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Intel's 32nm Core i9 pictured? Gulftown in the flesh

by Parm Mann on 3 August 2009, 12:30

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Still unsatisfied by the raw power offered by Intel's Nehalem architecture? Not to worry, you're likely to be impressed by the 32nm die shrink - dubbed Westmere - that'll appear as Gulftown in the ultra high-end space.

Gulftown, a part that's currently rumoured to be on course for Q1 2010, is yet to be productised, but we wouldn't be surprised to see it reach retail as Core i9. The chip aims to offer more of that Nehalem goodness, and you'd be looking at a 50 per cent increase in terms of cores and cache - making it a six-core derivative of Bloomfield that's armed with hyper threading and 12MB of L3.

Sounds a bit good, and JCornell from the XtremeSystems forums has what's believed to be the first product shot:

As if the part isn't impressive enough as is, it's being shown off in a dual-socket board that could be an existing Xeon-based socket LGA1366 solution, or it could be the makings of a next-gen Skulltrail platform.

Either way, put two Gulftown (potentially Core i9) parts on a single board, and you're presented with a whopping 24 cores. That's six physical and six virtual, per CPU.

The screenshot shows an engineering sample clocked at 2.4GHz, but we'd expect the final product to ship at higher speeds. As was the case with early Core i7 samples.

As for performance, JCornell ran wPrime's multi-threaded 1024M calculation in just under 146 seconds. We've found that a 3.2GHz Intel Core i7 965 takes roughly 235 seconds. You'd expect a dual-CPU config to be quicker, of course, but even at the low engineering-sample speed of 2.4GHz, that's no slouch.



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My ESX box would love that setup :P
Yay! I'm glad I got a i7… just think, in a few years I could upgrade to one of these, assuming all I require is a simple BIOS update to my UD5. :)
Can't wait to upgrade now, DX11 will help games use 12 threads too in the future :D
Looks like Task Manager needs a redesign! 12 threads and 6 cores… that's absolutely insane! Makes my quad core look quite mild.
Timmy!!!;1746610
Looks like Task Manager needs a redesign! 12 threads and 6 cores… that's absolutely insane! Makes my quad core look quite mild.

LOL indeed. :O_o1:
Looks like i will be plummeting the extra cash for LGA1366 rather than 1156 or whatever the i5 is gunna be :)