New processors released today

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by galain3022, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. galain3022 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    Im looking at buying the new 3.2gig MacPro but i was under the impression that the new .45nm processors were the Penryn processors for the Mac Pro.

    ON the specs of the machine it says they use the 45nm but they are the Xeon Harpertown processors, however on the front page of this site, it says something like "it appears correct apple buying up the new 45nm penryns"/.

    so im confused. i rang apple and they are so friggin dumb their tech support and sales staff said -"sorry we dont have that information" ????!?!

    so im please!!
  2. timestamp macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    It was rumored a few months back that Apple was buying up all the high end 45nm Penryn Xeons. This is what Apple is using in their new Mac Pros.

    Penryn is a family of chips; server, mobile and desktop. Which are special in their use of Intels new 45nm fab process, SSE4, among other things.

    Harpertown is the name for the family of new 45nm Xeon chips.

    So there is nothing to be confused about. Apple is using the new 45nm Penryn Xeons in their new Mac Pros, these chips are also referred to as Harpertown. Apple is using the 1600Mhz FSB version of these chips.
  3. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Harpertowns use the same process and technology as the Penryns do.

    They're just different names to identify the different target markets. Penryns are aimed at desktops and Harpertowns are aimed at servers/workstations.

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