Intel launches first six-core desktop processor, the $999 Core i7 980X Extreme Edition

By Jos
Mar 11, 2010
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  1. Intel officially launched today its first hexa-core desktop processor, the Core i7 980X Extreme Edition. As previously reported, the codenamed Gulftown chip features six 32nm cores clocked at 3.33GHz, reaching a maximum Turbo Boost clock speed of 3.6GHz for single-threaded operations, it has a massive 12MB L3 cache, and is capable of running 12 threads simultaneously with Intel's Hyper-threading technology.

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  2. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TechSpot Guru Posts: 583   +45

    ME WANT!!!

    ME WALLET NO WANT!!!

    ARG!!!

    But seriously, this processor is a nice leap in computing capacity. 12 threads of execution sounds delicious!
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,044   +37

    Hahah!

    I want it too, and I have a i7 950 with 4 cores. 8 virtual with hyper-threading.

    ...and I thought I had overkill.. is there anything that would need the new i7 980???
  4. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 Newcomer, in training Posts: 145

    It's good, best CPU now, but still should have a higher clock speed. In 2000 we hit the 1GHz mark. In 2004 we made it to 3.8GHz. Now 6 years later down to 3.33GHz. The power consumption is great on this thing!
  5. DryIce

    DryIce Newcomer, in training Posts: 60

    Wow. Think about running 12 threads at the same time. But I agree with Yoda8232, lets hope they increase the clock speed.
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,319   +370

    This is going into my purchasing queue for next spring when I do my next upgrade. :D
  7. Geek4life

    Geek4life Newcomer, in training Posts: 31

    Great,,,, but first we need games and applications that take advantage of Quad core CPU's. It's all about balance you must have a great GPU with a great CPU otherwise you are spinning your wheels.
  8. BlindObject

    BlindObject Newcomer, in training Posts: 446

    So, how does it run Crysis? =D
  9. 6 cores even a 4GHz is really not of much use to me, especially not at that price. I'd kill for a 5+GHz quad core though.
  10. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TechSpot Maniac Posts: 378

    YES! Now powerful computing is in the hands of everyday people. At $99.9 this is a steal... wait... oh... never mind, That was AMD.

    On a serious note, what % of the market will this CPU fall in? I think these CPUs are just Intel saying "Yup we did it." Showoffs lol.

    New slogan - i7 980, You'll be in debt!
  11. seefizzle

    seefizzle Newcomer, in training Posts: 98   +11

    I'll wait for AMD to make a six core processor that's half the price.
     
  12. fref

    fref TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Saw some gaming benchmarks for this new processor, and six cores don't help at all for gaming. The games were running at pretty much the same frame rate as with the i7 975 (if I recall correctly), which is a quad core processor. So make sure your applications will benefit before buying a 6 core CPU.
  13. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    This is basically aimed at corporate/business consumers; video editing/encoding, etc. 3D rendering, etc. and other high end uses. No consumer needs a nearly $1000.00 processor...with the state the world is in today e.g. people without even clean drinking water, I couldn't imagine spending that much on a processor...

    A core i5 is plenty.
  14. I will stick with my 965 extreme clocked at 4Ghz :D But seriously I think most people would rather have a higher clock speed then 2 more cores. However this would be great for anyone that does a lot of virtualization like VMWare and Virtual PC.
  15. Neojt

    Neojt TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 135   +9

    Really are we there yet!!!

    check this out in 6 months its going to be 345$ hook this un with a pair a Nvidia GTX ....... gaming at another level

    strating to save money to get one ....NOW!
  16. natefalk

    natefalk Newcomer, in training Posts: 78

    Very impressive and I want one.

    To bad I just bought a 1156 socket mobo. I'm sure in a couple years the price will be reasonable. Remember when the Core2 Quads were released? They were initially $999 and now you can get one for $200.

    I can't wait for the i9's to get released.
  17. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 Newcomer, in training Posts: 102

    the specs are great! 12 threads simultaneously! dats a great deal! but we would have to take a loan to buy it! lol! seriously they should decrease the price! at $999 we can build a whole gaming rig that smoothly runs WoW! waiting for the prices to fall!
  18. Norino

    Norino Newcomer, in training

    Nice move..
    i thought it won't be released this soon..
    Intel is the best.. but i still like AMD more..
  19. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TechSpot Maniac Posts: 481   +8

    Yes, with 1/3 the cache, and performance more in line with Intel quad cores...
  20. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    +1 AMD cpus although cheap are cheap for a reason. AMD has fallen because their high end parts still get beaten by the intel i5-750.
  21. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    I could seriously use some of that computing power right about now :) I am specing a new system and the prospect of being able to get a hexa core processor down the road has me thinking much more about the X58 based motherboards to ensure that possibility. If they released a lower clocked Gulfstream that fit into the rest of the 900 series range i would gladly pay 50% more for the extra cores & cache.
  22. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    I definitely want AMD to stay around for competition though. And at a CPU cost to performance comparison they do have some compelling chips. Unfortunately when you add in the whole system cost it switches back to Intel.
  23. yello88

    yello88 Newcomer, in training Posts: 19

    "A 32nm transistor can switch on and off over 300 billion times in one second. It would take you 4000 years to flick a light switch on and off that many times."

    So in other words, Intel, you've created a power saver?
    grats...
  24. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 182

    I was excited about the release of the quad core cpu. Mainly because the price was at around $300-400. A price tag of $999 for a 6-core, is way too much for a poor college student. I think I will be waiting until this price comes down significantly.
  25. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Oh man, I just can't wait to hand over my $1k to Intel so I can get their latest and greatest processor... I mean think of all the digits of pi I can calculate or the number of Monte Carlo simulations I could run in Excel, not to mention all those GB's of files which need to be zipped and unzipped in Winrar...

    Higher clock doesn't mean better performance - not if you're comparing a Pentium 4 to an i7 processor.
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