June 6, 2011
Due to the high demand for the 5.50 GHz i7-990X models, and the relatively long build time associated with them, we must place a temporary hold on these orders while we hire and train new staff. We are offering a new FireHawk model in its place...
Shown above: The Firehawk Mach IV, water-cooled and overclocked to 4.50 GHz
Over the past several months, several clients of ours noticed a certain "price migration" and asked us why the $6500 Firehawk Mach V was listing for $7000, then $7500 not long after. The short answer was: the demand spike.
Building a system that is capable of maintaining 5.50 GHz for long periods of time while remaining 100% stable is not an easy task. It requires a great deal of hand-tuning, and there is no "Betty Crocker" recipe: every system must be approached differently, and only the most experienced overclockers are aware of this phenomenon. Not every 2000 MHz RAM module is exactly the same, not every FSB/QPI behaves exactly the same, and not every chip generates the same heat load running the same benchmarks and stress tests.
Once "news got out" about the 5.50 GHz Firehawk and the 5.50 GHz Lightning III models, the orders came pouring in, and we only had three members of our staff who could build these units. Their days stretched to 10 hours, then to 12 hours, and most recently we had them coming in on Saturdays even as we trained more of our boxbuilders on the construction and tuning of this model.
West coast Chief Technical Officer William Harmon explains:
Chief Executive Officer Ed Trice went back to the drawing board. Citing the cooler heat profile of the 990X chip vs. the 980X, he elected to go with Corsair's new H100 cooling unit, bypassing the need for phase change cooling. The H100 is a step up from the H70 unit that Corsair makes, but it doesn't provide nearly the cooling that a phase unit would. Quoting Ed Trice:
Customization options are available for all of our models, so call 610.818.5063 or send an email today to discuss how you would like your dream machine configured.