Intel Core i7 990X Extreme
Phoronix: Intel Core i7 990X Extreme
For those willing to spend $999 USD on a new processor, Intel has a new Core i7 part out that is stunningly fast. The Core i7 990X is the $999 successor to the previously reviewed Core i7 970 that ups the core frequency to 3.46GHz and provides a 3.73GHz Turbo Boost frequency. This six-core CPU with Hyper Threading works wonderful with Linux.
Mobile processors and AMD...
I have a laptop with i7-2820QM, that's probably the equivalent to 980 as mobile version. It feels much slower than my desktop running the AMD Phenom II 965 X4 B.E.
The laptop has 16GB RAM 1333MHz that's double than the desktop (and the crappy Asus Formula III detects of my 1600MHz only 1066 anyway).
The SSD in the laptop is the Intel X25-M 120GB rather than the slower Imation M-Class 64GB in the desktop.
The graphics card is Nvidia 460M in the laptop rather than the ATI HD4770 in the desktop (I already hate the nvidia binary driver).
So the question is, why are mobile processors sooo much slower than desktop processors? The laptop has 2.3GHz to 3.4GHz with Turbo. My desktop has just 3.4GHz for each core.
Anyway, everybody and every single benchmark promised me the Intel core would outperform my ~3 year old AMD processor in everything -.-