Originally Posted by alanbrowne
When you suggested "Because it's physically impossible to put the dual chip platform in the iMac case and no new chips suited for this purpose are slated to be created… ever?"
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
I'll finish that sentence: "…I was not talking about the Xeon, but rather a mythical chip that could somehow provide the power of a Xeon in the case of an iMac". Intel, as far as I know, isn't planning to create workstation chips that fit in all-in-one desktops.
Wow. You're so wrong. IMO, you know very little.
1- Intel has just released the Xeon E3-1200v2 series (Ivy Bridge), which are workstation chips that fit in all-in-one desktops (and smaller designs, from 17W to 87W), the fact is most are very similar to the desktop Core i5/i7 series that Apple used (will probably use again) in the iMacs. IMO, those are even better suited to the iMac than the desktop Core i5/i7 series since many SKUs don't have integrated graphics (who needs that when you have a better dedicated gpu), so the TDP is slightly lower (allows even hotter dedicated gpus), and most of them have HT, and more cache, for a very similar price. Those E3-1200v2 SKUs that have integrated graphics have a better igpu than desktop Core i5/i7 series cpus. HP's Z1 workstation uses some of the Xeon E3-1200v1 series (Sandy Bridge).
2- You could physically put a dual chip system in the 27" iMac that currently uses a 95W TDP cpu and a mobile dedicated gpu, just use low-power chips like the 40W Xeon L5630 than can be used in pairs. If I remember well Eurocom released notebooks with high-end Xeon cpus as well as a dual-cpu model.
I don't see why it would be physically impossible in a much bigger enclosure (27" iMac). Apple could use any Xeon under 95W in a 27" iMac, and probably any Xeon under 70W in a 21.5" iMac. Does it make commercial sense? Probably not much in case of a E5 series cpu, but it's far from being physically impossible.
Historically Intel has always released low-power Xeons along side the big, hot, expensive models, those are less known to the general public, but that doesn't mean they don't exist or that Intel doesn't care about that market.