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Report: "Harpertown" Mac Pros on the way

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Thu October 18, 2007

"Harpertown" Mac Pros?

Apple is ready and waiting to unveil a revamped Mac Pro using Intel's forthcoming Penryn processor, according to a report from AppleInsider. The Cupertino-based company is allegedly already prepared to roll out the new professional desktop systems, and is waiting on Intel's ability to ship its new 45-nanometer CPUs. Refreshed Mac pro models will features 8-core configurations with two quad-core "Harpertown" Intel processors boasting front-side bus speeds of 1.6GHz alongside 12MB of L2 cache. Intel's new Xeons are expected to begin arriving in mid-November, and will feature clock speeds of up to 3.2GHz, according to the report.

Apple's current Mac Pro models include one of two Intel processors, depending on the number of cores customers select when they purchase the workstation: 8-core systems feature two quad-core Intel Xeon "Clovertown" processors, while quad-core Mac Pros include two dual-core Intel Xeon "Woodcrest" processors.

Intel's new 45-nanometer "Harpertown" chips that will likely power Apple's new Mac Pros -- which AppleInsider expects to arrive no later than January of 2008 in time for Macworld Expo -- are said to boost speeds by 45 percent for bandwidth-intensive applications over the company's Clovertown processors driving current 8-core Mac Pros.

by MacNN Staff





  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    can't wait...

    while a new set of towers would be great for my photography biz, what i really need is a little relief on the price for these bad-boys!

    we need an entry level machine for $1699, top end dual-quad cores for $2999!

  1. DougJ

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are these new chips pin compatible with the Woodcrest and Clovertown processors in today's Mac Pros?

    Can we upgrade?

  1. Treuf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about powerbook

    I'm getting a new powerbook - but as always I hesitate in case a new version come out just after.

    Any clue about something there ?

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No more powerbooks...

    from Apple. I think they only produce MacBooks, MacBook Slims and MacBook Pros for portables now.

    These Penryn processor MacPros will be awesomely powerful and expensive. I'm sure they'll be worth the price this time around.

    Still no case upgrade. I can live with that.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Macbook Slims?

    I used to smoke them until I found out that they reduced the storage capacity of my iPod! ;-)

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more models

    We need Quadras, Centris, LC, Classic, II, and 7 sku's of each.

  1. Treuf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ok, so what about Macbook

    I'm still used to my powerbook G4 - time to change ;) So, what about a next batch of macbook pro ?

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