AMD, Intel Plotting Six-Core CPU Releases

With both AMD and Intel already floating quad-core CPUs on the market, it's only natural for them to dial things up a bit bigger by adding 50 percent more cores.

According to a report from Digitimes, who sources its friends at Taiwanese motherboard companies, Intel will be rolling out its six-core desktop "Gulftown" processors at the end of March. The six-core Nehalem-based chip will supposedly be named the Core i7-980X and will be priced in the four-digit range.

In response, AMD will launch the six-core "Thuban" 45nm chips as Phenom II X6 1075T, 1055T and 1035T models sometime in May.

As always, take these reports with a grain of salt – but it's safe to say that we'll be seeing six-core CPUs sometime before the summer.

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  • omnimodis78
    The questions should be, are software companies ready for dual-cores yet?
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  • falchard
    I bet AMD wins this round for a simple reason.

    AMD 6-core for $300.
    Intel 6-core for $1200.
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  • JonathanDeane
    If they would just make a 120 core machine I can complete my George Foreman PC mod.... "It cooks your burgers AND yes it does play Crysis!"
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  • fatkid35
    battle of the e-peen. who's is bigger?......facepalm.
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  • omnimodis78
    The questions should be, are software companies ready for dual-cores yet?
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  • fatkid35
    omni your right, software developers need to get their multicore sh*t together.
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