But let's move forward, shall we? Intel decided they would as well and recently they launched a speed bump of their flagship Extreme Edition Core i7 processor, known as the Core i7 990X. It's unlocked and clocked at 3.45GHz stock speed with a Turbo Boost top-end speed of 3.73GHz. Intel claims its the fastest desktop chip on the planet; like geek tiger blood for your PC.
The new Core i7-990X is also based on the 32nm Gulftown core, which is derived from the 45nm Nehalem architecture that debuted with the original Core i7s. We've posted a number of articles in the past detailing Nehalem, in which we cover all its main features and specifications, and have even covered Gulftown a bit here and there. We've also posted information on overclocking Nehalem, even under extreme conditions, as well as well as the previous high-end Gulftown-based Core i7 980X Extreme Edition six-core chip. Here's a list of those related stories if you'd like some additional backdrop.
- Intel Core i7-980X Extreme 6-Core Processor Review
- Intel 32nm Clarkdale Core i5 Desktop Processor Debuts
- Intel Core i7 Processors: Nehalem and X58 Have Arrived
- Core i7 Extreme Overclocking With Liquid Nitrogen
- Overclocking Intel's Core i7 920 Processor
|CPU Model #
||Core Clock||Cores / Threads||L3 Cache||Max Turbo Boost Speed||CPU Code Name||Process|
|Intel Core i7-990X||3.45GHz||6 / 12||12MB||3.73GHz||Gulftown||32nm|
|Intel Core i7-980X||3.33GHz||6 / 12||12MB||3.60GHz||Gulftown||32nm|
|Intel Core i7-975||3.33GHz||4 / 8||8MB||3.60GHz||Bloomfield||45nm|
|Intel Core i7-970||3.20GHz||6 / 12||12MB||3.46GHz||Gulftown||32nm|
|Intel Core i7-960||3.20GHz||4 / 8||8MB||3.46GHz||Bloomfield||45nm|
|Intel Core i7-930||2.80GHz||4 / 8||8MB||3.06GHz||Bloomfield||45nm|
So that's the family. Now let's get a look at the genetics.