AMD's 6-core 'Thuban' processors hit the streets today, promising a new Turbo Core feature that gives more speed when running light workloads and best of all, an affordable price of admission to the 6-core club. We check out how it handles.
Quad-cores are passe nowadays; the next frontier is six and even eight cores. First to start the ball rolling is Intel's newest Core i7, the 980X Extreme Edition, which comes with six cores in a LGA1366 package based on the 32nm Westmere architecture. Check out whether you really need that many cores.