Intel Core i7 980X 

Released March, 2010
  • 3.33 GHz
  • Hexa core
  • Unlocked
5.5 Out of 10

Intel has also designed a brand new heat pipe CPU cooler called the DBX-B that will be included with Intel Core i7-980X processors that is very impressive looking.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
Benchmark Results: The Intel Core i7-980X processor had an overall PCMark Vantage score of 17855 PCMarks, which is a 30% performance improvement of the Intel Core i7-975 processor.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Intel Core i7 980X among desktop CPUs (over 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

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PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

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Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

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CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

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Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

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Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Intel Core i7 980X

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

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3D Mark 11 (Physics)

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Cinebench R11.5

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Cinebench R10 32-Bit

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PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

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PassMark (Single Core)

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Reviews Word on the street for the Intel Core i7 980X

No wonder the Core i7 980X is a prince among processors.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

By pumping up the voltage to 1.425V we were able to get the Intel Core i7 980X processor up to 4.32GHz, which is 10MHz shy of exactly a 1GHz overclock.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
Benchmark Results: Looking at POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 35a, the Intel Core i7 980X processor dominates the other two high-end processors, as you can see from the chart above.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
Results: The Intel Core i7-980X desktop processor Extreme Edition does very well in power consumption testing due to the fact that the processor is based on the new 32nm manufacturing process.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)


The acoustics of the fan are also very good as at idle it spins at 800 RPM and is just 20 dBA.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
By increasing the CPU Core Voltage 1.300V and increasing the multiplier to 29 we were able to read 3.9GHz with ease.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
We then take that file and output it as a Blu-ray disc using Sony Vegas 9.0c. The output is a 1920x1080 60i Blu-ray Disc ISO image.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)


Intel updated the core to a more advanced process than early Core i7 processors.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
At full load we found the Core i7-980X to be 50% faster than the Core i7-975 and here we see at full load the Core i7-980X uses 9% less power!
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
The Intel Core i7-980X processor will cost you the same $999 that the Intel Core i7-975 retails for, even though it has two more physical cores and 4MB of extra cache.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)


That means that the Intel Core i7-980X processor not only is faster in the majority of the benchmarks, but it also consumes less power.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
Benchmark Results: Running the Sony Vegas 9.0c benchmark shows just how important a CPU is when it comes to creating video content.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
It's also an absolute monster in benchmarks that traditionally favour chips with fewer cores but higher clocks, such as gaming and file decompression.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)


Intel publicly showed off the new Core i7-980X processor at the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco this week, so they have allowed the press and analysts to tell you all about it.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
If you run multi-threaded applications you'll want a 980X, but when it comes to gaming, having a six-core processor isn't going to help you win any LAN parties.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)
The GPU Score seems to be GPU limited at around 61,000 3DMarks since we didn't see much of a gain on the FPS in the game benchmarks.
by Legit Reviews (Mar, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3.33 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz
Cores Hexa core
Socket type LGA 1366
Is unlocked Yes


Has a NX bit Yes
Supports trusted computing No
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. AES
  2. SSE4.1
  3. SSE3
  4. Supplemental SSE3
  5. SSE2
  6. MMX
  7. SSE
  8. SSE4
  9. SSE4.2
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W
Annual home energy cost 50.68 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 148.92 $/year
Performance per watt 1.76 pt/W
Idle power consumption 79.5W
Peak power consumption 170W


Architecture QPI
Data rate 25,600 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz


Architecture x86-64
Threads 12 threads
L2 cache 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Transistor count 1,170,000,000
Max CPUs 1
Clock multiplier 25
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.38V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C


Overclock popularity 85
Overclocked clock speed 4.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.9 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.54 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in
Memory type DDR3-1066
Channels Triple Channel
Supports ECC No
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s
Maximum memory size 24,576 MB
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