Apple preps major Mac Pro update featuring Intel’s 45nm Penryn processors

“For the second time in as many years, Mac maker Apple Inc. is awaiting the official nod from chip supplier Intel Corp. before announcing a brawny update to its Mac Pro workstations aimed at media professionals,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“The new systems will represent the first architectural overhaul to the Mac Pro family since Apple introduced the Intel-based Power Mac successor at its August 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference. They’ll also be amongst the first machines from any PC manufacturer to employ chips from Intel’s upcoming Penryn family of 45-nanometer (nm) microprocessors — specifically the upcoming Hi-k Xeons, which will be available in dual- and quad-core variants for workstations with front-side bus speeds of either 1333MHz or 1600MHz,” Jade reports.

“Confirming reports filed by the Inquirer earlier this month, people familiar with the matter say the new Mac Pro line lineup will top out with an 8-core configuration that employs two top-of-the-line quad-core ‘Harpertown’ chips. The top-bin Xeons, which offer the faster 1600MHz bus and 12MB of L2 cache, will start trickling in around mid-November at speeds of up to 3.2GHz,” Jade reports.

“Speaking at Intel’s Beijing developer forum earlier this year, Intel senior VP Pat Gelsinger said Harpertown Xeons will offer an approximate 45 percent speed increase for bandwidth-intensive applications compared to the Clovertown Xeon chips available in today’s Mac Pros,” Jade reports.

More in the full article here.


  1. “Clearly, Apple has demoted the Mac to third-class citizen behind the iPhone and iPod.”

    Yeah, your name is appropriate. Forget that Mac sales will be at an all-time high this quarter. Forget that the amount of revenue from Macs is actually increasing as a percentage over other non-Mac revenue for Apple. Don’t let facts get in the way of a good fanboy whining session.

    Then again you could just be joking.

  2. No, no, you have it all wrong. You WANT the Mac Pro to become self-aware, so it can finish all that work for you! Just don’t let it sprout legs and come after you with a hack-saw…

    As for reality: This 3.2GHz box is made to eat HD content for breakfast. Man that would be a nice Mac Pro workstation. Full video rendering while I build projects – lovely.

  3. These high performance computers will clearly cause global warming! AMD scientists are in complete consensus that Penryn processors emit CO2 while running at 3.2 GHz.

    Apple must provide leadership in this area and upgrade their entire Mac Pro line of computers to low-power 8-bit microprocessors running at 1 MHz.

    This performance level is more than adequate for the unwashed masses of ignorant computer users living in the red states. Only elite citizens such as myself should have access to 45 nm Penryn technology.

  4. I really have been waiting for this. I hope they get rid of that giant cheese grater box though… those things are way too big for my liking.

    Perhaps something in a smaller cube shape?

  5. Yawn! Faster processors? So 1990’s.

    I’m hoping that we see a redisigned enclosure:

    a. We’ve had these silver boxes for ages, it’s time they changed
    b. I don’t like them, they’re too frickin big.

    As well as a nice new MacPro form factor, how’s about adding a ‘Mac” that sits above the iMac which is custumisable… but below the MacPro which takes up half of your living space?

    Just a thought.

  6. From what the rumors say, the top machine will cost upwards of $4,000, add a must 500GB HD (x2) and sufficient RAM, upgrade the mediocre video card and you are looking at $5,000+/-. Look for the mid and low end Mac Pro to get a lame upgrade and continue to be too expensive.

    Apple continues to have a huge gap not offering accessible tower at competitive prices. Not everyone needs a workstation class computer. The average professional and gamer can not afford these prices. The iMac? With its less than stellar mobile chips, not-for-everyone shiny display and lame video card (no upgrade) is not an option.

    Lower prices due to economys of scale promised when Apple joined the “Dark Side” have only translated in much higher prices and fewer options.

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