HardMac is reporting on Xeon Gulftown (Core i9) performance numbers that were leaked by PCLab, which have since been removed from the site. HardMac however, was kind enough to summarize them for us: First figures indicate that this CPU is very promising. At equivalent clock speed, it is 50% faster than the corresponding quad core […]
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Mac Pro Getting Six-Core Xeon Processors in 2010?

macpro.jpgHardMac is reporting on Xeon Gulftown (Core i9) performance numbers that were leaked by PCLab, which have since been removed from the site. HardMac however, was kind enough to summarize them for us:

First figures indicate that this CPU is very promising. At equivalent clock speed, it is 50% faster than the corresponding quad core Xeon for parallel tasks. Despite having 50% more transistors, the CPU strongly benefits from 32-nm engraving as it drains 50% less power in idle mode and 10% less in full loading mode.

HardMac has claimed in the past that Apple is planning on using these Gulftown processors in a the Mac Pro revision expected to come to fruition in early 2010. If used in a dual-processor configuration, the new Mac Pros would have 12 physical cores, and 24 logical cores. This makes sense considering Apple made code improvements to accommodate for such hardware configurations when they released Snow Leopard in August.

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