Core i7 bumped to 3.33GHz
Still too slow? Overclock it
Intel has speed-bumped its top-of-the-line Core i7 Extreme Edition processor, increasing its lead as the fastest desktop chip that the company has ever offered.
Dual QuickPath Interconnects (QPI) transfer data at 6.4GT/sec, and such performance-enhancing niceties as Intel's SpeedStep (EIST), Virtualization (VT), and Turbo Boost auto-overclocking technologies are all enabled.
Its core-clock multiplier is set at 25X - but it's unlocked, should you feel the need to experiment with a bit of straightforward overclocking.
The Core i7 975 slots into the now-second-class Core i7 965's price point, which is $999 in lots of 1,000 - although processors at this rarified level are rarely if ever sold in those amounts. You can find it today in retail packaging at sites such as NewEgg for $1,039 and Platinum Micro for $1,078.
But if that's too rich for your Meltdown-melted wallet, you might instead pick up a Core i7 920, which can be found at various outlets for well under $300. It takes well to overclocking, and an Intel spokesman told The Reg that it will "most definitely" remain available for the foreseeable future. ®