• More Details on Intel's 6-Core "Gulftown" Leaked

    According to a leaked Intel product roadmap, the forthcoming 32nm six-core Xeon processors - widely believed to be intended to be used exclusively with a coming upgrade to the Mac Pro line - will be called the Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition. Previous reports had suggested it would carry an "Intel Core i9" nameplate.

    The French site HardMac reported on the internal Intel slides that had been leaked to the Chinese site PCOnline. As has long been anticipated, each module has six cores and twelve threads each. Thus, a dual processor Mac Pro outfitted with these processors would have twelve physical and twenty-four logical cores, which will allow Apple's touted Grand Central Dispatch multicore code-optimization technology to shine in applications like 3D rendering, video compression and other processor-intense tasks.

    The leaked Intel slides don't mention what clock speed the chips will run at, but PCOnline speculates that the i7-980X will run at a base speed of 3.3GHz, increasing to 3.6GHz in Turbo Mode when the chip's thermals allow.

    The last significant Mac Pro upgrade took place on March 3, 2009, when Apple introduced new models of their high-end desktop with Intelís ĎNehalemí Xeon processors.

    image via HardMac
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