Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jul 2005 19:16 UTC
IBM IBM has today presented various new versions of their G5 processor at the Power Everywhere Forum in Japan. Firstly, it introduced the much-anticipated PowerPC 970MP, the dual-core version of the G5. In addition, they also announced 3 low-power G5s, ranging from 1.2Ghz at 13W to 1.6Ghz at 16W. These processors will most likely find their way into Apple's Macs.
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by ma_d on Thu 7th Jul 2005 20:14 UTC
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Is that best or average?

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by on Thu 7th Jul 2005 20:29 in reply to "Wow"
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According to the slides it's 13W (typical)..whatever that means ;) .

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by kaiwai on Fri 8th Jul 2005 07:57 in reply to "RE: Wow"
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LOL, 'typical' sounds like the old joke, "how long is a piece of string?" ;)

I would say that Apple already knew about this product well in advance; the issue isn't so much the power consumption NOW but the power consumption later on - when the clock speed starts going up, and the wattage goes up as well, the two will get out of wack.

From what I understand, as Apple shows it on their PR, Apple need something that has equal performance to IBMs future road maps, but without the watt consumption hanging over it; Intel has shown its cards, and Apple likes it - Apple was probably also persuaded by the completely integrated solution - video, audio, wireless etc etc The video may have looked weak now, but I'd say that the future video chipsets by Intel will be a massive improvement - equal to that of the 'value end' Nvidia and ATI priced chipsets.

I think people forget, Intel offered the whole deal - they not only offered the foot long sub, the included a drink and 4 biscuits at no extra charge - thats in comparison to IBM who were just selling the Sub, and required the customer to find the other parts of different vendors.

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by rayiner on Thu 7th Jul 2005 21:19 in reply to "Wow"
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IBM, like Intel, reports average thermal design power. I couldn't tell you how much higher max thermal design power is, but for reference, a Prescott with 130W TDP can use over 180W under load. It should be noted that AMD deserves kudos for citing max thermal design power in their specs.

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