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Intel Core i9-10980XE CPU Review


Ashes Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity Escalation is a well multi-threaded DX12 title that features a CPU-focused benchmark test. We use the game’s built-in benchmark with quality set to Crazy.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Despite its age, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided remains a demanding title even for modern hardware. We use the game’s built-in benchmark with quality set to Ultra, MSAA disabled, and DX12 mode.

Far Cry 5

We use the Far Cry 5 built-in benchmark with quality set to Ultra.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V remains an immensely popular game for PC gamers and as such retains its place in our test suite. The DX11-built game engine is capable of providing heavy stress to a number of system components, including the GPU, CPU, and Memory.

We run the built-in benchmark using a 1080p resolution and generally Maximum quality settings (including Advanced Graphics).

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The Core i9-10980XE is an all-round strong performer in many AAA titles thanks to its increased Turbo Boost bins versus the Core i9-9980XE it replaces. You shouldn’t expect mainstream processor levels of gaming performance, especially when compared to the superb Coffee Lake Core i9-9900K, but you’ll commonly see numbers that are perfectly good for even high refresh rate gamers.

In situations where GPU performance is not the bottleneck, the 10980XE is generally slightly faster than Threadripper 3000 offerings, while the older Threadripper 2000 parts are comfortably outperformed. AMD’s lower-cost Ryzen 9 3950X is certainly a stiff contender for Intel’s new 18-core chip, though.

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