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Ever heard of the i7980 non extreme?

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Was looking at CPU benchmarks and found the i7 980 to have roughly almost the same benchmarks as the 980x at half the price...what gives? the specs seem to me almost identical...
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Yes, it was recently released, needs a bios update to support and implements a new type of dynamic cache.

edit: Hmm, maybe I read into it too much about the smart cache, which isn't different. This is the only difference I can find post launch:

http://www.techspot.com/news/44425-i...processor.html
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It's also very similar to the $1,050 extreme edition Intel Core i7-980X, with the exception that the Core i7-980 comes with a locked multiplier and a reduced QPI clock of 4.8 GT/s in exchange for a ~45% lower price tag.
Here is a spec comparison. The only differnce is the 6.4 GT/s of the X version vs the 4.8 4.8GT/s of the non-X.
http://ark.intel.com/compare/47932,58664
Edited by ericeod - 11/3/11 at 9:02pm
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why is the 980x still a G note for the same specs...except the turbo boost function
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why is the 980x still a G note for the same specs...except the turbo boost function
Simply because of the unlocked multiplier and the QPI link (matters for extreme OCers). I sold my W3520 (i7 920 server variant) for $300 and picked up the 980X when it was on sale for $760 at Fry's. I was able to justify the purcahse then, but I wouldn't be able to now... to my wife.
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