Intel Core i7 990X Hexcore 1366

Conclusion

Intel Core i7-990X 

Conclusion

Summing up something like the Core i7-990X is one of the easier tasks.

For most of us it's simply a matter of cost, and like all "top range" Intel CPUs it is prohibitively expensive especially when compared to similar models such as the 970, or it's older sibling the 980X.

Those who must absolutely have the best, who demand the highest possible performance regardless of cost, wont mind a jot that you can purchase a relatively close performing full system for the price of this little piece of silicon.

And that is really what the 990X boils down to. For the average user, it's lovely to see a true dream processor that's just way too expensive. For those who demand ultimate performance it's as good as you can get and damn the cost.

For us, it's nice to see the LGA1366 X58 get the send off it deserves. It's still the ultimate enthusiast board, capable of delivering hours of tweaking enjoyment and the biggest possible results no matter what test you throw at it.

The 990X also takes the crown of the highest overclock we have ever achieved in a review on air cooling, all of this was all at relatively safe voltages. We feel that with some sub ambient cooling we could easily push this chip further and have plans to do exactly this very soon.

To look at the price/performance ratio is missing the point. This isn't a mass-market processor. It's not about having something that will survive forever, although it certainly wont be overwhelmed by anything we can think of, it's just a fitting tribute to the series that managed to replace the insanely popular 775 series and bring quad-cores to the masses.

If the performance of the 2600K in certain situations is anything to go by, just imagine what the Socket 2011 will bring to the table. A combination of the P67 tricks and tweaks with the sheer grunt of the X58s.

We're drooling already. It seems that the 990X might not be quite the final big 1366 release, we will have to see if the 995X does get its release in Q2 2011 as yet no one in any official capacity will confirm but the net is a wash with rumors. Only time will tell. As ever the team at OC3D will be ready and waiting if it does!

   

Thanks to Intel for supplying the Core i7-990X for review. Discuss in our forums.

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28-02-2011, 06:36:55

tinytomlogan
Today we look at possibly the last hurrah for the LGA1366 socket, the Intel 990X. Did you win the lottery this weekend? This is for you.



Continue Reading

28-02-2011, 06:42:49

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

28-02-2011, 06:44:37

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

28-02-2011, 06:49:59

ionicle
good read

ill still stick with AMD though

28-02-2011, 07:16:32

Hribi
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 review

28-02-2011, 07:18:32

marsey99
drools

28-02-2011, 07:45:45

Rastalovich
Performance of these things never ceases to amaze. The 980 knocks down all the conceptions - then the 990 slaps your wrists afterwards. The 995 would be something to behold, if it ever sees the light of day (I doubt it).

The price really is an irrelevance. The majority of people who'll use these will have them donated to them, unless you own your own oil rig or something. Look out for all the benchmarking records to be broken once again, with the usual suspects having this new toy.

Tis nothing like the old days where the top-of-the-line extreme processors were a little over half this one's suggested price, still high for their day, and a nice trip to the states would get you one for half the price *cough*, but even so, professionals and borderline people would actually purchase and use them.

Not withstanding the absolute power, it's something of a showcase for me. The Intel line-ups, even the "new" sockets, I don't see have too long a shelf life. There are too many new technologies coming through the pipeline to demand a serious outlay of cash for an upgrade.

If you have to - you have to. However, just this week, Apple's new mbp is coming out with a Thunderbolt socket. PCIe 3.0 is going to raise it's ugly (well pretty really) head. SATA3 will become a standard, as will USB3.0. And who knows, maybe the memory will step up to suit...

(just this week I had to stop and think, the IX48 I'm using to bench stuff is using the same grade/rating ddr3 as the i7 mobos consider good - I was donated that years ago)

... at this point, I'll buy something new me thinks.

28-02-2011, 09:30:45

CueBall
Now before all Sandy brigde lovers start flaming how good the new 155 chip is, to me it is rather obvious, the 1366 chip showed his strenght and power.

