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First Intel 6-core PC processor now on sale

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
full article here:http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=3213806&&spotlight=1055:b

A German online retailer has started selling Intel's first six-core processor for desktops before the chip's official release by the hardware giant.

Alternate is selling the Intel Core i7-980 Extreme Edition processor, code-named 'Gulftown', for 1.099. The chip is targeted at desktops used by enthusiasts like gamers.

The six-core processor will run at speeds up to 3.6GHz and include 12MB of L3 cache, according to the website, which lists the details in German. Each core will be able to run two threads, which means the processor will be able to run 12 core simultaneously for faster processing. The processor will support DDR3 memory.

Intel did not immediately comment on the listing of the product or its official release date.

Intel until now has sold dual-core and quad-core chips for desktops. Intel has sold six-core chips only for servers. The six-core, Xeon 7400 series of chips, code-named Dunnington, were based on the Penryn architecture and originally released in 2008.
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
another processor people can buy who wont use 1/100 of its potential but at least they can brag they have the latest tec:-D
might get one myself do you think it will play snake?:p
#2
quizmaniac
another processor people can buy who wont use 1/100 of its potential but at least they can brag they have the latest tec:-D
might get one myself do you think it will play snake?:p


I think anyone spending £1,100 on it is likely to use the full potential.

AMD's Phenom II X6 chips are due in may-ish and are likely to be much more affordable.
#3
Name a game that will utilise all 6 cores. 99% don't fully utilize 4 cores.
banned#4
its not just games tho is it?
#5
Hamm
its not just games tho is it?


Was directly referencing

The chip is targeted at desktops used by enthusiasts like gamers.


Even then, you will struggle to find a demestic use program written to take advantage of 6 cores. These is a reason these chips were designed for servers.
#6
I won't argue with you alternate, I still run on a dual core processor. Although if the rumours prove to be true, depending on the price, these new Gulftown processors could be pretty amazing. No doubt the flagship model will be out of many peoples budget but hopefully the other models will be a fair bit cheaper.

Almost 5ghz over-clock potential on air cooling, it is probably the only processor that I would consider upgrading to. At the moment I get little over 4ghz on my e8400, most games I play do not even fully utilise 4 core processors, so of course 6 cores will just be more overkill. At the moment though I won't purchase a quad core that offers no real world performance increase for me, depending on the over-clock it could be worse than what I have. So yeah, for me personally, Gulftown is what I am looking at.

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