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Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Hex-Core Processor Performance Review
|Product:||Intel Core i7 990X ( BX80613I7990X )|
|Date:||Mon, May 09, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
When you are looking the build the best performing desktop, there is only one route to go, that's with an Intel chip. If you are looking for the best of the best Intel chip you will be looking at the latest hex-core processer, the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme.
There are a number of tests today that the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition processor excelled at today. Mainly anything that was heavily threaded. Anything that had to do with number crunching like wPrime or video rendering like the x264 HD Video benchmark was dominated by the Core i7 990X Extreme. Much of that comes from the fact that the 990X is a Hex-core processor and those benchmarks scale for multiple cores.
To be honest though, I think the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition processor is more than likely going to be Intel's best performing processor ever released the Socket LGA1366 X58 platform. Our Intel Core i7 2600K was nipping at the 990X's heels throughout testing, and remember that is the new mainstream desktop platform processor compared to the flagship platforms fastest and most advanced processor. Once the new Sandy Bridge EP processors and Socket LGA2011 (Socket R) come to light, the 990X is going to look like a Celeron! Well, maybe not quite that drastic, though if it's comparable to the performance difference we've seen between Socket 1155 and Socket 1156, well I guess we will just have to wait and see! We have some exciting times ahead of us over the next few months don't we? For a peek at what will be up and coming you can check out the leaked road map slides in the Legit Reviews Forums!
The Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Processor comes with a hefty sticker price, but this is a processor that is for those that don't care about price and want the very best thing out there. If you can swallow the $999.00 price tag without second guessing it, you're sure to be a happy camper. You'll be happy to know that Intel backs the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme with a limited three year warranty, so at least your investment is backed by something!
Legit Bottom Line: When price isn't an issue and you need a processor that will chew up anything you throw at it with a smile on its face, the Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Processor is the perfect processor for you!
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Page 1 - The Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Processor
Page 2 - The Legit Reviews Test System
Page 3 - SiSoftware Sandra 2011 SP2
Page 4 - x264 HD Video Encoding
Page 5 - Cinebench R11.5
Page 6 - Futuremark 3DMark 11 Synthetic Benchmark
Page 7 - 7-Zip
Page 8 - wPrime
Page 9 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 10 - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Page 11 - Homefront
Page 12 - System Power Consumption
Page 13 - Overclocking the Intel Core i7 990X
Page 14 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion