Proving it's harder and harder to keep such info under wraps, it looks like the latest processors from competitors AMD and Intel have already had their pricing info outed by Asian muckrakers DigiTimes and a Bahrainian etailer. Those new CPUs include AMD's forthcoming six-core challengers (dubbed Phenom II X6) to Intel's Gulftown hexa-core Core i7-980X.
Three Phenom II X6 processors will become available in the second quarter of 2010: the 2.6GHz 1035T, the 2.8GHz 1055T, and the 3GHz 1075T. Pricing was leaked for the 1055T, which will be available for $199, while a previously unannounced 3.2GHz 1090T Black Edition will cost $295, or about the same as the quad-core Intel Core i7-930. According to DigiTimes, there's another six-core AMD processor, the 1095T, that will become available in 4Q 2010.
There are also a couple of new Intel processor that will be available "soon": the dual-core Core i5-680, which, at $284, will nearly cost as much as a six-core AMD; and the quad-core Core i7-870, which is a lower-voltage CPU (82 watts) priced at $560. In other Intel news, Fudzilla is also reporting
that the new Core i7-875K, due in June will be unlocked, making it easier for overclockers to work with it.
Of course, you can expect desktops running these new processors to emerge around their official release. It looks like AMD can take six-core computing mainstream sooner rather than later at these prices, but how many mainstream apps will take use of the additional cores is another story altogether.