
    - release date of 10.5 revealed - possibly more stuff revealed

    Insert:
    -release of 10.5
     
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    Anyone else think this is getting out of hand? Two cores, great improvement. Four cores, ehh it's faster but Joe can't tell. Eight cores, now thats just stupid.
    Let me guess it will only come with 512mb of Ram :p (ok it will be at least a GB).
     
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    Well, I don't know about Apple, but when I get one, that's the name it'll have.:D
     
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    wow. 8 cores. *drool

    and i was just getting used to dual cores...

    i cant wait till they turn up as refurbs... ill own one faster than you can say "no you dont"
     
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    New MacPro rev2.
    8 cores = 24Ghz
    (with Free fire extinguisher and ear plugs) :p
     
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    And one more thing: The Auad PowerMac has been the fastest Mac until today. I present to you the new Octa Mac Pro!"
     
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    Very funny :)
     
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    So I was just in the office workin on my new Mactopus...

    or

    Hey honey! I just dropped 3K on our new Mactopus!

    ...It could be very fun.

    ~moooosedude
     
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    It's the future, you know, soon the clock speed will be irrelevant and we'll be expressing processor speed in number of cores octocore, hexacore, tricontradicore, hexacontetracore, hecticosoctocore, and such and such
     
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    this can be only good news, as long as Apple keeps up with the pc world and put these processors in their computers when they are released. i sure hope that they do
     
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    I have a question.

    If Kentsfield is a relation of the Conroe part (ie. Core 2 Duo) then will it be capable of being configured in a pair to create a "octo" core machine?

    Surely that will require a Xeon class processor (like a quad version of the Woodcrest)?

    edit: quad version of Woodcrest is Clovertown.
     
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    You mean its the future today? I thought it was next week! :D
     
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    Notice time. I bags it, I said it first, it's MINE!!!

    My only...

    My Mactopus...
     

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