Waiting for Mac Pro Nehalem thread...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by netdog, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. netdog macrumors 603

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    With Intel executing a significant architecture change next year, rather than plonking $4,000-$5,000 into a new Mac Pro Harpertown, I am going to let Intel shrink their dye size again and put in their new memory controller before I commit.

    In the interim, the incedentals (DDR-3 RAM and faster, larger drives) will drop significantly in price, cores per chip could easily be up to 8 if not 16, and hopefully when I buy the big beast (or even better a mid-sized tower), it should last me a heck of a long time.

    There it is. For now, I am waiting for Nehalem! It's not that far away.

    Are you?

    Official Thread Motto: We waited this long! What's another 8 months?
     
  2. darthraige macrumors 68000

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    I'd be all over it, but I am in NEED for a MacPro ASAP and can't wait passed November 13th. So if no Penryn then, I buy stupid Woodcrest. But if I wasn't in need, I'd wait for Nehalem. :)
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Ouch and I thought the wait for Penryn was bad enough.

    I can understand if you can wait but not everyone can.

    Good luck. :D
     
  4. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

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    Whats coming down the pipe 4 years from now? I will upgrade in 4-5 years from my current mac pro. I cannot seem to keep it busy enough as is.
     
  5. darthraige macrumors 68000

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    Two chips, 5.3ghz, 16-Cores on each. That would be insane. 84ghz. lol
     
  6. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Not sure if you are being serious or not, but the die shrink and 8 cores won't likely be available until 2009 and you are probably looking at another october/november release for Nehalem. So with Apple you could be waiting 18+ months for a 16 Core system.
     
  7. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    I think that you'll see 16 cores per chip a lot sooner than that. Sometime next year...on my machine.

    And with the improved memory handling, SHAZAM.

    This could be the most significant shift since Apple went to Intel Core Duos.

    I really do think that by the end of next year, the Harpertowns are going to look outdated.
     
  8. ksz macrumors 68000

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    Nehalem will be produced on a 45nm process initially, in 2H'08. Intel's 32nm process isn't due until 2009. In addition to an on-chip memory controller, Nehalem brings back HyperThreading so we'll have 8 physical cores and 16 logical threads on a single die. But this will be in the "largest configuration" of the chip. Other configurations may arrive first with fewer cores.

    From AnandTech:
     
  9. iMartini macrumors member

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    Where does Intel get these names, anyway? They all sound like towns in western Massachusetts.
     
  10. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    I expect, however, that the 45nm and 32nm chips will be pin comatible. No?
     
  11. ksz macrumors 68000

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    That's very likely. After all, Clovertown (65nm) and Harpertown (45nm) are pin compatible, as are their dual core siblings, Woodcrest (65nm) and Wolfdale (45nm).
     
  12. ksz macrumors 68000

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    Good question.

    Here's your complete answer!
     
  13. multimania macrumors member

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    I like this new level of anxiousness!!

    By some strange occurrence I actually have money for a Mac Pro or MBP, But I need to make this computer last as long as I can (wife and kids call). I can't face the thought of buying a MP now and it being obsolete soon.

    I want to use Logic and Final Cut; some people I know reckon a MBP would be great and do the job, but I want to get the most bang for buck. From what I have read here the MP is the only machine that will stand the test of time.
     
  14. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    It was reported a week ago that only dual and quad core procesors will be available in 2008.
     
  15. MacCoaster macrumors 6502a

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    Seriously. If you need the processing power--buy Harpertown. Nehalem is not due for another full year, and may even be delayed.

    I don't understand you people. Coming up with a waiting thread for Nehalem *already*.
     
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  17. limecat macrumors newbie

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    Is this thread for real? It seems like every time I visit this subforum there's someone always waiting for the next model which is going to come out **** knows when. Its one thing if its most likely right around the corner like say, the next MacBook revision but this is ridiculous.

    All this waiting for the next revision of the Mac Pro is getting to the point where you just want to knock some of the users here unconscious, take their wallet, head to the nearest Apple store, buy the most maxed out Pro you can get and put the box on their front porch before they wake up so they'll just shut the hell up about it. Of course you'll still have the people who will just scream MOAR COREZ until their fingers fall off but they should be taken down a notch or twelve anyway.


    Why do you remind me of a former member here who had a penchant for multimedia and close-up mugshots, hmm.
     
  18. 98707 macrumors regular

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    I was under the impression that while you could replace a woodcrest with a wolfdale it would be expensive and still not be able to work up to its potential.. as will be seen in a stoakley-seaburg?
     
  19. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

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    I would go for the Penryn based Mac Pros if they appeared next week if I were you.

    My 4x 2.66Ghz box with 1900XT,8gb of ram will last me a good 4-5 years right now my box shows 92.5-93.6% idle.

    Stats below

    Processes: 81 total, 4 running, 2 stuck, 75 sleeping... 411 threads 18:53:07
    Load Avg: 0.14, 0.23, 0.24 CPU usage: 1.99% user, 3.23% sys, 94.79% idle
    SharedLibs: num = 8, resident = 72M code, 2048K data, 4328K linkedit.
    PhysMem: 2052M wired, 2772M active, 942M inactive, 5766M used, 2420M free.
    VM: 61G + 368M 657840(0) pageins, 83(0) pageouts
     
  20. DarthTreydor macrumors 6502

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    lol. they totally do.
     
  21. multimania macrumors member

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    Limecat, you're very perceptive! Call it coincidence! No seriously I'm not a techno geek but I'm aware that the latest MP's are lacking in the video dept. Just don't wanna jump too soon, but on the other hand I don't wanna be a Guinea Pig for a new chipset. Of course, my confusion could be from a Mr Sauvignon Blanc...!!!:)
     
  22. ksz macrumors 68000

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    I would not expect to see an 8-core Nehalem produced on anything above 32nm, hence the earliest release date would be sometime in 2009. However, Apple would very likely use two 4-core Nehalem parts on a dual-socket motherboard in late 2008.
     
  23. ksz macrumors 68000

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    Arguably, the most significant speed improvement in Stoakley-Seaburg comes from Seaburg itself, the new memory controller hub (MCH). Because the memory controller today is on the chipset, you won't get the best use out of a Penryn processor until you change the motherboard.

    With Nehalem the memory controller moves onto the processor so it's plausible that many of the improvements in the second-generation Nehalem (i.e. not the tick, but the tock) will be more fully realized on the first-generation Nehalem motherboard.
     
  24. multimania macrumors member

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    Talk about chasing the rainbow, mind you i'm just as bad, but I just don't understand everything to the level you guys do
     
  25. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    I'll join you.

    By the time it comes out, I will be ready to buy a Mac Pro.

    That is unless Apple comes out with something MUCH stronger than the Mini without a display already attached.

    I'm going to be building up a serious financial modeling system, with several large displays. Right now, I have a dual-dualcore Opteron PC for it. And it works well. But it will be lagging by the time the Nehalem Mac Pros hit.

    So count me in for the club picnic. :)
     

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