Intel X58 (Core i7 920 & i7 980X) versus AMD Ryzen & Intel Coffee Lake: worth upgrading?

Is your X58 build ready for an upgrade? 78 tests provide the answer!



Some Hardware.Info readers are probably still on Intel's X58 platform, with e.g. a Core i7 920/980X. Last year's competition on the processor market was fierce. Is an upgrade to Ryzen or Coffee Lake worth it, or should you stick with a Bloomfield or Gulftown processor?

The video card is usually the most popular PC component to upgrade. With all these high-res monitors and increasingly beautiful games, this part is subject to higher demands at a rapid pace. After two or three years a new video card means a serious upgrade in graphics capabilities, while the rest of your system can often last for a few years.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Boxed
Partly thanks to the AMD Ryzen CPUs, you suddenly get a lot more processor for your money.

In the beginning of this year, however, AMD turned the processor market upside down with the Ryzen cpu and in October, Intel followed with its Coffee Lake models. At the bottom of the line, you get much more value for your money when you buy a processor now than, for example, one year ago. So in our upgrade poll of mid-September, the Dutch readers massively indicated that they planned to have a new processor and a new motherboard - with 32% of the votes, that option was even more popular than a new video card (27%)!

We put two of the most popular processors of the X58 platform through our current test procedure to find out whether such a quick Ryzen or Coffee Lake is worthwhile. For this we selected the Core i7 920, a quadcore at 45nm with HyperThreading, and the Core i7 980X, a hexacore baked at 32nm with HyperThreading as well.

Also read:
Intel Haswell (Core i5 4670K & i7 4790K) versus Ryzen & Coffee Lake: worth upgrading?

AMD Bulldozer (FX-8370E) versus AMD Ryzen & Intel Coffee Lake: worth upgrading?

Intel Sandy Bridge (Core i5 2500K & i7 2600K) versus AMD Ryzen & Intel Coffee Lake: worth the upgrade?


two products discussed in this review

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Intel Core i7 920 Boxed

Socket 1366, 2.67 GHz, 4 cores, 130 W, 45 nm

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Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition

Socket 1366, 3.33 GHz, 6 cores, 130 W, 32 nm

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