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Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition AT80613003543AE (BX80613I7980X)
8.1 out of 10

Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition AT80613003543AE (BX80613I7980X)

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Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition AT80613003543AE (BX80613I7980X)

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

George L., Newegg
10 June 2011
  • 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 hav...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

adam l., Newegg
22 May 2011
  • Summary: An Intel 2600K is faster, ~$700 cheaper in everything except stuff than can use more than 4 cores. Even then, the x980 isn't that much faster.
  • Pros: Fast, six cores and just runs great.
  • Cons: Why is it still $1,000 when the x990, which is faster, is also a $1,000?
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Overall 8
8.0

Mutau

Ronald U., Newegg
5 March 2011
  • Summary: Keep your money do not buy this one.
  • Pros: This Extreme six core CPU is not as fast as some older CPU's and way over priced. I have 3 older Extreme Intel CPU's that are faster this six core is not a good buy. The 1156 and 775 extreme are faster when over clocking.
  • Cons: Do not buy this CPU its fast but a sled compared to others. I am sick over buying this CPU.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

David K., Newegg
15 February 2011
  • Pros: Overclocks really well. Still at the top, power wise.
  • Cons: The little $320 2600K bests the 980X. Get your hands on a good Sandy Bridge board like the Maximus IV Extreme as soon as the tech-fixed ones are shipping and bench the heck out of the 2600K. Forget 1366 LGA ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Best Desktop Processor

Keith W., Newegg
8 December 2010
  • Summary: I was absolutely considering this as my next computer build. Only problem besides the price of course. Lack of good mother boards for this thing. For a 1000+ dollar cpu I can not find a board with more than 2 sata 6 connectors are more than 2 usb 3.0????!!!!!! Wow is all I can say.
  • Pros: Fastest desktop cpu.
  • Cons: Greatly over priced.Lack of good mother board selection.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great processor but...

Lindsay B., Newegg
7 November 2010
  • Summary: This rebooting of sockets next year is maddening. Intel, what are you thinking? At a time when a lot of small consultancies and even government institutions need longevity amid shrinking budgets, you're forcing us to choose between "weak tea" (sorry, AMD and LGA 1156 fans) and the poorhouse (now or...
  • Pros: Fantastically fast. Marvelous. Using a machine with this behemoth makes me wonder when every other component in the work machine will catch up. We use it there (thus why I'm not an owner myself) and the multithreading is a great, great thing, implemented very well. The CPU and X58a chipset togeth...
  • Cons: The two biggest cons are cost/benefit ratio and upgrade path. First, the price/performance ratio is a big minus, because we are not exactly bursting at the seams with high-margin work in this economy; a dual-Xeon (or maybe even a multi-proc AMD system) might have been just as usable even if it re...
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Overall 8
8.0

Amazing processor

JOHN B., Newegg
17 October 2010
  • Summary: Paying a high price for a 12 thread-processor chip just so windows can park half of them... I don't think so lol. whether it makes a difference or not it's the principle :) I turned off core-parking on my 920 when I first got win-7, and once more in my new 980x build and am not looking back (hint:...
  • Pros: Fast and powerful. 6 cores / 12 threads at 3+ghz definitely peaks my imagination. Also with the new 32nm, it runs a fraction cooler than my old 920 it replaced. I bought this to build my new dev environment and wanted something to last me a few years before my next upgrade... and the 980x fits th...
  • Cons: How can something so small cost so much money. I had to trade off a lot of otherwise better quality other components in order to get this. I understand the R&D cost, but that's R&D intel are using directly in their upcoming lga2011, and it's not like they are building space shuttles. They are jus...
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Overall 8
8.0

Use this as a yard stick for everything else.

OCTAVIAN B., Newegg
9 October 2010
  • Pros: You simply can't go wrong with this.
  • Cons: The heat sink sucks. One egg off. And I will never give it back until Intel will decide to include a heat sink that will cost more than $10 for a CPU that is $1000. Are you kidding me Intel? Is this the best you can do? Also, the mounting thumb screws should be on the back of the MB so I won't ha...
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Overall 8
8.0

A delicate flower

Jeffrey W., Newegg
21 September 2010
  • Summary: These gulftowns are really more like using an Aluminum blocks and the old icore7 are like using cast iron/steel block engines. Sure you gain the speed but it needs to be take care of unless you have endless bank account.
  • Pros: 1) It is a 6 core 32nm processor. 2) Unlock multipliers allows for easy overclocking. 3) Currently cutting edge CPU 4) Come with an acceptable stock cpu 5) Blazing fast 6) Runs Icecold.
  • Cons: 1) Unlike the other 1366 processors, these are a different monster. These processors are far more delicate than 965 or 950 or 920 core i7. 2) Qpi (Vtt) Voltage can quickly destroy 980x. The memory controller of 32nm Intel processors will fail with Qpi/dram (Vtt) voltage >1.35. There are many memo...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Mario B., Newegg
18 September 2010
  • Summary: compare the two on Intel's site. Not only are the mem speeds faster on the Xeon, but Xeon's are better built chips. Also, it doesn't hurt really with the optional ECC on the Xeon.
  • Pros: not as good as the Xeon w3680
  • Cons: when compared to the Xeon w3680, the mem speeds are slower
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