Will the new intel processor be much better

seemac93

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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.
 

Moccasin

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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.
 

flatfoot

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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.
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.
 

JesterJJZ

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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.
 

ghellquist

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Aug 21, 2011
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Guessing

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
 

theSeb

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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.
Ivy bridge mac pro won't be out till around early 2013 and there has been no info that I've seen.
 

flatfoot

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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.
That's right.
 
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