Intel's 6-Core Gulftown Tested, Blows Us Away with Multithread Madness

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jamtangan

@picorosan: I'm jealous already. What a robust system you have there. Cheers, - bisnis online

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Feroz

 

 

core i9 would be much better, and core i7x 980, core i7985

 

 

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It's amazingly fast. Like wow! But I don't think I can afford something like this. I don't even think I'll ever need something that fast.

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worth my time this post...really enjoyed reading your article...great job;)...very informative i should say:)

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fatboy

Not quite sure if I should upgrade now from my good old Q6600 or wait for the new Sandy Bridge to arrive. Must admit that I7 looks quite tempting.
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jcollins

To be honest, in looking at Sandy Bridge, I'm not really seeing much reason to wait if you've got the urge to update.  Unless I'm missing something, the only really interesting things in it is the 4 cores (so slightly cheaper) and slightly better performance.  Not necessarily something to wait for if you've got the cash.

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Dutchbox

 Hi Gordon, Wow! thats one super fast chip! Is it available already in the market? and how about Athlon? Are they making this kind of chip too?Anyways Intel has been so good in making this upgrate and I think this is not yet the best! Hope to see more from them!-
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AidanBurk

gimme... gimme... I wanna one of those

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dstevens

next up.... multi threading threads for multi threaded threads... heh gl with that one ;)

 

now. and i have wondered this for some time now.... why dont they take all that useless wasted extra space for those 2 additional cores and readjust the clockspeed, personally i can easily see (and so can anyone reading this) the much more practical use of having4 cores clocked at 6ghz stock or 2 cores at 8 ghz stock instead of 6 cores at 3ish ghz stock and more than 75% of the cpu sits there wasted more than 80% of the time.we stopped oging up cause of heat restrictions... now were going out.. seems like a rich single unpopular guy buys a 460,000 sq ft  mansion so he can sit in his room all day and play games and watch tv.his money would be better spent buying a 8,000 sq ft house and having thewhole house modernized and computer controlled lol

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hardlecure

I'm not a physicist but I understand the reason why we don't see 3.5GHz speeds coming stock from Intel/AMD. It's all based on the speed of light. Electricity in theory flows at just under the speed of light and once you reach more than 3.5-4 GHz the information (sent in 1 and 0 as electricity as we all know) can't really go any faster even though the cores are clocked beyond it. So the only solution is to make multiple cores to speed up a computer. 6 cores @ 3.33 = 19.98GHz single core. 

 I read on a http://www.yale.edu/pclt/PCHW/clockidea.htm that a CPU @ 2GHz calculates information and can send it 6" at about the speed of light. (remember it's all theory) So when you look at an eATX board that's almost 12" long, and you're running a CPU at 4GHz, it's technically overkill but, also, there are bottlenecks all over the board such as the PCIe bus that doesn't operate at 4GHz, and the SATA/SAS header and hard drives etc and so forth. Anyways, making a CPU have a higher clock speed isn't the solution. 

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DBsantos77

 Very interesting info, now I gotta ask: Should we be instead downclocking and adding more cores?

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hardlecure

i don't think so. the guys at intel and amd set the speeds at just over 3ghz on their high end chips so i'm guessing that 3.33 is the ideal. 

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K0BALT

 i'm ordering a dozen

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dcblues355

LewTeNantDan....If you have the money,but I've never paid more than $200. for a processor a stats show that most of your average everyday 'Joe's' don't either.I've built my computers off Max PC recommendations but usually go with the middle of the road as 'most' of us do.

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Slugbait

"...since the original 3.2GHz Core i7-965 Extreme Edition came out two years
ago."

More precisely, the 965 came out less than a year and a half ago.

Picky, yeah, but hey, eight to ten months in the proc world is a really long time...

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fx2006

I must have it.

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Daigham

Guru3d did a couple of over clocking bench marks if you care to check it out. 

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Devo85x

 It may not have six cores, but my friend just picked up a core i5 cpu and he doesn't even know how to overclock... (I had to do it for him)... not only that, but everyone's chip overclocks a little different, so not everyone will get the same results.  And why would you wan't to know that maximum it can do and not know the minimum it WILL do?

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EclecticFortune

I would like to see the new 6 core benchmarked with the current version of Premiere... CS4.  Or wait till CS5 comes out.  Does Adobe usually send a copy or do you guys need to buy it?  I think CS5 is due out this month.  Supposed to have killer Nvidia GPU acceleration referred to as the "Mercury Playback Engine".

