Report: Intel readying 3.2GHz Core i7-960

— 2:55 PM on September 8, 2009

With the arrival of Lynnfield, Intel's Core i7-900 processors have lost much of their raison d'etre. For instance, the new Core i7-870 matches the Core i7-950 overall, but it costs the same, draws less power (especially at idle), and works in cheaper motherboards.

It's not surprising, then, to hear the rumor mill forecast the arrival of a successor to the i7-950 in the LGA1366 line. According to Fudzilla, Intel will unleash a new Core i7-960 processor on October 18. This part will run at 3.2GHz, up from the i7-950's 3.06GHz, but it will have the same $562 bulk price tag.

The new processor could give users a reason to skip Lynnfield and spring for more expensive X58 motherboards and triple-channel memory kits. Of course, going the X58 route will also open the door to six-core, 32-nm Gulftown processors some time next year. (Fudzilla points to the second quarter.) Gulftown should work in existing X58 systems, but as far as we're aware, Intel has no plans to make an LGA1156 version.

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