WWDC: Apple completes transition to Intel

WWDC: Apple completes transition to Intel

Summary: Today during his keynote address at WWDC Apple CEO Steve Jobs completed the company's transition to Intel by announcing two new pieces of hardware: the Mac Pro and the Intel Xserve.

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Today during his keynote address at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) CEO Steve Jobs completed the company's transition to Intel by announcing two new pieces of hardware:

Mac Pro

macpro-150.jpg- Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon "Woodcrest" processors
- 4MB shared L2 cache per processor
- 1.33GHz dual independent frontside buses
- 1GB memory (667MHz DDR2 fully-buffered DIMM ECC)
- NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory
- 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200-rpm hard drive
- 16x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- US$2,499
- Available now
- Press release
- Product page
- Apple store page

Xserve

- Two 64-bit 2.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors
- 1.33GHz frontside bus and 4MB shared L2 cache per processor
- 1GB memory (667MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM)
- 80GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- Built-in ATI Radeon X1300 graphics with 64MB RAM
- Mac OS X Server 10.4 Unlimited-Client Edition
- Starting at US$2,999
- Available in October
- Press release
- Product page
- Apple store page

 xserve-intel-400.jpg

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  • Wow, that was fast

    Last year we were told Apple wasn't going to phase out the PowerPC Processor until 2007, A year later and Apple is a year ahead of schedule. If Microsoft worked like this, we would aready have Vista and the next OS out. Instead, they are looking at pushing back Vista another couple months.
    nucrash
  • Note the prices as well

    Apple says these are both significantly cheaper than the Dell equivalents. One wonders if Dell will drop their prices to match.
    tic swayback
    • Yes, Apple says

      Anyone else believe that?
      I am always amazed that the sh*t Apple shovels is so prized be the fools that glorify it. Marketing BS smells the same, regardless of who puts it out.
      mdemuth
      • Prove it

        Wanna make Apple look like fools? Price it out yourself and give us your results.
        tic swayback
  • $2500 for THAT paperweight?! Gimme a break.

    Forget it. I can home-build one for rather less that has, amongst other things, an Nvidia 7900 in it... the 7300 alone is $80 toddler fodder. And FreeBSD, which is 98% of what OS X is.

    And I could probably get it all with Ultra-wide SCSI as well, if I looked long and hard enough... not that SCSI has any advantages in a home environment anymore (though it took long enough for IDE to catch up)...
    HypnoToad
    • really?

      building your own is always cheaper, but i tried to make some
      comparable systems between Apple and Dell and the Apple
      actually came out cheaper.

      Dell workstation 490
      dual Xeon 5160 processors
      2gb 667 DDR2 FB-DIMMs
      250gb SATA hard drive
      Quadro FX 4500 512mb
      DVDRW drive
      Windows XP Pro
      3 year warranty
      USD $ 5808

      Apple Mac Pro CTO
      dual Xeon 5160 processors
      2gb 667 DDR2 FB-DIMMs
      250gb SATA hard drive
      Quadro FX 4500 512mb
      DVDRW drive
      Mac OS X 10.4
      3 year warranty
      USD $ 5498
      doh123
    • uhh

      And tell me this, who on the market sells a motherboard that will hold two dual core xeon processors (of the woodcrest varient)?

      BSD may be close to OSX under the hood, but it isnt 1/4 of what OSX is as a desktop OS. That $2500 is quite a bit cheaper than any other machine in its class (dell, hp, etc). Any quad processor workstation for under 3k is a good price. Also, you can BTO them with quad 2GHz processors for 2200.
      Stuka
      • Mac vs. Windows

        There are too many people who will deny that Mac is giving
        Windows a run for the money. "Macs are too expensive", "Macs
        don't do REAL office applications like MS Office" and the always
        popular "But you can't run GAMES on a Mac"

        These people will no doubt continue to delude themselves in spite
        of Apple's increasing market share and Vista's continued delays.
        rray32539