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Own A 1990 Supercomputer

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Part of Apple’s announcements yesterday included a huge power boost to the The Mac Pro. An article at FastCompany.com made an interesting point about the upgrade.

The new specs on this box are far beyond anything we’ve seen in a Mac.  Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors come standard, but as FastCompany points out, if you go for the dual-6-core Intel Xeon CPU option, that gives the Pro 12 cores of processing power, and “this is more or less equivalent to low-end supercomputer power of couple of decades or ago.”

If you are loaded with cash, you can also enjoy up to four 512 GB solid-state drives inside, which is almost like have 2 terabytes of RAM.  Take the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5780 options for graphics in account and you have serious power for video and other whatnot.

And the biggest upside?  Having a supercomputer doesn’t cost millions anymore.

New Mac Pro: Early to the Dance

January 11, 2008 1 comment

Within a week of the start of the Macworld Expo, Apple has updated the Mac Pro with two of Intel’s new Quad-Core Xeon 5400 processors running at up to 3.2 GHz.

That’s a lot of juice! If you don’t understand what having eight cores means in the real world, let me explain it simply: it will suck your brains out through your eyeball sockets if you aren’t careful.

Here’s the link to the specs on this new monster (up to 4 terabytes of hard drive space!).

Why would Apple release something this huge before the Expo? Why not save it for the keynote speech? A new Mac that has essentially doubled in speed is a big deal! The answer is obvious: Steve Jobs has a lot to talk about on Tuesday, so this Mac Pro is just the tip of the iceberg.

What next big thing has Apple been working on? Whatever it is, we’ll all be chatting about it on Tuesday afternoon.

(I’ll offer my Macworld Expo predictions on Sunday.)

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