Sunday, 28 February 2010

Intel Core i9 Processors Coming to Mac Pro? Intel Gulftown Processor Rumored for Q1 2010 Mac Refresh

p>Just yesterday I was telling you how I m really interested in the
future Core i9 processors from Intel and today I hear that Apple s
future Mac Pro line might get them as soon as Q1 2010.In other words
folks, if you plan on buying a new Mac Pro in the following days or just
before Christmas then hold your thoughts. There s no point doing that
now only to be pissed off about it in a few months. If the rumors turn
out to be true then you should definitely want to wait for a Mac Pro
with Intel s Core i9 processor on board.
Dubbed as Gulftown, Intel s six-core processor has been briefly tested
by Polish website PCLab. Although not official, testing has shown
�strong increases in performance for the chip � according to
AppleInsider. The results aren t available anymore as Intel has
requested to be taken down for the time being.
The tests showed what you re naturally expecting. The Gulftown
processors are faster and use less power than the previous-gen quad-core
Xenon processors. If you want specific numbers then how does 50% faster
and 50% less power sound like?
The chip is expected to arrive in the future Mac Pro refresh which is
bound to happen in the first quarter of next year. The Core i9 chip is
Intel s first six-core dual-socket processor and it features 12MB of L3
cache. Apple seems to have a short-term exclusive on the i9 processors
so we re definitely waiting for the refresh to see what those new Macs
can do.
As a side note, rumor has It that the new Mac Pro line comes with a new
motherboard too. Features like 10Gbit/second Ethernet port, support for
8GB and 16GB RAM modules for a maximum of 128GB of RAM could really turn
your Mac into a powerful machine ready to handle all your computing
needs. So what do you say folks? Interested in the new Mac Pro line
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