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Intel Core i7-980: specs and benchmarks
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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
of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7H12.
Core i7-980 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.
|Place in performance rating||1007|
|Value for money||0.63|
|Market segment||Desktop processor|
|Architecture codename||Gulftown (2010−2011)|
|Release date||26 June 2011 (11 years ago)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$1,109||of 305 (Core i7-870)|
|Current price||$550 (0.5x MSRP)||of 18995 (Xeon Platinum 8280L)|
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 cores||6 (Hexa-Core)|
|Base clock speed||3.33 GHz||of 4.7 (FX-9590)|
|Boost clock speed||3.6 GHz||of 5.8 (Core i9-13900K)|
|L1 cache||64 KB (per core)||of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)|
|L2 cache||256 KB (per core)||of 12288 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)|
|L3 cache||12 MB (shared)||of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)|
|Chip lithography||32 nm||of 5 (Apple M1)|
|Die size||239 mm2|
|Maximum core temperature||69 °C||of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)|
|Number of transistors||1,170 million||of 9900000 (Ryzen 9 7950X)|
|64 bit support||+|
|Windows 11 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 configuration||1||of 8 (Opteron 842)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||130 Watt||of 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 extensions||Intel® SSE4.2|
|Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)||+|
|Turbo Boost Technology||1.0|
|Demand Based Switching||-|
Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.
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 types||DDR3||of 5200 (Ryzen 5 7600X)|
|Maximum memory size||24 GB||of 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)|
|Max memory channels||3||of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)|
Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.
|PCIe version||2.0||of 5 (Core i9-12900K)|
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.
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.
- 3DMark Fire Strike Physics
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%
3DMark Fire Strike Physics
Benchmark coverage: 4%
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Overall Core i7-980 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.
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