Intel Core i9 7900X Linux Benchmarks

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 27 June 2017 at 08:00 PM EDT. Page 5 of 5. 31 Comments.

In the Darktable RAW photography workflow software, the Core i9 7900X came out well ahead of the other CPUs for thread-friendly workloads.

While most heavy users of Blender will make use of GPU acceleration for Blender, if running the Blender 3D modeling software just on the CPU it will yield a huge performance advantage over the competition.

As I've only been able to test the Core i9 7900X for a very short time so far, I'll reserve final judgment until later as there will be many more tests coming including some compiler comparison/optimization tests, Linux gaming benchmarks on Skylake-X and Kabylake-X, BSD testing and other Linux distributions, special AVX-512 testing, and more. But so far, the Core i9 7900X Skylake-X is appearing as a very strong competition for those looking towards a high-end, single-socket, high core count system. The Core i9 7900X was generally significantly faster than the Ryzen 7 1800X (albeit ThreadRipper is coming soon, with specifications still to be firmed up) and as well a Haswell Xeon CPU featuring the same core/thread count.

For workloads that aren't heavily threaded, the Core i7 7740X Kabylake-X tended to be better due in part to its higher base/turbo frequency. The other downside of the Core i9 7900X is the price, which is $999 USD at retailers like Amazon and NewEgg.

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