A very interesting note here:
Customers with existing PPC G5′s will have the option of a PCI-X based add-on card with a native Intel follow-on to the P4 “D” chip and of-course the Transitive/”Rosetta” bundle. Any other PPC machine bellow the G5 (i.e. G4, G3 machines) are not included on the current roadmap inclusion. Third-party providers have shown interest is providing a solution for down-level Macs.
In regards to the G5, IBM pretty much has hit a standstill with the existing PPC architecture (i.e. PPC G5) and scalability. The initial IBM roadmap to reach the 3 GHz mark never happened and has slipped not only months but years. This really disappointed Steve and everyone else at Apple as the architecture was quite promising.
The big problem is heat dissipation. As you guys have probably noticed, the high-end dual G5′s have been sporting “water-cooling” for some time now. The old saying in the industry is “The last to water wins”, IBM lost and Intel has clearly won.
How sweet would it be to have a G5 with a Pentium 4? Tri processor goodness! Would also be interesting to see Pentium PCI cards for older systems.
If you haven’t checked out the Apple video of Virginia Tech’s “Big Mac“, you should do so NOW!
The datacenter pics made me salivate. Yummy. I wouldn’t mind having just 1. Forget about 1,100!
Yummy. Tech Porn. Boy would I like to tap some of that computing power. VT might be the coolest school now that they got a cluster going.
A great quote:
Project started back in February; secret with Dell because of the pricing issues; dealt with vendors individually because bidding wars do not drive the prices down in this case.
I would like to have 1 of those. Just 1. Besides, 1199 is a cooler looking number anyway. What do you say VT?
Edit: Math mistake above Should be 1099. Damn.
It’s official, since it hit slashdot earlier today. VT is building a supercomputer out of G5′s.
Wow, that must be pretty sweet.
Wonder why they aren’t waiting for G5 Xserve’s. Would save some space. Then again, maybe that’s what these are? Sneek peeks? Advanced boxes? Perhaps we shall see some officially in January? Perhaps Apple is holding off on them, so that they get some attention in January, and to focus ad $’s for the G5 Desktop.
Either way… NICE
Boy is it odd missing a week of such big news (though vacation is nice). Got to love the new G5. Serious power. Just an odd looking case. And lack of a 2nd drive bay is quite sad. Especially considering what power is behind it. IMHO I like the extendability the big G3/G4 towers provided.
Panther sounds yummy.
Safari being released means i will be busy at work.
Last post of the day (promise)… bed time now. 5:30 comes early. Even bots such as myself need some recharge time. To the bed cradle.