Intel Planning 6-Core "Dunnington" Microprocessor

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According to the chaps at the Eclipse Developer's Journal (EDJ), Intel is planning a six-core microprocessor, which will go by the Dunnington moniker.

The six-core beast will be succeeded by the even meatier, Nehalem micro-architecture, which will support greater than eight cores. The work regarding the Dunnington project is still under wraps, but our friends at EDJ insist Intel has already put together a die, the size of a postage stamp, with three dual-core 45nm Penryn chips on it sharing a 16MB L3 cache. Allegedly, we'll see the Dunnington in either Q2 or Q3, this year—we'll be sure to keep you posted on any developments. [EDJ via The Inquirer]

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@jbhitter24:

Exactly. What the hell are these for? No game I know of fully utilizes uses more than dual core, and only the most advanced video and graphics programs utilize more than four. Isn't that why they made the new mobo.? So we can use two quad core processors, right?

Argh. The processor market used to be so simple, now it's approaching the level of confusion and bastardization that we had with graphics cards a few years ago (before nVidia and ATI realized how confusing their lineups were). But whatever. So long as they're actually improving the power of the individual cores, rather than just dumping more on, then I'm not to concerned about it.