Intel Core i9-9980XE - Our Summary And Verdict
Performance Summary: The Core i9-9980XE is easily the fastest many-core desktop processor Intel has released to date. It outpaced all previous-gen Intel processors and AMD Threadripper X series processors in all of the heavily threaded applications we tested. The 18-core Core i9-9980XE typically trailed the 24 and 32 core AMD Threadripper WX series processors in those same tests, however. The Core i9-9980XE also offered relatively strong single-threaded performance, that’s clearly superior to any AMD Ryzen processor. Only the higher-clocked, Coffee Lake-based Core processors beat out the 9980XE in the lightly threaded tests. The Core i9-9980XE also overclocked relatively well (much better than our 7980XE did) and power consumption, while significantly higher than the previous-gen Core i9-7980XE due to the 9980XE’s higher clocks, is not out of line with expectations, and came in lower than the Threadripper WX CPUs.
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In the end, Intel enthusiasts with deep pockets will likely be pleased that the company’s got a new flagship that’s faster and more overclockable than the last one. And we’re still excited that the competition in the desktop CPU market shows no sign of letting up. As we close in on our 20 year anniversary here at HotHardware, it’s great to see the verve exhibited by Intel and AMD and look forward to what the future holds.