i7 coming to mac pros?

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  1. wutisupmonSD macrumors newbie

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    we've just recently upgraded our home pc to the 2.66 intel core i7, and the improvements were phenominal(overclocking to 4.0Ghz). At some point we're finally going to switch the home computer over to apple, but the i7 I can't just leave behind.

    any ideas if the i7 is in apple's plans for the next mac pro? any multi-threading processors?
     
  2. JasO macrumors regular

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    Well they're supposed to be...

    but no one knows when. Just have to wait it out like everyone else! Be prepared for a long wait.
     
  3. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    Not the Core i7. The Gainestown (2-socket Nehalem) in ~Q2 2009.
     
  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    By then, I should of made enough money to upgrade my rig (again),
    though I'm thinking of a HDElement for added storage. Buy the base unit and replace the drives with the largest on the market at the time...
     
  5. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    Is the Xeon 5570 the official name?

    Check this review out at anandtech.
     
  6. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    5570 is the model number of the 2.93GHz Nehalem Xeon. They will likely be referred to Gainestown (their code name) or Xeon 5500 series.
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    February to May at the earliest. Search next time.
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I suspect it will be the latter. ;)
    Makes sense to me anyway. :D :p
     
  9. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    We had better see a updated Mac Pro in January it has been a year since that model has been updated. As far as computers go, only the mini is older.

    It is ridiculous how long Apple has waited to update that model.
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    We won't. Because there are no chips. Why is this difficult to understand?

    The Mac Pro went 518 days between updates the last time. What makes you think they wouldn't do that again?
     
  11. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Whats so "difficult to understand" about Apple speed bumping that Model???

    Intel IS making faster X5400 series chips then what Apple has in those systems.
     
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    What are the speeds? If you're talking about the six core chips, that's an entirely different chipset.
     
  13. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    I am talking about the X5470 and X5492 it is the same chipset as what is in the current line of Mac Pro's just a faster clock speed.

    Edit: 3.33Ghz(1333 bus) and 3.40Ghz(1600 bus)
     
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The X5492 would require different RAM, and the X5470 isn't an appreciable increase in speed over the current offerings.

    Apple did an "update" (demeaning to the word update to call it such) last time to add an eight core option that a gave serious speed increase. Unless there is a Penryn offering that can bring the same level of increase over the current chips as that did, don't expect any line additions until the real update to Nehalem.
     
  15. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Can you explain why the X5492 would need different RAM?

    Right now the Mac Pro is so over priced for what you get it is hilarious. Apple needs to drop its price as the system ages or keep the price the same and keep them current with the latest tech(video, CPU, etc).
     
  16. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Different bus speed.

    And that's how Apple updates work. The prices are quite competitive at the beginning, and then they're never lowered until the next update. This is how it has always worked. Apple will never drop prices on computers without a spec update.
     
  17. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Last time I checked the X5492 was the same bus speed(1600Ghz) as the current processors in the Mac Pro.

    My point is needs to update the Mac Pro so they DON'T have to lower the price. A year between updates is crazy.
     
  18. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    WWDC. ;)

    Wait, isn't the X5492's bus speed 1600 MHz, the same as the speed of the current Mac Pro?
     
  19. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    My mistake. The X5470 has the different speed, then.
     
  20. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    What would you have them change?
     
  21. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a

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    an extra usb port
     
  22. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    No its not at all.

    An 8 core system for 2800 dollars is pretty cheap from where I am standing, especially in comparison to any other OEM, or indeed DIY.
     
  23. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    actually, until now, the Mac Pro has gone a maximum of 10 months between updates as Apple introduced an 8 core option in April 2007 to buy Apple time.
     
  24. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That doesn't fricking count worth squat. They did NOTHING to the prices or hardware of the rest of the existing line at that time.
     
  25. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Was that just a CPU bump, from a C2D Xeon to a Quad core?

    Edit - looks like that point's already been raised...
     

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