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Mac Pro to continue Quad-Core Tradition? Woodcrest?


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Taken from Macrumors.com:

AppleInsider is confirming that Apple's upcoming Mac Pro will indeed be quad-core in at least one model. However, with quad-core on a single chip (Kentsfield) not due until Q1 2007, Apple will have to employ two dual-core chips like today's Quad.

The use of multiple processors in the Mac Pro would require Intel's Woodcrest chip. Early rumors had indicated that Conroe was on tap for the Mac Pro, but Conroe can not be used in dual-processor configurations.

Recent pre-release benchmarks of Woodcrest can be found here. Still unknown about the Mac Pro is exactly what Apple has in store for the enclosure. AppleInsider does note that recent motherboard prototypes from Intel largely mimic the size of today's PowerMac motherboards, which could indicate that an immediate departure from the current form factor is not in the cards.

An additional story on the motherboard design and other talk is located here

Early Woodcrest benchmarks can be found here.
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thanks for the info techster82. And i think everything is going to happen in 2007 like Vista, or maybe Leopard too, new intel chips and maybe more.

And it is going to change a lot of things in the computer/mac industry.
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interesting info, but i hope they keep the powermac name, mac pro imho is pretty bad and i like macbook and MBP. oh well.

there will be a lot of speculation and i think we will be more than surprised by what they give us. hopefully steve will finally get his 3.0ghz he wanted two years ago.

and coltssaturday, the switch is supposed to be done by the end of this year so everything will be out well before vista
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Wow, that is very interesting news indeed. I am really looking forward to what's going to be released!
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and coltssaturday, the switch is supposed to be done by the end of this year so everything will be out well before vista
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But i heard on macrumors that the target release for Leopard is January 2007. Read more HERE.
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oh sorry, i thought you were talking about the powermacs.....

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oh sorry, i thought you were talking about the powermacs.....
its perfectly alright

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wow wow i want one NOW!

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[sarcasm]

What I can't wait is for Steve to come out and tell us how the new machine will be 25x faster than the Quad G5s......

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What I can't wait is for Steve to come out and tell us how the new machine will be 25x faster than the Quad G5s......

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haha, you are funny, good one.
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heres my idea....

i heard from somebody that apple was going to release a consumer tower(am new to this forum, sorry to whoever(if anyone) posted this already)

release that consumer tower with the woodcrests, and call it the mac pro(or iMac Pro), and wait a bit for kentsfield.

release the PowerMac with two kentsfield chips(8 cores!!!AAAHHHAHA),and keep the powermac name! everybody is happy!

also, wouldnt it be nice if kentsfield had some sort of hyperthreading? theoretically, with that kind of setup you could have 16 logical processors. just a thought....
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I would almost put a Benjamin down that the name "Powermac" is gone once they are converted to Intel chips. Apple has already trademarked the Mac Pro moniker so whether you like it or not that name looks to be the future.

I am still drooling over the 64GB Flash hard drives just introduced. I will get around to drooling over dual quad cores next week.
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