AMD a possible replacement for Intel?

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

  1. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    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


    Sep 14, 2006
    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

    Nov 30, 2008
    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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