oooh, oooh, i get to say it...
*CONFIRMED!* positive news from MacBidouille:
970 will be sold in single and dual config... *CONFIRMED!*
single (low-end) 970 will smoke current dual (high-end) G4... *CONFIRMED!*
Bryce 6 will be multi-threaded... *CONFIRMED!*
rough parity with Wintel world again... *CONFIRMED!*
*unCONFIRMED!* possibly sketchy news from MacBidoulle:
low-end 1.4, mid 1.6-1.8, high 2.0...
IBM and other apparent leaks suggest initial ranges from 1.6-2.5
unspecified environment/bus/cache config between models...
history suggests more than just the CPU speed changes between models.
Bus speed/RAM/Mobo/GFX card/L2-vs-L3(size and speed) may differ from single to dual, so logically, benchmarks may seem odd due to non-standard config between test units
if Apple Legal jumps all over MB to pull the "rumours", it might validate them a bit, but it might just be seen as jumping on the current "French-bashing bandwagon"
IMO, there is some truth to the view that preaching to the choir means some people will believe because they want it to be true, but given the preponderance of other information that seems to have either leaked out or, by analysis (here and elsewhere), has been theoretically dissected and reverse-engineered in terms of hypothetical pipeline length/FSB/clock/dualFPU/etc to the point of reasonable predictions...
the apparent convergence between these sources of info is a good sign that these predictions are in the ballpark.
it's also possible (and historically precedented) that the benchmark machines are early mules (of which dozens of variations and tweaks are produced), and that the actual shipping hardware is similar in some config, different in others.
(for example, these may have been benchmarked on current DDR RAM and current GFX card... publicly available models may have faster/better/wider/more fragrant options that cause the first widely verifiable benchmarks to differ from those posted here... this wouldn't mean MB has lied, merely that the iron they tested on isn't the same as what ships as "970 Rev. A")
unless we're all
guilty of gleefully drinking the kool-aid,
i'm thinking this is damn tasty stuff... got a hankering for more.
ah, the unquenchable thirst for power.