updated 10:35 am EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
Dual-quad-core Mac Pro
Apple's Mac Pro desktop workstations are compatible with the forthcoming quad-core Clovertown Xeon processors from Intel, according to a new report from Anandtech. The publication used engineering samples of the next-genration quad-core Xeon chip to see if they could build a 8-core Mac Pro (currently the Mac Pro uses two dual-core Woodcrest Xeons for a total of four cores): "Without a doubt Apple will release a quad-core version of the Mac Pro, either by the end of this year or early next year, but are users who buy the Mac Pro today missing out? While we're still a couple of months away from being able to test a retail Clovertown CPU in the Mac Pro, we wanted to see if the current engineering samples of the chip would work.... We ran a handful of stability tests on the Mac Pro equipped with two Clovertowns and didn't encounter any crashes with the processors, so it would seem that Clovertown will work in the Mac Pro's motherboard. We can't say with 100% certainty that you will be able to upgrade to Clovertown when it comes out, but so far the results are looking good."