Was waiting for a few hours for this thread to come up, so I guess I should go ahead and do it since no one has started any Gulftown is released, and reviewed by AnandTech. My personal impressions: Except for the price, excellent product. Stands toe-to-toe with the top quad-core, loses on some benchmarks due to L3 latency, wins some due to having 50% more cache. That's on benchmarks that aren't heavily threaded. As expected, wins greatly on heavily threaded ones. The biggest win is simply that it isn't a trade-off between "slow hex-core vs fast quad-core". If you've got the cash to spare, there's no question as to which one to buy, hands-down Gulftown it is. As for the competition, this makes me both hopeful and worried for AMD. Hopeful because atleast this launch shows that a hex-core need not automatically be slower than a quad-core for single or lightly-threaded apps. Worried because I am not sure Thuban can achieve the same feat as Gulftown did. I am not expecting Thuban to perform anywhere near Gulftown. What I meant by achieving the same feat as Gulftown is having the top Thuban part be just as fast as the top Phenom II X4 part (currently the 965) in single or lightly-threaded apps. If only the price wasn;t as high... but then again, being an EE part, and having no competition for this performance bracket, no one can blame Intel. Anyway, awesome job, Intel.