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i9-10980XE Extreme Edition Review

Intel has released its new Core i9 X-series family, with the top dog being the 18-core processor for desktops. Intel has revealed that the 18-core i9-7980XE will feature a base speed of 2.6GHz, with a Turbo Boost 2.0 clock of 4.2GHz. And using Turbo Boost 3.0, which speeds up performance of its fastest two cores, it’ll reach 4.4GHz. That seems to me to be a very good performance booster. Instead of the processor randomly choosing two cores it concentrates performance on the two best performing cores. It makes this processor a little work horse.

It may be little slower than the 4.5GHz top speed of Intel’s Core i7-7700K. This was Intel’s fastest consumer grade processor in its lineup. The single-threaded performance for games will be beyond extraordinary. It may sound strange that Intel’s most powerful processor will have a base clock speed below 3GHz. One of the most important things to remember are the boost numbers, Which will come in handy when your PC really needs a boost during gaming, video processing, or with any intensive computational task. The TDP of this processor has a rating of 165 watts. The fact that this processor has so many threads, and hyper threads, this should be a little heater, So to have a TDP of 165 watts is just unbelievable, in my opinion.

This 18 core, 36 thread processor has the earmarks for an over the top of the line gaming rig. We haven’t benchmarked this processor at this time but according to Intel’s numbers it gives us a small preview from their own testing. The 16-core i9 CPU reached a Cinebench R15 score of 3,200, while running an NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti GPU.The quad-core i7-7700K, meanwhile, scored just 966 on that same benchmark. These numbers show how well a performer this processor will be. In comparison to the Core i7 8700-K which had 6 cores, and 12 threads, the i9-7980XE will be a great processor. The Core i7 8700-K has a Cinebench R15 score of 1,230. These numbers were collected from Cinebench’s own benchmarking of that processor. The i9-7980XE has 3 times the cores and hyper threads. We offer this processor in many of our products, including the following workstations:

Tsunami Riptide – Adobe Creative Cloud

Tsunami Riptide – MAGIX VEGAS Pro

Tsunami Riptide – AVID

Tsunami Riptide – vMix

While you are checking out these incredible workstations, don’t forget to look at our extensive lineup of products. There are many choices to suit a wide variety of needs.

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Works with mature X299 chipset motherboards.

Much cheaper than previous generation.

Support for up to 48 PCI Express lanes.

Decent overclocking potential.

Memory support to 256GB with supporting motherboards.


To gain support for more than 44 lanes, needs new motherboard.

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i9-10980XE Extreme Edition Review