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)
9.58
 
7.41
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i9
 
Intel Core i9
Architecture codename
Skylake (server)
 
Skylake (server)
Release date
1 September 2017
 
1 September 2017
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,999
 
$1,699
Price now
$1585
 
$1879

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
Base frequency
2.6 GHz
 
2.8 GHz
Maximum frequency
4.4 GHz
 
4.4 GHz
Bus support
4 × 8 GT/s
 
4 × 8 GT/s
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
1 MB (per core)
 
1 MB (per core)
L3 cache
24.75 MB (shared)
 
22 MB (shared)
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
14 nm
Maximum core temperature
94 °C
 
98 °C
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
 
FCLGA2066
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
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2, Intel® AVX-512
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 
+

Security technologies

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

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
 
DDR4-2666
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
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
44
 
44

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

i9-7980XE 36.21 +9.1%
i9-7960X 33.19

Passmark

i9-7980XE 29439 +9.1%
i9-7960X 26978

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

9.1% 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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