Monstrous. We think that's a fairly apt term for a processor like the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition.
It's vast, and possibly a little vulgar, in terms of sheer size, performance and importantly cost.
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.
When we looked at that first six-core Gulftown chip almost a year ago exactly our initial reaction was "a CPU you don't need at a price you can't afford." Twelve months down the line and that has at least changed.
Unfortunately for Intel though it hasn't exactly changed in favour of another £800 processor.
With the relatively recent release of the Sandy Bridge platform we've now got frankly incredible quad-core performance CPUs for a fraction of the price of such a huge chip.
So what possible use is the i7 990X?