Velocity Micro Brings Core i7-980X Extreme Edition To Desktop Rigs

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Intel's new Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor rocked our benchmarking lab, and now it's ready to rock your own computer den. The chip has already landed on a bunch of new machines (or old machines with refreshed specifications) Velocity Micro wants to make sure that they are also an option when it comes time to select a new 980X-based machine.

The company has added the chip as an option to a number of their machines, with six-core desktops starting at $2825. According to the company, the i7-980X allows Velocity Micro to unleash an array of benchmark-crushing PCs, offering performance boosts of up to 40% on applications which utilize the i7-980X’s twelve hyperthreaded virtual cores and extreme overclockability. VelocityMicro.com customers will be able to get their hands on all of that power with the fully upgradeable Edge Z55 starting $2,825 with the expertly configured Raptor Lx665 and Lx775 available at TigerDirect.com for $3,599 and $4,799 respectively. Not cheap, but then again, this CPU isn't for the lighthearted (or the empty-walleted).


Velocity Micro Announces the Immediate Availability of Intel® Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition Powered PCs

Record-setting configurations featuring the ground-breaking six core processor for sale at select retailers and direct from VelocityMicro.com

Richmond, VA—March 16, 2010— Velocity Micro, the premier independent builder of premium, high performance desktop computers, notebooks, and peripherals, announces the immediate availability of the world’s first six core, twelve thread, single processor desktop PC. Powered by the Intel® Core™ i7-980X, these newly launched configurations combine the smartest, fastest processor on the planet with Velocity Micro’s expert engineering for extreme power in multimedia and gaming applications, especially when multi-tasking, for the ultimate in productivity, speed, and bragging rights. Six core desktops begin at $2,825.

“With the launch of the Core i7-980X, Intel has given us the means to create a whole new level of benchmark crushing, ultra performance PCs,” said Velocity Micro Vice President Chip Lowell. “By utilizing this new technology in conjunction with our meticulous craftsmanship and patented engineering methods, we’re able to offer some of the most powerful, record breaking consumer desktops on the market.”

The release of the Intel Core i7-980X highlights Intel’s continued awesome portfolio for the extreme performance processor market. Building on the innovative Nehalem architecture, the i7-980X allows Velocity Micro to unleash an array of benchmark-crushing PCs, offering performance boosts of up to 40% on applications which utilize the i7-980X’s twelve hyperthreaded virtual cores and extreme overclockability. VelocityMicro.com customers will be able to get their hands on all of that power with the fully upgradeable Edge Z55 starting $2,825 with the expertly configured Raptor Lx665 and Lx775 available at TigerDirect.com for $3,599 and $4,799 respectively.

“The Core i7-980X Extreme Edition is a massive leap ahead for microprocessor technology and for consumers as well," said CJ Bruno, VP, GM Intel Americas. "PC enthusiasts will love and greatly benefit from the performance boost that the world’s first desktop six core processor offers. We are thrilled that Velocity Micro is able to offer the Core i7 980X on launch day to this performance-hungry crowd.”

All Velocity Micro PCs are hand built and supported in the USA. To configure a Core i7-980X based system or another ultra performance desktop, notebook, or netbook, visit www.VelocityMicro.com. Velocity Micro products are also available from select retailers nationwide.

About Velocity Micro

Velocity Micro, Inc. is the premier high-performance personal computer provider in North America. Founded in 1992, Richmond, Va.-based Velocity Micro custom builds award winning gaming, mobile, multimedia, home office, small business, pro workstation, and visual supercomputer solutions. Velocity Micro consumer systems are available at Frys and select Staples retail stores nationwide, as well as online vendors Amazon, Costco.com, Target.com, Newegg, TigerDirect, Overstock, and many others. For more information on Velocity Micro, please call (800) 303-7866 or visit www.velocitymicro.com.

Velocity Micro has earned over 45+ industry awards, including 12 PC Magazine Editors’ Choice awards. CNET, Maximum PC, Mobile PC, PC World, Computer Gaming World, Computer Shopper, and PC Gamer editors have all chosen Velocity Micro systems as some of the industry's best-performing, highest-quality, and most reliable PCs.

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Inspector replied on Wed, Mar 17 2010 9:38 AM

Haha here comes more! This gulftown chip is growing pretty fast! It's a good thing :)

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This i7-980x is really making a splash, especially considering very few end-users will need the 6 cores. I don't remember past $999 Intel chips being quite so in demand, I may be wrong though.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Mar 17 2010 12:19 PM

You wanna know the really crazy part of this? The 8 core chips initial release is in 13 days on the Xeon platform. While the consumer 6 core may stick around just a little longer with this 6 core beast at the top of the pole. As soon as all the super early adopters grab one of these, both Intel and AMD will drop 8 core, then AMD drops the 12. We are talking a few months to double this CPU's cores. Of course the 12 is on AMD, and from what I can tell will be Opteron's.

