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[Techspot] Intel prepares six-core Xeon

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"Intel prepares six-core Xeon Quad-core and Octo-core might be the current next-gen craze for desktops and servers, but Intel seems wants to pitch a line of CPUs in-between as well. Intel will be adding on to their Xeon lineup with the “Dunnington†core later this year, a CPU that will have a total of six cores under the hood.

Dunnington, which was announced three years ago, is intended to be an enterprise-class chip and will feature 3MB of shared L2 cache per pair of cores, and shared 16MB L3 cache. According to the leaked slides, it'll use the 'somewhat dated' 1066MHz FSB, and is probably aimed at preventing the Opteron from regaining any ground once AMD gets back on their feet."

Source:http://www.techspot.com/news/29152-i...core-xeon.html
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What a kick in pants for AMD if this pans out. A dual Opteron setup is still 'high-end' in my book. Technology is whizzing by so fast..consumers will have a hard time keeping up.

..With all these new cpu's coming out..any mention of the availability of the new socket mobo's?
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yea i just found this, gives a little more info i believe, you beat me to the post though man

http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/...oming_in_2008/

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I has not been a secret that 2008 will ring in the end of the front side bus at Intel. The company's Nehalem follows in the footsteps of AMD's K8 architecture (Opteron/Athlon 64), which introduced the Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) and Direct Connect Bus (HyperTransport), which provides offers a complex design that, in theory, represents the most efficient CPU design available today.

However, before the FSB will disappear for good, there will be one more siginificant chip using this structure: Meet Dunnington, Intel's first native multi-core chip. If AMD's definition of "multi-core" is correct, then "multi" indicates a number greater than two (three-core AMD Phenom 8000 series, four-core Phenom 9000, etc). In that case, Intel is set to offer 50% more cores than AMD currently has.

According to a leaked presentation, Dunnington will be last CPU coming out of the Penryn generation and will surface as a single-die six-core chip. This processor is geared for high-integrated systems such as blade servers. Socket-wise, the CPU uses mPGA604 and is pin-to-pin compatible with Tigerton.

To us it looks like this processor is sheer evidence of just how scalable the original Conroe architecture (introduced in 2006) turned out to be. All three dual-core segments in Dunnington have their own L2 cache (3 x 3 MB), which leads us to believe that we are seeing here three Wolfdale (45nm dual-core) dies bolted together. The CPU also integrates 96 KB L1 cache (Data) and 16MB of L3 cache. The power consumption is considerable, but at least below 130 watts. Looks like Intel is preparing another processing monster.

Given the fact that Dunnington will use the Caneland chipset and has the complexity of a single-die design, we're not surprised that Intel engineers opted for a front side bus clocked at 1.06 GT/s (or "GHz"). So, we are talking about 266 MHz QDR (Quad Data Rate) clock, which is used on most Intel Core 2 based processors.

This processor is coming to market in blades and other stacked designs from Sun Microsystems and other Intel partners. Release date is second half of this year, or just a nice warm-up for a monster we known under codename Nehalem.



Intel also provided some information about the potential performance of Nehalem. Depending on the benchmark, Nehalem could be more than three times faster than a Woodcrest 3.0 GHz chip (Xeon 5160). Intel claims that a 2.8 GHz Nehalem CPU will outrun the Woodcrest chip by a factor of 2.8 in SPEC int_rate_base2006 and by a factor of 3.8 in SPEC*fp_rate_base2006.


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Yikes...I'm really scared to spend any $$$$.$$ on a cpu now. It would be outdated before it got into my mobo.

Any ball parks on prices for Neha's yet?
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