Intel Core i9-10980XE - Power Consumption Tests

When it comes to power consumption, there are a few things we should take note of. First of all, Intel has focused on efficiency for several years but as we have seen, they are starting to loose rapidly at this front. The Intel Core-X processors are based on a revised 14nm process while the competition has moved to 7nm.

All Intel Core-X "Cascade Lake-X" chips are rated at 165W. Intel states that the higher TDP not only compensates for higher frequencies but should also provide stable overclocking performance. The latter was true in our testing but we saw higher figures when we ran overclocking. Regardless, you can see the entire system power consumption numbers in the chart below:

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Power Consumption
Load
Idle
0
200
400
600
800
1000
1200
0
200
400
600
800
1000
1200
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
325
111
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
308
112
Intel Core i9-9900KS
353
113
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
342
120
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
365
125
Intel Core i9-10980XE (ASRock X299 Taichi CLX)
360
120
Intel Core i9-7980XE
372
122
Intel Core i9-10980XE (MSI X299 Creator)
366
142
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X
455
115
Intel Core i9-10980XE OC (ASRock X299 Taichi CLX)
685
130
Intel Core i9-10980XE OC (MSI X299 Creator)
711
133
Wccftech Rating

The ASRock X299 Taichi CLX is the third and last revision to ASRock's X299 Taichi family and its the best one yet. Offering modern aesthetics, the latest feature set which includes USB 3.2 Gen 2 / Gen 1, 2.5GbE LAN, 10 SATA ports, lots of expansion options and a solid VRM which offers up to 720A to the 10th Gen X-series processors, the X299 Taichi CLX is a worthy option to consider if you're building an Intel HEDT setup for yourself.

Pros
  • Modern aesthetics and design on 3rd Taichi X299 revision
  • Solid 13 Phase Digi Power PWM Design
  • Excellent Overclocking Capabilities
  • Proper XXL Aluminum heatsinks placed over PWM system
  • Good Cooling Design With heatpipe implementation
  • Dual 8 Pin power connectors for the CPU Socket
  • Dual LAN ports including 2.5GbE connectivity
  • Wireless module for WIFI 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Dual x16 PCIe slots when running a 48/44 Lane CPU
  • Triple M.2 Slots
  • 10 SATA Ports
  • Metal Shielded PCIe slots
  • Dual USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports
  • Lots of USB 3.2 Gen 1 Ports
  • Purity Sound 4 Audio System
  • Subtle and not too flashy RGB LEDs
Cons
  • Very high price ($399.99 US)
  • Not the most optimized Software Stack
  • M.2 slots share lanes with PCIe slots
  • Intel's 10th Gen X-series not that impressive

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