Originally Posted by kremtok
According to the Wikipedia page
on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, we can expect to see both 6- and 8-core CPU some time in 2011. Also worth mentioning is that the long-rumored i7 990x should be available in the next few months, as well.
Unfortunately, Intel has already stated that the highest number of cores you will see with SB is a Quad Core processor.
SB is a strictly mainstream (for the masses) socket. The replacement for LGA 1366 may have a hexacore processor but with Intel releasing the 990x (not sure as to when but on their roadmaps it's still on there), there won't be a need for another one for abit.
Now it is rumored and speculated (and not confirmed or stated by Intel just speculated on the net) that IB will bring a hexacore part to Intel's mainstream line up but I just don't see that happening as it would be more profitable for Intel to wait until their next architecture change up in 2012. However, I do think Intel will kill off their Dual Core desktop CPU's with IB though.