Six cores? Who needs six cores when you can have eight? That seems to be Intel’s view on things. Its upcoming eight-core (octocore!) processor will undoubtedly make short work of the most CPU-intensive server tasks.
Each of the eight physical cores takes advantage of Intel’s HyperThreading technology, which forces an additional processing thread onto each core. Each Nehalem-EX chip will therefore process 16 threads almost simultaneously, taking advantage of up to 24MB of shared cache. Clearly Intel is expecting these new chips to performn significantly better than its current offerings, though until tests are run, we won’t know precisely how things will shake out. More importantly, however, is that these will very likely be the basis of some Extreme Edition Core iX CPU at a later date, geared for consumer desktop use. We’ll definitely take a closer look, then.