Power 5 CPU

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by simie, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Power != PPC. This is a massive chip for big iron boxes. It's not for notebooks or even desktops!
     
  2. GroundLoop macrumors 68000

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    I don't think simie was implying that this chip would be used in Macs, but just providing information to the masses.

    Hickman
     
  3. nagromme macrumors G5

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    Hmmm, couldn't make the 3Ghz mark? ;)

    PPC G5s were based on POWER4 after the fact, while the PPC G6--supposedly--was being developed in parallel with the POWER5. I had hopes for a POWER5-derived CPU in my next Mac (in 2006), but nothing ever materialized about the G6. (And even G5 improvements were coming late.)

    So now it's Intel for me!

    Anyway, interesting to see what IBM's up to all the same. PPC had potential--I won't be sorry to see it live on in other ways, even that's only mainframes, game consoles, and embedded applications.
     
  4. simie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I just thought that folk might be interested in this
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Just think, we would probably be getting a form of these chips in upcoming Macs if it weren't for the switch to Intel.

    How cool would it be to have a PowerBook G6?! :eek: ;) :)
     
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Well the G6 may likely have had the power saving features that made a PowerBook G6 possible.

    The Power5 included CPU-based dynamic thermal/power management.

    The G5/Power4 needed a service processor to control this feature, the Power5 ramped up the thermal diodes by a whole lot and did this by itself and a ways ahead of PowerTune.

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    IBM was quite willing to do it for several $100 million bills, and more of those if IBM ran into production problems.

    Basically they send in the IBM production techs to fix the fab problems quick with this result...

    IBM Looted My Project Budget
     
  7. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    That would be wicked awesome. PowerBook G6 3.8GHz :D

    .....dreams
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Well then, it is a shame that we wil never see them in a Mac. :(

    "Conroe" sounds promising though for the upcoming Mactels. :)
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Awesome indeed. :)
     

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