Monday, June 27, 2011

Core i7-980 Extreme

Intel has released a Core i7-980. The only difference with the Extreme Edition (Core i7-980X) is that it does not have an unlocked multiplier and the QPI is a bit slower. It therefore fills in part the void left by the death of the X until the arrival of Sandy Bridge-E that will populate the top of the table by the end of the year (see "Intel Core i7 four and 10 Xeon disappear").

This news confirms what we told you last week in our current "Core i7 980: the X makes the difference." Core i7-980 takes the place of the i7-970. It will cost much less than the Extreme version since it will be sold at $ 583, against $ 999 for the 980X. The new model is aimed primarily at owners of a 1366 map LGA wishing to update their configuration without changing the motherboard.

Its performance should be very close to the Extreme version. It has six cores running at 3.33 GHz, 12 MB L3 cache, the HyperTheading and a TDP of 30 W.

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