Where's this 970GX?

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    gekko513

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    I have never heard that there is a PowerPC 970GX processor in existence, yet this article by IBM says:

    I remember some rumors about this GX, but this seems to claim there is one. The article was published Mar. 1. 2005.
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    There is a 970GX processor in existence, we just don't know anything about it because it hasn't made it into any Macs yet, and may not any time soon (if ever). These technology companies, especially those who work with Apple, are pretty tight-lipped. :cool:
     
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    gekko513

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    But why even mention it if it isn't used and isn't going to be used by anyone? (PowerBook G5s next Tuesday :p )
     
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    Lacero

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    It's probably a low power version destined for the powerbooks
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    IBM develops chips for their own products, as well as for other companies than Apple. However, they did specifically refer to the 970GX as a G5, which is Apple's name for it, not IBM's. This clearly indicates that it is being developed for Apple, but Apple is not using it yet. Chances are, it just isn't ready for mass production yet, perfecting chips takes time.
     
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    exactly, i just wonder where in apple's line this chip will be used, since we know nothing of it, is it low power for the powerbooks, or something else entirely?
     
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    "Like Antares, the 970GX will initially come in at speeds around 3GHz and is said to feature 1MB of L2 cache, double what the 970FX processor sports. Like the 970FX, however, the processor will not have any L3 cache. "

    Perhaps the updated Powermacs for announcement at WWDC, with 1mb L2 cache and upto 3ghz it sounds awesome
     
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    gekko513

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    Rumor from November 2004:

     
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    Chaszmyr

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    With this new compiled information (I've read it all before, but my memory is fallible), I'll offer my input.

    I am HOPING that the Antares (970MP) and 970GX will be released at the same time, as different models, rather than the 970GX being used as a stepping stone to the 970MP.
     
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    gekko513

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    Woops, maybe I should have included the next line, too:

    I would also like to hope that the 970MP is ready, but if it is, wouldn't it also be included in the Altivec article by IBM?
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    Don't rain on my parade, a dual core PowerMac is the #1 thing I'm looking forward to in life right now lol
     
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    gekko513

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    About the author:
    It doesn't look like he's working at IBM, so maybe he doesn't know anything more than we do ... or maybe he does? Maybe someone should send him a mail and ask him :D
     
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    Fredstar

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    According to the editor of the artical:
    "I don't actually know; I saw it listed in one of the articles I was reading for research, so I included it on the list."
    So i don't think he knows any more than we do :p
     
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    gekko513

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    That depends on what kind of article he was reading for research. It could be an IBM internal article!
     
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    Some_Big_Spoon

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    Low power is good all around. It's obviously good for mobile computing (better battery life, cooler running) but it's also great for desktops too (makes the possibility of an even thinner/lighter iMac). Also think in terms of reliability and durability.. if the processor/board/etc. runs cooler, there's less wear and tear, meaning that things are less likely to break or burn out. The POWER series is meant for not only heavy workloads, but also to be extremely reliable.. critical computing for sure. (i.e., not windows ;)

    They're working on it, and info about the GX is bound to surface in IBM docs before it surfaces in Macs. Nice to know that there's progress, both in terms of clock speed, but also cache size. L3 would be nice (where's my L3 in the G4 PB????)

    Here's the thing, Apple wants these chips like yesterday, so the minute they're ready to roll, they'll be putting them in their desktops, and hopefully laptops. They need the momentum.
     
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    ziwi

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    Or...would they just wait until WWDC and announce then - if so that would rot - the lines have waited long enough - if it is ready then put them out for sale...don't wait for the shining spotlight moment a few months from now...
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    This now appears on IBM's page
     

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