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Intel Says 6-Cores Not Delayed

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Intel clarifies that 6-core 'Gulftown' processors not delayed from 2009 to 2010.

Yesterday we ran a report indicating that several other sites reported that Intel would be delaying the release of its 32nm 6-core Westmere-based CPU, codenamed Gulftown. Intel's Westmere codename represents the 32nm line of Nehalem micro-architecture processors. Intel today confirmed with us that the reported delay is not true, and that Gulftown has always been a 2010 product.

Some sites, including even Wikipedia, incorrectly indicate Gulftown as being a late 2009 product. Intel's public roadmap says 2010 and Intel representatives confirm that the roadmap has not changed.

Intel's first 32nm CPU line based on the Nehalem architecture will be its Westmere line, starting off with a 2-core CPU slated for Q4'09 production.

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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 12:30 AM
    Intel says Pentium IV to hit 10ghz
    Intel says Moblin to hit 2 second boot times
    Intel says Atom to be greatest thing since sliced bread
    Intel says Nehalem running at "very healthy" clockspeeds


    Less talk, more engineering samples plzokthx
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    MoUsE-WiZ , April 22, 2009 1:09 AM
    yoda: you mean "programs" or "games"? There's a distinct difference.
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  • 12 Hide
    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 12:30 AM
    Intel says Pentium IV to hit 10ghz
    Intel says Moblin to hit 2 second boot times
    Intel says Atom to be greatest thing since sliced bread
    Intel says Nehalem running at "very healthy" clockspeeds


    Less talk, more engineering samples plzokthx
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    MoUsE-WiZ , April 22, 2009 1:09 AM
    yoda: you mean "programs" or "games"? There's a distinct difference.
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    derek2006 , April 22, 2009 1:09 AM
    yoda8232I've still trying to see what programs use 4 cores other than Crysis and Sins of a Solar Empire, this is stupid.

    GTA IV
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    yoda8232 , April 22, 2009 1:16 AM
    Both, there are more games but I don't know any programs that support 4 cores.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 1:33 AM
    Just as there a those that wonder why someone would need more than 3 gig of ram. If you don't understand why, that doesn't not mean "this is stupid"; it just means you are posting way out of your league.

    (Of course I'm assuming this is still an enthusiast website)
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    derek2006 , April 22, 2009 1:45 AM
    yoda8232Both, there are more games but I don't know any programs that support 4 cores.


    Most high end and popular video and photo editing software do.

    I need 6 gigs of ram. I have 4 and it's really been making me mad when my computer lags as it runs out of ram. 3 or less would just suck.
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    Neog2 , April 22, 2009 2:28 AM
    Avid, Final Cut Pro
    Most Cad Programs
    Animation programs like Maya
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    sassan , April 22, 2009 2:52 AM
    yoda8232I've still trying to see what programs use 4 cores other than Crysis and Sins of a Solar Empire, this is stupid.


    GTA4 comes to mind.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 3:41 AM
    Well if you people relize there is more then just games out there.... I know as soon as 6 core cpu are out and you have a quad cpu server you can host alot of virtual servers.... If you take the time there is a program called Hyper-V which comes with Windows 20008 64-bit and another program called vm ware that would love having the 6 cores on 4 cpu's to run a crap load of virtual servers...... MORE TO LIFE THEN GAMES! This is tomshardware not tomsgames.....
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    fuser , April 22, 2009 4:16 AM
    So you ran an article based on a story on another website that suggested that the Intel chip was delayed, and then you didn't check the Intel release schedule? That's funny.
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    daft , April 22, 2009 4:31 AM
    also, PCSX, if im not mistaken, uses more than 4 cores. fritz, quite a lot of media encoders, and if your like me in any way, you use a dual core and cry because its not letting you multitask enough
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    deltatux , April 22, 2009 5:13 AM
    Left 4 Dead actually puts load on all four of my cores when enabling multicore rendering.

    Anyways, I'm not anticipating a sexacore configuration since quadcore works for most gamers. I say this being a workstation thing for a year or two before it trickles down to the masses.
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    eddieroolz , April 22, 2009 5:35 AM
    daftalso, PCSX, if im not mistaken, uses more than 4 cores. fritz, quite a lot of media encoders, and if your like me in any way, you use a dual core and cry because its not letting you multitask enough


    Actually, the developers said it only takes advantage of max. 2 cores.
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    chrisdee , April 22, 2009 7:09 AM
    Digidesign ProTools8 needs and uses all the cores it can get.
    I would guess all video/photo/audio recording/editing software take full advantage of all the cores.

    There are actually people that use their pc's for other things than surfing or word/excel.
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    neiroatopelcc , April 22, 2009 7:45 AM
    derek2006GTA IV

    But that game's so poor it shouldn't really count as a game. Worst investment since halo 2.
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    neiroatopelcc , April 22, 2009 7:47 AM
    MoUsE-WiZyoda: you mean "programs" or "games"? There's a distinct difference.

    No there isn't. A game is a program too. As is the calculator, internet browser and your favorite media player.
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    one-shot , April 22, 2009 8:08 AM
    I was wondering about the article as well. Gulftown has always been H1 2010 and it said it was delayed from Q4 2009 which didn't make sense. It may be my next upgrade if more programs become multithreaded. Until then, I'll stick with my overclocked dual core.
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    avericia , April 22, 2009 8:11 AM
    Games that I've played that use 4 cores very well UT3, COD5, Warhammer, Crysis, Dawn of war 2.

    Many New games are coming out that take advantage of extra cores and as prices keep falling quad cores are becoming more mainstream.
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