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Intel's six-core Gulftown processor benchmarked months early

By Matthew ยท 42 replies
Nov 23, 2009
  1. The folks at PCLab.pl have gotten their hands on a sample of Intel's upcoming Gulftown Core i9 processor and put it through its paces. PCLab pitted the six-core chip against Intel's Core i5, Core i7, Core 2 Quad and AMD's Phenom II. The chip was tested in three separate motherboards, the Gigabyte EX58-Extreme, Asus Rampage II Gene, and Asus P6T SE.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,123   +1,617

    4.3Ghz overclock? Not bad for a quad. Think I might keep my eye on this i9 for my next upgrade.
  3. Ita a hex core wiht HT (12 threads) not 4 core with 8 threads.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    Guest, I'm not sure I follow what your comment is in response to.
  5. it's a response to TomSEA, he said "not bad for a quad". It's not a quad(4)-core, it's a hex(6)-core.
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    Yikes, not sure how I didn't see that :/. Good eye!
  7. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

  8. Some weeks ago I saw in news that somebody is coming up with 100 core processor. right now I'm using a core 2 quad and I'll not change it for next three years at least.
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    I have this feeling that as far as software goes, they are going to skip quads, and go right into hex or octo core.
  10. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    Nice, But I'm not sure Hex cores will take off that quickly! I think they will release Oct cores and these are the ones which people are going to want! Saying that though, this hex core definitely looks set to be a very good processor if they improve it before release!
  11. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    I think Intel is by far taking this far too fast , they still haven't perfected their other chips and want to go strait to hex cores ? Mm.
  12. Afenix

    Afenix TS Member Posts: 55

    The release date is planned to be in 2010, but even intel hasn't set one exact date yet, so they can easily release it in 2011. I'm just happy that it will be on the 1366 platform, cause i'm so sick of buying another motherboard when a new intel cpu is out.
  13. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Hexa core? Just when applications were about to adapt quads. As a developer, I have no idea how this would impact the software industry, specially gaming.
  14. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,182

    If you're a good developer, you don't "adapt" to a fixed amount of cores. You just multi-thread your code where applicable & it will automatically benefit from having more than one physical computing core available (hyper-threading has been known to actually hurt performance in some cases).

    Going from two cores to four, six or more shouldn't be that complicated once an application's code is multi-threaded, the operating system will distribute the threads evenly amongst the cores.
  15. deadmongol

    deadmongol TS Member

    6 cores huh. this certainly is an eye candy..

    @freedon thinker, i agree, it's certainly is too fast. intel developers sure are in a hurry, if this keeps on going i think we'll have 12 cores in no time. =))
  16. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 867   +73

    Wondering if clock speed will ever be the way to gauge cpu ability - Intel seem happy to have hit a ceiling around 3.3.ghz and thats about it. More and more cores but same speed clock. How long before they work on a completely new system that will have multicore but fly off the motherboard with its clock speed.
  17. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    6 cores at well over 4ghz? That sounds awesome, and the best part is the temps don't look too bad either
  18. harby

    harby TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    Well, everyone should keep in mind that the benchmarks were on an early prototype. I'm sure number and/or overclockability will improve once wields improve and proceed to more refined revisions. Still, I wonder what the price will be on this and more importantly, how will AMD react.
  19. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +122

    More cores is definetly better than just having blazing fast clock speeds. Intel is going a tad fast. I'm still running a core 2 and I had a pentium d (which was almost worse than my P4, lol) until a few months ago. The i5 and i7 are just so dang expensive when you start adding on new mobo and new ram and all the other problems that always come up when you switch mobos.
  20. Moltar

    Moltar TS Rookie Posts: 55

    ranger12, I agree with you in a certain sense. More cores is better in "certain situations." For the everyday consumer, 6 cores, let alone 12 with HT, is over kill. The only reason I can see for owning a processor like this is for a couple of reasons, servers, digital editing/rendering, i.e. A higher overclock is typically better for most situations because most programs don't support multiple threads as of yet. Take gaming for example, most games have a hard time even supporting 2 cores let alone 6. Don't get me wrong, the i9 sounds like a beast.
  21. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Yeah, sounds like a beast, but there is really no need for it now or even in the near future. It just seems silly to me that Intel would be allowing themselves to extend their reach so far. They need to work out some way to bring their outrageous prices down. How many individuals can afford $1,000 for a Core i7 EE? It just makes no sense.
  22. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Wow, I wasn't even aware that Intel was working on a Core i9... This will be great for 3D artists working with 3D Studio Max and the likes.
  23. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,182

    These CPUs originate from the server market where you can never get enough performance & the innovations done in that department trickle down to the general consumer because it's more cost-effective to produce CPU parts that are very similar yet targeted at different markets (Atom being an exception as it doesn't share much with the Core/Xeon parts).
  24. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    thats kind of something that has always been hard to make more known. clock for clock a P4 cpu would be owned by a one of the four cores of an i7, i think even with HT turned off. AMD seems to be capitalizing on this by releasing "Higher" clock ratings but not necessarily faster than the Lower clock ratings of Intel.
  25. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    It's good to see that were progressing with the CPU arena,
    but I also see that AMD is still getting hammered... which
    at the end of the road, might mean the end for them,
    and then Intel will have a monopoly, which is not good for anyone...
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