In-the-wild details of Intel's upcoming 32nm Gulftown processor have leaked, courtesy of XtremeSystems forum member JCornell. The engineering sample is believed to be running at 2.4GHz, with CPU-Z registering six cores, 12 threads and 1.5MB of total L2 cache split into six 256KB portions.
Just because you're small, doesn't mean you can't be powerful; that's pretty much the tagline for Shuttle's new flagship SFF mini-PC. The Shuttle SX57J3 is a mere 33 x 21.5 x 19 cm in size, but is designed to swallow up Intel's hexacore Core i7-980X Extreme processor (or indeed any socket 1366 Core i7 chips), together with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory.
Shuttle has made a name for itself for manufacturing of high-performance small form factor PCs, along with creating the XPC, and they've gone ahead and announced their Computex 2010 exhibition booth. The event is Asia's largest trade show for computers and the industry, which is held in Taipei, Taiwan. Shuttle wants to make sure they make a mark at this year's event, and therefore have a nice ace up their sleeve: the J3.
It has only been a short while since Intel pulled the wraps off its Gulftown CPUs. AMD has now tossed its own new server platform CPUs into the ring with the introduction of the new AMD Opteron 6000 series CPUs with 8-cores and 12-cores.
It's not only MAINGEAR playing games with Intel's latest Core i7-980X Extreme processor. The new hexacore has found its way into Digital Storm's similarly-stonking BlackOPS desktop, but they've not seen fit to leave its 3.33GHz alone; instead, opt for their TwisterBoost overclocking package and they'll crank the Core i7 all the way up to 4.44GHz.
It should come as little surprise, what with the well-publicized iPad preorder sale starting today, but the Apple Store has been taken down for updating. Apple's new tablet kicks off at $499 and is expected to go on sale at 8.30am EST; of course, Apple could surprise us and add a few more updates into the mixture as well. Recent rumors have tipped an updated Mac Pro desktop, using Intel's new Core i7-980 Gulftown processor.
The first half of 2010 could see six-core processors dropping from both Intel and AMD, according to leaky sources at motherboard manufacturers, with both the Intel Gulftown and AMD Thuban ranges hitting desktop computers. The hexacore CPU deluge will begin with Intel's Core i7-980X, rumored to be on the pricey side at an estimated $1,000+ per chip in March 2010, and be followed by three AMD Phenom II X6 1000T processors in May 2010.
Details of Intel's upcoming 6-core/12-thread Xeon (Gulftown) processor - and the CPU tipped to appear in the upcoming Apple Mac Pro refresh - have leaked, and while original predictions were that the hexacore chip would be branded the Core i9, it now seems that it will slot into the Core i7 Extreme range with an "X" suffix. First to the base will be the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, running at 3.33GHz.
Apple have quietly updated their Mac Pro desktop systems, adding a new processor option together with greater storage. Buyers looking for the most powerful Mac Pro around are now able to specify a 3.33GHz Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, which is a whopping $1,200 on top of the regular machine. The new CPU joins the existing entry-level 2.66GHz Xeon and 2.93GHz Xeon, the latter of which is a $400 option.
As for the storage tweak, there's now a 2TB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200rpm hard-drive option, priced at $350, in addition to the previous 640GB and 1TB drives on offer. The new 2TB drive has 32GB of cache, and is also available on the Apple Xserve server.
It's not yet possible to specify two of the 3.33GHz Xeon processors in Apple's 8-core Mac Pro, which still only offers 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz options. Apple have been tipped to release a 6-core, 12-thread Xeon (Gulftown) processor (built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache) in early 2010.