Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

Summary: Fudzilla is reporting details about the next Intel Gulftown six-core desktop processor, which will be the follow-up to the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition. Not surprisingly, it's called the i7-990X, and will reach the market in the first quarter of 2011.

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Fudzilla is reporting details about the next Intel Gulftown six-core desktop processor, which will be the follow-up to the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition. Not surprisingly, it's called the i7-990X, and will reach the market in the first quarter of 2011.

The CPU will be one of the rare new 2011 Intel chips that won't be built using the new Sandy Bridge platform. (Thus far, Sandy Bridge maxes out at four cores.) The i7-990X will provide a speed bump from 3.33GHz to 3.46GHz on each core, with Turbo Core mode reaching 3.73GHz. As with its predecessor, the new CPU's clock multiplier is unlocked, which will help with the inevitable overclocking you'd do with such a piece of hardware.

One thing that won't change is Intel's pricing on the Extreme Edition. Like the i7-980X (and its ancestors), the i7-990X will be priced at $999 -- and won't be discounted over its lifespan. But if you need the latest, greatest, and priciest, you now have something to lust for over the next few months.

Topics: Hardware, Intel, Processors

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  • RE: Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

    interesting, I've just learned how to max out my core 2 processor doing day to day stuff (no graphics rendering). I'm just now looking at a quad core solution of sorts...seems I'll be skipping over the regular socket 775 stuff, and going straight to the i7...wowzers, looks like it'll be a huge jump for me...glad the rest of the hardware is ready for it...thank you raptor
    dlancelot
    • RE: Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

      @dlancelot why 990x
      go to sandy bridge
      Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge's Benchmarks- Defeats Bulldozer , Expels Nehalem
      http://lensfire.blogspot.com/2010/09/entry-level-sandy-bridge-will-end-up.html
      It'll be Sandy Bridge against Bulldozer in 2011
      http://lensfire.blogspot.com/2010/09/itll-be-sandy-bridge-against-bulldozer.html
      inspirearun@...
  • RE: Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

    "... i7-990X will be priced at $999 ? and won?t be discounted over its lifespan..."

    At least, not until AMD puts out a better cpu for less money. THEN watch the price change.
    morwood@...
  • That would be nice, but....

    Competition in any marketplace is always to the benefit of the consumers. There should be more of it in the CPU business!

    In this case, unfortunately and basis recent past history, the chances of AMD putting out "a better CPU for less money" than the i7-990X are slim and...well, ummm...none.
    Heimdall222
    • RE: Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

      @Heimdall222

      The same thing was said many years ago along with the many predictions of the death of AMD but AMD had the speed crown for a good 3 -5 years during the Pentium 4 era with the Athlon 64's.

      Today AMD offers the best price to performance ratio and in my opinion that is the best for most people. If someone wants to drop a $1000 on a CPU just to so they have the bragging rights then they have more money than brains.
      bobiroc
      • Prices

        @bobiroc It's not like you'll drop $1000 on a CPU if you buy a PC with it.
        tehpea
      • It won't be offered by that time.

        @bobiroc
        Its not that AMD won't eventually make a faster CPU at a better price point. Intel will too over time. It's just that its production lifetime is pretty short (a year or so) and during that time AMD has nothing on its roadmap that is even close to competing with it. Basically there's a new "Extreme" edition which replaces the previous edition every year or so. And I am speaking specifically of the i7-990x not future "extreme" editions.
        DevGuy_z
    • RE: Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

      @Heimdall222 Check out the Latest News on the Bulldozer from AMD
      fwfulton
      • RE: Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

        @fwfulton Bulldozer is sited at 128-bit-- Now think about legacy 8 and 16-bit software and current mainstay 32-bit and how long did it take to get 64-bit software; there is a lot of software that will not work under a 64-bit operating system (OS)... Not many games on IBM System/370s or AS400, now Sony's PS2 is said to use 128-bit SIMD registers but runs as 32-bit machine addressing. Is there a major 128-bit windows OS waiting in the wings? Are there 128-bit compilers available? How about all the other support tools? Sure 128-bit could be fast but not without tools to build and run software.

        128-bit processors would allow memory addressing for 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 bytes but realize that amount greatly exceeds the total data stored on Earth today.
        michaeladick
  • Why would enthusiast wait for this?

    Unless it OC significantly better its the same chip as the i7 980x, which both are easily overclockable anyway. i7 990x meet bulldozer. lol so im running my i7 980 @ 4.4 ghz, so this chip is not bringing anything new. unless it oc way better to higher >4.X ghz end area then enthusiasts will get it. so if i increase my multiplier by 1 i got myself a 990x
    aberkae
  • RE: Details emerge about Intel's next six-core Extreme desktop CPU, the Core i7-990X

    Will thata only good for pc user/builder that was going to upgrade to a I7 platfourm 980x thats $999.00 so know thay get a better clock at stock and hopefully a better overcloch with less voltage 990x can i hear 5+onair-WOW But there is all ways that lucky I7 920 DO/steppin thats will out clock that 980x chilledwater for $189.00 OUCH i run my 920 co @ 4.2 chilledwater 1.45v
    Laserman1