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Review: Intel Core i9-7900X (14nm Skylake-X)

by Parm Mann on 16 June 2017, 15:30

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Conclusion

...a 10-core powerhouse offering excellent IPC performance and outstanding multi-core potential in a single $999 chip armed with plenty of overclocking headroom.

Wouldn't it be nice if the world's leading chip giants launched new processor series that worked perfectly and made implicit sense?

That's the hope, but having witnessed AMD's Ryzen arrive with teething issues ranging from memory support to hesitant in-game performance, it is frustrating to find that Intel's Core X-Series isn't immune to certain missteps, either.

X299 motherboards don't appear to be quite ready, there are question marks surrounding the Skylake-X processors due later this year, and at the lower end of the Core X spectrum, Kaby Lake-X is nothing short of puzzling.

Plenty of reason for discord among enthusiast users, yet look past the confusion and you may see cause for optimism. The world's first Core i9 processor, the 7900X, is ultimately a 10-core powerhouse offering excellent IPC performance and outstanding multi-core prowess in a single $999 chip armed with plenty of overclocking headroom. Said ingredients make it an automatic choice for power users seeking the ultimate PC experience, and the chip's benchmarking potential makes for a fitting debut of the Core i9 brand.

Bottom line: the price tag remains a stumbling block and software optimisations are needed, but anyone willing to splash a thousand bucks on a new CPU need look no further than the Intel Core i9-7900X. Over to you, Threadripper.

The Good
 
The Bad
Excellent IPC performance
Outstanding multi-core potential
Plenty of overclocking headroom
Feature-packed X299 platform
 
Software optimisations needed
bang4buck hasn't improved much



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Huh, how long has it been since we've been able to say “Intel cack their pants and rush to launch a product that isn't really ready”?

Impressive work to get such a large processor to clock like the consumer equivalents, mind you - it gives them back the big advantage they had over AMD before Ryzen. OTOH that power draw :o 50W more than 1800X and 100W more than 1700. It's going to lose that multithreading performance advantage to a moderately clocked Threadripper 16-core that'll probably draw less power too….!
scaryjim
Huh, how long has it been since we've been able to say “Intel cack their pants and rush to launch a product that isn't really ready”?

Impressive work to get such a large processor to clock like the consumer equivalents, mind you - it gives them back the big advantage they had over AMD before Ryzen. OTOH that power draw :o 50W more than 1800X and 100W more than 1700. It's going to lose that multithreading performance advantage to a moderately clocked Threadripper 16-core that'll probably draw less power too….!

This looks like an Emergency Edition processor - look at the performance/watt its gone backwards from the Core i7 6950X in HandBrake.
<Dr Evil>One Thoouuusaaaand dollars</Dr Evil>

I'm still looking at a Ryzen build
Phage
<Dr Evil>One Thoouuusaaaand dollars</Dr Evil>

I'm still looking at a Ryzen build

Preach
Looking at Ryzens near perfect scaling a 10 core Ryzen CPU should score around 2020 point in Cinebench 15