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More Intel Evidence Shows that Mac Pro May be Moving to Nehalem

Intel is set to unveil its first new eight-core processor next month at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. A peak at the show’s program sheds light on the notion that these are Nehalem class processors that may find there way into Apple’s Mac Pro workstation and XServes.

The ISSCC program, which you can download here, states that Intel will discuss an “eight-core, 16-thread Xeon processor manufactured with a 45-nanometer process”. Macworld notes that this likely suggests the Nehalem class processors which have been rumored since November.

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Thanx to 9to5mac for the Intel Roadmap image

As we explained back in November, “Currently, Apple’s Mac Pro uses Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Harpertown” processors, and they max out at 3.2Ghz. It only seems like a natural progression for Apple’s top of the line desktop workstations to adopt the new Xeon CPUs Intel unveils, which will be equipped with Core i7’s QuickPath architecture.” Additional speculation leads Macworld to believe that these processors will be dubbed the Tylersburg platform.

The timing of the presentation suggests the eight-core Xeon processor is likely to be the Nehalem EP processor, an upcoming chip that is designed for dual-socket servers and workstations. This segment of the Xeon line is due for a refresh, and the Nehalem EP processor is scheduled to be released during early 2009.

Like other Nehalem chips, the Nehalem EP chips will include an integrated memory controller and use Intel’s Quick Path Interconnect (QPI), which replaces the front-side bus and allows more data to flow between the processors and other components in the computer, speeding up the computer’s overall performance.

The Mac Pro hasn’t been touched in over a year. The new processors would boost performance even higher in Apple’s desktop workstations and make them among the first to market with these innards. While some had speculated that the Mac Pro would be mentioned at Macworld ‘09, this did not happen and we still expect to see it get some attention in the next few months.

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11 Comments to “More Intel Evidence Shows that Mac Pro May be Moving to Nehalem”

Casey @ January 29th, 2009 at 11:23 am
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I caught a huge salmon on the Nehalem River last summer.

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Aviv @ January 29th, 2009 at 11:25 am
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@Casey: Could you fry it on the heat your Mac Pro dissipated?

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Casey @ January 29th, 2009 at 11:47 am
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No, my PC is liquid cooled with a delicious brine solution. I actually tossed the salmon in to cure for a few days, then sliced it thin and made Lox bagels.

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Aviv @ January 29th, 2009 at 11:51 am
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Are you taking a jab at me with the Lox bagels cause I’m a jew?

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Casey @ January 29th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
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No, but I did catch that fish on my Payot lure.

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Aviv @ January 29th, 2009 at 12:14 pm
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Your Payot lure is no match for my Gefilte fish net. (Just in case: http://snipurl.com/aylbm )

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Casey @ January 29th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
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אוי אלוהים, אני אוהב macblogz.

אתם כל כך מצחיק.

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Aviv @ January 29th, 2009 at 12:23 pm
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That’s just jibberish. Unless you’re calling MacBlogz god.

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Casey @ January 29th, 2009 at 12:34 pm
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So a Rabbi, a black man and Steve Jobs walks into a bar…

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Casey @ January 29th, 2009 at 1:14 pm
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Steve, knowing he’ll be left with the bill and get none of the ladies, says “This MacBook Air is insanely great!”

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mark @ January 30th, 2009 at 1:55 pm
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Did you guys pull these comments from another article? WTF ? LOLOLOL

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