[Review] i7 980X @ Anandtech

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    [Review] i7 980X @ Anandtech


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    The 130W chip runs at 3.33GHz, but because of the high TDP it can only turbo up to 3.46GHz with more than one core active. If only one core is active, the chip can turbo up to 3.60GHz. With up to 6 cores running at 3.46GHz, Gulftown is not only the fastest CPU in Intelís lineup, itís also the fastest quad-core Intel makes. Only the Core i5 670 can run at a higher frequency with a single core active (3.73GHz vs 3.60GHz).
    The downside to all of this is the price tag. The Core i7 980X is an Extreme Edition processor, meaning itís introduced at the $999 price point. And currently itís the only way to get 6-cores in a Core i7. Currently Intel doesn't have any plans to introduce 4-core versions of Gulftown on the desktop, although we will see some 32nm quad-core Xeons later this year.

    Bloomfield (left) vs. Gulftown (right)


    Itís Extreme

    The coolest part of Gulftown(240 sq mm) is that by building it on Intelís 32nm process itís actually smaller than both Bloomfield(263 sq mm) and Lynnfield(296 sq mm), despite having 50% more cores and L3 cache. At 1.17 billion transistors, itís a beefy chip but the monolithic die only measures 240mm^2. Itís even smaller than an AMD Phenom II X4(258 sq mm). Not only does it have a smaller die than all quad-core Nehalem processors, but it also has the same TDP (130w).


    The Roadmap: Sandy Bridge in 2011

    Like Bloomfield, Gulftown may end up having a relatively long lifespan at the top of the charts. Below is Intelís current desktop roadmap through the beginning of 2011. Youíll notice that when Sandy Bridge arrives, itís going to be limited to two and four core configurations. Performance per core will improve, but it doesnít look like weíll see an ultra high end version of Sandy Bridge until at least Q2 or Q3 of next year.

    The Heatsink

    This is Intelís retail LGA-1366 heatsink:
    And this the heatsink that comes with the retail Core i7 980X:

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    BENCHMARKS
    3dsmax 9 - SPECapc 3dsmax CPU Rendering Test





    Cinebench R10


    POV-Ray 3.73 beta 23 Ray Tracing Performance


    Fallout 3 Game Performance

    Bethesdaís latest game uses an updated version of the Gamebryo engine (Oblivion). This benchmark takes place immediately outside Vault 101. The character walks away from the vault through the Springvale ruins. The benchmark is measured manually using FRAPS.
    Left 4 Dead

    FarCry 2 Multithreaded Game Performance

    Crysis Warhead






    Overclocking - Not Much Headroom

    With six cores and 12MB of L3 cache on a relatively new 32nm process, it's not surprising that we weren't able to push our Core i7 980X too far. At stock voltage I was only able to reach 3.5GHz with turbo mode disabled using the stock cooler. I could get the system into Windows at ~3.7GHz, but not stable without additional voltage.

    3.5GHz - Max overclock with stock cooling and stock voltage
    Giving the chip an extra 15% voltage let me go up to 3.875GHz without sacrificing stability. I could get into Windows at 4GHz, but again, not stable enough for my tastes. With a bit more work and perhaps a bit more cooling you might be able to push 4GHz on the 980X.

    3.875GHz - Max overclock with stock cooling at +15% voltage


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    Last edited by opeth; 03-11-2010 at 11:37 PM.

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    Too 'spensive!
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    i still dont understand why they test with stock cooling ... this annoys me a great deal

    hell intel could send me some chips and i would test under stock ... aftermarket air and water ... it would be waaaaay better than anandtech
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    well point is not why thry dnt test under high end cooling solutions
    point is what u can get out of the box performance! ... n how gud is this new air cooler
    im posting links of new reviews check them as well

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    well i know why they tested it like that. I was just saying I would test it like the plus even more so they should send me one
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    Performance looks phenomenal, as expected. Only one question though: wasn't this supposed to be called the i9? After all, the other i7 chips are only quad-core...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nethersprite View Post
    Performance looks phenomenal, as expected. Only one question though: wasn't this supposed to be called the i9? After all, the other i7 chips are only quad-core...
    That was just an old rumor. That was squashed a few months ago. Get with it Ash!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EnJoY View Post
    That was just an old rumor. That was squashed a few months ago. Get with it Ash!
    Oh, I get it now. The Core i3 is differentiated by a built-in GPU, and the Core i7 is differentiated by hyperthreading, and the Core i5 is just what's left. I see...

    Either way, I have to agree they did an excellent job on the cooler this time around. From the crappy P4 cooler (tiny fan, tight-spaced heatsink blades) to the previous LGA stock cooler ($&%&^# push-pin design), they finally got it right with this one. I'm only questioning the use of thumbscrews, since even though you can't get a screwdriver past that tower heatsink, you probably wouldn't be able to get your fingers into that space between CPU heatsink and the capacitor heatsinks everyone's using these days either.

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    Sexy! Next thing you know, you got dual quad cores! YEAH!

 

 

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