Intel core i9-7960x vs intel core i9-7980xe


AMD’s Threadripper processors excel at heavily multi-threaded workloads thanks to their high core counts. The entry-level Threadripper CPU offers 12 cores and 24 threads for your computing needs, and the top-of-the-line Threadripper 2990WX has three times that many threads to work with. 

Due to its unique design, the extra cores on the 2990WX come at the cost of memory throughput and single-threaded performance. As a general rule,  decrease as core counts grow. As such, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX’s base clock is only 3GHz, 500MHz less than then 16-core . AMD also limited the maximum boost clock to 4.2GHz on the 2990WX, which is 200MHz slower than the top speed of the 16-core 2950WX.

The Threadripper 2990WX is built in a quad-die layout, which is effectively two dual-die Threadripper 2950X processors in one multi-chip module. Unfortunately, AMD’s Zen+ architecture doesn’t allow all four dies to communicate directly with memory controllers, which limits the performance of the second half of the processor on certain memory-intensive tasks.

AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX lacks memory throughput, but it does support corruption-preventing error-correcting code (ECC) memory, which Intel’s Core i9-9980XE does not support. Intel restricts ECC support to its Xeon-class processor lineup to differentiate its enthusiast-class processors from its enterprise-class offerings. AMD’s processors also natively accept DDR4-2933, whereas Intel’s platform is officially limited to DDR4-2666. Both platforms support quad-channel memory configurations.

Like AMD’s other Zen/Zen+ processors, the Threadripper 2990WX features the company’s Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) technology, which dynamically adjusts the CPUs parameters to match the current workload and power delivery environment. PBO ensures the CPU always operates at its maximum efficiency and performance output. Think of it as an automated  feature that will extract the most performance possible from the silicon given the capabilities of your ,  and .

CPU Intel Core i9-9980XE Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
Socket LGA 2066 TR4
Cores / Threads 18 / 36 32 / 64
TDP 165W 250W
Base Frequency 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz
Max Boost Frequency  4.4 (Turbo Boost 2.0) / 4.5 GHz (Turbo Boost 3.0) 4.2 GHz (Precision Boost Overdrive)
L3 Cache 24.75MB 64MB
Integrated Graphics No No
Graphics Base/Turbo (MHz) N/A N/A
Memory Support DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933 (Varies)
Memory Controller Quad-Channel Quad-Channel
Unlocked Multiplier Yes Yes
PCIe Lanes 44 64 (Four to the chipset)
Architecture Skylake-X Zen+

Intel’s Core i9-9980XE is built on a refresh of the company’s Skylake-X series. The new processor features 18 physical cores and 36 logical threads, just like the outgoing Core i9-7980XE. But the i9-9980XE features Solder-based Thermal Interface Material (Solder-TIM), which improves heat dissipation. As a result, the new processor features a 3GHz base clock, which is up 400MHz from the Core i9-7980XE.

Intel’s Core i9-9980XE also supports the company’s Turbo Boost 3.0 technology, which increases the clock speed of the CPU when extra performance is warranted. The Core i9-9980XE boosts to different clock speeds depending on the number of cores in use. With 1-2 cores, you can expect 4.5GHz; 3-4 cores can hit 4.2GHz; and with between five and 12 cores active, you should see 4.1GHz. Once you start using more than 13-cores concurrently, the boost clock will dip below 4GHz, and with final two cores active, the CPU will top out at 3.8Ghz.

Active Cores 1 -2 3 — 4 5 — 12 13 — 16 17 — 18
Core i9-9980XE Turbo Boost 4.5 4.2 4.1 3.9 3.8

Winner: AMD. AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX offers almost twice as many cores as Intel’s Core i9-9980XE. It supports ECC memory, and it natively accepts faster memory modules. The 2990WX also boasts 20 more  lanes for bandwidth-intensive components like graphics and NVMe storage, and more than twice as much L3 as Intel’s flagship.

