Online retailer lists Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition six-core processor for $1,200

Online retailer lists Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition six-core processor for $1,200

Summary: Intel doesn't seem to be having much luck keeping its latest top-performing hexa-core CPU, the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, under wraps. Already one gaming PC builder, Origin PC, has started offering the new processor in its systems.

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Intel doesn't seem to be having much luck keeping its latest top-performing hexa-core CPU, the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, under wraps. Already one gaming PC builder, Origin PC, has started offering the new processor in its systems. And now the first U.S. online retailer has put the i7-990X on sale, even though Intel hasn't officially launched it.

Mwave.com is listing the i7-990X for a whopping $1,199.99 on its Website. For that price, you get a six-core CPU that runs at a base clock speed of 3.46GHz (compared to the i7-980X's 3.33GHz), going higher when in TurboBoost mode, includes 12MB of L3 cache, and requires a Socket 1366 (LGA1366) motherboard. Since it is a Gulftown 32nm part, it does not make use of the LGA 1155 socket that new Intel Sandy Bridge processors use.

The i7-990X is expected to be the last Gulftown CPU developed, to be replaced by the Sandy Bridge 'E' platform (code-named Patsburg), which will use the new LGA2011 socket when it's released later in 2011. All signs point to the i7-990X's official launch imminently, when we'll get some benchmarks to see just how fast it will run compared to its predecessor.

[Update: You can also find it on Newegg.com now for $1,049.99.]

Topics: E-Commerce, Browser, Intel, Processors

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  • Don't waste your money

    In a few weeks, the same model will be down to bellow $300. Then take into consideration that NONE of the current motherboards will be able to support it.
    wackoae
  • RE: Online retailer lists Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition six-core processor for $1,200

    HP had this chip offered about three weeks back and I purchased one in their 590-t system. This is an amazing chip and very very fast. Look at the passmark.com rating on the chip, my tests are in their results. Excellent for high end simulations and multi-tasking. Interesting that HP does offer the chip at this time, though when they did I snapped one up!
    benbushiii
  • NewEgg is also selling it

    And it's only $1,049

    <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115079&Tpk=990x" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115079&Tpk=990x</a>
    cg11
  • RE: Online retailer lists Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition six-core processor for $1,200

    re: "... keeping it under wraps"
    Could it be that Intel is doing the "leaking" to counter-act lost sales / PR due to their chip recall's consequent stalled rollout of their top customers' PC systems?
    paultraite1
  • RE: Online retailer lists Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition six-core processor for $1,200

    Granted, I scanned, but here's the gist:
    "Radical six-core processor, great for gaming, costs $1200."

    And that doesn't include the rest of the computer? So... a $2000 or so box for playing video games, that you can't plug in a "controller 2" into to play with others?

    I think I'll buy a $200 Xbox and invest the other $1800 with my friends and maintain a social life. That $1800 will go a long way, even if spent hosting parties, going to concerts, and going out often.

    You can't make a "this game is THAT much better" argument to span the gap from $200 to $2000.
    geolemon
  • You can also find it on Newegg.com...

    [Update: You can also find it on Newegg.com now for $1,049.99.]<br><br>But the Egg has a limit of 5 per customer, and I wanted 6.<br><br>Geez, such disappointment!
    Heimdall222