Mac Pro Update Now Possible with New Xeon E5 Chips Next Week

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Inquirer reports that Intel's Sandy Bridge E server chips, also known as the Xeon E5 series, are set to debut week. According to the report, the chips have been in the distribution channel for several weeks now, meaning that manufacturers utilizing the chips, as Apple would be expected to do in an updated Mac Pro, will be able to hit the ground running.
    Benchmarks are evidently still under embargo until next week, but the Xeon E5 chips will undoubtedly be a vast improvement over the chips found in the current Mac Pro, which hasn't been updated since mid-2010. Other companies such as Dell have already begun announcing new products based on the Xeon E5, meaning that Apple could be ready with Mac Pro updates in the relatively near future.


    Apple is likely to take advantage of the E5-2600 series 6-core and 8-core chips for its dual-processor Mac Pro configurations, while focusing on the E5-1600 series quad-core and 6-core chips for its lower-end single-processor models.

    Aside from the new processors, other pieces crucial for a blockbuster Mac Pro upgrade are also falling into place, although there have been few specific Mac Pro rumors in recent months. One recent report did claim, however, that Apple is planning to switch to NVIDIA graphics in the updated Mac Pro, moving away from current graphics partner AMD.

    An update to the Mac Pro is of course also contingent upon Apple deciding that it is worth keeping the line alive. The company late last year was reportedly "questioning" the future of the Mac Pro line, examining whether it should continue offering the professional-level workstation as sales have declined amid a continued shift toward notebook machines and specs that had gone stale while waiting for Intel to release updated processors.

    Article Link: Mac Pro Update Now Possible with New Xeon E5 Chips Next Week
  2. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
  3. macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    This seems far too much like real news.
    Normal iPad speculation will return in
  4. Ciclismo, Mar 1, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    Its nice to see news about real computers. It almost feels like apple doesn't care about professionals and is instead focusing on the iOS toys.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I currently own a 2006 Mac Pro that is obviously starting to get a bit old. I have thought I might be able to get a year or two more out of it, but that's a stretch. Needless to say, I am pretty interested in a new Mac Pro being released, especially as I am still a student and could utilize a student discount.


    I wonder what the future for the Mac Pro is and whether I will be able to upgrade my machine in 3+ years. The main reason to pay the premium for a Mac Pro is upgradability, expandability, and being able to use the monitors that I have instead of being forced to buy one with an iMac. What happens if Apple decides that they no longer want to make Mac Pros and all of a sudden I won't be able to upgrade the graphics card to extend the life of my machine? If I was unable to upgrade the graphics card in the machine that I have now, it wouldn't have lasted nearly as long.

  7. macrumors 68000


    Aug 18, 2008
    At the bend in the river
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    I applaude this news; I really feel for the fans of the Mac Pro and Classic iPod--they've (I guess this includes me...) been left in limbo for quite some time!
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    London, UK
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Not going to happen with Ivy Bridge and integrated USB3 around the corner.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2010
    wrong. Ivy Bridge CPUs suitable for the Mac Pro is still well over a year away
  11. macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    Battlefield 3 is the benchmark now.
  12. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Two technologies that Mac Pro customers won't be overly concerned with. Ivy Bridge is more of a player in the mobile space and USB 3 takes a back seat to Thunderbolt in storage speed and latency.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    If those iOS "toys" were soley responsible for making you BILLIONS of dollars, and helped make you the richest company on earth....I'd bet you focus on those "toys" too. :)
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2010
    Just build a SB (or in a few months, IB) Hackintosh.

    Better performance at less than half the price! :D
  15. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Intel announced that it had begun production of Ivy Bridge chips in volume in the third quarter of 2011 with retail availability starting in April 2012, one source specified April 8 as the availability date.In February 2012, it was reported that Intel would postpone the launch of the dual-core mobile CPUs (not desktop CPUs or quad-core mobile CPUs) to June 2012 to allow more time to sell surplus inventory of Sandy Bridge CPUs, which accumulated due to slower than expected computer sales.

    Apple has received Intel CPU's in advance before.
    And I don't see Apple adopting USB 3.0 with Thunderbolt in their systems.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Maybe 'macrumors' should be renamed 'iRumors'?;)
  17. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2004
    Oh please hurry. I rely on Macs with more than the 4 cores currently available on top end iMacs, and i'm not willing to buy a 2 year old machine at those prices! Plus i'm after Thunderbolt. I really hope Apple push the boat out with this update. But i have to admit to not expecting much.

    I know Mac Pros aren't exactly Apples bread and butter anymore, but it says something about their company that they're putting no effort into it at all by the look of it. If companies like Sony can sell products for everybody ranging from consumers to broadcast professionals and maintain high quality products throughout those ranges. then surely Apple can too.
  18. macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2007
    Grow up.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Some people don't like worrying whether upgrades will make their machine useless.

  20. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Macrumors is sourcing from the inquirer now? They are fun to read for rumors, but I would take a cargo ship full of salt with anything they say.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Thank the lord. Time to buy my first Mac Pro. My 2002 Power Mac G4 is still chugging along, but can't really keep up with modern scientific computing anymore. Also, Tiger's getting a little old. Switching back and forth between Lion and Tiger gets annoying.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    P-worm --amen.

    I'll buy a new mac pro day of release!
  23. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    New York City
    If they release a mac pro you'll be able to upgrade for years. There are many ways to get get non appel sold graphics cards to work on a mac.

    You should also be able to swap out the processors like you can in the mac pros now.

    Also the updated mac pros will surely have thunderbolt. So you can expect upgradeability for many years to come.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2006
    Seen the amount of time and resources Apple has spent on OpenCL (like optimizing Final Cut X for it) I doubt the Nvidia move...

    Either way, AMD or Nvidia, Apple has always seen substandard support from both in the high end market, maybe Apple could provide its own graphics (OpenGL 4++) - OpenCL Cards, instead of buying cards that were built with DirectX in mind.

    Apple better start pushing its OpenGL platform forward with mountain lion because they seem to be the largest OpenGL mainstream supporter.
  25. macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Apple is moving the Mac Pro towards a two-year update cycle. We won't see this for a while.

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