The Intel I7-980x being reviewed today is one of those products coming onto the market that you know know is more of a 32nm victory lap rather than a product that is trying to leap-frog the competition. With nothing in sight that could even touch the Nehalem in terms of performance, the Gulftown adds to an impressive performance market lead that will not be superceded by anyone but themselves for some time to come. The i7-980x not only shrinks its die down to 32nm from 45nm, it also adds two more cores and four more megs of cache while still keeping the 130watt thermal output and consuming less power.
So now with 12 hyperthread cores running at the same time at 3.33Ghz, the processing potential contained within this one chip is something that will be only tapped by the user that can take advantage of it. I am not going to tell everyone to pony up the US$999+ pricetag if they will never come close to taking advantage of the number crunching potential. But the one thing that I like about this upgrade is that you don't need to upgrade any hardware. This processor can be dropped into any X58 motherboard and all that is needed is a BIOS flash. If you are a graphic artist or a video compiler, you might want to hang around. If you are a gamer wanting to bring more frames per second to your gaming platform, well, I would keep you money in your pocket till games can take advantage of all the core within this processor. But I will allow the benchmarking to tell the real story in the upcoming pages. The performance difference between this processor and the i7-965XE Nehalem can be summed up as borderline astonishing.
Read on to page 2 to find out.
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