CPU Core i9-7980XE you can already buy. First tests show the advantage of novelty over all others, but with some reservations
In addition, today Intel announced desktop processors Core eighth generation, the company also announced the availability of older models Skylake-X.
This means that you can now buy senior 18-core CPU Core i9-7980XE cost $ 2,000. In addition, many thematic resources published the results of testing this model along with the 16-core Core i9-7960X.
The results of one of the resources is available through the diagrams below.
As you can see, Core i9-7980XE returns Intel the title of the manufacturer of the fastest consumer processor on the market. In most of the tests that are truly capable of loading a large number of cores, the flagship of the family Skylake-X demonstrates record performance. This does not apply to games, but hardly anyone expected. However, the absolute performance is all well and good, but what price was given Intel’s return to the throne?
First, in many tests, the advantage over Ryzen Threadripper 1950X relatively small. Secondly, while Core i9-7980XE twice the price Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Well, not on the last place is the power consumption. You can say for sure that the flagship Intel CPU is the most voracious in its segment. But the results from different sources show slightly different picture.
In this chart, which shows the energy consumption of the entire PC, it is clear that the flagship of the Intel consumes more than 40 watts more than the conventional competitor from the AMD camp. In this model Core i9-7960X still requires 22 watts more!
But on this chart, where we see the use only of processors, the situation is somewhat different. First, Core i9-7980XE there still is ahead of the Core i9-7960X, and secondly, the rate of the older model is only 15 watts more than Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.
Regarding overclocking, everything is bad, if we talk about the standard tools. Core i9-7980XE conquered only frequency of 4.1 GHz, Core i9-7960X — 4.3 GHz. As you can see, the performance gains are minimal.
But the growth of energy consumption is huge. After the dissolution of Core i9-7980XE consumes 230 watts more than the native frequency!
To sum up, we got a new king of the consumer CPU, but in terms of price, performance and power he is very far from Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.