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Intel Core i7-980X Extreme 6-Core ProcessorAlthough they are not due to hit store shelves for a few more weeks, Intel is using the always exciting Game Developers Conference currently being held in San Francisco to officially unveil the new Core i7-980X Extreme processor. Intel's Extreme Edition processors have always been targeted at ultra enthusiasts and hardcore-gamers, so what better place to show off the fastest desktop processor for the PC to date?

The new Core i7-980X Extreme is an interesting animal, however, that requires much explanation. Although its branding implies that it may be just a simple speed-bump over the previous flagship Core i7-975 Extreme, the 980X is actually a totally different beast. Come on by and take a look...

Intel Core i7-980X Extreme 6-Core Processor

Intel Gulftown CPU Die: 50% More Cores, 50% More Cache ~ Same Power Consumption


I guess Intel and AMD have given up totally on trying to raise clock speeds. In 2000 we hit the 1GHz mark. In 2004 we made it to 3.8GHz. Now 6 years later down to 3.33GHz. Random though, but I wonder if we will ever see CPUs faster than 3GHz no mater the number of cores.

Over my random rant. This is a pretty awesome CPU. The thermals look pretty cool all things considered.

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Well that was fast lol

Hey why no OC'd benchmarks?

Also how about loading up Batman: AA w/a single GPU and turning on Phsyx. Let's see how the extra cores handles Physx calculation! :-D

Super Dave

I see some really interesting things here. The first being to me is the automatic 50% improvement with that much more core than a current 1366 chip socket processor. Then you compare that to a current I7 920 (which by the way fits in the same socket), and realize this one with a stock cooler (nice job Intel on the factory tower cooler) can clock to just under 4.0ghz as well. Then think about putting a big tower on it if not liquid and popping this up as many do with the 920 to 4.0Ghz and think about that +50% on top of that. Then realize it runs cool and uses less energy than anything else while still having an auto 50% additional power out of the box. I am getting goose bumps!

Mike Coyne

I did read the Intel I7 Extreme Edition 980X . WOW, I was very impressed with it. I think it will be super powerful PC system to get it done and play the game hard.


Super Dave wrote:

$1,000.00 is right Super Dave,....It's the usual Extreme performance tax.

It does look like a solid performer though and it's only natural to want one or two of them.

I just can't see me spending this kind of money for a CPU unless I win the friggin' lottery or something.

Another thing, it just me or did anyone else notice that there is very little performance difference between the current Intel flagship 'Extreme' Core i7-975 and the Core i7-870? They run real close to one another. The Core i5-750 is lagging, but still 'in the same ballpark' as well.

After I got my i5-750 and have played with it a little, my opinion of it keeps growing.

This is Intel's hidden gem. It is a sweet CPU and delivers the most 'Bang-For-The-Buck' of any of their CPU's to date.


Eh, until this came out I had my i7-920 clocked out at 4Ghz so saw no reason to get anything faster.  I don't think this thing would clock any higher with my cooling rig, so it would only get an advantage in things that needed more threads then mine could handle or that took advantage of the extra cache.

So even though it does give you more than the last several EE's, I still say that your best chip for this socket is the 920.  Hell of a lot cheaper too.

Super Dave

The sales tax alone would cost me $87.50! Could it be that this thing was made to help pay for the AMD settlement?


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made to help pay for the AMD settlement

We paid for THAT years ago!


Looks pretty sweet.also good to see more cores being utilized. Again having that large L3 Cache helps feed those cores.

Marius Malek

While I would love to have this CPU in my system, I honestly don't see a point. The i7 920 delivers more than enough than the average consumer even needs. Even with demanding video and 3D editing/rendering the 920 still handles like a champ, when it's paired up with a good card at least. 

Speaking of which, does anyone know what processors Post Production Render (for movies and animations like UP) companies use? I need to get a good comparison. 


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does anyone know what processors Post Production Render (for movies and animations like UP) companies use?


My friend in California uses an 8-Core Mac Pro with a shitload of FireWire 800 External storage drives.


"After I got my i5-750 and have played with it a little, my opinion of it keeps growing. This is Intel's hidden gem. It is a sweet CPU and delivers the most 'Bang-For-The-Buck' of any of their CPU's to date."

Agreed, from what I've heard. If I were building an Intel system, I'd definitely use the i5. As it is, I'm an AMD fan...

Anyway, on to this hexacore monstrosity...wasn't it supposed to be called the i9? Makes sense if all the other i7's are quad-core.


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As it is, I'm an AMD fan...

I've been building AMD for years, mostly because I could get solid performance for less money. Then I won a Core i7 870 system here on this site,.......AND a few months later, I won the Core i5 system components for another complete system from Intel, and built it myself.

So my AMD point of view has been vastly modified and it all happened for free. I gave away my Phenom-II 940 system when I won the first Intel box, and then gave away my X3-720 system after I won the second Intel box. (my kids are happy campers now) Both systems came with vastly superior Video cards too.

Someone, somewhere, is gonna have just the job for this new monster CPU that Intel just revealed. To them, the computing power will be worth the WAZOO price tag it carries.