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Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Processor 3.33 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366
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- 3.33GHz Clock Speed Intel Turbo Boost speed up to 3.6GHz
- 6 cores 12 threads with Intel Hyper-Threading
- Socket LGA1366 compatible with Intel DX58SO board
- Three channel DDR3 memory support
- 130 Watts TDP
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- Brand Name: Intel
- Model Number: BX80613i7980X
- Processor Count: 6
- Computer CPU Speed: 3.33 GHz
- Computer CPU Manufacturer: Intel
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|Processor Series||Intel Xeon||Intel Core i7||Intel Core i7||Intel Xeon|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Model Socket||LGA 1366||LGA 1151||LGA 1366||LGA 2011|
|Processor Speed||3.33 GHz||4.2 GHz||3.2 GHz||2.7 GHz|
|Item Dimensions||8.26 x 7.9 x 31.49 in||5 x 9.52 x 4.88 in||4 x 4.5 x 3.2 in||5.5 x 4.8 x 2 in|
|Wattage||73 watts||91||130 watts||130 watts|
Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz, 6.4 QPI, 45nm, Integrated Three Channel DDR3 Memory Controller, Hyper-Threading Technology - lets your processor do two things at the same time, allowing its six cores to run 12 threads, 12 MB Smart Cache, Turbo Boost Technology - automatically speeds up your processor when you need it. So even if you are running multiple applications at the same time, turbo boost taps any unused power to give you an extra boost of speed single-core frequency up to 3.60 GHz, LGA-1366 package. 3 Year Limited Warranty. Compatible with the Intel Desktop Board DX58SO
The Intel Core i7 980X processor Extreme Edition is Intel's first 32nm processor with 12 computing threads to deliver the cutting edge in PC performance. It combines the power of six processing cores running at 3.33 GHz into a single processor, guaranteeing the utmost performance and power for the most demanding applications. With 12 MB of smart cache, the Core i7 980X processor ensures that you get maximum responsiveness from your system, even when running many intensive programs simultaneously. Compatible with motherboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the Core i7-980X processor takes your computing and gaming experience to the next level.
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Take your computing and gaming experience to the next level with the Intel Core i7-980X processor Extreme Edition. View larger.
With 12 computing threads, you'll have smoother, more realistic gameplay.
The Intel Core i7 980X processor Extreme Edition packs six computing cores running at 3.33 GHz to deliver breakthrough performance in gaming and multitasking. The Core i7-980X will not only handle today's complex games, but tomorrow's as well. You'll experience smoother, more realistic gameplay as AI, physics, and rendering are distributed across the six cores and 12 threads. Your 3D gaming will be brought to life without frame-rate hiccups and slowdowns so you can dominate the competition.
Breakaway Performance for Digital Media Creation
Whether editing high-definition videos, touching up family photos, or splicing up music, the Intel Core i7 980X processor Extreme Edition provides the processing power needed. The processor's 12 threads are optimized to keep up with the most advanced digital editing software. Compared to the previous generation of Intel Core2 processors, the Core i7 980X processor can process HD video almost twice as fast. It also accelerates DVD encoding and compression, allowing you to easily share your HD movies with everyone. Video transcoding and compression and image rendering are done faster than ever, so you'll never be left waiting for your computer to catch up to your imagination.
Powerful New Microarchitecture Eliminates Slowdown
The i7 family is Intel's flagship processor, and for good reason. With the i7 family, Intel engineers invented a revolutionary new style of microarchitecture. They replaced the front side bus--a longtime staple of processor design--with a new technology called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI). Using QPI, the Intel Core i7 980X processor increases bandwidth and lowers latency, while achieving data transfer speeds as high as 25.6 GB/s.
To put it simply, users will enjoy faster and more streamlined processing than ever before. Your computer will handle multiple projects and applications without the slowdown you'd experience with a lesser processor.
New Technologies Boost Performance
The Intel Core i7 980X processor Extreme Edition also makes use of several other cutting-edge technologies:
- Turbo Boost Technology allows the processor to automatically boost base clock speed of 3.33GHz to a maximum single-core frequency of 3.60GHz when it's operating below power/thermal limits.
- Hyper-threading Technology enables more efficient use of processor resources by allowing each core to work on two tasks at the same time. This 12 way multi-tasking makes the most of highly threaded software like media players and next-generation games.
- Smart Cache Memory increases available RAM resources, leading to less lag while multi-tasking.
