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Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80613I7980X Desktop Processor

  • 32 nm Gulftown
  • 6 x 256KB L2 Cache
  • 12MB L3 Cache
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Upgrade your system with the Core i7-980X and own the finest processor in the world. This is Intel's first six-core CPU based on the 32nm manufacturing process, designed to handle the most intense compute and visualization workloads you can throw at it. Clocked at 3.33GHz, it allows you to multitask faster and unleash powerful media creation tools. Best of all, the 12MB of Intel Smart Cache gives you blazing speeds you never realized were possible.

Take advantage of Intel Turbo Boost technology which dynamically accelerates CPU performance to match your workload. Hyper-Threading technology effectively doubles the output of your six physical cores, giving you unmatched data processing. The Integrated Memory Controller optimizes data bandwidth with up to three channels.

Add the Intel Core i7-980X to your system and you’ll never look back. Experience the speed, versatility and raw power of massive multi-core processing today!

  • newegg Hexa-core Processing With six processing cores, the multitasking monster Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor delivers six times the performance on highly-threaded applications, taking your desktop PC experience into a completely new realm of mega power.
  • newegg 32nm Process Technology The Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor features Intel's breakthrough 32nm process technology with 2nd generation high-k + metal gate transistors for improved performance and reduced power leakage.
  • newegg Integrated DDR3 Memory Controller With the integrated DDR3 memory controller, the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor enables three channels of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, resulting in up to 25.6 GB/sec memory bandwidth. Plus the memory controller's lower latency and higher memory bandwidth delivers amazing performance for data-intensive applications.
  • newegg Intel Advanced Smart Cache Intel Advanced Smart Cache Technology dynamically allocates the shared L3 cache to each processor core based on workload. This efficient, multi-core-optimized implementation increases the probability that each core can access data from fast L3 cache, resulting in significantly reduced latency for frequently used data and improved performance.
  • newegg Intel Turbo Boost Technology Intel Turbo Boost technology maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload-more performance when you need it the most.
  • newegg Greater Performance with Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) Hyper-threading enables multi-threaded software applications to execute two software threads in parallel to improve system responsiveness. Intel Core i7 processors enabled with HT Technology deliver performance and multitasking gains that result in increased productivity and efficiency.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Johnnie M.
  • 7/2/2013 3:43:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInsane CPU

Pros: Insane cpu. It's been years since this cpu was released BUT it's still topping the benchmark charts. Normally I would be badly in need of a better cpu to keep up by now. This bad boy is still going strong!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I want to say price was a con but I'd normally need a new cpu by now to keep up with the times. Tears through everything I throw at it. So it saves me the money to purchase a new cpu. I'm sure this cpu will be competitive for many more years to come. Was definitely worth the investment.

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  • For Y.
  • 5/7/2013 9:20:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic CPU

Pros: speed, overclocking

Cons: price

Other Thoughts: Best CPU I've had. I put down the money for it when it came out and haven't looked back. By far the best CPU I've had, overclocks well(using Corsair H100), and it's a beast for gaming etc.

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  • Michael B.
  • 1/6/2013 12:30:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest I've ever owned

Pros: Insainly fast

Cons: This chip set is being phased out

Other Thoughts: I got this processor as an option in a $5,000 laptop I bought. When I got home from Iraq I put it in my desktop. I barely overclock this sucker at all, up to around 3.8Ghz if that. The only time I've ever maxed this thing out is when running video converters.

