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Intel to Ship Experimental Chips With 48 Cores

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 65 comments

Don't ask.

While we may be mightily impressed at the multiplying of cores in the hexacore Gulftown Core i7-980X, the octacore Nehalem-EX Xeon 7500 and the dodecacore AMD Magny-Cours Opteron 6000 series, Intel has something special up its sleeve that it is releasing in limited quantities – and it has 48 cores.

Intel's been testing an experimental 48-core CPU for some time, and it is now preparing to ship some of those to researchers by the end of the second quarter, according to IDG News Service. The chip will primarily be sent to academic institutions, but certain special features the chip could eventually find their way into commercial offerings.

For example, the 48-core chip features 24 small routers between the cores, which facilitate faster data exchanges across the chip. Each core also has on-chip buffers that can instantly exchange data in parallel across all the cores.

Intel also says that the 48-core chip has a more advanced on-die power management system that can vary the power draw between 25 watts to 125 watts. It can also reduce clock speed and shut down cores.

As far as clock speeds go, current desktop and even laptop offerings outpace this 48-core wonder. Intel revealed that its experimental chip runs at about the same frequencies as the Atom CPU, so we're looking in the neighbourhood of 1.2GHz to 1.83GHz.

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    frostyfireball , April 9, 2010 2:02 AM
    yourtechsupportJust buy two for 84 Core Leetness.

    two would be 96 not 84
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    steddy , April 9, 2010 1:26 AM
    Don't ask what? *Puts on an innocent face*
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    polly the parrot , April 9, 2010 2:03 AM
    yourtechsupportJust buy two for 84 Core Leetness.


    48+48 = 96

    Sorry.
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  • 26 Hide
    steddy , April 9, 2010 1:26 AM
    Don't ask what? *Puts on an innocent face*
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    Quitoman , April 9, 2010 1:28 AM
    I still like my dual core :) 
  • 14 Hide
    lashabane , April 9, 2010 1:28 AM
    Quote:
    Don't ask.


    That made me laugh.
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    industrial_zman , April 9, 2010 1:34 AM
    what happened to the 80 core variants they were touting a couple years ago?
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    MrHectorEric , April 9, 2010 1:39 AM
    I know it's not for desktops, but it's fun to imagine putting this in your rig, opening up the task manager, and then trying to max all the cores. I'm not sure I even have enough programs to be able to utilize half of it. I envy those researchers who get to play with it.
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    gekko668 , April 9, 2010 1:57 AM
    Who needs a heater during the winter when you have a 48 core processor to keep your house warm. Right?
  • 37 Hide
    frostyfireball , April 9, 2010 2:02 AM
    yourtechsupportJust buy two for 84 Core Leetness.

    two would be 96 not 84
  • 25 Hide
    polly the parrot , April 9, 2010 2:03 AM
    yourtechsupportJust buy two for 84 Core Leetness.


    48+48 = 96

    Sorry.
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2010 2:03 AM
    @MrHectorEric

    Folding@Home SMP Client, I'm not sure, but maybe it could acess all 48 cores.

    Otherwise,
    Same idea, using an SMP client, and then just assigning an 8 core utilizing one to five different sets of cores.

    If you have the F@H clients set up right, they are pretty much
    *Devours free processing power*

    .. hope I didn't come off as one of those 'one up' posters, just getting my thoughts out there..

    and..

    Can it run Crysis... 2?
  • 22 Hide
    nukem950 , April 9, 2010 2:03 AM
    Can it play Duke Nukem forever?
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    polly the parrot , April 9, 2010 2:05 AM
    We said the same thing at almost the same time lol :p 
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    the associate , April 9, 2010 2:21 AM
    Ah I remember hearing about this thing, the 48 core cpu advertised in the past to be the size of a thumb nail :) 
    I was hoping it would be at least 3 ghz, but that would just be ludicrous.
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2010 2:25 AM
    what? no hyperthreading? :) 
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    Shadow703793 , April 9, 2010 2:36 AM
    MrHectorEricI know it's not for desktops, but it's fun to imagine putting this in your rig, opening up the task manager, and then trying to max all the cores. I'm not sure I even have enough programs to be able to utilize half of it. I envy those researchers who get to play with it.

    Just run Prime 95,etc.
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    tacoslave , April 9, 2010 2:37 AM
    quitomanfirst!


    FAIL!
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    tacoslave , April 9, 2010 2:39 AM
    nukem950Can it play Duke Nukem forever?

    sorry but you need a flux capacitor for that one.
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