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MAC 8 & 12 cores vs PC 4 & 6 cores?

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August 19, 2010 2:20:45 AM

When they (MAC) says they have a computer with 8 and 12 cores. Does Intel and AMD have PC equivalents? Does the best, beast of a quad or 6 core PC come close to a quad, 8 or 12 core MAC?

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August 19, 2010 2:25:31 AM

USE LOGIC, who makes cpus for mac? INTEL. And the Mac doesnt have a 12 core cpu. It has two 6 core cpu. 6+6=12. The 8 core is made up of two quad core cpu. 4+4=8.



Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” processors = 8core mac pro

Two 2.66GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” processors = 12core mac pro
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August 19, 2010 2:29:56 AM

The 8 and 12 core macs are dual socket boards using Xeon processors usually. You could build a PC system with the same specs and it will perform identically.
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August 19, 2010 2:30:44 AM

Apple uses the same hardware from Intel, nothing magical at all.
The Xeons they use can be bought from Newegg, Heres the Quad: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With a sever board, you can go up to 64-cores with Xeons and 48-cores with Opterons on a single board.
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August 19, 2010 2:37:02 AM

mac make servers?? if so, what would you use it for?
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August 19, 2010 2:39:27 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
mac make servers?? if so, what would you use it for?

"Graphics design"
Honestly people just but it because they like OSX/ uses Logic Pro/ or like the case.
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August 19, 2010 4:06:15 AM

My fault guys, should have looked up how Apple make up their MACs...I've always been more PC focused.

Yes, I know Intel also provides for Apple MACs. So when I've heard 8 and 12 core MACs on the regular, I was thinking that Intel had something made for them that wasn't common on the "PC" side...

Just didn't look up on the MAC side to see they just include two CPUs.
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August 19, 2010 4:43:30 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
mac make servers?? if so, what would you use it for?

FUGGER runs XtremeSystems on a Mac server :lol: 
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August 19, 2010 5:05:32 PM

OSX Server with Darwin media streaming used to be ace, now it's just nothing special with the big shift towards Flash video as the standard web video format.
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August 26, 2010 2:38:59 AM

Best answer selected by tyrantt316.
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