Intel Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7940X Break Extreme Performance Records — Achieve 4 World Records, 16 Global First Places, 1000W Consumption at 6.1 GHz Across All 18 Cores, 36 Threads

So the first performance feat is probably the most impressive. Intel’s flagship Core i9-7980XE was overclocked by Der8auer on LN2 on an ASUS Rampage VI Apex motherboard. The chip had all of its 18 cores and 36 threads overclocked to 6.1 GHz with 1.55V. That was the maximum frequency achieved with all cores enabled but the processor wasn’t stable enough at such high clocks and the power requirement jumped the 1 kilowatt mark.

Tuning the chip down to a more stable 5.6 — 5.7 GHz resulted the overclocker to perform benchmarks and that resulted in a Cinebench R15 score of 5635 points which is mind blowing. Of course, the power consumption again wasn’t very pretty and was averaging around the 1000W mark. More details in the video below:

Following are the benchmark feats achieved on the Core i7-7980XE and the Core i9-7940X using the ASUS Rampage VI Apex motherboard.

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The general conclusion for the Core i9 18, 16 and 14 core processors is that sure they are a best for heavy multi-thread and multi application workloads but they come at a cost. The $2000 US Core i9-7980XE is the fastest chip on the planet but it’s costly and is very power hungry. You also need to tame these beasts with the very best cooling solutions. So overall, if you are planning to go for the very best, you should also expect to be paying a much more premium price compared to the over all competition.

Overclocking, Game Performance & Conclusion

Overclocking these high-end Core X-Series chips has been an interesting experience, starting with the 10-core Core i9-7900X. With that chip, high temperatures were the limiting factor, not the system stability and lockup issues you more often see when pushing a processor to its limit. And reporting from our sister site, ExtremeTech, indicates we weren’t alone in seeing those specific thermal issues(Opens in a new window) with that CPU.

That wasn’t the case with the Core i7-7820X, likely in part due to the fact that it has just eight cores to the Core i9’s 10. But when we tested the 18-core Core i9-7980XE, as well as the Core i9-7960X we’re looking at here, heat was again the primary issue, even with our massive, triple-fan Deepcool self-contained liquid cooler. Of course, overclocking abilities often vary from chip to chip, so your results may vary.

Using Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU), we were initially surprised at our ability to push the Core i9-7960X up from its fairly low stock clock of 2.8GHz, to above 4GHz. The system never once locked up, and our benchmarks ran reliably. We noticed, though, that core temps ramped up high very quickly, up to and above 100 degrees C, resulting in throttling.

So we dialed things down for the sake of saving the chip from an early grave due to excessive heat, and we eventually settled on running all cores at 3.8GHz. Anything above that resulted in a hot chip after just a few minutes of hard-hitting benchmarking.

At that 3.8GHz clock on all cores, our Cinebench score jumped to 3,505 (from 3,189, at stock), an increase of about 10 percent. On the POV-Ray test, our overclock resulted in a change from 41 seconds on the «All CPUs» test at stock, to 37 seconds when overclocked. That’s again an improvement of about 10 percent. With some truly powerful, exotic cooling solutions, it’s probably possible to eke out even more of a performance boost while keeping your cores at reasonable temperatures. But given the price of this chip, we wouldn’t suggest attempting such a task unless you’re a serious, veteran overclocker and/or can stomach possibly frying your $1,699 computing investment, or at least reducing its service life.

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


Intel’s Skylake-X 10-core 20-thread i9-7900X was an impressive CPU at its launch. It was not only one of the fastest CPUs Intel had ever launched, but it implemented a new mesh interconnect that promised better core to core communication, and cache hierarchy reorganization that Intel said was crucial to enhancing the performance of high core count CPUs.

However, Intel also teased the first 1-teraflop consumer CPU, the monstrous 18-core i9-7980XE, and today we will show you what that CPU has to offer. While Intel’s competition has upped the ante with a 16 core CPU at the same price as Intel’s 10-core CPU, Intel is aiming to take back the multi-core performance crown from the competition with their new CPUs.

Let’s see what the 7980XE and 7960X CPUs have to offer.


