Rumor: Gulftown to show up by June 2010

Intel started talking about Gulftown in February, saying the six-core, 32nm processor would come out some time after the first dual-core Westmere offerings. Those are on track to hit production late this year, but Intel has so far stayed mum on its specific schedule for Gulftown.

According to Fudzilla, the chipmaker has nevertheless settled on a release time frame internally: the second quarter of 2010. In case you didn’t get the memo, Gulftown will feature six cores, 12 threads, and backward compatibility with existing X58 motherboards. In other words, it could be a drop-in upgrade for existing Core i7 systems.

Fudzilla goes on to say Intel has told "a special few" that Gulftown processors will have 130W thermal envelopes. Supposedly, though, these CPUs will only have official support for DDR3 memory speeds up to 1066MHz.

AMD is also planning a six-core processor that’ll be a drop-in upgrade for current systems. However, Istanbul will be a workstation and server offering, and AMD hasn’t announced a desktop derivative (yet).

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    • Buzzard44
    • 11 years ago

    I guess it’s easier to shrink and fill in the extra space with more cores to add to the processing power, but what (besides servers) will use 6 cores in the near future? Most applications are just starting to use 2 or 4.

    I know having a massive number of cores is useful for background and simultaneous processes/threads, and I know that saying “zomg i have 20 bagillion cores yall thats more than you haha los3r” is fun, but there’s only so many ways you can split up most programs.

    Also, is the new programming etiquette to write programs using as many threads as possible?

      • Plazmodeus
      • 11 years ago

      I don’t know about that. Using media creation applications I can pin my four cores at %100 no problem. Its not just a question of how many cores one app can use, its how many that more than one app working together can use. For instance, using Lightroom and Photoshop with an HDR or panorama rendering app, something that I do with my photo work all the time, eats four cores no problem. I’d love another two cores for cheap. Ditto with After Effects, Premier and photoshop.

      You might argue that thats what high end ‘workstation’ setups, like skulltrail, are for, and thats true. But if you look at media based computing over the last 20 years, everytime that workstation class computing comes down to the consumer desktop, there is a corresponding revolution in democratic media creation. Think about how the Pentium Pro killed SGI, and Avid disappeared when processors hit 1ghz.

      I’ll take six cores.

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        Core i7 / x58 systems *[

    • zimpdagreene
    • 11 years ago

    Sounds great. More cores.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 11 years ago

    Intel doesn’t quite adhere to their “tick-tock” principle as much as they like to say.

    What I have to wonder is, since this is the high end part, and it’s coming so late, but Intel typically debuts new architectures with another high end part, is this going to be almost immediately eclipsed by the first Sandy Bridge CPUs, or is Intel falling behind?

    The problem is that AMD doesn’t really seem to make much of an effort to pick up the slack where Intel leaves a wide opening. i.e. Intel pretty much refuses to go mainstream with quad-cores for laptops, but AMD just avoids laptops altogether. They may not be a huge company that can stretch themselves across every market, but they kind of have the option to pick their fights here, and they pick some odd ones. 6 core Opterons vs. Nehalem Xeons, etc.

    Oh well. Yay, more lack of competition!

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Actually, they’re executing their tick tock strategy quite well, based on the first introductions of new architectures and process shrinks. That the tail end of one tick might overlap the succeeding tock, or vice versa, is irrelevant. That is suggestive of the success of a particular generation, rather than a failure of the strategy or an inability to execute.

    • ew
    • 11 years ago

    These CPUs with non-powers of two numbers of cores creep me out but at least now there will be one core per memory slot the way God intended.

    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    More cores, i’s, and stars, now we have a kick ass partyg{<.<}g

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