When does Intel expect to release true 8-core CPU ? I was going to purchase a hex core but at socket 1366 it's an older socket, not worth it. Most of Socket 1156 are only Quad Core with HT, I know that some say that HT adds theoretical an additional 4 cores, but in my opinion it's not real it's virtual
. No matter what the bench marks show me compared older Quad Cores I still don't buy the whole HT marketing, I never bought it with Pentium CPU and I still don't.
I could buy 2 x Quad Xeons, why pay $1300 per CPU then an additional $500 for the motherboard, I think the reason why Intel is holding off is because Tablet PC are becoming more popular and desktops because their not versatile have taken a seat at the back of the bus or maybe in the ditch on the road, I still don't really find the Quads in Laptops worth it when on average some are 1.6 ghz, do the math and if
you use any software that will use all four cores, you only have 6.4 ghz with on average 1.5 megs of cache per core. I can install a higher end dual core in my laptop which runs at 2.4 ghz with 2-3 megs pre core the difference is 2ghz but more cache per chip so without going into the math, it may balance out the same. I currently have a dual core 2.0 ghz which does perfectly well, might I add
Intel is more focused on selling mobile chips and atom and now ARM processors because the turn around rate is higher which is more profit even if the chips price is low, selling more equals the same amount of money made or more
compared to selling fewer high end chips. Windows8 only puts more priority on tablet PC and mobility including mobile phones as it will be the first WindowsOS to be cross-platform.