Benchmarking with CS3 makes me feel like Maximum PC is a tad behind in the video editing department.

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CleverBullet

This proc would be magical when using after effects.

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Signal2Noise

Pricey and I'm not ready to part with my *budget*, yet reliable, LGA1156 mobo.

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scott_c

 

Can anyone post a list of applications that will take full advantage of 6-cores?

Such as, will Photoshop Elements' latest version utilize them all?

What about the photoshop full version?

Adobe Premier?

I believe most 64-bit Linux distros will take advantage of 6-cores, but it would be nice to see confirmation on that. Practical examples of taking full advantage on a regular basis would be awesome and might spawn more people to make a purchase. Such as someone running a MySQL DB at home to manage a large database, 64-bit OS, 12GB memory, solid state disk, (assuming well designed DB), etc... and at 4-cores getting a response time of X and at 6-cores getting 1.2X response time

The more ways people can see advantages, the better we feel about our purchases. If we spend $999 on something just to know we get a speedier response on 1 thing now, and hoping for many others in the future, is one thing... but to know we can finally do 5 other things without waiting very long now can make it all more satisfying.

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Caboose

 I've come across one or two games that are multi-threaded. . But I think they only used 2 cores... I don't remember the titles though, sorry.

 

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mls067

If I'm not mistaken, even WoW can now take advantage of more than 2 cores since patch 3.2. Although no noticeable improvements have been seen between a duo core and a quad core (same clock speeds mind you) running the same hardware 

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gendoikari1

With a fanmade core optimizer (found at http://forums.gaspowered.com/viewtopic.php?t=15556&highlight=), Supreme Commander/Supreme Commander Forged Alliance can use up to 12 threads, perfect for Gulftown. 

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jerryh273

pretty pricey...

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gothliciouz

too expensive for too little performance gain!... i'll definetely pass on this one.

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eleck

so i cant put 2 sockets in unless its a Xeon Vrs T_T /sigh i wish that thay would leave both QPIs in.

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KaneGT

I got my e8400 to post at 4.5Ghz on air

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Keith E. Whisman

That is one helluva a proc. I used to have one.

What I don't like about over clocking is things are just not as perfectly stable as they are when everything is clocked at stock. I enjoy overclocking but I don't run 24/7 overclocked anymore. I think that is what alot of overclockers will agree with as well. Even a few hundred mhz.

Problem is that your pushing the FSB and everything that is on it out of spec. If you get lucky, you'll have a mother board that has a lot of OC'ing headroom where it's needed but more than likely you won't.

I only ever saw blue screens BSOD's when overclocked. Honest. Adding voltage would help it but for what a few extra frames in Quake 3, for Crysis to play a little less slowely? 

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K0BALT

 If its not P95 stable, it's not worth mentioning.

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Keith E. Whisman

There should have been a Nerd Porn Warning at the beginning of this article because my wife just walked in on me while I was reading this. God how embarrassing.

Will someone give me two of these please? 

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Caboose

 Do you want a towel too?

 

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RtDK

C'mon AMD--fast-track an octo-core processor. The tech exists already. Don't worry about the profit, just worry about garnering the attention of the computing community! Put Intel on the race to catch up for once!

Wonder what architecture motherboard the X6'll run on....

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I can't wait to see what this CPU will do for the MaximumPC Folding@Home Team! 

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jcollins

I *am* curious as to how well it folds vs power use.  Looks like it sucks down a ton of power though.

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Bilbert

two i7-980X CPUs on an EVGA W555 Motherboard equals Dream Machine 2010 or 2011

 

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Spartacus

That's what I was thinking. That and either two WC'ed and OC'ed 5970s, or if Fermi turns out better, three GTX 480s.

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K0BALT

 If I had the money i'd be down for this. However, i'm curious on the differences I would see compared to my 4.4GHz i7 920. Prob not worth the upgrade, but it'll be fun to have one day.

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LatiosXT

Do you want to spend five times the amount of money for what amounts to say 20% performance at most? Sure there are spikes of 50% more to almost 75% more (in one test that doesn't really prove much). But to each their own I guess.

Still going for a Core i7-860 when I get around to it.

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gendoikari1

I don't think this would do anything big for Intel until the 970 releases at the end of the year (supposedly). Yes, Gulftown is mindblowingly powerful, but still, its $1000. Not many people have $1000 to shell out for a CPU. By the time the 970 releases, Thuban would be out. If they take long enough, Bulldozer. A showdown between Gulftown and Bulldozer would be something I'd like to see. 

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AsusGamer55

stick with your celeron boys who can afford this?

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