Details of Intel's upcoming 6-core/12-thread Xeon (Gulftown) processor - and the CPU tipped to appear in the upcoming Apple Mac Pro refresh - have leaked, and while original predictions were that the hexacore chip would be branded the Core i9, it now seems that it will slot into the Core i7 Extreme range with an "X" suffix. First to the base will be the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, running at 3.33GHz.
Apple have quietly updated their Mac Pro desktop systems, adding a new processor option together with greater storage. Buyers looking for the most powerful Mac Pro around are now able to specify a 3.33GHz Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, which is a whopping $1,200 on top of the regular machine. The new CPU joins the existing entry-level 2.66GHz Xeon and 2.93GHz Xeon, the latter of which is a $400 option.
As for the storage tweak, there's now a 2TB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200rpm hard-drive option, priced at $350, in addition to the previous 640GB and 1TB drives on offer. The new 2TB drive has 32GB of cache, and is also available on the Apple Xserve server.
It's not yet possible to specify two of the 3.33GHz Xeon processors in Apple's 8-core Mac Pro, which still only offers 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz options. Apple have been tipped to release a 6-core, 12-thread Xeon (Gulftown) processor (built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache) in early 2010.
It's been a while since we've seen a significant refresh to Apple's Mac Pro desktop range, and so a rumor regarding what overwhelming components the company might slot inside is certainly timely. According to Hardmac's sources, Apple intend to outfit the Mac Pro with a 6-core, 12-thread Intel Xeon (Gulftown) processor, built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache. The hexacore CPUs will be accompanied by up to 128GB of RAM and a 10Gbit/s ethernet port.
That will be thanks to a newly modified, custom mainboard with support for 8GB and 16GB memory modules. Early testing of the CPUs, at least, have indicated that the hexacore Xeon requires less power than a current-gen quadcore Xeon of the same 2.4GHz clock-speed.
NVIDIA announced their Quadro FX 4800 graphics card today, filling out their line up to include a card intended specifically for the Mac Pro. While this card is very much like the version for Windows, it does sport a few differences that are worth noting.
MCE has really outdone themselves this time. Their latest offering is the Mac Pro Blu-ray Burner, but it's not the same as their first internal Blu-ray burner for the Mac Pro. This time around, it has even faster read/write speeds.
As busy weeks go, this one has certainly been something to write home about (or at least a Week in Review about), with CeBIT, PMA and an Apple mega-announcement all taking place. ASUS arguably stole the former show in Germany, with the Eee PC 1008HA "Shell" once again proving that netbooks needn't be the ugly cousins to expensive ultraportable notebooks. For our full CeBIT 2009 coverage, hit the tag.
Apple has introduced a new line of Mac Pros. Inside the new Mac Pro, Apple uses Intel’s latest Nahelem Xeon Processors. The new Mac Pro starts at $2,499 for a single CPU (Quad Core) configuration with Xeon 3500, 3GB of DDR3 RAM.