Intel Core i7 980X – Gulftown Processor Review
Final Words and Conclusion
Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition
As for the CPU itself, it is exceptional. When we first received the 980X our expectations were that it would offer a decent performance increase over the 975 when running applications which take advantage of the additional cores. As our results show this proved to be the case but it is only when using the processor that it becomes clear just how fast it is. When fully utilised by an application, such as Cinebench, the 980X offers a level of performance which is noticeably faster than the previous high end model, the i7-975. This performance increase carries over into real world tests such as Adobe Media Encoder which ensures that content creation professionals or enthusiasts will benefit from the new processor. Even games, provided they are coded appropriately, benefit from the additional cores on the 980X.
It was also great to see that the use of a 32nm process keeps temperatures and TDP at a reasonable level, in fact the 980X runs a little cooler than the 975 despite having more cores/threads and cache. Overclocking is also a highlight on this product, achieving a 900MHz increase on air cooling.
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition "Gulftown"