Intel announces its second six-core processor- Core i7-970

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 17:58 by Tech Correspondent

Intel has introduced its second six-core (hexacore) desktop processor, the Core i7-970.

The chip is targeted at gaming enthusiasts. The Intel Core i7-970 runs at 3.2 GHz and has 12 MB of L3 cache. It is designed on Intel’s latest 32-nanometer manufacturing process. The first six core processor Core i7-980X Extreme Edition was launched in March 210.

The new Intel Core i7-970 processor comes in two editions. The first is the standard Core i7 processor for high-end desktops and the second one is the Core i7 Extreme Edition chips for hardcore gamers who require high performance.

Intel has slashed the prices of its previous processors. The cost for the Intel Core i7-870 processor has been cut down from $582 to $294. Intel says that the price was cut to put the offering in line with the company’s other Core i7 offerings. Similarly, the price of the Xeon X3470 also saw a reduction of 44 percent from $589 to $328.

Intel has started the shipment of the new quad-core Core i5-760 desktop processor, which will run at 2.8 GHz and is made using 45 nanometer manufacturing process. It will have 4MB of L3 cache. The company also eliminated more than a dozen Xeon processor models for servers and workstations.

The new six-core Intel i7- 970 is priced at $885 and should make those hardcare gamers who have the money to pay up very happy indeed.

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