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Intel Core i7 980X Review

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



  • 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

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