Summary: Verdict: There’s no denying the 980X is an impressive beast. The only issue is that it’s still ahead of the software curve, so unless you’re already using multi-threaded software, it’s better to wait for the 980X’s price to drop before taking the plunge.
Pros: Insanely fast when tackling multi-threaded software, compatible with existing X58 motherboards, same TDP as older quad-core chip.
Summary: Yep! It's fast. This thing is a content creator's new dream machine. With its new innovative 32nm micro architecture, surprisingly low 130W power consumption, two extra cores with dual Hyper-Threads, 7 new processor instructions, improved memory controller, Turbo Boost, and new racing exhaust...
Pros: The fastest processor on the market, 6-Cores powering 12 Hyper-Threads, 32nm design requiring only 130W TDP, Unrivaled desktop and content creation performance, Innovative as always, No LGA1366 motherboard upgrade needed
Cons: Requires the standard premium, No lower 6-Core models at this time?
Conclusion: While it's impossible to review any Extreme Edition CPU and forget the enormous price premium that Intel charges you for the privilege of a slightly higher stock frequency and an unlocked CPU multiplier, the i7-980X came closer than any previous Extreme Edition to giving us pricing amnesia.
Summary: Well, Intel has done it again. The Core i7 980X is grand and majestic - It's their USS Enterprise, big and powerful. I quite honestly did not expect the processor to be this good. Now before we continue, I must state this, roughly a year or two ago we changed our benchmark suite drastically.
Can the Intel Core i7 2600k @ 5.1ghz slay its 980x Goliath?
3 January 2011
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × The world’s fastest desktop processor is the 6 core, 12 thread, Intel Core i7 980 Extreme Edition which comes purring out of its box at 3.33GHz. Costing more than £800 from UK stores, it’s a monster in terms of raw processing power.
The Intel Core i7 980X is Intel's latest six-core, 3.33GHz processor. It's also the fastest processor available to consumers.
Good Gear Guide.au
9 June 2010
Summary: The Intel Core i7 980X is simply the fastest processor available to consumers. It is the unchallenged performance king, on just about any test. However, the margin of difference in performance, between this six-core and the older four-core processors is the sticking point.
Pros: Fast, six cores
Cons: Software needs to catch up with its capabilities