The i9-7980XE (18C/36T) and 7960X (16C/32T) have base frequencies of 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz respectively, however, they will run at 3.4GHz and 3.7GHz respectively if a load is applied to all cores. With both CPUs Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology offers 4.2GHz if two cores are loaded, 4GHz if four cores are loaded, and 3.9GHz if 12 cores are loaded.

The 7980XE will run 3.5GHz on up to 16 cores, and the 7960X will run 3.6GHz on up to 16 cores. Turbo Boost 3.0 offers 4.4GHz on two cores on both CPUs. Both CPUs also have 165W TDPs and are fully unlocked. Both CPUs offer 44 PCI-E 3.0 lanes. The 7980XE offers 24.75MB of L3 cache, and the 7960X offers 22MB of L3 cache.


The Core i9-7980XE is priced at $1999, making it one of the most expensive CPUs on the market. The 7960X is priced at $1,699, which is the same price as the older 10-core 6950X.

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Результаты процессоров в однопоточном тесте Cinebench R23 (Single-Core). Данные от 18.12.2020.

Процессор Результат
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 1639
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 1622
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 1594
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 1572
Intel Core i7-1185G7 1538
Apple M1 1514
Intel Core i7-1165G7 1504
Intel Core i9-10900KF 1418
Intel Core i9-10900K 1418
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 1371
Intel Core i9-10850K 1367
Intel Core i9-10900F 1367
Intel Core i9-10900 1367
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT 1354
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT 1354
Intel Core i5-1135G7 1343
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 1342
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT 1330
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 1325
Intel Core i7-8086K 1321
Intel Core i7-10700KF 1309
Intel Core i7-10700K 1309
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G 1308
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 1294
Intel Core i5-10600 1286
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 1286
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H 1284
Intel Core i9-9900KS 1284
Intel Core i9-9900 1284
Intel Core i9-9900KF 1284
Intel Core i9-9900K 1284
Intel Core i9-7980XE 1281
AMD Ryzen 9 4900U 1279
Intel Core i5-9600KF 1276
Intel Core i5-9600K 1276
Intel Core i7-9800X 1271
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 1270
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 1270
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 1267
Intel Core i9-10940X 1263
Intel Core i7-10700F 1255
Intel Core i7-10700 1255
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 1254
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 1253
Intel Core i3-7350K 1251
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G 1246
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 1246
Intel Core i7-9700KF 1246
Intel Core i7-9700K 1246
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX 1244
Intel Core i7-1068NG7 1237
Intel Core i7-1068G7 1237
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS 1235
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 1235
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U 1235
Intel Core i9-7900X 1222
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650GE 1220
Intel Core i7-7700K 1216
Intel Core i7-8700K 1209
Intel Core i7-10850H 1196
Intel Core i9-10980XE 1191
Intel Core i9-9980HK 1186
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U 1184
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 1184
Intel Core i7-9700F 1181
Intel Core i7-9700 1181
Intel Core i7-10750H 1174
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U 1171
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350GE 1162
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G 1162
AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS 1162
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 1162
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U 1162
Intel Core i9-9880H 1162
Intel Core i7-1065G7 1153
Intel Core i7-6900K 1151
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 1151
Intel Core i7-8700B 1146
Intel Core i7-8700 1146
Intel Core i9-10900X 1143
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X 1127
Intel Core i7-10610U 1124
Intel Core i7-6700K 1124
Intel Core i7-1060NG7 1119
Intel Core i7-1060G7 1119
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 1118
Intel Core i7-9750HF 1113
Intel Core i7-9750H 1113
Intel Xeon W-3175X 1112
Intel Core i5-10400F 1110
Intel Core i5-10400 1110
AMD Ryzen 3 3100 1105
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 1103
Intel Core i9-7960X 1103
Intel Core i7-10510U 1102
Intel Core i5-1035G4 1092
Intel Core i5-1035G7 1092
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 1092
Intel Core i7-6950X 1091
Intel Core i5-10500 1082
Intel Core i5-1034G1 1078
Intel Core i5-1035G1 1078
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 1074
Intel Core i7-6700 1071
Intel Core i7-4790K 1069
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3400G 1068
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 1068
Intel Xeon W-2150B 1067
Intel Core i7-7567U 1067
Intel Core i7-8750H 1059
AMD Ryzen 7 2700 1057
Intel Core i5-8500B 1052
Intel Core i5-8500 1052
Intel Core i5-1030NG7 1049
Intel Core i5-6600 1041
Intel Core i5-6600K 1041
Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L 1037
Intel Core i7-8650U 1037
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 1035
AMD Ryzen 3 2300X 1028
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X 1028
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 1024
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400G 1021
AMD Epyc 7502P 1021
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 1021
Intel Celeron G3900 1020
Intel Core i7-10510Y 1016
Intel Core i5-1030G7 997
Intel Core i5-1030G4 997
Apple A12Z Bionic 991
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 981
Intel Core i7-8550U 979
Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 975
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 1700X 974
Intel Core i7-4790S 974
Intel Core i7-4790 974
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 969
Intel Core i7-4770S 961
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 961
Intel Core i7-4770R 961
Intel Core i7-4770K 961
Intel Core i7-4790T 955
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 1700 954
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 954
Intel Core i7-6800K 949
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200G 942
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 942
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 942
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF 924
Intel Core i5-8259U 903
Intel Core i7-6820HQ 903
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 900
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 1600 900
Intel Core i5-8250U 897
Intel Core i5-8350U 886
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U 876
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 876
Intel Xeon Gold 6132 869
Intel Core i7-4930K 857
Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 827
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U 823
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U 823
Intel Core i7-3770 820
Intel Core i5-7200U 817
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U 797
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U 797
Intel Core i7-5820K 795
Intel Core i5-4570S 794
Intel Core i5-4570 794
Intel Core i7-4800MQ 789
Intel Core i5-6300U 777
Intel Core i7-4770HQ 767
Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 741
Intel Core i5-3570K 731
Intel Core i5-3570 731
Intel Core i5-6200U 716
Intel Core i7-7660U 709
Intel Core i5-2500 697
Intel Core i5-2500k 697
Intel Core i5-3470 682
Intel Xeon E5-2683 v3 651
Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 651
Intel Core i5-2400 635
Intel Core i5-2400S 621
Intel Core i7-3615QM 612
Intel Core i5-8265U 606
AMD FX-8350 579
AMD Athlon II X4 860K 517
AMD Phenom II X4 955 488
Intel Celeron J4105 396
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 126

