Intel's 6-Core Nehalem and Xeon Dunnington Processors Leaked

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This is fascinating if you're planning on getting a new computer soon or if you're a gigantic spec nerd, but Sun just spilled the beans on Intel's upcoming processor lineup in the form of a leaked roadmap. In it, you can see that there's two six-core processors, one Xeon Dunnington and one Nehalem.

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The Dunnington is for the server line, as a successor for the Xeon Tigerton, and will be "Intel's first Core 2 Duo processor with three dual-core banks." The Nehalem should be of more interest to most of our readers, as it's the Intel Penryn successor (consumer line), and will have on-die memory controllers for "the first time in 18 years," along with tri-channel DDR3 memory. This means it'll be quite a bit faster than what you're currently running in terms of memory bandwidth. [Daily Tech]

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@banmojo: i just built a machine for my gf with a q6600 in it and i am quite pleased with its performance and how much faster it encodes / rips dvds compared to my current computer (p4 3.0g bleh). gaming wise the q6600 will not disappoint you, however the e8400 has an edge because you can overclock it a bit higher and most games cant even take advantage of multiple cores. im planning on putting a 45nm quad in my next gaming rig but if its going to be long until they are out i have will just use a q6600 (i do a lot of video encoding, otherwise i would use the e8400)

also a bit of advice on ram. newegg has some great deals on 2x2gig sticks of G.Skill pc2 6400 and 8000