Monday, 23 August 2010 13:33

Intel 2011 extreme Core i7 is 990X

Written by Fuad Abazovic

3.46GHz for Q1 2011
Intel's top Extreme Edition CPU for Q1 2011 just got a name. It will be called Core i7 990X and as you can imagine it will be faster than currently fastest Core i7 980X.

The new CPU comes in Q1 2011 and it’s based on Gulftown 6 core and as we reported before not on Sandy Bridge new 32nm architecture. Sandy Bridge stops at four cores while Gulftown is six core 32nm CPU.

The clock speed of Core i7 990X is 3.46GHz, some 130MHz faster than Core i7 980X's 3.33GHz. with the help of Turbo Core i7 990X will overclock to 3.73GHz and the CPU still has six cores, twelve hypertreaded cores as well as QPI at 6.4GT/s. The CPU is unlocked and it will allow some further overclocking and it still doesn’t have any integrated graphics core.

The platform packs a 3-channel memory controller and the TDP is quite easy to guess, 130W. Overall we don’t see many reasons to be excited about Core i7 990X as this is just slightly faster version of the 980X.

So the Core i7 has the same old Westmere – Gulftown 32nm core that continues to be the top six core CPU that is set to dominate the top SKU desktop offer as well as top of the Xeon market. The price again easy, $999 when it gets available in Q1 2011.

Let me remind you that before Core i7 990X comes at some point in Q1 2011, there won’t be any new Intel six-core in the meantime, you are simply stuck with Core i7 980X until the 990X comes.

Last modified on Monday, 23 August 2010 15:48
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+14 #1 The_Wolf88 2010-08-23 14:35
$10k maybe ?!
+29 #2 Nerdfighter 2010-08-23 15:07
How 'bout making affordable 6-cores instead of trying to catch AMD in the model numbers.
-43 #3 kalouille 2010-08-23 15:16
Poor AMD,I feel sorry for them
+42 #4 nele 2010-08-23 15:23
Quoting kalouille:
Poor AMD,I feel sorry for them

Why? Because they make great six-core CPUs that cost five times less than this thing? :-|
+41 #5 jimbo75 2010-08-23 15:24
133mhz in a whole year? Whoopie-fkin-doo intel.
+8 #6 redisnidma 2010-08-23 16:59
Quoting nele:
Quoting kalouille:
Poor AMD,I feel sorry for them

Why? Because they make great six-core CPUs that cost five times less than this thing? :-|

It would be really neat to see AMD also benefit from the high-end desktop segment just as the FX days. This will definitely help their ASPs.
+8 #7 B0GiE-uk- 2010-08-23 18:37
I cannot see any reason for anyone to upgrade from any Core i5 or i7 system to the new intel architecture.

Seems they are just rebranding and removing overclocking.

+12 #8 Fud_u 2010-08-24 03:16
Anyone needed an extra Kidney?
+1 #9 himanshu 2010-08-25 07:25
"Stuck" with 980x...!!!! I would love to be "stuck" with it!!!

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