Intel plans the launch of its hexacore-CPU in March 2010, a Chinese website said. The Core i7 980X is clocked at 3.33 GHz. Intel initially planned the introduction of the CPU-hexacore in the second quarter of 2010, but would have decided to release in the first quarter instead, a Chinese website claims. The CPU will be called Core i7 980X and is produced on Intel's new 32nm process. Partly because of the new process the CPU has a TDP of "only" 130W, the 980X would get a clock speed of 3.33GHz, has 12MB L3 cache and as all-Extreme Core i7 CPU's a QPI of 6.4 GT / s. The CPU integrates into existing X58 motherboards without any problems, but the motherboard BIOS must be updated.
The reason for the advance of the release is not known, but it is possible that Intel wants to increase pressure on AMD, which would like to introduce a CPU hexacore in 2010. It is thought that Intel will introduce the CPU in early March, during the Cebit. The Core i7 980X would have to cost $ 999, which at least would reduce the price of the Core i7 975, which currently costs $ 999.