Intel Core i9-7980XE 18-Core Processor Review

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Thief

Thief is a series of stealth video games in which the player takes the role of Garrett, a master thief in a fantasy/steampunk world resembling a cross between the Late Middle Ages and the Victorian era, with more advanced technologies interspersed. Thief is the fourth title in the Thief series, developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix on February 25, 2014. We picked this game title for CPU testing as it is known to scale well with CPUs. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; exclusive fullscreen, vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users and we are using it to show DX12 performance on the CPUs that we tested. DX12 removed most all of the CPU overhead, so we wanted to see what happens to performance on DX12 game titles as well. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; DX12 enabled, exclusive fullscreen, vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, medium graphics.

Discrete Gaming Benchmarks Results Summary: Gaming performance hasn’t been anything to write home about on recent mega-core processors, but gaming performance was smooth. You can run multiple streams and game at the same time with more than acceptable frame rates, so it can game! 

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  • Flatlander

    AMD Threadripper 1950X 16-core = $999 ($31.22 per core)

    Shouldn’t it be $62.43 per core?

    • James Patrick Michael Corrao

      Yeah, looks like they did $/Thread instead by accident.

  • Zero’clock Gaming

    that power consumption when overclocked is just madness, really dont see why Intel released this, does not seem to really compete with the 1950x to me.

  • Michal Šimonek

    u found golden sample man, 4.9 GHz R15 run…crazy.

  • Dorian Kunch

    Thanks Nate for the EXTREMELY thorough review. informative and entertaining. AND, at 860 watts, this may actually be the first true egg fryer???

    • Coach

      New benchmark: Can Intel’s new CPU dethrone FX-9590 in the Egg-fry-bench? 😀

  • DoctorT

    Your $/core values for the 7980x are wrong (in the table and the write up) – they should say $111.11/core (2000/18) instead of $55.52/core (1000/18).

    On a different note – wow 850W pulled on an overclock! 0_0 Intel is really loosing its efficiency.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Updated! Not used to writing about $1999 processors yet! 🙂 Yeah, I about died when I saw over 860 Watts on Keyshot.