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The new Skylake-X Refresh from Intel will soon be on the market. Now, a benchmark of the i9-9980XE with 18 cores leaked out.
How many cores are too many?
At the launch of the first Intel mainstream eight core called i9-9900K, the manufacturer surprisingly launched one more thing. There was also the release of the new Skylake-X Refresh generation. Nobody really expected this release. Hours before the presentation the first details leaked out. Intel sends the Skylake-X architecture into another round as Skylake-X-Refresh. The processors have remained almost the same, only in the lower area there are some changes in the cores or dropped models. The top model i9-9980XE as successor of the i9-7980XE still comes with 18 cores.
Intel sets a kind of counter-trend in a certain way. While in the run-up many people actually assumed that a Skylake-X Refresh with up to 22 cores could come in order to launch a new HEDT platform with up to 28 cores next year, the company is going a different way. On the same day, Intel also presented a Xeon W-3175X with 28 cores on its own platform. This doesn’t exclude the possibility that next year the general HEDT platform could switch to 28 cores, but it’s still a change. Intel has apparently realized that 28 cores currently no longer serve the mainstream market, even in the HEDT area. With the Threadripper 2990WX, AMD has introduced a 32-core on the established HEDT platform. The W in 2990WX stands for Workstation, which should also emphasize the purpose of use.
Benchmark of the i9-9980XE leaked
Curiously, AMD mainly competes against Intel’s 18-core processors with the Threadripper 2990WX. The competitor also knows this, which is why a refresh of the Skylake-X platform makes sense. How much Skylake-X can achieve is now also shown by a leak of the Thai TUM APISAK in the 3DMark database. The i9-9980XE was tested together with a GTX 1080 Ti on an Asus ROG Rampage VI Apex in Time Spy and achieved a total of 9,362 points. The CPU score is 10,728 points. The standard clock is 3.0 GHz, while the boost clock is 4.517 GHz, which matches the basic configuration of the i9-9980XE.
The CPU score of 10,728 points is basically only slightly higher than the predecessor i9-7980XE. Nevertheless, there are slight improvements due to the soldered heatspreader and higher base clock. In general, it remains to be said that the HEDT flagship is misplaced in a gaming benchmark. The improved base clock should especially have a good effect on application benchmarks. We will probably get to know concrete details at the launch. This will take place on November 11th.