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Intel Core i7 980X Review

ccokeman    -   March 10, 2010
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Specifications:

Number of Processor Cores  
 6
Number of Simultaneous Threads
with Intel® Hyper-Threading
Technology2
12
Intel® Smart Cache
12 MB
Processor Base Frequency
3.33 GHz
Integrated Memory Controller
Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Yes
Number of DDR3 Memory Channels
3
Intel® Express Chipset
X58
Overclocking Enabled
Yes

 

Features:

  • Six-Core Processing:  Provides six complete execution cores in a single processor package, delivering 12 computing threads to help operating systems and applications deliver additional performance, so users can experience better multitasking and multi-threaded performance across many types of applications and workloads.
  • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology:  Delivers two processing threads per physical core for a total of 12 threads for massive computational throughput, allowing highly threaded applications to get more work done faster.
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:  Dynamically increases the processor’s frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits. Get more performance automatically, when you need it the most.
  • Intel® Smart Cache:  This large last-level cache enables dynamic and efficient allocation of shared cache to all six cores to match the needs of various applications for ultra-efficient data storage and manipulation.
  • Intel® QuickPath Interconnect:  Intel’s latest system interconnect design increases bandwidth and lowers latency, while achieving data transfer speeds as high as 25.6 GB/s
  • Integrated Memory Controller:  An integrated memory controller with three channels of DDR3 1066 MHz offers memory performance up to 25.6 GB/s. Combined with the processor’s efficient prefetching algorithms, this memory controller’s lower latency and higher memory bandwidth delivers amazing performance for data-intensive applications.
  • Intel® HD Boost:  Includes the full SSE4 instruction set, significantly improving a broad range of multimedia and compute-intensive applications. The 128-bit SSE instructions are issued at a throughput rate of one per clock cycle, allowing a new level of processing efficiency with SSE4-optimized applications.
  • AES-NI Encryption / Decryption Acceleration:  Provides 12 new processor instructions that help to improve performance for AES encryption and decryption algorithms



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Bibble 5
  5. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  6. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  7. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  8. Testing: Far Cry 2
  9. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  10. Testing: Bioshock
  11. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  12. Testing: Dead Space
  13. Testing: Fallout 3
  14. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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