Intel Core i9 10980XE Linux Performance Benchmarks

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 25 November 2019. Page 2 of 12. 26 Comments

My initial testing of the Core i9 10980XE the past few weeks has been with the Gigabyte X299X DESIGNARE 10G motherboard.

The Gigabyte X299X DESIGNARE 10G is quite an impressive board with dual 10GbE Ethernet, 12 power phases, Thunderbolt 3, onboard WiFI 6 AX200, and plenty of other extra functionality on top of the X299 chipset. Our complete review of the Gigabyte X299X DESIGNARE 10G under Linux will be published in the days ahead, but long story short all of the key functionality is in place for running on the likes of Ubuntu 19.10. This is always one of the refreshing areas with Intel hardware support is resting easy knowing the Linux support is generally in great shape for launch-day.

With the Core i9 10980XE continuing to utilize the X299 chipset, Linux compatibility concerns are reduced plus the fact Intel Xeon Scalable Cascade Lake processors have been shipping for months and are well supported on Linux. So as long as you are using a newer Linux distribution, you should be in good shape for the new Cascade Lake X-series CPUs and any new X299 motherboards and their extra features.

A larger comparison will be coming once the new Threadripper embargo lifts, but for your viewing pleasure right now are benchmarks to show from:

- Intel Core i9 7980XE
- Intel Core i9 10980XE
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX

We were never sampled with a Core i9 9980XE for review thus comparing to the former Core i9 7980XE. All of the configurations were tested with 4 x 16GB DDR4-3600 RAM, Samsung 970 PRO 512GB NVMe SSD storage, Radeon RX 580, and running Ubuntu 19.10. Besides the stock Ubuntu 19.10 components like GCC 9.2.1, the Linux 5.4 Git kernel was used for all of the benchmarking to offer the best AMD and Intel hardware support. All systems were tested with their default security mitigations in place and running the latest CPU microcode. This includes the recent updates for the JCC Erratum, thus having to restart our tests following those vulnerabilities coming to light recently, and thus a smaller comparison than we normally do for launches (plus the additional AMD CPU comparison later today).

Intel Core i9-10980XE Linux Benchmarks

Via the Phoronix Test Suite a wide range of benchmarks were carried out while also monitoring the AC power consumption using a WattsUp Pro power meter and providing performance-per-dollar charts later in this article too.

So let's take a look at the HEDT Linux CPU performance look for right now.

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