Built to be tweaked and pushed to the limits, Intel Core i7 980X processor Extreme Edition features an unlocked core making it easier to overclock. For performance enthusiasts looking to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of their hardware, Intel DX58SO Extreme Series Desktop Boards provide a stable foundation for a benchmark-shattering system.
|1 Warning: altering clock frequency and/or voltage may (i) reduce system stability and useful life of the system and processor; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of the processor beyond its specifications|
|Intel Core i7 Processor Comparison|
|Intel Core i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition||Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition||Intel Core i7-970 Processor||Intel Core i7-960 Processor|
|Number of Processing Cores||6||6||6||4|
|Number of Simultaneous Threads||12 (With Intel HT Technology)||12 (With Intel HT Technology)||12 (With Intel HT Technology)||8 (With Intel HT Technology)|
|Clock Speed||3.46 GHz||3.33 GHz||3.20 GHz||3.20 GHz|
|Max Turbo Frequency||3.73 GHz||3.60 GHz||3.46 GHz||3.46 GHz|
|Intel Smart Cache||12 MB||12 MB||12 MB||8 MB|
|Max Memory Size||24 GB||24 GB||24 GB||24 GB|
|Number of DDR3 Memory Channels||3||3||3||3|
|AES New Instructions||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this CPU if you're doing a lot of content creation. Yes, the CPU's price is high but the time saved on compiling or rendering is tremendous- allowing you to be more productive.
The rest of the machine:
Mobo: Asus P6X58D-E
GPU: Radeon 5870HD
RAM: 12Gb OCZ gold series
HDD: 1.25Tb SATA [multiple HDDs taken from the old PC]
PSU: Seventeam 850W VForce
DVD: 1 LG Lightscribe + 1 NEC DVD DL
Case: Coolermaster ATCS 840s
The other thing to consider when you buy this CPU is that to see full potential you have to use Solid State Drives SSD (mainly for the OS) and top of the class graphic cards like HD 5870 in Xfire or a HD 5970... or if you don't care to have a little volcano stabbing your electric bill you can use a GTX 480...
It a 1000 bucks CPU, but believe me, at the end that will be the last thing on your mind when playing...
This time, I decided to go full-bore and get the highest processor I could: the Intel Core i7 980X Extreme.
Let me tell you, this thing is POWERFUL. It ranks a 7.9 on the WEI, scored my system about 30,000 marks on 3DMark06 and doesn't seem to break a sweat no matter what I throw at it. Obviously the supporting hardware is a big deal, too--but the point is I can pop up Task Manager, run a new game at full settings, and don't see the cores go leaping up and peg themselves at the top: it's more like the marathon runner has been asked to take a quick 5-minute spin around the track. I even told my system to drop Phys-X processing straight on the CPU and couldn't seem to make it hit the ceiling.
For this reason, I haven't bothered to overclock. I tried using Intel's native utility for the 980X, but after 18 hours of it seeming to sit still and think about whether it should raise the bar, I gave up because quite frankly I see no need to push an envelope that is already plenty big. My problems have in fact been the opposite: I have to turn settings down to keep from destabilizing the system. For example, if I don't enable VSync on anything older than a year, I'm going to see ridiculously high frame rates that will most likely destabilize the system--Halo 2, for example, hit over 600 fps with all settings on full.
Obviously this isn't all the processor's doing: a good gaming system is a combination of many parts. The 980X is an amazing centerpiece, but good configuration also goes a long way. To help you put it in context, here are my system specs:
Core i7 980X Extreme
dual nVidia 480 GTX cards (1GB video RAM each), SLI enabled
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB hard drive (7,200 RPM @ 3.0BG/s, 32MB cache)
3 x 4GB G. Skill Trident+ Turbulence 2 DDR3 2000 RAM (triple-channel enabled)
I game at 1920 x 1080 and when I run benchmarks I score "as-is" without stripping down the services or the resolution.
I am thankful that for this system I have an all-star cast on the stage, and while the video is the flashy, showy player, the processor is center stage and seems to thrive under pressure.
If you are fortunate enough to afford the 980X, then this is a good processor. If I hadn't been so fortunate I 'm sure I would have been happy with the lesser-priced 975 as well. Either way, I am impressed with the Core "i" series as a whole (my wife's machine has an i5 and is quite powerful) and this one is my favorite.
Overclockability got 4 starts from me because for some reason at load one core is like 10 degrees cooler than the rest which makes me think the soldering in the heat spreader is less than perfect, but despite that I was able to easily hit my 20% OC goal to 4GHz at stock voltages, though I think it would have probably been able to hit 4.2 if the core temperatures were more consistant and closer to those of core #2.