Previously planned for a Q2 release, Intel's Gulftown, aka the Core i7 980X has been pulled into Q1 and is now set to debut in March 2010 (maybe at CeBIT 2010), before AMD's Thuban. The Core i7 980X is manufactured on 32nm technology, comes in an LGA 1366 package, has six cores and twelve threads, 12MB of L3 cache, a 130W TDP, 6.4 GT/s QPI, and will cost about $999.
The upcoming hexa-core will work on current X58 motherboards granted there will be a BIOS update provided. Asus for example already has eight Gulftown-ready boards.
This will be any Gamers best late Xmas present. I'm gona wait for it... That along with whatever new boards besides those by Asus for this one also. Gona be interesting?~!