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Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition Review (Page 1)

Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition Review

Intel refreshes its flagship CPU with the new Core i9-9980XE, but is it worth it?

By Steven Bassiri from Nov 13, 2018 @ 8:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

Introduction

Intel's high-end desktop processors are getting an upgrade today as Intel launches the 9980XE and we assume other 9th generation X-series processors. Lower-end SKUs in the X-series family are getting PCI-E lane bumps, as well as solder thermal interface material and frequency bumps.

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These improvements are pretty much what people wanted in the original X-series of CPUs, which were 7th generation processors. The funny part of all this is that the stepping and family are the same between the 7th and 9th generation X-series CPUs, at least when it comes to the 9980XE. Let's see what the 9980XE has to offer over the powerful 7980XE.

Specifications

The i9-9980XE has the same 18 cores and 36 threads and the same cache size and TDP (165W) as the 7980XE. However, we find a 400MHz base frequency bump (now 3GHz), a 200MHz Turbo Boost 2.0 bump (now 4.4GHz), and a 100MHz Turbo Boost Max 3.0 bump (now 4.5GHz).

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The new CPU uses solder based thermal interface material, so that's partially how Intel is reaching those frequency increases. There is one interesting difference; Intel has reduced Tjmax from 94C to 84C for the 9980XE.

Pricing

The Core i9-9900K is priced at $1979.

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