Intel 980x Gulftown

Synthetic Benchmarks cont

Synthetic Benchmarks

Cinebench

With Intels shift to 32nm Hex Core today, and the AMD six core processors on the horizon it's time for us to move to the latest version of CineBench. In this case it's R11.5 which provides a big speed boost to the results rendering compared to the R10 we've used up to now.

Words cannot do justice to either the results we obtained today, or quite how visually impressive it is. When all 12 threads are at full chat the render occurs at speeds almost incomprehensible. So impressive is the i7 980x it makes the i7 965 look positively lethargic.

 

 

POV-Ray

POV-Ray, the Persistence Of Vision raytracer is freeware and regularly updated. The latest 3.7 beta provides support for as many threads as you can throw at it, and similarly to CineBench the latest in-built benchmark is vastly quicker to the old one. We also get a render window so we've something to watch too. Once again the English language is incapable of adequately describing the simple joy to be found from seeing a render so complex that it used to take all night, take a minute.

PassMark

PassMark, from PassMark software, is a comprehensive benchmarking suite that tests all aspects of your computer to give you a great feel for how your system as a whole will perform. The rigorous nature of the testing means that, unlike some comparable products, only an immense step up in performance will give a significantly larger final score.

Therefore the extra 200 points from the stock clock and 600 points that the overclocked 980x gives truly demonstrate that the latest Intel revision has the power of the Hoover Dam.

 

PC Mark Vantage

Futuremarks PC Mark Vantage suite uses a plethora of in-built applications and utilities to give results that should translate well to actual performance. Our testing makes it appear that PC Mark Vantage doesn't take advantage of all six cores as the results are mainly a result of clockspeed and architectural changes rather than the increase we'd expect to see from a 33% increase in potential performance.

WinRAR

WinRAR is most definitely something that will take advantage of every last ounce of processing performance you can give it and this is borne out in our results. Stunning.

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Most Recent Comments

04-03-2010, 19:14:44

tinytomlogan
OC3D loves a good cpu to play with, but is the 980x as good as we all hope?

Continue ReadingQuote

04-03-2010, 19:47:03

ppuff
Performs like a champ. It looks as though Intel will once again throw AMD under the bus with this one.Quote

04-03-2010, 20:42:03

VonBlade
Fantastic review Tom. Really enjoyable read.

Blimey that's a bit of kit. Dear Santa Quote

05-03-2010, 02:45:02

thestepster
looks like its lived up 2 the hype and its like u said its only the price thats the bad pointQuote

05-03-2010, 03:03:19

Runebeard
Dude I bloody love your analogies, "...it goes like an Essex girl on a Free WKD night." Man that cracked up

So wish I could afford to splurge on one of these, I wouldn't have to upgrade for tiiiiime.Quote

11-03-2010, 10:38:21

tinytomlogan
Its back!Quote

11-03-2010, 10:51:03

thestepster
ooh u got it back for more playin about Quote

11-03-2010, 14:53:29

killablade
God I want one of those 0.o Simply amazing!Quote

11-03-2010, 15:00:43

BloomerzUK
OT: Love the avatar Tom.Quote

11-03-2010, 16:00:30

BbBoS
Spectacular processor

Maybe with some ATI 5870's in crossfire, or Nvidia equivalents we could see 80 frames + from crysis Quote

12-03-2010, 02:01:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BloomerzUK'
OT: Love the avatar Tom.
w00t. it may be making an appearance elsewhere soon Quote

12-03-2010, 12:23:04

tinytomlogan
Yeah the OC3D Range Rover is in the sign shop as we speak! whooooopahQuote

12-03-2010, 12:55:08

mayhem
£850 est. come on guyes thats raly taking the .

No way will it be worth it buying it. and there is no way on earth any one here is going to need that much power except for good scores on test benches and braging rights wich means naff all in real world.

Thats like getting a car to compenswte for the fact you cannot be good in another department.

still good good review though but way out of my budget range and some thing ill never own unless OC3d are gving it away as a ""PRIZE"" hint hint ....lolQuote

12-03-2010, 16:44:26

cl0ck_ed
OMG, that looks like a BEAST, didn't think there would be such an improvement in gaming. The minimum FPS for crysis warhead are 216% better!! WOW.

