Intel Core i9-7980XE vs Core i9-7960X

Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X

General info

Comparing Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
4.54
 
5.47
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i9
 
Intel Core i9
Achitecture codename
Skylake-X
 
Skylake-X
Release date
30 May 2017
 
30 May 2017
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,999
 
$1,699
Price now
$1805
 
$1400

Technical specs

Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
18
 
16
Number of threads
36
 
32
Maximum frequency
4.4 GHz
 
2.8 GHz
FSB
4 × 8 GT / s
 
4 × 8 GT / s
L1 cache
1.125 MB
 
1 MB
L2 cache
18 MB
 
16 MB
L3 cache
24.75 MB (shared)
 
22 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
94 °C
 
n/d
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA2066
 
2066
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
165 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
 
n/d
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
+
EDB
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
128 GB
Max memory channels
4
 
4
Maximum memory bandwidth
79.47 GB / s
 
79.47 GB / s

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
n/d
Max number of PCIe lanes
44
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Core i9-7980XE 87.48 +7%
Core i9-7960X 81.74

Passmark

Core i9-7980XE 27823 +7%
Core i9-7960X 25998

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i9-7980XE

7% faster in synthetic tests

Advantages of Intel Core i9-7960X

Cheaper ($1699 vs $1999)

So, Core i9-7980XE or Core i9-7960X?

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