Westmere In New Mac Pro?

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  1. bradleykavin macrumors member

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    What do you guys think?

    I am also curious as to the clock speed of the new upcoming processors. Online it says the fastest one they have is 3.2 GHZ, so will the speed increase come from DDR3 memory and no frontside bus?

    Does anyone know the actual technical differences between the current processors and the upcoming, other than the memory and frontside bus?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    NO! Nehalem isn't even out yet! Westmere is to Nehalem as Penryn is to... whatever the first Mac Pro had!

    They will NOT have Westmere! Not until 2011!
     
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  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Thank you. :p Westmere is the die shrink of Nehalem. Nehalem doesn't even exist, so why would Intel make Westmere chips for Apple two years before launch?
     
  5. bradleykavin thread starter macrumors member

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    i have no idea, just was looking around online..

    isnt the entire point of a forum to educate :) ?

    ive been trying to find info on the major differences between these new processors and the current ones. everyone says "major difference and transition" but other than the fsb being removed, and the memory upgrade, i cant see how unless they up the number of cores, the computer will be SO much better like everyone talks about
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Google "Megahertz Myth"

    Then apply the same logic to "cores" and that's what you're talking about.

    Nehalem is a processor redesign. It takes something that has been fundamental to all processors for over a decade and throws it out the window.
     
  7. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Nehalem is out. Just not yet for servers.

    Nehalem is Core i7.

    Look at how fast it benchmarks, then double that, and you'll see how fast the next Mac Pro will be.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Hang on, Sparky. We don't know that.
     
  9. Luftwaffles macrumors regular

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    Imagine a pristine '67 Chevy Nova with a small-block 350 pushing 400HP and drag-slick tires.

    Now imagine that Nova covered, sitting in a garage. Or driving 25mph down a city street.

    Just like a fast car is useless without a fast driver, a fast multi-core computer is useless without software that actually utilizes it.
     
  10. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    We'll have to wait and see, but I have reservations it will scale linearly.
    Close enough works though. ;) :p
     
  11. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    It actually may be faster since it'll have two Quickpath interconnects compared to the i7, that has one.

    Not to mention it uses DDR3.
     
  12. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Core i7 is a single CPU solution, so the second QPI isn't needed. :p

    DDR3 is definitely nice too. ;)

    Seriously though, there's enough evidence to at least give a strong, if not overwhelming indication the Nehalem architecture in the Xeon 5500 series will outperform the current Harpertown. :D

    I'm really curious as to how much of a boost OC'ing can give after seeing some of the results on the i7's. :eek: :p
     

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