What is the "Santa Rosa" for the Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sammyman, May 10, 2007.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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    What I mean is, what is the next big thing people are waiting for in regards to the Mac Pro? Is there a great new processor? HD drives? What is the next cat's meow?
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Calling Multimedia, come in Multimedia! Your thread has arrived!

    Apparently there's a new chipset on its way, codenamed Stoakley-Seaburg, which will improve performance with current chips and future more core chips. I'll admit I'm not incredibly familiar with Intel's upcoming chipset roadmap though, outside of the eventual 45nm process shrink on the CPUs themselves.
     
  3. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

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    HAHHA! I was waiting for someone to say his name...
     
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    is this going to turn into an HD camera thread? lol
    I think the biggest thing is blue ray/HD burners.
     
  5. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Penryn is the next optical shrink of the Core 2 Duo (on 45nm lithography) with 6MB shared cache.

    Should speed the current Quad core Xeon up to 3.33Ghz+.

    8-cores chugging away at that speed should make it pleasant to work with, to say the least :D

    And new graphic cards of course ;)
     
  6. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok. So the next big updates to the MAC PRO will be Penryn, and possibly HD burners, and maybe price drops?
     
  7. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Like killmoms said, and multi would be the best to elaborate on, the SS chipset will truly make the 8-core and maybe 4-core machines much more efficient. Supposedly the current chipset bottlenecks somewhere other than the CPU, which is why the new 8-core Mac Pro isn't as dramatic an increase as it could be, added to which the current OS and apps don't fully utilize mutliple cores. Do a search for multimedias threads/posts or the Stokley-Seaburg and you will find much discussion on it.
     
  8. cube macrumors G5

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    The new chipset is the most important as Penryn would suck like the current octomac without it.
     
  9. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So any ideas when intel will be releasing the next chipset? Or is it released, and now are we waiting for apple to incorporate it?
     
  10. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you will get some answers from this thread.
     
  11. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    I think people are getting overly exaggerated expectations of the Stoakley-Seaburg chipset.

    Both processors are still limited by the Bensley chipsets dual Front Side Bus (the Stoakley chipset has the exact same bus). Which means that 4 cores are still sharing one Front Side Bus (at 1333Mhz).

    What will be improved is the Memory Controller Hub (Seaburg) to support twice the amount of ram (128GB).
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    Penryn with Seaburg will have 1600 MHz FSB. But it's true that it's still not great.
     

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