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Intel Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition – 18 cores of overclocked CPU madness

3DMark is a multi-platform hardware benchmark designed to test varying resolutions and detail levels of 3D gaming performance. We test using the Time Spy benchmark which gives an indication of DirectX 12 performance.

Metro: Last Light Redux
Despite its age, Metro: Last Light Redux remains a punishing title for modern computer hardware. We use the game’s built-in benchmark with quality set to Very High, SSAA enabled, AF 16X, and High tessellation.

Ashes of the Singularity Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity Escalation is a Sci-Fi real-time strategy game built for the PC platform. The game includes a built-in benchmark tool with DirectX 12 support. We run the CPU-focused benchmark using DirectX 12 and the Extreme quality preset.

Ashes of the Singularity at Stock Clock speeds

Ashes of the Singularity at 4.6GHz

Gaming Performance Overview

In our gaming tests i9-7980XE is consistently found at the top the charts, although the margins are very small. For example in Metro: Last Light Redux the new CPU raises frame rates from 122fps for Core i7-7700K to 125fps, which is clearly trivial.

We have seen that Core i7-7700K or (heaven help us) Core i7-7740X are better for frame rates when a game puts the emphasis on clock speed over cores.

We also know that Ryzen 7-1800X delivers a good balance between performance, cores and clock speed and that Threadripper is more of a workstation CPU than a gaming chip. By contrast the new Core i9-7980XE can handle any job you throw in its direction.

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    That’s actually better performance than i had expected. Now to see what a delidded one does on a rog rampage vi apex board 😛

  • Eduardo Henrique

    Pointless CPU. 1950x all the way. Done with Intel and this confusing CPU market strategy. Perf x price is ridiculous. Only a bunch of rich richie will buy it, so they can say “look i have a freaking 7980xe”.


    which is a perfectly legit reason to buy a cpu, some people get a wife just for that reason 😉

  • Lisa Su

    It’s too fast! Not fair! We will attack them using our paid shills to troll the social media!

  • Bryan Fury

    Apex’s a disaster, it has only 4 DiMM slots, look for Extreme.

  • Asle Bie Andersen

    You don’t know what Apex is! LOL

  • Bryan Fury


    Is there a different Apex?

  • Eduardo Henrique

    you dont know why it exists and why it has 4 dimm slots…you’re out of the game bro


    @Eduardo : try to educate your slightly-behind-the-times techloving compadres then 😉

    @Bryan : the Apex, just like the (STILL upcoming) EVGA Dark x299 board, has only 4 dimm slots because they opted not to go with expanded memory slots, what you get is the actual quad-channel memory slots. This improves the performance of the memory, and also lowers demand on the cpu’s memory controllers. This in turn allows for both higher memory speeds (up to 4266Mhz and possibly even higher) and better cpu performance. The Apex is a board for those who want to squeeze the last drop out of their system, with better memory management, better and cleaner power delivery, and all the bells and whistles a finetuning overclocker could wish for. It’s also ridiculously overpriced, but that was to be expected.

  • Princepwnage

    Apex is like a cutdown version of the rampage Six Extreme

  • Billy Gate

    How are you getting so low powerconsumption with this beast?

  • Eduardo Henrique