Intel 980x Gulftown
Published: 12th March 2010 | Source: Intel | Price: £850 - estimated |
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, 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, 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 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.