Intel Core i7-980: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-980

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 DDR3-1066 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 8.01 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

General info

Of Core i7-980 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.91
 
Type
Desktop
 
Architecture codename
Gulftown
 
Release date
26 June 2011
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,109
 
Price now
$1262
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i7-980's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-980's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
6
 
Number of threads
12
 
Maximum frequency
3.6 GHz
 
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
of 8192 (FX-8350)
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
 
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
Die size
239 mm2
 
Maximum core temperature
69 °C
 
of 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Transistor count
1,170 million
 
of 19200 (Ryzen 7 3700)
64 bit support
+
 
VID voltage range
0.8V-1.3V
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-980 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
Socket
FCLGA1366
 
Power consumption (TDP)
130 Watt
 
of 650 (Atom Z500)

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions 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
 
AES-NI
+
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
1.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Demand Based Switching
-
 

Security technologies

Core i7-980 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
EDB
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-980 are enumerated here.
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-980.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066
 
of 2933 (Ryzen 5 2500X)
Maximum memory size
24 GB
 
Max memory channels
3
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-980. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

8.01

Passmark

6151

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

7930

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-980 is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-980 performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-980 from AMD is FX-8370, which is faster by 1% and higher by 7 positions in our rating.

User rating

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