I have to say one thing here though on AMD. Whom of course I have loved for many years since before the release of the Athlon XP. The advantages on the corporate end in the 6 core Xeon's now available far out performs the AMD counterparts.

The big thing here is that AMD has existed financially because of a big combination of parts. The Radeon's of course have played there part, as have the Phenom's to some degree. The big money part has largely been because of the corporate market and the Opteron's out performance on the combination energy usage plus processor performance combination in the Corporate market Vs. the Intel corporate market.

Unless AMD with there 8 and 12 core releases can fix this current picture to some degree. The death march as a player in the market is going to start. To add to this they have just pulled themselves out of the red and largely in part to a big check from the lawsuit Vs. Intel. I am not predicting anything here as absolute, but I don't think things are looking very good for AMD in the least.

This looks bad on the consumer market as well because whenever the 8 cores are released they both fit in the current sockets (1366 and AM3) from what I can tell. The reason this is bad is because this has not been in history the way it worked on Intel. You would need a new MB slowing the adoption rate to a degree where on AMD they have often stuck to the same socket for much longer.

So a consumer can now buy an upgraded AMD CPU and an Upgraded (on many 6 core and 8 core Intel consumer and Corporate CPU on a single socket) CPU, where on an AMD side they have 1 upgrade path.

Not to mention the outright performance crown by a 30-40% ratio goes to Intel Vs. anything else on the market, not a 5-15% window as it has been. This is on both performance and energy consumption in combination. Then by the time AMD drops Bulldozer Intel will be on there next round of competition almost 3 generations past AMD where they are 1 gen up right now or before the release of this CPU anyway.

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RyuGTX replied on Wed, Mar 17 2010 6:51 PM

Is it me or does it look like a tight fit in that case?

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It's funny, I was just commenting in another thread about how popular these cpu's are seems like everyone is throwing them in their systems like they expect to sell a lot of them or something. It may very well happen to. Usually with the release of a new processor line there is several variations to choose from. Usually the affordable versions sell like hot cakes. Guess Intel figured if they just release the high end first they'll actually sell more off the bat.The top tier cpu's have always been hot news but most people myself included drool over the top tier and buy the little brother. This is the first time I can recall ever thinking of purchasing a cpu that costs that much. Luckily for my wallett and my marriage that is not an option
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AKwyn replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 7:54 AM

rapid1, I don't think they'll drop that quickly :) I think this one will stick around for longer because the most recent games only use most of the power that the recent quad core processors have. Once game developers max out what they can do with hexa-core processors then we will see octa-core processors as the new high end.

 

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RyuGTX replied on Fri, Mar 19 2010 4:23 AM

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rapid1, I don't think they'll drop that quickly :) I think this one will stick around for longer because the most recent games only use most of the power that the recent quad core processors have. Once game developers max out what they can do with hexa-core processors then we will see octa-core processors as the new high end.

 

According to my friend who wen to GDC, there was an emphasis on developing efficient games that took advantage of mutl-cores. So a good game developer would program their game to make use of the available cores and not just assing audio processing to one core, AI to another, and so on. Of course, a lot of people are still making multi-threaded games the lazy (and unefficient) way.

 

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And we all know this time next year it will be half the price, and the next generation will be out with 24cores :P

I am still reeling from buying a RadeonHD4850 and a year later they have ones that are three times as powerful at the same price :(

I do love the simple design, I like them when they are boxy, with something simple like a cool blue glow just to make it ominous :)

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Quite in demand??? It's SOLD OUT in Europe!! This is the only SIX CORE i7 out! 

Intel was able to make demand for this processor HIGH by making it the only 6 core CPU. 

Before this we had a whole bunch of Quad Core i7's. The only difference between their entry level 920 and the Extreme variants was it's ludicrous price and it's unlocked multiplier. Other than that, there isn't much different. This is why the demand for $999+ CPU's weren't high. 

But now you are effectively making the 980X exclusive by making it the only SIX CORE CPU. This is why it has such a HIGH DEMAND.

I think there were $999+ Intel chips back in the day that had high demand as well... I can't remember which but I think it was back when we had the Pentium 4. Or in other words, the days where AMD were truly king for gaming with their FX chips. Now those were the days, *sigh, if only AMD could come out with a processor that can REALLY level the playing field. Right now we are stuck with having to pay high price for Core i7 and etc. If we had real competition, we as consumers would really benefit with lower prices and more performance. 

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Inspector replied on Sat, Mar 20 2010 10:45 PM

With all competition there will always be lowered prices :) .

@animatortom When next year comes you would say this is trash and get... "who knows what will happen"

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