New Mac Pro To Sport Six Cores?

Posted: Oct 15 2009, 9:32am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:52pm CDT, in News | Notebooks and PCs

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Have you been on the fence about whether or not to buy a Mac Pro? If so, this news should give you something to consider. is reporting that one of their sources says that Apple is currently testing Intel's new "Gulftown" Xeo CPU for an upcoming Mac Pro.

This Xeon CPU has yet to be widely released, and if it shows up in a new MacBook in early 2010 it's likely Apple will be the only manufacturer using the chip for a little while. This new processor features six cores, each with twelve threads for the CPU. These chips will have a 12 MB L3 cache, as opposed to the 8 MB cache in current models. AppleInsider reminds us that Apple has a tendency to double the cores for its high end workstations, so it's also possible this could end up being a 12 core machine.

HardMac's source also stated that the new Mac Pros will have a modified motherboard with a 10 GB/s port. These Pros will support both 12 GB and 8 GB RAM modules, as opposed to current Mac Pros which can only handle 4. This means the maximum memory of a Mac Pro could be as high as 128 GB.

On the whole, it sounds like these new Mac Pros are shaping up to be real monsters. A possible 12 cores and up to 128 GB of RAM is nothing to sneeze at. Any of you Mac fans drooling yet?

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