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Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition review

Intel's Hexa Strike - Core i7-980X Extreme Edition

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Performance:
9
Features:
8.5
Value:
6.5
THE GOOD
Consumes less or equal power compared to Intel's competing quad-cores
Excellent overclocking potential
THE BAD
Costly


Results - SPECCPU 2000 v1.3

Results - SPECCPU 2000 v1.3

In SPECCPU 2000, the Core i7-980X surprisingly lost on the peak scores for both floating point and integer to the i7-975 XE. It's a very slight margin of around 2% that could be attributed to normal variance or worse, that HyperThreading with that many threads could end up hindering its performance, which is not unheard of. The multi-user rate tests were looking good, highlighting the potential of six cores.