Early benchmarks results for Intel’s i9-7980XE have leaked online

Early benchmarks results for Intel's i9-7960XE have leaked online

Early benchmarks results for Intel’s i9-7980XE have leaked online

Intel plans on releasing CPUs with up to 18 cores on their X299 CPU platform, offering almost 2x the core/thread count of their last generation Broadwell-E flagship the i7 6950K while also offering faster Turbo boost 3.0 clock speeds. 

This CPU will act as Intel’s answer to AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, offering faster turbo clock speeds/maximum single-threaded performance and a higher core count than AMD’s flagship. The downside here is that Intel’s offering comes with a significantly higher price, though this extra cost could be worthwhile depending on your use case. 

Now some early benchmarks have been leaked for Intel’s i9 7980XE, showcasing some high levels of both single-threaded and multi-threaded CPU performance. These benchmarks come from Coolenjoy, with the CPU being used on an ASUS X299 Apex motherboard and with quad-channel memory that appears to be running at 3600MHz. Coolenjoy’s benchmark data can be viewed here. 

The specifications of Intel’s whole X299 CPU lineup is listed below, alongside the expected UK pricing for each CPU. 

  Archtecture Process Cores/Threads Base Boost 2.0 Boost 3.0 L3 Cache PCIe lanes TDP Price 
Core i9 7980XE Skylake-X 14nm 18/36 2.6GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 24.75MB 44 165W £1799
Core i9 7960X 16/32 2.8GHz 4.2GHz 4.4GHz 22MB 44 165W £1589
Core i9 7940X 14/28 3.1GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 19.25MB 44 165W £1319
Core i9 7920X 12/24 2.9GHz 4.3GHz 4.4GHz 16.5MB 44 140W £1099
Core i9 7900X 10/20 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 13.75MB 44 140W £839
Core i7 7820X 8/16 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 11MB 28 140W £499
Core i7 7800X 6/12 3.5GHz 4.0GHz N/A 8.25MB 28 140W £349
Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake-X 4/8 4.3GHz 4.5GHz N/A 8MB 16 112W £279
Core i5 7640X 4/4 4.0GHz 4.2GHz N/A 6MB 16 112W £199


When using certain benchmarks Coolenjoy found that the CPU was running with all-core clock speeds of 4.2GHz, which is likely due to customised clock speed profiles that are used by ASUS’ X299 Apex motherboard. 

This means that in many of these test that Intel’s CPU is running at clock speeds that are ahead of Intel’s listed “stock clock speeds”, though this is due to motherboard characteristics rather than traditional/custom overclocking. This results in benchmark results that are higher than they should be. In these tests, the only bios option that has been changed is XMP options to run the system’s memory at its rated speeds. 

Below are Coolenjoy’s benchmark results (Here is a link to their comparison charts)

wPrime 2.1

– 32M – 2.111s
– 1024M – 41.023s

CPU-Z benchmark

– single core – 526
– multi-core – 11323


– 102681 MIPS

Cinebench R15

– Single-threaded – 196
– Multi-Threaded – 4204

3DMARK Fire Strike (Physics Score)

– 32201

Early benchmarks results for Intel's i9-7960XE have leaked online  

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