Intel Core i9 9980XE 18 Core CPU Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Intel Core i9-9980XE 18 Core CPU Review

Test Setup

Intel i9-9980XE
ASUS X299-A Prime
Corsair ROG Dominator Platinum 3200
G.Skill Trident-Z 3600
Corsair RM1000i
Corsair MP500 512GB
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10

Overclocking

The Intel i9-7980XE was, well is, a massive processor with 18 cores and 36 threads, it was - as you would expect - a bit limited in its overclocking prowess. At 2.6 GHz default we managed to squeeze 4.5 GHz out of it before we ran out of cooling capacity and thats less than the 7th gen and shows in the high core count test graphs. The i9-9980XE is a much refined version of that and now rocks up with 3 GHz at stock and we could push it to 4.9 GHz overclocked. We could go higher with more voltage but it would necessitate a cooling solution beyond that which is practical. Those of you with the time and money to to build a dedicated water cooled setup with enormous radiators will be pleased to know that 5 GHz should be attainable if youre number hunting on this 18 core behemoth but we doubt this would be able to be cooled at the kind of volts required by anything other than subzero.

When it came to the clock we actually used we had to back off from 4.6 which was stable to just 4.4 and this still hit 86c with fans on the Corsair H150i running at 2400RPM. That meant the newer CPU had to be run slower than the 7th Gen and was still hotter!

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Most Recent Comments

02-12-2018, 15:47:23

AngryGoldfish
Those are insane temperatures. I mean, it's amazing that we've hit a temperature ceiling with something like a 360mm AIO at max fan speeds. It shows how Intel's CPUs scale with voltage and remain stable. But it feels like such a shame, like such an odd product.Quote

02-12-2018, 16:09:24

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Those are insane temperatures. I mean, it's amazing that we've hit a temperature ceiling with something like a 360mm AIO at max fan speeds. It shows how Intel's CPUs scale with voltage and remain stable. But it feels like such a shame, like such an odd product.
Isn't it just a +++++++++++1wouldbuyagain refresh?Quote

02-12-2018, 16:24:32

Eddie long
I've watched a couple of overview/reviews of the 9980xe and they all come to similar conclusions as the boss , if you really want intel 18 core your better off with the 7980xe if pushing the clocks is your objective . And at least you can de lid the older one if your brave Quote

03-12-2018, 05:15:06

TH558
It's official.
Intel has lost the plot!Quote

04-12-2018, 04:56:00

MiNo
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Those are insane temperatures. I mean, it's amazing that we've hit a temperature ceiling with something like a 360mm AIO at max fan speeds. It shows how Intel's CPUs scale with voltage and remain stable. But it feels like such a shame, like such an odd product.

How is 68 degrees insane?


If you complain that is gets hot when you start OC'ing then you are missing the point here. This is not a product made for manual OC'ing.


It seems to run perfectly fine, when used as intended.Quote
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