Late 2008 Mac Pro possible specs?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Lord Nerdos, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Lord Nerdos macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2007
    With the emphasis on the "early" part of the description of the current 2008 mac pro, I can't help but think that a "late" 2008 mac pro may be coming. The lack of new cinema displays also suggests that the refreshed models would have new enclosures... possibly to match the late 2008 mac pros? What does the mac rumors community think?
  2. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2008
    i think you are gonna ruin everyones fun of enjoying their early models so SCRAM


    but seriously
    i there are a few threads on this.
  3. MikeL macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2003
    Bloomington, MN
  4. newtech macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    The name Mac Pro (early 2008), aka Mac Pro 3,1, means nothing as to future timing of new machines. It only distinguishes it from the earlier Mac Pro and Mac Pro (8X) aka Mac Pro 1,1 and Mac Pro 2,1.

    The convention is similar to G5's that went from G5 to G5 ( june 2004 ) to G5 ( late 2004 ) to G5 ( early 2005 ) to G5 ( late 2005 ).

    It is unlikely that Mac Pro will see a refresh until early or mid 2009 when intel makes Nehalem based processors available.
  5. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    If anything it would most likely just be a bump to faster harpertowns, 3.4 - 4.0GHz for more money and maybe new hard drive options or perhaps a new add in card. I doubt Apple will be redesigning the case or chassis, certainly not before Nehalem, and probably not even then.
  6. Mr.PS macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    I agree.
  7. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    agreed. :D
  8. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    The thread title should probably be "Early 2009 Mac Pro" ;)
  9. Rowlander macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Maybe also finally a Blu-Ray drive.
    But waiting for the next iteration, when the new one has JUST been released doesn´t make sense to me. People who do that will never be happy with what they have. ;)
    I´m glad I waited but I started waiting when the last Mac Pro was almost a year old.
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    June 2009 Mac Pro. Released at WWDC.
  11. newtech macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Not unless intel develops a new stepping for Harpertown, they are up against the wall on speed at 3.2 GHz. There are non Xeon harpertowns that have faster clocks but slower buses that are less stable and unsuitable for a Mac Pro.
  12. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    Intel is releasing the Nehalems in Q1 2009.

    I think that is when we should expect the "early-2009" Mac Pros;)
  13. voyagerd macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2002
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    I'm definitely waiting for Nehalem to upgrade my Rev. A G5.
  14. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    Why not wait for Westmere? (32 nm)
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    No, no. Sandy Bridge is the one you want! Honestly, just let him buy when he wants to buy... unless he wants to buy within two weeks of any WWDC...
  16. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    NO! He wants Intel Gesher 22nm which will come out in 2012!

    That is what he wants lol
  17. Soop53 macrumors regular


    Jan 20, 2008
    Good Golly, I would love to receive my 2008 first. It is like unwrapping presents at Christmas and already making a list for next year. HeHe.

    Anyway, I would like to see the new Mac Pro come with more speed, better hard drives, graphic cards (that are upgradeable to what is available in the windows side) and better media drives like blue ray all standard!!! Of course, there really needs to be an upgrade to the displays.
  18. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    Here is what I would like:

    1. Hot swappable internal hard drives

    2. 10G Ethernet (Standard or optional)

    3. Faster CPUs, Ram etc

    4. USB 3.0 (~late 2008)

    5. Firewire 3200 (~late 2008 - early 2009)

    6. A SMALL lcd screen (2cm) either in the front or back displaying uptime, and errors with hardware (making it much easier to understand possible problems, and correct them as soon as possible)

    7. Tooless Optical drive accessibility

    8. ESATA ports

    9. Anti-vibrational rubber pads at the base of the tower, on the optical drive bays, and on the hard drive bays. This will improve the reliability of the machine, and will make it much quieter.

    10. Some sort of hard drive cooling. A heatpipe system would be great! The Mac Pros currently have problems with hard drives overheating (slightly). If there were copper heatpipes on the hard drive rails (something simple), that would improve the reliability and longevity of the system even more.

    What do you guys think?
  19. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    Also, interior case lighting will absolutely make this case the best.

    When you take of the side panel, an interior light goes on, and provides light for the ram compartment and pci-e compartment.

    That would be so sick.
  20. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I wasn't to say anything.

    But Apple is hiding the specs in a secret place, wanna look inside the hiding place?

  21. vendettabass macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand

    all would be excellent! I may be in the market around June 09 during my placement year. Love the small display idea that'd be cool.
  22. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008

    1. Blu-ray
    2. Nehalem or faster Penryn processors
    3. 4GB of RAM standard
    4. 500GB Hard Drive standard
    5. Possibly new enclosure
    6. ATI Radeon 3850 standard, 9800 GTX as an option, FX 5600 stays

    My guess. :)
  23. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    I just got another really good idea.

    What about an integrated Airport Extreme base station into the back of the Mac Pro.
  24. Banacek macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2008
    Is the Mac Pro cycle that short? I would figure that they aren't touching these till next year.

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