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Review: Intel Core i9-7980XE (14nm Skylake-X)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 25 September 2017, 08:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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PiFast and HandBrake

Running opportunistically at 4.5GHz means that Core i9-7980XE is near the top of the single-thread charts.

The more-core-aware HandBrake performance is not as good as we would have expected, but there are a couple of reasons for that.

First off, the chip keeps to a 3.4GHz frequency under load. Second, HandBrake doesn't scale that well past 10 cores; we know this by looking at how the CPU behaves in Task Manager.

An application has to be perfectly threaded for the 18-core monster to really show its worth, so segueing nicely, head on over to the next page.