ROFL, you know marketing is desperate when they begin to drop off outlandish claims like clockwork.
Silly marketers, Extreme Edition chips are "halo" products. Don't market them as necessities, rather as proof that Intel platforms are superior. Besides, your real bread and butter are Clarkdales and soon Sandy Bridges.
IMO, I don't see mainstream application using anything more than 4 threads. The cost/benefits aren't there. It is hard enough for coders to make a program efficient with two threads nevermind utilizing three or four threads.
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