What will come with Nehalem?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tom., Apr 23, 2008.

  1. tom. macrumors 6502

    tom.

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    I purchased my mac pro a couple of months ago, and I am extremely happy with it. However I am very aware that Nehalem is coming, and my personal opinion is, it will be in the Mac Pro by WWDC '09. I will be keeping my eyes open for strong rumours so I can try and flog my Harpertown just before (or as close as i can get to) release. My plan all along has been to wait till Nehalem but I needed the machine too much, so I am avoiding a chunk of depreciation with HE discount and buying my own RAM and HD's.

    I know some of you will say, 'What you have is fast enough for the next 2-3 years' but my plan is to avoid losing 90% value on a machine and resell with as little depreciation as possible.

    However, as exciting as this new architecture will be, what else do you think will come with the Nehalem Mac Pro. A case redesign? Blu-ray writers? More RAM/HD as standard?

    Throw your ideas in the circle.
     
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  3. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    you obviously don't know apple that well then. when is the last time that apple has increased their prices just because of an upgrade? its been a long time. they tend to upgrade their lineup and keep the prices the same.
     
  4. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Well, most likely a move to DDR3 RAM, or away from FB-DIMM.

    Probably at least 4GB of RAM.

    I mean, hell, some of the HPs and Acers that are around 600-700 come with 4GB of RAM. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Penryn Mac Pro.
     
  6. CWallace macrumors 603

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    The two biggest benefits to Nehalem will be a new CPU interconnect and an integrated memory controller. They're also bringing back HyperThreading. Read all about it at Wiki and AnnandTech.

    Personally, I hope the Mac Pro gets it by Mac World 2009, but I will wait for it, regardless, before I buy a Mac Pro (since I don't have an immediate need).
     
  7. scottydawg macrumors 6502

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    If your current Mac Pro works smoothly to edit HD video and / or has the power to run plenty of processes under Photoshop you won't loose any more money and probably less if wait to step up to the Westmere or Sandy Bridge generation of chip IMHO
     
  8. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Nehalem's integrated controller and then HyperThreading support will make it a very sweet platform.

    I'm about to make the leap from Northwood (Pentium4 HT) to Kentsfield (Core2 Quad Q6600)

    I think some time next year I may go to Nehalem. Depends on how money goes and how well the Quad serves my gaming and heavy multitasking needs. :D

    Though the Quad will utterly destroy my P4.

    With Nehalem though, Dual Quad Core is going to show up as 16 cores, due to HT.
     
  9. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    And let's not forget, it's not all about theoretical advantages
    of the new architecture. Much depends on the quality of the
    implementation. Will Apple compromise the design in some
    way? What will the firmware support? How reliable will the
    new components be? Etc etc.

    In all likelihood, Nehalem Mac Pros would be good solid machines,
    and a nice upgrade. But we cannot know this yet. What we do
    know is that the current MPs are already good solid machines
    (amongst the best Apple has ever produced).

    You might take care before you ditch something that is known
    to be good for something that may be good.
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Not here they didn't.
     
  11. peejack macrumors 6502a

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    Nor here, it dropped by £50 actually.
     
  12. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    thanks i didn't think they did either, but i wasn't sure
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Recession ahoy, then. The base model went up by $300.

    So... will it be MacWorld or WWDC 2009, then?
     
  14. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I just sold my mac pro on my sig.. if Nehalem turns out to be something amazing.. I might just bite! :D
     

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