Intel Hexacore Gulftown to be Core i7 980X EE

Along with the revamped Nehalem-based Westmere chips, Intel will be bringing a hexacore variant codenamed Gulftown.

Many figured that this new class of desktop chip with its six cores and twelve threads would put it in a class that Intel would see fit to name Core i9 – but if leaked Intel slides are to be believed, Intel is keeping it within the Core i7 family.

Chinese website PCOnline shows a slide that clearly describes an Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition as one built on a 32nm process with 12MB Intel Smart Cache and a 130W TDP.

While this leaves some of us wondering what, if anything, Intel will slot into a possible Core i9 class, the positive side is that Intel won't have to print up a whole different set of system badge stickers for the new Gulftown CPU.

This is just the latest in a string of Gulftown leaks. Last month, a Polish website got its hands on an engineering sample and put the chip through its (quick) paces.

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  • El_Capitan
    Can't wait to pay $1,400 for this sucker... or maybe I'm the sucker?
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  • Impulse Fire911
    wow i7 980X EE sounds so much cooler than i9. soon it will be "i7 99670 ZX ET Holy Sht Zomg RoflSauce. Extreme Verziun"
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    But will it play...


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  • El_Capitan
    Can't wait to pay $1,400 for this sucker... or maybe I'm the sucker?
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  • brett1042002
    But will it play...


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