Originally Posted by Zboe
Would be nice if Intel would go ahead and make octo-core chips on the "enthusiast" platform so maybe we can get hexa-cores on the "mainstream" platform.
I would take this article with a grain of salt. I still think this article is wrong and Ivy-E will have a i7 octacore variant because:
There should be a Ivy Bridge-EP die with at least 10 native cores (allowing room for Ivy-E Octacores to be made from EP chips that need 2 core disabled), reason being that the 3 year old 10 core Westmere-EP/LGA1567/Xeon E7 parts have no successor yet.
TDP isn't a issue because dieshrink,the last Intel Extreme processor(Gulftown) to undergo die shrink-> gained 2 cores compared to previous gen Bloomfield while staying under the same 130 W TDP envelope. Intel also recently released the 150W TDP 3970X so they don't care as much about -E series processor TDP as most people think.Edited by sherlock - 3/2/13 at 4:08pm