Eurocom's Panther 2.0 laptop sits in a PC purgatory place located between a traditional laptop and a desktop system. These are known as desktop replacements, and in case there was any doubt that the Panther 2.0 qualifies, Eurocom has added an Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition processor option to the list of CPUs that include both Xeon and Core i7 parts.
If you look hard enough, you can find a handful of Polish computer shops selling Intel's upcoming Core i7 990X Extreme Edition processor online. Pricing starts at around €900 (US$1,240) and goes up from there.
Intel hasn't yet officially launched this latest Gulftown part, though some OEMs already have it as a configurable option. The Core i7 990X will take its place as Intel's newest flagship part with six cores operating at 3.46GHz (3.6GHz via Turbo Boost). Other specs include 256KB of L2 cache for each core, 12MB of L3 cache, and a 130W TDP.
The 990X also represents the end of the road for Gulftown, which Intel will replace with Sandy Bridge E silicon in the third quarter, Fudzilla says.
Before you go maxing out the available balance on your credit card picking up Intel's Core i7 980X processor, you may want to hang tight for a couple of months. According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, the Santa Clara chip maker will introduce its new flagship part, the Core i7 990X six-core chip, to the market in the first quarter of 2011.
The new part will come clocked at 3.46GHz on each of its six cores with a 3.73GHz Turbo clock. Otherwise, not much as changed -- it's still rated at 130W, supports DDR3 memory, comes equipped with 12MB of cache, and won't have any integrated graphics like those fancy Sandy Bridge parts.
Look for pricing to remain at $1,000 for Intel's flagship part, which should drive down prices on remaining Core i7 980X processors, particularly in the used market.