Friday, April 9, 2010

Intel Core i7-980X Gulftown Six-Core 32nm (summarized)

Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition 3.33GHz 12MB L3 Cache LGA1366 Desktop Processor BX80613i7980XIntel Core i7-980X Gulftown
Six-Core 32nm Processor Review (summarized)

Finally a review of Inter Core i7-980x came out from
This Core i7-980X would be the "true" i7 for Socket LGA 1366 and supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost.

These are some specifics of the new i7-980x:
1. a 32nm manufacturing process,
2. fully unlocked multipliers,
3. 3.33Ghz core clock,
4. Turbo Boost up to 3.6Ghz,
5. six cores plus Hyper-Threading,
6. 12MB of L3 cache,
7. triple-channel DDR3-1066 memory interface,
8. 130W TDP,
9. and a $999 USD price tag.

The retail Core i7-980X package will also come with an impressive new stock CPU cooler; the DBX-B Thermal Solution. The i7-980X does not target your average computer user or even your
average enthusiast which could not even fully utilize the power of quad core, eight thread Core i7's potential. The i7-980X would fit users that would take full advantage and are serious of multi-tasking and benchmarking.

Here is a comparison chart:

Intel will be changing and including in these package the new Intel DBX-B Thermal Solution

Here are some Benchmark graphs comparing i7-980x to other different Intel and AMD processors.

Lavalys Everest Ultimate


Crysis v1.21
Resolution: 1680x1050
Anti Aliasing: 0
Quality Settings: High
Global Settings: DX10 / 64-Bit

Test 1: Ice benchmark_CPU2 demo
Comparison: FPS (Frames per Second)

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 1.02
Resolution: 1680x1050
Anti Aliasing: 0
Quality Settings: Very High
Global Settings: DX10 Enabled

Test 1: Ranch Long Demo
Comparison: FPS (Frames per Second)

Power Consumption


Well, the graphs speaks for it self. The i7-980X performs far more than it's predecessors.
But then again having these kind of monster processor is suitable for those with monster tasks to fully utilize its potential.

For the in depth and detailed review click here.

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