The i7 990X is one of Intel's classic Extreme Edition class CPUs; beyond the grasp of most mere mortals and more powerful than most of us could possibly need. It follows in the footsteps of Intel's other hexcore processors, like the i7 970 and drops in almost identical footfalls as the i7 980X, itself another Extreme Edition.
The latest Intel Sandy Bridge chips have dominated CPU-related column inches, for better or for worse, since their release early last month. That said, it's still the Gulftown chips and accompanying X58 chipsets that sit atop the entire Intel range though, for now at least.
Seemingly from out of nowhere, here comes AMD heartthrob, Sapphire, with a top-end Intel motherboard, the Pure Black X58.
Sapphire's eagerly awaited Pure Black X58 will cost around £210, with the much-anticipated motherboard landing in the next couple of weeks.
Sapphire has officially announced it will be producing Intel-based motherboards for the high-end sector, with the Sapphire Pure Black X58 and P67 Hydra the first examples.
Intel's LGA1366 socket is the highest performing PC platform, period. With motherboards typically costing over £200, it's also pretty pricey. In that context, the recently revised Gigabyte X58A-UD3R is a bit of a bargain at just £159.