Intel Core i7-980X Gulftown Hexa-core Processor Review
The Core i7-980X and Gigabyte X58A-UD5
Even though from a physical perspective the Core i7-980X looks just like all the other currently available Core i7 LGA1366 processors, I thought it was worth comparing it to the Lynnfield CPU and even the cooler comparisons.
My, what a large box for a single processor...
In the box you will get the new Intel DBX-B cooler, the 6-core processor and a small applicator of thermal paste.
On the right you'll see the stock CPU cooler that comes with the Lynnfield CPUs. Sooo, yah. The new cooler is meant to offer performance comparable to offerings from Thermalright and Zalman and still remain quiet while doing the job.
The Core i5-750 that falls into that Lynnfield category is noticeably smaller than the LGA1366-based Core i7-980X. The Lynnfield is built on 45nm process while the Core i7-980X is on 32nm process technology but the subject of our current evaluation has 50% more cores and cache.
For our Gulftown testing I decide to put the GPU in a new motherboard that Gigabyte sent our way that is based on the X58 chipset (obviously) and integrates some advanced features. The GA-X58A-UD5 includes a 4 PCIe x16 slots that run at x8 speed when they are all populated, USB 3.0 and SATA 6G as well.
You can see the SATA 6G connectivity is expanded to four ports; one of the few motherboards to offer that.
The X58A-UD5 does have a lot of great features besides the USB 3.0 ports (in blue) and SATA 6G. You can see here that it has dual Gigabit Ethernet connections, analog and digital 8-channel audio and even USB-powered eSATA and Firewire.