I’ve been assured that the current generation of 8-core Mac Pro’s (Towers) are so powerful that my graphic designer wife will struggle to ever use all that power. This is not from some teenage geek in a shop trying to sell a computer, but from the many uber-geeks over at MacRumours. But here’s the thing: I also know Intel are heading in a new direction with a big chip release next year.
As the wiki says:
The Core i7 brand refers to an upcoming range of Intel‘s consumer 64-bit quad-core CPUs with the x86-64 instruction set, based on the Intel Nehalem microarchitecture. These chips will also feature simultaneous multithreading, which will allow the quad core chips to work on eight threads simultaneously. According to an Intel spokesperson, the Core i7 identifier applies to the initial family of processors, Bloomfield, due to be launched in Q4 2008. According to Intel representatives, the moniker Core i7 does not have a deeper meaning.
As one reseller said: “You always face this issue: but the real question is, do you need a new computer?” With what this old G4 and borrowed monitor are doing to my eyes, and the potential new work Joy and I could be doing with some of the new software that’s coming out (like Adobe’s Cs4), I think the answer is yes.
Now the only issue is funding it all. (My “Nervous complaint” acts up…) “Nurse! Nurse….!”