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

Intel Core i9-9980XE - Cinebench, POV-Ray, And Fluid Dynamics

Cinebench R15 is a combination CPU and OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and can utilize any number of threads, which make is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graphs below.

3D Rendering Benchmark

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

The Core i9-9980XE was the fastest Intel many-core processor in the multi-threaded Cinbench test, besting the previous flagship Core i9-7980XE by about 450 points. And its single-thread performance was strong as well. Just like we saw in Blender, however, the 9980XE couldn't catch the latest Threadripper WX-series processors in the multi-threaded test. It was significantly better than any AMD processor in single-threaded performance, though.
POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit images. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

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

We saw more of the same in POV-Ray. The performance trend was identical to Cinebench, with the Core i9-9980XE leading all of the Intel chips in the multi-threaded benchmark, but trailing the Threadripper WX-series processors, which feature 24 and 32 cores.

STARS Euler3d
Computational Fluid Dynamics

STARS Euler3d is a computational fluid dynamics benchmark which uses a CFD grid that contains 1.23 million tetrahedral elements and 223 thousand nodes. The benchmark executable advances a mach 0.50 Advisory Group for Aerospace Research, or AGARD, flow solution for an aeroelastic test wing. The benchmark score is reported as a CFD cycle frequency in Hertz.

This benchmark is multi-threaded, but is also dependent on platform bandwidth, and cache and memory latency, so the final results are not determined by compute performance alone. Cache sizes and memory bandwidth affect the score as well...

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

Due to the nature of this benchmark, Intel's previous flagship Core i9-7980XE had already led the pack by a wide margin. The Core i9-9980XE's tweaked power profile and Turbo Boost frequencies, however, allowed it to overtake the 7980XE by about 21%.

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