Photo and story of a IBM 8-way POWER5 chip with 144MB Cache.

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. Mudbug Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    whoa. if nothing more, check out the size of that thing!
  2. Rasmuskl macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2003
    Bronx, New York

    Now if they could just throw a 12MB cache on the next derivative G5+ or G6.
    Of course each chip would probably cost $6-8K.

    (Just look at the price of the P4EE with 4Mb L3 Cache)
  3. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    No kidding. Note from the caption (above the image) that this photo is of an 8-core variant with 144M of cache.

    The PPC 980 (what future Macs may be built around) will only have one or two CPU cores and will probably have much less cache. So it won't be quite that big.

    Also, that article says that the POWER-5 is based on 130nm tech. It says that a future Power-5+ will be based on 90nm. This will probably make the whole package a bit smaller. (Or maybe not, depending on if they want it to be pin-compatible with the 130nm packages or not.)
  4. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Wow... that is a HOT chip...

    Improve preformance in HyperThreading SMT thingy... good to hear... maybe in the Next like of ApplePowerMac's... better...


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