Intel Core i7-990X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-990X

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-990X sales 24 February 2011 at a recommended price of $1,104. This is Gulftown architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3730 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA1366 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt. It supports DDR3-1066 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 8.71 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

General info

Of Core i7-990X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
10.44
 
Type
Desktop
 
Architecture codename
Gulftown
 
Release date
24 February 2011
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,104
 
Price now
$350
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i7-990X's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-990X's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
6
 
Number of threads
12
 
Base frequency
3.466 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Maximum frequency
3.73 GHz
 
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
of 8192 (Opteron 3380)
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
 
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
Die size
239 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
68 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Transistor count
1,170 million
 
of 19200 (Ryzen 7 3700)
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked
+
 
VID voltage range
0.8V-1.375V
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-990X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
Socket
FCLGA1366
 
Power consumption (TDP)
130 Watt
 
of 650 (Atom Z500)

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-990X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2
 
AES-NI
+
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
1.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Demand Based Switching
-
 
PAE
36 Bit
 

Security technologies

Core i7-990X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-990X are enumerated here.
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-990X.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
24 GB
 
Max memory channels
3
 
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 
of 262.26 (Xeon Platinum 9221)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-990X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

8.71

Passmark

7080

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

8320

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-990X is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-990X performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-990X from AMD is Ryzen Embedded V1605B, which is faster by 1% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

User rating

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