- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: BX80613I7980
- Processor Count: 6
- Computer CPU Speed: 3.3 GHz
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
Intel Core i7-980 Processor 3.33 GHz 6 Core LGA 1366 - BX80613I7980
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- 3.3 GHz,Turbo Boost Technology
- 32nm,12MB Smart Cache
- Integrated Three Channel DDR3 Memory Controller
- Hyper-Threading Technology
- LGA-1366 Package
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the sixth i7-based system I have built. The first i7 920 built 2 and a half years ago acheived stunning performance. When Intel came out with these new 6-core 32 nm processors I was curious about their overclocking potential considering it is an older architecture that has been moved to a smaller manufacturing process. My curiosity was rewarded with this purchase. I am currently running this processor at 4.6 ghz, temps are peaking at 60c and it is a couple hours prime stable so far. This is by far the easiest processor I have ever overclocked. I am using liquid cooling which allows for these low temps but I replaced an i7 960 with this cpu and overclocking is tremendously better. With no voltage changes I acheived a 4.2 ghz overclock. If you have been running an older i7 and have been considering an upgrade, this processor is worth it if you can stomach the price.
The only negative part is the price. it's 600 dollars and the core count doesn't double, it only increases to 6 cores, so theoretically you may see a 50% more performance in highly-threaded applications for twice the cost of the 4-core 45 nm i7's. However, it is important to consider also that this is very close performance-wise to a 980x or 990x which are around 1000 USD.
The overclocking performance combined with two more cores makes it a worthwhile upgrade. It really is a beast!
I see a lot of gripes about the cost, but for double the price of a 950 I am definitely getting a perceived double power of of this thing. It's crazy fast, I use it mostly for video and photo editing as well as MS Flight Sim, and without being able to give you a comparison chart, just know that I feel like I can throw anything at this CPU and it'll laugh. Coupled with a GTX570, Adobe Premiere video editing is pretty much seemless and smooth! (Yes, gamers, ONE vid card, Adobe doesn't know what SLI is).
Get it. Get it. Get it. "Noticable improvement" is an understatement. For the curious, my rig is listed below.
*Please see Notes regarding cooling!*
Cons: Well, anytime you plunk down 600 bucks for anything you kind of wince, bt once you fire up the new rig that all seems to fade away...
Cooling: Two rules: don't mess around with the stock cooler, and don't use too much thermal paste! You're spending 600 bucks for a CPU, spend another 80 & get the Noctua NH-D14. You don't need water cooling if you do your paste right, and you don't want the inferior stock cooler (I saw one reviewer on a different site say he uses the stock cooler & gets 36C idle, 70C under load. I cringed at such high temps). I simply used a half-pea-sized blop of ...Read more ›
on all 6 core's 24/7 and so i have also got my i7 980 non x overclocked @4ghz and i am realy happy with my purchase...i just wished i could have done it a long time ago.... Ihave ben into computers and general - high end teck for years from repairing ,custom built pc's to hand built amps n lots of other stuff and i have heard a fuw pepl say the x58-980 is out dated but that IS NOT TRUE ..AT ALL these r still a force to b rekond with even today...im runing a custom water loop on a asus p6x58d premiun motherbord with a 980 non x ,12gb patriot tripple ch ram clocked @ 16005mhz (i have a ram cooler on it but its not a big deal at all and a 850 samsung evo 250gb ssd(boot drive) a 2tb wd black for games,1tb, 2x 750gb,wd velosa raptor 10krpm as well as another one or to.lol. and i have a asus gtx titan gpu n a 1,000w powersuply n a bunch more that i cant remember right off but u get the pic.lol.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been using this for years now and overclocked it and it runs like a champ.Published 12 months ago by jxtn
Made my sticker peck out even before I opened the package. Made my wallet cry though. Buy it already ok.Published on February 11, 2013 by Mr Amazon
Great cpu, installed and booted up with no problems allways have had good experance with intells cpu. runs like a charm.Published on October 9, 2012 by LS
When it comes to Performance per $$$ this has to be the best CPU out there. I highly recommend it. I bought this chip to replace my old i7 920. Get it!Published on May 30, 2012 by D. Marte
Well what can one say about a 6 Core I7 overclocked???
Its Freakin Awesome! Thats what you say.
I use it on my Hackintosh and got Geekbench scores of over 17,000!! Read more
This processor is the non-extreme version, I told Amazon about the incorrect image a month ago and they said they would change it the next business day... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by eXperiment4l
Built this sysem to replace an Intel Quad core rig:
Intel Core i7-980
Intel DX58S02 Mobo
Cooler Master Haf X Case
24 GB Kingston Hyper X DDR3 (6 x 4... Read more