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Old 12-14-09, 07:22 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Intel's six-core Core i7 980X to arrive in March

Surprise, everybody use to call the Gulftown "Intel Core i9"
Maybe I will get one, the price is better than previously speculated $1,500
First I like to see few more benchmarks, also not sure if I'm going to be early adopter, it didn't turn out to good with my i7 965 EE

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Previously planned for a Q2 release, Intel's Gulftown, aka the Core i7 980X has been pulled into Q1 and is now set to debut in March 2010 (maybe at CeBIT 2010), before AMD's Thuban. The Core i7 980X is manufactured on 32nm technology, comes in an LGA 1366 package, has six cores and twelve threads, 12MB of L3 cache, a 130W TDP, 6.4 GT/s QPI, and will cost about $999.

The upcoming hexa-core will work on current X58 motherboards granted there will be a BIOS update provided. Asus for example already has eight Gulftown-ready boards.
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Old 12-14-09, 07:43 AM   #2
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Sounds promising, but way out of my price range. If 6 core CPU's do benefit games sometime next year then hopefully AMD's Thuban will be a bit cheaper.
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Old 12-14-09, 08:22 AM   #3
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LGA 1366 socket....
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Old 12-14-09, 08:46 AM   #4
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LGA 1366 socket....
Of course. As I said LGA1156 has no any upgrade part. It's wasted money whoever bought that platform.
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Old 12-14-09, 09:02 AM   #5
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Do we know if $999 is our assumed cost or per 1000 for resellers? They say it's cheaper than the originally though $1500 but I could see it easily reaching that price, especially when first released.
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I'll wait til the end of Q2 2010 and see what they have to offer then. $1,000 for a CPU is just silly in this day and age. The ROI for that simply can't be a good value. If/when they drop to half that (~$500), I'd strongly consider it provided the performance increase in threaded apps justifies it.
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Old 12-14-09, 01:28 PM   #7
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Nice and all but... I use my PC for gaming so unless this has a significant positive impact for games perfomance (doubtful), I'll hold off... unless they introduce it @ 4Ghz
Same here... I have my 920 OC to 3.56GHz. The only games I have that is not bottlenecked by the CPU is FSX and X-Plane due to them only using one core and one thread per core. I do little video editing and my 920 is fast enough for me at this point.

I hope the next flight simulator program that comes out will use multiple cores.
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Same here... I have my 920 OC to 3.56GHz. The only games I have that is not bottlenecked by the CPU is FSX and X-Plane due to them only using one core and one thread per core. I do little video editing and my 920 is fast enough for me at this point.

I hope the next flight simulator program that comes out will use multiple cores.
Hopefully a decent one does. Microsoft shut there MSFlight division down.
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Hopefully a decent one does. Microsoft shut there MSFlight division down.
Yea I know, I took the survey thing and bitched them out for it too lol. I'm sure the X-Plane creators are happy about it. Hope we are not stuck with X-Plane, it really sucks.
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That's about $700 more than I'd ever even consider spending on a CPU.
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Its debatable whether six cores will be worth it when in a years time i guarentee there will be 8 cores.
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Old 12-21-09, 09:22 AM   #12
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Sexyness. I'm still riding a Q6600, but it's nice to see Intel innovating even in the face of pretty much no competition at the high end.
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