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the first POWER7 machines are out

I've always been a big fan of the PowerPC architecture, and I was really bummed out when Apple decided to go with Intel. But new POWER7 is a MONSTER! It's got 4 , 6, or 8 cores, and each core can handle 4 thread simultaneously ... Mmmmm 32 simultaneous threads per processor. Only 1.2 Billion transistors in the 8 core chip, too. Beats the pants of Intel's Tukwilla. 

Now, if I only had roughly $34,000 so I could get a machine form IBM just to play with. 

Here's some more info:

http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2009/09/ibms-8-core-power7-twice-the-muscle-half-the-transistors.ars

and

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/

 

 

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