A 3.2GHz 2009 Mac Pro forthcoming?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by wally21, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. wally21 macrumors member

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    Hello all,

    I have been following intel's release of the nehalem processors (gainestown for xeon) with a lot of anticipation. I know that the new MPs have received some fairly negative reviews so far, but still remain optimistic that over the next few months with Snow Leopard and other new software coming out, these processors will start to show their true merit.

    One thing that keeps bugging me about the current MP analysis is that the current tests and programs seem to rely more on processor speed than multi-threading capability. Given this, I was wondering if anyone knows if/when apple will include the 3.2GHz (w5580) as an option. I really think that comparing an 2008 3.2GHz octo to a 2009 2.93GHz octo isn't quite fair (price concerns aside).
     
  2. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    This is what I've been wondering as well. I think that the 3.2GHz Nehalem will be silently upgraded and bumping each model down while keeping the prices the same, thus making the 2.66GHz the new base model when the 3.2GHz finally hits.

    Also dont forget that Apple received their Nehalem Xeons (gainstown) earlier than any other vendors. Once the full line is out, I'm sure Apple will adjust it accordingly.
     
  3. More macrumors regular

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    Never going to happen. The extra cost and power consumption of the 3.2GHz chip made it impossible for Apple to consider given the silly price of the chip and their new green credentials.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I highly doubt it. I mean highly.

    Isn't quite fair? Clock speed has absolutely nothing to do with this. Google the Megahertz Myth.
     
  5. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Oh, yes, I am going to pull a one-ton load with my Hybrid....

    Not.

    The MacPro is a machine that gets you get work done with, not worry about its power consumption.
     
  6. wally21 thread starter macrumors member

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    The prices that I've seen have only been about $300 or so higher for the 3.2GHz vs the 2.93GHz. But I suppose if you double that, and add apple's premium prices it might add up to an extra $1000 or so
     
  7. twig16 macrumors newbie

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    your posts are erroneous and misleading.
     
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    How is it misleading? Its just my opinions. I never said its a fact, I said, "I think."

    I wouldnt put that away though because macbook pros have been getting silent bump upgrades all the time.

    Its true that the 3.2GHz machine will cost more than what the 2.93GHz does (intel's prices) BUT if you think about it, Apple is already OVERCHARGING all the 8 cores by ALOT more than it should be. If they do a silent upgrade I think it will match the prices accordingly with the speed bumps.

    Maybe Apple wanted to keep the prices high because they know of the inevitable silent speed bumps are coming. And especially since they got their Nehalem chips first, they wanted to put it up for sale and make some extra $$$ in the next few months.
     
  9. DeepCobalt macrumors regular

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    I hope you're right, but as has been noted above, the trouble is you have:


    CHIP Power

    3.2 130 W
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    2.93 95 W
    2.8
    2.66
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    2.53 80 W
    2.4
    2.26

    So, the logical offers clock-speed wise are 2.4, 2.8, and 3.2, but b/c of the huge power requirement of the 3.2, it is likely to not be featured, hence the only logical offers become 2.26, 2.66, and 2.93. I guess conceivably, Apple could upgrade the lowest one to the 2.4 in a quiet upgrade, but I don't see the 3.2 coming... hope I'm wrong!!!
     
  10. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I dont see why Apple wouldnt give a 3.2GHz a go even at the rated 130W. I mean its not like its 200W or anything insane, if its that fast I think they'll still offer it.
     
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Has nothing to do with it. The 3.2GHz Harpertown was the same wattage.
     
  12. DeepCobalt macrumors regular

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    But that was before Apple's GREEN kick...
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Not really. They've been touting the environment since early aught seven.
     
  14. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Apple is still selling their 3.2GHz 8 core refurbs.. so Green maybe is really towards the imacs, mac mini, and notebooks.
     
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Refurb sales doesn't really have anything to do with it.

    They have a (utterly wasted) page in the Mac Pro section called Environment. It extends to everything.
     
