• Apple to Possibly Update Mac Pro with Intel Xeon E5 Chip

    According to The Inquirer, Intelís Sandy Bridge E server chips, which are also known as the Xeon E5 series are set to debut this week. The chips have been in the distribution channel for several weeks now (according to the report), which means that manufacturers who plan to utilize the chips, will be able to get them up and running. It is rumored that Apple is expected to use these chips in an updated version of the Mac Pro.

    As of right now, the benchmarks still havenít been released but the Xeon E5 chips are said to be a large improvement over the chips found in the current Mac pro, which hasnít been updated since the middle of 2010. Competitors such as Dell have already begun announcing products based on the new chip, meaning that Apple could be ready with Mac Pro updates as well in the near future in the sake of keeping up with competition.

    Furthermore, Apple is likely to take advantage of the 6-core and 8-coore E5 2600 series chips for its dual-processor Mac Pro configurations while focusing on the quad-core and 6-core E5-1600 chips for its lower-end single-processor models. Aside from the new processors, other upgrades for the Mac Pros also seem to be falling into place such as the switch back to NVIDIA graphics cards, moving away from the AMD based graphic cards found in the current models.

    A Mac Pro update is also based on Apple deciding whether or not the line is worth keeping alive. It was reported previously that Apple was questioning the future of the Mac Pro line, while taking a look at whether it should continue offering the professional-level workstation as sales have continued to decline and shift towards notebook machines. The current specifications have become outdated as Apple and other tech companies have waited for Intel to release updated processors.

    Source: The Inquirer
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