Intel's current generation
processors already represents some of the fastest silicon you can buy, and yet the company's forthcoming Nehalem-Ex
-based Xeons are being touted as the single greatest generational jump in its history. To achieve that, Intel has strapped eight
cores into each CPU, with a pair of threads per core and 24MB of shared cache, along with integrated quad-channel memory controllers, Turbo Boost
, and the pretty awesome ability to scale up to eight sockets -- meaning you could have 64 processing cores in the same rig. Don't even ask whether these chips can run Crysis 2
, they'll probably be showing up in the machines that are making
the game... and maybe yours, provided you have the cash to splash later this month.