Intel Core i7-990X: specs and benchmarks

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Intel Core i7-990X
Intel Core i7-990X
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Year of release 2011
Performance 8.27
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Intel Core i7-990X
Intel Core i7-990X Intel Core i7-990X


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 max turbo frequency of 3733 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is Intel Socket 1366 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt and a maximum temperature of °C. It supports DDR3 Triple-channel memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at


percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

Of Core i7-990X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating711
Value for money (0-100)1.13
Market segmentDesktop processor
Architecture codenameGulftown
Release date24 February 2011 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,104of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$431 (0.4x MSRP)of 16595 (Xeon E7-4850)
Value for money (0-100)

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Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores6 (Hexa-Core)
Base clock speed3.466 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.73 GHzof 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache12 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography32 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size239 mm2
Number of transistors1,170 millionof 16000 (Apple M1)
64 bit support+
Unlocked multiplier+


Information on Core i7-990X compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
Thermal design power (TDP)130 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-990X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3 Triple-channelof 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-990X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-990X 8.27
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  • 3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i7-990X 7262
i7-990X 8320

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-990X is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-990X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-990X from AMD is Athlon Gold PRO 3150GE, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

AMD Athlon Gold PRO 3150GE Athlon Gold PRO 3150GE

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