Intel Core i9-7900X 10-Core Processor Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
For testing we will be using four different test systems. First let’s talk about our new X299 system. It is made up of the following components.

Processor: Intel Core i9-7900X
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB
Motherboard: ASUS X299-Deluxe
Memory: Corsair VENGEANCE LED DDR4-3200 32GB @ 2666 MHz
Storage: OCZ VX500 512GB SSD
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X52
Case: Primochill Praxis WetBench

We will be testing against the Core i7-5960X, our X99 system is made up of the following:

Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB
Motherboard: Gigabyte X99-Ultra Gaming
Memory: Corsair VENGEANCE LED DDR4-3200 32GB @ 2666 MHz
Storage: OCZ VX500 512GB SSD
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X52
Case: Primochill Praxis WetBench

We will be testing against AMD’s Ryzen 7 1700, our Ryzen system is made up of the following:

Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero
Memory: Corsair VENGEANCE LED DDR4-3200 32GB @ 2133 MHz
Storage: OCZ VX500 512GB SSD
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X52
Case: Primochill Praxis WetBench

Finally we will be testing against the Core i7-7700K, and Core i7-6700K, our Z270 system is made up of the following.

Processor: Intel Core i7-7700K / i7-6700K / i3-7350K
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB
Motherboard: Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9
Memory: Corsair VENGEANCE LED DDR4-3200 32GB
Storage: OCZ VX500 512GB SSD
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X52
Case: Primochill Praxis WetBench

For testing the processors we go into the BIOS and load the optimized defaults. The reason we do is because most people will have this setup on their own PC. This is the default mode if you do not go into the BIOS and change anything.

We we also be including other Intel processors in our CPU-specific tests. Here are the specifications of all of the processors we will be testing today.

Core i9-7900X: 3.3 Ghz / 4.3 GHz
Core i7-7740X: 4.3 Ghz / 4.5 GHz
Core i7-5960X: 3.0 Ghz / 3.5 GHz
Core i7-7700K: 4.2 Ghz / 4.5 GHz
Core i7-6700K: 4.0 Ghz / 4.2 GHz
Ryzen 7 1700: 3.2 GHz / 3.7 GHz

Here are the tests that we will be running:

CPU Testing
AIDA64
– CPU Queen
– CPU ZLib
X264 HD Benchmark 5.0
Sisoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multimedia
Handbreak
– Encoding test
POV-Ray 3.7
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-Bit

Graphics & Gaming
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
Ashes Of The Singularity
Batman Arkham Origins
Star Wars Battlefront

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