Intel Announces new Xeon Processors

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by VirtualRain, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    Good review of the new Xeon platform here...

    http://www.3dprofessor.org/Reviews Folder Pages/EP/EP0.htm

     
  2. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    WOW! Does that author have a doctorates - in marketing hype - or what?

    A galloping CPU? Hahahahahaaa....
     
  3. wally21 macrumors member

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    well, the new mac pro config isn't necessarily that much faster than its predecessor, but for the server market, the new xeons are going to make a huge impact.

    http://it.anandtech.com/IT/showdoc.aspx?i=3536

    It all depends on what your requirements are. Since the processor speeds aren't very different from previous generations, if you don't have programs that can fully take advantage of the Hyper-Threading and other functional changes, then you really aren't going to see huge increases in performance. In the linked review, the rendering performance was better, but not amazingly and this is because the Floating Point Operations per Second (FLOPS, processor speed) isn't much better than that of the P4 based xeons.

    I'm guessing that most of the performance qualms on that people are having with the new mac pros are due to programs mostly needing faster FLOPS or other changes that aren't as improved in this new release.

    My question is: Can software developers create new software (rendering is especially important to me) that takes full advantage of these new processors? I'm guessing yes, unless there is something inherent in operations such as rendering that just don't won't be helped much by the new xeon's improvements.
     
  4. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    Yes, but it takes time. There are several issues with s/w development. Multi processor machines like the Mac Pro are part of the solution. Snow Leopard features like OpenCL and Grand Central are another part.

    The inclination of the software company to commit resources to the product development is critical. Will Apple jump in with both feet to try to take advantage of these features? I would bet yes! How about the others? Adobe seems to be lagging, with no 64-bit version of Photoshop CS4 for the Mac.

    Another area is how to break down the tasks into parallel parts to spread the load from a single processor to many. This is not trivial. It remains to be seen how Grand Central will help. OpenCL will help with math processes that are highly parallel. But all of this is still a bit in the future...
     
  5. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Eh... I dunno, I've always thought Apple's marketing-hype/gimmicks (especially on the front page of their site when they announce something etc.) are pretty ridiculous myself... not much tops them.
     
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    Q1 2010.

    Seriously? They're already using these.
     
  8. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    H1 2010 with Gulftown.
     
  9. kevink2 macrumors 6502a

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    Note the smiley face. Very anticlimatic release when some here already had systems based on it.
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No one had Gainestown or Xeon Bloomfield until the Mac Pro.

    So, no.
     
  11. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    …although I guess with the latest rumor, we might see a 3.2 GHz "update" in June…
     
  12. kevink2 macrumors 6502a

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    Then no wonder the 2009 Mac Pro's have had so much disappointment, if they didn't have Gainestown, in spite of reports on this site that people had unboxed systems with them.
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You're confusing yourself.

    The Mac Pro uses Xeon Bloomfield and Gainestown processors.

    These processors were in no computers prior to the Mac Pro release.
     
  14. kevink2 macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I am really conused then.

    I don't understand then why Apple released new updated Mac Pro's just a month before Intel released new Xeon processors. Unless the chips released today aren't applicable to a Mac Pro system.
     
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    Because they're USING the processors that Intel just "released".
     
  16. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    Apple got access to these new Xeon CPU's a month before they were publicly announced and available to others... so this is old news to many here.

    The reason I posted this thread, was not to circulate old news, but to provide links to the official information... which had been difficult to find prior to the official release at the end of March.
     
  17. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Any thing in particular you're looking for?
     
  18. kevink2 macrumors 6502a

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    Which was the reason for my original post, with smiley. Others got confused and insisted that no one had computers with these announced CPUs before the announcement day, even those who had ordered the 2009 Mac Pros.

    It was also an attempt at humor for the many posts expecting an early (next few months) upgrade to the Mac Pros even though Apple normally waits nearly a year.
     
  19. wally21 macrumors member

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    Well, there are rumors afloat that apple may add the 3.2Ghz xeon chip and nvidia quadro fx5800 card to the lineup sometime in june. That sounds like a possible upgrade to me, unless you don't consider it an upgrade (maybe an update).
     

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