Without a doubt, the Core i7-980X is a fast CPU, the fastest out of the box CPU available. The 980X has a retail price of $999, meaning it will replace the 975X in Intelís lineup. In terms of applications that will take advantage of the 6 cores, there are many game manufacturers working on optimization for multiple cores and with the support for DirectX 11 multithreaded rendering speeding up performance in games that support it, the Core i7-980X CPU to the next level, allowing for higher level of detail and more animations in games that support multi-threading. . The new CPU cooler allows the retail purchaser to overclock the CPU more than the traditional Intel cooler that doesnít provide much leeway due to thermal margins. Intel has done a bang-up job with their new Core i7-980X CPU and many enthusiasts will likely adopt it assuming they can afford the price tag. As to the new stock cooler, Iím glad Intel decided to go with a design that will offer better thermal performance than their previous ones. This CPU will be available in a few weeks everywhere but they allowed to us to review their final product and performance is indicative of the performance you will get from the new CPU.