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The Intel Core i7 980X Extreme operates at a 3.33GHz frequency, features a 6.4GT/s QPI link, utilizes triple-channel DDR3 memory, supports the LGA1366 socket, and has a thermal design power of 130 watts. The Core i7 980 can pack 6 cores into a similar package and feature an incredible 12 threads.
Consumes less or equal power compared to Intel's competing quadcores.
Excellent overclocking potential.
Six Core Performance with HyperThreading.
Turbo Boost Technology.
Optimized for Windows 7.
12MB (Shared) L3 Cache.
Much Improved Thermal Solution (DBXB).
Ridiculously Fast when Used Properly.
Software is unable to use all it offers.
Not for the Budget Minded.
Additional CPU cores limit overclocking headroom.
Does not add performance to high level gaming platforms.
By TechSpot on March 23, 2010
The Core i7 980X Extreme is an astounding processor with a number of unique strengths and very few weaknesses. Although we have known all along that the first Core i7 processor to feature six cores would use a 32nm manufacturing process, we still...
By The Best Case Scenario on July 26, 2010
WOW! That's all I can say. This chip is the fastest CPU I have ever had the joy to test. In fact, it is the fastest consumer desktop chip available. However, all that comes at a price. This CPU will set you back $1,000 from most retailers. Is it...
By Techworld on June 22, 2010
The six cores share 12MB of integrated L3 cache. The end result is a measurable performance boost for optimised applications, and a score of 147 on our WorldBench 6...
By The Inquirer on June 02, 2010
Here I tried this chip on what are possibly three of the best X58 mainboards around - Gigabyte X58A-UD7, the Asus P6X58D-E and the Asus Rampage III Extreme. While the performance differences using the same clock and memory settings between the...
By PCWorld New Zealand on June 01, 2010
With surprisingly little fanfare, the Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition – the first six core CPU available on the consumer market – has finally hit New Zealand shelves.Under the hood, the 980X packs six cores running at a default clock...
By Tbreak.com on May 09, 2010
The Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition is insanely fast for applications that use it to its potential. Its also insanely expensive at over AED 3,500. Intel’s Extreme Edition of CPUs have always been their highest end desktop processors at the time...
By InsideHW on May 09, 2010
In the beginning of 2010, Intel presented their first CPUs manufactured in 32 nm lithography, therefore beginning the Tick phase. This refers to Intel’s development model, called Tick-Tock, designating two phases in development. The Tick phase...
By ITP.net on April 26, 2010
There’s no denying the 980X is an impressive beast. The only issue is that it’s still ahead of the software curve, so unless you’re already using multi-threaded software, it’s better to wait for the 980X’s price to drop...
By Atomic MPC on April 15, 2010
The chip to beat for this decade so...
By X-bit Labs on April 13, 2010
Although Gulftown processor is not only the first six-core CPU, but also the first processor manufactured exclusively with 32 nm process, we wouldn’t call it a new generation solution. In fact, Intel offered us exactly the same things that we have...
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