Intel Ships 3.2GHz Hexacore i7-970 Desktop CPU

Intel's 32nm Gulftown architecture has produced its latest gem: the 3.2GHz hexacore i7-970 processor that'll set you back $900. In addition to being super speedy—especially with TurboBoost, which lets you rev up to 3.46GHz—you get 12MB of on-chip cache and a triple-channel DDR3 memory controller. Fun times, and something I wouldn't be at all surprised to see end up in the Mac Pro someday. [NewEgg Electronista]

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Their margins on this must be huge. AMD sells their hexacore phenom for about a third this price, and their die is 45nm and with more transistors, which means bigger/more expensive to produce.