  16. DeepCobalt macrumors regular

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    Actually, I believe the 3.2 Harpertown was 150 W.
     
  17. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Whoa, so its actually better on the nehalem 3.2ghz.
     
  18. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    So is the world going to end for all you naysayers?

    I think it is perfectly reasonable for Apple to upgrade the speed of the whole 8-core line in 6-8 months, with the bottom end being 2.66. Just because Apple doesn't have a history of upgrading often with Mac Pros, (often in Apple terms is 6-8 months, in the rest of the industry is 3-4 months.) In the PowerPC days, Apple would upgrade the PowerMacs as soon as they could get their hands on newer faster chips. I think that they realize that many (not all) people willing drop $2800 on a computer in November and December were also willing to wait for the next upgrade, upon hearing how great it would be.

    Most reasonable people would think that it is ridiculous for a company to sell a product for the same price, 14 months after it is introduced. Just because most of us are fanboys here, doesn't make everything Apple does, the right thing to do.
     
  19. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    And the 3.0 GHz Clovertown was 150 W.

    They skipped the initial set of Clovertowns in late 2006.
    They added one Clovertown in 2007.
    They skipped the 3.4 GHz Harpertown late last year.
    I'm not betting on a silent speed bump, even though it would be good. Possible, yes. Likely, probably not…

    When predicting release dates, I say what I think Apple might do, whether I agree with the prediction or not.
     
  20. Jouhne macrumors member

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    I think that Apple will do an upgrade in fall 2009.
    That will give them some room to go to Xeon Westmere around June 2010 (the consummer/laptop Westmere will be late 2009/early 2010), then if all goes well we'll see SandyBridge in June/Fall 2011.
    So If we look at the current Xeon Processor available now (march 29),
    the next update can be : Quad : 2,93 / 3,20 Octo : 2,40 / 2,80 / 3,20 (for the current buyer those speed doesn't change a thing)
    Btw in may 31, Intel will update the Core i7 to 3,06 & 3,33.
     
  21. sedril macrumors member

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    I too hope they upgrade to the 3.2 at some point.

    I laugh every time I see someone say "Google the Megahertz Myth"

    Megahertz still has so much to do with the speed of the computer. Why is it then that the 2.93 is so much faster than the 2.26? Why is the 2.66 faster than the 2.26? They all have the same amount of cores? If cores are more important than the speed of the cpu, then why even have different speed chips? So wouldn't the 3.2 be that much faster than the 2.93 and 2.66? Given the poor reviews of the 2.26 due to many things still relying on cpu speed, I agree with those that say they should realign the specs and do the 3.2 as the top and 2.66 as the bottom.

    As far as pricing goes, that's another story... Since the Nehelam 2.93 system is roughly $1400 more than the 3.2 system was previously, I don't see how they could raise the price any more than they already have and that might be an issue. If they could adjust the specs and leave the pricing as is, they'd have a winner. If they would have to raise the price on the top end, and since it's already so much higher than the previous gen, I'd say it'd be a tough call...

    At this point, so many things rely on cpu speed rather than just how many cores are doing the work, I'm holding off buying a MP untill they either prove something with snow leopard and put the cores to work, or I'll wait till they come out with a faster cpu.
     
  22. rylin macrumors 6502

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    That's not what the megahertz myth is.
    To summarize the argument, it's that you can't draw any conclusions on performance based on the frequency alone.

    You have to consider several factors such as instruction set and extensions, pipeline length, etc.

    Basically, "how many cycles does it take do do X on processor Y compared to processor Z".
     
  23. sedril macrumors member

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    Right, but I'm talking about the speed of cpu's within the same architecture, meaning the instruction sets are all the same.. Therefore the higher the clock the better....
     
  24. Abidubi macrumors 6502

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    Even that isn't always true. Look for benchmarks of the dual 2.5 and dual 2.7Ghz G5s.

    Here I found it for you: http://www.barefeats.com/threeway.html
     
  25. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

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    Intel does not have them (yet), and if they did, they would sell for over $2000 USD a pop.
     

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