Intel Launches 6-Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Processor (w/ Video)

March 11, 2010 by John Messina weblog
Code-named "Gulftown" the 32nm, six-core i7-980X is based on the current Westmere architecture and will be labeled as the i7x "Extreme Edition". It will be the first dual-socket, six-core processor from Intel.

( -- Intel has just released its 6-core processor, the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition. The 6-core processor is built using advance 32nm manufacturing and runs at 3.33GHz and is capable of running 12 threads simultaneously with 12MB L3 cache.

The Core i7-980X Extreme Edition is aimed at the consumer market and will retail for $999. The chip is based on the current Westmere architecture and is codenamed “Gulftown”. The chip also features ’s dynamic clocking ability to be over-clocked to 3.6GHz.

The will benefit users that require serious and also the serious gamers and video content creators.

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Intel Core i7 980X Extreme 6 Core Gulftown Desktop CPU Review with benchmarks!

Intel’s Core i7-980X supports up to three DDR3-1066 memory modules and should be a straight upgrade for motherboards using the X58 chipset; however a firmware upgrade may be necessary. The chip is also has a TDP rating of 130W.

The first Intel 6-core processor (X7460) was released in 2008 but could only run 6 threads simultaneously and retailed for $2729. Intel’s 6-Core i7-980X Extreme Edition is a vast improvement on performance and price.

There has been no release date announce yet for the chip but we can suspect some retailers might already be taking pre-orders for the new processor. We also can expect that will be launching a six-core processor under the branding, Phenom II X6 that will be targeted at gamers.

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5 / 5 (1) Mar 11, 2010
I won't be upgrading until octals are common - and cheap
4 / 5 (4) Mar 11, 2010
6 cores? what on earth can use that?
5 / 5 (1) Mar 12, 2010
People will figure out a way to exploit the 6 cores on this CPU just like they do with every piece of new tech. I remember when Intel came out with 500Mhz processors, I was blown away. I thought there was no way I could ever use that much computing power. Now our cell phones have faster processors than that.
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
There will always be a reason to have fast computing power, and just give it 1-2 years and some company will make sure you need something like this just to run their software.
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
This particular CPU is going to be renamed from i7 to i9. Also not mentioned while it has 6 cores, it can handle 12 threads with Hyper-threading enabled.
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
One core can be used for the simulation of hell. Another one for the simulation of heaven. And the rest 4 can be turned off to save energy.
not rated yet Mar 12, 2010
There's always a need for more power! as mentioned by spam n cheese earlier, I recall my first CPU was a 12MHz Motorola. Now I have 1GHz in my phone!
not rated yet Mar 13, 2010
This is only the beginning of superfast computing. More cores and smaller nodes! Every chipmaker is now working on 28 and 22nm in the fab. AMD will bring out soon the Magny-Cours processor with 12 cores (45nm)! By 2015 we will have 3D chips and chips at 11nm scale with 48 cores or more.
not rated yet Mar 13, 2010
I ask what could use 6 cores since as it is few programs utilize duel cores, let alone quad cores.
not rated yet Mar 14, 2010
Intel forgot to mention that any modern graphics card can perform 30 times more operations per second at 1/5th the price.
not rated yet Mar 15, 2010
AMD should be coming out with a 7 core process for the same price!
not rated yet Mar 16, 2010
uhm... didn't the multi core fab begin because manufacturers couldn't keep pace with the demand for increased processing power on a single core? increasing it to six means, the demand is for a single core that should be doing the task of six current cores. is it safe to say then that these people have given up on increasing single core processing power at pace with demand? i guess they simply cant. the potential is welcome, but the prospects seem to be ludicrous.
"Q: How fast are the processors now compared to last year?" "A: Oh, who gives. Just buy some more cores. We're at 32, so i guess we're going for 36 cores next year."
not rated yet Mar 17, 2010
I wonder if people understand that programs aren't built to use 2 cores yet -- let alone 6. Only very specialized programs even try to use the cores on a computer to full potential , such as video processing, photo processing and high end games... really high end games at that.

Its not that us programmer can;t do it -- but most programs run great on one processor -- It should be up to the OS to push a process to a particular core, Linux does this - windows is a little lacking but trying to catch up.

Most people to not do video processing - they do not do high end gaming -- most people 90% of people who use a computer need a 1.5 Ghz P4 with 1 Gb of ram and they would be happy for the rest of their lives...

and everyone else the other 10% will be having fun with their computer
not rated yet Mar 17, 2010

the reason multicore really flourished was because chip makers realized that they could in fact make chips faster than 5Ghz -- they could do it easily -- but no one would be able to afford the electric bill to pay for it and pay for the cooling system that went with it.

As it stands today it has been widely reported that the thermal density of a CPU is as high or higher than that of a core of a nuclear reactor.

If you want chips to be faster you have to give them more power cause they are gonna do the same things they always do just faster -- so the will need the same power per cycle -- but your cramming another billion or so operation in persecond it adds up.

I read that if moore law was used on clock cycle increases in ten years from the 2.0 Ghz mark everyone who owned a computer would need their own nuclear power plant to turn the thing on.
not rated yet Mar 18, 2010
It is not a bargain for either the user or Intel. The 1156 socket is temporary (sandy bridge to use 1155), and the package includes two chips, this 32 nm and another 45 nm graphics chip. Better to wait until 2011 to buy any new Intel product.

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