Intel to Release Only Limited Amount of Hexa Core Xeon

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 11/02/2010 06:00:00 CET - Category: Mac Intel - Source: XBitsLabs

The closer we get to the release date of the Intel Nehalem Hexa Core Xeon, the more we get information and details. This is really new series of Xeon CPU and is not intended to replace the current Quad Core Xeon. It should rather be considered as the "Extreme" or "Premium" model. Intel does not plan to drop the Quad Core Xeon CPUs and will offer both Quad and HExa Core Xeon units on its catalog, similarly to the Dual and Quad Core units in 2007-2008. 
Those new Hexa Core Xeon will only be available in limited amount. As we reported it earlier, the Core i7-980X will be the first model available in March. Clocked at 3.33 GHz, with 12 MB of cache and a TurboBoost mode to 3.6 GHz, it will support 12 threads. Its price: 999 USD.
For Q3 2010, its small brother the Core i7-970 will arrive, clocked at 3.2 GHz with a lower price tag. One will then have to wait for early 2011 for seeing the third models of this series of CPU to be unveiled. It should replace the i7-980X, with the same clock-speed but a lower price tag, potentially associated with a new higher-end model.
In such conditions, Apple will have to accommodate with Quad and Hexa Core Nehalem Xeon CPU models in order to offer clear and equilibrated Mac Pro models. If the new high-end Mac Pro model should be powered by two Hexa Core Xeon without changing much the current price. Other models should see their price modified and reduced, but it remains inclear how far Apple would cut price...

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