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Review: Intel Core i9-9980XE

by Tarinder Sandhu on 21 November 2018, 14:01

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Conclusion

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Core i9-9980XE - it is fast in every scenario - yet comparative value is still a major stumbling block.

It used to be the case that Intel's chief consumer processor automatically gained the title of fastest in the world. That is no more.

AMD has raised the game with Ryzen Threadripper, upping the processing density to 32 cores and 64 threads, and it's innate power that Intel cannot match.

Focussing on the blue team, the Core i9-9980XE keeps the 18C36T topology of the previous-generation Core i9-7890XE, but increases performance by upping frequency across the cores.

That uptick is between 10-15 per cent, at the same power level and price, so the improvement is reasonable given the year between premium Core i9 processor introductions.

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with the Core i9-9980XE - it is fast in every scenario - yet comparative value is still a major stumbling block.

Priced at over £2,000 in the UK, multi-core performance is no better than the £1,300 Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX, albeit Intel's finest is better at light loads and gaming. Then there is the £850 2950X, which is close to Intel's performance at a fraction of the cost.

Point is, Intel really needs to take a hammer to its Core X pricing for it to remain competitive for the enthusiast. An impressive CPU at the wrong price.

The Good
 
The Bad
Excellent IPC
Predictable performance
Strong in all areas
Slots into existing X299
 
Remains really expensive



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£2,260 - Ouch.
"That uptick is between 10-15 per cent, at the same power level "

19W more under load according to your Blender workload.

Same as most of Intel's recent chips, its the same chip with a bit more juice pushed in.
Why is the AMD system using 1T memory and the Intel using 2T? that trident memory should work in both systems to give a far more accurate picture. The Intel typology may not be able to take advantage of the command rate but I remember paying far higher prices for 1T memory that was speed binned to get the 1T stable. If people are using two quid processors then putting two hundred dollar memory up against eight hundred dollar memory seems a bit posed?
edmundhonda
"That uptick is between 10-15 per cent, at the same power level "

19W more under load according to your Blender workload.

Same as most of Intel's recent chips, its the same chip with a bit more juice pushed in.

Fairish point, but the gain proportion is better than the power increase proportion - and even without pushing more power in a chip will use more power as it's frequency increases.
Point is, Intel really needs to take a hammer to its full range of cpu's

Money is the number 1 reason pick parts on upgrades, can i afford this part or that part, at the moment intel is simply too expensive all round.