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Intel Core i9-7980XE and i9-7960X CPU Review (Page 1)

Intel Core i9-7980XE and i9-7960X CPU Review

Intel's newest desktop processors hit the market today in the Core i9-7980XE and i9-7960X. But you are going to need up to $2000 to afford one.

By: Steven Bassiri from Sep 25, 2017 @ 2:01 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

Introduction

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Intel's Skylake-X 10-core 20-thread i9-7900X was an impressive CPU at its launch. It was not only one of the fastest CPUs Intel had ever launched, but it implemented a new mesh interconnect that promised better core to core communication, and cache hierarchy reorganization that Intel said was crucial to enhancing the performance of high core count CPUs.

However, Intel also teased the first 1-teraflop consumer CPU, the monstrous 18-core i9-7980XE, and today we will show you what that CPU has to offer. While Intel's competition has upped the ante with a 16 core CPU at the same price as Intel's 10-core CPU, Intel is aiming to take back the multi-core performance crown from the competition with their new CPUs.

Let's see what the 7980XE and 7960X CPUs have to offer.

Specifications

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The i9-7980XE (18C/36T) and 7960X (16C/32T) have base frequencies of 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz respectively, however, they will run at 3.4GHz and 3.7GHz respectively if a load is applied to all cores. With both CPUs Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology offers 4.2GHz if two cores are loaded, 4GHz if four cores are loaded, and 3.9GHz if 12 cores are loaded.

The 7980XE will run 3.5GHz on up to 16 cores, and the 7960X will run 3.6GHz on up to 16 cores. Turbo Boost 3.0 offers 4.4GHz on two cores on both CPUs. Both CPUs also have 165W TDPs and are fully unlocked. Both CPUs offer 44 PCI-E 3.0 lanes. The 7980XE offers 24.75MB of L3 cache, and the 7960X offers 22MB of L3 cache.

Pricing

The Core i9-7980XE is priced at $1999, making it one of the most expensive CPUs on the market. The 7960X is priced at $1,699, which is the same price as the older 10-core 6950X.

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