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Since this is after all a brand new $999 processor, we self-imposed a 1.35V-ish maximum during our preliminary overclocking sessions with this processor. With the unlocked multipliers overclocking was obviously a breeze, as we could merely increase the CPU multiplier as needed and adjust the BCLK to extract those last few megahertz.

We were fairly satisfied with our results. Yes, you can get similar clocks at similar voltage from an above-average Core i7 D0, but those tend to run exceedingly hot. Our sample ran fairly cool, peaking in the low 70C's during LinX. Furthermore, we suspect that we have a relatively early sample since ours was manufactured in 2009 while all the other i7-980X were made in 2010. Combine this with the fact that Intel's review sample E.S chips are never really great overclockers, and I'm willing to go on a limb and say that the retail processors will be able to achieve a solid 150-200Mhz more than our sample at similar voltage.

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There are now many sites with reviews of the upcoming 980x but Hardware Canucks had some interesting overclocking info.
 

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Wow, no turbo boost. Oh well, at least we can overclock it far as hell
 

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Wow, no turbo boost. Oh well, at least we can overclock it far as hell

The chip definately has turbo!

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The chip definately has turbo!

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Furthermore, we are a little disappointed that Gulftown doesn't feature Lynnfield's more aggressive Turbo Boost implementation. Having said that, we understand that it was likely a requirement in order to stay within the 130W TDP limit.


EDIT: Oh my god, look at how fast it transcodes x264 video
 

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I guess that intel is really serious about competin with itself.
 

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Actually, clock-for-clock and core-for-core there's no difference with Bloomfield. I think this caters more to enthusiasts who benchmark or people like me who do a lot of video encoding and number-crunching, rather than gaming.
 

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Actually, clock-for-clock and core-for-core there's no difference with Bloomfield. I think this caters more to enthusiasts who benchmark or people like me who do a lot of video encoding and number-crunching, rather than gaming.

I dont think that is entirely true. The 980x has 12MB cache (at a slightly higher latency) wich would give it an advantage in most things compared clock for clock, core for core with a 920.
 

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Not to mention the significantly lower temps. If it's only tapping 70c on linx at 4.4Ghz on air, that's quite a bit better than a 920, and thus more headroom. My 920 hits that Ghz/temp ratio on h20 w/ a 360 rad in p/p.
 

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can anyone edit this title to [HWC]? Just had to say it because they should deserve the best recognition for the top review site


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It looks like the extra L3 doesn't make much difference and 6-cores are not really needed.
 

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32nm quads pleeeease!
From what I've heard, Intel won't be coming out with 32nm quads until PCIe 3.0 is out.
 

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It looks like the extra L3 doesn't make much difference and 6-cores are not really needed.
Because everyone uses their rigs for exactly the same thing you do.
 

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Holy shamoly that is fast! Wicked high clock speed to. If only I had a thousand dollars I could throw, or rather "invest" in such a kick ass processor. Its good too that the temps on it were really low compared to the D0 i7. Obviously intel's 32nm yields are not only functional, but they must have their leakage very well under control.
 

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This looks to be one great processor. I always enjoy seeing innovation such as this, even if the product is out of my price range. These sort of things eventually trickle down.

I noticed the article mentioned that someone put N2 on it and cranked out 6GHz... insane.
 
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