Nehalem-EX packs 2.3 billion transistors and its eight cores are capable of executing 16 threads simultaneously. Intel’s octo-core processor has integrated power gates to keep guzzlage down, making it a powerful weapon in Chipzilla’s battle with RISC architecture.
The Nehalem-EX is expected to become Intel’s top-line Xeon processor outstripping the six-core Penryn “Dunnington” processor as Intel’s highest-performance chip for multi-processor servers.
The chip will begin shipping in systems by late 2009, early 2010. So gamer-rig enthusiast just calm your overclocking fingers until Intel rolls out this octo-cored wonder.