Rumor: Future Macs Pro may use Xeon “Gulftown” chips for some time exclusively

Rumor: Future Macs Pro may use Xeon “Gulftown” chips for some time exclusively

THE Hardmac (English version of the French blog MacBidouille) today published an article based on information from sources that obtained details about new Macs Pro. Apple would already be conducting tests with Intel's latest generation of Xeon CPUs, called “Gulftown”.

If true, such chips can only enter Mac Pros for a limited time. In relation to the Xeons used today by Apple on its professional desktop Mac, the new ones come with 6 cores and 12 processes for each CPU, 12MB of shared cache, 32 nanometer manufacturing process and a slightly lower power usage.

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The site doesn’t know, for now, if the whole new line will be hexa-core. It is possible for Apple to maintain a Xeon model quad-core at least in the entry version, throwing your price down. What is known is that the machine will come with a 10 gigabit Ethernet port and support 8GB and 16GB RAM modules, allowing it to reach up to 128GB.

Nothing has been said for now, either, about a possible change in the machine's housing, which may be announced by Apple already in early 2010. The “Gulftown” chips will only enter into large-scale production in the second quarter of next year, under the Intel Core i9 brand.