Intel Core i9-7900X Processor Review

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Media Encoding & Encryption Benchmarks

HandBrake v1.0.1 – link

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. It is popular today as it allows you to transcode multiple input video formats to h.264 output format and is highly multithreaded. We used Big Buck Bunny as our input file, which has become one of the world standards for video benchmarks. For our benchmark scenario we used a standard 2D 4K (3840×2160) 60 FPS clip in the MP4 format and used Handbrake version 1.0.1 to do two things.

We used the new Fast 1080p30 preset to shrink that down to a 1920 x 1080 video clip to reduce the file size. This is something people often do to save space to put movies onto mobile devices. We also ran the workload using the normal preset as it puts the CPU at a higher load than the Fast 1080p30 preset.

X264 HD Encoding – link

the x264 HD Benchmark is a reproducible measure of how fast your machine can encode a short HD-quality video clip into a high quality x264 video file. It’s nice because everyone running it will use the same video clip and software. The video encoder (x264.exe) reports a fairly accurate internal benchmark (in frames per second) for each pass of the video encode and it also uses multi-core processors very efficiently. All these factors make this an ideal benchmark to compare different processors and systems to each other. We are using x264 HD v5.0.1 for this test.

Media Encoding Benchmark Results Summary: Our media tests showed that the Intel Core i9-7900X is a force to be reckoned with and bested the Core i7-6950X at times. It really depends on what settings you are using in Handbrake as the CPU load varies greatly on the profile that is being used. In X264 the 7900X dominated the 6950X and was an impressive 20% faster on the second pass!

VeraCrypt 1.19 – link

VeraCrypt is an open-source disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and is a fork based on the discontinued TrueCrypt 7.1a utility. The developers claim that weaknesses found in TrueCrypt have been resolved with the VeraCrypt project. This is a popular utility used by people that don’t want to use Microsoft’s built-in encyption tool for Windows 10 called Bitlocker.

Encryption Benchmark Results Summary: If encryption is something you do, you’ll find having more cores and threads to be very beneficial as you can see from the results above. The higher core clock frequency on the Intel Core i9-7900X give this new processor a good lead over the Intel Core i7-6950X.

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  • Cyberguy

    Give me a Threadripper any day.

    • arterius2

      Get a real job and you can afford any of those things, kid.

      • Cyberguy

        But I can afford them. A thousand times over. And I don’t even need your “real job”. Why should buy something I don’t need? Grow up junior, you’re out of your league here.

        • arterius2

          Triggered, We got a burger flipper here. ^

        • Cyberguy

          Aww! Jelly much?
          My backyard grill has seen a lot of action this year. You wishing your mama taught you how to cook?

        • arterius2

          Yea go back to flipping those meat loafs, peon.

        • Cyberguy

          That’s it? That’s all you got? I’d hoped you were better at trolling that that.

          So sad. Come back when you get better at it junior.

  • Terry Perry

    These kind of things are for the RICH who can TAX Wright them OFF because it is for their Company or Business.The Average person can’t do that. We just get to drool and Dream some day. BUT NOW there is the 1800 8 core NO MORE Dreaming. See the Price of the M.B.what a Joke.

    • arterius2

      wtf are you on crack? Do you flip burgers for a living? $1000 is not for the rich, that is like couple days of salary, get a real job.

      • Cyberguy

        $1000 is way too much for this junk. Perhaps like you are fond of telling others, you should get a real job yourself if $1000 is all you get for a couple days work.