If the early preview shots of ASUS' Rampage III Extreme motherboard got your juices flowing, then the full information about the Intel X58-based 'board should be enough to knock you off your feet. The Rampage III Extreme is the latest in ASUS' Republic of Gamers range, and supports the newest hexacore Intel Core i7 CPUs - such as the Core i7-980X Extreme - along with straightforward overclocking, NVIDIA 3-way SLI and ATI CrossFireX support, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Read The Full Story
Having shown you Digital Storm's madly-overclocked BlackOPS gaming PC yesterday, now it's the turn of their updated workstation, the DAVINCI, to get Intel's latest Core i7-980X Extreme processor. The chip finds its way into the mid-range DAVINCI Professional model, kicking off at $4,995 (with a $350 discount if you scamper over and buy one straight away) complete with 12GB of DDR3 memory and NVIDIA PNY Quadro FX 1800 768MB graphics. Read The Full Story
It's not only MAINGEAR playing games with Intel's latest Core i7-980X Extreme processor. The new hexacore has found its way into Digital Storm's similarly-stonking BlackOPS desktop, but they've not seen fit to leave its 3.33GHz alone; instead, opt for their TwisterBoost overclocking package and they'll crank the Core i7 all the way up to 4.44GHz. Read The Full Story
Remember all the talk of a hexacore Apple Mac Pro refresh back in October? Apple were tipped to have secured exclusivity of Intel's upcoming top-spec Core i7 processor, with a significant system update - up to 128GB of memory, for one thing - suggested. According to Hardmac's sources, the fateful launch date is in fact March 16th, with the potent desktop using the new Intel Xeon Core i7-980X processor. The six-core Core i7-980X clocks in at 3.33GHz, though thanks to Intel's TurboBoost system it can be safely overclocked to 3.6GHz. Hardmac reckon that the slightly slower version of the processor, the Core i7-970X clocked at 3.2GHz, won't arrive until later on.
Apple have quietly updated their Mac Pro desktop systems, adding a new processor option together with greater storage. Buyers looking for the most powerful Mac Pro around are now able to specify a 3.33GHz Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, which is a whopping $1,200 on top of the regular machine. The new CPU joins the existing entry-level 2.66GHz Xeon and 2.93GHz Xeon, the latter of which is a $400 option. As for the storage tweak, there's now a 2TB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200rpm hard-drive option, priced at $350, in addition to the previous 640GB and 1TB drives on offer. The new 2TB drive has 32GB of cache, and is also available on the Apple Xserve server. It's not yet possible to specify two of the 3.33GHz Xeon processors in Apple's 8-core Mac Pro, which still only offers 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz options. Apple have been tipped to release a 6-core, 12-thread Xeon (Gulftown) processor (built on 32nm processes and with 12MB of shared cache) in early 2010.