Общая информация

1.размер полупроводников



Меньший размер указывает на более новый процесс создания чипа.

2.Имеет интегрированную графику
Intel Core i9-7960X

Intel Core i9-7980XE

С интегрированной графикой вам не нужно покупать отдельную карту.

3.Конструктивные требования по теплоотводу (TDP)



Требования по теплоотводу (TDP) — это максимальное количество энергии, которое должна будет рассеять система охлаждения. Более низкое значение TDP также обычно означает меньшее энергопотребление.

4.температура процессора

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7960X)

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7980XE)

Если процессор превышает максимальную рабочую температуру, то может произойти случайный сброс.

5.версия PCI Express (PCIe)



PCI Express (PCIe) — это высокая скорость стандарта карты расширения, которая используется для подключения компьютера к его периферии. Новые версии поддерживают более высокую пропускную способность и предоставляют более высокую производительность.

6.версия OpenCL

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7960X)

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7980XE)

Некоторые приложения используют OpenCL, чтобы использовать мощности графического процессора (GPU) для неграфических вычислений. Новые версии более функциональны и качественны.

7.количество транзисторов

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7960X)

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7980XE)

Более высокое число транзисторов обычно указывает на новый, более мощный процессор.

8.Поддерживает 64-разрядную систему
Intel Core i9-7960X

Intel Core i9-7980XE

32-разрядная операционная система может поддерживать до 4 Гб оперативной памяти. 64-разрядная позволяет более 4 Гб, что повышает производительность. Она также позволяет запускать 64-разрядные приложения.

