Intel's rumoured eight-core CPU has a hidden secret

By Archean
Jul 6, 2013
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  1. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,843   +886

    Well that was given. Hyper-threading is the new intel thing.
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,174   +511

    So who wants to guess the price of this chip?
  3. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,843   +886

    Less than $1000. The 3960x is just a higher clocked 3930k + more cache for $500 more. They probably have plenty of profit margin even if the chip was less than $1000 judging from the 3960x.
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,174   +511

    If its less than 1000, ill buy you a steak dinner. My prediction is its going to go like this:

    6 Core 5-600
    8 Core 1000+
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,823   +1,435

    I'm guessing they will capitalize on the 2 extra cores. In my opinion Intel would be id-iots not to at least try. You know as well as I do, thats the way the market works.
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  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,174   +511

    True, but because its probably going to cost a fortune, your not going to see many people with that model of CPU. The other problem im having now is that since haswell runs warm as it is let alone overclocked, how are they going to cool double the core count?

    Besides, im still waiting on Ivy Bridge-E, I want to see the power of that 500 dollar model chip because depending on how it performs, I may grab a chip and a 2011 board to go with it. Though im also waiting on steamroller as well to see how things go.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,816   +651

    If the paradigm is performance-per-dollar, then the skies the limit judging by competition. Luckily (relatively) for the consumer, the HEDT segment is stratified in a top-down rather than bottom-up manner, and with the server based Haswell-EX looking at 18 cores (and presuming up to 15 cores for the desktop compatible Haswell-EP as per rumours) pricing may be little changed from what we presently see ($1000-1100) for the top binned non-Xeon.
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  8. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,843   +886

    I think you are right DBZ.
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,816   +651

    Desktop parts are nearly always parts unsuitable for server operation, and server parts operate on a fairly strict performance-per-dollar (and in some cases performance per core where licences are based on a per core basis). Sandy Bridge-E is only a 75% functional die whilst Ivy Bridge-E will be 80% functional and prices will reflect that. Strangely enough, considering inflation, there is room in the argument to say that Intel's top binned desktop part is getting cheaper :eek: :
    12 November 2012...Core i7 3970X...$999 OEM / $1059 boxed
    14 November 2011...Core i7 3960X...$999 OEM / $1059 boxed
    13 February 2011.....Core i7 990X......$999
    16 March 2010..........Core i7 980X.....$999
    2 June 2009..............Core i7 975 EE..$999
    17 November 2008...Core i7 965 EE..$999
    Week 2 March 2008..QX9770............$999
    11 November 2007...QX9650.............$999
    16 July 2007.............QX6850.............$999
    9 April 2007..............QX6800.............$1199
    14 November 2006..QX6700.............$999
    27 July 2006............X6800................$999
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