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I see it as mainly for the commercial sector. There are a lot of companies that get heavy discounts on processors from both amd and intel. If you have a 1366 machine with a older processor and you weigh the cost ratio, with any discounts you get, it can be a lot cheaper to get the 990x, then to get a new motherboard, memory, and cpu.
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post #52 of 110
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Originally Posted by Track View Post
I don't understand who's Intel trying to fool with this.

Anyone with 1,000$ knows that 990x is 980x with a 5% OC that anyone with 10 IQ points can achieve.

So, what's the point - do people actually buy this junk?

Now to mention, it's going to be released a couple months before Ivy Bridge - are they insane?
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Originally Posted by Lampen View Post
Better IMC so some people will actually jump on it.
THIS!

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Originally Posted by Hambone07si View Post
I have a early 980x that takes 1.5v for 4.4ghz. I'm sure it's just like going from 920/930/950. They just are improving the chips. once the 990x is out the 980x will be replaced by it. I'm sure that it will go up about 300-500mhz with the same volts as a 980x. Just my 2c.
The first D0 920's were some of the best 45nm X58 chips made.



But here's the point: The IMC on every Gulftown chip (except a golden sample) is just plain bad. They have the right multiplier combo (Uncore only needs to be 1.5x the memory speed), but many of them still have trouble pushing the memory because they can't handle the stress. Even more than this, many Gulftown chips won't boot with more than ~1.35V VTT/QPI which is integral for pushing memory and uncore.

The i7 990X has a new, revised memory controller that will hopefully be a nice, solid improvement. Maybe it will be similar to the i7 800 series (Lynnfield) and be capable of 2200MHz+ 24/7 and 3000MHz+ for benching.
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post #53 of 110
If I had the money to spare I would get a 990x before a SB
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post #54 of 110
the 990x is for people who cant keep hold of cpus for too long, people who are really into overclocking, they'd probably buy it to put it under water to see how high they can get it then sell it on, also its going to be new stepping, well thats what I heard
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i want one but got no money
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post #56 of 110
LN2 guys will set new WR's on these. Even if they don't OC much higher, the revised IMC will probably help.

Steep price tho, I actually spilled my coffee on myself when I saw 1000$ pricetag
    
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post #57 of 110
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Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx View Post
THIS!



The first D0 920's were some of the best 45nm X58 chips made.



But here's the point: The IMC on every Gulftown chip (except a golden sample) is just plain bad. They have the right multiplier combo (Uncore only needs to be 1.5x the memory speed), but many of them still have trouble pushing the memory because they can't handle the stress. Even more than this, many Gulftown chips won't boot with more than ~1.35V VTT/QPI which is integral for pushing memory and uncore.

The i7 990X has a new, revised memory controller that will hopefully be a nice, solid improvement. Maybe it will be similar to the i7 800 series (Lynnfield) and be capable of 2200MHz+ 24/7 and 3000MHz+ for benching.
Thats awesome. Mine has no probs doing 2x the dram freq. I've had it at 2000mhz with 3000 uncore 8-8-8-20 and also at 1600mhz 3200 uncore 7-7-7-20 and I get better bandwith with the 1600mhz set up. This is also with 12gigs of ram all slot full and 1t timing's. My IMC is pretty good on my chip but the chip need lots of volts to get anywhere. The vid was 1.225v, very bad
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But it has the biggest number! I must has! I'll take 3.
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I am getting this bad boy in the mail sometime at the beginning of next week. I feel justified in the purchase as I am coming from the old q9650 setup. What does piss me off, very badly, is the lack of any fast ddr2 ever being available. I know that if this chip o,mine can push a rock stable 4.0ghz on just 1.36 vcore, then my memory is limiting me. If I don't mind running my mem at 800mhz or under this chip hits 4.5 on as little as 1.40 vcore. I also realize that if i went down to 4gigs of ram that i could get much higher as well. I don't want to do any of that stuff though so I decided to sell my current rig as a server after tossing in more memory and bringing the clock speed down a noch for a 1:1 ratio at 800mhz on the memory. I don't feel to bad about selling it as a server either. This machine is the most stable build I have ever produced. @4.0ghz this sucker has never had a random crash. The only crashes it has had were directly my fault and usually a result of overclocking hd5870s just for the hell of it.

The short story is that for a guy in my position this is one effin heck of an upgrade. I am ordering some corsair memory rated @ 2400 stable all paired with a new intell. board. I really wish DFI's stuf hadn't become so damn hard to find as I am by no means a fanboy. DFI EARNED my respect both as an enthusiast and a technician. So yeah dude this "junk" is 2 more cores physical for 50 dollars more than the 980x, hell yeah Ill buy it. This is typical for me though I always wait until the end of a generations life cycle before jumping on board. Doing this is a smart move as end of gen items have had all the bugs worked out, clock higher, consume less voltage and generally are tried and true. Besides thinking of 1:1 ratioas at 5ghz is giving me a raging nerd-on!
Edited by NonOtherThenI - 2/16/11 at 7:51am
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if people pay $999 for the 980x why not get that extra 10 on the number and the extra stock clocks for a few $ more?
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