Intel Core i7-980X Extreme 6-Core Processor Review

WinRAR Compression and Image Processing

In our custom WinRAR x64 benchmark, we take a directory loaded with two hundred, 12.1 megapixel image files and compress them into a single archive using the default WinRAR compression scheme. The length of time it took each system to save the completed archive is represented in the graph below.

WinRAR x64 v3.9 Benchmark
Multi-Threaded File Compression Performance


The new Core i7-980X Extreme powered through our custom WinRAR x64 benchmark with the fastest time, but it was only a few percentage points faster than the Core i7-975.

VSO Image Resizer
Batch Image Processing

For this next test, we use the VSO Image Resizer utility to convert two hundred, 12.1 megapixel image files copied directly from a digital SLR camera to compressed, 640x480 JPGs, suitable for the web. We used the Lanczos filtering method available within the application, which is slower, but offers higher quality compression than most other methods.

This test is single-threaded and does not benefit from additional processing cores. Due to this fact, the Core i7-980X Extreme performs right on par with the similarly clocked Core i7-975.

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