Intel Core i9-7900X: specs and benchmarks

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Year of release 2017
Performance 19.58

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i9-7900X sales 26 June 2017 at a recommended price of $999. This is Skylake-X architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 10 cores and 20 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 140 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR4 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at

19.58%

of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX.

General info

Of Core i9-7900X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating232
Value for money23.11
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesCore i9 (Desktop)
Architecture codenameSkylake-X (2018)
Release date26 June 2017 (4 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$999of 305 (Core i7-870)
Price now$503 (0.5x MSRP)of 14999 (Xeon Platinum 9282)
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Technical specs

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 cores10 (Deca-Core)
Threads20
Base clock speed3.3 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed4.5 GHzof 5.5 (Core i9-12900KS)
L1 cache64K (per core)of 1536 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache1 MB (per core)of 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache14 MB (shared)of 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography14 nmof 5 (Apple M1)
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 multiplier+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-7900X 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
Thermal design power (TDP)140 Wattof 400 (Xeon Platinum 9282)

Technologies and extensions

Technological capabilities and additional instructions supported by Core i9-7900X. 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+
vPro+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+
Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0+

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.

AMD-V+
VT-d+
VT-x+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-7900X's memory controller. Depending on the motherboard, higher memory frequency may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4of 4800 (Ryzen 9 6980HX)
Maximum memory size128 GBof 786 (Xeon E5-2670 v3)
Max memory channels4of 12 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
Maximum memory bandwidth85 GB/sof 281.6 (Xeon Platinum 9221)
ECC memory support-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i9-7900X.

Integrated graphics card-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection types of supported peripherals.

PCIe version3.0
PCI Express lanes44of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Core i9-7900X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.


Overall 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.

i9-7900X 19.58
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core
  • 3DMark06 CPU
  • WinRAR 4.0
  • Geekbench 2
  • TrueCrypt AES
  • x264 encoding pass 2
  • x264 encoding pass 1
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core
  • Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core
  • Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core
  • Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

i9-7900X 7287

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

i9-7900X 12678

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

i9-7900X 5918

Geekbench 2

i9-7900X 26145

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

i9-7900X 12.1

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

i9-7900X 121

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

i9-7900X 217

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

i9-7900X 2148

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

i9-7900X 193

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

i9-7900X 24

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

i9-7900X 2.2

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

i9-7900X 49738

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core

i9-7900X 27533

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core

i9-7900X 4987

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.

i9-7900X 21305

GeekBench 5 Single-Core

i9-7900X 1102

GeekBench 5 Multi-Core

i9-7900X 9926

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i9-7900X performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop CPUs.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i9-7900X from AMD is Ryzen 5 5600, which is faster by 1% and higher by 8 positions in our rating.

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