Intel Demos Eight-Core PC Motherboard

Intel is showing private demos of an eight-core PC system at CES 2007 that's been dubbed "V8." (PCMag.com)

LAS VEGAS—Intel is showing private demos of an eight-core PC system at CES 2007 thats been dubbed "V8." Consisting of two Xeon quad-core processors built onto an Intel workstation motherboard, the system offers eight cores inside a large, WATX chassis.

Components for the configuration are orderable today from resellers like Newegg, while fully configured systems can be bought online from GamePC.com, Intel said. Intel engineers also posted a sign indicating a 3DMark 2006 CPU score of 6,058. The system uses a 1,330-MHz front-side bus.

Although GamePC.com wasnt specifically advertising V8 systems on its Web site at press time, the companys GPW-771E workstations range from $4,083 to $9,493.

AMD, of course, was first to offer a "quad-core" system, the 4x4 or QuadFX, made up of two dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 chips mounted on a motherboard, one dual-core chip per socket. However, tests of the new systems proved that the platform was power-hungry.

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