Intel Core i9-7980XE 18 Core HEDT CPU Review

Intel Core i9-7980XE Review


When the new Intel CPUs were announced we were incredibly eager to finally get our hands on the seriously beefy range topping Core i9s. With the 10 core i9-7900 we had our first taste, and then the AMD 1950X Threadripper appeared with its 16 cores and 32 threads. It was an absolute beast at times, which makes today’s review of the i9-7980XE and its 18 cores, 36 threads a particularly exciting time.

The “big” Intel CPUs have always managed to combine barely believable performance in heavy multitasking applications with good performance in the light benchmark tests thanks to a decent clock speed on the individual cores, rather than sacrificing everything on the altar of multicore performance.

It can’t have escaped your attention that there are some politics and behind the scenes wrangling involved with the 1950X Threadripper at the moment, but we don’t really care about that. We’re all about performance. We know that is good, so how does a similar specification Intel compare. So drop your jocks and grab your socks, it’s time to find out how the latest generation of Intel Core Skylake-X CPUs can handle the intensity of our fulsome benchmark suite.

Technical Specifications

We could spend ages discussion the subtleties of the Core i9-7980XE, how it has 44 PCI Express lanes, support for 128GB of DDR4 memory, but lets not kid ourselves we’re all here for the 18 cores, 36 threads of sledgehammer performance. It’s particularly worth noting that the base frequency is quite low, yet the Turbo Boost technology still breaks deeply into the 4 GHz territory with 4.2 GHz Turbo boost.

There are different levels of Turbo depending upon how many cores are being utilised, and there is an option to tune the i9-7980XE towards single core optimisation or multicore optimisation depending upon the task you’re asking it to perform. Let’s look at overclocking, before we put it to the test.

Intel Core i9-7980XE Review