Shortly after Intel introduced Quad Core Xeon CPUs people tried to install them in Apple’s Mac Pro. Because the upgrade worked without any problems it was only a question of time until Apple would offer such a machine.
Yesterday the time had come and Apple officially announced the 8-Core or Quad-Core Mac Pro workstation. Because the CPUs are clocked at 3GHz it should run single-threaded applications as fast as the previous high end model. The home grown Quad Core machine I’ve read about was only equipped with 2GHz Xeons. As a result it was considerably slower in most benchmarks because only very few applications could take advantage of 8 cores.
That raises of course the question who needs an eight core workstation? Well, I don’t … but I would like to have one of those Mac Pros nevertheless. 🙂