Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU Review: Supercharged, Many-Core Skylake-X

Intel Core i9-9980XE - JetStream, LAME, And Blender Performance

Next up, we have some numbers from the JetStream Benchmark Suite developed by WebKit. The JetStream Benchmark Suite uses a wide array of latency and throughput benchmarks to evaluate JavaScript performance, and all of the results are tabulated with roughly equal weighting. The benchmark measures both metrics of traditional JavaScript programming styles used on websites as well as new JavaScript-based technologies used on more modern, rich web applications. Scores in this benchmark are an indicator of the performance users would see when browsing and running advanced web applications.

JetStream JavaScript Benchmark
JavsScript Performance Testing

All of the systems were tested using the latest version of Microsoft's Edge browser, with default browser settings, on a clean install of Windows 10 Professional x64.

* Threadripper 2970WX (b) results = Dynamic Local Mode Enabled, (c) results = 1/2 core mode with UMA Memory

The Core i9-9980XE had another strong showing here. This tests doesn't leverage all of the resources available in a many-core processor, and as such, the higher-clocked Core i7 and i9, Coffee Lake-based processors take the lead. The Core i9-9980XE clearly outpaces all of the other many-core processors, however.

Audio Conversion and Encoding
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular, day-to-day use case for many end users, to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source mid to high bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is used widely around the world in a multitude of third party applications.

In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Encoding times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.

* Threadripper 2970WX (b) results = Dynamic Local Mode Enabled, (c) results = 1/2 core mode with UMA Memory

This is another test that won't whack every single core / thread in an HEDT beast like the Core i9-9980XE. And as we've seen a couple of times up to this point, Intel's latest flagship puts up some strong encode times, and trails only the higher-clocked, Coffee Lake-based chips.

3D Rendering Benchmark

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite that can handle everything from modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. It has a built-in benchmarking tool that will track the time it takes to complete rendering a particular model. We used a CPU-focused BMW model for these tests here...

* Threadripper 2970WX (b) results = Dynamic Local Mode Enabled, (c) results = 1/2 core mode with UMA Memory

Blender will utilize all of the cores you throw at it and allows all of the many-core processors to stretch their legs. The Core i9-9980XE managed to shave 6 seconds off of the Core i9-7980XE's render time, and takes the top spot for the Intel-built processors, but even with its higher clocks, it couldn't quite catch the higher-core count AMD Threadripper WX series processors.

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