I am really disappointed in Intel having not planned a another six or eight core CPU in 2011. I noticed this because while looking at road maps and reading online that Intel claims that Sandy Bridge is strictly a 1155 socket quad core CPU really gets me upset. Is there a possibility that Intel will release a socket 1366 or 2011 CPU with more than four cores in 2011. I don want to have to wait to 2012 to wait for a more powerful CPU. Any ideas on this guys? Thanks
Absolutely. It should be coming out near the end of the summer, if I remember right. Sandy bridge will have CPUs >4 core available, but not at launch. What's launching is the equivalent of the current LGA1156 platform, with the replacement for 1366 to come later.
Sandy Bridge will have a 6 and 8 core variant. On January 5th, Intel will release LGA1155 based Sandy Bridge variants that will start at 4 cores with the Core i7 2600K being the top end model. We don't have any true confirmation though as to if there will be a 6 or 8 core for this socket yet but I wouldn't be suprised if later on down the road they would release one.
Right now we do know that LGA1356, which is said to be LGA1366s replacement, will have up to 8 core CPUs available while supporting the same 3 channel DDR3 setup. There will also be LGA2011 that is set for entry level workstations all the way up to higher end servers that will have up to 8 core CPUs but also will feature 2 QPI links instead of 1 QPI link like LGA1356 has as well as quad channel DDR3. Thats probably for support of multiple processors.
The best thing to do is wait and see. Sandy Bridge will be out soon which will drive current CPU prices down and then in about June there should be more news on the other sockets and CPUs which will help solidify any info we have right now.
Thats what we know so far. The rest is just info we have gotten via Intel and their road maps. Intel tends to give a lot of info up front but they save performance and a fer other details till later.
As for an affordable 6 core, I wouldn't doubt it. I mean they already have been using the 32nm process for a year and its probably getting easier to produce more than 4 cores. Quads were pretty much extreme in expense when they first came out but about one year after they hit, they dropped quite a bit. I think the Q6600 hit for $800+ and that was released in January 2007. I bought mine for $250 in October of 2007. Not bad for less than a year.
Lets just hope Intel does release at least a large new batch of six core Processors or a couple 8 cores because I dont want to wait and i am sure other people agree with me for Intel just to release quad core cpus for all of 2011. We need more six and eight cores lol.