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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [The CPU and Test Setup]
- Page 3 [CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 4 [Blender, Handbrake, ScienceMark, and SuperPI]
- Page 5 [UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 6 [Gaming]
- Page 7 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 8 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]