Core 2 Quads hit street Nov 13th

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by usasalazar, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. usasalazar macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2006
    I realise it is still early in the transition to iNTEL but I am feeling a little behind the times compared with my PC friends.

    While I continue to wait for a Core 2 Duo chip for my MBP I am wondering why I'm not shouting for more.

    Is Apple so enamored with iTUNES and the iPOD that it has placed its other departments on autopilot?

    What happened to "Think Differently"?

    I'd love to use OSX on a new HP desktop by Christmas Day!
  2. John Walsh macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2006

    Dunno—I've been wondering myself. I never heard of QuadCore yet—thanks for pointing that out—and if if Apple comes out with PowerMacs (MacPros?) with Duel QuadCore chips—I don't CARE if they're not thinking different!
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    "Workstation" my friend, is the operative word in the press release

    HP is releasing obscenely expensive, hot noisy high end workstations.
    "The computers will probably use Intel's planned Xeon 5300 chip, and are designed to run high-end applications"

    Hardly "street" level desktop machinery.

    Hang onto your britches.
  4. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    Nope, you just don't understand intel's system.

    The chips being referred to here are Clovertown Xeon 5300s. These are server/workstation chips like the Woodcrest Xeon 5100s in the Mac Pro. They are pin compatible, and engineering samples have already worked stably in a Mac Pro. They do not clock as high as the Woodcrests (topping out at 2.66 rather than 3.00) and have both higher heat output and higher cost. For properly multithreaded apps they will work beautifully.

    You are waiting for a C2D Macbook Pro? Good, wait. I have news for you, there IS NO quad core notebook chip currently on the roadmap for the relatively near future. After Merom comes Merom-800MT/S and then Penryn, which is still dual core, a die shrink to 45nm.

    This doesn't affect you in the least.
  5. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    it is for the professional level machines.

    Apple needs to release a new mid level line between the imac and mac pro.

    that uses core 2 extreme chips.

    it would help alot to bridge the performance gap. that or drop price on mac pro towers with the new quad core chips coming.
  6. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2006
  7. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    Yeah for no less than $4000.
  8. devincco macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2006
    What do you all think of the possibility of either apple releasing a mid-way desktop, or lowering the price on the mac pro actually happening? I would love to see something that has similiar specs to a iMac but without the screen. I know I saw a article that apple submitted a patent for a "cube" design about a month or so ago. That would be sweet... Bring back the Cube!!! Anyway, for my needs that would fit in perfectly.
  9. stefan15 macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2005
    Hey anyone interested in the Quad Core..

    Did VERY well in preliminary reviews (desktop side). Of course note that this would not get used in any Apple products as imacs, mb, mbp use a mobile chipset where this is desktop etc etc.

    Check it out, looks pretty good.
  10. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    <---waits for Multimedia to pop his head in here.

    thats a guy DYING for the quad core.
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You forgot SMP support.
  12. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    I really hope the Merom comes out soon because i've been putting off buying an apple laptop for like 2 months now.
  13. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    Before ordering my Woody, I had considered waiting for Clovertown. But, I do not see that as the next quantum leap forward. The only app I use, which would possibly gain significantly by it, is Lightwave. Right now, I cannot put any stress on either Quad (G5 or Intel). I think the apps need to catch-up and hopefully a bus design that will open up the current FSB bottleneck.
  14. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    It's called Common Systems Interface, would have been out very soon if not for the Whitefield scandal. I think now it's set for 2008-09....
  15. mmc291 macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2006
    Dont hold your breath

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