Sahara Chip

MacAztec

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I know this chip has been talked about here before, but I heard the Sahara chip supports some sort of quad processing.

In other words, inside of the main Sahara Chip, there are 4 micro-chips running, supporting the main chip.

Man, that thing could reach some wicked speeds. It would beat the pants off of a G4 too
 

jadam

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Jan 23, 2002
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yeah sure.... my ibook has a sahara, i bet you it BLOWS a g4 lol...

what you probally mean is that it has 4 parts, and each one can be turned off to conserve battery life, and that isnt in the sahara. the Power4s DO have multichips in it though.
 

alex_ant

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Re: Sahara Chip

Originally posted by MacAztec
I know this chip has been talked about here before, but I heard the Sahara chip supports some sort of quad processing.

In other words, inside of the main Sahara Chip, there are 4 micro-chips running, supporting the main chip.

Man, that thing could reach some wicked speeds. It would beat the pants off of a G4 too
No... the G3 Sahara is just one chip. It is faster than equally-clocked G4s though, AltiVec aside. It's a shame the Sahara isn't available in more Mac models, because it kicks ass. Less than 4w of power consumption at 800MHz. Give me a couple of those in my PowerBook, please, so I can enjoy the 5 hours of battery life Apple promised me. :)
 

bousozoku

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Re: Sahara Chip

Originally posted by MacAztec
I know this chip has been talked about here before, but I heard the Sahara chip supports some sort of quad processing.

In other words, inside of the main Sahara Chip, there are 4 micro-chips running, supporting the main chip.

Man, that thing could reach some wicked speeds. It would beat the pants off of a G4 too
That would be IBM's Power4 line of processors. It has 4 cores an can turn them on or off individually.

The G3 is an economical processor. It must run on its own. The Power4 costs more than a PowerMac.
 
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