The Heatsink

This is Intel’s retail LGA-1366 heatsink:

And this the heatsink that comes with the retail Core i7 980X:

It’s much larger than the standard i7 heatsink, but not quite as large as the tower coolers from Thermaltake or Zalman. It’s fairly quiet but at full speed it does have an annoying whir to it. Thankfully other than in a no-POST situation, I never heard it at that speed.

Installing the new heatsink is both more and less pleasant than the standard LGA-1366 cooler. You stick a plastic plate to the back of your motherboard that the heatsink screws into (that’s the pleasant part):

The screws are difficult to access thanks to the size of the heatsink itself, especially if you have a motherboard with heatsinks that crowd the CPU socket (and that’s the unpleasant part).

Currently the new heatsink is exclusively for the i7 980X. The rest of the lineup gets the plain old coolers.

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  • aigomorla - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    W3680 will be a workstation hexcore @ 3.2ghz

    Im guessing since its a 3600 series, it will be a 1 x QPI, so it will not work in tandium on a DP board.

    Xeons are uber expensive tho.
    And this one if its gonna be priced like the W3580's is gonna have a price of around 1499.

    :X

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  • Rev1 - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    I know the OC's were on stock cooling but being this chip starts out @ 3.33 ghz and having a smaller 32nm size, the OC capability seems very underwhelming. I heard this chip is good for extreme overclockers because they did away with the cold boot bug. This thing probably puts out to much heat for any current air or wc setup to get a good oc out. That being said i dont see replacing my D0 920 anytime soon. Reply
  • aigomorla - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    come to our cpu and overclocking forum.
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=20576...">http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=20576...

    Or read one of my comments with a forum link.

    I showed people what it can do on higher voltages, when you take heat away from the equation of being the limited value.
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  • Hacp - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    With the 800 dollar premium over an I7 920, why don't you just build a second 920 system instead! Reply
  • aigomorla - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=20450...">http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=20450...

    ;)

    I welcome you guys to join our forums.

    You'll see more info on stuff on the OC potentials in that preview.
    Reply
  • atfuser - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    Looks like the i7-860 is where gamers and people who run lots of multicore apps want to spend their money. Gamers will save $750 and will see almost no difference in performance. Reply
  • RaistlinZ - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    Yes, gamers will still be more than satisfied with their i7 920's @ 4Ghz. Especially considering those chips are only $200 at Microcenter these days.

    I just hope the upcoming Xeon CPU's will have more of a mainstream price.
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  • quickbunnie - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    I think the L4D performance is actually due to the extra cores, as source engine games have n-1 multithreaded scaling. It's been shown to have diminishing returns past 3-4 cores, so a 6% bump for an extra 2 cores makes more sense to me than the extra cache, considering no other games show this level of performance increase Reply
  • vailr - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    What happens if you put this 6 core CPU in a non-upgraded bios X58 board? Do you then have the minimal functionality to be able to flash the bios to the updated version? Or does the system fail completely, to even show anything on the video display?
    Just wondering...
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  • aigomorla - Thursday, March 11, 2010 - link

    If your bios can not handle gulftown, it will just refuse to post.

    eVGA boards are even more picky. If you somehow manage to get a hold of an A0 stepping gulftown, you can not use the same bios on a B0 or B1 gulftown.

    The b0 and b1 are the retail versions, while the A series were pure evaluation / testing samples.

    Some asus boards should support gulftown without bios updates, however its still recommended u get one.

    And if u guys come into our forums, you will see i pushed one up to 4.4ghz with HT ON, @ 1.388 vcore, so i think my 980X is better then the one Raja has.

    Sorry Raja.. :P
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