First review of Core i9 Gulftown 6 core CPU posted
Intel plans to bring the 6-core CPU codenamed Gulftown based on 32-nm Westmere architecture to the desktop platform soon. Chinese website HKEPC has posted the first review of the upcoming CPU. They have compared the CPU to its 4 core 8 thread Bloomfield brother. The best news out of this review comes from the temperature and power consumption section. The use of 32-nm process has allowed this 6-core CPU to have lesser power consumption and temperature than the currently available 4 core Bloomfield CPU based on 45-nm process. Gulftown registers 127.8/159.9 W on Idle/Load Power meter while Bloomfield scores 131.4/163.4W on the same Idle/Load state. Gulftown has idle/load temperatures of 38.4/52.2 C while Bloomfield has 39.2/55.4 C.
Bloomfield gets a PCMark Vantage score of 5241 while Gulftown gets 5297. This is the limitation of the PCMark Vantage as it is only made to scale for 4 cores 8 threads.