Mac Pro Xeon vs PC Pentium

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Amigalander, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. Amigalander macrumors regular

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    With the news of the recent updates, I'm strongly considering replacing my aging home PC with a mac pro. One of the questions I have is about Xeon compatibility for Windows games. I haven't heard anything about a lack of compatibility, so I assume there is no issue, but I wanted to be sure nonetheless.

    I'm planning on using Bootcamp to run some PC games and older software. What are the practical differences between a Xeon and a Pentium? Will the Mac Pro run anything a Pentium PC would run without exception?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    A Xeon is just a workstation/server class of the Pentium/Core/Core2 series of processors.

    Anything that runs on your P4 box, will run on the Mac Pro under Windows XP.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    They're all x86 anyways. Xeon is just Intel's moniker for it's server class processors but they're the same technology as the Pentium chips were and Core 2 is now.

    I'm looking for a Xeon X3220 but it's effectively a Core 2 Quad Q6600 in the end.
     
  4. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a

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    It is a huge difference. Pentium was Intel's old architecture, while as new Xeons are based on the Core architecture. That said, there are no compatibility issues, so replace that PC ASAP! :D

    Hope that helped!
     
  5. newtech macrumors 6502

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    Xeon and Core 2 devote a great deal of chip real estate to remain 100% compatible with legacy software/hardware ( 8080 code runs unmodified ).
     

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