Will the new intel processor be much better

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by seemac93, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. seemac93 macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2012
    I was just wondering if anyone knew how much better the new intel processor will be if they decide to change it in april in may and will be worth the money.
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
  3. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
  4. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    Sorry, didn't want to scare anyone away. Search functions, however, exists in other forums, too, and people generally tend to not use them.
  5. Moccasin macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2011
    Newcastle, UK
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    To be honest I looked at the link and couldn't understand what the hell it was saying. Clearly I'm not worthy to be a macrumors member either if I don't understand the jargon. My bad I'm sure.
  6. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    It's a price vs. performance comparison of some of the current generation Mac Pro CPUs (Wxxxx) with some of the to-be Mac Pro CPUs (E5-xxxx).

    The essence is that if you own a Mac Pro '09 or '10 (single CPU), it's more cost-efficient to upgrade the CPU to a W3680; unless you need as much processing power as possible.
    For soon-to-be Mac Pro owners it's interesting to compare the CPUs and decide which Mac Pro model to get.
  7. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    I'm more interested in the difference between the upcoming MacPros and Ivybridge ones. I generally keep my machines long. Still on a 2006 MP1.1 and kicking out HD just fine. I'm getting my RED on tuesday so that might change.
  8. ghellquist macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2011
    Stockholm Sweden

    The problem is that this kind of questions hardly ever can be answered. There simply is too much guessing.

    Of course, so far, the next generation of processor is always better. That has been true the last 20 years at least and will probably be true next year as well. There is always a new generation coming.

    But is it significant?

    -- first of all, if you wait, you cannot benefit from todays processors now.
    -- secondly, even if the new processors are faster, pulling less power and so on, does it really matter in the daily usage? For a lot of things we do daily todays, todays machines are already a bit of overkill, so what need is there for even more overkill?
    -- thirdly, it might be that there are ways to upgrade the experience without waiting. One of the changes I did was upgrading to a SSD in my 2009 13" Macbook Pro. My guess (not beeing any expert) is that this makes a much larger difference in user experience than even a 10 times faster processor would do.

    // Gunnar
  9. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Ivy bridge mac pro won't be out till around early 2013 and there has been no info that I've seen.
  10. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    Is that the same processor as the 2010 hex Mac Pro ?
  11. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Yeah and because the price dropped to ~$600 it makes it one of the best options.
  12. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    Except for those that already have one ! :(
  13. Avenger macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2007
    Thanks for that link. This makes my upgrade path simple when I decide I want more horsepower. I have a 2009 single cpu mac pro. Seems I only need to flash the EFI to the 2010 model to get the new CPU to work.
  14. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    That's right.

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