CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980X vs 980 among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

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

Fire Strike

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?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 980X 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 980X

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Intel Core i7 980X

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Front view of Intel Core i7 980

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 980 vs the 980X Extreme Edition.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 980X vs 980

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

3D Mark 06 (CPU)

Core i7 980X
7,122.5
Core i7 980
5,650

Cinebench R11.5

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 980X  vs
980 
Clock speed 3.33 GHz 3.33 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Hexa core Hexa core
Socket type
LGA 1366
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
SSE3
SSE
SSE4.1
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 130W 130W
Annual home energy cost 50.68 $/year 31.32 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 148.92 $/year 113.88 $/year
Performance per watt 4.35 pt/W 2.01 pt/W
Typical power consumption N/A 105.63W

memory controller

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

details

Core i7 980X  vs
980 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 12
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 12 MB 12 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Transistor count 1,170,000,000 1,170,000,000
Max CPUs 1 1
Clock multiplier 25 25
Voltage range 0.8 - 1.38V 0.8 - 1.3V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.9°C Unknown - 68.8°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.53 GHz 4.68 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.28 GHz 4.5 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.53 GHz 4.68 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

Architecture QPI QPI
Number of links 1 1
Data rate 25,600 MB/s 19,200 MB/s
Transfer rate 6,400 MT/s 4,800 MT/s
Clock speed 3,200 MHz 2,400 MHz
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