Originally Posted by farlex85
It'll depend on application as always. If the app can utilize all 6 cores then yeah you'd think so, if it also utilized HT well then they may be pretty close. I believe Westmere (I7) is supposed to have a 32nm 6-core iteration near the end of this year though, so this likely won't catch AMD up much. A bit though, if they keep pushing at this rate they may get back into it (race for the fastest that is), they already know Intel's timeline for the next 3 years.
Intel has the hexa-core Dunnington (based on Penryn) out which will definitely be faster than AMD's hexa-core. If the quad-core Nehalem is faster than Dunnington then the quad-core Nehalem is also faster than AMD's hexa-core. Unfortunately, I can't find any benchmarks for a Dunnington processor--probably because they are really expensive
Originally Posted by TheLaughingMan
Actually AMD already has a 6 core processor. It is a server processor and is not for desktops. I am sure they will release a 6 core desktop processor by the end of this year.
Yes Intel will be the first to 32 nm, but AMD release a statement back in Feb. I believe that stated they were currently targeting being the first to 28 nm. Granted, 4 nm doesn't seem like much, but we are talking about at least 4 to 8 cores based on this architecture. This provides 16 to 32 nm more space for additional core, more cache space, smaller chip size, less heat.
I just hope they can reach their goal and be the first to 28 nm. That would be the turning point if all goes well.
AMD doesn't own the fabs anymore. They split the fabs off and created the "Global Foundry Company" or something like that. AMD's fabs have never transistioned to a smaller processs before Intel.