Harpertown a drop-in replacement for Wolfdale?

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  1. netdog macrumors 603

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    Wondering if a pair of Wolfdales would be user-upgradeable to Harpertowns. Anybody know if this would work?
     
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    So if Apple wanted to put out quad-core and octo-core MP's when they launch Penryn, it will require two different motherboards?
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    No
     
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    If the motherboard and sockets are the same, and the chipset the same, then why couldn't one drop in 1333 Harpertowns into 1333 Wolfdale sockets?
     
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    The Xeon LGA771 Harpertown would be the quad core upgrade path for the Xeon LGA771 Wolfdale-DP dual core on a dual socket motherboard.

    Wolfdale being used for desktop LGA775 and Xeon LGA771 is a little vague.
     
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    Considering the speeds of the Wolfdales, I don't find it likely that Apple will use one.

    Also, they both seem to use 771, so I don't see why (if they did release a Wolfdale Mac Pro) you couldn't drop in Harpertowns.
     
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    I just find it hard to believe that Apple is going to give all us Mac Pro buyers 8-cores in a couple of weeks.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's not like a Harpertown processor is significantly more expensive when the Wolfdale-DP. :rolleyes:
     
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    Why?
     
  10. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    I am not sure that speed differences across the Mac Pro line are going to justify the $4K base they will want to collect for the top machine.
     
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    I am not following you. Can you be a little more clear?
     
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    Well, the price difference between the current 2.66 woodcrest ($690) and the 3.0 clovertown ($1172) is the same as the difference between a 2.83 ($690) and a 3.16 harpertown ($1172), so it seems reasonable to expect those machines to have the same prices a current models. Not to mention the 3.2 harpertown is $1279. While the only difference between the 2.83 and 3.16 is speed and power consumption, if they used the 3.2 as the top you'd get the extra frontside bus.

    I understand what you're saying, though. Currently you're paying $1500 to go from a quad to an octo machine. Will people pay an extra $1500 for only a speed bump? I wouldn't, but some people like to buy the fastest available no matter what. And I bet if they put the 3.2 in the top model, there will be plenty of people wanting that extra FSB.
     

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