Friday, October 25th 2019

Intel Core i9-10980XE "Cascade Lake-X" Benchmarked

One of the first reviews of Intel's new flagship HEDT processor, the Core i9-10980XE, just hit the web. got their hands on a freshly minted i9-10980XE and put it through their test bench. Based on the "Cascade Lake-X" silicon, the i9-10980XE offers almost identical IPC to "Skylake-X," but succeeds the older generation with AI-accelerating DLBoost instruction-set, an improved multi-core boosting algorithm, higher clock speeds, and most importantly, a doubling in price-performance achieved by cutting the cores-per-Dollar metric by half, across the board.

Armed with 18 cores, the i9-10980XE is ahead of the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X in rendering and simulation tests, although not by much (for a chip that has 50% more cores). This is probably attributed to the competing AMD chip being able to sustain higher all-core boost clock speeds. In tests that not only scale with cores, but are also hungry for memory bandwidth, such as 7-zip and Media, Intel extends its lead thanks to its quad-channel memory interface that's able to feed its cores with datasets faster.
As we move to gaming and gaming-related 3D benchmarks, we see the i9-10980XE only marginally ahead of the 3900X in the 3DMark Physics test. This lends credibility to the report where the unreleased 16-core 3950X was seen beating the i9-10980XE in this particular test. With gaming still being the forte of mainstream-desktop processors with lower core counts and higher clock-speeds, we see the likes of the i9-9900K racing ahead on account of significantly higher speeds while having sufficient muscle to handle games. Find more interesting results in the Lab501 review here.
Source: Lab501
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78 Comments on Intel Core i9-10980XE "Cascade Lake-X" Benchmarked

Well I remember Intel's supply problems this year starting March and companies arguing about this in the press. Those weren't new processors and I think AMD is in a different place with the demand of the CPUs since these were never in the market so supplying every single reseller, pc producer etc. will take time.
BTW I can see availability of the 3900x basically in every single online pc market.
I’ve seen improved availability as well and have said about as much. In this case things don’t improve without there first having been a problem. Improved as it may be, I’m still seeing prices above MSRP for the 3900X Via a number of venders. It’s also true that the elevated prices have lowered but they aren’t inconsequential.

currently on average I see about a ~$30 markup which is indeed an improvement from as high as about ~$200. That doesn’t mean all venders are doing this. Some list the correct MSRP at about ~$499 but not all that list the correct price have stock, such as Bestbuy currently for example. These things happen.

To be clear, if you want a 3900X you can find one and very possibly at MSRP. It’s also possible you might have to cough up ~$30 extra bucks or more,... depending where you go.
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with OEM PCs now shipping with Ryzen processors, I think that's a sign that Intel is losing their dominance in the PC space. Not a surprise to me anyways...
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