Mac Pros could see more efficient quad-core Xeon processors

Intel quad-core microprocessors work with an efficiency of 50 watts per processor and are already available in the market, as indicated by the manufacturer.

Apple currently uses Intel’s Xeon processors in its Mac Pro. Now, the manufacturer could use the new quad-core version in which it performs better energy consumption.

Each of the four cores in the new Xeon L5320 and L5310 will consume only 12.5 watts of electricity, according to information provided by Intel. The processor designer indicates that the new Xeons use 35 to 60 percent less power compared to the 80 to 120 watts consumed by quad-core server products.

The L5320 operates at 1.86 GHz and the L5310 at 1.60 GHz. Both include 8 MB of internal cache to provide better communication with memory. The price of the L5320 is $ 519 in quantities of 1,000 units, while the price of the L5410 model is $ 455.

The new Xeons can be used on existing Bensley server platforms, thus replacing Intel dual or quad core processors.