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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Intel Core i7 990X – the fastest desktop chip ever

Intel has announced the launch of Core i7 990X with 6 cores. While maintaining a brave speed of QPI from 6.4GT/s and a top TDP of 130 Watts, the 990X has a slight performance boost from Intel Core i7 980X, from 3.33 GHz to 3.46GHz for 990X.

And about the L2 cache memory, it maintains and supports each core with 256 KB, while on the L3, all six cores share 12 MB cache. As Intel claims, this is probably the fastest desktop chip on the planet.
Core i7 990X has a HyperThreading feature, which allows it to run all 12 threads at the same time. Another feature of the processor is the Turbo Boost technology.
This has allowed Intel to push the CPU up to 3.73 GHz frequency when maximum performance is required.
Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition comes unlocked and is built on a 32nm fabrication process.
[via HotHardware]


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