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Old Dec 12th, 2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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intel prototype 80-core processor

Processor technology totaly blows my mind how quickly the technology is moving, I'm curious if Mac will integrate maybe half that amount in their Mac pros in the near future.
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Old Dec 12th, 2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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That many cores, while kind of mind-blowing, is not going to help most users (unless you want to run a rendering farm or do a lot of video encoding).

For those that do want to do the rendering/encoding/supercomputer type stuff this is quite amazing, but I don't see apple going this route anytime soon
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All this really shows is that microchip technology has basically hit a dead end and all they can do is just keep connecting more of them together to try and compensate.
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All this really shows is that microchip technology has basically hit a dead end and all they can do is just keep connecting more of them together to try and compensate.
This was actually predicted by Tevanian in a keynote speech many years back. Smart fellows, the exec team at Apple.

As for whether this technology will filter down to Macs over time, if a quad-core iMac debuts in January, I think you will have your answer.
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It would mark an excellent advance for Windoze users - with 80 cores, BSODs will be lightning fast, and one may even be able to move the mouse without interrupting some process that is on the go. As well, 80 viruses can be executing simultaneously without degrading the performance of the other viruses.
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It would mark an excellent advance for Windoze users - with 80 cores, BSODs will be lightning fast, and one may even be able to move the mouse without interrupting some process that is on the go. As well, 80 viruses can be executing simultaneously without degrading the performance of the other viruses.
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It would mark an excellent advance for Windoze users - with 80 cores, BSODs will be lightning fast, and one may even be able to move the mouse without interrupting some process that is on the go. As well, 80 viruses can be executing simultaneously without degrading the performance of the other viruses.
EvanPitts is completely wrong here. I have never seen him goof up so!

Seventy Nine of the processors are to run anti-virus, firewall, anti-phishing, anti-spybot and anti-root kit software. The remaining processor runs IE - slowly.

(One sudden mouse movement freezes the whole system - Norton has verify that the mouse movement isn't an attack - which then crashes the system!)
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This was actually predicted by Tevanian in a keynote speech many years back. Smart fellows, the exec team at Apple.

As for whether this technology will filter down to Macs over time, if a quad-core iMac debuts in January, I think you will have your answer.
No doubt we'll see quad core iMacs in the near future .. but there's only so much benefit that you currently (note that I said currently) get from having multiple cores. 8 core machines are great, but rarely do you get to fully utilize them. 16 core machines wouldn't really help most people ... for now anyway.
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No doubt we'll see quad core iMacs in the near future .. but there's only so much benefit that you currently (note that I said currently) get from having multiple cores. 8 core machines are great, but rarely do you get to fully utilize them. 16 core machines wouldn't really help most people ... for now anyway.
They simply will not be able to resist the cool factor of dual quads.
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