Intel 980x Gulftown
Published: 12th March 2010 | Source: Intel | Price: £850 - estimated |
3D and Gaming Benchmarks
3D Mark Vantage
The ever popular 3D Mark Vantage is very dependant upon the GPU and so shouldn't show much gain, although the available CPU power should ensure that the Physx result doesn't get hindered too much by our ATI card. As you can see the immense gain in CPU score only results in a 2000 point increase in the P-Score. However a 20000 P-Score from a single 5870 is mightily impressive.
Need for Speed Shift
EA's Need For Speed Shift is a curious game that began with some performance issues with a ATI cards that are still not greatly resolved on 4 series cards. But if our testing today proved anything it's that it simply adores brute horsepower, something the i7 980x has in spades. The overclocked 980 giving very nearly twice the framerate across the board that we obtained with the 965. We're beginning to run out of superlatives for this processor, so it's lucky that we only have one test left.
Ah Crysis Warhead. For ages it's been the game that no hardware could tame. To paraphrase Commando, it eats CPUs for breakfast. Finally though we have a CPU that can give a single card solution an average framerate of over the magic 60 mark. Truly outstanding. With a minimum framerate in its overclocked state that many CPUs would like to see as an average, the i7 980 truly bludgeons Crysis Warhead into a pulp.
Let's move on to easily the least surprising conclusion ever.