Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition review

More processing power than Skynet, but do you really need it?

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Yes, it's quick but is it fast enough compared to the Intel Core i7 2600K, top-end Sandy Bridge CPU to justify its price tag?

If you want to discuss pricing when you talk about this new Gulftown chip then there is no justification for it. It's simply too pricey to be in anything other than the money-no-object sphere. If it's got to be the fastest, then it's got to be the 990X.

If not, forget it.

CPU rendering performance

Core i7 990x extreme edition benchmarks

CPU video encoding performance

Core i7 990x extreme edition benchmarks

1080P gaming performance

Core i7 990x extreme edition benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeProcessor
Processor CoreHexa-core (6 Core)
Thermal Design Power130 W
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Product FamilyCore i7 Extreme Edition i7-900
L3 Cache12 MB
Clock Speed3.46 GHz
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameIntel
64-bit ProcessingYes
Width42.4 mm
Depth45 mm
L2 Cache1.50 MB
Product Seriesi7-900
ManufacturerIntel Corporation
Product Modeli7-990x
Product NameCore i7 Extreme Edition Hexa-core i7-990x 3.46GHz Processor
Product LineCore i7 Extreme Edition
Manufacturer Part NumberBX80613I7990X
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Hardcore multitaskers rejoice. Fly through everything you do on your PC - from playing intense 3D games to creating and editing digital video, music, and photos. With the high performance platform capabilities of Intel X58 Express Chipset-based motherboards, along with faster, intelligent multi-core technology that applies processing power dynamically when its needed most, PCs based on the Intel Core i7-980X processor Extreme Edition deliver incredible performance with a rich feature set.

Process Technology32 nm