9.Цена (глобальное медианное значение)

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7960X)

Неизвестно. Помогите нам, предложите стоимость. (Intel Core i9-7980XE)

Глобальная медианная цена определяется путем расчета среднего значения всех цен данного продукта, учитывая все рынки.

POV-Ray 3.7

Next up, using the «All CPUs» setting, we ran the POV-Ray benchmark, which challenges all available cores to render a complex photo-realistic image using ray tracing. After that, again to get a sense of how the Core i9 handles single-core performance, we ran the same benchmark using the «One CPU» setting.

Once again here, the Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition landed on top on the «All CPUs» test, but it was only 2 seconds ahead of its 16-core Core i9 counterpart, and 6 seconds ahead of the Threadripper 1950X. On the single-core test, some of the lesser Core X chips pulled ahead, but the Core i9-7960X did manage to trump the top Threadripper chip—by about 9 percent.

Разгон и нагревание

Все вышеперечисленное процессор выполняет, при этом не нагреваясь. По умолчанию, разработчики Intel не оборудуют никакие процессоры линейки X встроенной системой охлаждения. По теории, если вы вкладываете две тысячи в такую дорогую составляющую, то, скорее всего, вы будете использовать неоригинальную систему в целях обеспечения наилучшего охлаждения для вашей дорогостоящей покупки.

С учетом вышесказанного, во время наших тестов, с использованием системы жидкостного охлаждения NZXT Kraken X62 280mm AIO уровень нагревания процессора не превысил 55 градусов в условиях нагрузки. Даже в разогнанном состоянии мы зафиксировали максимальное нагревание на уровне всего 87 градусов.

Потребление энергии также достаточно серьезное: 258Вт от настенной розетки по результатам теста Prime95. Это на 13 Вт меньше, чем показатель главного конкурента – процессора AMD Threadripper 1950X.

В целом, разгон составляющих платформы X299 становится проблемой по двум причинам. Во-первых, пропуск тактов для защиты процессора от термических повреждений при перегреве системы под воздействием нагрузок Prime95 приводит к снижению частоты процессора. Во-вторых, разработчики Intel так до сих пор и не спаивают кристаллы непосредственно с системой интегрированного теплоотвода, и вместо этого нецелесообразно используют термопасту. Поэтому достаточно сложно выжать максимум из этих процессоров.

Однако, в своих тестах, без пропуска тактов нам легко удалось достичь показателя 4Ггц по всем 18 ядрам на 1.0V VCore. И после еще некоторых настроек, с отключенным Speedstep, а также после изменения количества фаз питания для работы в экстремальном режиме, нам удалось достичь уровня 4,4Ггц на 18 ядрах со значением 1.115V V Core.

Производительность на этом уровне просто бешенная.

По результатам теста CineBench R15 в одноядерном режиме процессор достиг 195 баллов – то есть, на одном уровне с Core i7-7700k. Что же касается многоядерной производительности? Здесь процессор получил 4,284 балла. Учитывая тот факт, что температурные показатели при этом едва добираются до 84 градусов по Цельсию, сложно не оценить всю мощь.

И здесь потенциал процессора Core i9-7980XE не заканчивается. Единственное, что остановило нас от дальнейших экспериментов, так это пропуск тактов в целях сохранения температуры на уровне ниже 107 градусов по Цельсию.

С более усовершенствованной материнской платой и более целесообразными решениями в отношении системы охлаждения, мы бы запросто могли достичь 4,8Ггц, а может, и еще более высоких показателей.

Не станем скрывать, что потребление энергии при нагрузке превысило 450Вт, и это без учета дополнительной нагрузки со стороны видеокарты и прочих компонентов.

Out of the Box Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, GTA:V, Ashes of the Singularity

Resident Evil seems to prefer frequency over cores, but the overclocked 7980XE takes the crown as usual. While GTA:V seems to like the combination of cores and frequency, and the 7980XE and 7960X perform very well with the game and hit the GPU bottleneck. Rise of the Tomb Raider is really digging the cores as is Ashes of the Singularity.

