Mac Pro Update Imminent? Dell announced 8-Core xeon Workstations

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mdntcallr, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Well, Dell just announced their 8 core Xeon workstations. no surprise here as the chips are hot off the lines from Intel, but.... they won't start shipping models ordered now for about 2 weeks.

    so... while Dell is early with the announcement, lets see how far behind apple is. My bet is both will ship around the same timeframe.


    Dell, Inc. said Wednesday it's the first PC maker to market with workstations that feature Intel Corp.'s new quad-core processors, beating longtime-rival Apple Computer whose Mac Pro professional desktops have yet to make the jump from dual-core chips.

    The world's second-leading PC manufacturer said customers can now configure its two-socket Dell Precision 690 and Dell Precision 490 workstations with two new Quad-Core Intel Xeon chips, delivering a total of 8 processing cores and performance gains of up to 54 percent on multi-threaded applications.

    "Dell prides itself not only on being first to market with technology, but first to deliver exceptional value to the customer while helping to reduce costly complexity in their environment," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell Product Group.

    Bare bones dual-core Dell Precision 690 and 490 models start at just $2,399 and $2,149, respectively, but require a minimum investment of $4,392 and $5,348 when configured with two quad-core Xeons running at 1.86GHz -- the only variant of Intel's new quad-core Xeon that it offers.

    The Round Rock, Texas-based PC manufacturer also announced the addition of Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors to its two-socket Dell PowerEdge 1900, 1950, 2950, 2900, SC1430 and 1955 blade models. Prices start at $1,599, $1,599, 1,699, $1,049 and $1,799 respectively.

    Customers may begin to place orders for Precision and PowerEdge quad-core computers beginning today, but Dell says shipments of those systems may be delayed by more than two weeks.

    Meanwhile, Apple Computer is also expected to soon introduce a version of its Mac Pro professional desktop systems that will also boast 8 cores via two Intel Quad-Core Xeon chips. People familiar with the Cupertino, Calif.-based Mac maker's plans have said to expect an announcement any time after the first half of November.
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
  3. dusanv macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2006
    Let's hope. Not that I'd get the octo, it's just that they might drop the prices on quads and maybe even release a 8800 video card to go with it...
  4. Fredou51 macrumors regular

    May 23, 2006
    Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    I think that the quad 3 Ghz is actually better considering that there is quite a bit of application that cannot take advantage of multiple core. An 8 core at 1.83 Ghz is probably only useful in a server area. I would take 8 core but only at the same clock speed as my quad.

  5. Transeau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    I doubt it.
    I don't think that Apple will want the 4-core CPU's just yet. They are using too much power. They are two Dual-Core CPU's attached together. They do not share cache. I Think apple will hold out until Intel delivers a true 4-core processor.
  6. CineDreams macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Why bother

    I don't think the market is ready for a duel quad. The price jump, pluss the incompadibility issues plus the fact it doesn't sound that much faster. I'll stick to the Macpro for awhile. All I need it for is to edit HD in full rez and it does that nine ways to sunday.
  7. Carguy172 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    um.. Dell is way cheaper than a mac plus you get better performance, not that I hate mac their just expensive
  8. Transeau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    Um.... no...

    Price out a 17" Macbook Pro or a Mac Pro 3.0, then go to Dell and price out an identically configured box.

    2x Dual Core 5160 3.0GHz
    4GB Memory
    1x 750 HDD
    Quatro FX4500
    1x DVD-RW

    Dell: $6827
    Apple: $6445

    Now tell me, where does the Apple come in as more expensive?
    And if you think people don't buy this type of hardware... check my sig :)
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    The price myth still keeps on going :( . You can't even build a machine from parts for the same as the base mac pro, nevermind from someone like Dell or HP.
  10. jaguarx macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2003
    You're arguing with someone who cannot differentiate between 'there', 'their' and 'they're'.
  11. macintouch macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Even if they do announce a Dual Quad Core MacPro, the price will be ridiculous and plus...

    The current MacPro is fast as sin. I'll be fine with this thing for at least 2 years.

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