In another round of incremental updates to its Core series lineup, Intel will be debuting its hexa-core Gulftown processor, along with a few other pieces to fill in some perceived gaps.
A report from OCWorkbench, citing Japanese news sources, claims we will be seeing the six core behemoth on March 16th, 2010. The report states that the Core i7 960 Bloomfield - just 6 months after launch – will likely be pulled.
|CPU||Codename||Cores||Speed (tb:=Turbo Boost)||Socket||Release|
|Core i7 980X EE||Gulftown||6 + HT||3.33 GHz (tb: 3.60 GHz)||LGA-1366||March 16th ’10|
|Core i7 970||? Bloomfield||? 4 + HT||? 3.33 GHz (tb: 3.46 GHz)||LGA-1366||Q3, 2010|
|Core i7 930||Bloomfield||4 + HT||2.80GHz (tb: 3.06 GHz)||LGA-1366||Feb 28th ’10|
|Core i7 880||Lynnfield||4 + HT||3.06 GHz (tb: 3.73 GHz)||LGA-1156||Q2, 2010|
|Core i5 680||Clarkdale||2 + HT||3.60 GHz (tb: 3.80 GHz)||LGA-1156||May 2010|
|Core i3 550||Clarkdale||2 + HT||3.20 GHz||LGA-1156||Q2, 2010|
? Information in Debate
As an update to this story, on February 2nd, Fudzilla released information stating that the Core i7 970 will be a 6 core, 32nm Gulftown based processor; the original source as also appended this information. If this report is in fact true then one thing is clear; Intel needs to seriously give their head a shake (and fire their marketting team) when it comes to the naming schemes which they promised to be much clearer for consumers. With the current Core i7 975 edition being a 4 core Bloomfield based chip, hiding an entirely new i7 970 Gulftown chip, somewhere in the middle of an old product line is… ridiculous.