Hmmm. Apple have talked about a 9 month to 12 month cycle for the PowerMac range.
Intel and AMD's updates have slowed significantly since the race to 1 and 2 gig.
They're now at a crawl.
Intel may scrape to 4 gig. But at what cost? A nuclear cooling system? You'll have to build an extension to your house for that...
Steve DID address 'the wall'.
Trade off. The extra 500 mhz didn't come. What. An extra 20% ish judging by Apple's CPU benches on site?
Surely more significant is the return on the bus. 1.25 gig which blows Intel's 800 mhz right outta the water..?
And Apple's machines are ALL dual processor.
I DO want that dual 3 gig. But by the time it arrives? Will dual core come next Summer? Or next fall? Dual dual Core will be a formidable machine.
And there's the prospect of a dual PCI Express slot for a SLI capable 6800 Geforce. Ouch. That's gotta hurt.
The next PowerMac update can/could be one heckuva update.
But instead of waiting every 6-8 months? We know wait 9-12 months. (Heh, is this the winding down of the Mac business unit or symtomatic of the cpu slow down?)
A dual 3 gig Fx chip? (Obviously, this WAS the chip that was going to take Apple to 3 gig and IBM, speed binning, yields or otherwise...didn't make it...EVEN with cooling!) Arrives early 2005 if we're lucky. March if we say 9 months at the earliest.
Next June at the latest. Which means we won't get dual Core PowerMacs until early 2006! Much later than has previously muted. That's the 9-12 month schedule Apple talked about in their financial conference.
Clearly, much rests on the timeable of the fabled 975. Optimistic noises about arrival this year seem to be off the pace.
PCI Express isn't really going to be an adopted to force until PC motherboard makers get on board. AMD won't be at 0.09 until July to Sept? Intel won't hit 4 gig anytime soon. All this won't be mainstream until early 2005.
Apple will then, hopefully, have a PCI Express PowerMac, dual 3gig 975 hyperthreading beast to meet an ageing Intel chip that has limped to 4 gig by early 2005? Fx or 975. Place yer bets. Prob' 975? Or will IBM have speed binned enough 2.8 and 3 gig cpus by then? :P
A dual 2.5 970 fx with 6800 (a card I wasn't sure if we were going to get...and we're getting it just about the same time as PC users are...given IBM is shipping low yields 'late' to Nvidia...) is the PowerMac proposition for 2004. By the time PCI Express and dual SLI Nvidias are a reality we'll be ready for them a month or so after? It's just that the talk, the foreplay in PC land goes on for longer making you think the PC boys have something we don't...
...and we can power two 30 inch Displays that look gorgeous. Hey PC man...look waht we got...!
They don't have 'Tiger' (We will have it long before they have 'longhaul'.)
Lemon Bon Bon (semi-optimistically...)
PS. Whither Open GL 2 to counter Direct 9.whatever by M$?
I thought this may have been mentioned in the 'Tiger' Keynote. Has Open GL 2 been ratified?
Does it matter when you see what Core Image/Video can do? Look at how stunning Myst looks...
In truth...the current 9800xt range has hardly been exploited to the limit and Half Life 2 looks like it should run well on a 9800 and a G5 Mac.