Intel's first Gulftown six-core processor listed in Europe

By on February 25, 2010, 11:22 AM
We are not expecting Intel's first Gulftown processor to become available until sometime next month. However, as it is becoming increasingly common, several online retailers jumped the gun and have already listed the six-core part, detailing its price and full specs before an official announcement is even made.

According to the listings, the Core i7 980 Extreme Edition features six 32nm cores clocked at 3.33GHz, 12 threads, 12MB of L3 cache, and a maximum Turbo Boost clock speed of 3.6GHz. It features DDR3 support up to 1066MHz and will have a maximum TDP 130W.

Alternate.at quotes a price tag of 1,099 for the Core i7 980, while others have it listed for as low as 960. For reference, Intel's current fastest desktop processor, the quad-core Core i7 975 Extreme Edition, is selling for around $970 in the U.S. market. If the company's past history is of any indication we can probably expect the Core i7 980 Extreme Edition to target the $1,000 price point.

Most of the specs were already available courtesy of the numerous leaks over the past few months, and the expected pricing is not really surprising for an Intel flagship product. However, Alternate.at does offer a more specific hint of its expected release date, quoting an "announced delivery date" of March 14, 2010.




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captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

"Extreme".........

Quote from original article >>>> "According to the listings, the Core i7 980 Extreme Edition features six 32nm cores clocked at 3.33GHz, 12 threads, 12MB of L3 cache, and a maximum Turbo Boost clock speed of 3.6GHz. It features DDR3 support up to 1066MHz and will have a maximum TDP 130W" <<<<

. What are the chances that the "DDR3 support @1066Mhz" is accurate? Seems a bit low.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Exactly. I was drooling at the stats until I saw the "DDR3 @1066" and then it was a double-take.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I think that all X58/Intel 5520 chipset based CPU's (Xeon/Core i7) officially only support DDR3-1066, while the P55 and its derivatives support DDR3-1333- again, officially. Having said that I don't think there is a Core i3/-5/-7 based motherboard that doesn't have at least DDR3-1600 available either through BIOS presets or overclocking.

Guest said:

Intel targets 1000 price point just because they can :)

bought q9300 for 250 and it's way enoguh , still cheap , and it wouldn't make a difference if i would have Extreme version in , for like 1000 bucks . lol , they make like 500$ of pure profit on those versions. So the price isn't locked at exactly 1000 and retailers can lower or even increase it more , fluctuations are higher i meant to say.

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