The Latest Gulftown Info (Intel's upcoming 32nm 6-core processor)

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  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Here's the latest on Gulftown...

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    :eek: I wasn't expecting clocks that high! :D

    Possibly an exclusive early launch in Feb. for Apple?

    Source

    There's also some early clock-for-clock benchmarks from ES sample chips here if you missed them...
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=825191&highlight=gulftown

    Update: Latest info...

     
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Processors as far as Mac Pros are concerned:
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    X5680 3.33GHz 130W 6-core 
    X5670 2.93GHz  95W 6-core
    X5660 2.80GHz  95W 6-core
    X5650 2.66GHz  95W 6-core
    L5640 2.26GHz  60W 6-core
    
    X5677 3.46GHz 130W 4-core
    X5667 3.06GHz  95W 4-core
    E5640 2.66GHz  80W 4-core
    E5630 2.53GHz  80W 4-core
    E5620 2.40GHz  80W 4-core
    
    W3680 3.33GHz 130W 6-core
    
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Like I've said before, 2010 isn't going that surprising. Even Lynnfield is set for the next year until Sandy Bridge is out.
     
  4. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    Neither was I.
     
  5. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    I like the sounds of a 3.46GHz quad core! :D
     
  6. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone care to guess how these will translate in actual Mac Pro prices for the various configurations?
     
  7. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    I don't understand why we get new threads on this issue every week. I don't see any substantial new information in this. It is nice that Umbongo has taken the time to list the new parts.

    I'm pretty confident that there will be a 3,46 GHz W5690 Xeon. The 5680 should also be W spec considering the TDP. The Xeon parts are expected to have higher RAM clocks.

    I'm inclined to believe that Apple will give the 56X7 series a pass. And as previously stated I think that Apple's hexad will top out at the 3670. They will tie up all of Apple's early production that no parts are available for the public launch.
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    The X5680 is likely going to be a little on the pricey side, at ~$1600USD I'd think, given the cost increase of the current Nehalem SP vs. DP parts (same clocks). No idea how the rest of the parts will stack up though, and it could be a little higher, given the additional pair of cores per die.
     
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    No doubt released with a 3.6GHz quad core some months after and the slower clocked single core parts will probably be sometime before that. This is Intel's strategy usually. The missing W does remove an air of authenticity from the original source, plus I'm curious why the quads are rumoured to have 12mb cache when it is expensive. Unless it is cheaper when it comes to overall manufacturing or they have dead cores, though both seem unlikely. With Intel holding the 5500 specifications and pricing very close to their chest, we may not see confirmed or real details until much nearer the time.
     
  10. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    My guess will be that they are direct replacements for the current lineup. Same GHz but just add 2 cores at the same price.
     
  11. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Kinda hard to do with a new process, as they have to pay for it. :eek: :p

    From a technical standpoint, fairly easy to do given the shrink.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    No Lynnfield replacement any time soon. :(
     
  13. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Larabee's out too. At least as it was envisioned.
     
  14. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    I'm sure the old Xeons will be phased out if 16 new ones are comming.
     
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    Those are likely to substantially sting the wallet, no matter what they're in. :p
     
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    I seem to recall that this strategy has worked very well before. ;)
     
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    I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
     
  21. vogelhausdesign macrumors regular

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    So would it be possible to toss ( using that word with some understanding it wont be that easy :) ) one of these new processors in my 09 machine? or would that be a complete waste of time and money haha..

    I hate reading about the '10 Line Up.. I think about how long it's taken me to be build my machine, and now this comes out.
     
  22. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Why? Its whats available on the quad core right now, the only difference is 2 extra cores.
     
  23. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

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    I remember my first computer and how it was out of date so quickly! :p ;)

    It would be a drop-in replacement if Apple provides a firmware update for us with the new microcode. :rolleyes:
     
  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I think I'll be stuck with my Core i5 750 for some time. Not that it's a bad thing. :p

    2010 looks like a year to save up for 2011 hardware. Late 2009 (Lynnfield/ATI HD 5000) looks like the standard for some time. AMD has Thuban and their 800 Series chipset. I'm eagerly awaiting updates on those.
     
  25. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Not likely though. :rolleyes: :apple:

    So long as it does what you need, none at all. :D

    Yep. Even if a system is needed now, I'd think a refurb or used system would make sense, and save funds when something better comes along.

    And I'd like to see what AMD can come up with as well. :)
     

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