Non-extreme hexacore processors.

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sp12 Posted: Tue, Mar 30 2010 7:52 PM

While the 980 is obviously a very powerful chip (as well as a great overclocker), it's also VERY expensive.

Has anyone seen any intel roadmaps or heard rumors about a lower-clocked, non-extreme edition six core processor from intel. I imagine they can't just stand by for long while AMD releases sub-300$ six-core thubans.

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RyuGTX replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 10:10 PM

At least not that I have seen.

The road map I saw was a bit old and it hand Sandy Bridge on it. Even then, they are first going to release performance parts. These will be quad core offerings that are like the current i7 920/930 and the 860. I'm sure after that, they will release lower-end stuff and then an Extreme version of Sandy Bridge. Just don't know what time frame they plan on doing this.

The next Intel Developer Forum in in mid April so they might release an updated road map.

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Super Dave replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 11:56 PM

The four-core barrier has been broken, and mainstream six-core and higher processors are just around the corner (from Intel and AMD)! Anyone care to wager?

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RyuGTX replied on Wed, Mar 31 2010 8:05 PM

I'll take that wager. Big Smile

 

I actually don't know what AMD is planning. I don't recall the last time I've looked at their roadmap. I wouldn't be surprised if they came out with a 6  or 8 core cpu in the $200-300 range.

For Intel, I don't know if I would call it 6 core mainstream that soon. Quad core with hyper-threading has to become mainstream first and those parts are still pretty expensive. I consider them still in the enthusiast price and performance class.

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sp12 replied on Wed, Mar 31 2010 9:09 PM

AMD has confirmed they're releasing their hexacores soon, and all sub 300$.

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RyuGTX replied on Wed, Mar 31 2010 9:57 PM

I wonder how well they will perform. Are they going to be Black Editions? When will this be coming out?

 

If that is the case, it will probably push the rest of their products down in price. Could find a good price on their Black Edition quad-core stuff.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Apr 1 2010 2:33 AM

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I wonder how well they will perform. Are they going to be Black Editions? When will this be coming out?

 

If that is the case, it will probably push the rest of their products down in price. Could find a good price on their Black Edition quad-core stuff.

They better perform well for the money. Right now Intel is the dominant performance king but that could change with the release of AMD's hexacore processors.

 

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RyuGTX replied on Thu, Apr 1 2010 3:15 AM

It would be interesting if AMD took back the performance crown. On one hand, it would be nice to see competition. On the other, I'm not sure if that would be good news for Nvidia since I doubt they  would incorporate SLI into their motherboards. Even though Nvidia's 400 series isn't doing nearly as well as everyone hoped, I still like the fact that the X58 motherboards give me the option to go with either SLI or Crossfire.

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sp12 replied on Thu, Apr 1 2010 4:15 PM

There will be black editions, and before the end of April.

I'm hoping that AMD pushes Intel to cut prices personally, they already have the best price/performance, and black edition hexacores only improves that "performance" part. But yeah AMD has inferior motherboards in general in terms of features and board partners.

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I'm sure AMD will help make these processors go down in price. 

When I start building my gaming rig, I hope there will be more information on the non-extreme hexacores.  I might save up my money for that :P

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We will have to see what happens with the price, Now we wait for the black edition to come out and see how it compares :)

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sp12 replied on Sun, Apr 4 2010 9:24 AM

This was just added to Wikipedia, if you can trust it. The list price is disappointing, almost twice as much as the highest end AMD thuban.

"Gulftown" (32 nm)

 

    * Based on Intel Westmere microarchitecture

    * All models support: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST), Intel 64, XD bit (an NX bit implementation), TXT, Intel VT, Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, Smart Cache

    * The Core i7-970 does not feature an unlocked multiplier.

Model Number sSpec Number Frequency Turbo L2 Cache L3 Cache I/O Bus Mult Uncore Speed Memory

Core i7-970[1] SLBVF 3200 MHz 3460 MHz 6 × 256 KB 12 MB 2 × 6.4 GT/s QPI 24× 3 × DDR3-1066

 

Voltage TDP Socket Release Date Part Number(s) Release Price (USD)

130 W LGA 1366 Q3 2010 AT80613005490AD $562

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Apr 4 2010 3:01 PM

Well I think it'll be worth it for the price and I guess that it'll be equivalent to a Core i7 processor but the Black Edition will be worth it because mostly every processor is released in the Black Edition and it's unlocked out-of-the-box.

 

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RyuGTX replied on Sun, Apr 4 2010 4:58 PM

Even though the Intel ones are not unlocked, they get very nice overclocks. Like the i7 920 and the 930 for example.

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sp12 replied on Sun, Apr 4 2010 8:40 PM

Those do, but I'm unsure how well the 970 will. 6-core overclocks are currently all done via the unlocked multiplier (usually), and more likely than not most of these will be binned 980s.

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dlim783 replied on Thu, Jul 1 2010 11:56 PM

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