Intel Core i7-980X EE: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-980X EE

Summary

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 LGA-1366 processor with a TDP of 130 Watt.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 24.02 percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

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

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Value for money (0-100)
2.21
 
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Series
Core i7 (Desktop)
 
Architecture codename
Gulftown
 
Launch date
no data
 
Price now
$1108
 

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 cores
6 (Hexa-Core)
 
Threads
12
 
Base clock speed
3.333 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed
3.6 GHz
 
Bus support
6400 MHz
 
Chip lithography
32 nm
 
of 5 (Apple M1)
64 bit support
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-980X EE 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.

Socket
LGA-1366
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
130 Watt
 

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-980X EE. 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.

24.02

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

7123

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

8.9

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

23150

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-980X EE is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

This processor matches 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-980X EE from AMD is Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G, which is slower by 2% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-980X EE:

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