Thought Socket 1366 was dead? Think again. Intel have officially launched the 3.46GHz, six core, twelve thread, 12MB L2 cache, 32nm, 130W TDP Core i7-990X. The i7-990X will slot nicely into Intel’s Core i7 Extreme Edition lineup.

The new beauty and the beast

The new beauty and the beast

It will also take over from the 3.33GHz i7-980X as Socket’s 1366’s flagship processor, even though they really aren’t all that different from each other. The 980X was announced quite a while back and I was looking forward to a nice price drop, which we will still be getting in time, but launching a nearly identical processor, with only a slight bump in clock speed, for the same price ($999, approximately Rs. 45,000) is a real head scratcher.

Anyway, thanks to the launch of the i7-990X, the i7-970 and the i7-960 have received price drops to $583 (Rs. 26,000) and $294 (Rs. 13,000), which are decent prices for the processors, especially for the hex-core i7-970. Anyway, you can check out more of the i7-990X here.

Publish date: February 18, 2011 10:52 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:20 pm

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