Despite the chip will be replaced next for the x68 or whatever they going to call it.

Pricewise there is no way to justify the money they ask for it. However since those of us are here do have a feeling for extreme hardware regardless the price.

So would I buy one ?. A definite yes I would say, but to me the i7-970 would be a more logic choice.

I will stay away from the released Sandy brigde since it doesnt give me the pleasure I would have with a 1366 CPU.

Now one thing is getting the right 1366 board, there are many outthere but I wait a bit more since several motherboard builders said there will be some new mobo`s coming.

Jacob from EVGA, already said there will be new 1366 boards coming shortly.

So unless I find me a good deal Ill wait for that and buy a i7-970.

Review, well nothing to add, your spot on I believe. Great review, as always.

Now I would like to see how far you get on the Assasin rig with watercolling on it ?.

Seeing your results you should be able to reach the 6Ghz rather easily.

So me waits for that too show up here on the frontpage.

28-02-2011, 09:42:36

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by CueBall View Post

Now before all Sandy brigde lovers start flaming how good the new 155 chip is, to me it is rather obvious, the 1366 chip showed his strenght and power.

Despite the chip will be replaced next for the x68 or whatever they going to call it.

Pricewise there is no way to justify the money they ask for it. However since those of us are here do have a feeling for extreme hardware regardless the price.

So would I buy one ?. A definite yes I would say, but to me the i7-970 would be a more logic choice.

I will stay away from the released Sandy brigde since it doesnt give me the pleasure I would have with a 1366 CPU.

Now one thing is getting the right 1366 board, there are many outthere but I wait a bit more since several motherboard builders said there will be some new mobo`s coming.

Jacob from EVGA, already said there will be new 1366 boards coming shortly.

So unless I find me a good deal Ill wait for that and buy a i7-970.

Review, well nothing to add, your spot on I believe. Great review, as always.

Now I would like to see how far you get on the Assasin rig with watercolling on it ?.

Seeing your results you should be able to reach the 6Ghz rather easily.

So me waits for that too show up here on the frontpage.
Assassin is gone dude.

28-02-2011, 10:00:58

killablade
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Assassin is gone dude.
It's too bad you don't get to keep everything

28-02-2011, 10:16:43

dugdiamond
had me the tissues, if off for a w***

28-02-2011, 10:17:41

dipzy
i rekon i might skip the replacement socket for the 1366 and get this 990x when the prices come down

28-02-2011, 10:42:01

chudley
Quote:
Originally Posted by dugdiamond View Post

had me the tissues, if off for a w***
you need towels to dry after a wash not tissues

28-02-2011, 10:56:34

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by chudley View Post

you need towels to dry after a wash not tissues
LMAO

28-02-2011, 10:57:30

Aurus_OC
Great review there once again! Big props to everybody involved

28-02-2011, 11:01:43

PCTwin
Not something for the average guy, a monster chip with a monster price. Can't help but want one.

28-02-2011, 11:20:16

UkGouki
awesome review watched the vid late last night wish i had the money even for a 950 cpu which was my planned upgrade in april if i get a decent enough tax rebate if not then will just hopfully be a gpu

28-02-2011, 12:25:41

silenthill
Any chance of selling me your 970 for a reasonable price tome?

28-02-2011, 12:26:29

Todd
DOUBLE BARRELS - HAVE IT!

HEADSHOT! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

Loving the running commentary + game sounds, Tom! That sure is an awesome chip although it does cost about the same as my entire PC.

28-02-2011, 12:51:54

MichaelH
Amazing chip. From this you can see why the AMD hex CPUs are so much cheaper: the performance doesn't even come CLOSE to the 980,990 etc. Brill review from the OC3D team, and love Tom's sound effects (Stay still....AVE IT).

