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We have had chips increasing in MHZ for the last two years but the cores have stayed the same 4-6 with hyper-threading taking it to 8-12. When do you guys expect to see the number of cores increase or where are we going?
    
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Well stuff is designed with markets in mind. Intel sells 10 core Xeons with HT for 20 threads, and it's possible to run 8 of them yielding a massive 160 threads. In the general consumer segment, there is really no need for that many cores. I think 6 cores with Hyperthreading is fine, and I'm sure in the coming years it will increase slightly more (maybe 8 - 12 cores not including HT for desktops). Intel is going to continue improving CPU architecture. Using smaller nanometers, reducing power consumption, making better integrated graphics on the CPU itself, and slowly adding more cores to each generation. Ivy Bridge is already going to be sweet, I mean we're talking mobile quad core with 35W TDP, and improved graphics over Sandy Bridge. Going to be awesome.
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Yeah Ivy is definitely what to look forward to as opposed to just looking towards MOAR CORES... That said however IB-E may well include a 8 core in its linup thanks to its drastically reduced power consumption. (one of the reasons intel claims as why it will not release an 8 core SB-E)
    
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Yeah Ivy is definitely what to look forward to as opposed to just looking towards MOAR CORES... That said however IB-E may well include a 8 core in its linup thanks to its drastically reduced power consumption. (one of the reasons intel claims as why it will not release an 8 core SB-E)
personally i don't think more cores matter as much as long as they keep up the per core performance
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But has per core performance gone up that much. I mean an i7 930 is very close to the speed of a 2600k?
    
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But has per core performance gone up that much. I mean an i7 930 is very close to the speed of a 2600k?
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=99

It's faster, lower power consumption, way better OC (on Nehalem you can get around 4.2ghz on air, on 2600k you can get 4.6ghz+ on air easily), and the power saving features like speedstep and C1e work perfectly even when overclocked. I think it's a good jump in improvement. At least Intel isn't lowering IPC and raising power consumption
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Quality over quantity. I think intel will continue to improve 2-6 core processing (with or without HT) for at least the next year or two. Dopamin3 hit the nail on the head. There simply aren't many consumer applications requiring more cores than that. When the OS and program requirements start calling for more resources, they will focus on upping the cores (probably once it becomes appearent in application).

The consumer market didn't have dual core processors (native) until mid 2005. Consumer quadcores didn't come around until late 2007. Six core wasn't introduced to consumers until mid 2009. So lets take a look at the big picture. The majority of consumers didnt have dual cores until they released quadcores. Right now, quad-cores are slipping into mainstream (but even most of those aren't native). Six/Eight cores are hitting the market, but they are either out of the average consumers price range, or not much better than the 4 cores (with HT). I'm not talking about OCing either. Most people don't OC thier processors. Intel will start making higher native core processors when the market will actually buy them. I wouldn't look for that happeneing until more people are peddling native quad-cores. With the exception of special applications, MOST consumers simply don't need more cores because programs don't call for it. Programs don't call for it because MOST people don't have it.

If AMD continues to push improvement on the 8-core processors, then intel will eventually have to answer the call. Just keep in mind that they aren't building CPUs to allow hardcore PC enthusiasts to compete in benchmarking. They are building CPUs for the average consumer. Hardcore PC enthusiasts will have to shell out big bucks to satisfy thier hunger, and that will never change.
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Everything on the desktop is pretty much still dominated by 4 cores so there is no reason for intel to release an 8 or 10 core on the desktop. When that time comes tho i see intel doing it.
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