At the intel developer forum 2009, Intel demonstrated the future of processors – Gulftown – 32nm Extreme Edition. It features six cores, but with Hyper Threading this will most likely be doubled, depending on your OS, of course. It works on the X58 chipset, at 2.4 GHz and includes a 12 MB L3 cache. It uses a LGA 1366 socket and connects to three channels DDR3, clocked at 1333Mhz at most.
The chip itself wasn’t demonstrated, but we saw a Windows Task Manager screenshot while the CPU is rendering 3D. The processor was promised to be released at Q1 2010. The price hasn’t been announced, but don’t expect to go any cheaper than at least 800$. I can’t imagine the price of the top model right now.
PS: The performance screenshot is that of a prototype, not the final version
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