Thursday, March 11th 2010

Intel Lets Loose Core i7 980X Performance Evaluations

On the occasion of Game Developers Conference, an annual conclave of game developers, in San Fransisco, USA, Intel previewed to audiences its latest Core i7 980X Extreme Edition six-core processor. This meant that the media could publish performance evaluations of the new processor. Intel seems to have pulled it off with this launch. There is a broad consensus among the media that the six-core processor has a performance incentive with most of today's multi-threaded application that scales up well compared to quad-core processors.

The 980X is also the first high-performance processor based on the 32 nm Westmere architecture. The processor is able to maintain a TDP rating of 130W, on par with its 45 nm Nehalem quad-core counterparts. It has six cores operating at 3.33 GHz, with HyperThreading technology enabled, there are 12 logical CPUs (threads) for the operating system to deal with. Each core has 64 KB L1, 256 KB L2 caches, while a large 12 MB L3 cache is shared between all the cores. The Core i7 980X comes in the LGA-1366 package. Most existing motherboards with the Intel X58 Express chipset will be able to support it with a BIOS update. Intel will formally release the processor by April, at an estimated price of US $999.
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70 Comments on Intel Lets Loose Core i7 980X Performance Evaluations

#1
toyo
So beautiful. I wonder if they have a quad-core, no HT, cache-crippled 32nm variant in plans. I could well upgrade to one of those, if price is beneath 200$. Or wait for Sandy Bridge... my E7200, overclocked at 3,4-3,6 GHz still serves me very well.
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#2
Cleorina
Wow... Cool i was hope it run on LGA1156:banghead:
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#5
MickNat
Think I will have me one of these hexacores the end of this year or by next year :rockout:
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#6
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Very nice.:)

Congrats to the rich people who are getting this.
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#7
MickNat
by: CDdude55
Very nice.:)

Congrats to the rich people who are getting this.
I wont be buying a EE no way could/would I blow that kind of money on a proc, I will wait for one of the lower priced non EE chips :toast:
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#8
afw
Almost every site which has a review on it has got it up to 4.4Ghz ... and some 5.0Ghz (unstable) .... this is a monster for sure .... :respect:
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#9
Pickles24
Twice as fast as the 920 in benchmarks.. I want..
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#10
dr emulator (madmax)
by: Pickles24
Twice as fast as the 920 in benchmarks.. I want..
you better start saving then
as i've seen a msrp of about $999:eek:
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#11
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I can see the price coming down once AMD counters it.
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: MickNat
I wont be buying a EE no way could/would I blow that kind of money on a proc, I will wait for one of the lower priced non EE chips :toast:
Those are due next year or so, no? Or was it Q3?

by: PVTCaboose1337
I can see the price coming down once AMD counters it.
Naaah, it's an EE chip. They're always expensive.
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#13
mtosev
by: PVTCaboose1337
I can see the price coming down once AMD counters it.
with what?

amd doesn't have a cpu that is on par with the i7 975.
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#14
sunil
I Can't wait to see AMD 6 Core CPU.
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#15
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: PVTCaboose1337
I can see the price coming down once AMD counters it.
Yeah, like AMD really countered the $999 Core i7 975 XE with its PII X4 965.:rolleyes:
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#16
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
by: PVTCaboose1337
I can see the price coming down once AMD counters it.
AMD has nothing. Sadly.
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#17
AddSub
by: mtosev
with what?

amd doesn't have a cpu that is on par with the i7 975.
Hope springs eternal, no?

Seriously though, AMD doesn't have a CPU to truly compete with high end LGA775 stuff much less with i7 stuff. As for i7 980X, I think this one is geared towards serious power-users who get their hands on such CPU's before they hit retail anyways. I'm pretty sure almost every i7 CPU owner will agree, but other than dedicated videophiles, rest of us with i7 setups can't even being to utilize our little i7 920/930 quad's, much less a 6-core monster.

I have a secondary monitor that I use as a resource and hardware monitoring display, and in over a year now I haven't seen all my CPU cores being tasked @ 100% in any situation, other than benchmarking stuff like Prime95/OCCT. Heck, stuff like Crysis makes one or two of my cores hit 35% with spikes into 70% territory and that's it. Everyday poweruser stuff like specialized graphics design apps and similar kick up 2-or-3 cores to 50% and that's where it ends. Standard stuff like browsing, playing music and similar show negligible usage. Even lowest-end i7 CPU's are simply overkill for most tasks today, although if Microsoft continues with their tradition we might need 12-core monsters to run Windows 8. ;)
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#18
Fourstaff
by: mtosev
with what?

amd doesn't have a cpu that is on par with the i7 975.
I think an oc'ed 920 will kick 965's ass any day.
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#19
theubersmurf
by: btarunr
Yeah, like AMD really countered the $999 Core i7 975 XE with its PII X4 965.:rolleyes:
If they release hex-core processors at several price points, they in a roundabout way may challenge it. I think Intel needs it's head examined for releasing a single hex-core chip, at a single huge price point. Obviously AMD isn't going to release any single chip that can compete with gulftown, but in terms of market, they may be able to steal a bit of it with a wider variety of hex-core chips.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: theubersmurf
If they release hex-core processors at several price points, they in a roundabout way may challenge it. I think Intel needs it's head examined for releasing a single hex-core chip, at a single huge price point. Obviously AMD isn't going to release any single chip that can compete with gulftown, but in terms of market, they may be able to steal a bit of it with a wider variety of hex-core chips.
AMD can release any number of six-core processors. That won't affect 980X in any way, as long as it's the fastest chip, overclocked or not.
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#21
mtosev
by: AddSub
Hope springs eternal, no?

Seriously though, AMD doesn't have a CPU to truly compete with high end LGA775 stuff much less with i7 stuff. As for i7 980X, I think this one is geared towards serious power-users who get their hands on such CPU's before they hit retail anyways. I'm pretty sure almost every i7 CPU owner will agree, but other than dedicated videophiles, rest of us with i7 setups can't even being to utilize our little i7 920/930 quad's, much less a 6-core monster.

I have a secondary monitor that I use as a resource and hardware monitoring display, and in over a year now I haven't seen all my CPU cores being tasked @ 100% in any situation, other than benchmarking stuff like Prime95/OCCT. Heck, stuff like Crysis makes one or two of my cores hit 35% with spikes into 70% territory and that's it. Everyday poweruser stuff like specialized graphics design apps and similar kick up 2-or-3 cores to 50% and that's where it ends. Standard stuff like browsing, playing music and similar show negligible usage. Even lowest-end i7 CPU's are simply overkill for most tasks today, although if Microsoft continues with their tradition we might need 12-core monsters to run Windows 8. ;)
hmm.... i saw a video on youtube of a guy how he overloaded his i7 and the pc resrated/crashed. trying to find the video
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#22
mdsx1950
by: Fourstaff
I think an oc'ed 920 will kick 965's ass any day.
Maybe but not a 975. And specially not a 975 oced. :cool:
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#23
theubersmurf
by: btarunr
AMD can release any number of six-core processors. That won't affect 980X in any way, as long as it's the fastest chip, overclocked or not.
I'm talking about the market, not performance.
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#24
erocker
Since it's an "Extreme" chip, it will be unlocked, correct?
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#25
DaedalusHelios
by: PVTCaboose1337
I can see the price coming down once AMD counters it.
AMD is lucky if they catch up with the i7 920. It will be over a year before AMD matches the 980X performance wise, if even that soon. :ohwell:

Intel needs stiffer competition so prices go down.

All EE Editions were atleast $999 as far as I can remember.
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