Intel plans new six-core Extreme "Gulftown" desktop chip for fourth quarter of 2010

Intel plans new six-core Extreme "Gulftown" desktop chip for fourth quarter of 2010

Summary: It's only been a couple of months since Intel released its first six-core desktop chip, the Core i7-980X "Gulftown" processor that is the fastest on the market, but X-bit labs is reporting that the company is readying a faster successor for release by the end of this year.X-bit surmises that the new CPU will be dubbed the i7-990X and boost clock speed beyond the 3.

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It's only been a couple of months since Intel released its first six-core desktop chip, the Core i7-980X "Gulftown" processor that is the fastest on the market, but X-bit labs is reporting that the company is readying a faster successor for release by the end of this year.

X-bit surmises that the new CPU will be dubbed the i7-990X and boost clock speed beyond the 3.33GHz the i7-980X offers. If the site's sources are correct, this new six-core chip is coming a little earlier than Intel's roadmap showing an upgrade to its Extreme series in the first quarter of 2011. As with its Extreme predecessors, you can expect the new processor to cost around $1,000 for deep-pocketed enthusiasts.

Those looking for a cheaper Intel six-core chip (AMD already has some on the market) will soon have the Core i7-970, and X-bit also mentions an Intel processor that's only known as "greater than or equal to i7-970" -- presumably meaning that it will sit between the i7-970 and the i7-980X in price and performance. Additions to the Gulftown lineup will help spread the six-core trend to more mainstream desktops and DIY builders, even as people are still buying dual-core computers.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel, Networking

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  • So excited this multi-coredness is finally taking off!

    It's bout time! I started building a linux cluster of my old boxes with the dual-core pentium came out. I had one, but didn't have a cooler that would keep it under raps so I never used it. With genetic programming right around the corner, the next few decades are going to get really interesting.
    shadfurman
  • eh

    Yawn, I'm just looking forward to less power consuming and heat generating chips like Intel's Sandybridge or AMD's fusion. I only use computers for websurfing, multimedia, and a little productivity. I think for most people the cpu race is over. I think the more important race now will be in developing faster lower power chips for smart phones.
    kroguej@...
  • Payed US$ 1250 on Pentium PRO 200MHz/512KB L2

    That's right, and we got 15 of them!<br><br>That was 1996.

    Grand total: $18750
    Gradius2
  • RE: Intel plans new six-core Extreme

    Frankly I could care less about a $1000 CPU! If Intel thinks that they are discovering a new market right now they are a lot more stupid than I thought they were. People are waiting for a successor to the Core i7 920-series Quad-Core CPU more than anything else, and until a sub-$300 6-Core CPU arrives nobody I know is buying Intel 6-Core/multi-Core CPU's.

    In fact I *just built* a new 4-Core i7 920 series CPU-based OEM PC for my Folding@Home projects, and put it online last night @4Ghz while it "breaks in" for a week or two, before I peg it with BIOS adjustments (further adjustments than I have done already) to the EVGA Classified Motherboard and get it stable @ 4.2Ghz 24/7. With speeds like that still easy to do for Joe Consumer with the existing 4-Core CPU @$220-$250, that is available right now, nobody that I know is buying into Intel's 6-Core CPU technology just yet. So who is buying the $1000+ CPU's anyway if it's not us? I dunno, you tell me!

    Intel released the Core i7 920 in late 2008 to much fanfare, and kept the price @ or about $300 initially, and everybody bought then and built OEM systems...while this time Intel releases a Core i7 9xx 6-Core for c. $1000+ *BEFORE* releasing budget versions, and I just don't see the logic in the whole marketing scheme...should have been the other way around to gain a market for 6-Core CPU's.

    I am perfectly happy with Quad-Core i7 Performance @ or about 4Ghz+ for cheap $$'s and see no real advantage in spending $1000+ on a new 6-Core CPU at this time when I can spend $220-$250 on the Core i7 920 right now. You tell me what sense Intel is making with the present marketing and then we'll both know!
    tech727
    • RE: Intel plans new six-core Extreme

      @tech727
      So.. If you think Intel is stupid, then your company must really be something! What is the name of the fantastic CPU's that you make?
      Serton
  • RE: Intel plans new six-core Extreme

    If power and heat is the issue look at Intel's atom chips. I have a netbook w/a N280 Atom and for web surfing, playing flash and java games, it works great
    docrabbitt@...