Intel Gulftown To Launch In Mac Pro

"A deal will see Apple exclusively selling hexa-core CPUs for a few months?"

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Gulftown - Apple exclusive?
A recent rumour on French website suggests that the Apple could be the first and exclusive OEM to make the hexa-core chip available, as part of it's refreshed Mac Pro line. They say Apple will launch the new Mac Pro early in 2010, with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection and support for 8GB and 16GB memory modules meaning users could purchase a system with an insane 128GB of RAM installed,.
It is also rumoured that, judging by Apple's record, there will be some form of dual socket board model available, meaning a potential 12 core'd, 24 threaded system could be available to purchase, for a tasty upgrade from an i7 based  system. The Gulftown, or Core i9 processors are based on socket 1366 and feature 6 physical and 6 virtual cores, 12MB of L3 cache and are built on a 32nm process to keep in line with the 130w TDP of existing Nehalem processors, meaning they should slot right in to your existing X58 motherboard.
So, is this true? Are Intel favouring Apple over the consumer, giving them months of exclusitivity, or will it take Apple that long to work out how to implement that many cores?
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11-10-2009, 23:27:13

just built first rig

Need to add a cpu Cooler and fan as I read that the stock is less than adequate
with the Corsair fans on the ram, ther is not alot of room for the cpu cooler and a fan, Thanks for any suggestions

In a number of months depending how finances go ill be changing to water but want to go slow and cautios with my first build, thanks again

as soon as I get my sleeving material ill post some pics in the rig section, its a red, Black and chrome theme

Thanks for the help

Haf 932
rampage II extreme
i7 950 3.06
3 x 2 g ram 2000Mhz Corsair
bfg gtx 295
corsair hx1000

Im sure Ill be asking a few nub questions but hopefully not too many

12-10-2009, 00:23:36

nice nice,should of gone with the i7 920 as there aint realy no point in getting a higher model as they can hit 4Ghz quite easy (d0) for a cooler i would say ither the TRUE or the darknight or even the v8,nice GPU and PSU aswell :)

12-10-2009, 01:46:40

I Hunta x
the stated above are good choices tho personaly the v8 is a bit... chunky for my liking.

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