X68/78 (Patsburg) will be released around Q4 2011 - Q1 2012. Previous CPU releases from Intel usually started in November. 990X is pretty much useless now because of: - for home there is LGA1155 for those who don't want to wait or are not interested in LGA2011 - price is atrocious even for serious business & industry - Patsburg will come as standard [probably] with minimum 6 cores (12 HT) and 8/16 for top of the line models - depends on a source It is better to start saving $$$ now for all-brand-new-spanking-system around December/January than investing in i7 X-series. In truth that 990X BT acquired looks like it is some relatively poor one. On many sites 990X running stable at 5GHz on air.