Intel's 6-core Gulftown to debut as Core i7 980X

By on December 14, 2009, 11:51 AM
PC online has leaked an Intel published slide showing what appears to be the official branding for its upcoming six-core Gulftown processor. Long rumored to be released with the Core i9 identifier, the 32nm Westmere based chip will reportedly debut as the Core i7 980X instead, featuring 3.3GHz clock speeds and a whopping 12MB of L3 cache.

Individual cores will be able to hit up to 3.6GHz thanks to Turbo Boost, while Hyper-Threading support will allow it to juggle 12 threads in total. TDP remains constant at 130W helped by the newer fabrication process. The LGA 1366 chip will be able to drop straight into existing X58 motherboards, following a BIOS update, and should replace the Core i7 975 this March as Intel's flagship desktop product -- at the same $999 price point.

AMD's six-core Thuban processor is expected to hit around the same time as the Core i7 980X. However, in terms of performance, they are expected to compete for a completely different market, perhaps taking on Intel's Lynnfield Core i5 and i7 quad core CPUs.




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pcnthuziast said:

In a word... WOW!!!

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Now lets hope for more programs (that mere mortals can pay for) that actually use more then one core at a time :-)

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Those are some incredible specs. Even though there is essentially no software that can make use of that technology yet, I may have to get one just for bragging rights. ;-)

Se7enVII said:

TomSEA said:

Those are some incredible specs. Even though there is essentially no software that can make use of that technology yet, I may have to get one just for bragging rights. ;-)

+1!

dummybait said:

BUAHAHA love your comment.....so true

matchu said:

Tom. That was amazing =P

1000 dollar bragging rights... i think i'll just build a new computer to brag with instead!

Puiu Puiu said:

I'm more interested in AMD's solution. What performance and at what price it will be? That is the question. ^_^

Cueto_99 said:

Now...why did Intel branded it as Core i7... this is a new level of performance (althought it hasn't been benchmarked, it has six cores), and process manufacturing (32nm)... IMHO Intel should have named it Core i9

jgvmx said:

Sounds very impressive... as well as pricey. Well, at least Intel isn't planning to release it on yet another socket. As for AMD, i wonder if they will pull out their product in time to compete with Intel offerings?

hheemmpp said:

I wish I could get one but I can all ready tell its gunna be a small fortune like a core i7 :p

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