2 Socket 970MP(Quad processing)
1GB of DDR2 500
250 SATA HD 16MB buffer and NCQ on SATA II bus
Nvidia GPU 256MB PCIe
Superdrive (16x DVD-R, 4x DL)
802.11g built in
2 FW 400 and 800 bus each.
That's what I want too.
Onlooker, completely agree with what you said. When the G5 hit, I think most were amazed. I was still recovering from shock a whole week later. I thought, 'finally, Apple are going bleeding edge and staying there...'.
The last updates didn't repeat that emphasis... Disppointing. Even if you take IBM's failure to make 3 gig, (a number I would have thought they would have achieved...or even, at least, get closer to...), you have to ask why a top spec card is bundled in the top spec PowerMac. Still no monitor bundle. No PCI Express. But considering it aint going to mean jot until the Nividi/Ati cards ship in significant volume, have games that can take advantage of it and a rev b of PCI Express that starts to show what this 'next gen' 'AGP' can do. Reviews are decidly muted on what impact PCI Express has right now.
In short, a dual 2.5 G5 and Ati Radeon 9800xt and a Nvidia 6800 dual dual DVI card...are as good as the PC world has right now, eh?
So we can afford to wait for half a year for our bug tweaked and patched versions of Doom 3 and Half Life 2, eh?
But Onlooker might say that's not the point.
Where's the Wildcat Pro 3D card with dual 256 texture units. Or dual 512 texture units. Where's the token 3D card with a $2000 price on its head? Y'know. Play ball. Look like you're serious about 3D. Couldn't Apple at least license development with creative labs or nividia to have a Quadro Uber on the Apple store? Share some of the development costs? Build to order? Just how different is a Mac graphics card from a PC one anyhow? Endian and all.
At least Maya Unlimited is coming. That's something, right? The mothership is moving in the right direction.
Maybe when the dual 970MP machines hit with Maya Unlimited with an Ati Fire Pro, Quadro or Wildcat available as options we can say the Mac has finally arrived as a Workstation.
I'd like to see it.
I'd also like to see Apple buy Softimage 4.0 and yank the PC version.
That's the one piece missing from Apple's uber software line-up. Heavy duty 3D app.
What I don't understand is why they didn't take the opportunity to buy Maya when Alias Wavey became 'Alias' and was sold for...$26 million (? How much did it go for?)
Pocket change for Apple. Would such an aquisition have driven Newtek, Maxxon etc away? I wouldn't have thought so as 3D users are quite loyal to their package.
Lightwave benches on Apple's page look good with the dual 2.5 handing a dual 3.2 Xeon its ASS.
If Think Secret says the MP is coming...it's probably more than 50/50 it's coming. There aren't many doubters out there.
I guess I'm a little confused by the arrival of the Power 5 from IBM which seems to hint at a truly scaleable architecture for Powerbooks to PowerMacs. There's rumours of the 975 being right on schedule! Even thought the Fx was late! what does this mean? Ur...I don't know.
Is the 975 (which showed itself on an IBM page in the orient...saw it myself...) going into a new class of Workstation? With the FX derived MP going into convential PowerMacs and Powertuned into Powerbooks and iMacs?
Single Core MP iMacs/PowerBooks.
The FX throws out that much heat then maybe the MP has a better layout to dissapate the heat..? The FX as it stands doesn't seem like the chip to go into PowerBooks and iMacs despite the much ballyhoo about its supposedly better heat temperatures. That doesn't seem to have worked out in practice re: the 2.5 liquid cooled Macs.
If 975 chips are on schedule and ready now...then why weren't they announced? Ramping? IBM and Apple swallowing Fx costs? ie FX development was too far along to back out of without waste, expense etc...and the 975 was still too far from ramp to use?
WILL the 975 arrive in single core Macs and the MP go into workstation macs?
I'm confused by the apparent 'parallel' nature of the new kid of the rumour block, the 'MP' arriving out of nowhere to seemingly surplant all those '975' rumours. We've even seen the 975 on IBM hosted web pages! With nary a mention of this 'MP'.
Unless the MP IS the 975 MP..?
Was the 970 single core rushed to market in light of Motorola's problems?
Maybe the 970 MP is what WAS intended but it needed 0.09 to make it happen? Less of a rush, more time to develop, better chip layout, better process and tech's. Hence the 'swift' transition to 0.09. To get the 'MP' closer. Maybe the 'MP' is the real 'place holder' until the road map for Apple and IBM was established. ie it will keep Apple competitive with single and dual core Wintelians allowing for the road map to come on stream aka the 975 Power 5 derived chip.
Confused? I am. But it's a nice kind of confusion to have...it's just the imminent rumour talk of the 975...maybe the rumour sites are suffering from premature specification and the hidden face/newcomer has come out from under cover of darkness to be revealed as the fx successor..?
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