Core i9 is out, Core i7-980X is in: 6-core Westmere starting March 2010?
Apparently, Intel has decided to call the first 6-core Westmere Core i7-980x and not Core i9. In addition, the release may be earlier than expected.
The next step in the evolution of desktop CPUs is the six core models from AMD and Intel. Several websites report that Intel accelerated the planned introduction of his Westmere based 6-core processor. It should ship in March 2010, probably around Cebit. First reports said that the introduction should happen until June 2010. Further more, the CPU formerly known as Core i9 now calls Core i7-980X Extreme Edition.
Core i7-980X has six cores together with SMT, 32 nm process and 130 Watts TDP according to a leaked slide from Intel which look authentic. 12 MiB L3, Turbo Boost and socket LGA1366 are mentioned as well. X58 motherboards should be fine for Core i7-980X. Pricing is set somewhere around 999 USD.
More on Westmere (Core i7-980X aka Core i9):
• Core i9: First CPU said to be 6-core Gulftown - Update: New details leaked
• Intel Core i9: Hands-on test of the six-core Gulftown
• Core i9: Intel's 6-core desktop CPU pictured
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