28-02-2011, 13:07:21

piotrekhc
Good review , dun know why but your reviews remind me of top gear, and this one especially, yup chip not for everyone but everyone want to see what this beast can do !! love it

28-02-2011, 13:19:54

CueBall
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Assassin is gone dude.
Thats a shame, however me thinks youll obtain a Gigabyte OC board shortly.

So benching will start over again.

Now that raises a question with me, what do you consider the best 1366 socket board out there ?

Considering it will be used 24/7. Overclocked offcourse.

28-02-2011, 13:36:58

Av8tortoo
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Assassin is gone dude.
Its not gone, it found its way to my house (at least most of the parts did)

I am building one, its up and running on air at the moment, I am waiting on the Water cooling kit to arrive.

G1.Assassin

990X

2 P128 SSD

12 GB DDR3

As soon as the GTX 590s hit... Will have them on order.

28-02-2011, 13:41:29

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by CueBall View Post

Thats a shame, however me thinks youll obtain a Gigabyte OC board shortly.

So benching will start over again.

Now that raises a question with me, what do you consider the best 1366 socket board out there ?

Considering it will be used 24/7. Overclocked offcourse.
Assassin is the best board Ive had here for 90% of enthusiast to date. It out clocks the rampage 3 extreme on air and water and has more usable features too.

28-02-2011, 13:47:50

ciksas
Quote:
Originally Posted by Av8tortoo View Post

Its not gone, it found its way to my house (at least most of the parts did)

I am building one, its up and running on air at the moment, I am waiting on the Water cooling kit to arrive.

G1.Assassin

990X

2 P128 SSD

12 GB DDR3

As soon as the GTX 590s hit... Will have them on order.
Wooow mate, hope you dont leave that at stock

28-02-2011, 16:43:51

dRaGm3n
Quote:
Originally Posted by Av8tortoo View Post

Its not gone, it found its way to my house (at least most of the parts did)

I am building one, its up and running on air at the moment, I am waiting on the Water cooling kit to arrive.

G1.Assassin

990X

2 P128 SSD

12 GB DDR3

As soon as the GTX 590s hit... Will have them on order.
Take some photos of this beast!.

What case you're using?

28-02-2011, 18:56:41

Paulie
great vid as always Tom and good read too, hope you re-visit this with the GA Oc board after the recent HW bot subs, should prove to be v. interesting overclocking

01-03-2011, 05:53:21

murphy7801
oops wrong thread sorry guys.

02-03-2011, 13:03:40

RealNeil
Quote:
Originally Posted by ciksas View Post

Wooow mate, hope you dont leave that at stock


It'll be awesome, even at stock speeds,.... but I would crank it up too!

11-03-2011, 21:15:12

Av8tortoo
Quote:
Originally Posted by dRaGm3n View Post

Take some photos of this beast!.

What case you're using?
Using the same case Tom had but in Black. CoolerMaster 942 HAF X

10-04-2011, 05:21:59

Jonnyboy0022
Hey Tom when you had a stable 4.7ghz overclock. How hot was your overclock?

10-04-2011, 05:25:36

Jonnyboy0022
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Assassin is the best board Ive had here for 90% of enthusiast to date. It out clocks the rampage 3 extreme on air and water and has more usable features too.
Hey Tom,

On your overclock at the stable speed of 4.7ghz how hot was your cpu?

10-04-2011, 19:59:10

muzza1875
No fair, me wants it!

Does anyone reckon it will eventually drop to anything near < 300 in the future?

Or will they just keep on selling them at the current price until they are all gone?

10-04-2011, 21:07:21

I Hunta x
I doubt they will ever see sub 700 retail ever, look at the 775 high end stuff, they are still pretty much the same price they were on release, ie the qx9650,qx9770 ect, you can pick them up for about 175-300 on ebay tho.

10-04-2011, 21:23:20

marsey99
Tom is away at the gadget show live event this week guys so I don't think he will have lots of time to reply on here as he will be chasing all those Booth babes

I think he will reply once he gets some time to himself again
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