Intel’s 18-core i9-7980XE Benchmarks Revealed

Someone over at got their hands on an upcoming Intel Core i9-7980XE processor, and provided a few benchmark results which were quite impressive, to say the least. Paired up with an ASUS Rampage VI APEX, G.Skill Trident Z PC4-25600 RAM, and a GTX 1080 Ti, the system shows off the fastest HEDT CPU available when overclocked. And speaking of overclocks, the forum user was able to achieve speeds of 4.17Ghz on all 18 cores, a very impressive feat.

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The i9-7980XE is designed to take crown back from AMD’s recently released Ryzen Threadripper 1950X in many aspects, but one area where AMD will be the sure winner is price. The i9-7980XE is expected to come with a $1,999 price tag, compared to “just” $999 for AMD’s 1950X.

From what we can see, the single-core performance of the 7980XE is similar to that of the i9-7900X and i7-7820X, and as expected, higher than that of the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. In multi-core testing we still see impressive results, with the 7980XE besting the 1950X in all of the results shown. This is expected, as the additional two cores and four threads certainly adds to the performance margin, along with a bit better IPC performance of the Intel part.

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Be sure to check out the video below of the i9-7980XE running Cinebench R15.