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Rumour: Intel Westmere-EX to feature 10 cores

Rumour: Intel Westmere-EX to feature 10 cores

The next-generation Westmere-EX server chips could have as many as ten physical processing cores.

Intel's next-generation Westmere-EX processors may come equipped with ten physical cores if a paper due to be presented later this year proves accurate.

According to iTWorld Intel's paper, due to be presented at the Hot Chips conference in August, is entitled "Westmere-EX: A 20 Thread Server CPU," and while the contents of the paper are as-yet unknown, Intel's Hyper-Threading technology usually results in twice the number of logical cores as physical cores - meaning Westmere-EX looks set to feature ten cores.

Although neither confirmed nor denied by Intel, it seems likely that the company will be planning to increase the number of cores available in its server processors in order to compete with rival AMD - and with AMD already releasing a product featuring twelve physical cores and support for up to four such processors in a single, 48-core server, Intel clearly has some catching up to do when it comes to core count per socket.

Are you looking forward to seeing what Intel has up its sleeve with the Westmere-EX range, or is it of no interest to you until it trickles down from the server end of the market to the consumer? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 21st June 2010, 11:29 Quote
Soon it will be OVER 9000!!!!!!
Rilott 21st June 2010, 12:06 Quote
Haha! yes proxess!

OVER 9000!!!!!!
lmao.

Just how many cores can they fit in?
_Metal_Guitar_ 21st June 2010, 12:14 Quote
@Rilott...more than I thought they would 5 years ago.
nicae 21st June 2010, 12:57 Quote
MOAR COARS!!11
Jack_Pepsi 21st June 2010, 14:02 Quote
I'm not buying into this crap until game developers actually make games that are truly multi-threaded. I can only think of a handful of games that are supposes to use more, but only use 2 and half threads. I'll be fine with my C2Q for a few more years yet.
Lizard 21st June 2010, 16:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
I'm not buying into this crap until game developers actually make games that are truly multi-threaded. I can only think of a handful of games that are supposes to use more, but only use 2 and half threads. I'll be fine with my C2Q for a few more years yet.

Umm - did you read the news story? These are server CPUs, not desktop CPUs for gaming on.
Jack_Pepsi 21st June 2010, 16:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
Umm - did you read the news story? These are server CPUs, not desktop CPUs for gaming on.

>.<

D'OH! Just skim read it, but my stance still stands for desktop CPUs. Definitely a good thing for servers that can utilise the extra cores, especially if it's just a drop in replacement.
Showerhead 21st June 2010, 16:30 Quote
THis seems to be turning into another Ghz war like we had a few years ago.
Nexxo 21st June 2010, 16:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
Soon it will be OVER 9000!!!!!!

Not enough! I demand... ONE MILLION CORES!!! [pinky at mouth, Dr. Evil-style] :p
HourBeforeDawn 21st June 2010, 17:29 Quote
Well once we get pasted what I think it was 32 cores, the tech industry will switch from Multi-Core to many-core tech where you have 100+ cores that handle individual threads and operate at like 10mhz each or something like that which is far more efficient then current designs, that will be an interesting time.
Phil Rhodes 21st June 2010, 17:42 Quote
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games that are truly multi-threaded

That'll be nice. Until that time, however, I'm more than happy watching After Effects render across four or eight. Oh yes, that's good, Intel. Right there. Oooh. Yes. Mmm. Good. Harder!
ssj12 21st June 2010, 17:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Showerhead
THis seems to be turning into another Ghz war like we had a few years ago.

your going to argue with that? the more the battle between Intel and AMD the cheap and better performance we get out of both companies. We might see a six core Core-i7 for under $600 one of these days!!!
Bindibadgi 21st June 2010, 18:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jack_Pepsi
I'm not buying into this crap until game developers actually make games that are truly multi-threaded. I can only think of a handful of games that are supposes to use more, but only use 2 and half threads. I'll be fine with my C2Q for a few more years yet.

I'm testing this theory this week.
Jack_Pepsi 21st June 2010, 18:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I'm testing this theory this week.



I've been 'working' on ArmA II recently due to all the recent beta patches that have been released. Can't say I've noticed a huge amount of difference in load to be honest.

Valve seem to be the only ones making proper head-way, I'll be interested to see your results.
kosch 21st June 2010, 18:45 Quote
The more cores the better this means I get better value out of our VMWare ESX licence and more bang for buck when buying a cabinet with 32 blades in each have two physical CPU's, although I imagine it would still be quite costly but not as costly as buying another cabinet with all the other assosiated costs!
frontline 21st June 2010, 19:23 Quote
Orange Box engine games seemed to like multi-core CPU's, at least Day of Defeat Source did..
ZERO <ibis> 21st June 2010, 20:05 Quote
Well if it is supported by existing xeon boards then I am loving this idea!
LightningPete 21st June 2010, 21:31 Quote
The difference with Intel over AMD: at least when they release silly number of cores on one chip it actually performs to that scale: The 6 core Intel chips still beat most of the 6 or above AMD chips to date. This one sounds epic already. Intel bandwagon, fanboy or stalker, it doesnt matter, Intel own the CPU business, and you should be kissing their feet for the kind of awesome chips they release since CORE2.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 21st June 2010, 23:10 Quote
6 10 12 cores HA none of this is impressive anymore as Intel or Amd needs a chip with an actual animal or human brain on it wired to a 1 million pin socket now that would be impressive.

$3 million dollars worth of PC hardware running the same $40 dollar games with $5 dollar graphics.
Madness_3d 22nd June 2010, 00:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
Soon it will be OVER 9000!!!!!!

Three 5970's Gives you 9600 "cores" ...

Enough? :D
rickysio 22nd June 2010, 06:36 Quote
Well, knowing Intel there's probably an ES of that chip floating around already.
vancepants 22nd June 2010, 20:20 Quote
interview discussing 128 cores: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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