Intel Core i7-980X Extreme detailed; headed to 2010 Mac Pro?

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.

The 32nm chip has 12MB of cache and supports both Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost.  Apple

already offer

a 3.33GHz processor on the Mac Pro; however that's a quadcore Xeon chip rather than the six cores in the new i7-980X Extreme.

The presumption is that Apple and Intel will negotiate some sort of early-access or temporary exclusivity deal, that will see the Core i7-980X Extreme show up in the Mac Pro workstation a few weeks ahead the regular March 2010 launch.  In fact, it's expected that Apple will offer at least one SKU with two of these processors, adding up to a total of 12 cores and 24 threads.