Intel Core i7 990X Coming in Q1 2011 : Intel has revealed and named its upcoming Extreme Processor, 990X which belongs to its Core i7 Extreme Family and will be released in Q1 2011. The processor will be slightly faster then the current fastest 980X Extreme Processor.
The new CPU comes in Q1 2011 and it’s based on Gulftown 6 core and as we reported before not on Sandy Bridge new 32nm architecture. Sandy Bridge stops at four cores while Gulftown is six core 32nm CPU.
The Processor is clocked at a massive 3.46Ghz which is a 130Mhz more than the i7 980X which is clocked at 3.33Ghz. The Turbo boost feature will allow it to reach speeds of 3.76Ghz for each core. The processor comes with 12 Threads featuring Hyper-Threading and a QPI of 6.4 GT/s. The other good thing about the CPU is that its unlocked providing more room for overclocking.
The platform packs a 3-channel memory controller and the TDP is quite easy to guess, 130W. Overall we don’t see many reasons to be excited about Core i7 990X as this is just slightly faster version of the 980X.
The processor when available in Q1 2011 will be priced for $999 which is the same as the current price of the 980X. Till then we wont be seeing any new Extreme Processor in the market except 980X.