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I think Intel accidentally made too good of a processor when they designed SB.
Just like they did with the Q6600, lol.
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Wow, read through this entire thread, and so many people are focusing on what the 990X is NOT for.

When you have a benchmark or test for what the 990X is designed to do (highly parallel work), the 990X stomps all over the SB chips.



Look at this. Nearly half a minute faster, so it takes 80% of the time that SB does.

When you're doing something like rendering, and it's gonna take you a day, that 20% less time really comes in useful. For professional work such as rendering, the 990X is still the king (because that's what it's designed to do!).

Obviously with a $1000 price point it isn't aimed at consumers, it isn't aimed at gaming, and it isn't aimed at pretty much everything the SB chips are. If it didn't have a place in Intel's lineup, they wouldn't have bothered investing all the money developing, testing and releasing the chip if they didn't think there was an (admittedly niche) market for it.
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Wow, read through this entire thread, and so many people are focusing on what the 990X is NOT for.

When you have a benchmark or test for what the 990X is designed to do (highly parallel work), the 990X stomps all over the SB chips.

Look at this. Nearly half a minute faster, so it takes 80% of the time that SB does.

When you're doing something like rendering, and it's gonna take you a day, that 20% less time really comes in useful. For professional work such as rendering, the 990X is still the king (because that's what it's designed to do!).

Obviously with a $1000 price point it isn't aimed at consumers, it isn't aimed at gaming, and it isn't aimed at pretty much everything the SB chips are. If it didn't have a place in Intel's lineup, they wouldn't have bothered investing all the money developing, testing and releasing the chip if they didn't think there was an (admittedly niche) market for it.
Exactly, and throughout the article it explains where the chip shines, and during what situations it actually makes senses to own one.

Not everybody builds a computer to play games strictly. Those who do are advised to go with a 2500K as that is by far the best bang for buck offered by both camps in gaming right now.

The conclusion sums it up.

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Now, in the face of a new flagship processor, we see that there are actually situations where a Core i7-900-series chip still makes sense. Frankly, enthusiasts and gamers need not apply. You can get so much value from the Core i5-2500K for $230 that it’s entirely worth waiting for new P67-based motherboards before you buy something new. Or, hold off for Z68, which will have some surprises of its own. The $770 you pocket as a result of not buying an Extreme Edition CPU buys a sick set of GeForce GTX 570s in SLI and a couple terabytes of storage.

But if your workstation is responsible for making you money; if it’s a true workhorse that you know for a fact muscles through threaded software like Premiere Pro, 3ds Max, and MainConcept (among others), then there’s a legitimate business case for buying the highest-end processor possible. And if you’re in that position, you can probably calculate exactly how long it’ll take for the Core i7-990X to pay for itself.

More so now than ever before, Intel’s X58 Express platform is being pegged as a 1P server/workstation configuration, and not a power user’s toy. There are limited reasons you’d actually want to spend $1000 on a processor in light of Sandy Bridge’s potency. The reasons are there though, and we’ve illustrated where you can expect to see them surface…
Personally, I may be picking up a 990x or a used 980x, still undecided.

I'm definitely going to upgrade to Ivy Bridge's 8 core processor, seeing as how the Quad SB's are performing, imagine how well IB's 6-8 cores will perform and overclock with the 22nm process?
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Hrm...Oh, hey, they answer the question I had in my mind nicely.

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Frankly, enthusiasts and gamers need not apply. You can get so much value from the Core i5-2500K for $230 that it’s entirely worth waiting for new P67-based motherboards before you buy something new. Or, hold off for Z68, which will have some surprises of its own. The $770 you pocket as a result of not buying an Extreme Edition CPU buys a sick set of GeForce GTX 570s in SLI and a couple terabytes of storage
Translation: You're an idiot if you buy this for a gaming rig.
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Hrm...Oh, hey, they answer the question I had in my mind nicely.



Translation: You're an idiot with too much money if you buy this for a gaming rig.
And what's with all the comments about $1,000? I hope you all realize that no everyone can afford/will buy this at retail price.
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I wasn't referring to AMD talking about X6, that's old news, I was talking about AMD referring to Bulldozer.



This thread isn't about the X6, I posted that graph simply because it showed Sandy Bridge beating the 980x in an overall pc benchmark suite.

Can you grasp that?

If you think (and that's debatable) that your attempt at goading would ruffle my feathers then i'm afraid you'll need to try harder than that. I'm very happy with my X6, to the extent that I can't see myself upgrading for some time. It doe's everything I ask of it quickly and quietly, if it takes 0.012 secs longer to open a .rar file than a 980x or a 2500k would, I really couldn't care less. You obviously didn't read the article and haven't got it's main message - It's horses for courses.

Anyway, ignorance is bliss, enjoy your stupidity
Didn't see your system specs and really don't care what processor is the fastest. Bang for the buck is the only way for me.
It was a sidenote.
My comment has nothing to do with you. No need to get all offensive and insulting.

You should consider for anger management sessions if this is normal behavior for you.
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lol i think we already knew the flagship was the 990x. It's not like a $200 chip can compete with an extreme $1000 cpu.
It does compete though, quite well actually.
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This makes the 2600k look even better.


The 1000 USD price tag dont justify buying this chip.
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Wow, read through this entire thread, and so many people are focusing on what the 990X is NOT for.

When you have a benchmark or test for what the 990X is designed to do (highly parallel work), the 990X stomps all over the SB chips.



Look at this. Nearly half a minute faster, so it takes 80% of the time that SB does.

When you're doing something like rendering, and it's gonna take you a day, that 20% less time really comes in useful. For professional work such as rendering, the 990X is still the king (because that's what it's designed to do!).

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Read it, said it, rep+'d it.
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