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  • Daniel G.
  • 12/28/2012 3:55:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Not overclocked

My Core i7 Computer Specs
-Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Memory: OCZ Reaper Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1333C9LV12GK x 2
-Processor: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7980X
-Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3072 MB GDDR5 PCB PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready 03G-P3-1584-AR Video Card
-Sound Card: Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card
-Hybrid Drive: Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid $209.98 State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive x 2
-Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive x 2
-HD-DVD/Blue-ray Drive: LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L – Retail Price N/A

-HD-DVD/Blue-ray Writer: LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L – Retail price N/A
-Power Supply: SeaSonic X-1250 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-Case: LIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
-2.5 inch Bracket: BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure
-CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
-Fan Controller/Thermometer/OC Controller: ASUS Model OC Station ROG OC Controller

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  • John S.
  • 1/3/2012 3:41:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGoing strong since 12/31/2010

Pros: As I said, its been "Going strong since 12/31/2010" and it just keeps going. I am using a ASUS Rampage III formula mobo and I have it OC'd to 4.2 GHZ and have gone to 4.48 GHZ with just air and no problems with the stock fan that came with it! Also the stock fan which does not look like a stock fan with its copper piping is a great extra!
Handles all my games no prob!

Cons: Just the price as usual, but besides that I have NONE!
With this you honestly get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: I am just a regular guy and I am always curious about new tech for computers and I do my best to get an understanding for it all, but I think I would buy the 980x again or even the 990x over the new i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E for just one reason and that it does not come with a cooling fan. Looking back on my purchase, if I was doing another new build. For me it was a great convenience to not have to shop around and pay extra for a good cooling fan for my processor, Especially when you are already paying over $1000 and it does what it is supposed to for an air cooler. So unless you already have a CPU cooler or are going to go with something more extreme like water or nitrogen. Yeah... that would be nice hehe. Think about the buying the 980x or the 990x

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  • Bradley C.
  • 9/24/2011 2:48:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUp to snuff!

Pros: I've had this processor for a year and a month now. I have had no problems with it whatsoever. I still have it running on stock air and I've had it up to 3.8ghz I think. I haven't bothered to push it as I haven't had the need for extra performance - yet, and it's on a stock cooler. Great stuff.

Cons: Price I suppose. But, you pay for how fast you want to go!

Other Thoughts: I think Intel has dominated this generation with the i3/5/7's and I have no bias. Hopefully AMD can fight back. I love the ease this processor does overclock with though.

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  • Paul T.
  • 8/14/2011 1:40:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good Chip

Pros: Overclocked to 4 GHz and is very fast at that speed. No problems whatsoever. Package came with a very nice heatsink, but I installed with the V6 for this build. Running crossfire with asus matrix 5870s platinum X2, Corsair 12gb RAM and maxing out video in games - So beautiful!

Cons: The price when purchased.

Other Thoughts: Use some good thermal paste. Go with Noctua as it is non conductive. It is made for OC chips like this one.

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  • Issiah R.
  • 7/19/2011 10:14:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth The Wait (2004)

Pros: This unit is a beast and more than demolishes the tasks you throw in it's path.

I've personally used and continue to use the product in the following ways:

Graphic Design
Audio Design / Production
Video & Audio Encoding
Development (MS Windows/Web/Xbox360)
Virtualization (VMWare/VirtualPC)

I purchased this CPU last year and paired it with a EVGA x58 760 motherboard. I have not been disappointed in any area of performance so far with the exception of some virtualization applications.

This chip survived a bad power supply from the initial build, from which I was very surprised as well as elated.

Cons: The price of course, the original price point of $999.99 was/ is extremely high depending on your uses and level of entry.

Even at a lowered price of around $800.00 this chip is still well above overkill for most users.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to wait at least a year prior to writing anything relating to this product to ensure I had spent some serious "real world" time with it and I must say I have yet to be disappointed.

My last upgrade was in 2004 to an Intel P4 3.2GHz which I've used up until last year when I finally had to upgrade, it was beyond Scott Bakula jump forward, (a quantum leap).

I'm certain that the i7-990x is also worth the money given certain circumstances.

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  • Michael S.
  • 7/1/2011 11:46:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

Pros: FAST

Cons: FAST

Other Thoughts: FAST

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  • George L.
  • 6/10/2011 9:19:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast, powerful, good.

Cons: The only downside to this otherwise rock-solid chip is the heatsink, which doesn't have instructions that anyone could really understand. It took me a long time to figure out that i had to glue the mount of the heatsink to the BACK of the mobo in order to use the screws on it, since it didn't have the standard twist-lock connectors.

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