Details on Intel's potential Mac Pro 6-core i7 processor leaked

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  • Reply 41 of 49
    There will be a Xeon-branded version of this. Several Xeon versions, actually, for 1, 2, and 4+ socket systems. They all use the same silicon dies, just with different parts enabled/disabled. They will range in price from "Very Expensive" to "Holy Sh*t"
  • Reply 42 of 49
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    Originally Posted by Eriamjh View Post


    Finally, a reason to buy a Mac Pro instead of an iMac i7.



    There's lots of other ones which is why Apple keeps jacking up the price.
  • Reply 43 of 49
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FuturePastNow View Post


    There will be a Xeon-branded version of this. Several Xeon versions, actually, for 1, 2, and 4+ socket systems. They all use the same silicon dies, just with different parts enabled/disabled. They will range in price from "Very Expensive" to "Holy Sh*t"



    The MP Xeon uses a different chip from the others.
  • Reply 44 of 49
    mr. kmr. k Posts: 114member
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    Originally Posted by brucep View Post


    what can run CRYSIS by the way ??



    My Early 2008 MBP. On Medium-high settings.
  • Reply 45 of 49
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    Originally Posted by chris v View Post


    I can't wait to run Adobe Illustrator on one of these...



    and watch it peg 1 CPU, while 11 sit idle.



  • Reply 46 of 49
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    Originally Posted by Debian Dog View Post


    Anyone who wonders why you need more than 8 cores has never worked with "real" HD footage in a large project in Final Cut. If there is a lot of rendering to be done... even 8 cores can takes hours to render minutes of footage.



    It depends on the architecture. for sure the original Quad cores wouldn't scale well to 8 or 16 cores on a chip simply because they used a shared cache scheme. The Nehalem architecture was a big improvement in cache design for the CPUs and should scale much better. The memory system also increased in speed a huge amount which will help scaling.



    for memory intensive things, the current bottleneck is the memory system. This is exactly why apple won't ever put a core i5 in the mac pro (2 memory controllers vs 3).



    it's also why their current motherboards are moronic - the ram chips should be installed in multiples of 3.



    One final note to having lots of cores: Snow leopard. They improved the threading at the OS level. This will help with scaling. Other than that, lots of things haven't scaled well because they simply aren't written for an MP environment (someone pointed out illustrator). More and more code is being designed to utilize multiple cores and improvements remain.
  • Reply 47 of 49
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    Originally Posted by brucep View Post


    what can run CRYSIS by the way ??



    Runs quite nicely on my macbook pro duo 2.8 w/ 4 gig ram Win7. Can't crank up the eye candy ALL the way, but it look pretty dern good.
  • Reply 48 of 49
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chris v View Post


    I can't wait to run Adobe Illustrator on one of these...



    and watch it peg 1 CPU, while 11 sit idle.



    haha - right?
  • Reply 49 of 49
    The server version will become available March 16 and will be named Xeon X5680- 3.33GHz/3.6GHz Turbo, 12 threads per processor, 12MB L3 cache, and so on. Source: http://www.crn.com/white-box/222001806



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    In addition to the Xeon X5680, the March 16 release list includes five more six-core chips, all with 12 threads and 12MB of cache -- the Xeon X5670 (2.93GHz, 95W), X5660 (2.80GHz, 95W), X5650 (2.66GHz, 95W), L5640 (2.26GHz, 60W) and W3680 (3.33GHz, 130W).



    That last one, the W3680, is for single-socket "workstations" and has only one QPI link enabled.
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