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Intel Core i9 10980XE (Cascade Lake-X) Processor Review (Page 8)

Steven Bassiri | Nov 25, 2019 at 03:08 am CST - 1 min, 37 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: IntelModel: Intel Core i9 10980XE

Here is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review and get a quick recap and points on the Intel Core i9 10980XE.

What's Hot

Price: Intel's Core i9-10980XE is less than half the price of the i9-9980XE, but it offers basically the same performance with the same core and thread count.

Single Core: Single-core performance is much better than its predecessor, and now it's almost on par with Intel's gaming CPUs in regards to single-core performance.

Overclocking: The Core i9 10980XE has better overclocking results than the 9980XE, and while we didn't push the CPU to its maximum, we did get some solid OC results.

X299: The same motherboard that supported the 7980XE will also support the 10980XE, so if you are coming from that CPU or any of its lower core-count brothers, you will not need to buy a new motherboard.

What's Not

Not much of an upgrade from 9980XE: The performance of the 10980XE isn't that much better than that of the 9980XE, so this is pretty much the pinnacle of the X299 platform.

Final Thoughts

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The 10980XE at half the price of the 9980XE makes it a no brainer when it comes to buying Intel high-end CPUs. It has excellent single-core performance for a Cascade Lake-X CPU, and multi-core performance is slightly better than that of the 9980XE. If you want the best Intel has to offer, the 10980XE is the best Intel has to provide for their X299 platform.

It makes the 9980XE obsolete because it's significantly cheaper and is basically a higher tuned product with mostly the same multi-core performance, higher single-core performance, and better overclocking.

We are pleased Intel brought their prices back down to pre-Haswell levels, so now their top CPU costs under $1000, and for that, this CPU offers significant value over Intel's previous HEDT CPUs from the past few years.

Last updated: Nov 26, 2019 at 06:11 am CST





Overall Rating92%

The Bottom Line

At less than half the price of its predecessor with roughly the same multi-core performance and better single core performance, the Core i9 10980XE is a no brainer if you want to go Intel high-end.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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