AMD a possible replacement for Intel?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Josias, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Josias macrumors 68000

    Josias

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    Given the announcement of these badboys, and Apple's recent dealings with AMD, I'd say it might be a possibility down the line.
     
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601

    Umbongo

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    Not based on that. It seems a decent processor, but it competes with the low end of what Apple are using in the Mac Pro. Intel could probably deliver 6 core 2.8GHz desktop processors for ~$300 if they were under real threat, which would make this AMD offering poor in comparison. It seems unlikely AMD can really be a threat in the near future.
     
  3. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Not appropriate for the new Mac Pro because the Nehalem Quad XEONs which are currently used are faster than these hex cores.

    There is a reference value for a 12 core AMD machine in the new CineBench version and it is slower than my 2.26GHz octad Pro.
    The AMD machine is a 2.62 GHZ dual AMD Opteron 2435, so more clock speed, more cores, but still slower.
     

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