Intel's Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Tested, Burned-in

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Intel recently 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 and the performance metrics show it's easily the fastest 6-core chip for the desktop currently but of course it'll cost you as well.

What do you do when you're the fastest thing around?  You just keep on WINNING. It's as if there was tiger blood coursing through your veins. You're so good, you're bi-winning.  Heck, with a six core processor at your disposal, you'd be hexa-winning.  Ol' Charlie needs one of these things to go with his rock-star life style.


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Just as you gents said, get the 970. You are not going to notice the performance difference.

On a side note, why no Sandy Bridge chips in the compo?

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CDeeter replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 10:25 AM

Yeah it cool , but does it have Adonis DNA? LOL

Btw what is going to happen with the 980X? I see it's not in your price chart, so is it going away?

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The 990x is my dream processor, but ever since the 970 felt under $600 , its the obvious choice for an upgrade,...Thats about 100 bucks per core.

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On a side note, why no Sandy Bridge chips in the compo?

Marco did the review of the Desktop Sandy Bridge, and guess who came over his house to do a Web show called "This Old Nerd" and went away with some neat processors?

.....But seriously, That's the first thing that came to mind. The 2600k numbers should have been present and so is the 1100T,... The i7-870 / i5-750 and x4-965 just don't belong there.  Also, while its nice to see the Overclocking performance of the 990x with the stock cooler, I would have liked to see how far Dave could have pushed the 990x using an after market cooling solution.

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acarzt replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 10:58 AM

It will probably get a price cut soon, but currently Intel still lists them as being $999 on their website.

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Good review, it preformed as expected. If you really want to compare it to the sandy bridge just look at the review of those processors (here) and pretend the 980x is a tiny bit higher in the charts.

Now you're just mashing it!

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 11:50 AM

Can't completely agree with you on the other processors in my charts, Sammy, but I'm going to roll in some Sandy Bridge numbers, just for you, right now. What service! :)

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Dave_HH:
Can't completely agree with you on the other processors in my charts, Sammy

I take it back, your right.. Just like High end Graphics card get compared to their weakling sibling, High End CPUs have the same right,..Sorry Dave, I guess I woke up grumpy today, I have to adapt to waking up early again.

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If you really want to compare it to the sandy bridge just look at the review of those processors (here) and pretend the 980x is a tiny bit higher in the charts.

I know that if I want to see the numbers put up by SB and the 1100t , I can just go and Click the "PROCESSOR" tab on top, But The 2600k and 1100t numbers should be there because a lot of people are deciding whether go for SB , High End i7 or AMD, and having all on one review makes it convenient for them as HH gets new user everyday. Just my humble opinion.

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but I'm going to roll in some Sandy Bridge numbers, just for you, right now. What service! :)

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 1:05 PM

All set, Sammy! Added our WinRAR tests for an additional page of data, in there too just for giggles. :)

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 1:06 PM

I have Sandy Bridge in the 990X charts now Drake. Just added them. Thanks for the catch guys. Good points all around.

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The Sandy Bridge numbers give raise to some interesting thoughts. I really want to see how the Sandy Bridge version of the 9XX will perform. I think with 3 memory channels and 6 cores, the thing will be a true monster. Guess we will just have to wait and see though.

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coolice replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 3:39 PM

Dang... thats one powerful processor.... what mortal man need'th soo much Powah foh?

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 3:58 PM

Infinity, imagine an 8-core SB Extreme Edition chip. :)

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WKaye replied on Mon, Mar 7 2011 7:56 PM

OMG when did they release this new I7-990?? wow I want one. I was really looking forward to building a Rig with 980...but now they got this 990, i am like OH MAN I WANT THAT ONE NOW! well I want too see how fast it could Render videos, image and 3D-Max. The only thing that suck is the price...1,000. hmm i want to see if i can get one for free or cheap like 800 or less...because i am cheap.

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The best part about this monster's introduction is that the price dropped on the "almost As Fast" i7-980X Extreme thereby putting it into viable range for some of us.

And the 970's an even better buy.

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Infinity, imagine an 8-core SB Extreme Edition chip. :)

That, Dave will be a 'bad to the bone' motor scooter of a CPU!

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:D, nice review. Still can't afford these chips! sponsor anyone? :D

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Great Review Dave but I think you could have got another 700MHz out of that chip had you infused it with "Cheetah Blood" instead.

Thanks for throwing in the 2600K for comparison.

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I did read about this processor frist few months ago . I was so excited about that . it must my dream to build PC with I7 990X I will read this reviews and want know more about this As i know it must be samilir to little brother I7 980X but they just bump another speed.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Mar 8 2011 12:48 AM

HA! No, mad Hyena blood, that would do the trick! :)

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Mar 8 2011 10:17 PM

The egg still has it at $989, only $10 cheaper than the 990. Did you find a deal somewhere, if so let us in on it.

Please :-)

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Thanks Dave for the review and the charts

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i thought the core 2 extreme i had was doing work.... this thing is unbelievable

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slugbug replied on Tue, Apr 5 2011 2:50 PM

I don't imagine it will OC much more than a 970.

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