Intel's 32nm Gulftown architecture has produced its latest gem: the 3.2GHz hexacore i7-970 processor that'll set you back $US900. 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.
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Six cores. That's how many are in Intel's ridiculous new Core i7-980x. MaximumPC takes us deep inside the world's fastest CPU, with full, mind-searing benchmarks.
In short, the next Mac Pro might be using Intel's six-core Gulftown (Core i9) processor, possibly in a 12-core configuration, but'll have a custom motherboard that'll support 8GB and 16GB RAM modules (for up to 128GB), along with 10Gbps Ethernet.