Alleged Intel Core i9-9980XE Basin Falls Refresh Benchmark Leak Shows 18-Core HEDT Goodness

Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition Processor
Earlier this month Intel announced seven new members of its Core X-Series of "Basin Falls Refresh" HEDT processors. The flagship of the family is the Core i9-9980XE, which supplants the Core i9-7980XE that launched last year.

Given that this newest crop of HEDT processors is supposed to hit store shelves next month, it should come as no surprise that the Core i9-9980XE is already turning up in benchmarks online. In this case, the processor was found in the 3DMark database. The Core i9-9980XE managed to deliver a CPU score of 10,729 points in TimeSpy. 

core i9 9980xe timespy

According to this particular benchmark, the processor has a base clock of 3GHz and a max turbo clock of 4.5GHz (which matches up with specs provided by Intel). Architecturally, the Core i9-9980XE is very similar to its Core i9-7980XE predecessor, with the primary differences coming down to increased base/boost clock speeds which are possible due to 14nm++ tweaks. For example, the Core i9-7980XE has a base clock of 2.6GHz and a max turbo boost of 4.4GHz. Both processors have 18 cores/36 threads, 24.75MB of Intel Smart Cache, support for DDR4-2666 memory and a TDP of 165 watts.

For those planning on putting a Core i9-9980XE in your X299-based rig, it's going to cost you a pretty penny. Intel shows the list price of the processor at $1,979. If you want comparable performance but with a much more palatable price tag, AMD is countering with its second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors. The 18-core/36-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2950X costs just $899 while the 32-core/64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 29990WX still undercuts the new Intel flagship at $1,799.