Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Sep 2005 10:51 UTC
Apple Apple's PowerMac line will see an upgrade in the near future, possibly before the close of the month. IBM's July announcement noted that the PowerPC 970MP would be available in speeds of 1.4GHz to 2.5GHz. Apple is expected to adopt the 970MP at least at the high-end of the new Power Mac G5 line. So, what are your thoughts on the 970MP? Does it nullify Apple's reasoning behind the switch to Intel? Also note the low-power G5 IBM has released alongside the 970MP.
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Depends
by Adurbe on Fri 16th Sep 2005 11:26 UTC
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2005-07-06

It all depends on how good this chip is, Apple darn't introduce this nice new chip if it out-performs their next intel offering it would be REALLY hard to get people to 'upgrade' to slower hardware

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RE: Depends
by on Fri 16th Sep 2005 12:14 in reply to "Depends"
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Apple darn't introduce this nice new chip if it out-performs their next intel offering it would be REALLY hard to get people to 'upgrade' to slower hardware

Why, that never stopped Intel.
( P4 vs. P3 ).

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RE[2]: Depends
by Adurbe on Fri 16th Sep 2005 12:56 in reply to "RE: Depends"
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the p4 was at a higher clock though, as intel has always sold cpus on mhz alone it was not all that hard marketing wise.

You are right however, it was a while before the P4 was as fast as the P3 was

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RE[2]: Depends
by japail on Fri 16th Sep 2005 15:14 in reply to "RE: Depends"
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Why would anyone assume that it will be "faster" the Apple's other offerings on the high-end in 2007? That's when Apple will be selling desktop x86 computers, isn't it? The G5 at those clock speeds is already not a performance-leader in most areas. So, depending on how IBM and Apple deal with the future of the 970MP, it likely won't be outperforming Apple'x x86 Macs.

Even if it were for some reason, I'm not certain that Apple or its customers would care. Most of their userbase wouldn't know, a percentage of the other would believe the 'fake' Apple benchmarks that would show otherwise, and the rest will make up their mind depending on the quality of the "experience" on the x86.

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RE: Depends
by on Fri 16th Sep 2005 12:32 in reply to "Depends"
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The benefit switching to x86 maybe will be the possibility to make easier and faster porting x86 hardware on macs, we are tired to have 1 year old video cards in our top products because this is the time before the producer consider to write a proper firmware for apple platform, or before Apple decide to order n-thousand new generation cards to a manifacturer for a new product line.
Deploy a Mac that would not require specifically written firmware and you will have real competition on internal peripherals, cutting down prices for competition and boosting the performance more than sheer cpu power can do.
Had you noticed that video card are doubling performances and performance per watt and cut prices month to month while cpu are laing on similar performances and prices from a couple of year or even more? Too bad we are left in last position in the real run to power and prices!

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RE: Depends
by on Fri 16th Sep 2005 13:24 in reply to "Depends"
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Apple darn't introduce this nice new chip if it out-performs their next intel offering it would be REALLY hard to get people to 'upgrade' to slower hardware

Why, that never stopped Intel.
( P4 vs. P3 ).

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