Review: Intel Core i7-980X CPU
Posted on: 2010-03-11 16:05:48
Today Intel has dropped the NDA for its first consumer 6-core processor and thus opened the flood gates for Core i7-980X Extreme Edition reviews. Priced at $999, the new chip (codename Gulftown) is a 32nm hexa-core part clocked at 3.33 GHz (3.60 GHz in Turbo mode) with 12 threads, 12MB of L3 cache, and a TDP of 130W. Being an uber-end CPU, the i7-980X EE targets the LGA 1366 platform and will work on current X58 motherboard after a BIOS update.
Currently, the Core i7-980X is listed on pre-order but is expected to start shipping at the end of this month so you have some time to read the reviews below and form an opinion about it. We'll just say this - it's fast and expensive, and will remain Intel's top of the tops until next year so this is as good as it gets.