According to Xbit Intel is getting really excited about the 32nm HKMG process and wants to churn out as much as it can using the technology.
In the fourth quarter of the year Intel will offer replacement for its current flagship Core i7-980X processor that will offer higher performance, X-bit says, quoting a deep throat in Intel.
It seems likely that Intel will boost the clock-speed of the Gulftown design up from 3.33GHz and will call the novelty “Core i7-990X”.
Intel said in its roadmap that it would only refresh its Extreme line in Q1 2011, but apparently the company wants to update the family already in Q4 2010.
In the third quarter of this year Intel also plans to release its 3.20GHz Core i7-970 chip. During Q4 2010 Intel plans to reveal a rather mysterious chip currently marked as being faster than the model 970.
They should have the same feature-set as well as the same clock-speed and the only natural difference between Extreme and non-Extreme is the unlocked clock-speed multiplier on the former.
If Intel does release a “≥i7-970” the price of the Core i7-970 will fall to a level which is just about affordable. This means that six cores will start to become the norm.
This would be part of a cunning plan by Intel to take advantage of the demand for PCs growing again. People always want the latest thing if they are going to upgrade and with a cheaper six core around it might spur upgrades.
Intel itself is not saying a dicky bird about this. But it was ever so.