IBM Cranks Up Its Server Chip

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by thejadedmonkey, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005

    Is this a PPC G6 that could theoretically be used in a Power Mac G6? Just curious as a chip n00b...
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Not likely. IBM say that the POWER6 chips will consume about the same as POWER5, that is about 170W.

    The G5 was a scaled-down version of the POWER4, not in the same class as these server CPUs. It's unlikely that IBM would bother to develop future desktop variants without a large customer like Apple to cover the expenses, IBM didn't really do very much with the G5 themselves.
  3. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    The 170W figure has never been proven (since IBM has never officially released power5 power figures). We do know that Power4+@1.7Ghz is only 120W.

    Not quite, according to this article:

    As you can see, they intend to have multiple versions of Power6.

    And the article first cited has said that the chip can run as low as 0.8v, which would cut power consumption considerably (it would also cut frequency as well). You've got to remember that lower end versions of Power6 are intended to replace the 970MP in IBM's blade server range. They will also likely release Quad modules as well (similar to how they did with Power5+).

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