In fact, Ashes of the Singularity can really take advantage of the CPU; it’s a match made in heaven. The results we see here are the Skylake-X HCC parts hitting the GPU bottleneck, and while the results might be in line with Kaby Lake parts, the minimum FPS is still higher on Kaby Lake in many cases.

Intel Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X Review Roundup:

Review Publisher Processor Motherboard
Anandtech Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
GIGABYTE X299 Gaming 7 Pro
TechSpot Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
Asrock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9
PCper Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
ASUS PRIME X299-Deluxe
Computerbase Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
GIGABYTE X299 Gaming 7 Pro
HardwareLuxx Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
Asus Prime X299-A
TweakTown Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
ASUS X299 ROG Rampage VI Extreme
Hothardware Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
GIGABYTE X299 Gaming 3
Hardware.Info Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
HWbattle Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
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Priced at $1999 MSRP (you are paying $111.11 per core) and featuring the Skylake-X architecture, the Intel Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition is a beast of a processor will be the ideal go-to processor for content creators that want the maximum throughput in terms of rendering performance. This is a processor that will almost certainly be overkill for gaming (unless you are running some sort of CaaS enterprise).

It has 18 cores and 36 threads which makes it an absolute juggernaut and beefier than AMD’s 16 core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Core clocks for the Core i9-7980XE are maintained at 2.6 GHz (base), 4.2 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.0) and 4.4 GHz (Turbo Boost Max 3.0). The CPU features an L2 Cache of 18 MB (1 MB per core) as well as an L3 cache of 24.75 MB. Quad channel DDR4 up to 2666 MHz is. The processor has a TDP of just 165W and is housed on the LGA 2066 socket like the rest of the lineup.

Priced at $1699 and featuring the Skylake-X architecture, the Core i9-7960X has the exact same core count as AMD’s highest end Threadripper CPU, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and that’s not a coincidence. Intel has positioned this particular CPU to take on the Threadripper platform in all its glory (and core count) and features the Turbo Max 3.0 technology just like its bigger brother.

Core clocks are maintained at 2.8 GHz (Base), 4.2 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.0) and 4.4 GHz (Turbo Boost Max 3.0). It will feature an L2 Cache of 16 MB (1MB per core) as well as an L3 cache of 22MB. Memory support is the same for all Skylake-X processors and remains quad channel DDR4-2666. The wattage is also locked at 165W.

Cinebench R15

First up in our testing regimen: Maxon’s CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads, using the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads.

Along with the usual test that makes use of all available cores, we’ve added the single-core results here to get a sense of how Intel’s 16-core chip fares in lightly threaded workloads.

As we expected, the Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition landed on top on the multi-core test here, with its 18 cores besting the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X by about 12 percent. The Core i9-7960X was only about 6 percent behind its pricier Extreme Edition sibling chip, but it was also about the same amount ahead of the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X here, despite costing $700 more than that chip. On the single-core test, all of Intel’s recent high-end chips were effectively tied, with AMD’s Threadripper parts landing about 15 percent behind.

In one way, the Core i9-7960X is undoubtedly impressive: On the multi-core test, it’s almost 80 percent faster than 2016’s 10-core Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition. But even if you’re an Intel die-hard, you have to thank AMD for pushing its CPU rival to release a consumer chip this much more powerful from one generation to the next.


Ценник процессора в $1,999 – это чистое безумие. Компании Intel стоило хорошо обдумать этот момент, особенно, учитывая демократичную стоимость Threadripper. При этом вы еще и не досчитаетесь 20 линий PCIe, если выберете процессор Intel.

В то же время, показатели производительности играют на руку Intel. И все-таки, выложить еще тысячу всего за 2 дополнительных ядра и улучшение производительности на 25% – это очень отчаянный шаг. Также сложно смириться с тем фактом, что разработчики по-прежнему не придумали ничего лучше, чем использование термопасты для соединения системы теплоотвода и кристаллов.

При этом Intel Core i9-7980XE не похож ни на какой другой процессор. Он справится с любыми нагрузками, будь то 4К игра или четырехчасовая трансляция фильма через Premiere Pro.

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