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Intel prepping 3.2GHz six-core i7-970 for Q3?

By Matthew
Feb 2, 2010
  1. It's no secret that Intel is working on a six-core processor, one of which is the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor detailed months ago. Another, according to Fudzilla, will hit shelves as the Core i7-970 and should be more affordable.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,355   +402

    Love the speed, but there aren't but a handful of software apps that take advantage of quad-core. Until applications get caught up with multi-core technology, not sure what point it makes to buy one of these six-core processors.
     
  3. BMfan

    BMfan TS Guru Posts: 481   +49

    ^^ it's so people can have bragging rights^^
    It's the same as the i7 any gamer that has one has it so he can brag about how much money he\she like's to waste.
     
  4. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Suppose I could buy one and then not upgrade for the next 5-10 years. When is that ever going to be slow ? ;)
     
  5. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    nice speeds, but even the mainstream market hasn't really adopted the original i7 chips yet...
     
  6. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Maniac Posts: 482   +8

    haha don't worry...they'll find a way...
     
  7. the i7 9's were never for the normal user. Its only meant for probably the community gridders and ppl in freelancing who cant go for servers.
     
  8. Well looks like Intel will be scamming people with the Extreme Edition again with the i7 920 and i7 975 i bought the 920 and have it at 4.0ghz blowing the $1000 chip away and spent 1/3 the price. Might as well get the cheaper one and with a simple overclock blow the expensive waste of money away. No need for this upgrade anytime soon as Windows 7 already sees my 920 as 8 cores in task manager and 99% of applications barely can hit all 4 cores makes the 6 core chips more server based than anything.
     
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,330   +277

    Video encoding... lots of people do that now, right? I mean everyone has Handbrake installed these days...
     
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,900   +711

    ......Excel, Cakewalk/Sonar , DivX /Virtual Dub, XviD, Auto GK/MVK, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, TMPGEnc Xpress, Lame, POV-Ray and AutoCAD.

    For most applications outside of those optimized for both core frequency and threadcount then 4GHz is also a waste of time and energy. Most applications don't see viable return past 3.6GHz and gaming tends not to benefit from a CPU much past 2.8-3GHz.
    Pretty pointless gunning for 200 fps from your measly 170fps default when using a 60Hz refresh rate monitor IMO.
     
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,168   +176

    There are 120Hz LCD monitors now for one...
     
     
  12. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,900   +711

    Well, thats alright then....170 fps on a 120Hz screen makes much more sense.

    And they're real thick on the ground....can't move here for tripping over them.

    I think at least a couple of them are 1920x1080 too...bonus.

    Getting back to the subject at hand.....http://www.techspot.com/review/193-intel-core-i5-750/page9.html
    You should check out the Techspot reviews, they really are good reading.
     
  13. I'm one of the few really looking forward to this. I have hundreds of photos to process every week and the new processors mean my software will work on 12 pictures simultaneously instead of 8. For me, that is a much more compelling reason to upgrade than higher clock frequency. But i agree, few people will benefit from this.
     
  14. What the he'll are you guys talking about?!? The 970 is not only going to have 6 cores but will also have 6.4 gt/s and 12mb lev 2 cache. Now I know not everyone cares but when your gaming and have high end video cards in sli, you better be over 4ghz or your bottleneck will be choking your GPU's to death. I totally agree with the 920 over the 965/975 because it's an overclocking champ, but the 970 is a different beast all together!
     
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