Mac Pro gets 12 Cores in September?

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  1. kiang macrumors regular

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    I just read this article on ZDNet Belgium.

    It's in Dutch though, so here's a google translation:
    So, if Intel releases this mid-September, and the mac pro is listed 'do not buy', does this mean it will get two 6-cores, making it a twelve-core desktop? I cant wait to see that :D

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    Update: I found a decent English article on cnet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10032313-64.html

    Update 2:
    more references, so I guess it's true: http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/09/04/intel.xeon.7400.leak/
     
  2. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    I'm not sure if the extra cores offset the reduced clock speed and slower FSB. There are still apps out there which won't use all of the Mac Pro's 8 cores let alone 12 cores.
     
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    They are a different type of Xeon processor. So nope. They are also slower and cost over $3,000 for the 2.66GHz version.
     
  4. CWallace macrumors 601

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    Dunnington will not fit in the Mac Pro socket and I believe it is incompatible with the Mac Pro's systemboard chipset. It is designed for servers only.

    So it will not be an option for the Mac Pro. You have to wait until Core i7.
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    This is NOT happening. Then next Mac Pro update will be the Tuesday before MacWorld 2009 in January with Nehalem processors.
     
  6. kiang thread starter macrumors regular

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    Than I have news for your quote: Nehalem in notebooks won't happen till summer next year at best, so change 'soon' to 'in a while' ;)

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    ps:not meant to be harsh or anything :)
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I know that. I don't care. It's soon for me.
     
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  9. Trekkie macrumors 6502a

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    not that it's relevant either. This is about Mac Pros, not a MacBook Pro.
     
  10. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    YEAH!!
    Just look at the forum category↑↑

    Jeezz, are some of you stone or just...
     
  11. O. Frabjous-Dey macrumors regular

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    He was snarking at Tallest Skil's signature - not completely off topic.
     
  12. fatcat23 macrumors member

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    bump....is it for sure that will be no 6 core cpu's for the mac pro? It this speculation or has anything been said by intel or any leaks/rumors...I plan on buying in early 2009 but would rather wait for this a couple months longer so to be more future proofed. :p
     
  13. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    The next CPU for the Mac Pro will be the Gainestown-EP/ Xeon 5500 series chips. 4 cores per chip.

    Here's an article from Tom's Hardware. Intel Roadmap ,09 Part 1
     
  14. Trip.Tucker Guest

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    Then, not than!
     
  15. fatcat23 macrumors member

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    cool...thanks for the info. I sure hope the 8 cores will be enough :p and I'm sure that the 12 cores would just be overkill.;)
     
  16. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    OK. Let's not get greedy now...:D :p

    Besides, ATM, most apps can't take advantage of multiple cores anyway. :eek:
    Snow Leopard is supposed to change this though. :cool:
     
  17. Lord Zedd macrumors 6502a

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    4 cores is more than enough for most people, 12 is massive overkill.
     
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  19. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    A 12 core mac pro would be awesome for us crunchers.
     
  20. thereubster macrumors member

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    As mentioned in other threads, the Mac pro cannot get the 6 core Dunnington Xeon (without getting a new motherboard) as it is S604 only and the Mac Pro uses S771. SO , cant wont ever happen. The next Mac Pro will have Gainestown CPUs and will be out late this year
     
  21. fatcat23 macrumors member

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    Ya but it's nice to be able to future proof your system. And x264 encoding is heavily threaded in os x and can use all 8 cores. :) I'm sure new updates will allow it to also use more.

    I've never heard of the s604, thanks for the info. Going to do some research know. :cool:
     
  22. Lord Zedd macrumors 6502a

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    There is no such thing. Every computer is obsolete before the box is opened.

    Remember 8 years ago when the PowerMac 733mhz G4 (Digital Audio) with the nVidia GeForce2 MX was THE fastest gaming computer anyone could buy, at least for a few days? People thought that computer was "future proof" at the time, but try running Leopard or even Halo on it.
     
  23. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Nehalem does support a notion of being future proof over the current systems for the very fact that it is a new architecture and the current ones are a dead end. Whether or not that will matter due to how Apple deal with hardware is debatable.

    I know the obsolete comment is a bit of an exageration for effect (I assume anyway), but workstation hardware is designed to not be obsolete in the short term, it's one of the selling points. Infact on a non-apple system the Nehalem workstation boards are likely to be supporting new processors for 3 years at least.
     
  24. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I don't think they'll do it this year.

    Tuesday before MacWorld, again, anyone?
     

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