Intel Core i7 990X Hexcore 1366


Intel Core i7-990X 


With so much hoo-hah surrounding the P67 chipset and the performance thereof, the X58 boards have been left somewhat in the shadows.

Not, by any stretch of the imagination, because that's where they belong, but rather the twin terrors of pricing, and target audience, have meant that your average consumer is much more taken by the "my first overclock" nature of the LGA1155 equipment than the enthusiast based LGA1366.

Despite this there is enormous amounts of life in the old girl yet and most of the big scores and jaw-dropping overclocks are dominated by the original Core i7.

With the forthcoming Socket 2011 on the horizon, Intel have brought their knowledge to bear on a swansong, a bit of an encore if you will. One last hurrah.

In exactly the same way that your favourite band doesn't play all their hits at the start of the show and their encore consists of a couple of b-sides from their days gigging in pubs that nobody have ever heard, Intel aren't going out with the whimper of a dual-core, non-HT revision or anything so watered-down.

No, today we have the all-singing, all-dancing, eye-wateringly pricey Core i7-990X Hex-Core to get our teeth into.  

Launch DateQ1'11
Processor Numberi7-990X
# of Cores6
# of Threads12
Clock Speed3.47 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.73 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache12 MB
Bus/Core Ratio24
Intel® QPI Speed4.8 GT/s
# of QPI Links1
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Supplemental SKUNo
Lithography32 nm
Max TDP135 W
VID Voltage Range



Intel® Turbo Boost TechnologyYes
Intel® Hyper-Threading TechnologyYes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)Yes
Intel® Trusted Execution TechnologyNo
AES New InstructionsYes
Intel® 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechnologyYes
Intel® Demand Based SwitchingNo
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesNo
Execute Disable BitYes
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Most Recent Comments

28-02-2011, 11:42:49

I want one but too expensive for me, even the 970 is still lol but overall good review and a good chip Quote

28-02-2011, 11:44:37

Watched the video before bed last night and it does look like a beast, i'll never afford one though Quote

28-02-2011, 11:49:59

good read

ill still stick with AMD thoughQuote

28-02-2011, 12:16:32

It is a great chip and maybe the best one from the i7 1366 famely, but the price doesn't justify the performance as it's the case in all extreme i7 CPU-s . Especially in regards to the new Sand Bridge CPU-s.

Great reviewQuote

28-02-2011, 12:18:32


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