Not Yet Another Core i7 980X Review - Overclocking With LN2

CPU by massman @ 2010-03-16

Instead of following the flock of hardware reviewing websites and using a series of at least one hundred benchmarks to come the exact same conclusion, we decided to put Intel´s latest, codenamed Gulftown, to a series of extreme tests. Inside, you will find pictures, benchmark results and info on an extremely overclocked Gulftown B1.

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Test setup and methodology

Test setup

Massman's Core i7 980X Review System
Madshrimps (c)
  • Intel Core i7 950
  • Intel Core i7 960
  • Intel Core i7 980X
  • Cooling
  • Nventic Mach2 phase-change
  • Kingpincooling Dragon F1 EE
  • OCZ Freeze cooling paste
  • Mainboard
  • Gigabyte X58A-UD7
  • Videocard
  • MSI GTX275 Lightning
  • MSI Radeon HD5870 Lightning
  • Memory
  • 3x2GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz CL8-8-8-24 1.65V, v3.1
    (p/n: CMD8GX3M4A1600C8)
  • Storage
  • Western Digital WD3200KS
  • Acard ANS-9010
  • PSU
  • Enermax Revolution 1050W

  • Test Methodology :

    To test the performance, we used the following benchmarks.

  • Cinebench 10: Single and Multi CPU
  • Hexus Pifast
  • Resident Evil 5 DX9/DX10: 1280x720x32bit, no quality
  • SuperPi 1M and 32M
  • TechArp X264
  • Winrar
  • Wprime 32M and 1024M
  • 3DMark03
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark06
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • Aquamark3

    Operating System: Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows 7 64-bit. (Depending on benchmark application - same OS for same benchmark for each platform)

    Intel Core i7 960/980X Setings

    Madshrimps (c)
    (Click to enlarge)

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