Re: New Processors beyond 6 cores?
If you go with some of the higher end Xeon processors, you'll have plenty of horsepower. Some of the higher end Xeons have a lot of physical cores, but they also have Hyperthreading, which gives you a ton of extra logical cores, and can really help hammer through the workloads. I wouldn't look at anything less than a 2P (Two Processor) Xeon. You can get a mid-range speed grade (say, 2.66 GHz) and still have more than enough performance.
A 2P Quad Xeon server will have 2 (processors) x 4 (cores each) x 2 (Hyperthreading) threads (16 total)
Intel will release updates to the platform, coming out with octo cores sometime in the near future, but prices have stabilized and you can get a smoking fast system for relatively cheap right now. The 8 core chips will command a huge price premium.