Intel has officially launched its six-core range of processors, and the first set of workstations featuring the chips have appeared swiftly behind. With most creative applications from Photoshop to After Effects to Maya being multi-threaded to take advantage of multiple-cores, you’ll see a performance boost of up 50 per cent over quad-core chips.

There’s a six-core version of the Core i7 chips for desktops, the 3.33GHz Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, plus new Xeon 3600 and 5600 lines at to 3.2GHz.

First off the blocks is Workstation Specialists, with WS1600 and WS2600 single- and dual-chip systems (above). Following on its heels is Dell, which has announced that the 3600 and 5600 chips will be available in its Precision T5500 and T7500 workstations (below).