A few questions about the up-coming Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello. I read that parts to build Nehalem based PCs should be available on sale around Nov 10 of this year. Yet, some of us predict that the new Mac Pro should be out in Jan 2009. How come there is a 2-month gap? Anybody knows how many cores and memory slots will the up-coming Mac Pro have? It seems that on the PC side, motherboards for the Nehalem have one CPU socket and four memory slots to support triple-channel performance.
     
  2. portent macrumors 6502a

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    The Mac Pro has always used server-grade processors (Xeon-brand) which tend to take longer than the desktop-grade processors with the same core.

    The Neahlem-based server CPUs are Gainestown and Beckton, and won't be out until 2009.
     
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    There aren't suddenly the amount of processors all the companies need available on that date. There will still be work to do on development of chipsets and the Mac Pro hardware and getting everything together and ramping up production.

    It was always suggested that the processors for the Mac Pro would come out at the same time as the highend desktop parts in November, however there were rumours they had been delayed until January a month or so ago. Last year the Xeons came out at the same time as the desktop parts, but none of the big vendors (Dell, HP etc) began shipping workstation systems until after Christmas. Servers had been available from some companies before then and some smaller shops had systems using them available in limited quantities. The processors Apple used were delayed until January though, but this may have been because Apple bought up most of the highend 1600MHz FSB parts and all the 2.8GHz processors.

    Two quad core processors at 2.66, 2.8, 2.93 and 3.2GHz seems likely. 12 memory slots should also be present.
     

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