Since launch nearly 2 years ago the Intel® i7 has had many end-users the like completely shocked at the utter raw performance that could and has been gained from that one small processor. As each time framed release of the newer and much faster models has hit the streets the more we sit back aghast in shock how much more performance is gained and the need for speed has the end-user hungry. Hungry for faster gaming, hungry for faster productivity and hungry for the ultimate ”need for speed”. At the turn of this year we saw the Intel’s victorious stamping out forward of the new Sandy Bridge architecture, a whole new remit came into play, faster CPU chips, faster mainboards and most critical success factor to both end-user and Intel, the actual cost. A product to meet and suit all pockets for those wishing that all important upgrade. For the majority it meant complete upgrade path, though bang for buck you cannot get any better, until now.
Nearing twenty months down the line we now see a new revolution of a speed step faster. The new Intel® Core™ i7 990X-Extreme Edition processor has hit the streets and brought with it two new mainboards that had been announced late in December of 2011 supporting the current range of i7 processors. This did have many analysts thinking, a majority could see the reasoning why as it brought to the mainboard range a whole new set of features that would maintain Intel’s stock strategy in remaining competitive against its competition. Some sadly could not. However light is now at the end of the tunnel with today’s showing of the new Core™ i7 990X-Extreme Edition processor. All makes sense now. Therefore today we are not quietly coming out of the stable door, but bursting out with Intel’s new i7 addition.
So what is different about this new offering over the last top bin chip. Whilst maintaining a QPI pathway of 6.4GT/s and a top TDP of 130 Watts it has a slight increase in MHz performance from 3.33GHz on the over the Intel® Core™ i7 980X to 3.46GHz with the 990X. Within L2 Core The Intel® Core™ i7 990X maintains and supports each core with 256KB. And at L3 Cache, all 6 cores share the large 12MB cache. The Core™ i7 990X has a HyperThreading feature that will allows it to execute all 12 threads at once. The final feature of this CPU is the Turbo Boost technology. This enabled can push the CPU frequency up to 3.73 GHz on air at times when maximum performance is required.
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2
Intel is breaking down the barriers when it comes to the performance and bandwidth that gamers, digital media creators, and ultimate multi-taskers need most. The Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2 provides breakaway performance in production and editing, as well as digital media rendering and real-time audio/video preview capabilities. The massive data throughput and support for the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition runs more applications simultaneously, with less wait time. SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, triple channel DDR3 memory and full support for ATI CrossfireX* and NVIDIA SLI* technology are just a few of the many features supported on this board. Tweak to your heart’s content using the Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU). Whether overclocking the CPU, memory, and system clocks, or monitoring system temperatures, voltages and fan speeds, Intel® XTU allows you to tune, tweak and cool.
Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG
Whether gaming, crunching data or editing video, today’s power user needs a computing platform that delivers maximum multi-threaded CPU support. The Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG is designed to provide the power you need. The massive data throughput and support for the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition runs more applications simultaneously, with less wait time. SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, triple channel DDR3 memory and full support for ATI CrossfireX* and NVIDIA SLI* technology are just a few of the many features supported on this board.
Primary Features of the DX58SO2 Mainboard
At product launch, this Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2 supported all the Intel® Core™ i7-Extreme Edition processors series in an LGA1366 socket and of course todays new brand new offering of the Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition 990X
· Six 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
· Support for DDR3 1600+ /1333 /1066 MHz DIMMs
· Support for up to 48 GB of system memory
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)π2 subsystem in the following configuration:
· 10-channel (7.1 + 2 independent multi-streaming) audio subsystem with six analog audio outputs w/optical S/PDIF out port
Dual Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN subsystem using two Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Controllers
· Two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports
· Twelve USB 2.0 ports
· Two Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
· Six Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, Two eSATA ext. port
· Two IEEE 1394a ports/headers (1 external/1 header)
· Consumer Infrared receiver and emitter
· Three PCI Express* bus add-in card connectors
· Two PCI Express 2.0 x 1 connectors
· One PCI Conventional* bus connector
Moving over to page 2 we take a look at some pictures of the Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2 featured today
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2 Pictures
Page 3 – System Set-Up and Software Used
Page 4 – SiSoftware Sandra 2011 (Latest Build)
Page 5 – PCMark 2005 and POV-ray 64-bit
Page 6 – Nvidia Geforce® GTX580 Part 1
Page 7 – Nvidia Geforce® GTX580 Part 2
Page 8 – Sapphire Technology® Radeon HD 6970 Part 1
Page 9 – Sapphire Technology® Radeon HD 6970 Part 2
Page 10 – NVIDIA Quadro® 5000 Page 1 SPEC Tests
Page 11 – NVIDIA Quadro® 5000 Page 2 Miscellaneous Professional Tests
Page 12 – ATI FirePro® V8800 Page 1 SPEC Tests
Page 13 – ATI FirePro® V8800 Page 2 Miscellaneous Professional Tests
Page 14 – Conclusions and Award