Legit Processor Reviews
Intel Core i7-980X Six-Core Processor Extreme Edition Review
|Product:||Intel 980X - BX80613I7980X|
|Date:||Thu, Mar 11, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
The New DBX-B CPU Cooler
Intel has also designed a brand new heat pipe CPU cooler called the DBX-B that will be included with Intel Core i7-980X processors that is very impressive looking. The acoustics of the fan are also very good as at idle it spins at 800 RPM and is just 20 dBA. Under heavy loads the fan can reach up to 1800 RPM and is just under 35 dBA at those speeds. The clear fan has blue LED lighting behind it and you can't turn the lights off from what we can tell. The little black dip switch above the fan is a fan mode switch that changes between performance mode for maximum cooling and an operational mode for nearly silent computing.
Here is a closer look at the four copper heat pipes that help transfer heat away from the Core i7-980X processor and to the cooling fins. Notice that the 4-pin power cable is braided! The power cable is also 9-inches long this time around, which means you won't have any major issues finding a header on your motherboard to power it.
Intel includes ultra high performance Dow Corning TC-1996 thermal interface material (thermal compound) with the DBX-B to complete the package. This cooler should perform pretty well.
We fired up Core Temp 0.99.5 and found the Core i7-980X idles around 51C and was seen at 74C load when running the benchmark POV-Ray. Not bad temperature testing results and it looks like the new DBX-B CPU cooler does the job nicely!
Here is a little video that Intel made about the new DBX-B CPU Cooler and how to install it that might be worth a watch if you plan on buying one of these processors.
Next Page - Core i7 980X CPU-Z
Page 1 - Six Core Processors Are Here - Intel 980X
Page 2 - The New DBX-B CPU Cooler
Page 3 - Core i7 980X CPU-Z
Page 4 - The Test System
Page 5 - SiSoftware Sandra 2010c
Page 6 - Microsoft Excel 2007
Page 7 - x264 HD Encoding
Page 8 - Sony Vegas 9.0C Pro
Page 9 - Photodex ProShow Gold 4.1
Page 10 - Handbrake
Page 11 - POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 35
Page 12 - Cinebench R11.5
Page 13 - PCMark Vantage
Page 14 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 15 - Resident Evil 5
Page 16 - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Page 17 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 18 - Power Consumption
Page 19 - Intel Core i7 980X Overclocking
Page 20 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions