Octocore Specs??

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Lycanthrope, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen many threads in this forum about people dropping clovertown chips into existing woodcrest machines followed by a barrage of responses with failure predictions, particularly around the matter of heat dissipation, because the rest of the system has not been beefed up to cope.

    So, what's the deal with these new 4C's then - is the cooling system modified, is the motherboard the same etc.

    This is quite important to me because if everything other than then processor chips is the same then I would buy a 2C machine now then drop in some 4C chips in a couple of years when they're giving them away with breakfast cereals...

    Have Apple published anything on this or will we just have to wait until some enterprising individual upacks one and rips it apart.

    Sorry if it appears to be a dozy question :confused:
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Clovertown

    Until the Apple Developer notice comes up or someone cracks a Mac Pro open we won't really know what's inside for the cooling and motherboard. I don't expect any changes other then the processors though. I'd at least expect more fan spin ups to cope with the higher heat output of the processors. We don't even know if it's a true X5365 either.
     
  3. Lycanthrope thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for pointing that out, I'm even more of a dork than I realised :eek:
     
  4. laidbackliam macrumors 6502

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    i'm fairly sure they are drop in replacements, like the mac mini/imac processors
     
  5. Lycanthrope thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I'll be very interested to see an autopsy on this - for sure I will buy a MP not because I'm a pro user but because I want a fast machine that will last a long time. So if the chips are the only difference then really I should content myself right now with a 2.66 Quad and spend the money I save on RAM. I'm probably better off staying with the stock graphics card too and upgrading that in a few years.

    Processors will evolve, GPU will evolve but the basic machine and the RAM
    will act as a strong foundation.

    Great, I feel like I am coming to the purchase point :)
     
  6. Lycanthrope thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. portishead macrumors 65816

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    It's a lot of hype, I don't see a huge difference. I won't argue that bus speed may be faster etc., but we're not talking about monumental speed increases here. 8-core is where it's at!
     

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