Friday, July 31st 2009

Core i9 ''Gulftown'' Comes to Life

Intel's posterboy processor for the 32 nm Westmere architecture, the six-core Gulftown is now living, breathing silicon. The company seems to have already dispatched samples of the chip. Gulftown is based on the LGA-1366 socket. Featuring 6 cores and 12 threads with HyperThreading enabled, it holds 12 MB of L3 cache to support the additional data load over the QuickPath Interconnect.

A noted enthusiast has two Gulftown processors running in a dual-socket setup. This 12 core, 24 thread monstrosity uses 24 GB of DDR3 memory using 4 GB modules (perhaps 2 x 3 modules). The processors are running at 2.40 GHz (18 x 133 MHz). The machine was put through WPrime multi-threaded benchmark. It crunched WPrime 32M in a little over 6 seconds, and 1024M in 145.6 seconds. Going by older information, Gulftown should be implemented in a commercial product in Q1 2010, when Intel plans a host of other important product launches. When released as Core i9, the processor will target the premium enthusiast market.


Source: XtremeSystems Forums
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93 Comments on Core i9 ''Gulftown'' Comes to Life

#1
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
no pricing yet?
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#2
HalfAHertz
Wicked! Wonder if it'll misplace the 975 from the 999$ position
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#3
ShadowFold
by: freaksavior
no pricing yet?
At the least, 800$.
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#4
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
by: ShadowFold
At the least, 800$.
i'll pass fow shaw then.

Im gonna turn my desktop into a htpc.
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#5
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
im holding out for the 21x multi version. 4.5ghz with 6core/12threads will kill everything out there.
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#6
mtosev
:D great stuff. 6 cores coming soon. i love you intel.
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#7
grunt_408
Very nice looking forward to seeing a few of them around on TPU
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#8
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Crunching power:)
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#9
AltecV1
why not 8 core:confused:
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#10
erocker
by: AltecV1
why not 8 core:confused:
Because they'll make more money selling you a 6 core first.
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#11
toyo
6 cores are already upon us as issued by AMD. Do we need a new Task Manager? :)
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#12
n-ster
Will this bring w3520 and i7 920 prices down?
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#13
Sadasius
I just may upgrade to this. Hmmmm ;)
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#15
ShiBDiB
by: n-ster
Will this bring w3520 and i7 920 prices down?
thats what im hopeing for.. a nice cheap 920
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#16
Assassin48
by: Sadasius
I just may upgrade to this. Hmmmm ;)
by: A Cheese Danish
Found my next upgrade!
if i start working again i am getting this as long as its under 1K

by: ShiBDiB
thats what im hopeing for.. a nice cheap 920
remeber the 920,940 were discontinued
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#17
Sadasius
Is this still classified as a i7 or a i9? CPU-Z there is saying it is a i7.
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#18
Assassin48
by: Sadasius
Is this still classified as a i7 or a i9? CPU-Z there is saying it is a i7.
i9 but its on x58 platform

cpu-z hasnt been updated for i9
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#19
A Cheese Danish
by: Sadasius
Is this still classified as a i7 or a i9? CPU-Z there is saying it is a i7.
It should be the i9. its a 6 core proc. And according to Wikipedia (not very reliable but whatever) the price is listed
as $999. Which I'm pretty sure it will be near.
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#20
BrooksyX
Very Nice!

Would love to get my hands on one of these!
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#21
mudkip
by: Assassin48
if i start working again i am getting this as long as its under 1K



remeber the 920,940 were discontinued
not true:)
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#23
Weer
Okay, a few words.

1.) Half the new claimed it was an Oct-core, and now the release this? It is really worth it? If it wasn't for 32nm, it would likely reach low-enough clocks to be just about as powerful as a Quad core.

2.) The price is 1000$? They've never had a completely new product exist only at the highest price segment. They know that no one buys Extreme models but reach people with little tech knowledge. They are going to release only the extreme version first, then we'll see some real models.. just like they are going to release the six-core version, and only later will we see a real eight-core CPU.

3.) Again, the rumors disappoint. I planned on buying an eight-core CPU alongside GTX 380. Now it's pushed forward to 2010. It wouldn't really bother me, but personally my computer is on its hind legs and I desperately want to upgrade.

Actually, according to Intel's road map, the only other Westmere processors (32nm shrink of Nehalem, i.e. This), are going to be Dual-core. So, they're have 150-300$ Dual-core 32nm Nehalem processors, and leave the high-end "Extreme"-only six-core up there. Meaning that either these Duals will be the new i3's, or i3 is going to have a very short lifespan. They couldn't possibly have shrunk 45nm to 32nm just to make Dual-core processors, right? This is quite insane.

I want an affordable six-core Westmere, 500$ or less, in time for a Triple-SLi Dual-socket motherboard, also costing no more than 500$. Then I want GTX 380 to cost 500$ as well, and a 250$ 12GB six-dimm pack of stable RAM, and I'm happy. I'm the consumer.. I am supposed to be happy, right?
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#24
Nick89
by: freaksavior
no pricing yet?
OVER 9000$.
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#25
method526
i predict it'll be like an easy bake oven in your cpu socket. :P
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