Originally posted by iNtel iNside
My bets for the Mac Pro:
-Two dual-core Intel Xeon 5100 (Woodcrest) processors across the line
-Up to 64 GB of quad channel DDR2 RAM and 2 TB of storage
-Updated case design (black anodized aluminum, slightly taller, new thermal technology, no water cooling)
-Up to 5x faster than Power Mac G5 Quad
-Announcement in June; shipping in July as WWDC would be reserved for Leopard and a new midlevel Mac
-2 dual core Xeon 5100s, at 2.0, 2.33, 3.0 GHz
-Shipping with a 7800 or (maybe) a 7900 GT, BTO for 7900 GTO and 7950 whatever
-Bluetooth and Wireless standard (a/b/g)
-SLI support, maybe Quad SLI
-Up to 32 GB RAM (8 x 4 GB FB-DIMMs)
-Starting with a 300 GB HDD, but room for 2-3 more inside
-Prices stay the same
The 2.0 will ship with a smaller HD and lesser video card than the 2.33. It's a big leap for the lower two models because they stay the same clockspeeds (relatively), but add a processor, and the big guy adds .5 GHz.
Apple can't put a Conroe in the low-end competitively, it'd be about $500 more than the competing Dell gaming station. Unless they intro a Mac (non-Pro), but that's another thread. The only Conroe that wouldn't be a joke in the low-end is the 2.67 one, which is only slightly cheaper than dual Woodcrests. Additionally, with all Quads, Apple could easily manage inventory by being able to just drop processors and video cards into their machines instead of having 2-3 different mobos to manage.