Originally Posted by drnat
I am finding it increasingly difficlt to keep up with the Intel roadmap - thanks for this but not sure I really understand it properly...
Is it possible to do a brief summary of each new processor or chipset, when due & few details - eg 45mn/nos of cores that are likely to find their way into a MP.
I am thinking about getting a new one & this will be helpful!
Some people are indeed very confused about Intel roadmap, and they mix cpu names and platform names, and just take guesses on what could fit into what Mac/computer, even "tech" sites.
Penryn will be the base for new mobile, desktop, workstation and server chips, all of them will have new chipsets too for building new motherboards.
For the Mac Pro, which is a workstation, dual processor, type of computer, Apple choosed to use Xeon cpus and the 5000X series of chipset initially.
Today, they could upgrade it to quad-core cpus (just like the dual-quad-core 3.0GHz that has been already released) with "Clovertown" cpus or the Xeon X5300 series that I mentionned earlier.
Next will be the penryn-based Xeon (late 2007 or early 2008 in Mac Pros) which will be based on a 45nm fabrication process (from todays 65nm process), that will mostly have 4 cores, more cache and will be faster. Rumored/leaked prices and specs for those chips make it probable that Apple would move to the following models:
$2200 dual-quad 2.50GHz
$2499 dual-quad 2.83GHz
$3298 dual-quad 3.00GHz
$3997 dual-quad 3.16GHz
If they keep the same price points and number of models.
Two new chipsets will also be available, in different flavors (that's why somtimes it is also confusing). One will be an upgrade from the current 5000X series called Seaburg (chipset) or Stoakley (platform) which will bring a number of improvements like PCIe 2.0. The other one (San Clemente/Cranberry Lake) will be a lower cost chipset with, for example, cheaper DDR2 RAM support instead of the expansive and power hungry FB-DIMMs (used in current Mac Pros). What Apple will choose to use is still a mystery.
Tigerton with Clarksboro/Caneland are server chips/chipsets/platforms and are unlikely be used on a personal computer (Mac or else). While it would be fun to have 16 or 32 cores working for us in the future, I'd better have today (or tomorrow) a single quad-core cpu computer that is affordable (under $2000).
Originally Posted by DHagan4755
Apple Expo Paris?
That would be for a Clovertown refresh, which would already be nice, but it may be too much to ask from Apple, and penryn Xeons will start being available a few weeks/a couple of months later. My guess is that AEP will be the new iPods/european iPhone party and that the Mac Pro will have the MWSF spotlight (and if we are lucky, there will be also other announcements...).