Great review btw. Quote

16-03-2010, 09:42:40

Runebeard
Scan.co.uk have them on preorder for £882.74. Looks like I won't be getting one then as that takes up almost all my budget for my entire pc build xDQuote

16-03-2010, 10:34:11

FarFarAway
Looks hawt Tomster

Out of interest, did you manage to get a Super PI 1m at all? I just want to see some pwnage Quote

16-03-2010, 17:28:56

tinytomlogan
Super Pi doesnt utilise all the cores dude so that was one of the tests that we missed out as it wasnt a proper representation of the power the CPU had to offer.Quote

16-03-2010, 19:04:45

MikeEnIke
6 Cores is just insane. All on the same size chip.Quote

16-03-2010, 19:31:15

thestepster
well in memory of my grandad if i get enuff ill have gulftown and 58xx/fermi folding rockinQuote

17-03-2010, 05:46:45

Macon Paine
Looks awesome, performance is just incredible! Well done Intel, pity about the price though this thing costs about $1700 AUD. AMDs gonna need to pull a rabbit out of the hat with bulldozer.Quote

08-04-2010, 06:53:34

osshead
thanks for the check tom. i like your style of writing mate.Quote

08-04-2010, 11:47:43

alexhull24
Some serious power, I enjoyed the review tom. Cost is the problem here though, but this is always the case with bleeding edge hardware. Most of us have to wait for it to trickle down into our price range, which doesn't usually take long.Quote

08-04-2010, 13:32:51

killablade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='alexhull24'
Some serious power, I enjoyed the review tom. Cost is the problem here though, but this is always the case with bleeding edge hardware. Most of us have to wait for it to trickle down into our price range, which doesn't usually take long.
It does for me, usually it never even happens xDQuote

10-04-2010, 07:28:05

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='mayhem'
£850 est. come on guyes thats raly taking the .

No way will it be worth it buying it. and there is no way on earth any one here is going to need that much power except for good scores on test benches and braging rights wich means naff all in real world.

Thats like getting a car to compenswte for the fact you cannot be good in another department.

still good good review though but way out of my budget range and some thing ill never own unless OC3d are gving it away as a ""PRIZE"" hint hint ....lol
It's a real gimmick offering under that price tag, but it's subsequent spawnings will offer a cheaper alternative at a 'healthier' price. However healthy, they're going to exceed 4x pricing for some time.

6x cpus are allowing those at the top end of benchmarking to exploit their donations at this point. We've already seen this week Shamino cream the 3dMark Vantage record by some 5000 points with a single 'retail' GTX480 in one run, but my argument would be that with a 4x cpu, or his 6x with a 5870, would it only be a few thousand.

It's going to take a long time, imo, for these Intel offerings to calm down on the pricing stake. Maybe it'll take a really good AMD 8x to do it, but as far as extreme top-end cpus go for pricing, I can remember my QX9650 being priced at less than half of this.Quote

10-04-2010, 11:26:26

tinytomlogan
The QX9770 at launch was £900, its a given the top end CPU will cost a grand tbh.Quote

10-04-2010, 20:13:21

ppuff
Until the release of the 980x the i7 975 was $999 at my local shop, now its $799. I agree with Tom that almost all top ones seem to be 1K.Quote

11-04-2010, 08:44:11

Rastalovich
The QX9650 was the top cpu in it's time, and it wasn't £1k. The QX9770 has the unique privilege of being unofficially the top of it's socket forever and can still be retailed for £1k2.

If ur thinking 980x will remain the top cpu for these sockets forever, then u can appreciate it being £1k - but I somehow doubt that with Intel sticking with this socket set for a good few years to come, that the 980x will be the top end for it's duration.Quote

15-04-2010, 13:13:35

Nozbit
Alot of cash for a cpu but truly stunning performance for your money. Euro Millions will be getting played this weekend!Quote
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