This is Apple afterall....Those processors cost the same and the price of the base quad core hasn't gone up. $1200 to upgrade a $300 processor to a $1000 processor is pushing it, but $1,500?
Many are hoping for this, but I'm not so sure that will actually be the case, given they did go up on the Octad (it doesn't appear to have gotten a ~$143 hike in costs; ~$143*1.4, as any price increase gets the margin applied to it as well).I think the 6-core Mac Pro will cost the same as the current 3.33GHz Mac Pro.
It's fairly easy on the SP systems, as the socket has the latching system attached (same as any other board using an LGA1366 socket). But the DP systems are different, as the latching mechanism is missing. It's doable, but requires a couple more steps, and more diligence to make sure the socket, coolers, and fan connectors aren't damaged.Is it that hard to upgrade the processor? Wouldn't it make sense to just buy the bottom end one and upgrade?
Not much really, as Sandy Bridge will use an LGA1155 for the consumer parts, and the LGA2011 for the enterprise grade parts (3xxx & 5xxx Xeons).How much life does this socket have left? I could live with a slightly slower processor for a bit if I could upgrade it significantly in 6-12 months.
Only you can answer this, as you're the only person that knows how much time you spend on what application (what % of time is on multi-threaded applications that can use n cores v. other).Now I'm wondering if the quad 3.2 at ~$2999 would be a better buy than the proposed single six core 3.33 at $3600 to $3999 will be?
Being a 400MHz jump per core, the upgrade to 3.2 over the base 2.8 might make some sense.
The closer the price premium of the six core 3.33 is towards $1000 over the 3.2 quad core, the more consternation in clubland and the better the quad core at the higher speed looks, for a lot of people anyhow.
I render and compress, but enough to warrant that kind of price difference?
Man if this pricing is true, I'm going to have to try to pick up the current 2.93GHz/3.33GHz QUAD at a discount (hopefully priced at $2700 for the 3.33GHz Nehalem current model).
Unfortunately, No.Does anyone know if the new 2.8GHz/3.2GHz nehalem models will be based on the 32nm technology?
Yes.The current 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz and 3.33GHz are 45nm right?