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Intel Hexacore Gulftown to be Core i7 980X EE

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 80 comments

The mighty Gulftown will be one of the Core i7 boys.

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 , December 15, 2009 7:22 PM
    Can't wait to pay $1,400 for this sucker... or maybe I'm the sucker?
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    Impulse Fire911 , December 15, 2009 8:30 PM
    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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    brett1042002 , December 15, 2009 8:50 PM
    potoabortoWhy do u need a 6 core?? it's for nasa machines or something i think, google won't be faster, games won't be faster, why we need such huge power on desktop computers???


    I believe the same thing was said when the Pentium II released. "ZOMG WHY DO WE NEED 450mhz CPUs!? THATS LIEK NASA OR SOMETHING!"

    :) 
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  • 27 Hide
    El_Capitan , December 15, 2009 7:22 PM
    Can't wait to pay $1,400 for this sucker... or maybe I'm the sucker?
  • 15 Hide
    brett1042002 , December 15, 2009 7:24 PM
    But will it play...









    Duck Hunt...
  • 10 Hide
    Honis , December 15, 2009 7:26 PM
    El_CapitanCan't wait to pay $1,400 for this sucker... or maybe I'm the sucker?
    Get it on ebay, it's cheaper!

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-core-i9-gulftown-westmere,9200.html?xtmc=intel_cpu_ebay&xtcr=1
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    JofaMang , December 15, 2009 7:30 PM
    Yours for only $1800!
  • 10 Hide
    idisarmu , December 15, 2009 7:31 PM
    MSRP: 2 souls. In order to buy this processor, you must convince someone you love to donate their soul.
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    Spanky Deluxe , December 15, 2009 7:36 PM
    Explains the expected high price tags. Unfortunately it means that slower speed and cheaper six cores will be unlikely for a while. Ideally I'd want a 2.66GHz 6 core that costs about 50% more than the i7 920 and clocks just as well.
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    OwinC , December 15, 2009 7:39 PM
    Quoited the wrong comment..
    brett1042002But will it play...Duck Hunt...

    To processor demanding.;p
  • 4 Hide
    Abrahm , December 15, 2009 7:42 PM
    Looks like I'll have to hold out on a new computer until the hexcores drop to reasonable prices. Luckily my current computer still has pretty of horsepower left in her.
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    xaira , December 15, 2009 7:42 PM
    read somewhere that the first of these to be released will be clocked at 3.33ghz, cant wait for it to be released so i can buy amds answer for 1/4 the price
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    xaira , December 15, 2009 7:45 PM
    http://www.techpowerup.com/img/09-12-14/26a.jpg
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    balister , December 15, 2009 7:47 PM
    It will be priced $999 as all other EE processors have been priced at.
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    balister , December 15, 2009 7:48 PM
    It will be priced at $999 as all EE processors preceeding it have been priced.
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    c_schwab , December 15, 2009 7:49 PM
    The rumored price point is $1,000. I'm thinking more like $1,500.
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    meat81 , December 15, 2009 7:51 PM
    xairaread somewhere that the first of these to be released will be clocked at 3.33ghz, cant wait for it to be released so i can buy amds answer for 1/4 the price


    And a 1/4 of the performance...
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    gfg , December 15, 2009 7:58 PM
    core i9 would be better.
    How do you call the new cuadcore to 3.46 ghz? core i7 985 ?????
    core i7 980X >> core i7 985
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    gfg , December 15, 2009 8:01 PM
    corei9 would be better.....
    How do you call the new cuadcore to 3.46 ghz? core i7 985 ?????
    corei7 980X>> corei7 985
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    Anonymous , December 15, 2009 8:05 PM
    raw power
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    oneeighteen , December 15, 2009 8:09 PM
    i think ill wait till the 8-12 cores come out
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    brett1042002 , December 15, 2009 8:10 PM
    Yesssssss, finally I can zip files and encode videos in 17 seconds instead of 20! Those 3 seconds were killing me!!

    Plus, the ladies always dig dudes with the EE CPUs... amirite?
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