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Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Processor 3.46 GHz 6 Core LGA 1366 - BX80613I7990X
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- Process Type: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-990X Frequency: 346 GHz Bus Speed: 64 GT/s
- Cache: 12 MB Process: 32 nm Socket: LGA1366
- Power Consumption: 130 W VID Voltage Range: 0800V -1375V Max Memory Bandwidth: 256 GB/s
- This processor is a Six Core Processor This processor supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology
- This processor supports Hyper-Threading Technology This processor supports Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
- Process Type: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-990X Frequency: 3.46 GHz Bus Speed: 6.4 GT/s
- Cache: 12 MB Process: 32 nm Socket: LGA1366
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Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7-990X 3.46GHz 12MB LGA1366 CPU
From the Manufacturer
The Intel Core i7 990X processor Extreme Edition delivers the cutting edge in PC performance. It combines the power of six processing cores running at 3.46 GHz into a single processor, guaranteeing the utmost performance and power for the most demanding applications. With 12 MB of smart cache, the Core i7 990X processor ensures that you get maximum responsiveness from your system, even when running many intensive programs simultaneously. Compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the Core i7 990X processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.
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With 6 cores and 12 computing threads, you'll have smoother, more realistic gameplay.
The Intel Core i7 990X processor Extreme Edition packs six computing cores running at 3.46 GHz to deliver breakthrough performance in gaming and multitasking. The Core i7 990X will not only handle today's complex games, but tomorrow's as well. You'll experience smoother, more realistic gameplay as AI, physics, and rendering are distributed across the six cores and 12 threads. Your 3D gaming will be brought to life without frame-rate hiccups and slowdowns so you can dominate the competition.
Whether editing high-definition videos, touching up family photos, or splicing up music, the Intel Core i7 990X processor Extreme Edition provides the processing power needed. The processor's 12 threads are optimized to keep up with the most advanced digital editing software. It also accelerates DVD encoding and compression, allowing you to easily share your HD movies with everyone. Video transcoding and compression and image rendering are done faster than ever, so you'll never be left waiting for your computer to catch up to your imagination.
Powerful Microarchitecture Eliminates Slowdown
The i7 family is Intel's flagship processor, and for good reason. With the i7 family, Intel engineers invented a revolutionary new style of microarchitecture. They replaced the front side bus--a longtime staple of processor design--with a new technology called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Using QPI, the Intel Core i7 990X processor increases bandwidth and lowers latency, while achieving data transfer speeds as high as 25.6 GB/s.
To put it simply, users will enjoy faster and more streamlined processing than ever before. Your computer will handle multiple projects and applications without the slowdown you'd experience with a lesser processor.
New Technologies Boost Performance
The Intel Core i7 990X processor Extreme Edition also makes use of several other cutting-edge technologies:
- Turbo Boost Technology allows the processor to automatically boost base clock speed of 3.46GHz to a maximum single-core frequency of 3.73GHz when it's operating below power/thermal limits.
- Hyper-Threading Technology enables more efficient use of processor resources by allowing each core to work on two tasks at the same time. This 12 way multi-tasking makes the most of highly threaded software like media players and next-generation games.
- Smart Cache Memory increases available RAM resources, leading to less lag while multi-tasking.
Built to be tweaked and pushed to the limits, Intel Core i7 990X processor Extreme Edition features an unlocked core making it easier to overclock. For performance enthusiasts and gamers looking to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of their hardware, Intel DX58SO Extreme Series Desktop Boards provide a stable foundation for a benchmark-shattering system.
|1 Warning: altering clock frequency and/or voltage may (i) reduce system stability and useful life of the system and processor; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of the processor beyond its specifications|
|Intel Core i7 Processor Comparison|
|Intel Core i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition||Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition||Intel Core i7-970 Processor||Intel Core i7-960 Processor|
|Number of Processing Cores||6||6||6||4|
|Number of Simultaneous Threads||12 (With Intel HT Technology)||12 (With Intel HT Technology)||12 (With Intel HT Technology)||8 (With Intel HT Technology)|
|Clock Speed||3.46 GHz||3.33 GHz||3.20 GHz||3.20 GHz|
|Max Turbo Frequency||3.73 GHz||3.60 GHz||3.46 GHz||3.46 GHz|
|Intel Smart Cache||12 MB||12 MB||12 MB||8 MB|
|Max Memory Size||24 GB||24 GB||24 GB||24 GB|
|Number of DDR3 Memory Channels||3||3||3||3|
|AES New Instructions||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
Top customer reviews
Using Daz Studio Advanced 64 bit, a test render of "Fiery Genesis", (a pre-made, ready to render 3d scene that comes with the program to showcase what the software can do)took roughly 37 minutes on my i7-920, but this beast churned through the same render in 3 minutes and 37 seconds! Wow. I was just blown away to see such a huge bump in performance, and, despite the high price tag of this processor, for me the massive increase in rendering performance was well worth the cost. I'm aware that I could've overclocked my 920 -- just as I could OC this thing, but, in a word, I'm chicken. Even if the thing ran stable, I'd be so paranoid that one day I'd go to turn my PC on, only to see thick black smoke coming out of it. So I run stock, and it gives me peace of mind.
I'm running this on a Corsair H60 sealed water cooler, and my temps match the 920s idle, and at load -- mid 30s at idle, and about 45 under sustained load -- this is with the thermal paste that came with the processor. I may go back and try again with Arctic Silver, but that's a project for another day.
All in all, if I were building from scratch, I probably wouldn't choose the 1366 architecture at this point. However, in trying to squeeze a little more time out of my existing investment, it made sense for me, and for what I use it for, the hexacore processor made sense. I'm not really a big gamer anymore, so I'm not sure this thing is the best processor for that. Most PC games are just ports of games optimized for 5 year old console hardware anyway, which even the 920 was more than capable of handling.
I know a lot of people publish their PC specs, but I'm not in front of the 990x PC right now, so if you guys really want to see my specs, I'll edit the review and post them.
Then I saw that box was still sealed and had never been opened. Awesome, this wasn't a Used-Like New CPU at all, it was a damaged box that had never been opened and probably was a return that sat on a shelf somewhere until I took a chance and gave it a new home.
Nothing inside the box was damaged at all. Like I said, it was still sealed and had not been opened.
I haven't installed it yet, but it's brand spankin' new, so I don't think I'll have any issues at all. I'll update this post once I have installed and tested this little bad boy.
Very stoked right now!
Update - 07-24-12
Everything is up and running. I had to update my BIOS firmware to get the motherboard to see all 6 cores. That was a bit of a hassle as it was difficult to find on my motherboard's website since it was so old. Stressed tested with Prime98 for 12 hours 2x. Everything is smooth and fast. I'm in the process of moving, so haven't had a chance to really put it to the test with my DAW software, but I'm sure it will stay silky smooth.