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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject: Apple Intros New Mac Pro Reply with quote

Apple Intros New Mac Pro
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Posted by: Glenn

Apple today introduced the new Mac Pro with eight processor cores and a new system architecture that reportedly delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor. The new Mac Pro combines two of Intel's new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz, powerful new graphics and up to 4TB of internal storage to offer the ideal system for creative professionals, 3D digital content creators and scientists. The standard 8-core configuration starts at $2,799.

"The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we've ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With 3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1600 MHz front side bus and 800 MHz memory, the new Mac Pro uses the fastest Intel Xeon architecture on the market."

The standard 8-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $2,799 (US), includes:

-two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses;
- 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
- ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory;
- 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
-16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
- two PCI Express 2.0 slots and two PCI Express slots;
- Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- ships with Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crap! you beat me to it!


Apple wrote:
Up to 2x faster.
Eight-core processing power was once only top-of-the-line. Now it comes standard. This time around, performance is more phenomenal than ever — up to two times faster than the previous standard-configuration Mac Pro. And with the multicore technology enhancements of Mac OS X Leopard, the new Mac Pro is a force to be reckoned with.

More power with less power.
Inside the new Mac Pro is the latest technology from Intel: Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Harpertown” processors. These processors run at blazingly fast speeds up to 3.2GHz. Based on the new 45-nm Intel Core microarchitecture, these processors deliver amazing performance but still maintain outstanding energy efficiency.


Cache count.
A huge amount of L2 cache — 12MB per processor — keeps frequently used data and instructions close to the processor cores and improves overall performance. 6MB of cache is shared between pairs of processor cores, allowing an individual core to use all the available shared cache at any one time.

Built at full tilt.
With the fastest Xeon architecture available, the new Mac Pro features 1600MHz dual independent frontside buses. These 64-bit buses give each processor a direct connection to the system controller and deliver improved processor bandwidth of up to 25.6GB per second — 20 percent greater than the previous Mac Pro. With a new system architecture, speedier system buses, and fast 800MHz DDR2 fully buffered DIMM memory, Mac Pro memory throughput is up to 1.6 times faster than before.

Every Intel Xeon processor features an enhanced SSE4 SIMD engine. Capable of completing 128-bit vector computations in a single cycle, SSE4 is ideal for transforming large sets of data, such as applying a filter to an image or rendering a video effect.

Smarter memory.
The Mac Pro incorporates a 256-bit-wide, fully buffered memory architecture with Error Correction Code (ECC), which corrects single-bit errors and detects multiple-bit errors automatically. These features are especially important in mission-critical or compute-intensive environments. Apple designed a more stringent thermal specification for the Mac Pro FB-DIMMs, so the internal fans spin at slower speeds and keep the system quiet.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome additions, but the standard configuration just went up $300. No Blu-ray either.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Awesome additions, but the standard configuration just went up $300. No Blu-ray either.


I know, bummer! I thought for sure Blu-Ray would make it by now. . . Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh well, I can't afford one of these suckers as is. On the bright side, this gets the Mac Pro update out of the way. Now we have room for another new goodie next week! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there anything else new? The Apple Store is still down for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelSpinners wrote:
Is there anything else new? The Apple Store is still down for me.


New Xserve. Still down here too!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, you think this means they want to save the spotlight for other hardware next week? Or is this "it" and the focus will be on something totally different (iPhone or something)?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
Awesome additions, but the standard configuration just went up $300.


You can eliminate one of the CPUs. That brings the price down $500. You'll still be stuck with that 2600 XT though. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't it be cheaper to make an Xgrid of Mac minis? Wink

On another note, there is talk of Costco receiving huge boxes of AppleTV's, just one week ahead of Macworld.... I wonder what it means. Very Happy

It's a shame the CinnaMount TV isn't ready yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here comes the "quad" standard. See ya later Core 2 Duo. Wink
Now let's see Jobs annihilate the competition and throw quads across every product in the line. I hope the data bottleneck issues of the early dual quads has been fixed with higher bus speeds and 256bit memory architecture.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

o.k. so a bit off topic but I found this quote on Gizmodo. It's a reply to a post on there. It goes like this:

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Yep, 8 core power macs and servers are not what get's Mr. Jobs out of bed in the morning. Sexy, shiny new products that redefine a market are his motivation. iPhones, iPods, Apple TVs....make way for the MacTouch at this year's MacWorld!!!!! The "JOBSTRADAMUS" knows!



JOBSTADAMUS! That's one of the funniest things I've read in a while!! And I thought "AA" Appleholics Anonymous was funny!!
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Tuishimi wrote:
So, you think this means they want to save the spotlight for other hardware next week? Or is this "it" and the focus will be on something totally different (iPhone or something)?


I still predict this

- 12" or 13" Mac SlimBook
- Processor and spec bumps with another one or two Macs.
- Mac OS X 10.5.2
- Microsoft plugs Office 2008
- iPhone 1.1.3
- 16GB iPhone at $399, 8GB model drops to $299 (same device otherwise)
- Apple TV 1.2 (new interface with storefront)
- Movie rentals from Fox, Disney, and Paramount.
- iTunes 7.6

One more thing...

The Beatles finally come to iTunes. Paul, Ringo, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison join Steve Jobs on stage for the announcement.

Yvan256 wrote:
On another note, there is talk of Costco receiving huge boxes of AppleTV's, just one week ahead of Macworld.... I wonder what it means.


Our Costco has had a stack of them for a long time now. They might giving them away soon like a toaster with another purchase or something. Laughing

Tuishimi wrote:
JOBSTADAMUS!


That might be a good name for my next dog. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just hope this is a sign that the Mac Pro upgrades were the least interesting thing of Apple's upcoming announcements, so it got bumped to a week early.

This was created years ago, and now I'm glad we've finally hit 3.2GHz:

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g5g5 wrote:
Tuishimi wrote:
JOBSTADAMUS!


That might be a good name for my next dog. Laughing



awww... c'mon man! Gimme credit where credit is due. . . Razz Razz LOL!!!
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