New Mac Pro 2013 Thunderbolt Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rezwits, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    I was thinking about something while reading a forum post. I didn't want to go off topic so I thought I would make a new thread.

    I wonder how Apple will do Multiple Thunderbolt ports on the New Mac Pro for 2013.

    I mean check these specs out and then I'll finish.

    USB 3.0
    SATA III, 6.0 Gbs
    128 GB RAM Max
    1600 MHz RAM
    2 processors 8 cores each
    3.2 GHz (probably around 2.9-3.2) GHz, Turboboost to 4.0-4.3 GHz
    16 cores, 32 virtual cores
    PCIExpress 3.0
    10/100/1000 Ethernet

    Now here is the trick part how would Apple do the Video card?

    Would they put a 1 GB Video card in the PCI slot with 2 DVI/1 MiniDisplay or 1 DVI/2 MiniDisplay and then ...

    ... have 2 additional Thunderbolt ports? or even 3 or 4 if they expect users to use adapters for Firewire 800 or even Ethernet (10GB) in the Future?

    If this is the case you could theoretically have 4 monitors (I would love 3) easily hooked up to your Mac Pro using Thunderbolt ports? and the Video card? I don't actually know but does the E5 Ivy Bridge have a GPU like the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge Mobile CPUs?

    Oh well just wondering what other may think.

    Video card plus 2 Thunderbolt? So you could hook up 5 monitors? NICE!!

    Laters... :eek:
  2. nox-uk macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2012
    if it was me, I would have an embedded gfx card as standard in all mac pros and then dedicated cards as an optional extras. I guess you could use the SLI/Crossfire bridge internally or something.

    But i'm not Apple.

  3. wildgiles macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2011
    My guess is that apple will make graphics cards with thunderbolt ports available, a modified AMD and/or NVIDEA, most likely 2-4 x TB + DVI + hdmi per card. And these cards will only work in the 2013 Mac pro. Expect these cards to not be cheap. The more graphics cards the more TB ports you have. This makes sense to me.
  4. JaHull macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2009
    The E5 Ivy Bridge Xeons will not have an integrated GPU.
    Also you may want to know that Nvidia cards support up to 4 displays per GPU and AMD support up to 6 per GPU, of the GPUs which would be suitable to go into the Mac Pro.
  5. rezwits, Dec 6, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012

    rezwits thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    PCI Express Thunderbolt

    That's what interesting, because if they get a PCIe 3.0 Video Card, It can't or wouldn't have Thunderbolt, because Apple/Intel have said repeatedly, they will not have a PCI Express Thunderbolt Card. I and many others have said in other forums of course they would because, its built around/on the PCI Express Architecture, so... hmm

    I guess that's what I am saying is how can you make a system with Thunderbolt if it doesn't have integrated video? Cause you should, in theory, be able to take out the Video card, in "Future Mac Pro", and then run with a Display plugged into the Thunderbolt Port. If it did run and there was video, it wouldn't use the Main CPUs right?

  6. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    128GB Max would be a bit crappy because 32GB DIMMs will drop in price over the next couple of years, and a DP system actually supports 1.5TB already.

    Ivy Bridge E5 Xeons will use 1833MHz memory at the top end.

    Yeah maybe on the high-end, but such processors currently cost ~$2,000 each and don't turbo that high. We don't know what the Ivy Bridge E5 lineup will look like. My money would be that it is very similar to the current lineup, but with minor clockspeed increases and then core count increases towards the higher end.

    E5s do not have a GPU.
  7. wildgiles macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2011
    Well.. I had a look at the Intel website explaining how thuderbolt is implemented. It certainly looks like PCIe is the way to go for the mac pro, the motherboard may need an extra chip that talks directly between the display and the CPU, but thats about it. There may need to be display port internally connected to the motherboard and graphics card.

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