CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980 vs 8350

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5 and PassMark

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core) and PassMark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 1 more

Value

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Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 980

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 980

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More l3 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much lower typical power consumption 105.63W vs 159.66W Around 35% lower typical power consumption
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Significantly better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.24 vs 1.11 More than 10% better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score
Significantly better cinebench r11.5 score 8.91 vs 6.94 Around 30% better cinebench r11.5 score
Much lower annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year vs 56.1 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year vs 159.62 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better performance per watt 6.88 pt/W vs 4.83 pt/W More than 40% better performance per watt
Front view of AMD FX 8350

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AMD FX 8350

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 2 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.33 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
More cores 8 vs 6 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 3x more l2 cache per core
Much better performance per dollar 5.44 pt/$ vs 0.89 pt/$ More than 6x better performance per dollar
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 8.79 GHz vs 3.33 GHz Around 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better 3DMark11 physics score 6,880 vs 4,650 Around 50% better 3DMark11 physics score
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Jun, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 980 vs FX 8350

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i7 980
4,650
FX 8350
6,880

Cinebench R11.5

FX 8350
6.94

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

FX 8350
1.11

PassMark Data courtesy PassMark

Core i7 980
8,823
FX 8350
9,134

PassMark (Single Core) Data courtesy PassMark

Core i7 980
1,442
FX 8350
1,525

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 980  vs
FX 8350 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cores Hexa core Octa core
Socket type
LGA 1366
AM3+
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
ABM
BMI1
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 125W
Annual home energy cost 31.32 $/year 56.1 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.88 $/year 159.62 $/year
Performance per watt 6.88 pt/W 4.83 pt/W
Typical power consumption 105.63W 159.66W

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1866
DDR3-1066
DDR3
Channels Triple Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC Yes Yes
Maximum bandwidth 25,599.99 MB/s 29,866.66 MB/s

details

Core i7 980  vs
FX 8350 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 8
L2 cache 2 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,170,000,000 1,200,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 25 21
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.3V 0.82 - 1.45V

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.69 GHz 4.71 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.33 GHz 8.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.69 GHz 4.71 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A

bus

Clock speed 2,400 MHz 2,600 MHz
Intel Core i7 980
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