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    News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in March

    Six-core chips will battle it out for supremacy in the enthusiast desktop market in 2010.
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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by Hexus
    Six-core chips will battle it out for supremacy in the enthusiast desktop market in 2010.
    Not really - AMD will be pitching their 6-cores against Intel's 4- and more likely 2-core chips (which Intel are focusing on at the expense of their 4-core). There's no battle in the enthusiast market as Intel are the only entrant.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    What apps are ready for 6 cores ?
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Not really - AMD will be pitching their 6-cores against Intel's 4- and more likely 2-core chips (which Intel are focusing on at the expense of their 4-core). There's no battle in the enthusiast market as Intel are the only entrant.
    C'mon - have a bit of faith in AMD

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    What apps are ready for 6 cores ?
    Anything that's multithreaded (rather than coded for a specific amount of cores) presumably.

    Premiere will get a nice boost, but I don't do enough video editing any more for this to worth it for me. I can certainly see the value in such a chip for those who would actually use it though. It should shave hours off of some encodes, and that'll pay itself back quickly for many.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    What apps are ready for 6 cores ?
    Databases and vmware?

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Reading DigitalFoundry's interview with Codemasters, they say that there EGO engine is heavily geared towards many-core systems so i suppose that 4 cores and greater are beginning to bear their fruit in games - only one i know.
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    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Most of the PCs gamers have are either dual core with an increasing number of quad cores. TBH,most people will get acceptable framerates with a dual,triple or quad core for the next few years IMHO unless games companies want to star alienating a whole lot of their user base(not the tiny percentage of hardcore enthusiasts who want the latest technology). I know loads of PC gamers who have moved to using consoles instead so companies do probably realise that making a game more scalable makes more sense - the fact that even Crytek is trying to make Crysis 2 even run on consoles is an indication of this.


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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by Phage View Post
    What apps are ready for 6 cores ?
    If you don't know chances are you aren't a user...

    Media Encoding/Design/CAD/DB/Virtualisation (basically anything that has been justifying 4 cores over 2) & very very heavy multitasking (perhaps you are the kind of person who wants to play games, watch HD, browse the web, do a virus scan and manipulate massive Excel sheets all at the same time, with multiple mice in each hand).

    Very few games and standard desktop applications make full use of quad cores, nevermind hex cores...

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Most of the PCs gamers have are either dual core with an increasing number of quad cores. TBH,most people will get acceptable framerates with a dual,triple or quad core for the next few years IMHO unless games companies want to star alienating a whole lot of their user base(not the tiny percentage of hardcore enthusiasts who want the latest technology). I know loads of PC gamers who have moved to using consoles instead so companies do probably realise that making a game more scalable makes more sense - the fact that even Crytek is trying to make Crysis 2 even run on consoles is an indication of this.
    I've been considering moving up to quad core at some point but simply put there are no current games that I can't run at least acceptably if not very well indeed with my creaking old E4300. While a hex-core CPU is of considerable interest there's no way I could possibly justify the cost; for myself, and I presume the majority of home users, the power available has far, far exceeded the requirement for the moment.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarinder View Post
    C'mon - have a bit of faith in AMD
    It's not lack of faith - it's the market they are deliberately targeting.

    Okay, they don't have a part to compete in the enthusiast market either, so it is forcing their hand a bit.

    They'll come back in the future - Bulldozer is a good starting point but what it's ultimately leading to is the exciting bit, and they seem to be ahead of everyone when it comes to where that is going... But that's a long way off.

    Still, give me a motherboard that I can use both today and when that is, and I'll go AMD with my next build.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    If you don't know chances are you aren't a user...

    Media Encoding/Design/CAD/DB/Virtualisation (basically anything that has been justifying 4 cores over 2) & very very heavy multitasking (perhaps you are the kind of person who wants to play games, watch HD, browse the web, do a virus scan and manipulate massive Excel sheets all at the same time, with multiple mice in each hand).

    Very few games and standard desktop applications make full use of quad cores, nevermind hex cores...
    Indeed not. I only just upgraded from a P4 to a quad. Dual is sooo 2005.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    If you don't know chances are you aren't a user...

    Media Encoding/Design/CAD/DB/Virtualisation (basically anything that has been justifying 4 cores over 2) & very very heavy multitasking (perhaps you are the kind of person who wants to play games, watch HD, browse the web, do a virus scan and manipulate massive Excel sheets all at the same time, with multiple mice in each hand).

    Very few games and standard desktop applications make full use of quad cores, nevermind hex cores...
    Very few current games. Most console ports take advantage of multiple cores and more and more games will take advantage of them.

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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    My favourite use of multi-cores has to be compiling software
    #make -j6

    Mmmmmmmm, speedy.
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    Re: News - Intel six-core Gulftown CPU to be known as Core i7-980-X and released in M

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    My favourite use of multi-cores has to be compiling software
    #make -j6

    Mmmmmmmm, speedy.
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