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Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Review

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DorkSterr 11th March 2010, 05:18 Quote
Man I cant wait to get my hands on this. Damn a 980 stock beating a 4GHz+ 975...
Jasio 11th March 2010, 05:54 Quote
Wow.. I just ... in my pants. *Orders one*
[WP@]WOLVERINE 11th March 2010, 05:56 Quote
Ive got one of theese bad boys and all i can say is that OMFG its a beast :)
Autti 11th March 2010, 06:09 Quote
"Just to show how far behind Intel AMD are"
Cruel. Hilarious though.
Pete J 11th March 2010, 06:33 Quote
Oh my, this is quite something. £820 you say...I really don't need one and I can't afford it..Maybe if I sell my 920 for ~£120 and go on half rations for the next 3 months...

DAMMIT I WANT ONE!!!
JumpingJack 11th March 2010, 06:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Autti
"Just to show how far behind Intel AMD are"
Cruel. Hilarious though.

In raw performance perhaps, but AMD has done a fantastic job keeping the prices where volume matters. This is an interesting processor release, it begins to show the spread in where software is keeping pace and where it is lacking, but if 6 cores is really necessary we all get to look forward to the AMD 6 core introduction not to much longer from now. That one will be just as interesting, probably not as high performing but the wallet won't feel the sting most likely.
wafflesomd 11th March 2010, 07:21 Quote
You could build two 920 rigs for that price.
tonyd223 11th March 2010, 07:23 Quote
AMD will have to price at £250 maximum to remain competitive. It would have been interesting to see a Hexus like bang per buck chart. For mist peeps AMD still has a value not performance proposition...

Very impressed - wonder what temps you got?
erratum1 11th March 2010, 07:34 Quote
Interesting that their was absolutely no difference in the Crysis test between a 930 at 2.8, 930 at 4.3 and this 6 core monster.
The i7 930 at stock is more than enough power for gaming and any other home task, over clocking it is probably just for bragging rights. Home computing just doesn't require any more power at the moment the only difference is in benchmarks. I can see how if you were a professional your company might make use of this but can't think why anybody else would want it. Unless fast cpu's and high benchmark scores give you a big nerdy boner !!
Andersen1337 11th March 2010, 07:35 Quote
That looks like a beast! WANT ONE. Also surprised to see that the i7 930 beats the 975 in most tests, if only by just a little, it still beats it.
frontline 11th March 2010, 07:44 Quote
ouch, how much?
Andersen1337 11th March 2010, 07:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by frontline
ouch, how much?

Estimated at £820 ;/.
crazyceo 11th March 2010, 08:11 Quote
I completely disagree with the AMD fanboys trying to make a point here. The only value ANY cpu from AMD has at present is in the sub £100 market. Everything else over that amount is convincingly hammered by any Intel offering. That is indisputable.

With the i3 530 you could even drop that value to sub £75 market, which puts them in an even bigger mess.
korhojoa 11th March 2010, 08:16 Quote
What's a Extrene edition?
(7-zip and Mplayer chart)
V3ctor 11th March 2010, 08:24 Quote
I just wet myself... :O
Digi 11th March 2010, 08:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by crazyceo
I completely disagree with the AMD fanboys trying to make a point here. The only value ANY cpu from AMD has at present is in the sub £100 market. Everything else over that amount is convincingly hammered by any Intel offering. That is indisputable.

With the i3 530 you could even drop that value to sub £75 market, which puts them in an even bigger mess.

You know, I have purchased non-Intel CPU's for years. From the first Cyrix to the Athlon 64 etc and I always did it for the moneys sake. Overclocking the balls off of things and having them perform at the same level as Intel offerings for double the price was the challenge.

Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. Any sane person would be hard pressed to laud AMD over Intel right now at nearly every price point and I think that's a damn shame. I like having options.
tonyd223 11th March 2010, 08:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Digi
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Originally Posted by crazyceo
I completely disagree with the AMD fanboys trying to make a point here. The only value ANY cpu from AMD has at present is in the sub £100 market. Everything else over that amount is convincingly hammered by any Intel offering. That is indisputable.

With the i3 530 you could even drop that value to sub £75 market, which puts them in an even bigger mess.

You know, I have purchased non-Intel CPU's for years. From the first Cyrix to the Athlon 64 etc and I always did it for the moneys sake. Overclocking the balls off of things and having them perform at the same level as Intel offerings for double the price was the challenge.

Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. Any sane person would be hard pressed to laud AMD over Intel right now at nearly every price point and I think that's a damn shame. I like having options.

+1

I don't think I'm a fan boy, just want choice... and since I already have a 780GX motherboard, am likely to look at the AMD x6 chips anyway...
DarkLord7854 11th March 2010, 08:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by erratum1
Interesting that their was absolutely no difference in the Crysis test between a 930 at 2.8, 930 at 4.3 and this 6 core monster.
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While Crysis refused to run faster (the Radeon HD 5870 graphics card appears to be the bottleneck in this), the geometry-heavy X3 ran faster with the i7-980X at 4.72GHz. Clearly, the overclocking wizards at Intel had a lot of fun making the i7-980X, and as a result, it's an unparalleled overclocker.






Totally wanting one of those CPUs.
MaverickWill 11th March 2010, 08:46 Quote
So, student loans roll in around April... Now, do I buy one of these and a 5970, or do I eat for the next 6 months? Decisions...
Bad_cancer 11th March 2010, 09:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by MaverickWill
So, student loans roll in around April... Now, do I buy one of these and a 5970, or do I eat for the next 6 months? Decisions...

Bah...Food is for sissies
Ross1 11th March 2010, 09:23 Quote
i wonder how much the i7 970 will roll in at... that appears to be the first 32nm six core non extreme edition on the roadmap. Its probably not worth worrying about for me, even at £400 that would be a lot to stomach for a CPU.
Teelzebub 11th March 2010, 09:25 Quote
Elton john spends that every week on flowers.
crazyceo 11th March 2010, 09:42 Quote
He spends more on hot wax strip unsightly hair remover and wig adhesive.
general22 11th March 2010, 09:48 Quote
I didn't expect these reviews to be so positive but then considering what you get over an i7-975 I shouldn't have been surprised. Also does anybody know when the new AMD architecture(Bulldozer or whatever) will arrive?
cybergenics 11th March 2010, 09:49 Quote
AMD budgets 6 core sounds good, but only (obviously) for optimised applications, but £250 per chip would be a limit. Sadly as mentioned, those who go out and buy Phenom X4's and similar when a Core i5 750 system would be similar money, need to re-evaluate. It is good to 'support' AMD but if that support means getting lesser performance then, what gives ? The worst part about 'AMD fanboys' if they actually exist, is they will buy a Phenom 955 or 965 then tell everyone its as quick as i7.
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