Mac pro 2010 question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Maurier, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Maurier macrumors regular

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    Can someone clue me in on the difference between the Nehalem and the Westmere processor?
    I guess the Nehalem would be a step up fromt he 2009 Xeon? and the Westmere a step up from the Nehalem?
    Also the new ATI GPU's ( 5780) will it work on the 2009 model?


    Thx.
     
  2. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Westmere (32nm) is a die shrink of a Nehalem (45nm).

    Aside from that, there's not much of a difference:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehalem_(microarchitecture)#Westmere

    You may or may not be interested in the AES instruction set.
     
  3. Maurier thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for help.
    Also trying to figure out if the new ati card will be compatible with the 2009 models.
    A guy at the apple store told me they will be not and i find this absurd?
    How can it be possible? I don't know much about Mac's on the inside but i have been building PC's for a long time and never heard anything more silly.
     
  4. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    5870 is compatible in the 2009 Mac Pro - says so on the apple store.
     

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