Intel Speeds Up Introduction of Faster Six-Core Chip: Due in Fourth Quarter.

An i7 990X? Sounds unlikely, but if true we can only hope it blows away 980X overclocking results!

In the fourth quarter of the year Intel will offer replacement for its current flagship Core i7-980X processor that will offer higher performance, X-bit labs has learnt from sources with knowledge of Intel’s plans. While there are no details are known, it is more than likely that the world’s largest maker of chips will boost clock-speed of the Gulftown design up from 3.33GHz and will call the novelty “Core i7-990X”. Earlier it was reported – based on the roadmaps – that Intel will only refresh its Extreme line in Q1 2011, but apparently the company wants to update the family already in Q4 2010. In the third quarter of this year Intel also plans to release its Core i7-970 chip, which will work at 3.20GHz and will not cost $999. However, in the fourth quarter of the year Intel plans to reveal a rather mysterious chip currently marked as “≥i7-970” (meaning faster than the model 970). It remains to be seen what will be the difference between the “≥i7-970” and the current i7-980X as logically they should have the same feature-set as well as the same clock-speed and the only natural difference between Extreme and non-Extreme is the unlocked clock-speed multiplier on the former.


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TaPaKaH says:

i told this long ago, noone listened :D All depends on the market situation etc, but I heard the new model should be 3.6GHz as stock. Sadpart, if they tame the leakage for it to be within 130W this means that overclocking will be actually worse than the current retail 980X

United States BenchZowner says:

Bla bla bla... 980X....blah blah....waiting for 10c/20t beast...

United States steponz says:

BenchZowner said: Bla bla bla... 980X....blah blah....waiting for 10c/20t beast...


Withya on that...

TaPaKaH says:

and what exactly do you need 10c/20t for, may I ask ?

United States BenchZowner says:

Sam OCX said: and what exactly do you need 10c/20t for, may I ask ?


wPrime :p ( just kidding, it's worthless with the current point system )

Audio/Video editing & encoding ( I do a lot ).

TaPaKaH says:

BenchZowner said: Audio/Video editing & encoding ( I do a lot ).
only very narrow range of real-life encoding software is coded so that it can actually use more than 4 threads
all the rest (games and stuff) don't use more than 3-4 threads as well
there is simply no demand for that in the desktop segment right now, hence we don't see "number of cores" race

United States BenchZowner says:

I'm getting 100% utilization on the 980X here. And I wouldn't mind having 2 or more cores free for another task. Sure I can get a multi-processor server board, but if it comes as a 2 in 1 package ( work CPU + good benching CPU ) I'd rather have it in a single-CPU desktop product :)

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