My guess is that, depending on when the various parts used in the PowerMac G5 are ready, Apple will upgrade the PowerMacs sometime between February 15, 2005 (a Tuesday) and March 15, 2005 (another Tuesday)._pb_boi said:Been a couple of threads on this one.
Some people reckon the lineup will be a single 2, a dual 2.3 and a dual 2.5, while others reckon the line will top out at 3GHz. Tbh, no one really knows, it's all speculation!
But I think some sort of shakeup is coming soon. Just a feeling, they're too close to the Powerbooks in many respects for Apple to sit tight for long.
My pick would be Single 2.0, Dual 2.3, Dual 2.5, Dual 3.0. It will not be a Dual 2.5 for the top end. People would throw a huge fit if it was.wrldwzrd89 said:Possible lineups:
Single 2.0, Dual 2.0, Dual 2.5, Dual 2.8 (most likely)
Single 2.0, Dual 2.0, Dual 2.5, Dual 3.0 (second most likely)
Single 2.3, Dual 2.3, Dual 2.5, Dual 2.8 (unlikely)
Single 2.5, Dual 2.5, Dual 2.8, Dual 3.0 (highly unlikely, but still possible)
Actually, I agree with you, but for a different reason than the one you used. The strategy you mentioned will give us better Macs in the long run, since IBM (the manufacturer behind the PPC 970) will not be rushed into making the improvements necessary for a new PowerMac release.DrBoar said:Dual cores will come as will PCIe but both will require extensive MB changes so I expect them to arrive at the same time.
Assuming that the 1 MB L2 cache version of the 970 can run at the same speed as the 512K one even a marginal speed bump to 2.8 GHz would hopefully a larger performance boost. Then the tower can be improved with more RAM and larger HDs as well as faster graphical cards.
Apple will not benefit from showing 3 GHz dual core dual CPU, PCIe boxes in April and then not be able to deliver them until July. It would totaly kill tower sales for a quarter and leave those who really need a tower "stranded".
Apple are far better of with keeping the next generation under wraps until they can deliver in large numbers, assuming that it will be a big leap forward. If the next generation is only marginally better then the current towers will not look so bad.
My hope is that we sometime during this year get substantially faster towers with dual cores, integrated memory controllers, PCIe and more space inside the boxes. I expect one minor update of the current towers.
When the G4 finaly got past 500 MHz to 733 MHz that percentile boost correspond to a leap from 2.5 GHz to 3.6 GHz, so the bar for a substaintial speed boost is pretty high