What If I Want Six Cores in CPU?

Intel Core i7 - image courtesy of IntelSo what if I want six cores CPU for my computer, what options do I have, given that my budget is limited? Let’s begin with Intel products. Here we have Intel® Core™ i7-970 Processor with the following characteristics:

Codename: Gulftown
Number of cores: 6
Clock Speed: 3.2 GHz
Smart cache: 12 MB
Lithography: 32 nm
Max Memory Size (for DDR3-800/1066): 24 GB
Power Max TDP: 130 W
Socket: FCLGA1366
Price: 880 USD at, which is very expensive for me, yet I’m impressed, of course, with 32 nm technology.

Anything cheaper from Intel with six powerful cores? No. The only other option is Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, but that is 120$ more.

So what is on the other side, at AMD camp?

AMD Phenom II X6AMD is offering four models of its AMD Phenom™ II X6 Processor—from 1045T (2.7 GHz) to 1090T Black Edition Thuban (3.2 GHz). Let’s take the most powerful one:

Codename: Thuban
Number of cores: 6
Clock Speed: 3.2 GHz
L3 cache: 6 MB
Lithography: 45 nm
Memory support: up to DDR3-1333 MHz
Power: 125 W
Socket: AM3
Price: 230 USD at

I like the price very much, and mind you that you can also buy AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (2.8 GHz) only for 180 USD! That’s less than a quarter of the “cheapest” Intel Core i7-970! Yet I have to say AMD product webpage really sucks, as, for instance, they compare AMD six cores CPU with Intel’s four cores CPU. What is the point? I know it is not the coincidence that Intel wants much more money for top similar products, but show me true comparison please!

Now let’s find where we can plug it in. And what all these cores exactly mean.

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