Core i7-9800X: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Core i7-9800X provides acceptable benchmark performance at 11.68% of a leader's which is a 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX.

Summary

Intel started Core i7-9800X sales 8 October 2018 at a recommended price of $589. This is a Skylake (server) architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 8 cores and 16 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a max turbo frequency of 4500 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA2066 processor with a TDP of 165 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR4-2666 memory.

Primary details

Core i7-9800X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance ranking631
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation12.12
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i7
Architecture codenameSkylake (server) (2017−2019)
Release date8 October 2018 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$589of 689 (Core i9-14900KS)
Current price$353 (0.6x MSRP)of 15069 (EPYC 7663)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance per price, higher is better.

Detailed specifications

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores8 (Octa-Core)
Threads16
Base clock speed3.8 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4.5 GHzof 6.2 (Core i9-14900KS)
Bus support4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache512 KBof 7475.2 (Apple M2 Pro 10-Core)
L2 cache8 MBof 96 (EPYC 9654)
L3 cache16.5 MB (shared)of 768 (EPYC 7373X)
Chip lithography14 nmof 3 (Apple M3 Max 16-Core)
Maximum core temperature95 °Cof 110 (Atom x7-E3950)
Maximum case temperature (TCase)72 °Cof 105 (Core i7-5950HQ)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility+
Unlocked multiplierYes

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-9800X compatibility with other computer components and devices: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1of 8 (Opteron 842)
SocketFCLGA2066
Power consumption (TDP)165 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i7-9800X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI+
AVX+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
TSX+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0+
StatusDiscontinued

Security technologies

Processor technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

EDB+

Virtualization technologies

Supported virtual machine optimization technologies. Some are specific to Intel only, some to AMD.

VT-d+
VT-x+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-9800X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4-2666
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth85 GB/sof 460.8 (EPYC 9124)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of a GPU integrated into Core i7-9800X.

Integrated graphics cardN/A

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0of 5 (Core i9-12900K)
PCI Express lanes44of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i7-9800X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i7-9800X 11.68

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i7-9800X 18070

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

GeekBench 5 Single-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses only a single CPU core.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-9800X 1372

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core is a cross-platform application developed in the form of CPU tests that independently recreate certain real-world tasks with which to accurately measure performance. This version uses all available CPU cores.

Benchmark coverage: 42%

i7-9800X 7436

Gaming performance

Closest competitors

Core i7-9800X's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop CPUs.


Ryzen 5 3600X 100.77
Core i5-11600 100.17
Core i7-9800X 100
Ryzen 5 3600 98.29

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to Core i7-9800X is Ryzen 5 3600X, which is faster by 1% and higher by 10 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i7-9800X:

Ryzen 5 3600X 100.77
Core i7-9800X 100
Ryzen 5 3600 98.29

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