First confirm if they will automatically change your order, they might, depending on configuation. Or they may have to contact you due to change in price or something.
Hard to know without some real hands on.
I know that DDR3 + Nehalem = huge improvement in memory bandwidth.
But I see where the new low end 4-core maxes out at 8GB RAM.
http://www.barefeats.com has some early "ideas" of what to expect.
Clock for clock, Nehalem is more efficient and can under heavy use run two threads per core.
Personally, I am surprised at the cpu configurations offered.
Some thoughts and info on ECC and DDR3:
- with a link to review on Tom's Hardware
And their Mac Pro forum is buzzing, too!
I agree, Apple seem to have severely crippled the quad-core version:
*8-core: Eight memory slots (four per processor) supporting up to 32GB of main memory using 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DIMMs
*Quad-core: Four memory slots supporting up to 8GB of main memory using 1GB or 2GB DIMMs
And also, it doesn't look like you can upgrade from 4-core to 8-core in the future just by adding one CPU. It needs a new bottom tray.
Wanna buy an Xserve?
The only Mac Pro they've had is the $4K 3.2GHz model from 2008.
I suspect that 4GB DDR3 might be hard to come buy today but are a possibility nonetheless.
The low end 4-core $2400? still powerful and I doubt the cpu got watered down or neutered.
I ordered the Mac Pro through my employer, so I have very little control over that process. My employer uses an external company to purchase these machines from Apple. When I spoke to one of their representatives, he said it would most likely be the new model since thy had been having trouble getting the Dual Quad Core for some time now. Been phazed out by Apple no doubt.
I also noticed that the new Mac Pro has only one FireWire 800 port. No FW400. I though upgrading would mean MORE connections, not LESS. I need my FW400 for Cameras and Hard drives.
I am not sure how the new one will perform if compared to the old one, but I reckon it won't set any new speed records. I was going to buy this one to use for 3 years, so I really wanted the 2 CPUs. Not just one.
Ah, the notorious FireWire 400 to 800 upgrade. I reckon that this will lead to more questions, but just buy one of these (6 to 9 pin) adapter cables to get for around $20 - the IEEE specification provides total compatibility between the 400mbps and 800mbps bus.
Consumer benchmark test, like Geekbench, will start to show up soon, and it will crush everything you've seen so far. Even for the single CPU.
Let's assume that you compile a huge C source, like I do for Mozilla, and with the 4-core single-CPU I can set the number of compiler processes to 8, this instead of 4 for the older/previous models. With the 8-core I can set it to 16, this instead of 8, and thus the results will be that I build the products in less time.
For this single-CPU setup it is advised to use the 3x1GB or 3x2GB memory configuration (read dual v.s. triple channel configuration).
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I'm disappointed in the $ 500 price increase. I guess it's more like $ 350 because you get 6 GB of RAM in the minimal configuration instead of 2. Still, nobody expects that big a price increase in computers these days and it departs from Apple's tradition of keeping the newer faster machines at the same price point as the previous year's models.