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Intel Core i9-9980XE 18 Core CPU 3DMark Performance Benchmark Leaks Out – Slightly Faster Than The Core i9-7980XE


The first performance benchmark of Intel's flagship Core-X series processor, the Core i9-9980XE, has leaked out. The performance benchmarks show that we are looking at slight gains over the current generation Core-X part which is due to higher clock speeds and improved thermal design which will help deliver stable operation under heavy workloads.

Intel Core i9-9980XE 18 Core / 36 Thread CPU Performance Benchmark Leaks - Slightly Ahead of the Intel Core i9-7980XE in 3DMark Timespy

Earlier this month, Intel made a load of announcements for their desktop CPU lineup. The unveiled the 9th Generation Core-S and Core-X processors. The Intel Core-S series is already available in the market but the Core-X parts are yet to launch. We haven't really got any details regarding the CPU performance of the flagship parts aside from the ones published by Principled Technologies which aren't as convincing due to their testing methodologies and misleading benchmark results. To be honest, Intel commissioned (paid for) those results and we don't find them legitimate until we test the CPUs ourselves to give you the proper results.

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Coming to the leaked benchmark (via Tum APISAK), here we see the Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU scoring 10,728 points in the CPU test on 3DMark Timespy. The clock speeds mentioned in the benchmark are 3.0 GHz for the base and 4.517 GHz for the boost clock. We know that the boost clock of the chip is rated at 4.5 GHz so if it was running at stock, it's a good bit ahead of the Core i9-7980XE.

If the chip was over-clocked to 4.5 GHz across all cores, then that's still ahead of its predecessor, but just slightly less. So overall, you can tell that the improvement in the CPU thermal design and higher clock speeds does result in a better processor but it's something that the Core i9-7980XE should have been from the start.

The flagship part, the Intel Core i9-9980XE will feature a total of 18 cores and 36 threads, same as the Core i9-7980XE, albeit with higher clock speeds and much more power tuning involved. The Core i9-9980XE would feature a base clock of 3.0 GHz, boost clock of 4.5 GHz and 165W TDP while retailing at $1979 US.

Intel 9th Generation Core-X CPU Lineup Specifications

CPU NameIntel Core i9-9990XEIntel Core i9-9980XEIntel Core i9-9960XIntel Core i9-9940XIntel Core i9-9920XIntel Core i9-9900XIntel Core i9-9820XIntel Core i9-9800X
Base Clock4.0 GHz3.0 GHz3.1 GHz3.3 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz3.3 GHz3.8 GHz
Boost Clock5.0 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHz
CacheTBD24.75 MB L322 MB L319.25 MB L319.25 MB L319.25 MB L316,5 MB L316.5 MB L3
Memory SupportDDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666DDR4-2666
Platform PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes68 PCIe Lanes
Solder Thermal Interface MaterialYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Price~$2000 US$1979 US$1684 US$1387 US$1189 US$989 US$898 US$589 US
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