Intel Demos Eight-Core PC Motherboard

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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 that's 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 wasn't specifically advertising V8 systems on its Web site at press time, the company's 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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Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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