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Core i7 980X EE listed at ?931
Half a dozen cores coming this month
Intel's Core i7 980X Extreme Edition has been listed by several European retailers, starting at €931.
The six-core behemoth, codenamed Gulftown, based on the 32nm Westmere architecture and it is clocked at 3.33GHz. Thanks to Turbo overclocking 980X can run at 3.6GHz and it supports Hyperthreading.
There are a few downsides. The price isn't all that great, but in this market segment that's not a very big deal. The triple channel memory controller officially supports 1066MHz memory, although we're confident it will be able to cope with somewhat higher clocks. With a 140W TDP is seems there is not much room for overclocking, but with six cores ar 3.33GHz, there really isn't much need for overclocking, either.
According to Intel's plans, the 980X should start shipping by the end of March, probably sooner rather than later, so start looking for your piggy banks.
You can find the listings and the full spec here.