by Agam Shah
Intel has demonstrated its first six-core processor for desktops, the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, which will go into workstations and enthusiast PCs targeted at gamers.
The company said that the new chip will be faster and more power-efficient compared to its past gaming processors. Based on a new architecture, the processor includes more cores and will be capable of running 12 threads simultaneously for faster processing, the company said. Intel previously sold primarily quad-core chips for gaming PCs.
An Intel spokesman said the chip will run at 3.33GHz, but declined to comment on when the chip will reach systems. The processor, code-named Gulftown, is on display at the Game Developers Conference being held in San Francisco.