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
shevanel
i will sell my whole system then buy this chip and just put on my desk so when people come over i can point at it and say "yep, there is my awesome pc". and they will say "FAIL"
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#3
MikeX
Bottles necks let this chip down.
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#4
MickNat
MikeX said:
Bottles necks let this chip down.
What bottlenecks? this isn't for your average gamer, more like someone who does a lot of encoding, virtualisation etc, I see no bottlenecks for its target market :toast:
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#5
alexsubri
Hmmm, six cores real simple...

Six Cores = For hardcore engineers on video/graphic/music encoding/programming.
Quad Cores = Average user that want there bang for the buck and of course, gaming.

As you see in the review the AMD 965 BE was average with the 980x and even BETTER at some cases for the gaming part. AMD def new what they were doing when the built the 965BE.

Even more suprising is that this Intel processor is $1,000+!! AMD has the upperhand here and obviously is going to sell their Six Core Processor for ~$500 or even shock us for $300, who knows. That's my speculation.

AMD has a better marketing stragedy IMO.

Don't get me wrong Intel has great chips, but I used Intel all my life and just switched to an AMD and I haven't regretted it since :)

@ Erocker, how can I get a sig like that, that show's my BF2 stats?
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#6
MickNat
alexsubri said:
Hmmm, six cores real simple...

Six Cores = For hardcore engineers on video/graphic/music encoding/programming.
Quad Cores = Average user that want there bang for the buck and of course, gaming.

As you see in the review the AMD 965 BE was average with the 980x and even BETTER at some cases for the gaming part. AMD def new what they were doing when the built the 965BE.

Even more suprising is that this Intel processor is $1,000+!! AMD has the upperhand here and obviously is going to sell their Six Core Processor for ~$500 or even shock us for $300, who knows. That's my speculation.

AMD has a better marketing stragedy IMO.

Don't get me wrong Intel has great chips, but I used Intel all my life and just switched to an AMD and I haven't regretted it since :)

@ Erocker, how can I get a sig like that, that show's my BF2 stats?
Those who can afford this chip couldnt care less about AMD's 6 core chip for 500$ cause it still wont come close to it because it is in essence a PII, no new architecture to get close to the perf crown, Intel and AMD remain exactly where they have for the last 2 years in terms of price/perf ;)
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#8
REVHEAD
Now all I need is the Xeon versions to go with my EVGA duel CPU board.
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#10
mdsx1950
FordGT90Concept said:
Finally! Adequate cooling for i7 processors! A shame it is only offered with 980X.
That cooler is supposed to be really good. Its comes close to many good coolers out there. :cool:
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#11
CyberDruid
Sexacore Rig.
It's got me thinking.
Price is less than the X5470. And comes with a nice cooler.
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#12
Hayder_Master
i like intel than AMD in something, intel say 12mb cash not 13.5mb like AMD when say phenom II is 8mb cash which is 6+2 the total of L2+L3
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#13
bratboy
Wonder how the cooler compares to a CoolerMaster V8?
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#14
mdsx1950
It wont be as good as the high end air coolers like the V8. You can consider the intel one a "mid range more to the high end" type of cooler.
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#15
Unregistered
The problem is that except WinRAR, 7Zip and some CAD/Graphic Design programs, there are no applications that can use 6 cores. Heck, even the latest games don't use more than 3 cores.
#16
Wile E
Power User
TAViX said:
The problem is that except WinRAR, 7Zip and some CAD/Graphic Design programs, there are no applications that can use 6 cores. Heck, even the latest games don't use more than 3 cores.
H.264 encoding can use them.

Besides, that's the same argument people had when dual cores came out, and then again with quad cores. Software will catch up.
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#17
jmcslob
I think this processor rocks and will be useful for years to come as a matter of fact I bet Intel will be on it's 3rd new socket by the time this thing will need replaced..

Sadly it will probably see an end to useful mobo's way before that...making it a powerful paperweight..

I kid.... i know these are for "MOAR! POWER!! Freaks" and they don't care...
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#19
Wile E
Power User
jmcslob said:
I think this processor rocks and will be useful for years to come as a matter of fact I bet Intel will be on it's 3rd new socket by the time this thing will need replaced..

Sadly it will probably see an end to useful mobo's way before that...making it a powerful paperweight..

I kid.... i know these are for "MOAR! POWER!! Freaks" and they don't care...
Yep. And thank you. lol.
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#20
shevanel
same price as the FX57 when it launched this is a whole lot more lol
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