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ron darby
Apple Computer question
on Apr 6, 2010 at 4:57:36 am

I am confused on this, I am missing something.

Someone please set me straight.

I am looking at the newest Pro Mac on the Apple site and comparing it to mine I bought about a year ago.

My "about this computer" says I have a:
2 Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors at 3.2 GHz total of 8 Cores

The highest processes number at the Apple store is:
2 Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors at 2.93 GHz total of 8 Cores

Why is my processor speed faster. I assume the newer one at the store is faster than the one I have at home. What am I missing or not seeing, or just do not understand.


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Apple Computer question
on Apr 6, 2010 at 2:34:17 pm

What you're missing is that "XEON" is just Intel's marketing name for many different chips. Your computer uses the chips known internally at Intel as "Harpertown" chips. The newer Mac Pros use what Intel called "Nehalem."

But as far as the customer knows, they're all just called XEON.

So what that means is, since Nehalem chips are newer, they are faster than Harpertown chips, even at the same speeds. So those 2.93 chips are actually faster than your 3.2 chips. There's a lot of stuff going on in there, the processor speed is only one part of the equation.

Here's an article that talks about that EXACT issue:

http://www.barefeats.com/nehal01.html


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ron darby
Re: Apple Computer question
on Apr 6, 2010 at 4:37:56 pm

Thanks, that's what I needed to know.
Aloha, Ron



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