Possible Intel Chip to Run on new macs?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by xaphonyx, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I really dont think apple will be putting regular p4 chips into the next generation of hi-end macs, they are just too standard. Something tells me that Apple knows that they need to appease all of the hardcore mac professionals with something that will resassure that they have the best computer on the market. With that said, they could go with the xeon chips, but that still is relatively mainstream, I think the chip apple will go with, will be Intels top of the line, itanium 2 chip or a chip derived from it. It is intels highest performing chip, used in servers, they work great in multiprocessor, dual-processor, and low voltage situations and they are 64-bit. In my opinion that would definitly be the best idea to keep the professional market, now to reach the average consumer, i think the p4 or xeons, will be used, they are much cheaper and have higher clockspeeds, which with most consumers is all they look at. What does everyone else think, any ideas of how apple will make this switch truely worth it?
     
  2. iN8
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    Apple will most likely use Intels next gen chips, codenamed Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest. Merom=Mobile, Conroe=Desktop, Woodcrest=Server.

    They will be 64-bit, dual core, low power chips. A chip going in a totally different direction from Intel's past chips (Pentium 4). They have shorter pipelines (similar to PPC) which aids in the power consumption and does lower the clockrate a bit, but these chips have a high performance per clock (again similar to the PPC).

    From what I have read on these since apples announcement yesterday, I think these are what Apple has their eyes on and I think we will be pretty happy with them.
     
  3. macrumors 68040

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    While it's not impossible for Apple to use 64 bit CPUs in the future, Universal Binary applications only support Intel's 32-bit architecture, so moving to 64 bits won't do anything for them.

    Apple is going to use whatever Intel's popular chips are when the systems are released. Intel isn't going to make special chips for Apple for the same reason IBM apparently didn't particularly want to- too small of a customer. By switching to Intel, Apple has basically guaranteed itself that they will have large quantities of (more or less) constantly improving chips available, since Intel has to produce them for the 100s of PC manufacturers anyway.
     
  4. iN8
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    I realise that the universal binaries only support 32-bit, but in truth how many Mac apps really support 64-bit.

    I'm sure Apple will use whatever Intel chip it needs to when we release our first Intel based Macs, but the the processors on Intels future roadmap (and what wasn't on IBM's) is what Jobs said made them switch, not what Intel is presently offering.

    Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest are Intels future and will be Intels popular chips, so Apple WILL use them.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Anandtech has an interesting article discussing the possibilities.

    http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/showdoc.aspx?i=2439&p=2

     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Something I ran across while browsing the countless topics about this on the web. He talks about the insides of the dev boxes and possible future chips apple plans to use.

     

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