Intel Core i9 7980XE Linux Benchmarks: 18 Core / 36 Threads For $1999 USD
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 13 September 2017. Page 5 of 5. 42 Comments

Through a variety of different workloads, the Core i9 7980XE performance-per-Watt tended to be just behind the Core i9 7960X.'

While both the i9-7960X and i9-7980XE are rated with a 165 Watt TDP, the CPU usage with the Extreme Edition processor was slightly higher. The average AC system power draw of the i9-7980XE was 160 Watts compared to 145~146 Watts with the Threadripper 1950X and Core i9 7960X. The peak power draw of the Core i9 7980XE test system was 295 Watts, or just two Watts higher than the i9-7960X but about thirty Watts higher than the Threadripper 1950X.

If you wish to see how your own Linux system(s) performance compare to these high-end, high-core-count Intel/AMD desktop processors, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1709248-TY-INTELCORE13.

There will be plenty more Core i9 7960X / 7980XE Linux benchmarks to be published on Phoronix in the days ahead, If you can handle the $1999 USD price-tag of the Core i9 7980XE not counting an X299 motherboard, at least four DDR4-2666+ DIMMs, etc, the 7980XE has a lot to offer permitting you have plenty of thread-happy workloads to toss its way. If you have any other specific benchmarks you'd like to see with the 7980XE, let me know as among the articles coming up are some Linux/BSD distribution comparison tests, compiler comparisons, a fresh look at the Linux AVX-512 performance, and more.

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