Intel added the Core i7-970 processor to its lineup, this is the first six-core processor that doesn't belong to the "Extreme Edition" family. The chip is priced at $885 in 1,000 unit quantities, it features a 3.2GHz clockspeed, 3.43GHz Turbo, 12MB L3 cache, 12 threads and a 130W TDP.
Intel Core i7-970 operates at 3.20GHz and contains six cores with Hyper-Threading technology, which allows it to process up to 12 threads of code at once. The CPU has 12MB of L3 cache and features 6.40GT/s Quick-Path Interconnect. The product is compatible with LGA1366 motherboards and has 130W thermal design power. The CPU is made using 32nm manufacturing process and has code-named "Gulftown" core.
Intel's first "non Extreme" processor costs $885 in 1000-unit quantities, which is much higher even compared to advanced quad-core microprocessors and is not so much cheaper compared to the company's flagship product.