Intel Core i7-980X vs AMD A8-6600K

Intel Core i7-980X
AMD A8-6600K

General info

Comparing Core i7-980X and A8-6600K processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
11.93
 
n/d
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
n/d
 
AMD A-Series (Desktop)
Achitecture codename
Gulftown
 
Richland
Release date
on March 2010
 
4 June 2013
Launch price (MSRP)
$959
 
$142
Price now
$219
 
n/d

Technical specs

Core i7-980X and A8-6600K quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-980X and A8-6600K performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
6
 
4
Number of threads
12
 
4
Maximum frequency
3.6 GHz
 
4.2 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
192 KB
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
4096 KB
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
32 nm
Die size
239 mm2
 
246 mm2
Maximum core temperature
68 °C
 
74 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
n/d
 
74 °C
Transistor count
1170 million
 
1303 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+
VID voltage range
0.8V-1.375V
 
n/d

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-980X and A8-6600K 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
 
1
Socket
FCLGA1366
 
FM2
Power consumption (TDP)
130 Watt
 
100 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-980X and A8-6600K. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.2
 
n/d
AES-NI
+
 
+
FMA
-
 
FMA4
AVX
-
 
AVX
PowerNow
-
 
+
PowerGating
-
 
+
VirusProtect
-
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
1.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Demand Based Switching
-
 
n/d
PAE
36 Bit
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i7-980X and A8-6600K technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-980X and A8-6600K are enumerated here.
AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d
IOMMU 2.0
-
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-980X and A8-6600K.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1066
 
DDR3-1866
Maximum memory size
24 GB
 
n/d
Max memory channels
3
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB / s
 
n/d

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-980X and A8-6600K.
Integrated graphics
n/d
 
Number of pipelines
n/d
 
256
Enduro
-
 
+
Switchable graphics
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
VCE
-
 
+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-980X and A8-6600K integrated GPUs.
DisplayPort
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-980X and A8-6600K integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
n/d
 
DirectX® 11

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-980X and A8-6600K.
PCIe revision
n/d
 
2.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-980X and A8-6600K. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-980X 18.47
A8-6600K 18.51 +0.2%

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

i7-980X 7930 +99.7%
A8-6600K 3970

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-980X and A8-6600K are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-980X

We are unaware of any advantages of Intel Core i7-980X over AMD A8-6600K.

Advantages of AMD A8-6600K

0.2% faster in synthetic tests
Cheaper ($142 vs $959)
Less power hungry (100 vs 130 watts)
MMX (MultiMedia Extensions - the very first (1996) SIMD instruction expansion for Intel desktop CPUs, works with 64-bit registers)
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
SSE (Streaming SIMD Instructions - a SIMD instruction extension working with 128-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
PowerNow
PowerGatingMenu
Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP)
IOMMU20Menu
Enduro (saves battery charge by automatically switching between an integrated and discrete AMD GPU depending on workload. Similar to NVIDIA Optimus)
SwitchableGraphics
UVDMenu
VCEMenu
DisplayPortMenu
HDMIMenu

So, Core i7-980X or A8-6600K?

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