Taking “Extreme” to a whole new level, with the Intel Core i7 980X EE Processor
I upgraded [my already extreme PC](http://scoop.intel.com/2009/02/ive-been-smacked-over-by-intels-latest-extreme-hardware.php) to the latest Intel Core i7 980X Processor a few days ago. I was truly excited to know that my existing Intel DX58SO “Smackover” motherboard would accept this new 32nm CPU (Codename: Gulftown) with a simple BIOS update!
Yes – this bad boy is a hexacore (6 CPUs) and has two threads per core, which gives me 12 processing threads in a single socket.
Before I could install my new 980X Processor – I had to prepare a few things prior to my upgrade:
- for any modifications, I usually clean my PC out thoroughly – it’s amazing how many dust bunnies accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your PC, especially if you have high-flow fans
- I had to grab the latest BIOS from [Intel's site
](http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&keyword=%22DX58SO%22) – version 5020 added support for Intelâ€Ÿs 6-core desktop processor, codenamed “Gulftownâ€Ÿ
- I also splurged a bit for this upgrade, and got two new [160GB Intel X-25M G2 SSDs](http://www.intel.com/design/flash/nand/index.htm?iid=prod_nav+flash) and set them up in RAID0 (stripe) – so hopefully this new system drive will be able to feed my CPU with as much data as possible.
- I’ve also kept my nVidia SLI GTX260 setup as I’m currently only gaming on a 24″ monitor at 1900×1200 max resolution
The first thing you’ll notice after the BIOS update is that the BIOS page has gone “Extreme” – with a nice Black background (instead of the usual blue)
Since I just upgraded – I haven’t had much “playtime” yet on the new 980X machine, but I did get a new copy of [Bioshock2](http://www.bioshock2game.com/) and will be finishing up the campaign on [CoD:MW2](http://modernwarfare2.infinityward.com/agegate.php) – these are both multi-core enabled games so I should have a good chance at pushing this new 3.33GHz CPU to some new limits… expect more data soon!
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