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AMD and Intel to release six core processors

AMD and Intel to release six core processors

Reports are coming in from motherboard sources that both AMD and Intel are preparing to launch their much anticipated six core (hex core) processors. Intels launch of Gulftown is expected in March 2010 whilst AMD is on track to release the hexacore processors in May.

It is widely known and speculated that AMD’s hex core processor, Thuban, will be compatible with some current AM2+ and AM3 motherboards via a BIOS update.

Gulftown, Intel’s six core processor, will be compatible with the X58 series of motherboards from Intel.

Offering 50% more core processing power, in heavily multithreaded applications such as video encoding or rendering there should be an appreciable boost in power even if the initial clockspeeds are lower than the highest rated quad core processors from Intel and AMD currently.

You can also expect a new motherboard chipset from AMD to support these new processors, the 890GX and 890FX. The new chipset from AMD features the SB850 southbridge with onboard support for up to six SATA 3 6Gb/s ports and the “G” variant of the chipset will have a slightly faster graphics core but it seems that it is in fact just a souped up 4200 with just a slightly higher clock, DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0. Most of us that visit Hardware Heaven would not consider integrated graphics for game playing duties but as a HTPC the integrated chipset will still have UVD for high quality audio/video playback.

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