Penryn flaws delaying MacPro?

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  1. Evergreen macrumors member

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    HP's Gaming Unit Says Intel Chip Flawed
    Hewlett-Packard's gaming unit is backing off plans to integrate Intel's latest 45 nm processor into its product line, saying flaws need to be worked out.

    Rahul Sood, chief technology officer for HP's gaming unit, made the revelation Wednesday in an item on his web log.

    "We haven't launched Intel's 45 Nanometer processor as planned," Sood wrote. "We, like many, were hoping that it would work flawlessly on certain chipsets - and well, unfortunately it doesn't - not yet anyways. Even though we were getting close to qualifying it - last week we received some really bad news. The bottom line is we're working on a solution for Nvidia SLI, but at the moment there isn't one."

    In addition, Sood said some companies are launching systems based on the 45 nm chip, known as Penryn, with configurations "that we *know* to be unstable."

    Intel did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

    The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker has positioned Penryn and its 45 nm process as a breakthrough in efficiency and performance-per-watt measurements, and the company officially launched the chip on Monday. Intel executives have said the chip and process technology would work to effectively extend the life of Moore's Law.

    HP's gaming unit is led primarily by executives that came over when the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer company bought VooDoo PC last year.

    "I don't want to get into the details, it's not a pretty situation," Sood wrote. "There is much confusion surrounding this launch -- it's somewhat unbelievable."
     
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    This sounds more like a chipset flaw.

    Some motherboards may need a new bios to support the new Penryn core processors.
     
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  4. Peace macrumors Core

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    Guess you missed this part of his blog :

    "That said, it's not an issue of Intel's chip reliability, it's an issue of platform stability on certain non-Intel chipsets."
     
  5. Squonk macrumors 65816

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    We continue to wait, I reckon'. Better this than to ship an unstable machine ESPECIALLY to the pro market.
     
  6. deathshrub macrumors 6502

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    Does that mean it doesn't work on AMD? :confused:
     
  7. Peace macrumors Core

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    No.It means certain 3rd party chipsets are having problems with Penryn.
    Like certain onboard video/sound/network etc. chipsets and other motherboard makers using cheap chipsets other than Intel.

    [edit] To interpret the CTO of HP..He wants to use cheap parts in his motherboards using Penryn and is having problems. [/edit]
     
  8. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    No it probably means Nvidia nforce or possibly manufacturer's (ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Abit etc) intel based boards that HP use.
     
  9. takao macrumors 68040

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    so non intel high performance chipsets ? that woudl essentially mean nvidia nforce

    apart of that only VIA or ATi xPress would be the other choices.. and i don't think anyone would choose those for gaming boards
     
  10. chameleon macrumors regular

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    Hmmm. Very interesting.

    Who makes the motherboard that Apple uses in the current line of Mac Pros?
     
  11. Peace macrumors Core

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    Intel.;)
     

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