CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980X vs 8224 SE among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

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

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Opteron 8224 SE 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 980X

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 980X

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly more l3 cache 12 MB vs 1 MB 12x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 14,564 vs 8,373 Around 75% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Much better geekbench 3 single core score 2,586 vs 1,214 Around 2.2x better geekbench 3 single core score
More threads 12 vs 2 10 more threads
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 4x more l3 cache per core
More cores 6 vs 2 Three times as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.53 GHz vs 3.27 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better performance per watt 4.35 pt/W vs 1.36 pt/W Around 3.2x better performance per watt
Higher Maximum operating temperature 67.9 °C vs 55 °C Around 25% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Mar, 2010 vs Aug, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Opteron 8224 SE

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AMD Opteron 8224 SE

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.33 MB/core More than 3x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 28.67 $/year vs 50.68 $/year Around 45% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 104.24 $/year vs 148.92 $/year Around 30% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 980X vs Opteron 8224 SE

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 980X
1,710,000 MB/s
Opteron 8224 SE
87,500 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 980X  vs
Opteron 8224 SE 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Hexa core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1366
F
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 119W
Annual home energy cost 50.68 $/year 28.67 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 148.92 $/year 104.24 $/year
Performance per watt 4.35 pt/W 1.36 pt/W
Typical power consumption N/A 96.69W

details

Core i7 980X  vs
Opteron 8224 SE 
Threads 12 2
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 8
Clock multiplier 25 16
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.38V 1.32 - UnknownV
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C 0 - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.53 GHz 3.27 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.53 GHz 3.27 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
Intel Core i7 980X
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