Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

TimmyCrook

macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 9, 2019
65
33
Do you think Apple will look to integrate the M1 type chip so it will fit onto the current board and switch from INTEL? Forgive my ignorance if the answer is obvious. I have read a few opinions, but was more confused than anything. Thanks
 
Last edited:

dontpokebearz

macrumors regular
Feb 16, 2018
129
94
Maine
Not in it's current form. The M1 is an incredible chip but it's not worthy of being in a Mac Pro. Now, we will have to wait to see what they do with something like a M1x or M2 chip. I'm sure they will be able to surpass our imaginations with performance.

What I'm more interested in, is PCIe support. A Mac Pro without expandability? That's concerning.
 

MisterAndrew

macrumors 68020
Sep 15, 2015
2,365
1,799
Portland, Ore.
The rumor is Apple is developing a smaller Mac Pro with a higher end Apple chip. It's unclear if Apple will continue to sell a larger model like the 7,1. The performance of the M1 is incredible, especially considering it's the lowest end chip. It's faster than all 7,1 Intel chips in single core and almost as fast at the 8 core in multi core. A high end Apple chip for the new Mac Pro should be mind-boggling.
 

TimmyCrook

macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 9, 2019
65
33
Not in it's current form. The M1 is an incredible chip but it's not worthy of being in a Mac Pro. Now, we will have to wait to see what they do with something like a M1x or M2 chip. I'm sure they will be able to surpass our imaginations with performance.

What I'm more interested in, is PCIe support. A Mac Pro without expandability? That's concerning.
I should’ve been more specific, the question I was asking is will there be arm chipsets made by Apple that will fit into the socket where the current Intel chip sits
 

dontpokebearz

macrumors regular
Feb 16, 2018
129
94
Maine
I should’ve been more specific, the question I was asking is will there be arm chipsets made by Apple that will fit into the socket where the current Intel chip sits

That's a great question - I doubt that they will. But no one but Apple knows that yet.
 

Blair Paulsen

macrumors regular
Jun 22, 2016
210
156
San Diego, CA USA
It's an interesting clash of designs. The 7,1 is a "big iron" approach that can host a lot of resources. The new ARM based SOC designs are all about doing as much as possible on a tiny die.
What will be the relationship between the ASi GPU cores and discrete GPU cores in PCIe slots? Will there need to be a PCIe4/5 bridge chip(let)? If some compute tasks are round tripped to PCIe cards, will the SOC have to wait?
FWIW, I expect the 8,1 MP to feature a completely redesigned MoBo and be smaller - but that is certainly conjecture, to say the least.
 

MarkC426

macrumors 68000
May 14, 2008
1,989
717
UK
Not in it's current form. The M1 is an incredible chip but it's not worthy of being in a Mac Pro. Now, we will have to wait to see what they do with something like a M1x or M2 chip. I'm sure they will be able to surpass our imaginations with performance.

What I'm more interested in, is PCIe support. A Mac Pro without expandability? That's concerning.
They may even go for 2 - 4 Arm chips in a Mac Pro if they are struggling to get core numbers in 12-18 months. The current design of the Arm chip may not allow for say 16 or 24 cores.
 

OkiRun

macrumors demi-god
Oct 25, 2019
1,005
582
Japan
I think the 7, 1 is a completely walled off garden and its going to stay that way with no cross-pollination with the 8,1 in terms of interchangeability ~
Its even possible the 7,1 MPX modules won't fit in the coming half-size Mac Pro.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.