Intel Core i7-980: specs and benchmarks

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Year of release 2011
Performance 6.82

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-980 sales 26 June 2011 at a recommended price of $1,109. This is Gulftown architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, and is based on 32 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3600 MHz and a locked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA1366 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt. It supports DDR3 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

6.82%

of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7H12.

General info

Core i7-980 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating1007
Value for money0.63
Market segmentDesktop processor
Architecture codenameGulftown (2010−2011)
Release date26 June 2011 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,109of 305 (Core i7-870)
Current price$550 (0.5x MSRP)of 18995 (Xeon Platinum 8280L)
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Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores6 (Hexa-Core)
Threads12
Base clock speed3.33 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.6 GHzof 5.8 (Core i9-13900K)
L1 cache64 KB (per core)of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache12 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography32 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
Die size239 mm2
Maximum core temperature69 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Number of transistors1,170 millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 9 7950X)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-
Unlocked multiplier-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-980 compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCLGA1366
Thermal design power (TDP)130 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-980. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2
AES-NI+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology1.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Idle States+
Thermal Monitoring-
Demand Based Switching-

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT-
EDB+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-x+
EPT+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-980's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3of 5200 (Ryzen 5 7600X)
Maximum memory size24 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels3of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version2.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-980. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-980 6.82
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  • 3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 69%

i7-980 6879

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

Benchmark coverage: 4%

i7-980 7930

Game benchmarks

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-980 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-980 from AMD is Ryzen Embedded V1605B, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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