German hardware store Alternate last night published a listing for Intel’s upcoming flagship CPU: the Core i7-980. Replete with six physical cores and HyperThreading enabled, the 32nm-CPU runs twelve threads at a time. Add to that a 3.3GHz base clock with Turbo Boost pushing things up to 3.6GHz and 12MB of L3 cache make it easy to see why the Core i7-980 earns an Extreme Edition title.
Granted, all of the CPU speed comes at a downside, and this one is probably going to be cost. Alternate prices the CPU at a staggering €1099. For those playing along at home, that means a roughly $1700 cost with current exchange rates and who knows how high the official cost may go. One site managed to get their hands on a sample of the chip as early as late last year and found it to be pretty potent, reporting that their engineering sample was a full fifty percent faster than a comparable four-core Xeon, but also drew less power both at idle and load. Officially, mum’s been the word from AMD on any potential competitor to this super chip, but given that they have their own six-core server chip that’s been on the maket for several months now, it’s definitely a logical next step.