Tying in nicely with our report the other day on AMD’s leaked 2010/2011 chip roadmap, we have rumors (but utterly believable ones) coming in from DigiTimes that put concrete dates on the release of six-core desktop CPUs by each of the big chipmakers.
AMD actually launched a six-core Opteron CPU targeted at the server market in the fall of last year. Intel has yet to respond in kind, which makes the news of their own imminent six-core release all the more interesting. Reportedly, Intel will launch their new chips in March, starting with the Core i7-980X coming in at more than $1000. AMD, who has been playing the value game with Intel lately will almost assuredly sell their own six-core Phenom II X6 1035T, 1055T and 1075T for substantially less—granted, no one can make performance comparisons between them just yet.
The number two CPU company will launch its new 800-series chipsets a month or so before the launch of the new Phenom II X6 CPUs.