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Testbed and Methods

I am sure no one doubts that Core i7-980X is one of the fastest CPUs out there. Therefore, in our performance tests we are going to compare it against two of the fastest quad-core Intel CPUs from the Core i7 series and the top Phenom II X4 processor. As a result, we used the following hardware to build our testbeds:

  • CPUs:
    • AMD Phenom II X4 965 (Deneb, 3.4 GHz, 4 x 512 KB L2, 6 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-980X (Gulftown, 3.33 GHz, 6 x 256 KB L2, 12 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-975 (Bloomfield, 3.33 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2, 8 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-870 (Lynnfield, 2.93 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2, 8 MB L3).
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS P7P55D Premium (LGA1156, Intel P55 Express);
    • Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P (Socket AM3, AMD 790FX + SB750, DDR3 SDRAM);
    • Gigabyte X58A-UD5 (LGA1366, Intel X58 Express).
  • Memory:
    • 2 x 2 GB, DDR3-1600 SDRAM, 9-9-9-24 (Kingston KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX);
    • 3 x 2 GB, DDR3-1600 SDRAM, 9-9-9-24 (Crucial BL3KIT25664TG1608);
  • Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5870.
  • HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS.
  • PSU: Tagan TG880-U33II (880 W).
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
  • Drivers:
    • Intel Chipset Driver 9.1.1.1025;
    • ATI Catalyst 10.3 Display Driver.
 
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